Discernment Research Group has a piece on the best-selling
Christian New Age book Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. Buyer beware! According to the article, Jesus Calling devotions are similar to horoscopes or a “fortune” in a fortune cookie. The devotions are ambiguous. The way they’re worded is open to several meanings or interpretations. Sadly, many professing Christians, especially women, are reading this occult book.
Well, what if this Jesus appealed to you in the following way. . . wouldn’t you be tempted to open the door to him?
Jesus is a soft, fluffy, comfortable Jesus who is your best friend. He is always there to share the burden of your troubles, wipe away your tears, give you peace, and keep you feeling warm and comfortable inside. To experience the presence of Jesus you need to do things such as remember him, whisper his name, trust him, and turn to him when you are in need.(RUN! p. 70)
It seems that millions of people are now listening to this “soft, fluffy” Jesus. If it is so comforting to listen to this comfy Jesus, it explains how easily people will follow an imposter Christ, an anti-Christ who appears at their door wearing “warm and comfortable” sheep’s clothing (Luke 21:8; Matt. 7:5).
Our friend Warren B. Smith first sounded the alarm about the Jesus who speaks in Sarah Young’s book(s) Jesus Calling. He knows what he is talking about; when he was a New Ager Smith followed the Jesus whose words are recorded in A Course In Miracles. Smith published his concerns about Young’s Jesus in his book Another Jesus Calling: How False Christs are Entering the Church Through Contemplative Prayer. We ran several posts reviewing Smith’s concerns (HERE and HERE).
Recently, we learned of another book examining Sarah Young’s Jesus and his words. It is titled Run! It’s Jesus Calling and it is authored by Pastor Steve Hudgik. This book is an excellent critical commentary on Jesus Calling, examining the words of Sarah Young’s Jesus from the perspective of Scripture. Pastor Hudgik’s book does a very good job of helping the reader to gain discernment skills, teaching the reader how to distinguish the voice of Jesus in Scripture.
Pastor Hudgik noticed something very interesting about the effect that Sarah Young’s Jesus was having on people:
Earlier this year I was talking about Jesus Calling with a woman named Beth. We talked about the many problems with Jesus Calling, and then she said, “But, Jesus Calling has been so helpful to me. It helped me get through a very difficult time in my life.” No matter what I said, she was not going to give up reading Jesus Calling.(RUN! p. 43)
What is going on here? Why is this woman clinging so desperately to the Jesus of Jesus Calling?
Chapter 10 of Pastor Hudgik’s book analyzes what happens to a person once the door is opened and Sarah Young’s Jesus starts talking. He has given us permission to reproduce it in its entirety… Continue reading