As the rapidly growing popularity of the devotional book ‘JESUS CALLING‘ continues to increase, and the season of gift giving is soon to be upon us, I now find it necessary to warn all of you about this widely popular devotional book, JESUS CALLING. Like the many who have already spoken out about this book, I also do not doubt the sincerity of Sarah Young in writing this book. However, a person can be truly sincere, and still be sincerely wrong, and thus lead many others astray in the process of one’s sincere endeavors. That’s why it’s so very important for us to always test things in light of Scripture as the Bereans did in Acts 17:11:
“Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”
Back when I first became a Christian in 1980, the devotional book ‘GOD CALLING‘ was very popular. This book was written in the 1930′s by two women who referred to themselves as “Two Listeners” because they sat and listened, waiting for God to speak, and they would write down what they believed God was saying to them. It’s popularity emerged again in the early 1980′s and many Christians began reading it. My friend encouraged me to get it, but when I heard how this book came about, God gave me discernment to realize that what these women had been doing was the very occult practice of ‘automatic writing’ that I attempted to try (and failed at, thank God!) back when I was a young teen dabbling in things that captured my curiosity. (More on that in another post I will write at some time in the future –Lord willing). I couldn’t understand why anyone would want to settle for a counterfeit when they already have the real thing –God’s Word, the Bible.
As you will see in the ‘quick capture’ below, Sarah Young expressed in an interview with CBN that she was inspired to write this book, ‘JESUS CALLING‘ by ‘beginning her journey with this devotional book, ‘GOD CALLING.’ ‘
In the very first sentence of the ‘quick capture’ above, even though Sarah gives some strong words of caution concerning “listening” to God, when you listen to the video I posted below you will realize that she did not test the spirits and the words of this ‘Jesus’ who spoke to her.
Also notice how Sarah Young capitalized the word ‘Presence’ in the last sentence of the ‘quick capture’ above, thus going beyond Scripture itself by implying Jesus indeed is speaking to her, and in doing so, she has added to the very words of God when the Canon of Scripture is now closed, and she is going contrary to Scripture by going beyond what has been written. (1 Corinthians 4:6) Without discernment, books like this will only cause many to abandon Biblical truth and to seek after ‘experiences’ with God.
If we yearn to hear Jesus speak to us, why would we even desire to read any devotional book when we have the Bible –the very God-breathed Words of God Himself?!
“In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days He has spoken to us through His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom also He made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful Word.” (Hebrews 1:1-3a)
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness…” (2 Timothy 3:16)
“For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to Him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with Him on the sacred mountain. We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the own prophet’s interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:16-21)
“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
Have so many people who claim to be Christians today lost the appreciation and amazement of the fact that we have the very Words of God recorded for us in the Bible –the Book that many people willingly fought for and gave their lives for? Are so many today willing to settle for a counterfeit because they do not test the spirits and desire to seek after something new?
I ask that you please pray for discernment and consider taking the time to listen to what Warren Smith has to say concerning ‘JESUS CALLING‘ in the video below, and test what he says in light of Scripture as we are to do when listening to anyone claiming to speak truth to us. We as Christians need to pray for Sarah Young, as well as for all those who, for some reason, find the need to read a devotional instead of God’s Word, the Bible.
Also, as you are considering the gifts you will be giving to friends and family this Christmas season, consider giving the book, ‘ANOTHER JESUS CALLING‘ by Warren Smith, to those who have been captivated by reading this spiritually misleading book, ‘JESUS CALLING.’ Or at least warn them about it by sharing the following videos with them.
Spiritual deception is growing rapidly these days, and those of us who are true followers of Christ need to be aware of these things, and warn others so they will not be led into deception.
“And as He sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto Him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in My name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” (Matthew 24:3-5)
Thank you for stopping by, and thank you very much for taking time to read my posts and poems. God bless you.
WARREN B SMITH – JESUS CALLING
ANOTHER VIDEO WITH GOOD INFORMATION FOR YOU- BOB DEWAAY
‘JESUS: INTERCEEDING FOR US OR COMPLAINING ABOUT US?’
Warren B. Smith’s new book, ‘ANOTHER JESUS CALLING’ has just been released.
“I hope you will put up with me in a little foolishness. Yes, please put up with me! I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to Him. But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.” (2 Corinthians 11:1-4)
“Test all things. Hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil.” (1 Thessalonians 5:21,22)
**ADDED 1/11/14**BOOK REVIEW OF ‘JESUS CALLING’ BY WHITE HORSE INN’S, MICHAEL HORTON