3 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, 4 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)