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The Shack - Should A Christian Read This Book?
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Written by Toby Brillon   
Saturday, 24 January 2009 15:53


There is currently a phenomenon going on in the Christian book world and it is called, "The Shack".  But did you know that this book wages war on Biblical Christianity and holds heretical and blaspheming ideas against God?


 This book is written by William P. Young who initially wrote it for his six children and had no intention of publishing the finished work.  In fact, William P. Young is no author at all.  On his web site he lists his unrelated work experience and expresses his surprise over the success of the book.  William P. Young is no theologian and has no teaching or preaching credentials, he simply considers himself a Christian.


However, this now famous author has the number one selling fiction book on the New York Times Best Sellers List for the past 35 weeks (at the time of this post) with over four million copies sold to date.  You cannot enter a Christian book store or visit a Christian web site without stumbling across some reference to this book or the book itself being sold.  But there are problems within the pages of “The Shack”, and when I say problems I am speaking of blasphemous heretical problems.


The one thing that I want you to take away from this post is to STAY AWAY FROM THE SHACK!  


Perhaps you are wondering how a number one, best-selling book could be so bad.  You may have friends or family that are reading or have read the book, or perhaps you yourself have read or are reading this book .... this article is a warning for all.


The Problems (Heresies/Blasphemies) Of “The Shack”


The first thing people need to realize about this book is that it was not written by a theologian, pastor, teacher, or any other studied man of Scripture.  It was written by a man to his children in an effort to comfort them in their family’s loss of a loved one.  The intention of this book was to comfort and console - not to promote sound doctrine or expound Scripture.


The second point to remember is that this book is a work of fiction.  Any reader should take it as no more than such.  However, this is the danger of the book.  Many have problems separating the teachings in this book as fictional from the truth of the Bible.  Herein lies the problem, people apply the fictitious teachings of “The Shack”  to their spiritual beliefs and this is where the heresy begins.


Below is a list of thirteen heresies contained within the book.  The teachings are an outright assault on Biblical teaching and Jesus Christ Himself.  “The Shack” is a man-centered “feel-good” book that takes the focus away from the resurrected Christ and His redeeming sacrifice on the cross, and elevates man to a high and prideful state.


Thirteen Heresies In “The Shack”



  1. God the Father was crucified with Jesus.
  2. God is limited by His love and cannot practice justice.
  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.


(Thirteen Heresies compiled by Dr. Michael Youssef)




These “thirteen heresies” are all discussed or implied within the pages of “The Shack” and this is why you should keep away from this book.  As mentioned previously people generally apply false teaching into their sound teaching and soon become “derailed” and are forever changed by their changing faith.


Perhaps the final answer is to simply read your Bible!  Many times I have spoken with people that say they are “avid readers” who read “ all the time”, yet when asked the last time they read their Bible the answer is disappointing.  We truly have the Truth and the Words of God contained within the pages of the Bible!  Why would we forsake that to read damaging and assaulting books that are contrary to the Bible?  It is not my intent to convey that you cannot or should not read anything other than the Bible.  I would simply like to convey that you should be reading your Bible more than you are reading anything else!

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written by Deborah, December 06, 2016
I have read this book and what I took from it is, a world that is wrestling with how Christians have a belief in a God they can not see. This book points out how the non-Christian can not and will not believe in something they can not see. This book in no way should be taking as truth. A Christian should not make this a Christian based book, it is however just a fictional book just like Narnia the movie they have made into a movie with Christian undertones while it is a movie with morals as the undertones.Whatever you read and see and hear make sure you test it all with God's word the Bible and never put anything before God ever.

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