‘I Have Deep Regrets’: Graphic Artist Who Designed ‘Shack’ Novel Renounces Book

The graphic artist who helped design the controversial best-selling novel “The Shack” has come forward to express his regret for being a part of the project out of his concern that it contains false doctrine.

“[O]ver 10 years ago, I was captivated by the story and felt honored to be part of the graphic creation of the book. I was so drawn into it, wanting to know the God it portrayed,” Dave Aldrich of Aldrich Design posted to social media on Tuesday. “The Shack’s story wonderfully painted this picture to me of an incredibly knowable and loving God, one full of forgiveness, but without being judgmental.”

He said that the novel led him into reading other authors such as Rob Bell and Brian McLaren, and he found himself at the edge of accepting universalist beliefs before he came to realize the danger.

“I thank the Lord that He pulled me back from that edge,” Aldrich wrote.

And while the graphic designer initially liked how God was portrayed as being non-judgmental and all-loving, he now realizes that because God is love, He must judge sin.

“The fact is that there are two inseparable sides to God. He is both love and judge,” he said.

Aldrich states that he now has “deep regrets” over his personal involvement with and promotion of “The Shack.”

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“The movie release of ‘The Shack’ has brought all this back to my mind and I felt the need to apologize to all who I may have led astray by my promoting the book,” he wrote. “I look back and see how little discernment I had. And I regret and apologize also for waiting this long to publicly share this.”

And while some may argue that the book and film are just an imaginary story, Aldrich believes—based on the statements of its author—that the work is simply a means to communicate a message.

“Many will still say that the book was intended as just a work of fiction, but the author himself, William Paul Young, is quoted as saying, ‘The Shack is theology. But it is a theology wrapped in a story,'” Aldrich noted.

As previously reported, “The Shack,” released in 2007, is stated to have sold approximately 20 million copies and has been translated into 39 languages. In 2013, Lionsgate Entertainment obtained the rights to turn the book into a film.

“The Shack” tells the story of a man named Mackenzie “Mack” Phillips who faces a crisis while on a family vacation as his youngest daughter Missy is abducted and presumably killed in an abandoned shack. Years later, the grieving father receives a note from “Papa,” who tells Phillips that it has “been a while” and to meet up at the shack the following weekend.

Reluctantly, Phillips returns to the site, where he meets the Godhead—the Father portrayed as a woman named Papa “Elousia,” who later transforms into an elderly man, the Holy Spirit being a young Asian woman with the Hindu name Sarayu, and Jesus as a Jewish carpenter. Together, they seek to help Phillips deal with his faltering faith and to learn to forgive.

A number of groups have published reports pointing to concerning material in the novel.

“My words are alive and dynamic-full of life and possibility; yours are dead, full of law and fear and judgment. That is why you won’t find the word responsibility in the Scriptures,” God the Father tells Phillips in the story (page 205).

“Honey, I’ve never placed an expectation on you or anyone else. The idea behind expectations requires that someone does not know the future or outcome and is trying to control behavior to get the desired result,” Papa reiterates (page 206).

“Mackenzie, evil is a word we use to describe the absence of good, just as we use the word darkness to describe the absence of light or death to describe the absence of life. Both evil and darkness can only be understood in relation to light and good; they do not have any actual existence,” God the Father outlines (page 136).

“I have followers who were murderers and many who were self-righteous. Some are bankers and bookies, Americans and Iraqis, Jews and Palestinians. 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, into My beloved,” Jesus tells Phillips (page 182).

“In Jesus, I have forgiven all humans for their sins against Me, but only some choose relationship,” Papa states (page 225).

Nonetheless, as previously reported, more than 1,000 faith leaders have endorsed the new movie release based on the novel, according to the resource site for “The Shack,” which provides both written and recorded endorsements from many well-known entities.

Leaders and/or representatives of The Salvation Army, Young Life, Family Christian Stores, The Christian Post, K-LOVE, CBN and TBN, as well as celebrities such as Michael W. Smith, Joel Houston of Hillsong United, Gospel artist Tasha Cobbs and Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” show have backed the film.

The movie has grossed $54 million at the box office to date.

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  • Starla Anne Lowry

    The story is not about God’s judgment as this writer assumes, but concerns man’s need to forgive. Yes, God has the right to judge and will do so at the proper time. I think the book is one of the best I ever read about how God works through the Holy Spirit and through Jesus for us to forgive and leave the judgment to God.

    • Amos Moses

      you must have a different bible than the christian bible ….. or have found a different Jesus in it ……… if you took all 20 million copies of the SHUCK …. and laid them end to end around the equator of the earth ……. it would still be heresy ……………….

      • David Coronel

        I think you need to examine your heart!

        • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          You need to examine Scripture. The Shack is blasphemy.

          • David Coronel

            I think that you lack love in your heart!

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            The Bible says to speak the truth in love, not to lie and practice blasphemy. Looks like you’re the one lacking in love. May you know the Saviour so well that you cannot be deceived.

          • David Coronel


          • Bobby

            dude it’s about SOUND doctrine. That love stuff will get you a wish sandwich and a cup of coffee. If you love someone you speak the truth of sound doctrine into their lives

          • The Mohicans

            Amen!!! If there ever was a book that needed to be burned, it would be this one. If people want to find GOD then read the Bible. It’s all in there. WAKEUP and lookup for your redemption draweth neigh, Amen Praise GOD, Metatouto MARANATHA

        • Amos Moses

          i think you need to examine SCRIPTURE …………….

        • Barbara Blake Edwards

          I think your right David. One thing people don’t realize is when they get all stirred up. A lot of times its the religious spirit that gets offended. The same ones that put Jesus on the cross. I would rather be the thief that died next to Him than one of the religious people that put him there.


            I read the book “Burning the Shack” from a phd christian scholar who knows the Shacks author personally. He says that Paul has questioned the bible for years and believes there is no judgement from God. Then you should throw away the bible for this guys book if trust it so much. UNIVERSALISM 100% “Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” – John 3:3

          • RecoveringPublicEducated

            John 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life.
            16“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
            17God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.
            18“There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.

          • David Coronel

            We need to stop trying to be right and love each other instead. We need to embrace the spirit of servitude among us. I’m not right, I don’t want to be right, but I want to love all of you like Chris has loved me first.

          • Bobby

            you can be right IF you have made God’s word the final authority (King James) and 2 Timothy 2:15 rightly divide!

          • Karen

            I love the book, The Shack…. So you believe that the King James version is the correct version? Even though it was written by John Darby and Schofield who were from a masonic lodge sect hired by the Vatican to rewrite the bible which only appealed to the Catholic Church.

            By the way, 2 Timothy 2;15 means to rightly divide the bible text, NOT someone’s testimony!

          • Bobby

            oh and Karen it really makes no difference on your or my opinion anyway. God’s opinion written is the ONLY truth! Let God be true and every man a liar.Romans 3:4

          • Karen

            Oh please! So over pharisees and saduccees! If we lived in the time of Jesus I’m sure you would have hated Him too because it would have messed with your head.
            Like I said, the KJV was written by John Darby and Schofield who were from a masonic lodge sect hired by the Vatican to rewrite the bible which appealed to the Catholic Church.
            But by all means knock yourself out and be that good Roman Citizen that the Vatican wants you to be. The whole system is a slave system designed to keep you in the rat race of life. According to the government, your dead. Everyone is dead and lost at sea. Why? Because you have a “manifest” a Birth Certificate.
            Thank goodness the Lord’s not into hierarchy and programs. Keep your programs and rituals, I’d rather have freedom in Him any day! 🙂
            My 2 cents worth, I guess. Oh and yes, there is a way to get out of the system! God’s way.
            Study that – your Birth Certificate and the Vatican and you might learn something… 😀

          • disqus_SUijHfDO8w

            Good statement.

          • maranathagen67

            What was it that compelled Jesus to go to the Cross? “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son”. It was grace and mercy and God’s great love for sinners…. like me and you… and the thieves hanging next to Jesus on Calvary. There is no difference. The whole world is guilty… all of mankind bore a responsibility for Christ’s death. He was dying for sinners that sinners might discover the wonder of redemption….abundant and eternal life for all those who would repent and look to the Lamb of God Who bore the burden and suffering for our iniquities. The people at the foot of the Cross had the same opportunity and privilege to believe as those crucified on either side of our Savior. Jesus came into the world to save sinners….He gave that we might receive pardon and hope and blessings innumerable. Jesus is the Way and the only Way. Apart from Christ, mankind is lost forever. And yes, He died for all… there is no such thing as limited atonement. His blood covers every sin committed. Does that mean that everyone is saved? Certainly not! We are save by grace through faith in Christ alone and that not of works lest any man should boast. It is only as we are convicted of sin through the Word and recognize that without Christ we are lost and headed for Hell. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved. God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. But do they? Obviously not. We are free agents to receive or reject God’s gift of salvation. If people end up in Hell, whose fault is that? The rules of engagement are clear. When Jesus is passing by, there needs to be a response and a positive one at that. When He calls, we need to obey. We have a choice….choose you this day whom ye will serve. Whosoever will may come. There is a broad road and there is a narrow road and we are either on one path or the other… a Heaven to gain and a Hell to shun. Is there hope for the billions on this earth? Yes, but only as they one by one turn to the Christ of Calvary and reach out to receive Him and thank Him for so great salvation.


          It’s universalism and if you can’t see this you are deceived. The bible said there would be a great apostasy and falling away….. if this is not it….. than nothing is.

        • Bobby

          you need to examine scripture “rightly divided”

      • freenewlife8 .

        Amen, Amos! Amen!

    • cadcoke5

      From what I have understood, the movie is somewhat soft-sell on the author’s Universalist Theology (i.e. everyone goes to heaven). So, a casual viewer may not pick up on this, especially if they are not familiar with what the Bible has to say on the subject.

      But, to be clear, the author has a false theology, and dismisses Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

      Also, we have other biblical admonition to judge one another, in certain context, such as within the church. Though, we cannot know a person’s eternal destination, since that is reserved for God’s judgement and may change at the last moment of life. We are also admonished in scripture, to identify theology that leads to Hell. Also, to put out from among ourselves, those who claim to be Christian and yet are unrepentant of sin.

      So, while the author may have some truth in his book, and in the movie, his purpose is to teach a doctrine that leads to the Wide Gate.

      • J C

        you see, that’s the deal. Far too many believe “have understood” meaning they don’t know for themselves and instead rely on someone else to tell them the truth. As for your reference to Matthew, there is nothing that I have personally heard or read in the author’s “theology” that would be counter to the scripture. Young’s words have been stretched and squeezed well outside out of their context. People (detractors) focus on his words rather than the message they create. If they’d pay attention to the message and actually listen to what he believes (interviews everywhere, none of which by the way, show that is believes in universalism, matter of fact, he denies that belief). The movie, nor the book address salvation. Young is trying to show people a scriptural side of God that most religious organizations have failed to show. Religion has always focused on the sin side of God and simply said repeated “for God so loved the world….”, then returned to living without sin. We spend lifetimes in pews hearing how we are sinful creatures and that God hates sin. Few however talk about “why” God hates sin (because He is love), and how much more Christ is than “just” a savior, and is also a means for God to show His love for us on a daily basis.

        I think I’ve seen every argument about the book and movie and have yet to see any of them that can stand up when context is included with the words (the message). FYI – I’ve seen people use scripture to justify their sinful behaviors (homosexuality, murder, etc….), I have to wonder how Young’s detractors feel when see that occur and then reflect that they did the same to Young’s story. My guess is that it’s only wrong when someone else does it and only to the Bible.

        What’s funny about this (if there is something) is that people will stand in line and praise “The Case for Christ” as it is released in theaters this week, but few remember that when the author of that book first started off by challenging theological doctrine through his stories (Narnia), he had his detractors as well.

        Just my .02 cents, don’t let someone rob you of developing your own opinion. Far too many people do that these days.

        • cadcoke5

          It is quotes from the author of The Shack that tell me this is not a movie that holds to God’s message of salvation.

          Here on Christian News is a good article that gives citations for a lot of the issues. https://christiannews.net/2017/03/07/1000-faith-leaders-endorse-blasphemous-shack-film-based-on-universalist-novel-depicting-god-as-woman/

          Here is one great example showing how The Shack is about false theology; “In Jesus, I have forgiven all humans for their sins against Me, but only some choose relationship,” Papa states (page 225).

        • Angela Skillicorn

          You have your authors mixed up. Narnia was written by C.S. Lewis and The Case for Christ was written by Lee Strobel.

        • Karen

          Well said and my thoughts exactly!

      • Bruce9

        Misleading, Sophistry, A Distorted View of Christianity, Can Mislead a New Believer Into Fanciful Strange Doctrines. Away From The Faith Once Delivered To the Saints. Jude 1:3 2 Peter 2:1-3

  • sagat

    At least one can steer clear of the ‘celebs’ and organizations backing this heretical garbage

  • Ricky Heinrich

    Hello Dave Aldrich It is easy to understand your concern as the church has made God out to be judging us if we sin, but have you noticed the best follower of Jesus is sinning anyway. The truth is that God sent His Son to fully pay for all our sin past, present and future. Jesus died ONCE for all and God the Father, Poppa judged Jesus for our sins on the cross and can now righteously judge us forgiven based upon Jesus performance not ours. This is a free gift and cannot be earned. It is very difficult to get rid of religion that has crippled us with condemnation but nevertheless we must push forward and accept that Jesus sacrifice was ENOUGH. We still have to accept Jesus for ourselves as a personal choice and Paul Young believes and teaches that. It is High Time we stop making people feel like God is mad at them for He truly is NOT. God is mad about us and the price has been paid in full. We may still sin but our sin is continually washed by the blood of Jesus and once we accept Jesus NO ONE can take us out of His hand not even ourselves. That is why it is truly the GOOD NEWS and really that good. God is so much better than we are at our best. Jesus did not come to condemn the world but religion and deceived folks would have you believe that God is going to judge you. He already did in the body of Jesus, a perfect and complete work that is why Jesus cried from the cross IT IS FINISHED !!!

    • Amos Moses

      “We still have to accept Jesus for ourselves as a personal choice and Paul Young believes and teaches that.”

      still cant find that part of scripture where we have any choice whatsoever in being Christs sheep …… and that we have a choice in either our first birth or our second birth …….. i have yet to see even one sheep going door to door or pasture to pasture to find and select their shepherd …………….

      • J C

        Every sheep choose to follow something. A shepherd (something that leads) can be anything, a wolf in another sheep’s clothing, the smell of fresh grass, etc..

        As for having a choice, its called free will. Unless you believe you are part of the “elect” then everything about being a Christian is about “a” choice and the Bible is full of scripture that speaks to that.

        • Amos Moses

          no …. sheep make NO choice in their shepherd ……….. we follow because He CALLED US ….. because we are His …. sheep ONLY follow their shepherd and NO OTHER ……

          “As for having a choice, its called free will.”

          i cant find “free will” in scripture either ….. the unregenerate mans only response to Christ is in Romans 1 ….. Christ is not here for the sheep NOT in His sheepfold …. His and His alone …… chosen BEFORE the foundation of the world …….

          1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
          1:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
          1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
          1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
          1:8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
          1:9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
          1:10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
          1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
          1:12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

          • J C

            That is what I figured, you are a Calvanist or a JW.

            You are entitled to your beliefs, but like you find problems with Young’s “theology” I also find problems with yours. John 3:16 being the foundational scripture that spears that belief. I don’t think for a second that I can change your beliefs, especially on a social media thread (I’ll actually leave that up to the Holy Spirit), so not going to try. Instead, I’ll refer you to a life that was lived that we are all called to emulate, that is of Christ. The Christ I know doesn’t and didn’t argue, He asked questions and told stories to help people to “see” the truth (in other words – he was pious or condescending – that was actually the Pharisee), He loved them enough that He let them come to the truth in the best way for them. Something that I don’t see with many posts like yours.

          • The Mohicans

            I agree with you 100%, J C

          • Amos Moses

            he is a doctrinal sound christian ……… DOCTRINE MATTERS …….

          • Robert

            And how Are you so sure he is not a confessional lutheran.? you do know they are neither calvanist or free willers dont you ?

          • Sisyphus

            What is a calvanist? Anything like a Calvinist, as in follows the teachings of John Calvin

          • Robert

            you did not answer my question instead you acted like a manure faced atheist.

          • Sisyphus

            You didn’t ask me a question, child.

          • Amos Moses

            so a label and no scriptural refutation ……….. Young is a universalist ….. and therefore not a christian …… God does not and never has saved everybody ……… and that is just the first of many of his heresies ………..

          • Amos Moses

            “The Christ I know doesn’t and didn’t argue, He asked questions and told stories to help people to “see” the truth”

            23:1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,
            23:2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:
            23:3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.
            23:4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
            23:5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,
            23:6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,
            23:7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.
            23:8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.
            23:9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
            23:10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.
            23:11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
            23:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
            23:13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
            23:14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
            23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
            23:16 Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!
            23:17 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?
            23:18 And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty.
            23:19 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift?
            23:20 Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon.
            23:21 And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein.
            23:22 And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon.
            23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
            23:24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.
            23:25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
            23:26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
            23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.
            23:28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
            23:29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,
            23:30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.
            23:31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.
            23:32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.
            23:33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
            23:34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:
            23:35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.
            23:36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.
            23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
            23:38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
            23:39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

            VERY STRONG WORDS FROM CHRIST …. No pretty stories …. outright CONDEMNATION ……….. “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! “

          • Amos Moses

            “The Pharisees Weren’t Concerned With Sound Doctrine
            BY BRANDON HINES · MARCH 17, 2017

            Whenever someone plays the Pharisee Card, they often seem to think that the Pharisees were more concerned with sound doctrine and personal holiness than loving God and loving people. For one thing, loving God and loving people is a part of personal holiness, so this idea is already a self-refuting idea. However, if we look deeper into Scripture, we can see that the Pharisees, for the most part, were not doctrinally sound at all.

            The Pharisee Card
            BY PULPIT & PEN · MAY 10, 2014

            You’re here because someone (maybe you) played the Pharisee card. Consider the following, and let’s all remember that if you’re going to play the Pharisee card, you should play it fairly.
            pulpitandpen;org/2014/05/10/the-pharisee-card/ – replace the ; with a .

          • markie71

            JW…what’s that?

          • Charles

            Jehovahs Witness I believe.

          • markie71

            Thank you.


      If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Heb 10:26-27

  • Ricky Heinrich

    Amazing that when Poppa finds a vehicle to touch His people the religious come flying out of the woodwork to cry fowl. How about getting busy loving folks and sharing the good things God has done for you and stop being social media trolls. Yep, you are either a part of the solution or you are not.

  • Gary Mathis

    The “God” portrayed in The Shack is Satan.

    • Dana Dixon

      Exactly! But a huge majority will eat it up, because it’s what they want to hear. Satan knows just how to tickle their ear.

  • Lafe Tolliver

    People of God: Shun this movie. It is full of deceit and deception and is not biblically based. It a
    tortured twisting of the image and character and nature of God and His Son and The Holy Spirit.
    It is a con movie of the first degree. This same author has now authored another book about
    “Lies About God” and it too, is a flagrant sham. I am amazed that so many so called Christian
    leaders endorsed this trash and yet…where is their biblical discernment? None. What a travesty that so many “Christian” leaders are blind and are leading others to Biblical heresy.
    There is NOTHING, I repeat…NOTHING, of any value regarding the Shack and its false and misleading contents. The Christian church is woefully inept in biblical discernment and this book exposes it. This book is a total fraud upon the nature and character and ways of God.
    IF you see it, be forewarned. May the Lord rebuke this author! and this author will come to repentance before he meets God at judgment!

    • Joe M

      You have covered all I could say…..and to that….AMEN !!!

    • Seaside Delilah

      I with the book when it first came out and I can’t remember much about it at all. But because of people such as you who have pointed out the falsely Theology, I have no desire to see the movie.

  • Karenalisa

    Dont feel too bad,you are not the only one.I too embraced the story and shared many copies with friends. Although I would admit I never accepted it/looked at it as the salvation story,i can see how it will mislead those who dont know,especially based on his latest release…now we know Mr Paul’s true beliefs…into buying into a false theology. Lets just be thankful to Almighty God that the lies are being exposed.
    My philosophy,besides researching the writer of anything,is to stand on the Truth.. take what I need and discard the rest.

  • David Coronel

    Love ya all!

  • Bruce9

    Another Piece of Trash Falsely Portrayed as ‘Christian’ or ‘Faith.’ What Faith?
    Matthew 7:15 and Jesus Warned-
    “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.

  • Bruce9

    The Holy Spirit is a mysterious Asian female. “Made Me a Little More Than Queasy.”HH

    Young after chiding those about the trinity, then proceeds to compromise, confuse or contradict Biblical orthodoxy.

    the father bearing carrying crucifixion scars. Then being incarnated in
    tandem with the Holy Spirit. (said)Jesus has never called (drawn) upon his
    nature as God to do anything.

    The Jew with a Big Nose, “I’m not a Christian.”

    Jesus said, “I have no desire to make them Buddhists, Mormons, Muslims, etc, Christian.”

    “Christians are religious fanatics. Part of a sinful world system.”

    From “The Bible Answer Man” Program-February 18, 2017

  • Amos Moses

    amen …..

  • Omnicopy

    A story about an abducted and murdered little girl, can’t think of a happier thing to wrote about????

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      It’s a story of finding God in the midst of the deepest human sorrow, with a nice Christianish answer.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Liberalism does not match with reality. Honest humans come to face it sooner or later.

  • ratonis

    Whatever one may think of the book’s theology (and it’s a clever mix of truth and falsehood) this book is MISERABLE as fiction/literature. It’s the quasi-Christian equivalent of that New Age novel “The Celestine Prophecy,” arguably the worst novel ever written!

  • Lydia Church

    It is the devil’s masterpiece of deception. Anything goes and all go to heaven… uh… NO! Of course God could not be loving unless He also judges sin and disciplines, just as a good and loving parent must. Otherwise, where is the love? Go ahead, drink, drive, do drugs, whatever! “Who am I to judge?!” That is the man made ‘god’ of the shack. It leads to hell. No joke. Dear Aldrich, If you truly repented, your sins are forgiven you, now go and sin no more. Something like this happened to me and to many others and the Lord will make you a watchman over His flock if you dive into His Word, which is Truth. ( :
    God bless!

  • Nanne L Singh

    It is amazing to me that people who call themselves believers have so little understanding of the difficult journey, the journey in the heart, of forgiveness we are each called to travel. Impossible without a solid connection of being loved and securely held, forgiven by God. It is so much easier to confine our Christianity to Bible learning and church performance, keeping it in our heads, manipulating our relationships dishonestly while maintaining our self righteous superiority. Young has powerfully given a word picture through story to his own raw emotional journey of discovering forgiveness, both given and received through his Lord and Savior. In so doing, through writing it out, he has tapped a deep hunger for God all over the world. It is sad, even frightening, that the collective performance driven church, in its pursuit of theological perfectionism, has become so relationally impoverished that it has sorely become deaf to the cries of the lost, the cries that the Father hears and longs to respond to. He searches the world over for those who have a heart after His. He cannot use those who focus on splitting theological hairs.

    • freenewlife8 .

      Nanne, truth matters. Eternal souls, and their final destinations matter. This false “leader” makes false claims, saying all have been forgiven (they don’t need to repent then ask for and trust Jesus’ sacrifice to be forgiven) and all are going to Heaven. This false teacher, Young, lies to the precious Lost he is influencing, and many will fail to find salvation in Jesus because of him. I encourage you to stop supporting this false teaching, and turn to Jesus and His Word, the Holy Bible, to find the truth. No, I implore you! ~ Wanda

    • Bobby

      sounds pretty new age to me

    • Karen

      Well said!!
      I’ve just finished the book and loved it…. It helped me to understand another side to God and His love… God can change into whatever He likes and wants. Why? Because He is God. Our little brains would explode at the wonders of heaven and we try and comprehend someone else’s truth as heresy!! Disgusting… Leave his testimony alone.

  • Jason Kennedy

    We are all heretics. I will leave it to the holy spirit to work the message upon my heart. What I took from the movie/book was not theology but a humbling reminder of God’s love for me, and for that I am grateful.

    • Sherree Johnson Buchanon

      Me also. Some, actually, most Christians have a holier than thou, pharasitic spirit and attitude. It is those people that need to be examined and “removed from the movie screen and bookshelves.”

    • americana

      It’s still deception, no matter what positives you focus on. Precisely how Satan gets people to fall away from Christ, as a wolf in sheep’s clothing. I know, I escaped the New Age movement, and I promise you The Shack is NEW AGE DECEPTION.

      • Jason Kennedy

        So unless you have perfect theology, God doesn’t want you? Good luck with that.

        • freenewlife8 .

          Jason, there is a body of truth, related to salvation from sin, that is vital. Yes, we grow in deeper understanding of God’s ways, His Biblical teachings, but there is great danger for your soul in thinking God accepts any ‘ol spiritual-sounding idea. God does care, and He sent Jesus according to very specific standards, meeting all God’s prophetic requirements, and being obedient in every legal requirement God set. In this Jesus carried out exacting details for the eternal salvation He earned for those of us who turn from our sins and ask Him for forgiveness. This is no small thing, not simply wishy-washy good feelings and random ideas taught with cute stories. It’s life and death: it’s eternal life or eternal damnation and miserable suffering in torment. Mr. Young isn’t going to give two rips when you face that Hell tomorrow and forever while he’s living for a little while longer, comfy, spending his loads of ill-gotten cash. Nope, it’s up to you. You take the time to browse the web, reading and watching junk like the Shack, so why not study the important Biblical concept of Salvation? Starting in the book of John, read the Bible, and see for yourself how far this false message is from the Real Jesus. You might just be shocked…

    • Nanne L Singh

      I hear this response. It is truth that some of us are so badly beaten up by the horrible things that happen to us we have a hard time really believing that God does indeed love us. Young created a fictional tale that gives voice to the emotion of God’s love for us. You can recite correct theology forever and miss experiencing His love–and turn people away. If we are ever going to repent and follow Him we must be convinced that He loves us before we can take that step of faith and trust that He does love us and is capable of leading us through the maze of life. So many people who read the Shack are able to hear this one truth and respond to His voice. The fact that people who never read are reading this and responding tells me that all the reciting of correct theology is not communicating to the lost and broken. People are hungry. If we love Him we will feed His sheep. Listen to Young on You Tube and hear his story of brokenness and healing and you will better understand how God is using this little book to bring people to Himself. He will take care of us and right theology will come to those who follow Him.

      • Bobby

        what a bunch of hippie sounding garbage!

  • NCOriolesFan

    “The Salvation Army, Young Life, Family Christian Stores, The Christian Post, K-LOVE, CBN and TBN, as well as celebrities such as Michael W. Smith, Joel Houston of Hillsong United, Gospel artist Tasha Cobbs and Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” show have backed the film”

    Holy moly, wow, my gosh, I am shocked all these well-known Christian organizations and personalities would endorse a book turned movie of blasphemy, idolatry and heresy.

  • Disciple of Jesus

    This confirms why in 2008 I could never get past the first few pages after purchasing the book, and why I could never recommend it to anyone. It’s critical to trust the leading of Holy Spirit and not by what is popular. Get off the bandwagon and follow Jesus along the narrow path.

  • Robin Armstrong Seeber

    But did he give all the money he made from it back? I don’ t see that anywhere?

  • nonrof1

    And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why the world ABHORS Christianity. So much HATE portrayed by so called Christians. So much “us against them” attitudes. After 5,000 years, 20+ authors, 7 languages – 2 of which are all but extinct, thousands of translations of both words and intent, and someone actually thinks they have figured God out in His totality? Then why is there 43,000 currently recognized “Christian” denominations? Why is there thousands of translations that have multiple passages that disagree with each other? Basically, what it comes down to is, who says God can’t appear as an older, wise, black, woman? Can’t our experience with Jesus be highly personal? Soon as Christians let God out of the box, or book rather, they have kept Him in, perhaps they’ll finally understand God is so much more than Christianity’s limited imagination!

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Anyone recalls a novel called “Joshua” in the early 1990’s?

    • Seaside Delilah

      I think I read it. What was it about?

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        I feel the theme is similar; our unending desire for the talkable and touchable, personal God(Jesus). It was so less polluted in the 90’s.

        • Seaside Delilah

          Try “Seeing Jesus” and “Hearing Jesus” by Jeffrey Jones. If you liked “Joshua” I think you’ll like these.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Thank you. By now, the Gospels in the New Testament Bible are truly sufficient.

        • Bobby

          the ONLY way Jesus speaks to us is through his written word. Not through books (except the Bible) movies experiences etc. The only “encounter” with him is studying His word! Rightly divided. 2 Timothy 2:15

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Yes, of course, but Christian books indeed help people to understand the Word of God better and therefore know God better. Imaginations are a gift from God – every good thing – to mankind and are wonderful if they do not cross the lines. “Shack” crossed the line too much, teaching falsehood to readers.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    The description of the Holy Trinity in this movie is blasphemous. The picture of a white man and His Indian friend and a black motherly-figure and a young Oriental woman only reflects the popular trend, not the truth. The movie makers are white people including the original author. Why do they use colored people in a blasphemy? Sad.

  • Rev Donald Spitz

    It is shocking that “Christians” and “Christian leaders” support this heresy. The Holy Spirit is a black woman! Give me a break. There man pleasing instead of God pleasing will reap for them what they sow.

  • maranathagen67

    If you think that the Shack is heretical, then you need to browse through his latest book, “Lies That We Believe About God”. If people aren’t convicted that he is a full fledged heretic after reading it, then their eyes of understanding are simply not open to the Truth and more than likely they are still in their sins and lost. There is only one remedy for the deception in these last days: spiritual discernment founded upon and through God’s infallible Word and His Holy Spirit. May I recommend Mark Hitchcock’s latest book: “The Coming Apostasy”. Oh it’s coming alright and millions of nondiscerning people are being swept up by its heresies and the one who roams about seeking whom he may devour. Beware: you just may be on his menu today!

  • maranathagen67

    By the way, I just phoned a “Christian” Book Store and informed them of the dangers of carrying Young’s latest book (Lies that We Believe about God). They had three left on the shelf. CBD ought to be reprimanded too for carrying it. I picked up a copy and browsed through it at Walmart the other day. What I should have done the other day was insert gospel tracts in each copy on the shelf…. a missed opportunity!

  • dennis

    Wow, so much anger here for another interpretation of an age old fairy tale.

    • freenewlife8 .

      No one is angry, Dennis. We, who reject The Shack as false teaching, love Jesus, and we love the Lost Unbelievers, like yourself. We bring our best to the conversation, without insults, and without seeking to wound in any way that isn’t absolutely necessary. If we say “you’re wrong” It’s not out of wanting to harm someone’s feelings, but to warn to help the blind and deceived see and turn from false teaching. Your comment shows you lack love, as you only seek to insult, mock and scoff. All I can say is I feel so sorry for you, as you’ll face a horribly miserable and painful eternity I wouldn’t will on my worst enemy (I pray for those who hurt me, hoping they’ll turn to Jesus, as all Christians do, so that means every time you insult us you are provoking us to pray for you, BTW.) Dennis, I’ve heard from those who died and returned to life, that if you can manage to cry out to Jesus, saying “Lord Jesus, please save me!” as you’re dead-falling quickly into the fiery abyss of Hell, He might still respond to your final cry for help, and snatch your tail from the eternal flames. Maybe practice the phrase a few times regularly so, you know, just in case you fail to repent and find salvation in Jesus Christ before your soon death (we all die, and life is so very, very short, you know.) I’m not kidding, seriously, Dennis. Praying for you.

  • Stannyboyc

    Lafe, well said, no more to add to that.

  • David Coronel

    If Christ came to the world I bet you would crucify him again. There is no love in your hearts. You walk around like high priests reciting the scriptures and yet hold no love in your hearts.

  • Karen Taylor

    shows how Uneducated the church is in the knowledge of scripture today! how easily led astray. i wonder how many bought the “noah” movie theology too?

  • fanofjesus

    my issue is that the woman that plays “Pappa”-I forget her name–said something hateful about our president, so I do not care to support any of her hollywood contributions. Obviously it’s a major contradiction–to play a Character that is nonjudgmental and then be judgmental in public; can’t she see the hypocrisy?

  • fanofjesus

    While I must admit that it didn’t sit right with me how Young characterized the members of the Holy Trinity-in such an aberrant way (except for Jesus), when I read the book, what I paid attention to mostly and greatly benefited from was seeing to what great lengths God went to help Mack to recover from the horrible tragedy he suffered from; to help him to regain his faith in God and to be healed. I understand that God is mostly focused on His relationship with each one of us, and that He isn’t going to hold us accountable so much for our theology and doctrine as our responsiveness to Him as well as our cooperation with the sanctification process.
    I don’t know if I hold to the universalism doctrine, but I am trying to understand what all Paul was saying in ICorinthians 15, where he explains that God will subdue all things under Jesus’ feet, and eventually subdue all things into Himself, so that He will be “all in all”, and the last enemy to be defeated is death. To me, that seeems to indicate that eventually all will be restored to Him.

  • americana

    I was introduced to The Shack book years ago when I was a seeker exploring Christianity .. it appealed to me then because I was leaving the deceptive New Age movement. Now that I have more discernment as a saved Christian, I know this book is wrong & I applaud this person for his apology for his involvement. Unitarian universalism has NO place in the Way, Truth and Life, which is Jesus Christ. The Shack promotes new age doctrine under the guise of Christianity — DON’T support this movie!

    • freenewlife8 .

      Wow, thank you for your testimony and sharing your thoughts, americana! Excellent perspective!

    • Dana Dixon

      Amen! Bless you and your testimony, you may just wake someone up!

  • Michelle

    I hope what I add to this discussion will help to make clarity for everyone. Just Google the author the book and his quotes about the book and you can see for yourself what he is trying to portray in the book and the adaptation of the film. Don’t take other people’s interpretation of the book or the movie read his own words.

    Then you can know for sure what this author beliefs are and how he shares it in the book/movie.

  • Karen

    Just like the pharisees and Sadducees hated Jesus in His day, there’s no different today when the Lord shows His love that messes with our head and theology.
    Here’s a question… Would any one of you send the majority of your children to hell?

    • Laurence Charles Ringo

      It’s obvious that for some reason you seem to have a problem with what Our Savior taught, Karen. The Pharisees/Sadducees hated Jesus because among other things He exposed their twisting of Scripture to suit their own ends, as The Savior demonstrated many times, and as you yourself just did, unless you would have us believe that Jesus told Nicodemus a flat-out lie.NOWHERE in The Word of God is it stated that everyone is God’s child; that would render Jesus’ Advent, Death,and subsequent Resurrection meaningless, unless we’ve all misread the “Biblical Theology” you so heartily disdain.You seem to have a curiously one-sided view of Almighty God that is both baffling and dangerous.Contrary to your truncated approach to Scripture, God didn’t just”so love the world “in some kumbaya, lovey-dovey,ooey-gooey fashion; His Children are Born of Him, not just born; Our Savior didn’t die for nothing; He died for those who BELIEVES HE DIED FOR THEM.Romans 10:9 hasn’t been rescinded Karen,at least not to my knowledge, and I think that even that one verse speaks Almighty God’s Mind far more truthfully than books like this “Shack”EVER will.Mull and reflect,dear Karen.—God bless you.?.

      • Karen

        This is just my truth of who Jesus is. So are you saying then that the the Lord didn’t fashion and form us in the womb (each and everyone of us)? With the thinking that we are all not God’s children, as you say, then abortion should be okay? Should it not?

        • Laurence Charles Ringo

          The”truth”of who our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is is spelled out pretty clear in Holy Scriptures, Karen. If you want to tweak,parse, theorize, and speculate until you come up with a “jesus” created in an image you’re comfortable with, a “jesus” that caters to your sensibilities, you are perfectly free to do so; after all Almighty God gifted us with free will of choice,yes? Yes.As for your claim that Almighty God…”fashioned and formed each and every one of us in our mothers’ womb”…That’s actually true; no one disputes that. But that’s the result of Almighty God’s creative activity; that DOES NOT make anyone a “child of God” in the sense Scriptures speak of; only those Born of God can claim that; the Jesus of Scripture was/is VERY,VERY clear on that.So…Again,dear Karen…believe how you will. I’ll take the Word of the Jesus of the Word of God on these issues.—JESUS IS LORD! ?.[ I’m done with this issue; I won’t reply to you again–God bless you! ]

          • Karen

            Thanks Laurence for your view point of which I don’t argue with it.. but you don’t know me, you don’t know my walk and who are you to feel that you need to reproof me because I like a book.
            Gosh, if your so concerned with books, start by coming against those that read the Koran! Start praying for people that are being persecuted… Whatever! If I believe in something today, I’m sure the Lord is big enough in my life to be able to steer me in the right direction without you trying to be the Holy Spirit in my life. That’s half the problem with Christianity. Instead of letting the Holy Spirit change someone’s life, Christians think they have all authority to tell people how to live. Let me work out my own salvation, and you work out yours and just love one another. Shall we?
            Don’t worry, I won’t answer back… I’ve wasted enough time on here when I could have done something productive. Bless you!

  • Rob Okray

    This same pack of lies comes around every few years wrapped up in a new package. In reality it’s as old as man’s desire to rebel against God. Satan was the first rebel and he would love to take as many folks with him to eternal separation from God and torment in the lake of fire as he can. Read a real book The Good Book. The Gospel of Jesus Christ.

  • Sherry Kaiser

    Any serious reader of the Bible will find the inconsistencies with Scripture in The Shack. I don’t mind fiction but I don’t and won’t waste my time reading (or watching) something “religious” that I know isn’t grounded in sound theology.

  • Christians all, leaders and flock: If we do not read daily, and learn discernment, we will fall into deception like The Shack. I read this, thinking it would be a good Christian novel. It was a fiction novel, and the theology was bad. Anytime something wins “worldly” acclaim and a lot of money, it’s sure to be wrong. The worst part is the deception of leaders who then lead their flock into worldliness. Don’t get me wrong, it’s moving story, but it is theologically .. about as good as burnt toast.