Deep Concern For Those Being Influenced By The Shack This book is being used by many Christians as an evangelism tool and of late we have heard that it is being used as a Bible Study tool for a local church nearby.
Sadly, several Calvary Chapel ministers [have endorsed], and many, many more in other fellowships and denominations, are not speaking out against this false teaching, and many are willing to carry the book in their bookstores. Some churches are even allowing William P. Young, the author, to come speak at their churches.
From a biblical perspective as well as a former Calvary Pastor myself, I believe most Calvary Pastors would caution against endorsing or promoting this book, let alone using it to 'teach us about God and Jesus'. I caution people regularly about this book and the false Gospel and occult teachings that it conveys.
To note, 'Papa', the rolereversal female illustration for God the Father, is actually.... "Papa: The Goddess of Nature and the Hawaiian Goddess of the Divine Feminine and Magnetism"
PLEASE NOTE: I am not willing in this email to add hyperlinks for you to visit websites with this occult teaching. The nature of many websites that define and elaborate on the pagan deity Papa show forth clearly that this is a demonic entity.
Some would say I am overreacting, but I am not. If you give the Bible teaching Pastors, the Christian Apologetics ministries, and the Christian Counter-cult and occult exposing ministries a fair chance, by reading the literature that we and many others have written, I believe you will see clearly too that THE SHACK is extremely problematic and downright heretical to no end.
Caveat emptor! [Latin for 'Let the buyer beware!']
If your pastor, church leaders, youth minister, church Elders, etc., have been loving and gleaning 'new insights' from THE SHACK, you ought to be doubly concerned... I say this after doing my own homework very extensively, and from many angles, and from examining this book in light of God's truth - The Holy Bible!
It is you, Christian and non-Christian alike that I am concerned for. I take the time...make the time, to research, write, investigate, cross examine, and more so that you will be warned of danger and pointed back to the Jesus Christ of the Bible, to sound healthy Bible teaching, and to churches that WILL not give in to the latest fad's and winds of false doctrine. I am willing to spend and be spent for you!
Lastly, I spent over ten years (1992-2003) serving my heart out, laboring, and ministering to people, who, some of which are now today gobbling up THE SHACK as if it were Gospel Truth. I never would have thought, in a million years, that some of these people would deviate from sound doctrine and give heed to the Christ-rejecting, God the Father-dishonoring, Holy Spirit-distorting teachings in this book.
I appeal to you and your families as a brother in Christ who cares for your souls:
Please consider reading some of the Articles and Book Reviews below, about William P. Young's, THE SHACK.
These articles and reviews have been written by people who care more about the purity of God's Gospel and the salvation of souls than the oooohhhh's and the aaaahhhh's of the crowds.
In the words of Paul the Apostle:
O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge - by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen (1 Timothy 6:20-21)
Unwavering and for God's glory alone,
Chris Lawson, President Spiritual Research Network
ARTICLES AND BOOK REVIEWS EXPOSING PAGAN, NEW AGE AND OCCULT TEACHINGS IN THE SHACK
Spriritual Research Network in Agreement with Calvary Chapel Distribution Not Giving Endorsement to William P. Young's, The Shack - By Chris Lawson (Spiritual Research Network)
Review of THE SHACK from Calvary Distribution by Calvary Distribution (Posted by keyansoltani in Untagged, August 3, 2008)
UPDATE ON THE SHACK: New Age Similarities, Continued Popularity, and Calvary Chapel Official Statement by Lighthouse Trails
The Shack's Wayne Jacobsen Resonates with Contemplative and Emerging Writers by Lighthouse Trails
The Shack and Its New Age Leaven - God IN Everything? by Warren Smith (Former New Age practitioner Warren Smith warns of the New Age teachings in The Shack)
The Shack: Father-goddess Rising by John Lanagan (Exposes occult aspects, including 'Papa [female Hawaiian goddess] in The Shack)
Deceived by a counterfeit "Jesus" - The twisted "truths" of The Shack & A Course in Miracles by Berit Kjos (Exposing dangerous occult teachings brought forth through The Shack and A Course in Miracles [spiritism])
The Shack: Imagination, Image, and Idolatry by Larry DeBruyn (Expose' on the dangerous dynamics of vain imaginations that lead to subtle and blatant idolatry - in The Shack)
RELATIONSHIP ON THE ROCKS! by Pastor Larry Debruyn (The Consequence of Role-Reversals in The Shack - Part 1)
THE DIVINE-HUMAN RELATIONSHIP by Pastor Larry Debruyn (The Consequence of Role-Reversals in The Shack - Part 2)
Shocked by The Shack by Mike Oppenheimer (Let Us Reason Ministries) (Expose' on The Shack - "A popular allegory that changes Jesus and Christianity")
A Reader's Review of The Shack by Tim Challies (An in-depth expose' of the false teachings found William P. Young book, The Shack)
The Shack by William P. Young: A Book Review - by Pastor Gary Gilley
The Shack: Evangelicals "Shacking Up" with new Age Concepts - by Orrel Steinkamp
In My Father's House There Are Many SHACKS? - by Pastor Jeffrey Whittaker (A Critical Essay of William Paul Young's THE SHACK - Part 1)
A GOD MADE IN OUR OWN IMAGE - by Pastor Jeffrey Whittaker (A Critical Essay of William Paul Young's THE SHACK - Part 2)
SECULAR NEWS ARTICLES EXPOSING PROBLEMS WITH THE SHACK
'Shack' opens doors, but critics call book 'scripturally incorrect' by USA Today
"For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ. And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God."
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.