Lies are a little fortress; inside them you can feel safe and powerful. Through your little fortress of lies you try to run your life and manipulate others. But the fortress needs walls, so you build some. These are the justifications for your lies. You know, like you are doing this to protect someone you love, to keep them from feeling pain. Whatever works, just so you feel okay about the lies.
-Wm. Paul Young, The Shack
Have you ever stared up at the cosmos and wondered what the hell was actually up there, past the clouds, beyond the stars, higher than the Milky Way? Have you ever kicked back on a quilt in the yard or at the park and looked up and wondered if God was more than just the eternal Hall Monitor of the Heavens?
Has fear, shame, and guilt kept you from even considering being wrapped in the arms of an all-loving God, who wants relationship with you, exactly as you are? Does it seem impossible to be loved by the Creator of the Cosmos, because religion has always told you what a filthy, dirty, broken, wretch you are?
My friend Kevin Garcia coined that phrase. And he’s absolutely right.
If you know much about my story, you know I was a good little church boy all my life, who completely bought into the lie of performance-based Christianity. When my life fell apart as a result of a suicide attempt, I was a ministry school grad who was serving as a youth pastor and worship leader.
But just “choose joy”, right?
I bet if you’re anything like me, somewhere during your journey towards Jesus, you’ve probably believed at least one of these lies…
We’re talking about his brand-new book, Lies We Believe about God, which releases March 7th. We also talk a great deal about The Shack, dangers of bad theology, plus a slice of Paul’s life story.
Tonight, Lindsey and I are headed to the Premiere Night of The Shack movie! I can hardly wait! When I tell you that book changed my life, I mean it. The Shack gave me permission to re-think God. To consider that God might not be such an Omni-asshole. Since I first read The Shack in 2011, I realized that I was not alone in my knowing that God must be Love or nothing at all.
Want to listen to one heck of a #ThrowbackThursday? Check out my very first interview with Paul Young, from November of 2011. (Don’t laugh too hard!)
If you’ve read The Shack, no matter your theology, there must have been some place inside your soul where you longed for the eternal embrace of Papa. Me too.[clickToTweet tweet=”Listen now! Grace is Messy Radio: Interview with @wmpaulyoung 11/2011 http://bit.ly/2lCV2sC #tbt #theshack ” quote=”Listen now! #TBT interview with @wmpaulyoung of #theshack ” theme=”style3″]
Steve Austin is an author, speaker, and life coach who is passionate about helping overwhelmed people learn to catch their breath. He is the author of two Amazon bestsellers, "Catching Your Breath," and "From Pastor to a Psych Ward." Steve lives with his wife and two children in Birmingham, Alabama.
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Why No One Really Cares What You Believe
It was Really Quiet the Day I Decided to Die
You are not the worst mistake you’ve ever made.
God is Love. No, really.
I Need You to Help Me See God Clearly
Hope for the Forsaken: A Doxology in Darkness
How Should Pastors Respond to People with Mental Illness?
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