“The 13 Heresies in The Shack” – Leading the Way with Michael Youssef


The author of The Shack, Paul Young, amazingly is still speaking at “churches” around the country, so we revived a document compiled by Leading the Way with Michael Youssef that includes book references and contrasting Biblical truth.  The full video of the talk by Michael Youssef is available here: http://vimeo.com/4479699.  The Way of the Master radio show talked about Michael Youssef’s teaching and there’s a  short audio clip of just the list of heresies with Todd Friel adding some insight and analysis along the way.  That clip is available on youtube.  Here’s another perspective of the book by Eric Barger and Take a Stand.


“The 13 Heresies in  The Shack” – Leading the Way with Michael Youssef (www.leadingtheway.org)

Heresy Book References Scriptural Truth
1. God the Father p. 96 Because God’s eyes are
was crucified with Papa: “We were there together.” pure and cannot look
Jesus. Mack: “At the cross? Now, wait, I thought you upon sin, the Bible says
left him—you know—‘My God, my God, why that God would not look
hast thou forsaken me?’” upon His own beloved
Papa: “You misunderstand the mystery there. Son as He hung on the
Regardless of what he felt at that moment, I Cross, carrying our sins
never left him.” (Habakkuk 1:13; Matthew
27:45).
Isaiah 53:4-10
2. God is limited by p. 102 The Bible declares that
His love and cannot Papa: “The God who is — the I am who I am — God’s love and His justice
practice justice. cannot act apart from love!” are two sides of the same
coin — equally a part of
pp. 118-119 the personality and the
Mack: “You seem to be especially fond of a lot character of God (Isaiah
of people. Are there any who you are not 61:8; Hosea 2:19).
especially fond of?”
Papa: “Nope, I haven’t been able to find any.” See also Romans 9:13.
3. On the Cross, p. 225 Jesus explained that only
God forgave all of Papa: “Forgiveness does not establish those who come to Him
humanity, whether relationship. In Jesus, I have forgiven all will be saved (John 14:6).
they repent or not. humans for their sins against me, but only
Some choose a some choose relationship. … When Jesus
relationship with forgave those who nailed him to the cross
Him, but He they were no longer in his debt, nor mine. In
forgives them all my relationship with those men, I will never
regardless. bring up what they did, or shame them, or
embarrass them.”
4. Hierarchical p. 122 Our God is a God of order
structures, whether Mack: “But every human institution that I can (Job 25:2).
they are in the think of, from political to business, even down
Church or in the to marriage, is governed by this kind of God gave us structural
government, are [hierarchical] thinking; it is the web of our rules for the Church,
evil. social fabric.” including how gifts are
Papa: “Such a waste!” used and qualifications of
Jesus: “It’s one reason why experiencing true its leaders (see 1
relationship is so difficult for you. Once you Corinthians 12, 14; 1
have a hierarchy you need rules to protect Timothy 3).
and administer it, and then you need law and
the enforcement of the rules, and you end up
with some kind of chain of command or a
system of order that destroys relationships
rather than promotes it…”
p. 178, 179 (on the Church)
Jesus: “Mack, that’s because you’re only
seeing the institution, a man-made system.”
Jesus: “I don’t create institutions — never
have, never will.”
Mack: “What about the institution of
marriage?”
Jesus: “Marriage is not an institution. It’s a
relationship. Like I said, I don’t create
institutions; that’s an occupation for those who
want to play God.”
p. 203
Sarayu: “I have a great fondness for
uncertainty. Rules cannot bring freedom; they
only have the power to accuse.”
5. God will never p. 120 The Word of God
judge people for Papa: “I don’t need to punish people for sin. repeatedly invites people
their sins. Sin is its own punishment, devouring you from to escape from the
the inside. It’s not my purpose to punish it; it’s judgment of God by
my joy to cure it.” believing in Jesus Christ,
His Son (Romans 2:16; 2
Timothy 4:1-3).
6. There is not a p. 122 The Bible says that Jesus
hierarchical Sarayu: “Mackenzie, we have no concept of submitted to the will of the
structure in the final authority among us, only unity. We are in Father. This doesn’t mean
Godhead, just a a circle of relationship, not a chain of that one Person is higher
circle of unity. command or ‘great chain of being’ as your or better than the other;
ancestors termed it. What you’re seeing here just unique. Jesus said, “I
is relationship without any overlay of power. came to do the will of Him
We don’t need power over the other because who sent me. I am here to
we are always looking out for the best. obey my Father.” Jesus
Hierarchy would make no sense among us. also said, “I will send you
Actually, this is your problem, not ours.” the Holy Spirit” (John
4:34, 6:44, 14:26, 15:26).
7. God submits to p. 145 Far from God submitting
human wishes and Jesus: “Submission is not about authority and to us, Jesus said, “Narrow
choices. it is not obedience; it is all about relationships is the way that leads to
of love and respect. In fact, we are submitted eternal life.” We are to
to you in the same way.” submit to Him in all things,
Mack: “How can that be? Why would the God for His glory and because
of the universe want to be submitted to me?” of what He has
Jesus: “Because we want you to join us in our accomplished for us
circle of relationship…” (Matthew 7:13-15).
p. 93, 94 (The Father revealing Himself in a
form that is acceptable to Mack, rather than
Mack accepting who God truly is.)
Papa (explaining her appearance as a
woman): “Hasn’t it always been a problem for
you to embrace me as your father? And after
what you’ve been through, you couldn’t very
well handle a father right now, could you?”
p. 111
Mack: “So then, where does that leave us?”
Jesus: “Right where you were always
intended to be. In the very center of our love
and our purpose.”
8. Justice will never p. 164 The Bible teaches that
take place because Wisdom: “He chose the way of the cross when God’s love is
of love. where mercy triumphs over justice because of rejected, and when the
love.” offer of salvation and
forgiveness is rejected,
p. 169 justice must take place or
Wisdom: “Mackenzie, judgment is not about God has sent Jesus
destruction, but about setting things right.” Christ to die on the cross
for nothing (Matthew
12:20; Romans 3:25-26).
John 3:18
9. There is no such p. 248 Jesus’ own description of
a thing as eternal Narrator (Willie): “And one day, when all is hell is vivid … it cannot be
judgment or revealed, every one of us will bow our knee denied (Luke 12:5, 16:23).
torment in hell. and confess in the power of Sarayu that
Jesus is Lord of all Creation, to the glory of While “universal
Papa.” reconciliation” teaches
that salvation can occur
See also pp. 161-164. after death, the Bible
says, “whoever does not
believe stands
condemned already
because he has not
believed in the name of
God’s one and only Son”
(John 3:18).
10. Jesus is p. 182 Jesus said, “I am the way,
walking with all Jesus: “Those who love me come from every the truth, and the life, and
people in their system that exists. They were Buddhists or no one will come to the
different journeys to Mormons, Baptists or Muslims, Democrats, Father but by me” (John
God, and it doesn’t Republicans and many who don’t vote or are 14:6).
matter which way not part of any Sunday morning or religious
you get to Him. institutions.”
11. Jesus is p. 182 Jesus, who dwells in the
constantly being Jesus: “I have no desire to make them splendor of heaven, sits at
transformed along Christian, but I do want to join in their the right hand of God,
with us. transformation into sons and daughters of my reigning and ruling the
Papa, into brothers and sisters, into my universe. The Bible says,
Beloved.” “In Him there is no
change, for He is
yesterday, today, and
forever” (Hebrews 11:12,
13:8; James 1:17).
12. There is no p. 192 Jesus said, “Only those
need for faith or Papa: “Honey, you asked me what Jesus who believe in me will
reconciliation with accomplished on the cross; so now listen to have eternal life” (John
God because me carefully: through his death and 3:15, 3:36, 5:24, 6:40).
everyone will make resurrection, I am now fully reconciled to the
it to heaven. world.”
Mack: “The whole world? You mean those
who believe in you, right?”
Papa: “The whole world, Mack. All I am telling
you is that reconciliation is a two-way street,
and I have done my part, totally, completely,
finally.  It is not the nature of love to force a
relationship but it is the nature of love to open
the way.”
p. 222
Papa: “And then one day you will pray for [the
killer’s] wholeness and give him over to me so
that my love will burn from his life every
vestige of corruption.”
13. The Bible is not pp. 65,66 The Bible is God-
true because it Narrator (Mack’s internal thinking): “God’s breathed. Sure, there
reduces God to voice had been reduced to paper, and even were many men through
paper. that paper had to be moderated and 1,800 years who put pen
deciphered by the proper authorities and to paper (so to speak),
intellects. … Nobody wanted God in a box, each from different
just in a book. Especially an expensive one professions and different
bound in leather with gilt edges, or was that backgrounds, but the Holy
guilt edges?” Spirit infused their work
with God’s words. These
p. 134 men were writing the
(discussing the Garden of Eden) same message from
Mack: “There are lots of people who think it Genesis to Revelation. If
was only a myth.” you want to read more
Sarayu: “Well, their mistake isn’t fatal. Rumors about the place of Christ
of glory are often hidden inside what many in the Scripture, read “ We
consider myths and tales.” Preach Christ” (2 Timothy
p. 198 (relegates Scripture to one of many 3:16).
possible revelations of God, rather than in its
proper authority)
Sarayu: “You might see me in a piece of art,
or music, or silence, or through people, or in
Creation, or in your joy and sorrow. My ability
to communicate is limitless…And you will hear
and see me in the Bible in fresh ways. Just
don’t look for rules and principles; look for
relationship — a way of coming to be with us.”
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