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
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!
QUOTES FROM - The Shack
"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:
2) metaph. to be agitated (like the waves) mentally
2) to carry here and there
3) to be driven
2) a specious or false wisdom
3) in a good sense, prudence, skill, in undertaking and carrying on affairs
New Website From Christian Apologetics Ministry (CARM) Exposing The Shack Heresy
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 inÂ 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."
BURNING DOWN THE SHACK!
Product Description (From Amazon.com)
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 Amazon.com)
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
Revisiting The Shack and Universal Reconciliation
Update on the Shack: New Age Similarities, Popularity Continues, and Calvary Chapel Gives Official Statement
Secular news articles exposing problems in The Shack
A reminder from A.W. Tozer about wrong ideas about God
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..."
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.