THE SHACK - Exposing New Age Pagan Teachings in THE SHACK
Written and compiled by CHris Lawson (January 12, 2012)


Exposing the Deception of New Age Pagan Teachings in THE SHACK

Articles, Book Reviews and Concerns from Pastors, Teachers and Christian Apologetics Ministries

Written and compiled by Chris Lawson
(Updated February 27, 2014)

Introductory note on commentary and research article compilation.

Please note that this page is a listing of materials and brief commentary, which format and length is subject to change and be added to as time permits. Like our SRN Have Heart - Exposing The Deception of 'Christian' Clairaudience archive page, and our SRN Todd Bentley Heresies and Violent Spirituality page, which have changed over time, this page too will be updated and expanded. We recommend linking to this page, instead of cutting and pasting it - as it will no doubt grow in the future.

A Closer Look at The Shack - where tragedy confronts eternity

William P. Young's best selling book The Shack is considered by many solid Bible-based ministries to contain New Age teachings, and even occult overtones. 

Heresy and false teaching of any kind should never be permitted in any Christian Church [or Christian bookstore] regardless of whether or not it is fiction.   As a result of The Shack's acceptance in many Christian [and non-Christian] circles, we have created this web page in order to help expose the false teachings in The Shack.  Many people have written and thanked us for doing so.

Please note that all of the authors and reviews listed below write from the viewpoint of upholding the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired Word of God, inerrant and infallible in the original manuscripts, and the supreme and final authority in matters of faith and life, interpreted by the Holy Spirit to each individual believer.  As such, the teachings of Scripture and God's Gospel are not to be toyed with and changed around to fit one's own personal fancy.

The Five Basic Doctrines of the Christian Faith are essential to every Christians faith in Christ.   The author of The Shack subverts various essential doctrines of the Christian faith in his book.  In doing so, he conveys what he thinks about God and Christ according to his own Universalist teachings.

You say, "Surely you jest!"   No!  For solid documentation based on factual testimony about this, please read The Story Behind The Story in James B. De Young's Burning Down The Shack.  In this chapter of De Young's book, he clearly reveals and documents how William Paul Young [The Shack] personally handed De Young [Burning Down The Shack] his "103-page, single-spaced...embrace of universal reconciliation" - previous to William P. Young's publication of The Shack.

The following is one of the subtitles in De Young's book Burning Down The Shack, which exposes Paul Young's beliefs.  Found on page XIII we read this:

The Unacknowledged Background to The Shack: Paul's Embrace of universal Reconciliation

Several more subtitles in Burning Down The Shack include, To Continue the Story behind the Novel: Paul's Life Changed by His Embrace of Universal Reconciliation (p.XV) , and, Examples from Paul's Defense of Universal Reconciliation (p.XVI).

It is the responsibility of pastors, teachers and church elders, to not only nurture and feed God's flock, but to expose heresy, aberrant teachings, false teachers and false prophets - in order to faithfully and lovingly WARN God's flock.   Those that fail to do so not only disqualify themselves from serving in a position of biblical Eldership and leadership, but they end up lead others astray!

"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first"    (2Thessalonians 2:3)
A falling away of the Christian faith is certainly happening across the world.  Sadly, many of those who are a part of it are wholeheartedly embracing the counterfeit universal reconciliation Jesus that William Paul Young has ever-so-craftily created in The Shack.


"This book has the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan's 'Pilgrim's Progress' did for his. It's that good!" 
        -----Eugene Peterson, author of The Message (Front cover endorsement)

"God, who is the ground of all being, dwells in, around, and through all things....” [panentheism]
        -----The Shack's "Jesus." [William Young, The Shack (Windblown Media, 2007), p.112]
"Those who love me come from every system that exists. They were Buddhists or Mormons, Baptists or Muslims.... 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.”
        -----The Shack's "Jesus." [William Young, The Shack (Windblown Media, 2007) ,p.182]

QUOTE FROM  - A Course in Miracles

"The esoteric spiritual traditions -- whether Christian mystics, Hebrew Kabbalists, Zen Buddhists, Islamic Sufis, or Hindu yogis -- all have specific practices to help individuals overcome this great 'illusion of separation' and to experience the One True Self, which is in us all."
       ----- A Course in Miracles, as "dictated" to channeler Helen Schucman in 1977 by her spirit guide who claimed to be "Jesus." (Foundation for Inner Peace, 1976) ,p.149] 

Windblown Media's incredible attempt to explain away the doctrinal problems:

Is The Shack Heresy?
In the third paragraph down at this WindBlownMedia.Com link , The Shack, collaborator Wayne Jacobsen says this:
What is surprising, however, is the hostile tone of false accusation and the conspiracy theories that some are willing to put on this book.  Some have even warned others not to read it or they will be led into deception.  It saddens me that people want to use a book like this to polarize God’s family, whether it’s overenthusiastic reader thrusting it in someone’s face telling them they ‘must read’ this book, or when people read their own theological agendas into a work, then denounce it as heresy.
Wayne Jacobson also writes in the fifth paragraph:
What do I think?  I tire of the self-appointed doctrine police, especially when they toss around false accusations like ‘new age conspiracy’, ‘counterfeit Jesus’ or ‘heresy’ to promote fear in people as a way of advancing their own agenda.  What many of them don’t realize is that research actually shows that more people will buy a book after reading a negative review than they do after reading a positive one.  It piques their curiosity as to why someone would take so much time to denounce someone else’s book.
One more thought on this one. 
How is it that biblical preachers, teachers, theologians and apologetics ministries are denouncing The Shack [SEE COMPILED REOURCES BELOW], and yet WindBlownMedia.Com, Wayne Jacobsen, and Williams Paul Young are continuing to defend the serious theological errors in The Shack?
Ephesians 4:14-15 seems to shed some light on this:
"...that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— ..."
WindBlownMedia.Com...tossed to and fro...wind of doctrine...?
That 2443 we [henceforth] be 5600 no more 3371 children 3516, tossed to and fro 2831 , and 2532 carried about with 4064 every 3956 wind 417 of doctrine 1319, by 1722 the sleight 2940 of men 444, [and] cunning craftiness 1722 3834, whereby 4314 they lie in wait 3180 to deceive 4106;
Thayer's Lexicon definition Greek word definition for "tossed to and fro" [Strong's number 2831]":
1) to be tossed by the waves
2) metaph. to be agitated (like the waves) mentally
Thayer's Lexicon definition Greek word definition for "carried about with" [Strong's number 4064]":
1) to carry round, to bear about everywhere with one
2) to carry here and there
3) to be driven
a) in doubt and hesitation to be led away now to this opinion, now to that
Now look at Thayer's Lexicon definition for "cunning craftiness" [Strong's number 3834]:
1) craftiness, cunning
2) a specious or false wisdom
3) in a good sense, prudence, skill, in undertaking and carrying on affairs
Read more in context here at Blue Letter Bible Ephesians 4:14

October 7, 2011

New Website From Christian Apologetics Ministry (CARM) Exposing The Shack Heresy

The following is from the CARM Newsletter 10/6/11:
"NNU, Paul Young, The Shack - Northwest Nazarene University hosted Paul Young, the author of The Shack, on September 22 in Nampa Idaho.  Several people joined me in passing out literature as well as holding up signs in front of the Campus.  You may or may not be aware of the anti-biblical teachings that are throughout the book. (If you're interested in finding out more, go here).  Also, here's a video of the event including a dialogue between the author of The Shack, Paul Young, and myself." [Matt Slick]

June 29, 2010

The Shack Author Says: "The God of Evangelical Christianity is a Monster."

NewsSource: Lighthouse Trails Research Project

This past Friday night, author and researcher Ray Yungen attended a lecture at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon to hear The Shack author William Paul Young. The name of Young's talk was "Can God Really Be That Good?" During the talk, Young told the audience that "the God of evangelical Christianity is a monster." He was referring to the evangelical belief that God is a God of judgment and will judge the unbelieving. Young also rejects the biblical view of atonement (wherein Jesus died as a substitute for us to pay the price of our sins). This view by Young is evident in a radio interview he had one year ago where he rejected this view of the atonement. He echoes the sentiments of William Shannon and Brennan Manning, who both say that the God who punishes His own son to pay for the sins of others does not exist:

He is the God who exacts the last drop of blood from His Son, so that His just anger, evoked by sin, may be appeased. This God whose moods alternate between graciousness and fierce anger - a God who is still all too familiar to many Christians - is a caricature of the true God. This God does not exist. (Shannon, Silence on Fire, p. 110, also see Manning who stated the very same thing in Above All, pp. 58-59)

Young told the audience that his book has now sold 14 million copies. He says that he believes his book has been a "god thing" to heal people's souls because so many people have been tainted by this evangelical God.

Young said his book is so effective because when you put something in a story form it gets past mental defenses.

Young's obvious distain for Christianity (in a derogatory manner, he said there are "1.4 million" rules in the evangelical church) is shown in his book as well when The Shack's "Jesus" states: "I have no desire to make them [people from all religious and political backgrounds] Christian, but I do want to join them in their transformation into sons and daughters of my Papa" (p. 184).

Young asked "evangelicals," "Do you want to hold onto your darkness?" and answered for them, "No, you want to get rid of it."

Related Information:

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Burning Down 'The Shack': How the 'Christian' Bestseller is Deceiving Millions [Paperback]

Product Description (From
Millions have bought into the theology of Paul Young, whose book, The Shack, which portrays God as a loving, black woman. Similar changes in appearance were given to Jesus and the Holy Spirit. The story of pain and redemption then resonated with the public. 

But is Young's worldview important? Is his theology that big a deal?

James De Young thinks so. In fact, it's so important that he's written a compelling challenge to The Shack. In Burning Down the Shack, De Young manages to shed important light on the implications of Young's pluralistic faith, and provides readers with a gripping counter-balance to the popular little volume that's spent many weeks on the best-seller lists.

Exploring the nature and character of God, from Scripture, De Young concludes that it is necessary to proceed carefully with The Shack, lest important truths be skewed and even jettisoned. Without being confrontational, De Young makes the case that dangers can lurk under the foundation.

About the Author (From
James B. De Young is professor of New Testament Language and Literature at Western Seminary, Portland, OR, where he has taught for thirty-four years. seeking to extend Christian values to the community of Portland. He has served as chairman of the Hermeneutics section within the Evangelical Theological Society and he's published several books


Articles, Reviews and Radio programs exposing pagan, New Age, occult teachings in The Shack

Refashioning God: RE-imagining, RE-inventing, RE-novating, RE-painting, RE-creating GOD
By T.A. MacMahon (The Berean Call)
Mar 19, 2009  - In an interview with Pastor Kendall Adams of KAYP Radio, Paul Young denied the substitutionary Atonement of Christ, William P. Young (Author of The Shack)
By Eric Barger
By Mike Oppenheimer (Let Us Reason)
by Lighthouse Trails Blog

A review by James B. De Young (PDF Version - 39 pages)  

Revisiting The Shack and Universal Reconciliation
A shorter review by James B. De Young (PDF Version - 9 pages)  
by Lighthouse Trails

by More Books and Things
by Dave Hunt and T.A. McMahon  [Play MP3  |  Printer Friendly Version]
Audio - Test all Things Radio Show (Fran Sankey of Tower To Truth Ministries)
by Chris Lawson (SRN)
by Calvary Distribution Blog (Posted by keyansoltani in Untagged, Aug 3, 2008)
by Lighthouse Trails
by Lighthouse Trails
by Warren Smith
(Former New Age practitioner Warren Smith warns of the New Age teachings in The Shack)
by John Lanagan
(Exposes occult aspects, including 'Papa [female Hawaiian goddess] in The Shack)
by Berit Kjos   Exposes dangerous occult teachings brought forth through The Shack and A Course in Miracles.
by Larry DeBruyn
(Exposes dangerous dynamics of vain imaginations that lead to subtle and blatant idolatry - in The Shack)
by Pastor Larry Debruyn
by Pastor Larry Debruyn
by Mike Oppenheimer (Let Us Reason Ministries)
by Tim Challies
(An in-depth expose' of the false teachings found William P. Young book, The Shack)
by Pastor Gary Gilley
by Pastor Jeffrey Whittaker

Secular news articles exposing problems in The Shack

'Shack' opens doors, but critics call book 'scripturally incorrect'
by USA Today

A reminder from A.W. Tozer about wrong ideas about God

“Wrong ideas about God are not only the fountain from which the polluted waters of idolatry flow; they are themselves idolatrous. The idolater simply imagines things about God and acts as if they were true.

Perverted notions about God soon rot the religion in which they appear. The long career of Israel demonstrates this clearly enough, and the history of the Church confirms it. So necessary to the Church is a lofty concept of God that when that concept in any measure declines, the Church with her worship and her moral standards decline along with it. The first step down for any church is taken when it surrenders its high opinion of God..."
- A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy (HarperCollins: San Francisco), 1961, p. 4.

Concluding note from Spiritual Research Network

As a result of posting The Shack page here on our Spiritual Research Network (SRN) website, the ministry of SRN has sufferred the loss of donor support.  Nonetheless, The Shack page will continue to remain here. 

Our ministry, like other ministries exposing the false teachings in The Shack, is helping to un-confuse many people who have been confused by the false teachings of The Shack

The links and information on this page have also helped people see clearly the undiscerning actions of those who have given endorsement to the The Shack.

The many links BELOW provide more than ample evidence regarding the false teachings in The Shack.

The authors and ministries that have researched, written and spoken out about the false teachings in The Shack have done so whilst upholding the historic, Biblical, Christian faith, which The Shack author undermines.

For proof positive that The author of The Shack is a Universalist, and not a Biblical Christian, see the very clear explanation of all the details in Burning Down The Shack, which was written by a former, personal, close friend of The Shack author William P. Young.




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