the shack: wickedness exposed





December 28, 2021



The Shack recently came out this month on the big screen of mainstream media theaters across the United States (US), and continues to rake in a cool $49.9 million as the writing of this article update. "...Behold (see│ESV), I have told you in advance. So if they say to you, 'Behold (look│ESV), He is in the wilderness,' do not go out, or, 'Behold, He is in the inner rooms,' do not believe them. For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man be." Please let it be known to the readers, hearers, & doers of the Word of God & of Christ, that The Shack is heretical & blasphemous to the Holy Spirit of Truth. "The Shack" vs. the Bible? Published on Feb 3, 2017Line - Gold Divider Line │ Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions.com #GLQ (10.1.0).pngBanner - Answer GQ GotQuestions.org Red │ Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions.com #GLQ (1.0.0).png GQ - Got Questions Guy Sign │ Got Life Questions Got Church Questions - GotLifeQuestions.com GotChurchQuestions.org  Note - At GotQuestions.org, we typically do not write reviews of books. Our goal is to provide quality, biblically-based answers so that people will be able to evaluate teachers / ministries / books for themselves. However, in recent months, we have been receiving a significant volume of questions about The Shack by William P. Young. As with any book, if you read The Shack, compare what it teaches with Scripture, and reject anything that does not agree with God's Word. Question: "What is GotQuestions.org's review of The Shack by William P. Young?"





Exposé - The Shack Book Movie Poster False Teacher William Paul Young │ Exposed Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions.com #GLQ (1.1.0).pngThe Shack has become a publishing phenomenon, a bestseller by a first-time author that has rocketed up the sales charts with rumors of an impending movie—not bad for a book that was self-published by the author, William P. Young, and started out being sold out of a garage. The glowing reviews for The Shack hail it as everything from the new Pilgrim’s Progress (theologian Eugene Peterson, translator of the Bible paraphrase The Message) to "the best novel of 2007" and "one of the rare fiction books that could change your life" (various Amazon.com five-star reviewers). According to the book jacket, Young was raised by missionary parents living among a Stone Age tribe in New Guinea. He wrote the novel for his six children to explain his own journey through pain and misery to "light, love and transformation," according to a profile in USA Today. The "shack" of the story was the ugly place inside him where everything awful was hidden away, a result of his history as a victim of sexual abuse, his own adultery and the ensuing shame and pain, all stuffed deep in his psyche, as Young explained. Exposé - The Shack Book Movie False Teacher William Paul Young Group │ Exposed Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions.com #GLQ (1.1.0).pngThis background is important because Young's past appears to greatly color his view of both God and Christianity, resulting in a severely flawed view of both. The story begins with Mackenzie "Mack" Phillips, a father suffering great pain—a "Great Sadness," according to the story—because of the death of his young daughter at the hands of a serial killer. Mack receives a note from "Papa" to meet him at the rundown shack in the woods where police had found evidence of his daughter’s murder six years earlier. Mack, who was raised by a hypocritical, vicious and abusive father who was also a pastor, already understands from previous experience that "Papa" is God. Mack approaches The Shack with rising anger, wanting to lash out at God for allowing his young girl to be killed. Instead of the old man with a long white beard, as Mack expects, he's suddenly embraced by "a large beaming African-American woman" who introduces herself as Papa. Gospel - Woe to Me If I Do Not Preach the Gospel - Paul │ Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions.com #GLQ (1.4.0).pngMack is then introduced to the rest of the Trinity: Jesus, a Middle Eastern man dressed as a laborer, and the Holy Spirit, a woman of "maybe northern Chinese or Nepalese or even Mongolian ethnicity" named Sarayu. The rest of the story is a conversation among the three members of the Trinity and Mack as they work through issues of creation, fall and redemption. Subtle & Not-So-Subtle Heresies Young's intentions are good. He wants to introduce readers to a loving God who was willing to sacrifice his own Son to save us from our sins. But all heresies begin with misconstruing the nature of God. From Jehovah's Witnesses to Mormonism to even Islam, they all get it wrong when it comes to understanding the God of Scripture. Young joins their company. Part of the problem arises because his story is confused and inconsistent. He doesn’t set out to mislead, but he himself is misled, either by himself or others. He wants desperately to show us the God of love as found in Scripture (1 John 4:8), but he ignores the other side, the God of utter holiness (Isaiah 6:1-5) and, ultimately, the final Judge (Revelation 20:11-15). Any presentation of God that shows only one side of His nature is wrong. In an effort to counter a false view of God as only the judging avenger of wrath, we must not go the opposite direction and present Him only as a loving, indulgent parent who never judges sin. Both extremes are false in that they present an incomplete picture of God as He shows Himself to us in Scripture. GQ Click Here GotQuestions.org The Bible Has Answers - What is Universalism! │ Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions #GLQ (1.0.0).jpgBy emphasizing only one part of God’s nature, The Shack  actually leads readers astray with regard to God’s attitude towards sin. Papa tells Mack, “I don’t need to punish people for sin. Sin is its own punishment, devouring from the inside. It’s not my purpose to punish it it’s my joy to cure it.” To be sure, sin often carries within itself its own punishment (Romans 1:27). But sometimes the wicked prosper in this life (Jeremiah 12:1). More importantly, Scripture is full of references to God’s impending wrath against sin and unbelief (John 3:36, Romans 1:18, Romans 2:5-8, Colossians 3:6, and many others.) For The Shack to give the impression that it is not God’s purpose to punish sin is the height of bad theology and irresponsibility. We anthropomorphize (attribute human qualities to) God the Father at our peril. He is spirit (John 4:24), and when He refers to Himself in anthropomorphic terms, it is always as a father. This is important because any attempt to make God a female inevitably leads to goddess religion and God’s becoming some sort of fertility figure, a worship of the creation instead of the Creator (Romans 1:25). And for some reason Papa changes form later in the book to become a gray-haired, pony-tailed male. No, God does not change Himself to accommodate our flawed understanding of Him. He changes us so we can see Him as He truly is (1 Corinthians 13:12). Trinity - Trinity Bubble Balloon Talk Economic Trinity No The Shack Review │ Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions.com #GLQ (1.0).pngPapa acknowledges that Jesus is both fully human and fully God, but she adds, [H]e has never drawn upon his nature as God to do anything. He has only lived out of his relationship with me, living in the very same manner that I desire to be in relationship with every human being. He is just to do it to the uttermost—the first to absolutely trust my life within him, the first to believe in my love and my appearance without regard for appearance or consequence. But that’s not what Scripture says. Jesus in fact was before all things and through Him all things were created and hold together (Colossians 1:16-17). The words Papa speaks are a form of the ancient heresy of subordinationism, which puts Jesus in a lower rank within the Trinity. Scripture teaches that all three persons of the Trinity are equal in essence. Scripture also teaches that there is a hierarchy of authority and submission within the Trinity. Papa tells Mack that authority and submission are a result of sin, and the Trinity is a perfect circle of communion. "Mackenzie, we have no concept of final authority among us, only unity. We are in a circle of relationship, not a chain of command or 'great chain of being' as your ancestors termed it. What you’re seeing here is relationship without any overlay of power. We don't need power over the other because we are always looking out for the best. Hierarchy would make no sense among us." BA Bible Art - Open Bible PNG Clear Psalms │ Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions.com #GLQ (1.0.0).pngBut Scripture teaches that authority and submission are inherent to the Godhead and have existed from the beginning. Jesus was sent by the Father (John 6:57), and Jesus says it is his intention to obey the Father's will (Luke 22:42). The Holy Spirit obeys both the Father and the Son (John 14:26, John 15:26).




These are not the result of sin they are the very nature of the Godhead in which all three persons are equal in essence but exist within a hierarchy of authority and submission. The Shack also teaches a form of patripassionism, another ancient heresy that teaches that God the Father suffered on the cross. At one point, Mack notices "scars in [Papa's] wrists, like those he now assumed Jesus also had on his," and later Papa says, "When we three spoke ourself into human existence as the Son of God, we became fully human. We also chose to embrace all the limitations that this entailed. Even though we have always been present in this created universe, we now became flesh and blood." God the Father and God the Holy Spirit did not speak themselves into human existence only the Son became human (John 1:14). A Low View of Scripture BA Bible Art - Open Bible │ Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions.com #GLQ PNG (4.0.0).pngThe Shack wants to make God accessible to a hurting world, but its author also has a very low view of Scripture in fact, he mocks anyone who holds that there is such a thing as correct doctrine. In seminary [Mack] had been taught that God had completely stopped any overt communication with moderns, preferring to have them only listen to and follow sacred Scripture, properly interpreted, of course. God's voice had been reduced to paper, and even that paper had to be moderated and deciphered by the proper authorities and intellects. It seemed that direct communication with God was something exclusively for the ancients and uncivilized, while educated Westerners' access to God was mediated and controlled by the intelligentsia. Nobody wanted God in a box, just in a book. Especially an expensive one bound in leather with gilt edges, or was that guilt edges. If one is to teach error, it is important to do away with Scripture, either by adding to it (Mormonism), mistranslating it (Jehovah's Witnesses) or simply mocking it (The Shack and some others in the ”emergent church”). But if you are going to claim to teach about God, you must stick to what He has declared to be His revelation about Himself and His will to us. In other words, correct doctrine, a point stressed numerous times in Scripture (1 Timothy 4:16, 2 Timothy 4:3, Titus 1:9, Titus 2:1). Yes, we are not just to be hearers (and readers) of the Word we are to live it. But we can't live it unless we know it, believe it, and trust it. Otherwise, the God you present is merely a creation of your own imagination and not the God that everyone must stand before on that final day, either as friend or condemned sinner. Exposé - The Shack Book Movie False Teacher Romans 10 17 Sam Worthington Face │ Exposed Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions #GLQ (1.1.0).gifBut it’s only fiction Some defend The Shack by saying it’s only a work of fiction. But if you're going to have God as a character in your fiction, then you must deal with God as He has revealed Himself in Scripture. By using the Trinity as characters, The Shack is clearly indicating that it’s talking about the God of Christianity. But God has said certain things about Himself in Scripture, and much of what’s in this novel contradicts that. More importantly, why does the author feel the need to change the character of God in this story? In a way, he's saying that the God who reveals Himself to us in the Bible is insufficient. The author needs to "improve" the image to make it more palatable. But God never changes Himself so that we can understand Him better. He changes us so that we can see Him as he truly is. If God changed His nature, He would cease to be God. Cross - @ Orange Shining PNG │ Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions.com #GLQ (1.0.0) (2).pngPrayer - Button Gold PNG │ Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions.com Got Questions #GLQ (1.0).pngIf a friend had a cold, abusive father, don't make the God of your story into a warm, loving female to compensate. Show your friend what a true father is like, using the example from Scripture. If your friend is hurting, don't comfort him with soothing lies, such as The Shack's assertion that God does not judge sin. Show him the God of all comfort found in Scripture, the God who was willing to save him from that judgment by sending his Son.Cross - @ Orange Shining PNG │ Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions.com #GLQ (1.0.0) (2).png Wallpaper-Liquid Chrome Gold Metal │#GLQ Got Life Questions GotLifeQuestions.com Recommended Resource: Review of The Shack from Challies.com https://www.gotquestions.org/The-Shack-review.htmlGQ - Got Questions Guy Light Blue Card │ Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions.com #GLQLine - Gold Divider Line │ Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions.com #GLQ (10.1.0).png Line - Gold Divider Line │ Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions.com #GLQ (10.1.0).png"The Shack" Uncovered by Michael Youssef Published on Jul 22, 2008 This Spring, the New York Times bestselling book The Shack by William P. Young will come to the big screen. The emotionally charged story seems to offer a resolution to the problem of pain—those who are struggling with the question, “Where is God when the world is full of brokenness?” Though many readers have labeled Young’s story a compelling work of Christian fiction, discerning believers must ask themselves: Are The Shack’s underlying teachings Biblically sound, or a far reach from the teachings of God’s Word? Though you might be swayed into thinking the god of The Shack is the same as the God of the Bible, there are several problems that arise if we take a close look at The Shack. Here are six concerns that develop as Mack converses with Young’s caricatures of the Trinity. LTW LeadingTthe Way - Michael Youssef Shack Banner │ Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions.com #GLQ (1.1.0).png Beware of the "broad road" theology of The Shack. LOVE VS. JUSTICE Problem #1: According to Young, justice and love are at odds and cannot be reconciled. He reasons that God will never judge people for their sins because He is limited by His love. Neither will He enact eternal judgment upon those who reject Him or send anyone to torment in hell. Exposé - The Shack Book Movie False Teacher William Paul Young 13 Heresies │ Exposed Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions.com #GLQ (1.1.2).pngBut why would Jesus Christ die a criminal’s death on the cross if not to save us from something? What a wasteful and pointless act it would be if Christ did not take on our just punishment, the wrath of God, for our sin. We cannot remove the wrath of God from Scripture. It is as surely a part of His character as His love and mercy are. But God’s wrath is not a human anger that flares up because of wounded pride or envy. His wrath is not self-indulgent, but rather, as theologian J.I. Packer says in his book Knowing God, “a right and necessary reaction to objective moral evil. God is only angry where anger is called for. . . . all God’s indignation is righteous.” The Bible is very clear about why Jesus came to earth, humbly taking on the very nature of a servant (see John 3:16-18, Philippians 2:6-7). Jesus Himself warned about the coming judgment and hell, commissioning His followers to proclaim the Gospel that the lost might be saved—that they might choose life Love - 1 Corinthians 13 Vertical List │ Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions.com #GLQ (1.1.1).png(see Matthew 25:31-46, Revelation 21:6-8). Ultimately, that is what every person must do: Either choose salvation through the atoning blood of Jesus or choose thewrath of the righteous God. Would Mack really want a God who would not punish evil? Would he be okay with a God who would not exert justice for the evil done to his daughter? Would God be good and loving if He said to Mack, “We’ll just let this slide”? Of course not. He shows us His love by both punishing sin and providing us with an escape: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). He is “the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished” (Exodus 34:6-7). UNIVERSALISM: A PERILOUS PARDON Problem #2: Another theme in The Shack that doesn’t square with the Word of God is the idea that God forgives all of humanity, regardless of whether or not they repent and believe in the redeeming work of Jesus. It is an idea rooted in universalism—the belief that all roads lead to God and that Jesus is walking with all people in their different journeys to God, whether they call Him Jesus or Buddha or Allah. In fact, Young asserts that there is no need for faith or reconciliation with God because all people will make it to heaven. BU - Bible Umpire Greek │ Saved sōzō Strongs G4982 Greek Transliteration Romans 10 9 Blue │ BrushCountryUmpires.org TASO Chapter GotLifeQuestions.com #BCU (1.1.0).pngThe Bible is very clear that only those who call on the name of Jesus will be saved: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12. See also 1 Timothy 2:5, Romans 10:9). Universalism is a dangerous and malicious lie. It leads people to think that it doesn’t matter what you believe, sin is not really a problem, and there is really no need for a Savior. Universalism single-handedly destroyed Christianity in much of Europe, and universalism is working hard to destroy the faith of remnant believers in the American church today. Jesus is not the same as Buddha or Krishna He does not hide GQ Click Here GotQuestions.org The Bible Has Answers - What is Universalism! │ Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions #GLQ (1.0.0).jpgbehind such false and impotent gods. He became flesh and dwelt among us that we might know Him. He wants us to know the one true God. He wants the glory that He deserves, for He alone is God: “I am the Lord that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols” (Isaiah 42:8). Are you willing to risk your eternal future on feel-good fluff? Sin is real. It is rebellion against God, and it requires justice. God’s justice and wrath were poured out on Jesus Christ to reconcile us to the holy God (see 1 Peter 2:24-25). But we must have faith in Jesus, confessing His lordship and believing in His resurrection. Jesus calls out to us, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” (Matthew 7:13-14). Beware of the “broad road” theology of The Shack. WHO IS THE POTTER? Problem #3: In The Shack, the god character tells Mack that “submission is not about authority or obedience” and that the Trinity is even submitted to Mack (145). Young is suggesting that God submits to human wishes and choices. The Bible in its entirety points us to the need to submit to God. Submitting is by definition yielding to the authority of another. God created man, and man cannot dictate terms to God. As Isaiah 29:16 says, “You turn things upside down, as if the potter were thought to be like the clay! Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘You did not make me’? Can the pot say to the potter, ‘You know nothing’?” James White - The Potters Freedom Book Defense of the Reformation │ Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions#GLQ (2.0.0).pngGod does not answer to us we answer to God. In this way we remain in His love: “If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete” (John 15:10-11). Submission is about obedience, and that’s because obedience is ultimately about love. Jesus Himself said, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching” (John 14:23). To minimize obedience is to minimize love for God. THE LIVING WORD Problem #4: Young alleges that the Bible limits God, implying that it was man who reduced God’s voice to paper: “Nobody wanted God in a box, just in a book” (66). Thus the Bible is portrayed as inadequate to know God. bible catholic_bible.jpgIf the Bible were simply a book written by man, then it would be about as useful as The Shack. However, the Bible was written over the course of about 1,800 years with many different authors all inspired by the Holy Spirit. They all through various time periods and life experiences tell the same story, pointing us to the Messiah—Jesus, who is the very Word of God made flesh (John 1:1-4, 14). It is through Scripture that God chose to reveal Himself to us. The Bible is a divine product. Jesus Himself trusted the Scriptures and used them to teach about Himself (see Luke 24:44-47). If the risen Lord values, trusts, and feeds on the Bible (see Matthew 4:1-11), should we not also look to it as the saving Gospel it is? Let us therefore heed Paul’s words: Continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:14-17) Exposé - The Shack Book Movie False Teacher William Paul Young Poster Yes or No │ Exposed Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions.com #GLQ (2.1.0).pngENCOUNTERING THE SOVEREIGN, HOLY GOD Problem #5: The God portrayed in The Shack seems casual and unconcerned with holiness, which is inconsistent with what we see in the Bible. Mack’s troubling disrespect and disregard for the Trinity would be impossible if he had encountered the sovereign, holy God. By presenting a god wholly different from the true God revealed in the Bible, Young mocks the importance and uniqueness of the Word of God. He makes the Bible equal to or less than whatever personal imagination anyone might have of God. Mack did not encounter the Holy God of heaven and earth in the shack, but a created god who is controlled and manipulated by man—like an idol that is put away in a closet and brought out when needed. The Shack exchanges “the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being” (Romans 1:23). While it’s a righteous desire to want to know God, Mack’s fictional experience of encountering God is demonstrably inconsistent with what we see in Scripture. It's also a poor sequel to the true story we already have of God’s interactions on earth through Jesus Christ. When Moses asks God to show him His glory, God warns, “You cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live” (Exodus 33:20)—such isBible - PNG Golden Rod KJV Open Book │ Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions.com #GLQ (1.0.0).png the dangerous magnificence of the Father’s glory. We must be careful of assigning any image to Him that diminishes His holiness. In Scripture, when people face the Lord, they fall down in repentance and worship. Isaiah’s response was: “Woe to me! . . . I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty” (Isaiah 6:5). When John is swept up to heaven in a revelation from God and sees the glorified Jesus, he falls at His feet “as though dead” (Revelation 1:17)! When Job was confronted by the Lord as He laid out His majesty, Job replies, “My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes” (Job 42:5-6). God is awesome, and we simply cannot stand in His presence. Neither can we live without Him. Exposé - The Shack Book Movie False Teacher William Paul Young 13 Heresies │ Exposed Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions.com #GLQ (1.0.1).png THE ULTIMATE QUESTION Problem #6: In The Shack, Young tries to answer the important personal question of suffering—and he thinks the answer is to change who God is. But God has already answered this question perfectly according to His true and unchanging character. He answered it with the Gospel. He answered it on the cross. He answered it through Jesus Christ our Lord. As we carefully consider the ideas presented in The Shack, the greater question weYes - Green Button Circle │ Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions.com #GLQ (1.0.0).png must ask ourselves is: Am I willing to accept God’s gift of eternal life as it is revealed in Scripture? Am I willing to accept God’s salvation the way He provided it—even if I want something else that accommodates my wishes, desires, and emotions? Am I willing to accept Truth over what makes me comfortable, realizing that Truth is what I need—for it alone leads to eternal life? We must not allow ourselves to be swayed by emotionalism. We must instead be like the Bereans, who “examined the Scriptures” rather than readily accepting what they heard as Truth (Acts 17:11). Because no story, no matter how compelling, can ever improve upon God’s story of redemption in the Bible. Beloved, the best place to meet God is not at the shack, but at the cross. For the Gospel is the greatest story ever told, and better still, it is true. http://www.ltw.org/read/articles/2017/03/six-major-problems-with-the-shack LTW LeadingTthe Way - Michael Youssef White Banner │ Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions.com #GLQ (2.0.0).jpg.png Line - Gold Divider Line │ Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions.com #GLQ (10.1.0).png Line - Gold Divider Line │ Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions.com #GLQ (10.1.0).pngConversation with the author of "The Shack" CARM Christian Apologetics Research Ministry - White Large Logo │ Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions#GLQ (2.1.1).png The Shack The Shack by Paul Youngby Matt Slick 5/7/2008, updated 2/8/2017 (Matt Slick interviews Paul Young on his radio show) Exposé - The Shack Book Movie False Teacher William Paul Young Seduction of the Church │ Exposed Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions.com #GLQ (1.0.0).pngThe Shack has been a popular book in Christian circles, at least at the time this article was originally written in May of 2008. It is about to be released as a movie starting Sam Worthington. Now, I am not saying we don't want Hollywood to produce good Christian material. But, sad to say, if Hollywood wants to do something Christian, then we need to be cautious. And, if the movie is anything like the book, then there is reason for concern. The Shack is supposed to be the account of man who spent a weekend with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit in a shack in a forest. It is a fictional story1 of Mr. Mackenzie Allen Phillips, written by William P. Young. Exposé - The Shack Book Movie False Teacher William Paul Young │ Exposed Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions#GLQ (1.1.0).pngMack suffers the horrible loss of his young daughter to a serial killer. Of course, Mack is highly distraught and traumatized. The book is about his "healing" via an encounter with the persons of the Trinity who all three take human form and dialogue with him in this cabin and the surrounding countryside. It is written well enough to be an enjoyable read. It has many positive things to say, such as God being loving, that he wants a relationship with us, and that Jesus died for us. However, it has enough things in it to raise a cautionary flag. According to Mack's account, God summoned him, via a note, to a shack - the very one where, apparently, his daughter was killed. In this shack, God the Father appeared to him as an African-American woman (p. 82) named Papa (p. 86). Jesus is a Middle Easterner who "was dressed like a laborer, complete with tool belt... and a plaid shirt with sleeves rolled just above the elbows," (p. 84). The Holy Spirit was an Asian woman (p. 85) who was named Sarayu (p. 87, 110). BA - Holy Bible ESV Black Man Reading Beautiful │ Got Life Questions GotLifeQuestions.com (1.0) (12.0).pngIf you know your Bible, this should trouble you. First of all, Scripture tells us that the Father cannot be seen (John 6:46 1 Tim. 6:16). The Holy Spirit never appears as an individual, but as a dove (Matt. 3:16), wind (John 3:8), and fire (Acts 2:3). Jesus was most certainly Middle Eastern, but it seems highly unlikely he will appear with a tool belt and plaid shirt. Other problems are as follows. The Father had scars on his wrists - like the crucifixion wounds of Christ (p. 95). This is wrong. It was not the Father who was crucified. The person of the Father has no body of flesh and bones as does the Son (John 4:24 Luke 24:39). Yet, in the book, the Father has scars. Perhaps this is supposed to be an expression of how each member of the Godhead shares in the being of the others, but if that is so, shouldn't the representation be biblically accurate? I certainly think so. Therefore, it should not be that the Father would have scars on his wrists - since He has no wrists and He does not appear to anyone (John 6:46 1 Tim. 6:16). On a positive note, The Shack represents the Trinity pretty well. "We are not three gods, and we are not talking about one God with three attitudes, like a man who is a husband, father, and worker. I am one God and I am three persons, and each of the three is fully and entirely the one," (p. 101). That was encouraging, as were other areas that spoke about forgiveness, love, relationships, atonement, etc. But, other important issues surfaced within the pages. In biblical Christianity, there is a doctrine called the Economic Trinity. It describes the relationship of the members of the Godhead with each other as well as with us. For example, the Father sent the Son. The Son did not send the Father, Trinity - Depiction │ Got Life Questions Got Church Questions - GotLifeQuestions.com GotChurchQuestions.org (1.4.0).png(John 6:44 8:18 10:36 1 John 4:14). Jesus came down from heaven, not to do His own will, but the will of the Father (John 6:38). The Father is the head of Christ (1 Cor. 11:3). And, 1 Cor. 15:27-28 speaks of creation being in subjection to Jesus and then in verse 28, Jesus will be subjected to the Father. The Greek word-form for "will be subjected" is 'hupotagasetai,' which is the future, passive, indicative. This means that it is a future event where Jesus will be subjected to the Father forever. All this means is that there is a hierarchy within the Trinity. However, when we turn to page 124 we find this, "So you think that God must relate inside a hierarchy like you do. But we do not." This blatantly contradicts scripture. Therefore, Mack's account cannot be true since it contradicts Scripture. Exposé - The Shack Book Movie False Teacher Romans 10 17 Sam Worthington Face │ Exposed Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions.com #GLQ (1.0.0).pngOn page 99, it says, "When we three spoke ourselves into human existence as the Son of God, we became fully human. We also chose to embrace all the limitations this entailed. Even though we have always been present in this created universe, we now became flesh and blood." This is a direct contradiction to scripture. It was only the son who became flesh. Furthermore, it confuses what the Trinity is (one God in three distinct persons) and risks that the heresy of modalism (that God is one person who takes three different forms). GLQ - Quiet Shack Green Mountain Plain │ GotLifeQuestions.com GotChurchQuestions.org (1.0.0) (8.1).pngOn page 136 it says, "Mackenzie, evil is a word we use to describe the absence of Good, just as we use the word darkness to describe the absence of Light or death to describe the absence of Life. Both evil and darkness can only be understood in relation to Light and Good they do not have any actual existence." Unfortunately, this is humanistic philosophy and is false. Evil is the intent to do harm whether it be physical, emotional, psychological, or spiritual. It is contrary to the will of God (Gen. 6:5 1 Kings 11:6, Matt. 6:13 12:33–37). The Bible clearly tells us that such evil exists and it is not merely the absence of good. Satan is, for the lack of a better term, the manifestation of such evil, (Matt. 13:19 John 17:15 Eph. 6:16). On page 145-146 we find, "Mack was surprised. 'How could that be? Why would the God of the universe want to be submitted to me?' 'Because we want you to join us in our circle of relationship. I don't want slaves to my will I want brothers and sisters who will share life with me.'" We have to ask, is there any place in Scripture where God expresses a desire to be submitted to any individual human being? Nope. If anything, we the creatures are to be in subjection to the Holy and Majestic God of the universe, not the other way around. The Shack reduces the glory of God and elevates the stature of man - something false religious systems do. There was an emphasis in the book on building relationships. This is good. We don't want sterile and stale doctrinal statements governing our relationship with God. We cannot reduce our Holy Lord to such formulas, but the Scriptures do declare certain things about God with a sufficiency and clarity that should guide our understanding of Him. The Bible reveals what God says about Himself. It is what He wants us to know about Him. Therefore, it should guide both our relationship with and understand of God. We relate to God based on how we view God. That is why doctrine matters when it comes to God’s nature, holiness, incomprehensibility, majesty, and so much more. Furthermore, any fellowship with Him cannot occur without the mediatorship of Christ (1 Tim. 2:5). And, if we redefine God and make him into something he is not, then we violate the doctrinal revelation that He has given us in the Bible and commit idolatry. Nevertheless, I had the distinct impression while reading the book that having a proper understanding of God was somehow something to be avoided. “Doctrine” was subtly ridiculed, along with the idea of formal theological training. The Bible, as God's word, was not elevated as the inspired standard of truth. Exposé - The Shack Book Movie False Teacher William Paul Young Group │ Exposed Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions.com #GLQ (1.1.0).pngInstead, subjective experience was repeatedly promoted. Error develops when people look to experience rather than God’s word to guide their spirituality (Gen. 3:6). I'm not saying we should avoid experiencing God. But, we have to be careful not to elevate human doctrines above God himself. Knowing God is not simply about relationship. It is also about truth and knowing Him in truth (John 17:3). We are commanded in the Bible to have both an intimate relationship with God through the person of Christ (1 Cor. 1:9), and to know Him truthfully. We are called to exhort in sound doctrine (Titus 1:9), to "speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine" (Titus 2:1), and to have purity in doctrine (Titus 2:7). Such doctrines include the revelation of God, His nature, His calling, His sovereignty, His holiness, His majesty, His purpose for us, His redemptive work, and all other such teachings which are vitally important to us. These are needed in order to properly understand God and to properly discern if the subjective spiritual experiences we have are true or false. But let's get back to the book. BA Bible Art - Bible Closed Icon PNG │ Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions.com #GLQ (1.0.0).pngOn page 205 God says to Mack, "My words are alive and dynamic-full of life and possibility yours are dead, full of law and fear and judgment. That is why you won't find the word responsibility in the Scriptures." That caught my eye, so I went to my computer Bible program and did a search for the word responsibility. I found that in the New American Standard Bible it occurs four times (Num. 4:16 1 Chr. 9:31 Ezra 10:4 1 Tim. 5:22). It does not occur in the King James. The NIV has it in 13 places. So, that's a problem. Here is another concern. Does God place expectations on us? Does He expect us to believe in Him, to follow Him, to seek to be like Christ, to love others, to worship Him in truth, etc.? Of course He does, yet on page 206 Papa (God the Father) says, "Honey, I've never placed an expectation on you or anyone else. The idea behind expectations requires that someone does not know the future or outcome and is trying to control behavior to get the desired result." Well, this is a problem since God does expect certain things from us, and it is not necessarily true that an expectation from God means He doesn't already know what the result will be. God knows we are sinners, yet expects us to be holy. God says, "you shall be holy, for I am holy," (1 Pet. 1:16). God expects us to pick up our crosses and follow after Christ (Matt. 10:38). So, again, The Shack comes up short. CARM Christian Apologetics Research Ministry - Click Here What is Universalism! │ Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions.com #GLQ (1.2.0).pngUniversalism is the unbiblical teaching that through the atoning work of Christ all people will be saved. The book seems to hint towards that, but I wasn't sure if Mack was saying that God was advocating it. On page 225 we are told by God, "In Jesus, I have forgiven all humans for their sins against me, but only some choose relationship." Logically, if all humans are forgiven of their sins, then all humans go to heaven. This is the doctrine of universalism, and it is a heresy that is contradicted by scripture (Mark 3:28 Matt. 25:46). Exposé - The Shack Book Movie False Teacher Romans 10 17 Sam Worthington Face │ Exposed Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions.com #GLQ (2.0.0).pngSome quotes Following are various quotes extracted from the pages of the book. They reveal the casual and, if I might say, irreverent manner in which the holy and majestic God is portrayed. Anyone who has encountered God in the Old and New Testaments is humbled a great deal and never speaks of God in any casual or flippant manner. See Isaiah 6:1-4 for the biblical response to God's presence and contrast it with the following. Jesus speaking to Mack about the Father who is an African American Woman (p. 89). "Jesus laughed, 'She's a riot!'" Here is a dialogue found on page 90. Mack is speaking to the Father who is listening to music. Exposé - The Shack Book Movie Poster False Teacher William Paul Young │ Exposed Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions.com #GLQ (1.1.0).png"May I ask what you're listening to?" "You really wanna know"? "Sure." Now Mack was curious. "West Coast Juice. Group called Diatribe and an album that isn't even out yet called Heart Trips. Actually," she winked at Mack, "these kids haven't even been born yet." "Right," Mac responded, more than a little incredulous. "West Coast Juice, huh? It doesn't sound very religious." "Oh, trust me, it's not. More like Eurasian funk and blues with a message, and a great beat." She sidestepped toward Mack as if she were doing a dance move and clapped. Mack stepped back. Jesus wiped the Father's (Papa) feet. (p. 105) "'Ooooh, that feels soooo good!' exclaimed Papa, as she continued her tasks at the counter." Jesus and Mack together (p. 108). "'C'mon,' said Jesus, interrupting Mack's thoughts. 'I know you enjoy looking at stars! Want to?' He sounded just like a child full of anticipation and expectancy." Food is being passed around at a table (p. 121). "'Whoa,' said Papa, who had returned from the kitchen with yet another dish. 'Take it easy on those greens, young man. Those things can give you the trots if you ain't careful.'" By a lakeside, skipping stones (pp. 170-171). "As he entered the clearing, he saw Jesus still waiting, still skipping stones." "Hey, I think my best was 13 skips," he said as he laughed and walked to meet Mack. "But Tyler beat me by three and Josh threw one that skipped so fast we all lost count." While Jesus and Mack are walking on water and see a large trout (pp. 175-176). Truth - John 18 37-38 What Is Truth! Morning Coffee Bible Paper Hallelujah NASB │ Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions.com #GLQ (2.0.0).jpgJesus said, "'I've been trying to catch him for weeks, and here he comes just to bait me,' he laughed. Mack watched, amazed, as Jesus started to dodge this way and that, trying to keep up with the fish, and finally gave up. He looked at Mack, excited as a little kid. 'Isn't he great? I'll probably never catch him.'" Jesus and Mack are talking (p. 182). Jesus said, "Those who love me come from every system that exists. They were Buddhists or Mormons, Baptist or Muslims, Democrats, Republicans and many who don't vote or are not part of any Sunday morning or religious institutions. I have followers who were murderers and many who were self-righteous. Some are bankers and bookies, Americans and Iraqis, Jews and Palestinians. I have no desire to make them Christian, but I do want to join them in their transformation into sons and daughters of my Papa, into my brothers and sisters, into my beloved." The Father and Mack are talking about forgiving the man who murdered Mack's daughter (p. 224). "Mack, for you to forgive this man is for you to release him to me and allow me to redeem him." Would you consider the previous examples to be how God would actually speak and behave? Is this how we are to understand God? Is this scriptural?Exposé - The Shack Book Movie False Teacher William Paul Young Poster Yes or No Stamp │ Exposed Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions.com #GLQ (2.1.1).pngConclusion GQ Click Here GotQuestions.org The Bible Has Answers - What is Universalism! │ Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions #GLQ (1.0.0).jpgIs it worth reading and supporting a book that is 90% good and 10% bad even if that book helps people? A lot of people would say yes. But, the Bible warns us about just such a thing. "Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough?" (1 Cor. 5:6). The Shack is full of good things. It has some important theological problems, some issues that directly contradict scripture, and it presents an irreverent and casual attitude toward God. Yes, there are nice things in it and people might even be helped by the book. But so what? There are some nice things in Mormonism, too. Should we encourage people to read the Book of Mormon because Mormonism might help someone feel better? Not at all. Sadly, experience has shown me that most Christians aren't interested in biblical fidelity. No, I'm not talking about biblical nit-picking. I'm talking about fidelity to the revealed word of God to the point where we don't contradict what is plainly stated in scripture! We Christians should regard the word of God as the final authority on all things, and any supposed accounts of actual occurrences should be compared to scripture, not our feelings, wants, and desires. In the case of The Shack, the book falls woefully short of scriptural truth in many important areas and has the strong ability to mislead people regarding God's nature, work, and plan for us. Again, I do not recommend it. Wallpaper-Liquid Chrome Gold Metal │#GLQ Got Life Questions GotLifeQuestions.com Exposé - The Shack Book Movie False Teacher Romans 10 17 Sam Worthington Face │ Exposed Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions.com #GLQ (2.0.0).pngBook Review Update Proverbs 6 16-19 - God Hates 7 Seven Things │ GotLifeQuestions.com GotChurchQuestions.org.jpgOn July 9, 2008, I interviewed the author of The Shack on my radio show. William P. Young, who goes by Paul Young, defended his book and everything in it. He denied the economic trinity. He justified writing his work under the umbrella of imagery and representing the Father as being seen, and as a black woman. It took numerous times for me to get him to admit that the Father was not crucified. He repeatedly would not answer my question about his statement that God in Jesus has forgiven all people of their sins - which He has not done. After asking him about this over and over, he would only respond with "Jesus is the savior of the world." It was a real problem trying to get him to answer. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this book. Wallpaper-Liquid Chrome Gold Metal │#GLQ Got Life Questions GotLifeQuestions.com 1.On page 247 of the book in the "Afterward" the author says, "Well, there you have it - at least as it was told to me. I am sure there will be some who wonder whether everything really happened as Mack recalls it, or if the accident and morphine made him just a little bit loopy. As for Mack, he continues to live his normal productive life and remains adamant that every word of the story is true." In my radio interview with the author, he stated it was fiction. I found this to be confusing since the afterword implies it is not. Matt Slick About The Author Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry. CARM Christian Apologetics Research Ministry - Blue World Logo │ Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions.com #GLQ (1.0.0).jpgRelated Articles The Shack, a short article The Shack is only fiction Doctrine Grid The Plurality Study Legion Shutter Island Original Source: https://carm.org/the-shack Line - Gold Divider Line │ Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions.com #GLQ (10.1.0).png Line - Gold Divider Line │ Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions.com #GLQ (10.1.0).pngErrors in the Book "The Shack" by William P Young Uploaded on May 29, 2009Line - Gold Divider Line │ Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions.com #GLQ (10.1.0).png Line - Gold Divider Line │ Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions.com #GLQ (10.1.0).png"The Shack" in Light of the Bible with guest Larry DeBruyn Published on Jul 22, 2008 Remember to subscribe to our channel to keep up to date on when our new videos are ready! Crosstalk America Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/crosstalkamerica Here is the link to listen to the entire program and/or download the mp3: http://www.crosstalkamerica.com/shows... Exposé - The Shack Larry DeBruyn Unshackled As Above So Below │ Exposed Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions.com #GLQ (1.0.0).jpgHost: Ingrid Schlueter Guest: Larry DeBruyn Pastor Larry DeBruyn is the pastor of Franklin Road Baptist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. He's the author of the book: Church on the Rise: Why I'm Not a Purpose Driven Pastor. Ingrid began this edition of Crosstalk by mentioning a popular book entitled, The Shack, by William Young. She encouraged listeners to call if they had heard of the book, and the phone lines filled rapidly. Callers gave various brief testimonies, proving how word-of-mouth promotion is causing many to become aware of this book. According to Pastor DeBruyn, Young is the child of missionary parents in New Guinea. While he was an MK, he was abused by the very tribal people his parents were trying to reach abusExposé - Larry DeBruyn Eve Lies We Believe About Eve and The Shack │ Grace Truth Spirit GotLifeQuestions.com #GLQ (1.0.0).pnge which is said to have continued while he was in missionary school. Being an allegory, Pastor DeBruyn believes The Shack is an attempt by Young to work out some of his reservations about God and some of the things that happened to him. The problem with this book is the counterfeit trinity that it presents. The representations of each individual in this allegorical trinity have serious defects. Pastor DeBruyn explains these defects from the Bible with great simplicity and clarity, proving that The Shack, regardless of its high-profile endorsements, is best avoided. 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