‘THE SHACK’, an analysis

by Loren davis

Copyright 2010 Loren Davis

After reading ‘The Shack’ closely, I am convinced the purpose of the author is to destroy faith in the Bible; our Father God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.       

*As of February 2010 over 3 million copies of ‘The Shack’ have been sold.

*NOTE:  Page numbers from “The Shack” are placed by quotes or statements to document them.


I have come to realize that many Christians have become very emotionally attached to ‘The Shack’ and it has become difficult for them to detach themselves enough to look at this book objectively. 

Consider! The author’s quotes are from non-Christians philosophers.  On the front cover, Eugene Peterson, the author of the ‘The Message’, praises ‘The Shack’.  It is important to note that Peterson’s ‘The Message’, greatly changes the Bible and its major themes even regarding Christ’s divinity.  ‘The Message’ very much parallels the NIV and NASB which, for example, changes John 3:16 from Jesus being the ‘only begotten’ Son of God, to being God’s ‘one and only son’.  This change does away with Jesus fulfilling the prophecy of His virgin birth.  Daniel 3:25 in The Message changes the KJV from saying regarding  the three Hebrew children, “…the fourth man was like to the Son of God” to   “…the fourth man was like a son of the gods”, which is pagan.  (See the article ‘Changing the Bible’ on www.lorendavis.com and www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/themessage.htm )

The author of ‘The Shack’ does not even claim to be a Christian.  The Shack’ refers to no scriptures.  It is endorsed by Plain Truth Magazine which was founded by Herbert W. Armstrong who was head of the Worldwide Church of God.  This has long been recognized as a cult that teaches unsound doctrine. see.www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/Cults/armstrong.htm / ‘The Shack’ is also endorsed by Patrick M. Roddy, a producer for the liberal ABC news.  It’s significant to note that ABC is openly pro homosexual and anti-Christian.  Another endorser is Kathie Lee Gifford, Co-host of NBC’s Today Show.  NBC is also openly liberal and anti-Christian.

On the back of the of ‘The Shack’ it says that the book is fiction, but in the ‘Forward’, p. 13,  the author  says he’s not sure if all this story is true or not, so from the beginning, the author intentionally sends mixed signals that much of this story might be true.  ‘The Shack’ portrays what the author believes that God and truth ought to be, rather than what the Bible says about God and truth.  He creates his own god and presents his own theology which is a stew of many doctrines. His viewpoints are really just a consensus of the current New Age philosophy and mythological fantasy.

 p. 7, ‘The SHACK’ Is THE story of a man who claims to have spent a whole weekend with God.

This analysis will show that this book is a political tool WHICH IS ESPOUSING THE PHILOSOPHY of the new age.  HE IS DOING THIS FOR THE PURPOSE OF facilitatING the BRINGING ABOUT of A ONE WORLD RELIGION UNDER THE U.N.

The story opens by telling of Mack’s dysfunctional relationship with his father who is portrayed as a strange hostile mix towards Christianity.  He is a Bible toting, beer drinking child abuser.  The story progresses to the time when Mack is married with a family of his own.  At one point in the story it tells how Mack took his children on a camping trip.  During the camping trip his six year old daughter was abducted, which of course led to incredible distress and panic by her father.  The police study the crime and discover that all signs point to her being kidnapped by a noted serial killer who targets little girls.  The author labels the kidnapper with the emotionally charged label of ‘The Little Lady Killer’.  Of course, her father is extremely distraught.  While looking for her deep in the woods he finds her bloody dress and discovers that she has been brutally murdered.  This story instantly defiles the reader and opens them up to horrifying emotions of identification with the little girl and her father.  As the story progresses, Mack speaks of his personal agony and guilt for not protecting his young daughter and for allowing this to happen.  He then begins to question God.  p. 59, 63, 65

‘The Shack’ uses psychology to skillfully manipulate the rawest of human emotions, particularly targeting women.  By doing so, he un- earth’s the deepest pains, regrets and disappointments that most people have suffered in one way or another, even bitterness and disappointment that people have had lying dormant for years.  He then begins to exploit them with his own analysis or theology about God and truth. His thinking questions the God and Jesus of the Bible.  This plays to the carnal mind.   ‘The Shack‘ operates in the realm of the emotions,  mysticism and superstition.


2 Corinthians 11:4… “For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus , whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel…“ KJV 

AFTER HIS DAUGHTERS DEATH Mack gets a note from God. p. 19, 67, 71

The note itself leads one to lay aside reason and to delve deep into a mystical experience.  This book is emphasizing the seeking of spiritual experiences with ‘God’ taking the place of biblical truth.  ‘The Shack’ disguises itself a spiritual book.  It is a spiritual book, but from the dark side and not from the Spirit of God. The greatest deception about the book is that it makes references to things the Bible talks about, while at the same time discounting the Bible itself. It is bait and switch.  Remember, in Jesus’ temptation, Satan misused scriptures and quoted them to Him trying to deceive Him.

Revelation 18:23, referring to Satan… “For by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.”KJV

The god of ‘The Shack’

‘The Shack’ redefines God.  First of all it follows the popular trend of creating gender confusion and applying it to   God. The god of ‘The Shack’ is a goddess, a large black woman. Why?  Historically female deities known as goddesses are found in all pagan religions such as the Greeks, Romans, Mayans, etc.  The feminization of God is what the feminist movement has been trying to do for years, even making a feminist translation of the Bible which refers to God as ‘She’.

p. 93… Later ‘The Shack’ goddess switches and becomes a man.   ‘The Shack’’s god can become male or female, depending on if you need a mother or father figure at the time.  Some famous preachers in the Charismatic Movement also teach that God is as much female as He is male. This is sending a confused, mixed signal about God, as if He is a cross gender transvestite.  A god who is half male and half female is found in Hinduism. His name is Shiva. The author is playing mind games with the reader using semantics by calling HIS female goddess, by the male termPapa’.  The word ‘Papa’,  is an endearment term one can use for one’s dad, but calling God ‘Papa’ is very familiar.  Using the word ‘Papa’ with God is putting Him on our own human level and becoming very familiar or equal with Him. NOTE:  The Bible repeatedly calls God,  ‘Father’.  Not once does the Bible refer to God as ‘Mother’ or ‘She’.

2 Corinthians 1:3… “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies…” KJV

Not only does the author play the gender card of God, in defiance of the scriptures, he also introduces the racial card.    He says that Mack thought that “God would be white”.  P. 86, 87, 93.  Why even go there?  Again he is playing on guilt and no one can comment without being accused of being a racist.  Race is a non-issue regarding God.  We all came from Adam and Noah.

The Shack’ has Mack seeing God in person.

John 1:18 “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” KJV

John 4:24 “God is a Spirit: (not flesh and blood), and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” KJV

The Shack’ says that his god has big scars on His wrist just like Jesus.  The author’s fantasizing has no boundaries.   The Bible never says that God the Father was crucified.  This minimizes Jesus Christ’s sacrifice.  

The Shack’ has contempt for calling God THE ALMIGHTY.  He brings God down to the human level, even having his god using colloquial language.  ‘The Shack’,  p. 88, quotes Jacques Allul, ‘ Anarchy and Christianity,’  “No matter what God’s power may be, the first aspect of God is never that of the ABSOLUTE MASTER, THE ALMIGHTY.  It is that of the God who puts himself on our human level and limits himself.”  This philosophy is what the carnal man wants.  He wants to be His own Master, not God.

The scriptures call God ‘The Almighty’.  Genesis 17:1, 28:3, Rev 16:7, 21:22.  Regarding disagreeing with what the bible says about god…The Bible is absolute truth!

Matthew 4:4 …“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone , but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” KJV

Revelation 22:18-19… “If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:  And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” KJV

The god of ‘The Shack’ SAYS GOD LIMITS HIMSELF.

1 Samuel 14:6 “…there is no restraint to the Lord”  KJV

The god of ‘The Shack’ says… she/he LIKES TO LISTEN TO FUNK AND HARD ROCK MUSIC

p. 90 . He says that God is not offended at the filthy and rebellious lyrics.  They don’t bother her/him.

It’s important to note that before The Fall,  Lucifer was the chief musician in heaven.  After The Fall he has used his Satanic music to seduce the masses to following all the lusts of the flesh. Ezekiel 28:13. The Israelites were playing the music of the Baal worshipping Egyptians as they were openly committing sin around the Golden Calf. See Exodus 32.  THE THREE HEBREW CHILDREN.   Daniel 3:7… “Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of musick, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.” KJV

Don’t tell me God enjoys the music of His archenemy Satan.  Seeing how Rock music has taken front and center in much of Christianity, this statement is hardly challenged by most Christians.

Luke 4:34 …“I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God.” KJV

James 1:13 …“God cannot be tempted with evil …, neither tempteth he any man…but every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust and enticed.” KJV

Psalm 7:11 …“God is angry with the wicked every day.” KJV

p. 182 . The goddess of ‘The Shack’ says, “I’m not a Christian” Do you think Father God was ashamed of His Son Jesus?  These are not the words of a child of God, but of a Universalist.

Mark 1:11 “And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

p. 182.  ‘The Shack’s’ goddess says, “I have no desire to make them Christian…”

Acts 11:26… “And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.” KJV

Mark 16:15-16… “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” KJV

P. 204  The author says ‘God’ is a ‘verb’, not a noun

 A noun is a person, place or thing.  Therefore, he strongly implies God is impersonal, just a verb, which would mean He is just an action.  This again brings confusion about God.

1 Corinthians 14:33 …“For God is not the author of confusion.“ KJV


p. 113.  ‘The Shack’ portrays Jesus as being ugly; having a big nose, (a stereotype of a Jew?) and, as a clumsy klutz. Question, if you had a friend who was ugly would you ever tell them?  The author’s description of Jesus in itself is an indicator of what he thinks about Him.  Jesus is portrayed as still being human, although the Bible tells us that He now has a resurrected glorified body. ‘The Shack’s god calls Jesus ‘boy’.  Calling Jesus ‘boy’, ugly, with a big nose and a klutz greatly degrades the Messiah, the Savior of the world.  Isaiah 53 describes how He was brutalized physically by the crucifixion, but it never said He had a big nose nor was a klutz.  This is intentionally negatively re-imaging Jesus. p. 117 in ‘the shack’ Mack says Jesus is less Godlike of the three.  Ridiculous!  Jesus is the second member of the Trinity, the godhead.

John 1:1 …“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

John 1:10 …“He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.”

John 5:23… “That all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father.  He that honoreth not the Son honoreth not the Father, He that honoreth not the Son honoreth not the Father which hath sent Him.”

The Shack’ , referring to god, says, ‘We three spoke ourself into human existence as the Son of God, we became fully human.”  This is the same terminology the ‘Jesus Only’ movement uses.

That is not scriptural!  Jesus was the only one of the Godhead who became flesh. 

John 1:14 …“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” KJV

1 Timothy 3:16-4:1 Referring to Jesus, “God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” KJV

Referring to Mack seeing Jesus in person.  Matthew 24:23, 25-26…  “Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.” “Behold, I have told you before.  Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.” KJV

A vision of Jesus is one thing, but literally seeing Him physically, Jesus said, don’t believe it!


Some preachers in the Charismatic Movement say the same thing, but the Bible says,

John 5:26… “For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;” KJV

Matthew 28:18… “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth”. 

Jesus is the Creator.  John 1:3 …“All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.” KJV

p. 100The Shack’ says, “Jesus, as a human being,had no power within himself to heal anyone.”

John 5:26 …“For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;” KJV

Luke 7:22 …“Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see , the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.” KJV

‘The Shack’s Jesus tells Mack, “I AM NOT A CHRISTIAN.” 


What the author of ‘The Shack’ is saying is that Jesus has followers who don’t believe he is the only begotten Son of God, the Messiah, the Savior.  Again, this shows the author is not a Christian but a secular Universalist.

Acts 4:12… “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” KJV

John 14:6 …“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way , the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” KJV

Acts 16:30-31 “Sirs,  what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” KJV

John 3:36 …“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” KJV

 (See the article ‘Jesus is the Only Savior of the World’ on www.lorendavis.com)


The Holy Spirit is portrayed as an oriental woman who manifests physically and is portrayed in human likeness.

The Bible says the Holy Spirit is a spirit, not flesh and blood. There is no record in the Bible of anyone ever seeing the Holy Spirit.


p. 124. The author says that the godhead is “unencumbered by structure”

1 Corinthians 11:3…  “and the head of Christ is God.” KJV

John 14:28 , Jesus said…“for my Father is greater than I.” KJV

John 5:30 …“because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” KJV

p. 122, 123.  The Holy Spirit is referred to as “A free spirit.” This infers that the Holy Spirit does His own thing and is not accountable or answerable to the Father or Jesus nor works in conjunction with them.

This is exactly how many in the Charismatic movement view the Holy Spirit, that He is a ‘free spirit’, the final word even above the written Word, the Bible. See Hebrews 1:2

John 14:26 “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance , whatsoever I (Jesus)have said unto you.” KJV

Psalm 1:2 …“But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”


p. 148 Men and women are equal.  Whereas we know that men and women are equal in the eyes of God, God did set up a hierarchy for the home.

1 Corinthians 11:3 … “But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.” KJV

The god of ‘The Shack’ rejects the Bible’s teachings that man is to be the head of the home.  

‘The Shack’s’ goddess is A SEXIST TOWARDS MALES

p.47.  The female god of ‘The Shack’ says,  Males seem to be the cause of so much pain in the world.” 

p. 192. ‘The Shack’ goddess says, ‘Men are such idiots sometimes.” 

p. 147-148. ‘The Shack’s’ Jesus says, “The world, in many ways, would be a much calmer and gentler place if women ruled”.

What the author is saying is it would be better off if a men were not the head of the homes or governments and if women were running the world.

It is an indisputable fact that unregenerate women can be as evil as unregenerate men.  Adam and Eve both fell.  Both male and female are human and have a sin nature.

Isaiah 3:12… “As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.” KJV

p. 179 “Marriage is not an institution, it’s a relationship.”

According to ‘The Shack’, saying ‘marriage is not an institution’ insinuates that if a relationship is going through a rough time, it’s not binding.  Marriage is a relationship, but it is also an institution that has nearly become destroyed by such liberal ideas.

1 Corinthians 7:38-39… “So then he that giveth her in marriage doeth well; but he that giveth her not in marriage doeth better. The wife is bound by he law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord.” KJV

‘The Shack’ puts EXPERIENCES WITH GOD above the Bible

p. 92. ‘The Shack’s’ goddess tells Mack he wants to heal the rift between the two of them.  Whereas we know the scripture speaks of reconciliation, the author endeavors to bring reconciliation between God and man by redefining God and truth. 

 Mack is supposed to have an experience with God on this weekend.  This idea is particularly intriguing to many Charismatics as well as those involved with The Emergent Church Movement.  The latter is already incorporating eastern religions and practices into their ‘new’ brand of Christianity.  Many Charismatic’s as well as followers of ‘The Emergent Church’, are looking for an ‘experience’ with God even more than following biblical truth.  The author of ‘The Shack’ knows the vulnerability and soft points in Christianity, and he is playing them like a symphony.  When a person lives by experiences at the expense of biblical truth, it can spiritually become fatal.

Matthew 4:4 ,Jesus said, “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone , but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” KJV

Many Christians are naïve and don’t realize that Eastern religions also offer spiritual experiences; i.e.:  Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam.  But these spiritual experiences are of another spirit, 2 Corinthians 11:4.  Many churches are now involving their people in Yoga and repeatedly saying some mantra to ‘experience God’.  These ideas come from Buddhism.   Voodoo of Haiti is practiced by many Catholics.  Ju ju of Africa, and Harry Potter are some other witchcraft activities offering spiritual experiences, but they are all demonic. 

P. 107 ‘The Shack’ LOOKS DOWN ON the King James Bible

The reason the author attacks the KJV is because it is an objective, accurate translation of the original manuscripts.  The proliferation of translations taken from corrupt t manuscripts is a major problem that is tearing Christianity apart from the within.  (See the article regarding this:  ‘Changing the Bible’ www.lorendavis.com).  The author portrays those believing the Bible as drunks and hypocrites who really don’t have a relationship with God.  It is impossible to have a close relationship with God without using the accurate Bible!


p. 19 . ‘The goddess of ‘The Shack’ says, “What’s wrong with you, Mack?  Still smoking too much dope or do you just do that on Sunday mornings to make it through the church service?”

P. 8, 10,  In ‘The Shack’ says that Mack as a boy ‘was beaten with a belt and Bible verses every time his dad woke from a stupor and put down his bottle.’ Mack has a love/hate relationship with religion and with the God of the Bible. The Bible is a stumbling block for a relationship, according to the author of ‘The Shack’.  He views the Bible as a false and damaging book about God.  Again, this is where much of the Charismatic movement has gone as well. 

The God of ‘The Shack’ talks about conversations with God that contradicts the Scriptures. The god of ‘The Shack’ says that god says He is not confined to some book with ink and paper, in other words, The Bible.  His god infers that there is a higher knowledge than the Bible. This is the same position that many Charismatic preachers take.  Many of them say that God is always talking to them and that they have a higher and newer revelation than the Bible. The Eastern religions are being subtly mixed in with Christianity. There is no question one can have an experience with God like the Apostle Paul did.  The problem is when one starts seeking supernatural experiences with God.  It is easy to slip over inadvertently into the realm of witchcraft  and have a counterfeit demonic experience. 

2 Corinthians 11:13-14… “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” KJV

Luke 11:35…Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness .KJV

p. 205. The goddess of ‘The Shack’ says,

 “…you won’t find the word ‘responsibility’ in the Bible.”

This is inferring we don’t have to be responsible. The word responsibility may not be in the Bible, but it teaches responsibility in many other words.

Luke 12:48… “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.” KJV

Luke 12:42 …“Who then is that faithful and wise steward , whom his lord shall make ruler over his household,” KJV

Proverbs 25:19… “Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.”




John 8:44-46 Jesus said, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth , because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth , ye believe me not. Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth , why do ye not believe me?

The goddess of ‘The Shack’ says that good and evil are relative.  There are no absolutes.

This is pagan theology.

Revelation 21:8 “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” KJV

p. 216.  Mack kisses his father on the lips.

Any man kissing another man on the lips is suggestive. The Bible clearly defines sin. (See the article:  ‘Has God Revoked His Moral Law?  www.lorendavis.com)

p. 202, 203.  The Jesus of ‘The Shack’ says there are NO TEN COMMANDMENTS;

WE ARE FREE FROM THE LAW; there are NO RULES; and he  redefines righteousness

p. 202. ‘The Shack’s goddess says, “Why do you think we came up with the Ten Commandments?” “Actually we wanted you to try to be righteous on your own.” “…many…think they are righteous by following the rules.” P. 203. “Are you saying I don’t have to follow the rules,” Mack says. “Yes, in Jesus you are not under the law.  All things are lawful.”  P.198.  And you will hear and see me in the Bible in different ways. Just don’t look for rules and principles; look for relationship—a way of coming to us.”  (This opens the scriptures to exotic revelations and interpretation that are not rightly dividing the word of truth).

p. 202, 205.  When you accept Jesus you are ‘righteous’ no matter what you do.”

This is exactly what the pagan religions teach and is the reason why the world is a living hell. Of course we know that no matter how good one lives, without Christ we are not righteous.  But consider these scriptures.

1 John 2:29… “If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteous is born of him.”

1 John 3:7-10 …”he that committeth sin is of the devil; …whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of god.”

This plays well with followers of some major preachers in the Charismatic Movement who teach that righteousness has nothing to do with what you do.  It is also the argument of those who teach ‘Eternal Security’ once you have accepted Christ.   In other words, sin, or how you live, is irrelevant in one’s relationship with God.  (See the article ‘Redefining righteousness’ www.lorendavis.com)

p. 206. The goddess of ‘The Shack’, says, I’ve never placed an expectation

on you or anyone else

The author is saying that God has no law against sin. This is the exactly what many so called Christian preachers are teaching.  This is Satan talking, not God.  A world without rules would be and is, total chaos.  There are rules for how we drive in traffic; laws concerning crime, etc.  Yet this writer says you can have relationship with God without rules.  That is irrational and unscriptural. Even in marriage, spoken or not, there are rules of faithfulness, house rules and guidelines for relationships.  Today’s ‘NO RULES CHRISTIANITY’ has no problem with the ‘The Shack’s philosophy.

1 John 2:4. Jesus said, “He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar , and the truth is not in him.” KJV

John 14:15… Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” KJV

Matthew 5:17… Jesus said, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.”

 ‘The Shack’ is saying, in no uncertain terms, that immorality, which is sin,  has no bearing on your relationship with God.  The Ten Commandments in Exodus 20 states, ‘Thou shalt not commit adultery; thou shalt not steal; thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not covet thy neighbors wife, etc.  The goddess of ‘The Shack’ legitimizes these sins  by calling them irrelevant.

p. 83.The ‘Shack’s’ goddess SAYS GOD IS LOVE ALONE

but it is not true! GOD has other attributes. God is just; He is holy; He is righteous; He is eternal; He is faithful; He is judge.

Romans 1:18… “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;” KJV

The Shack’s’ goddess says that YOU CAN’T HAVE LOVE WITH RULES

John 14:15 … Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” KJV 

John 15:10 …“If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love;”

p. 163.  The author mentions grace several times, contrasting it with the law.

This is the unscriptural teaching of Eternal Security or Once Saved Always Saved, which means no matter what sins one commits he cannot lose his salvation.   The author of ‘The Shack’ knows that this is a major doctrine of many main line denominations  and will play cleverly with those who believe this doctrine.

p. 155. The Shack’s goddess tells Mack,   even if people behave badly they are still my son and daughter.” 

This is the essence of the eternal security belief.

Romans 6:15… “What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.” KJV

Jude 4… “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men,  turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness , and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” KJV

Revelation 3:5 …“He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.” KJV

Revelation 21:8… “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” KJV

We know the Grace of God to forgive is a wonderful thing, but the author’s reference to grace coincides with the teachings of Eternal Security. (See the article ‘Eternal Security, the Huge Gamble!’ on www.lorendavis.com)

p.120. ‘The Shack’s’ goddess tells Mack, “I don’t need to punish people for sin.”

 Matthew 25:46 tells us… “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment:” KJV

Ezekiel 18:20… “The soul that sinneth, it shall die” KJV

p. 159 ’The Shack’s’ goddess says YOU DON’T HAVE TO REPENT

p. 158.  The  goddess of ‘The Shack’ says, “…you are not here to repent,”

Matthew  4:17… “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent : for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 

Acts 2:38 …“Then Peter said unto them, Repent , and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins,” KJV

The goddess of ‘The Shack’ says that ‘GOOD CAN SOMETIMES BE EVIL,

AND EVIL CAN SOMETIMES BE GOOD’.  THEY CAN INTERCHANGE.  (Mind games) pages 133, 134, 135, 136

p. 136.  The goddess of ‘The Shack’ says “you must give up your right to decide what is good and evil on your own terms.  What he is saying that every man is a law unto himself.  The Bible’s is irrelevant. 

P. 135.  The goddess of ‘The Shack’, “If there is no absolute of good, It is just language, and one might as well exchange the word for the word evil.”

Isaiah 5:20… “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil.”  KJV

p. 156 . The goddess of ‘The Shack’ tells Mack,

you really don’t  believe god is good

This goes along with the cliché, said and sung as a mantra repeatedly throughout Christianity today, ‘God is good all the time, all the time God is good!’

Romans 11:22… “Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity ; but toward thee, goodness , if thou continue in his goodness : otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.” KJV

In no uncertain terms, the goddess of ‘The Shack’ is saying that we are not accountable to God and that there is no Judgment Day.

Romans 14:12… “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” KJV

p. 119.  ‘The Shack’s’ god says SHE/HE IS NOT A GOD OF WRATH OR JUDGMENT.

 SHE/HE DOESN’T JUDGE PEOPLE LIKE THE BIBLE SAYS.  She/He is saying The Bible is wrong!  P. 136, 157, 158, 202, 203

John 3:36 …“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” KJV

Romans 1:18…“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;” KJV

Revelation 15:1 …“And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.” KJV

Romans 14:10… “But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.” KJV

The Great White Throne Judgment. Revelation  20:12… “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” KJV  (See the Article:  ‘Get Prepared Now’, about The Great White Throne Judgment, on www.lorendavis.com)

The author of ‘The Shack’ declares outright that the Bible’s image of God is a stereotype and not accurate, and that the scriptures are not true.

The goddess of ‘The Shack’ says that WE SHOULDN’T JUDGE WHAT IS RIGHT OR WRONG

Hebrews 5:14… “But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” KJV

p. 151. ‘The Shack’ quotes Albert Einstein, ‘Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.” Einstein never claimed to be a Christian.

The Bible says in John 17:17… “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. “KJV

John 14:6 …“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way , the truth…” KJV


P. 136, 157, 158, 202, 203

The author practices what he preaches and systematically judges the Bible and the God, Jesus and The Holy Spirit of the Bible in ‘The Shack’.  (See the article: ‘The Issue of Judging’ on www.lorendavis.com)

P.162  The goddess of ‘The Shack’ says, THERE IS NO HELL

Luke 12:5 “But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell ; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.” KJV

Revelation 21:8…. “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” KJV

The goddess of ‘The Shack’ says ‘I DON’T DO GUILT’


Romans3:19 “…that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.” KJV

John 3:17-18 …“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” KJV

John 8:9… “And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.” KJV

Some major teachers in the Charismatic Movement say the same thing in teaching that we are to get rid of ‘the sin consciousness’.

‘The Shack’s’ goddess tells of her FOREKNOWLEDGE

 p. 161.  The god of ‘The Shack’ says “God knew that one day your Missy would be brutalized,”

This espouses the old doctrine of ‘the foreknowledge of God’ or ‘Predestination’ which has been around in many mainline denominations for a long time.  Think!  If everything is the foreknowledge of God, why be careful?  Why even try in this life? 

The Bible says in John 3:16-17… If you believe on Christ, you shall be saved.  If you don’t believe on Him you will be damned.  Deuteronomy 28 talks about the blessings of God that will come on you IF you keep His commandments, and a curse will come on you if you don’t.  It’s conditional!  We don’t know everything about God, but many people have had their lives cut short by their own  foolishness or by the foolishness or evil of another person.  These horrors, murder, etc. are not foreordained of God.  We have choices and there are accidents and horrors that needlessly are caused by ones carelessness or the carelessness or brutality of another.


p. 178. Mack says, “I’m not too disappointed that ‘the streets of gold’ thing isn’t the big prize. It always sounded a little boring to me…”

p. 177. “The Shack Jesus”  says, “Well Mack, our final destination is not a picture of heaven that you have stuck in your head—you know the image of pearly gates and streets of gold.” Jesus says, “…heaven is a picture of me and the woman I am in love with.”



p. 153… Wisdom is portrayed in ‘The Shack’ as a beautiful Hispanic woman named ‘Sophia’.   He says about Sophia, “She is beauty.” “Everything that sensuality strives to be…”It’s interesting the author uses the name Sophia.  Sophia is the name of a Greek goddess who was a prostitute.

1 Corinthians 1:22-23… “For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: but we preach                                                                      Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness;” KJV

p. 213… WE RESPOND TO ONE ANOTHER IN COLORS. Again, this is New Age. This is reminiscent of the religious experiences the Hippies had in the ‘60’s which were induced by psychedelic drugs.


 p. 227… “Just say it out loud.  There is power in what my children declare.”  (See the article, “The New Age, the Subtle Enemy of God’ www.lorendavis.com)

This is Christian Science, New Thought, New Age teaching.  This teaching has been incorporated into much of the Charismatic Movement.  Many Charismatic leaders have spun Mark 11:22-23 to absurdity, to the point they say, that you can speak things into existence just like God,  by just declaring like God.  This one point has brought the New Age deep inside most of Christianity.

p. 81, 83. ‘THE SHACK’ USES SEDUCTIVE FLOWERY WRITING AND OVERT SENTIMENTALITY. The descriptive language appeals to the carnal, natural senses.  The author knows that most people are more interested in style than content.


 Revelation 5:8… “And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.” KJV

Revelation 21:4 tells us that “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes;” KJV

p. 99,  and  p.116 in  ‘The Shack’,  Mackenzie can fly  

This emulates the activity of witches flying in witchcraft; ‘Harry Potter’ with his sorcery, and the New Age book ‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull’ says just ‘think it and you will be there’.  ‘The Shack’ is taking its readers and crossing from Christian experience into a demonic experience.

p. 191.  FRACTALS/

The author of ‘The Shack’ talks about FRACTALS.see:Fractals, Chaos Theory, Quantum Spirituality, and The Shackwww.crossroad.to/Quotes/spirituality/.../09/8-fractals.htm Www.facstaff.bucknell.edu/udaepp/090/w3/matthewz.html

p. 191, 197 .  PARADIGMS.

Paradigm means pattern.  It is used to emphasize the shift in thinking from one way, in this transition period, to another way of thinking that they are taking us to.


The author of ‘The Shack’ uses the word ‘transformation’ because he knows Christians are familiar with it.  The word ‘transformation’ is also used often in The Purpose Driven Life and is an integral part of the New Age’s language.  They use biblical words, then redefine them for the purpose of changing the church from a spiritual institution into a carnal New Age social institution.

They use the word ‘transformation from Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” KJV

But ‘The Shack’ and other New Age books pervert the use of the word transformation from it’s biblical meaning and use it for an anti-biblical agenda.  ‘The Shack’ is a book that follows ‘The Secret’, ‘The Purpose Driven Life’ as well as countless other books, whose main purpose is to redefine and destroy Biblical Christianity

Consider other examples of redefining words by the New Age: The Shack’ redefines ‘holy’ to be ‘wholly’.  Other books redefine atonement to mean ‘at-one-ment’.  The New Age loves to use and manipulate familiar scriptural words and concepts to deceive Christians into their one world, global religion.   THE SHACK’S’ GODDESS IS THE NEW AGE GOD which teaches that ‘GOD IS IN EVERYONE AND IN EVERYTHING’.  THIS IS PAGAN PANTHEISM. 

p. 112 .“God, who is the ground of all being, dwells in, around and through all things—ultimately emerging as the real—and any appearances that mask the reality will fall away.”

p. 241. ‘‘God is everywhere’

p. 188 . ‘The Shack’ uses  total PSYCHOLOGY on its readers. 

Proverbs 14:12… “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” KJV

 p. 141.  The jesus of ‘The Shack’  said, “Such a powerful ability, the imagination!”

Without doubt, the author of ‘The Shack’ turns his imagination loose in his fantasy book.

Genesis 6:5… “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” KJV

Luke 1:51… “He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.”

p. 192. The author of ‘The Shack ‘ often refers to Purpose in the same manner as PDL and PDC author, Rick Warren. There is a direct link between Rick Warren’s ‘Purpose Driven Life’ and The Shack’.  Eugene Peterson, author of ‘The Message’, a contemporary attempt at a re-work of the Bible, endorses ‘The Shack’ on its front cover.   ‘The Message’, is also the book Rick Warren uses in his ‘Purpose Driven Life’ and calls it a bible.  ‘The Shack’ and ‘The Purpose Driven Life’ oppose the KJV Bible.  Do you see the link?  Both books have the same agenda of remaking Christianity.  Eugene Peterson says that ‘The Shack’ will do for the church what John Bunyan’s book, Pilgrim’s Progress did.  The fact is, it will do just the opposite.  John Bunyan believed the Bible was the infallible Word of God and believed in the God of the Bible.

The change that both ‘The Shack’ and Rick Warren’s New Reformation is talking about is to take the Christian church away from the real God and the real Jesus of the Bible.  (See the articles:  ‘Is Rick Warren Really a Conservative Christian?’;  ‘The Purpose Driven Life is Unscriptural’ and ‘The Race for Africa’   www.lorendavis.com)

The Emergent Church is a movement within Christianity that is mixing eastern mysticism with Christianity.  This movement is producing a hybrid version of Christianity, which is, in reality, not Christian.  See: www.crossroad.to/News/Church/emergent.html

‘The Shack’ is a New Age ‘CHANGE AGENT’.

The goddess of ‘The Shack’ says “growth means change… change involves risk…” moving from  “the known into the unknown” .

The Shack’ is nothing but MYTHOLOGY, just as in ancient Greek mythology, they humanized their gods.  The author is saying that we should take a risk and move away from what we know about God from the Bible, and go to the unknown, the arena of mystical experience and fantasy.


The U.N. Millineum Conference declared its ambition to be a one world government

p. 149. ‘The Shack’s’ Jesus says to Mack, “Being my follower is not trying to be like Jesus’, it means for your independence to be killed.’  This is socialism and globalism being taught in Jesus’ name.  This is Marxists Liberation theology. 

 p.  190.  The goddess of ‘The Shack’ says that ALL EVIL COMES FROM INDEPENDENCE. The  he/she god makes a not so subtle attack on individualism; individual thinking; and the right of a person to make his own choices.  This is the mentality of totalitarians who demand that the masses comply totally with their authorities. Rick Warren, author of the PDL, has been working with the U.N. in promoting the Global Peace Initiative.  In his book he says that we must give up our individual agenda for the community agendas.  He often speaks of being ‘interdependent’.  Being ‘interdependent’ is the U.N.’s language. The U.N. in its Millennium conference stated that time of an ‘exclusive savior’, (which obviously is referring to Jesus Christ), is over.   BEING INDEPENDENT IS THE BIGGEST SIN.”  p. 123, 124, 132, 165

 The U.N. and New Age authors say that an ‘exclusive savior is not conducive to world peaceT he author of ‘The Shack’ is against the national sovereignty of nations and against freedom itself.  Anything independent, to ‘The Shack’s’ god, is evil.

p. 181.  The goddess of ‘The Shack’ says, “Remember, the people who know me are the ones who are free to live and love without an agenda.”   The author of ‘The Shack’ has a big agenda in his book.  He wants us to give up our agenda and buy into his.  His whole book has an agenda. 

‘The Shack’ is playing a political role in helping bring about a world government.  Freedom of thought; freedom of speech and freedom of religion will be a thing of the past.   They want us all to become Universalists, which is ultimately to become godless who believe in no absolutes.  They want all mankind to become pawns of an international state.

The goddess of ‘The Shack’ is an ECOLOGIST.  This fits in with the U.N.’s agenda to use global warming as a pretext to set up a world government.   (See the articles:  ‘A Central World Government is Coming’,  and   ‘Global Warming Related to Bible Prophecy’ www.lorendavis.com).


Proverbs 1:22 “How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?”KJV

2 Corinthians 11:3 …“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” KJV

James 3:12 “…can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.” KJV   You cannot mix lies with the truth without  corrupting the truth.

p. 164 . The goddess of “The Shack” says, “maybe your understanding of God is wrong”

We get our understanding of God from the Holy Bible.  The Bible is the bedrock of the Christian faith.   When faith in the Bible is destroyed, Christianity is finished. This is the objective!

2 Peter 1:20-21 “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” KJV

 p. 197. The goddess of ‘The Shack’ says, “Be willing to reexamine what you believe.”

In other words, he is saying we should reject what we have been taught in the Bible.

The story in the “The Shack” is a clever and seductive mind game that the author subtly weaves to cause you to doubt the veracity of the Bible.  This is very deceptive for those who don’t know the scriptures or do not believe in their inerrancy.  Eve was deceived by the subtleness of the serpent. 

Genesis 3:1… Satan, disguised as a serpent told her, “Hath God said?” … “He didn’t mean it.” Genesis 3:3-4.  This is the exact message ‘The Shack’ is giving about the Word of God.

The goddess, jesus and holy spirit of ‘The Shack’ do not reflect the God, Jesus and Holy Spirit in the Bible   The author is a magician who tricks his audience using the sleight of hand. In this case, words.    The author of ‘The Shack’ is an illusionist working his magic on gullible, naïve Christians and superstitious people.

The Shack’ is a fantasy novel. It is filled with dark mysticism which is intentionally contrived to lead one, not only away from sound Bible doctrine, but to follow ‘The Shack’s’ thinking  which will eventually separate one from God; cause mental problems and can even open the door to demon possession.  Just because there are a few things the author says are scripturally true, does not in any way make the book truth.  The author picks and chooses scriptures to allude to while attacking most of the teachings of the other scriptures.

The author brings God down to the human level which is exactly what the Greeks and ancient Romans did. The intent here is obvious to people who are knowledgeable about the scriptures, mythology and the world global movement.  In the name of love, it is herding Christians into the one world religion that the Bible prophesied is coming and which will eventually merge with the Antichrist and his political system.  Revelation 17.  (See the article:  Profiling the Antichrist’ www.lorendavis.com). 

If everyone’s god/goddess teachings are similar but the religions are just called by different names, it will be easy to merge them into one religion.  That is the agenda.   The author of ‘The Shack’ knows exactly where he is going and where he wants to take you.

Jeremiah 51:40… “I will bring them down like lambs to the slaughter , like rams with he goats.” KJV

2 Peter 1:16… “For we have not followed cunningly devised fables , when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.” KJV

Timothy 1:4… “Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.” KJV

The Shack’ throws aside rational thinking.

THE DEADLINESS OF WHAT THE AUTHOR IS DOING IN ‘THE SHACK’ IN USING THE NAME OF THE GOD, THE JESUS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT OF THE BIBLE, AND THEN REDEFINING THEM INTO WHAT HE THINKS THEY SHOULD BE, is pushing aside Bible Doctrine and replacing it with his own theology.  He is making a deliberate farce out of God.

Exodus 20:7… The Ten Commandments, Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in Vain.”  This is exactly what he is doing.  He is misusing the name of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.   He has no fear or respect of God.

2 Thesselonians 2:11-12… “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie : That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” KJV

Colossians 2:8… “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”  KJV

Galations 3:1… “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth,” KJV  

2 Timothy 3:1-9… “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds,  as theirs also was.” KJV

Galations 1:1-9… “Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, “ “ I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” KJV

2 Thesselonians 2:11-12… “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” KJV

2 Corinthians 10:5… “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” KJV

2 Corinthians 11:4… “For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus , whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, “  KJV

Proverbs 14:12… “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” KJV

 ‘The Shack’  is an enemy of Christianity.



The Shack’ is just one of a long array of fronts whose purpose is to destroy faith in the Bible and Jesus Christ,  i.e.: Marxism, Communism, Islam, Public Education, the New Age, atheism, and denominations and preachers who  reject the KJV and replace it with a vast number of flawed translations. This attack on the Bible and Jesus Christ is a diabolical systematic long range plan conceived by Satan himself.  At some point these streams will come together and become a mighty flood that will usher in the Antichrist who will be a ruthless and bloody dictator of the world.  Individualism and freedom will be dead.  It will be global tyranny unparalleled in history.

The Purpose Driven Life, The Secret, The Shack; much of the Charismatic  Movement; the New Age, and the Emergent church, all spin the Bible to infinitum and they are destroying its credibility.  They have these teachings in common: experience or revelation is superior to the Bible; there are no Ten Commandments;   there is no guilt; no sin; no punishment; no Judgment Day; we are not to judge; we don’t have to repent; the unconditional love of God; God is only good; there is no heaven; there is no hell except for this life; we are all the children of God; we are all one; everyone will eventually be saved no matter what one believes.

The Shack’ is just one of the New Age books that are filling not only the shelves of secular bookstores, but is also on  the shelves of Christian bookstores.  This is the New Age strategy of destroying Christianity from within.  The author of ‘The Shack’ and other New Age spiritual books are playing to the mystical nature of many Christians  as well as non-Christians who can’t discern the difference between ancient medieval mysticism and biblical spirituality.  This is the New Spirituality and the author knows exactly what he is doing.  May the church wake up!