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Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Explanation of The Shack Critique
I was first made aware of the 2007-2008
best-selling book, THE SHACK, by a co-worker, who stated, “This is the best
book I have ever read.” I accepted the book and took it home to read because
the cover listed raves reviews by Eugene Peterson, the author of The Message,
and Michael W. Smith, Christian recording artist. Nevertheless, it sat on my
nightstand for weeks and for some reason, I couldn’t bring myself to read it.
The day I decided to return the unread book to my co-worker, I received a
letter and monthly catalog from Southwest Radio Church. The correspondence read,
“The Shack” teaches New Age thought.
“Ah-ha!” I thought, “Now I know why I
couldn’t read this book.”
The Holy Spirit had kept me from
reading until I could be warned of the errors within. Then He gave me the
desire to read as an exercise in discernment.
As I read The Shack, not only was I horrified
by the blasphemy, but I found my co-worker had underlined, highlighted, and
starred statements in this book that were disturbing to say the least.
Continuing to read, I was appalled at the lies, half-truths, and speculations
made about our God. I did realize this book was supposed to be fiction, however
when you take real characters [i.e. Abraham Lincoln] and put them in fictional
situations, giving them fictional words, you confuse truth and those reading – something the enemy of our souls
When I got to about chapter five, I
felt the Lord say to my heart, “You need to write this down.” So, I reread from
the beginning documenting the major errors and the scriptures the Lord gave to
refute each error. It took me at least two months to finish.
Of course, this was in 2008 when The
Shack paperback was all the rage. At that time, I sadly discovered many in my
church had read the book and loved it. Once I typed up the errors with the
scripture references, I distributed this critique to a few interested
individuals and then the Lord prompted me to mail it to area church pastors,
some, of whom I learned, were using The Shack as a Bible study.
At the same time, Southwest Radio
Church offered a DVD entitled, “The Death of Discernment” by Eric Barger, an
apologist I had the privilege to hear in person at the Ohio Christian Education
Association Conference in Akron, Ohio, several years earlier. I purchased the
video and was further enlightened.
It’s my opinion everything we read
teaches something and affects us in some way. I also know some have been
comforted or helped by reading THE SHACK, but the end does not justify the
means. PS. 11:1-3“In the Lord I put my trust, how can you say
to my soul, ‘Flee as a bird to your mountain’? For look! The wicked bend their
bow. They make ready their arrow on the string, that they may shoot secretly at the upright in heart. If
the foundations are destroyed, what
can the righteous do?”
After I wrote and distributed the critique,
I thought this was over. But now Hollywood has made it a movie. People who won’t
read the book will see the movie.
Listen, just because The Shack is
fiction does not mean it won’t affect your understanding of who God is. It
plants subtle lies to undermine and suppress the Truth of God in
Teaching the Holy Word of God is the spiritual
gift the Lord bestowed on me. The enemy was strong in this book and I literally
fought and prayed my way through it. The Shack sought to change what the Lord had
already taught me through the Truth of His Word.
I am hoping I am not too late posting The Shack Critique (see separate page
on this blog).
I have only been called to inform of The
Shack’s error to keep many from being deceived. Please use the critique as reference guide whenever there is a
question regarding THE SHACK. Yet, what you do with this information is between
you and Almighty God.