Is Jesus Calling Heresy?
I realize that a Jesus Calling criticism won’t be taken lightly by many. But I can’t help myself and must speak out.
I’m 10 days into reading “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young and I keep asking myself the question, is Jesus Calling heresy?
It’s been one of the best selling devotionals for the past 10 years, so it has to be biblical, right?
I tried to get past how Sarah Young speaks as if she is the actual voice of the Lord. I tried to dismiss the New Age nuances and buzzwords, but the thought kept flooding my mind that this isn’t the Jesus of the Bible.
Not my Jesus.
Growing up in a New Age home consisted of visiting witches, fortune tellers, daily Biorhythm, communication with the dead, water witching and going to UFO seminars to watch people share their experience of their abduction. That’s only a small part of what I experienced.
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Is Jesus Calling Unbiblical with New Age Teachings?
Is Jesus calling unbiblical with new age teachings?
The umbrella of New Age covers a lot of turf.
In my growing up years, new age ‘buzz words’ were my daily reality. Our New Age ‘truth’ changed depending on our revelation and enlightenment.
In the new age movement, truth is not standard. It was fluid. It formed it’s own path as it weaved it’s existence through our mind.
Truth grew as it was revealed to us.
New age truth is fluid. God’s truth is firm and steadfast.
40 years later and alarms were still going off.
First off, I am not an apologist~ let me say that right now. I do believe Biblical Truth is necessary for a strong foundation and walk with the Lord.
Jesus Calling Problems
I won’t be finishing Jesus Calling for the reasons listed below.
Speaking as the Voice of God
Sarah Young is speaking as the voice of God himself. THE voice of God. We are humans and with humanity, comes imperfection and miscommunication. The Bible is inspired by God.
As Biblical Christians, and this is very important, there are no further revelations or additions to the word of God.
***Sarah Young urges readers to ‘seek My Face with an open mind, knowing that your journey with Me involves being transformed by the renewing of your mind.
The nucleus of the New Age movement was finding truth on the inside of you. That is the reason why you find so many types of people claiming special revelation and light. I would definitely agree with renewing the mind according to the Bible, (Romans 12:2) but nowhere does she mention basing the renewing of your mind from scriptures. Shall we open our mind to anyone and everything that claims to be from Jesus?
New Revelations and Experiences
Growing up in a New Age home, I learned to keep my mind open to new revelations and experiences. How were those truths revealed? They were revealed by focusing on the light that was within me.
The light that was within me was my righteousness. I was my own righteousness.
I am positive that New Agers would agree to the fact that they are constantly renewing their minds, but are they renewing their minds according to a biblical foundation?
The sad truth about many cults is that they can agree with ‘Christianese’ but they pour different meanings into those words.
Sarah Young also mentions to ‘Give yourself fully to this adventure of increasing attentiveness to my presence”.
Should we try and be aware of the presence of the Lord? Absolutely. He is with us.
But the reliance upon us having an open mind and increasing attentiveness to a presence, not coupled with the word of God sends up red flags for me.
If we are seeking after God’s presence without using the Bible as our foundation then we have made God to be something (and someone) He is not. We have created our own version of God.
Where I Disagree
“Because I am your constant Companion, there should be a lightness to your step that is observable to others’. I believe the peace of God that passes all understanding will keep our hearts and minds through the most difficult times of life (Philipians 4:7), but let’s get real, nowhere does the Bible mention that there should be a lightness in our step that is observable to others. There are Christians in this life who are dealing with persecution. Other Christians are going through grief due to the loss of loved ones.
My husband nearly died a few years ago, and let me tell you, there was no lightness of step during that time. There was no lightness in my step when I almost lost my husband a few years ago. I won’t be guilted into feeling I am not up to a man made standard. When Paul was released out the window in a basket, fleeing from those who were trying to persecute him, was there a lightness in his step? I don’t think so.
” You can achieve the victorious life through living in deep dependence on Me.”
My victory doesn’t come from MY living in deep dependence upon Him. My dependence on the Lord is faulty and I can be fickle in my pursuit of Him. Jesus is my ONLY hope!
My victory comes from realizing WHO the Lord Jesus is and in believing in Him and His truth. My victory isn’t dependent upon anything I do.
God Doesn’t Need Your Help
Please don’t think you can accomplish anything based on your works. Your victory is through Him. It’s not about US. It’s about HIM!
“Come to me with positive expectations, knowing that there is no limit to what I can accomplish.”
What about biblical expectations? My positive expectations have nothing to do with my Christian Walk.
“Ask My Spirit to control your mind so that you can think great thoughts of Me. Once again… no reference to what the Bible says of who God is, the Lord Jesus or His Spirit.
We are finite. God is infinite. Does it really matter what we think of God? Shall we trust in our own thoughts to come to the conclusion of who God is?
“Every time you affirm your trust in me, you put a coin into My treasury. Thus you build up equity in preparation for the days of trouble.” I find comparing God to a bank account very troubling. How dare we put God in our box of humanity and make Him act like a man. God is much bigger than our humanity. Saying otherwise is shameful. My equity is the blood of Christ. No more. No less.
This also reminds me of Johann Tetzel who sold indulgences proclaiming,
“As soon as a coin in the coffer rings / the soul from purgatory springs.”
God never said, “If you trust in me, you are building up equity in for days of trouble” in His word.”
Hints of Astral Projection
“Hope is a golden cord connecting you to heaven. This cord helps you hold your head up high, even when multiple trials are buffeting you.”
When I was taught about Astral Projection as a child, I was told that when I projected I was connected to a golden cord. I was warned to stay within the limits of my golden cord and that if I went past the limit of that golden cord, I would die.
New Age philosophy cannot taint my devotion and worship. I don’t want to dwell on teachings that are heretical. Jesus saved me from the strongholds of the New Age.
But here’s the kicker:
An interview with Sarah Young that sets off red flags can be found here. It really is eye opening and a must read.
The intereviewer asks Sarah Young how she learned to dialogue with God.
Her response is quite alarming:
My journey began with a devotional book (God Calling) written in the 1930’s by two women who practiced waiting in God’s Presence, writing the messages they received as they “listened.” About a year after I started reading this book, I began to wonder if I too could receive messages during my times of communing with God. I had been writing in prayer journals for years, but this was one-way communication: “monologue.” I knew that God communicates through the Bible (and I treasure His Word), but I wondered what He might say to me personally on a given day. So I decided to “listen” to God with pen in hand, writing down whatever I sensed He was saying. Of course, I wasn’t listening for an audible voice; I was seeking the “still, small voice” of God in my mind/heart.
Friends, don’t be deceived by this. There are multiple things wrong with the above statement.
- Sarah was influenced by two women who listened to God’s voice through messages received through god. This sounds a lot like automatic writing to me.
- Sarah realizes that God does communicate to his children through His word but was looking for MORE in wondering if she could receive personal messages from God personally on any given day. The fact that she uses the word but says that the word of God isn’t enough and that she needs more authority than God himself.
THE ORIGINAL JESUS CALLING BOOK REMOVED NEW AGE REFERENCES
I feel the need to mention one more very important thing. The Jesus Calling book that you have is (most likely) NOT the originally published book. The current, more mainstream version, has removed many new age references.
Jesus Calling is not the same published book that it was in the original version. Why did Thomas Nelson feel the need to change the original if it wasn’t up to snuff bibically?
Even though the new age nuances are still in the current version, (that is the one I started reading) my question to any follower of Christ is this, Why would you want to base your daily devotions to Jesus on a book and author who has new age tendencies and leanings?
Jesus spoke these words that are very fitting:
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.Matthew 7:24-27
Are you willing to risk the firm foundation of your eternal destiny upon one that is built on sand?
Truth does not waver- My Prayer for you
As Christians, we are to desire the sincere milk of the word. Pure unadulterated milk comes from the word of God.
Lies mixed in with the truth is still a lie.
My prayer is that these words have spoken to your heart. It’s important to cling to biblical truth in our journey with Him and not a secondary source with error. If you do a google search you’ll find lots more information on this subject such as Steak and a Bible and Tim Challies.
I urge you to click over to all the external Jesus Calling links within this blog post.
Will you continue to read Jesus calling in your personal devotions?
Do you have any alternate devotions that you would recommend to someone?
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