I can't say it any better than this.
"To recognize that heresy is a judgment relating to the integrity of the church rather than the eternal destiny of the offender hopefully qualifies some of the harsher charges that have been launched against The Shack and its readers."
I know this book has taken on a life of its own apart from the author. On one hand I hear defenders saying, "it's just fiction, art, etc." If I had a nickel for everytime I heard, "it's just fiction," from a disciple of the Shack, I'd be rich. ON the other hand are the claims of this books ministry power, changed theology, life altering effects, and a breaking free from the confines of traditional Christianity. Now I am certain that the Bible plays a central role in shaping traditional Christianity. I have read testimony on Shack sites and heard it first hand from those who say it has changed their view of god.
I also understand that people can have their "lives changed," by diet books. That is not my contention. It is the fact that defenders of this book, are trying to position a hedge around this book. You can't attack it because it's art. Yet, at the same time ignore the fact that many of them are using this book to convey theological concepts.
The view of the trinity as egalitarian is only a small part. Portraying God as a jovial black woman baking biscuits and talking in slang ought to be an obvious red flag. Here are some direct quotes from the bible and the book. I know you are well rooted. It's a quick read. Perhaps you should check it out. I'd appreciate your feedback.
"Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son" (2John 1:9).
God: "I am neither male nor female, even though both genders are derived from my nature" page 93
"The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him. The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name." Exodus 15:2-3
God: "you do understand, she continued unless I had an object to love -- or more accurately, a someone to love -- if I did not have such a relationship within myself, that I would not be capable of love at all? You would have a god you could not love" page 103
"He that does not love, does not know God; for God is love" 1 John 4:8
"Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins." 1 John 4:10
Mack: "are there any who you are not especially fond of?"...
God: "Nope, I haven't been able to find any. Guess that's jes' the way I is" page 118 and 119
"Know therefore that the LORD thy God, He is God, the faithful God, which keeps covenant and mercy with them that love Him and keep His commandments to a thousand generations;
And repays them that hate him to their face, to destroy them: he will not be slack to him that hate Him, He will repay him to his face. Deuteronomy 7:9-10
God: "I don't need to punish people for sin. Sin is its own punishment, devouring you from the inside. It's not my purpose to punish it; it's my joy cure it" page 120
The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, self willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.
Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.
But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;
And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceptions while they feast with you;
Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:..." 2 Peter 2:9-14
Just how much poison does it take to contaminate a glass of water?
-“The Bible treated allegorically becomes putty in the hands of the exegete.” John Walvoord
"I'm not saying scientists don't overstate their results. They do. And it's understandable, too...If you spend years working toward a certain goal and make no progress, of course you are going to spin your results in a positive light." Ivellious