My one-time “soul” buyer Jim Henderson is buddies with William P. Young, the author of the Christian best-seller The Shack.
I don’t really know why that book sold as many copies as it did. I read it. It was a decent story, but not much more than that. I suppose it’s controversial in some Christian circles because of the “shock” revealed to the main character:
He enters the shack and encounters manifestations of the three persons of the Trinity. God the Father takes the form of an African American woman who calls herself Papa, Jesus Christ is a Middle-Eastern carpenter, and the Holy Spirit physically manifests itself as an Asian woman named Sarayu.
What? God’s a black woman?! Jesus is Middle-Eastern?! This is heresy!
I kept reading, hoping to find out what everyone was getting so worked up over…
Apparently, that was it.
(Leave it to Christians to interpret a work of fiction as if it were true…)
Anyway, one guy who couldn’t deal with this was Seattle’s apoplectic pastor Mark Driscoll:
Anyway, Jim wants Driscoll to show up to an event he’s hosting with Young. Have them duke it out in person. Here’s Young requesting Driscoll’s presence:
Mark Driscoll has leveled some serious charges against my writing and by extension against me. He has publicly called me a heretic. I’ve decided to ask him to meet me in Seattle on Sept 10th, from 1-3 PM, and have an open discussion in front of a public audience about the different ways he and I view scripture.
Mark seems quite fond of telling his congregants to “man up” and I guess I am really asking him to do the same. I would like him to say to my face what he has spread around the world via Youtube, and you can be sure I’ll have a few questions for him as well.
I’m sure many ‘non-Christians’ wonder why someone like Mark can say things like this with impunity. When someone is able to garner 350K views on Youtube, or for that matter has sold almost 20 Million copies of a book, I believe the conversations have become public property.”
Like I said, I don’t know why anyone would take Driscoll seriously, but I love it when Christians call out other Christians for calling them unChristian.