Sermon of the week: “The Shack Uncovered” by Michael Youssef.

Your sermon of the week is The Shack Uncovered by Michael Youssef. In this message Youssef lays out thirteen heresies in the book The Shack that, for some reason, many professing Christians think is a good book and sound in its doctrine.

The following video is a snippet from this message. You can watch the entire message here, or you can download the audio by right-clicking here. Additionally, I’ve included (below this video) the thirteen heresies Michael Youssef levies against this book.

Thirteen Heresies in The Shack

1. God the Father was crucified with Jesus.

Because God’s eyes are pure and cannot look upon sin, the Bible says that God would not look upon His own beloved Son as He hung on the Cross, carrying our sins (Habakkuk 1:13; Matthew 27:45).

2. God is limited by His love and cannot practice justice.

The Bible declares that God’s love and His justice are two sides of the same coin — equally a part of the personality and the character of God (Isaiah 61:8; Hosea 2:19).

3. On the Cross, God forgave all of humanity, whether they repent or not. Some choose a relationship with Him, but He forgives them all regardless.

Jesus explained that only those who come to Him will be saved (John 14:6).

4. Hierarchical structures, whether they are in the Church or in the government, are evil.

Our God is a God of order (Job 25:2).

5. God will never judge people for their sins.

The Word of God repeatedly invites people to escape from the judgment of God by believing in Jesus Christ, His Son (Romans 2:16; 2 Timothy 4:1-3).

6. There is not a hierarchical structure in the Godhead, just a circle of unity.

The Bible says that Jesus submitted to the will of the Father. This doesn’t mean that one Person is higher or better than the other; just unique. Jesus said, “I came to do the will of Him who sent me. I am here to obey my Father.” Jesus also said, “I will send you the Holy Spirit” (John 4:34, 6:44, 14:26, 15:26).

7. God submits to human wishes and choices.

Far from God submitting to us, Jesus said, “Narrow is the way that leads to eternal life.” We are to submit to Him in all things, for His glory and because of what He has accomplished for us (Matthew 7:13-15).

8. Justice will never take place because of love.

The Bible teaches that when God’s love is rejected, and when the offer of salvation and forgiveness is rejected, justice must take place or God has sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross for nothing (Matthew 12:20; Romans 3:25-26).

9. There is no such a thing as eternal judgment or torment in hell.

Jesus’ own description of hell is vivid … it cannot be denied (Luke 12:5, 16:23).

10. Jesus is walking with all people in their different journeys to God, and it doesn’t matter which way you get to Him.

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, and no one will come to the Father but by me” (John 14:6).

11. Jesus is constantly being transformed along with us.

Jesus, who dwells in the splendor of heaven, sits at the right hand of God, reigning and ruling the universe. The Bible says, “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 need for faith or reconciliation with God because everyone will make it to heaven.

Jesus said, “Only those who believe in me will have eternal life” (John 3:15, 3:36, 5:24, 6:40).

13. The Bible is not true because it reduces God to paper.

The Bible is God-breathed. Sure, there were many men through 1,800 years who put pen to paper (so to speak), each from different professions and different backgrounds, but the Holy Spirit infused their work with God’s words. These men were writing the same message from Genesis to Revelation.

6 thoughts on “Sermon of the week: “The Shack Uncovered” by Michael Youssef.

  1. Not familiar with Michal Youseff, but he does well to remind his people to test his sermons in light of Scripture. That’s refreshing – especially for a large church such as his.

    His message about the dangers of this evil book are spot-on.

    His description of the ditch that people are being led to fall into and the attending dangers thereof reminded me of a motorcycle ride through Alabama: “As I was enjoying the beautiful road and scenery, it dawned on me that the lush carpet of kudzu was merely camouflaging the deadly rocks that await the careless rider who wanders off the road. Focus! The lines are your friend. As much as I marvel at kudzu – it will cover you up if you sit still for long – I failed to stop and take a picture of this Japanese weed as it continues in its march to completely blanket the southeast United States.”

    So is the oft-subtle deception of Satan – looks good, leads to destruction.

    But I wonder how “the Shack” (or myriad other books) can look good to the one who is a new creature in Christ.

  2. I’ve heard Michael Youssef’s sermons a few times on a local radio station; they’re about the only ones I listen to, besides John Macarthur. I’ve been a little bit cautious about relatively unknown pastors who have radio shows, as Iam just now learning how important discernment is… will have to check him out again.

  3. Al Mohler done a good critique on this book as well. I pointed my former pastor to it when he reommended I attend the small group class my old church was doing on the Shack.

    I am waiting to see if there is some type of crazy doctrine, error, or heresy being taught at the new church I am attending. So far it seems too good to be true.

  4. For those unfamiliar with Michael Youssef; he seems to be a straight shooter who preaches the word without compromise. He preached at National Broadcasters convention a couple of years ago with a robust and challenging message. It’s on sermon index I think”The Power of Weeping”for those who want to check him out.

  5. I have enjoyed Michael Youssef preaching and this sermon on the heretical book is worth a multiple listen.
    Thanks for posting.

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