Monday, April 21, 2014

Can Over-Priced Popcorn Validate Heaven?

First of all, no Christian should need any details about heaven outside of those the Lord offers through Jesus, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Paul and John.

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.~~2 Peter 1:3-4 (ESV)

Yet millions of evangelicals bought the book, Heaven Is For Real by Todd Burpo, detailing a visit his 4-year-old son Colton made to heaven. Two years ago, Tim Challies ran a review of the book in his  blog, which I hope you'll read by clicking here before you proceed with my post. I'd also ask you to click here and read Phil Johnson's critique.

On April  16, the movie  version of  Heaven Is For Real appeared in theaters, causing many evangelical hearts to flutter in anticipation of gleaning new details about Christ's dwelling place. Christian websites (including Bible Study websites that really should know better) advertize it, and I'm certain many churches advocated it from their pulpits yesterday. 

Friends, this kind of  drivel really amounts to the same Gnostic heresy that so many of the New Testament epistles sought to correct. Rather than supporting movies and books that promise "deeper knowledge" than the Bible provides, I pray that Christians will  bravely reject these self-focused accounts of spiritual experience.

18 Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, 19 and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God. ~~Colossians 2:18-19 (ESV)

1 comment:

  1. I've recently been listening to a sermon series on the topic of heresies given by Phil Johnson. The series follows the heresies (the main ones which caused reforms, doctrinal statements, etc) through the ages beginning at the time of the apostles through to what is happening today, and examining the main characteristics of these heresies...and although I thought I already knew this stuff, it was a real eye opener for me, seeing fully the spirit of antichrist in full development today. I would encourage you to listen to the series if you have the time, it is well worth the time invested. Btw, Love your blog :)


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