In the Introduction of Jesus Calling, Sarah Young writes, "This practice of listening to God has increased my intimacy with Him more than any other spiritual discipline, so I want to share some of the messages I have received. In many parts of the world,Christians seem to be searching for a deeper experience of Jesus' Presence and Peace. The messages that follow address that felt need. The Bible is, of course, the only inerrant Word of God; my writings must be consistent with that unchanging standard, I have written them from Jesus' point of view; i.e., the first person singular (I, Me, Mine) always refers to Christ. "You" refers to you, the reader, so the perspective is that of Jesus speaking to you."
The 10 questions below have been taken from Warren B. Smith’s book, "'Another Jesus' Calling". This book provides valuable information that can help you warn your family and friends how the “Jesus” of Jesus Calling contradicts the biblical Jesus.
1. Did you know that Sarah Young says she had been inspired by the “Jesus” of a book called God Calling?
2. Did you know that Christian publisher Harvest House’s book The Encyclopedia of New Age Beliefs says that God Calling is an example of a channeled New Age book “replete with denials of biblical teaching”?1
3. Did you know that the “Jesus” of God Calling teaches that God is “in” everyone?
4. Did you know that the “Jesus” of Jesus Calling contradicts the Jesus of the Bible?
5. Did you know that the “Jesus” of Jesus Calling rejects the Jesus of the Bible’s warnings about the future and tells us to “laugh” at the future?
6. Did you know that the “Jesus” of Jesus Calling frequently flatters his followers, which contrasts the way Jesus Christ spoke to people?
7. Did you know that Sarah Young’s “Jesus” revises the night that Jesus Christ was born and calls it a “dark night” in a “filthy stable” in “appalling conditions” even though the Bible says the shepherds rejoiced in all that they had seen that night? 2
8. Did you know that the “Jesus” of Jesus Calling revises the accounts of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph of the Bible?
9. Did you know that the “Jesus” of Jesus Calling encourages his followers to practice contemplative “listening” prayer and to have a “buffer zone of silence” with no warning about seducing spirits?3
10. Did you know that the “Jesus” of Jesus Calling emphasizes New Age terms and concepts throughout the book?
Notes: 1. John Ankerberg & John Weldon, Encyclopedia of New Age Beliefs (Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 1996), p. 103.2. Sarah Young, Jesus Calling, p. 376.3. Jesus Calling, June 15th entry
Jesus Calling written by Sarah Young is a Christian book bestseller. Young claims to receive direct revelation from Jesus Christ. Each day's devotional is written as if Jesus is speaking directly to her. This itself should ring the discernment alarm bells because it implies an additional revelation from God. Ladies need to understand that the Canon of Scripture is closed. Anyone claiming to receive direct revelation from God and putting it in a book for others to read is adding to the Word of God.
The second concern is one that most do not know about. Jesus Calling was inspired by a book Young read called, "God Calling". God Calling is a New Age book which denies biblical teaching.
Warren B. Smith who formerly was involved in the New Age Movement wrote a book titled, ""Another Jesus" Calling" which shows that the Jesus of "Jesus Calling" is really a New Age Occult Jesus.
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Do not simply take someone's word for a certain teaching but examine everything carefully using the Word of God (I Thess 5:21-22, Acts 17:11). Praying for discernment is important, however by studying the Bible daily, we will be able to separate the false teachers from the true. Also, discernment alarm bells should ring when a teacher claims to receive direct revelation from God.
Some of Joyce Meyers teachings include:
Jesus stopped being the Son of God.
Jesus was born again.
Jesus paid for our sins in hell.
Jesus went to hell and was tormented there.
If you don't believe Jesus went to hell you cannot be saved.
We are called little gods.
Most of Beth Moore's messages are focused on self rather than Christ. It seems her teaching is a combination of Word of Faith and Self Help.
Beth Moore and Joyce Meyers are two of the most popular Bible teachers for women. Unfortunately, both teachers promote a false gospel and teachings which are not found in the Bible. They are known for taking verses out of context and building doctrines around select verses.
Their teachings might make you feel good, however they do not line up with Scripture. It is important to spend time alone studying the Bible verse by verse, chapter by chapter without a devotional.
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