The average American and most Christians have grown up with a “smorgasbord theology.” As a result, they can no longer tell the real from the counterfeit. The writer to the Hebrew Christians describes this mind-set. He stops in mid-thought, wanting to explain the priesthood of Jesus and how it is similar to the priesthood of Melchizedek. He recognizes that their spiritual discernment makes what he wants to write “hard to explain” (Heb. 5:11).

What had happened to these converts? They had become “dull of hearing” (Heb. 5:11). By this time in their Christian walk they should have matured, advancing from “milk” to meat (cf. 1 Peter 2:2). Instead of progressing from the basics and becoming “teachers” (Heb. 5:12), they are in need of someone once again to teach them “the elementary principles of the oracles of God” (5:12). As a result, their senses were not trained to discern good [the real] and evil [the counterfeit] (5:14). When something like the book The Shack comes along, we have no reason to think that Christians and the typical American religionist will be able to tell the difference between the real and the counterfeit, unless they have progressed to “solid food.”

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