The Shack is such a highly popular book with the emergent church, that we thought it deserved to be noted here. It is one of the most popular books sold in Christian bookstores, yet is is a very dangerous book filled with heresies and blasphemy. We as Concerned Nazarenes are also very concerned that this book comes highly recommended by many Nazarene pastors, and even District Superintendents have recommended it, one calling it a great missional book.
It is far from that, and it is sad to see so many Nazarenes with so little discernment, especially those in leadership positions, praising such a book. We have not written any extensive reviews, but since there are so many excellent biblically supported critiques of the book, there seems to be no need for more. Dr. Michael Youssef’s summary below is dead on target in pointing out the major problems in the book, and there are even more. It is not a good devotional book; it is not a book to especially give to young Christians who have not matured as Christians and therefore lack discernment; it is a book that distorts who God is, who the Trinity is, and many more false conceptions of God. Let’s stick to the Bible.
Thirteen Heresies in The Shack
Dr. Michael Youssef, Leading the Way Ministries
1. God the Father was crucified with Jesus.
2. God is limited by His love and cannot practice justice.
The Bible declares that God’s love and His justice are two sides of the same coin — equally a part of the personality and the character of God (Isaiah 61:8; Hosea 2:19).
3. On the Cross, God forgave all of humanity, whether they repent or not. Some choose a relationship with Him, but He forgives them all regardless.
4. Hierarchical structures, whether they are in the Church or in the government, are evil.
5. God will never judge people for their sins.
6. There is not a hierarchical structure in the Godhead, just a circle of unity.
7. God submits to human wishes and choices.
8. Justice will never take place because of love.
9. There is no such a thing as eternal judgment or torment in hell.
10. Jesus is walking with all people in their different journeys to God, and it doesn’t matter which way you get to Him.
11. Jesus is constantly being transformed along with us.
12. There is no need for faith or reconciliation with God because everyone will make it to heaven.
13. The Bible is not true because it reduces God to paper.
|Dr. Youssef’s excellent sermon on this book can be seen online at his website, Leading the Way.|