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"Boy who came back from heaven" recants his story

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  • "Boy who came back from heaven" recants his story

    Alex Malarkey, the boy who co-authored the book "The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven" is now saying he made it all up and that the bible is sufficient. His mother has been saying this too on her blog for while now.

    Story is here:
    http://pulpitandpen.org/2015/01/13/t...ian-retailers/

    Alex's letter says:

    “An Open Letter to Lifeway and Other Sellers, Buyers, and Marketers of Heaven Tourism, by the Boy Who Did Not Come Back From Heaven.”

    Please forgive the brevity, but because of my limitations I have to keep this short.

    I did not die. I did not go to Heaven.

    I said I went to heaven because I thought it would get me attention. When I made the claims that I did, I had never read the Bible. People have profited from lies, and continue to. They should read the Bible, which is enough. The Bible is the only source of truth. Anything written by man cannot be infallible.

    It is only through repentance of your sins and a belief in Jesus as the Son of God, who died for your sins (even though he committed none of his own) so that you can be forgiven may you learn of Heaven outside of what is written in the Bible…not by reading a work of man. I want the whole world to know that the Bible is sufficient. Those who market these materials must be called to repent and hold the Bible as enough.

    In Christ,

    Alex Malarkey.”


  • #2
    Heaven Tourism... interesting way to describe it.
    That's what
    - She

    Without a clear-cut definition of sin, morality becomes a mere argument over the best way to train animals
    - Manya the Holy Szin (The Quintara Marathon)

    I may not be as old as dirt, but me and dirt are starting to have an awful lot in common
    Stephen R. Donaldson

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Bill the Cat View Post
      Heaven Tourism... interesting way to describe it.
      It's all part of the Oprah Winfreying of America. Talking to angels, everyone goes to heaven, just being spiritual is enough. It's sad that Christians and especially Christian booksellers (Lifeway) buy into this crap or do it for profit.

      From what I can tell, Alex's Dad is still using this as a platform to make money, while Alex and his Mom are doing everything they can to shut it down and have been for a while now. They are being ignored and even blocked from various sites that are selling the book or promoting it.

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      • #4
        According to his mom's blog, he's been trying to say that for at least 3.5 years now (and he and his mother get zero money from sales of the book). Somewhere, some Christians are behaving badly.
        Enter the Church and wash away your sins. For here there is a hospital and not a court of law. Do not be ashamed to enter the Church; be ashamed when you sin, but not when you repent. – St. John Chrysostom

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        • #5
          I am not familiar with this case, but it sounds similar to the book by Pastor Todd Burpo about his son Colton's experience and its effect on their family and congregation, which was made into a movie Heaven is for Real starring Greg Kinnear. For those who have read the book or seen the movie, I am curious what you think about it?
          βλέπομεν γὰρ ἄρτι δι᾿ ἐσόπτρου ἐν αἰνίγματι, τότε δὲ πρόσωπον πρὸς πρόσωπον·
          ἄρτι γινώσκω ἐκ μέρους, τότε δὲ ἐπιγνώσομαι καθὼς καὶ ἐπεγνώσθην.

          אָכֵ֕ן אַתָּ֖ה אֵ֣ל מִסְתַּתֵּ֑ר אֱלֹהֵ֥י יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל מוֹשִֽׁיעַ׃

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          • #6
            Originally posted by robrecht View Post
            I am not familiar with this case, but it sounds similar to the book by Pastor Todd Burpo about his son Colton's experience and its effect on their family and congregation, which was made into a movie Heaven is for Real starring Greg Kinnear. For those who have read the book or seen the movie, I am curious what you think about it?

            Haven't read and haven't seen. Don't need to in order to know it's baloney.

            The problem with the widespread acceptance of this sort of thing is the inability to know the truth because believers are not studying or being taught the truth in scripture. We are to "test the spirits" and if we don't know the truth we can't recognize falsehood.

            And sadly, publishers will print almost anything these days, throw in down the Christan bookstore pipeline and it gets sucked up by the undiscerning.

            I became very much aware of this issue when someone gave my daughter a copy of "The Shack", and after reading it, she handed it to me and said, "mom, there is something wrong with this book, read it and tell me what you think".

            I did, explained to her the problems with it, and suggested she use it as firepit tinder.

            Undiscerning believers need to get some discernment!

            Last edited by mossrose; 01-14-2015, 02:57 PM.


            Securely anchored to the Rock amid every storm of trial, testing or tribulation.

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            • #7
              My dad loved The Shack.
              Enter the Church and wash away your sins. For here there is a hospital and not a court of law. Do not be ashamed to enter the Church; be ashamed when you sin, but not when you repent. – St. John Chrysostom

              Veritas vos Liberabit<>< Learn Greek <>< Look here for an Orthodox Church in America<><Ancient Faith Radio
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              I recommend you do not try too hard and ...research as little as possible. Such weighty things give me a headache. - Shunyadragon, Baha'i apologist

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              • #8
                Originally posted by One Bad Pig View Post
                My dad loved The Shack.


                Securely anchored to the Rock amid every storm of trial, testing or tribulation.

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                • #9
                  23 minutes in Hell is another with the whole demons torturing humans and stuff. And the author claiming it was too horrifying to have made it up or merely dreamed it. And then having a panic attack over a nightmare and thinking it would kill him.
                  If it weren't for the Resurrection of Jesus, we'd all be in DEEP TROUBLE!

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                  • #10
                    If anyone wants to see heaven for real, I am willing to help them get there. Just sign over your life insurance policy to me.

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                    • #11
                      Uh.. no!
                      If it weren't for the Resurrection of Jesus, we'd all be in DEEP TROUBLE!

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                      • #12
                        Awww! You spoil all my fun.

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                        • #13
                          And 90 minutes in Heaven was mostly the writer whining about his hospital stay and angsting over the pain of his recovery.
                          If it weren't for the Resurrection of Jesus, we'd all be in DEEP TROUBLE!

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                          • #14
                            What was that one from the Mormon lady back in the early 90's?
                            That's what
                            - She

                            Without a clear-cut definition of sin, morality becomes a mere argument over the best way to train animals
                            - Manya the Holy Szin (The Quintara Marathon)

                            I may not be as old as dirt, but me and dirt are starting to have an awful lot in common
                            Stephen R. Donaldson

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                            • #15
                              Don't know. I remember reading one that had a warehouse full of aborted babies. Weird. At least have them be in a orphanage! Not unsupervised in a dirty warehouse! The crazy thing is those "I went to the afterlife" books don't even succeed as good fiction either!
                              If it weren't for the Resurrection of Jesus, we'd all be in DEEP TROUBLE!

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