Bud Ahlheim reveals several high-profile Christians who have endorsed the best-selling book Jesus Calling. The thing that’s most troubling about any Christian who touts the book is that doing so indicates a lack of spiritual discernment. What makes me say that? Because the author, Sarah Young, claims she hears directly from Jesus Christ and wrote down what the “Jesus” she channels allegedly said to her and shared it in a book. Popular blogger, author and book reviewer, Tim Challies, cautioned: “Jesus Calling makes the boldest, gutsiest, and, to my mind, most arrogant claim of any book ever to be considered Christian.” IBud Ahlheim lays out some of the problems with the occult book that has become a “tremendous blessing” and an “inspirational tool” to a large number of people — and not just professing Christians. Those who endorsed it include Catholics, New Agers, CEOs, musicians, entertainers, even secularists.
If you wish to know God, you must know His Word. If you wish to perceive His power, you must see how He works by His Word. If you wish to know His purpose before it comes to pass, you can only discover it by His Word.” Charles Spurgeon
Sometimes believers are blessed in our pursuit of obedience to God’s commands for discernment with what essentially passes as Berean no-brainers. Unlike those 1st-century Bereans who had carefully and cautiously reviewed Scripture to see if the things that Paul said were so, (Acts 17:11) occasionally it’s not necessary that modern believers have to do such detailed, prayerful Scripture study to discern truth from error. Sometimes we’re blessed with a list.
(Do not, fellow believer, rest assured on the perpetual availability of such free discernment gifts, however. Because the enemy is subtle, and always malicious, his attackers on the Word of God do not always fall so clearly in our lap as this one does. Always, always, ALWAYS we must “abide in my Word!” John 8:31 Do not be lulled into complacency!)
We have been provided a list of high profile “Christian” leaders, writers, pastors, and celebrities who, by their endorsement of a well-known work of heresy are making the equal claim that they do not believe in the authority, sufficiency, and finality of God’s revelation in His Holy Word. They are thereby declaring that the Bible is incomplete, that God failed to say all He intended to say in it, and that there is at least one person on the planet today to whom He is still giving apostolic-like, continuing revelation. This, of course, is false and diabolically motivated.
Justin Peters comments on the dangers of Jesus Calling:
Here, then, is the list of those high-profile Christians who endorse the Montanist heresy that is Sarah Young and her Jesus Calling publications.
Max Lucado, “Pastor and Bestselling Author”
Mark Batterson, Pastor and author of another book of heresy, The Circle Maker
Melinda Gates, Wife of a billionaire
Roma Downey, Catholic Hollywood Mystic and Filmmaker
Rev. James Martin, SJ, Jesuit Priest
Shauna Niequist, “Bestselling Author of ‘Bread and Wind’ and ‘Savor’”
O.S. Hawkins, “Author of the Bestselling ‘The Joshua Code’ and ‘The Jesus Code’”
Dr. Jack Graham, “Pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church, Dallas, TX”
Sheila Walsh, “Bestselling Author and Speaker”
Johnny Hunt, “Pastor, First Baptist Church, Woodstock, GA”
Dr. & Mrs. Richard Lee, “Speaker for the Award-Winning ‘There’s Hope In America’ Television Series”
Kathie Lee Gifford, “Host of the ‘Today Show’, Author, Singer, and Actress”
Delilah, “Nationally Syndicated Radio Personality, Author, and Songwriter”
Robert J. Morgan, “Pastor of The Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, TN”
Robert Morris, “Founding Senior Pastor of Gateway Church in Dallas, Texas”
Gretchen Carlson, “Television Commentator and Author”
Ainsley Earhardt, “Co-host ‘Fox & Friends First’”
Sean Lowe, “ABC Television’s ‘The Bachelor’ and Author of ‘For The Right Reasons’”
Charlie Daniels, “Award-Winning Country Music Superstar”
Jimmy Wayne, “Country Artist and Bestselling Author of ‘A Walk To Beautiful’”
Diana Hobbs, “President and CEO, ‘Empowering Everyday Women’ Magazine
Katie Farrell, ‘Popular Blogger of ‘Dashing Dish’”
Mike Reed, “Senior Vice President, Salem Media Group’
Scott Sauls, “Pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville”
Janet Hunt, “First Lady, First Baptist Church, Woodstock, GA”
Diane Strack, “Author of ‘New Start For Single Moms’”
Josh Warren, “CEO, Purpose Driven Communications”
Rev. Bob Fuguay, “Author, Senior Pastor at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Indianapolis”
Anne Wright, “Wife of Johnson Ferry Baptist Senior Pastor, Bryant Wright”
Emily Ley, “Founder of Emily Ley Lifestyle Brand”
James Robison, “Host of ‘Life Today,’ Founder of Life Outreach International & The Stream Website”
Reba McEntire, “Bestselling Author, Artist and Actress”
Linda Leathers, “Chief Executive Officer, The Next Door”
Dr. Cindy Ryan, “Pastor, Writer, Speaker and Blogger”
Mike Gallagher, “Host of Salem Radio Network’s Mike Gallagher Show”
Kristin Chenoweth, “Emmy and Tony Award-Winning Actress and Singer”
Phil Keaggy, “Guitarist, GMA Dove Award Winner, Grammy Award Nominee”
Lyn Mettler, “Writer and Blogger”
The list is sourced from the promotional website JesusCalling.com.
So, while the enemy has amassed an impressive list of powerhouse, self-monikered “Christian” celebrities and notables to endorse this bestselling attack on the authority and sufficiency of Scripture, he’s also provided the Berean among us a helpful “Beware” sign. These notable names may be scratched off our list of reliable resources since they are eager to defy Scripture’s command regarding the fellowship of light and dark. (2 Corinthians 6:14)
“Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.” Ephesians 5:11
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Absolutely 100% agree. If you want to hear God’s voice audibly, read the Bible out loud! Great stuff. Andas theologically sound as it gets. Thanks Marsha.
I am saddened to see the names on the list. May God open their eyes to His truth.
I agree with Edwitness, who said everything so well. I believe Sarah may be a bit delusional if she is hearing voices.
>>If you want to hear God’s voice audibly, read the Bible out loud!<< Amen to that, Ed! The names on the list come as no surprise. Not at all.
If one looks at the list casually it’s quite impressive, many well known names, even some names non-Christians will recognize, but the closer you look , the true picture reveals itself…….APOSTATE ECUMENISM. Here you have a microcosm of what is called modern Churchianity! No doctrine, no respect for the integrity of The Gospels, no reverence for our Lord and absolutely NO discernment! Truly modern apostate Christianity!
I am glad that these names are listed in this article. I noticed Mike Reed “Senior Vice President, Salem Media Group” is mentioned in this list. Salem Christian Radio, as well as Salem Media Group, have such a lack of discernment. Salem airs many unorthodox–anti-Trinitarians on their airwaves. I have linked a couple of these anti-Trinitarians articles. It’s mind boggling that Salem would allow these organizations to air their programs. MONEY???
I am also including an article concerning Salem Media. They were/duped/deceived by a cult. Salem ran the cult’s advertisement. When I heard about this, I immediately voiced my concern to Salem Media Group. They pulled the ad.
The following two anti-Trinitarians are airing on Salem, Family Values Radio, 1010 AM
The other two anti-Trinitarians airing on Salem Networks are Ronald L. Dart, and Roy Masters.
Thank you for this warning.
(Can anyone recommend anything which gives a thorough examination into Robert Morris. A close friend who is a godly girl seems to watch him alot on tv and I have been wrestling with the issue.)
You can listen to some sermon reviews of Robert Morris by Chris Rosebrough on fightingforthefaith.com.
Thank you Maggie x
Nobody surprized me eccept Pastor Robert morris
There is something that is just as egregious if not more so than the supporters of this dangerous book: the blatantly hypocritical purveyors of institutional religion which the author herein heartily supports. Hey Bud, where is your justification for all things “church?”
Let’s just start with a simple one. Where is the modern day version of a pastor found in Scripture? You know, the guy who gets paid to do what Jesus commands we give to others for free. The guy who steals Christ’s preeminence by situating himself at the center and head of the congregation acting as a mediator in Christ’s place. The guy who sinfully allows himself to be called by a formal title and who thinks God allows him to have authority over God’s sheep.
Shall I continue? The modern day “pastor” is an invention of men who purposefully rule over the lowly sheep for their own selfish gain. Rightly did Jesus call you out for what you truly are- hypocrites who haven’t even begun to learn to deny yourselves, take up their crosses and actually follow the real Jesus.
Praise God the real saints are “coming out from among you” and following the real Jesus who commands the actual manner His children are to fellowship in 1 Corinthians 14:26-40.
Seeing that all the purveyors of institutionalism reject these truths and practices and regularly suppress them (in their own form of religious unrighteousness) they are not to be recognized (as having Christ’s true authority- verse 38). The only authority a modern day pastor has is this: the authority of the institution over which they rule as lords and to which they were granted by men- just as their so-called credentials were.
Until you repent of your own heretical teachings, why would anyone care what you have to say at all Bud?
Got the courage to reply? I’ve been waiting for years.
Are you denying the office of pastor as stated in the N.T? That word pastor was placed there for a reason by God for order and direction…or do you disagree?
How then do you define the bible word for pastor and its function in the Body of Christ?
I have replied to this elsewhere, but can I suggest simply reading the New Testament for yourself? For starters, there is no such thing an an office within the body of Christ. As everybody knows, offices separate one class of people from another, a distinction found in both businesses and churches. That is a distinction not found within the body of Christ and roundly condemned by Jesus. All Christians are equal despite their having varying functions and gifts. There is only one place the word “pastor” is found in the NT, here in Ephesians 4:11. Other than that, the Greek word for shepherd, bishop and elder are all the same word. The functions (not titles of people) found in this verse are for the purpose of building up the body of Christ. This is not done by those who think they have such gifts or go to school to learn to do so- but by those called of God. Apostles teach others how to establish foundations, apostles relate God’s present word and concern for the present day, evangelists equip others to evangelize, shepherds simply shepherd and show others called to that service the same, local saints and teachers teach others to teach others. In short, those with these functions teach others to go and do likewise. That isn’t even remotely what a modern day “Pastor” does. Quite to the contrary, he runs a religious institution all the while making the people dependent upon himself and insures they remain in infancy. They purposefully place themselves center stage amongst God’s people- in a place of preeminence only Jesus deserves and is entitled to. A perfect illustration of this is found in the Old Testament in 1 Samuel 8 in its entirety. It outlines the people’s disobedience in choosing a man made leader in place of God Himself and many of the consequences that will and do result. It’s a shadow of what is happening in your church and every church that appoints any man to rule over them. Note that it is God (chapter 9) that simply gives men what they want. That judgment is no less real whether your “pastor” is a heretical Joel Osteen or any misguided or compromising “pastor” along Protestant or Reformed lines. All of them are taking the place of Christ in headship which is the spirit of antichrist.
Please, please type in “the pastor deception” into the search engine in You Tube for this video. Although not entirely comprehensive, it makes more than a few valid points and shows how the modern day concept of a single figurehead as a leader (such as a pastor) is no where found in the New Testament.
Again, I’m not saying that those called to shepherd others don’t exist. I am saying that those people are simply one gift(the person themselves) exercising their gift (shepherding) as one equal member amongst a body of Christians. It is the religious institutions that have contributed in warping this function into a religious position/title for a person who thinks they have more authority and so can therefore rule over God’s people. This just isn’t so- not according to the Bible or God Himself.
Please pray for the many caught up in this deception
Well said Michael! The church system and it’s denominations are demonically inspired corporations,designed to groom the masses for the one world beast church. They are unrecognizable to the NT assembly of believers in the first century. That’s why I believe there is a distinction between The Bride and the church. There is only three mentions of the Bride of Christ and over seventy of the Church in the NT. The Church that Christ started has left it’s first love and is now in an adulterous union with the world. No wonder the Emergents can fill a stadium sized building and perform AC/DC”s songs to an adoring crowd of mush heads trying to find some spiritual peace. They are the post modern man worshiping Billy Grahams of the end times.