"Another Jesus" Calling (Paperback)
By Warren B. Smith
When former New Ager Warren B. Smith read “Jesus Calling,” a book by Sarah Young in which she recounted trying to receive her own personal messages from Jesus, he became greatly concerned. He found it troubling to see a number of New Age practices and concepts being presented as completely normal for Christians. Even more troubling, there were no warnings or disclaimers about what was being introduced. By the end of the book, its "Jesus" had subtly – and not so subtly – introduced occult/New Age channeling, spiritual dictation, creative visualization, meditation, divine alchemy, co-creation with God and “practicing the presence” like it was everyday Christian fare.
New Age terms and concepts were brought into the messages like they were no big deal. Added to this were indirect references to a pantheistic poet and two classic New Age books, along with a hearty endorsement of “God Calling,” an earlier “channeled” book also by Young. The unusual use of language by the "Jesus" of “Jesus Calling” was also disturbing. It seemed to run the gamut from "everyday Joe" language to strange word choice, unwarranted flattery, worldly clichés, repetitive phrases, disparaging comments and not-so-subtle mockery. All in all, “Jesus Calling” seemed to be an obvious attempt by our spiritual Adversary to get an even deeper foothold inside the Christian church.
"‘Another Jesus’ Calling” asks the question: Is the "Jesus" of “Jesus Calling” the biblical Jesus Christ, or is it a false christ deceiving many? Given the fact that millions of copies of “Jesus Calling” have already sold, the answer to that question needs to be found. In this book, Warren Smith gives us the documentation and biblical references needed to find that answer: "For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him." (2 Corinthians 11:4)
“Inspired by the New Age book ‘God Calling,’ Sarah Young claims to be receiving messages from Jesus Christ which she compiled into what is now her best-selling book, ‘Jesus Calling.’ Author Warren Smith carefully documents his concerns about her book, her ‘Jesus,’ and the New Age implications contained in many of Young's devotional messages. He also warns about the danger of contemplative prayer and in elevating spiritual experiences over the Word of God. ‘Another Jesus Calling’ is his call for much needed discernment in these very deceptive times.” – The Berean Call
"Every believer should read and digest ... ‘Another Jesus Calling.’ [Smith] clearly understands the major mystical philosophies and themes being brought into the church today. … It is obvious that Young learned occult channeling from ‘God Calling’ when she states; I decided to listen to God with pen in hand, writing down whatever I believed He was saying, (Smith page 53). We would have to ask how Young can be certain of the origin of the communication?" – Pastor G. Richard Fisher, Midwest Christian Outreach
"Why do Christians believe they should practice the ‘presence’ of Jesus? Because it promises them increased intimacy with God, thus bypassing the Cross. It does seem to fill a spiritual void and/or an emotional need. And it is an easy device. Under these new teachings, believers no longer need to trouble themselves about confessing besetting sins in their lives. Instead, this new voice of ‘Jesus’ speaks rosy promises of guidance and transformation, even wealth and power. This ‘Jesus’ even promises co-creative power, the ability to transform the world by our meditative attitudes. By concentrating on the words ‘be still,’ believers learn that we can even become God.
“Smith's critiques all of this in a brief well-laid-out 176-page book. This is Warren Smith at his best – his easy folksy style renders hard concepts accessible and understandable. Each chapter is very brief and to the point. Smith raises Ten Concerns about the original book God Calling, which entered the Christian world in 2005, and Twenty Concerns about Sarah Young's Jesus Calling, which has more recently taken the evangelical world by storm. Is Jesus indeed speaking a new word to us today? Or is this the voice of ‘another Jesus’ who is calling upon the world to laugh at the future? Smith's analyses are insightful.
“Sarah Young's ‘Jesus’ encourages believers to gain more spirituality through creative visualization. This ‘Jesus’ flatters her readers with florid speeches such as ‘Let My gold-tinged Love wash over you and soak into the depths of your being’ and ‘When your Joy in Me meet My Joy in you, there are fireworks of heavenly ecstasy.’ This same passionate ‘Jesus’ is rapidly gaining traction elsewhere in the evangelical world. He offers spiritual experiences that are addictive and mind-altering, but not based on the truth taught in God's Word the Bible. He promises intimacy without repentance, spirituality without salvation, and communion without regeneration. Nevertheless many believe these new words." – Sarah Leslie, researcher and author, Discernment Ministries and Herescope Blog
About the Author
Warren B. Smith (B.A. University of Pennsylvania; M.S.W. Tulane University) is a freelance writer and community social worker who was formerly involved in the New Age movement. He has served as a program coordinator for people with special needs, directed several homeless programs and worked as a hospice social worker in New Orleans and on the California coast. He has written extensively on the subject of spiritual deception and has spoken on radio, on television and at seminars and conferences.
- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Lighthouse Trails Publishing, LLC; 1st Edition (November 25, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0989509338
- ISBN-13: 978-0989509336
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
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