Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Addition to My Review of "The Shack"

Over a year ago, I wrote a review of the very popular book, The Shack. Since that time, the book continues to be widely read among Christians and continues to deceive many people with false doctrine. Recently, I realized I had left out one of the most important points I should have made, so I revised my review and included the following in the section, "An Unbiblical View of Salvation." (Note: My complete review is found here.)

On page 110, “Jesus” makes a statement that is nothing short of heresy. He says, “I am the best way any human can relate to Papa (God the Father) or Sarayu (The Holy Spirit).” What? Jesus says he is the “best” way to God, thereby implying that there are other ways. Such a statement as this is by itself enough to relegate this book to the trash can. The real Jesus of the Bible would never have said such a thing. Instead, He said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 16:6, NASB). Notice the use of the word “the” instead of “a” or “the best.” Reducing Jesus to “a” way to God or “the best” way to God robs Him of His deity, His glory, and the value of His redemptive work.

Jesus also said, “…unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins” (John 8:24, NASB). There is no wiggle room in that statement. Jesus did not give people freedom to "sort of" believe in Him but to also make their own way. He is the way. He is the only way. It doesn’t make any difference what anyone thinks or feels about it. If a person believes he can get to God in any other way besides through the Lord Jesus Christ, he is very badly fooled. This truth is further underscored in the Book of Acts. "And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12, NASB).


  1. ...but it is a best seller in evangelical churches...

  2. Is this thing actually for sale in Christian bookstores (I don't get out much)?

  3. I still haven't read it, and I here and now resolve not to.

  4. Man vs. Suburbs Guy - Yes, it is for sale in "Christian" book stores, online Christian book sellers, and everywhere else books are sold. Millions of copies are in print. It is a sad commentary on the lack of biblical knowledge today.

  5. The Shack...don't get me started.
    Its pages wouldn't make good "fire starter" under a pile of wood.
    Think I'll follow the blog.

  6. I also thought "The Shack" was very unbiblical.
    unfortunately, most want to be entertained.
    I enjoyed your blog! Great insights!
    100 ways to be more loving
    God Bless, Bob

  7. I have been in the ministry for over 60 years. I have seen Satan use every means there is to deceive people into not believing that Jesus is the only way to the Father, that is, the only way to be saved. Yet he continues despite being shown to be a liar every time. He transforms himself into an angel of light and his ministers into ministers of righteousness. And he continues to succeed in deceiving unbelievers and simple Christians. Keep up the good work.
    W J Hankins. Email:


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