For those who are well acquainted with the teachings of orthodox Christianity, The Shack by William Young is an easy target. As seen in my evaluation of the theology of The Shack (to which I will likely add even more), its pages are filled with almost incessant heterodoxy. From its idolatry of the triune God, to its distortion of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to its man-centered view of God and creation, its heresies are such that they would, as a friend of mine quipped, make Arius blush. And despite these abounding heresies, The Shack has been accepted and even heralded by many evangelical Christians as a great work of Christian literature.
However, The Shack is not the disease of the American church, but its acceptance by the church is merely a symptom of the disease that she has had for years. For, though Young will certainly be judged one day for his heretical portraiture of God, there will be many pastors who fill pulpits in American churches today who will incur a much more devastating judgment. For these pastors have for decades neglected their office by their disobedience of the command of our Lord to the apostle Peter, “[If you love me], feed my sheep” (Jn. 21:17). For these pastors have acted precisely in the manner of the shepherds of Israel whom the Lord condemned through the prophet Ezekiel: