"The Shack," a movie based on William P. Young's top-selling Christian book and set to premiere on March 1, has been slammed by critics for allegedly teaching heresy and presenting a misleading concept of the Christian faith to its audience.
In "The Shack," Mack Phillips (Sam Worthington) plunges into depression after a family tragedy which leads him to a crisis of faith. Out of nowhere, he receives a letter from a woman named Papa (Octavia Spencer) who tells him to go to a certain abandoned shack. There, Mack meets a trio, including Papa, and finally discovers some important truths about his life, Inquirer details.
James De Young, a holder of multiple seminary degrees and a New Testament language and literature professor at the Western Seminary in Portland, has written the exposé "Burning Down The Shack" to dispute the Christian theology presented in Young's book. De Young, who is Young's former colleague, told World Net Daily that "The Shack" promotes the wrong idea that all people will be saved.
"The danger from all of this is to distort the gospel, to give people a false hope of being able to change their destiny after death and to distort the meaning of Christ's death," DeYoung told WND.
In addition, De Young said "The Shack" communicates the idea that people's feelings and personal beliefs are more important than the teachings of the Bible. He lamented the fact that there are many Christians who want to hear this very message.
De Young is not alone in the "heretic" criticisms against the upcoming faith-based film. WND founder Joseph Farah described the movie as "beyond disturbing for its thoroughly anti-biblical portrayal of God." He said the film's message of universalism --- all people go to heaven --- does not have anything to do with the Christian faith, and expressed hope that the movie will not lead people astray.
Moreover, Olive Tree Ministries president Jan Markell said "The Shack" could lead to "spiritual wreckage" that stems from its portrayal of a God who says all people are redeemed. He is also concerned because messages delivered via films are more powerful than those written in books. Markell then urged Christians to skip watching the film because of its dangerous teachings.