Another Jesus Calling by Warren B. Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I wish that every believer would read this book. It is eye-opening to how New Age terminology and concepts have become “Christianized” and accepted into today’s churches. My heart is heavy after reading this book. It reveals information that most Christians are probably completely unaware of as they read the popular devotional book by Sarah Young called Jesus Calling.
What you may not know about Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling:
Her inspiration for writing Jesus Calling was a book called God Calling written by 2 anonymous women. Seemingly innocent, but in looking into the book God Calling, it is seen that God Calling is teaching New Age beliefs. It blatantly contradicts the Bible by saying that God is “in” everyone, while the Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit indwells only believers. It appears that Sarah Young was inspired by this book to seek her own messages from God like the women received in God Calling.
Sarah Young states in the introduction to Jesus Calling “I knew that God communicated with me through the Bible, but I yearned for more. Increasingly, I wanted to hear what God had to say to me personally on a given day.” This indicates that Sarah did not believe in the sufficiency of Scripture, that the Bible was not enough for what she needed to grow closer to God. Using the teaching from the New Age book God Calling, she then proceeded to listen for her own messages from God. The result is the devotional Jesus Calling.Unknowingly (I hope anyway), perhaps because of being inspired and influenced by the New Age teachings in God Calling, Sarah uses similar New Age phrases and concepts in the book Jesus Calling. Most of us would not recognize these seemingly benign phrases. But those who have come out of the New Age movement, such as the author Warren Smith, recognize these for what they are and realize that the Jesus of the Bible would not use these well-known New Age phrases to communicate to us.
“Another Jesus” Calling is a commentary on the devotional Jesus Calling, showing where the book goes seriously astray, using New Age ideas such as channeling, and actually contradicting the Bible, something which the true Jesus would never do. As an example, on January 28 the devotional states: “I am with you always. These were the last words I spoke before ascending into heaven.” However, these were words that Jesus spoke to the disciples on a mountain in Galilee (Matthew 28:16-20). In Acts 1, Jesus and His disciples are on the Mount called Olivet near Jerusalem (which is quite a distance from Galilee), when He ascends into heaven after saying “you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:9 tells us that after He said these things is when He ascended to heaven, not after His statement in Matthew 28. If this Jesus from Jesus Calling were really Jesus, obviously He would not say a lie or contradict Himself.
This book goes on to show many examples of why Jesus Calling is not a book that should be embraced by Christians trying to follow the God of the Bible. Part of me wants to quote the whole book by Smith, showing the problems and pleading with people to recognize the subtlety of the New Age terms and concepts that are interwoven into this book. Smith reminds us that the Bible warns of false Christs coming and of people being deceived. Dr. Harry Ironside is quoted as saying: “Error is like leaven, of which we read, ‘A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.’ Truth mixed with error is equivalent to all error, except that it is more innocent looking and, therefore, more dangerous. God hates such a mixture! Any error, or any truth-and-error mixture, calls for definite exposure and repudiation. To condone such is to be unfaithful to God and His Word and treacherous to imperiled souls for whom Christ died.”
Jesus Calling is immensely popular and is very emotionally appealing. This information in Smith’s book will likely not be received well by the many Christians that love this devotional. Out of love and concern for my fellow believers, I would urge you to pick up a copy of this book “Another Jesus” Calling to see what it has to say about the subtle dangers in Jesus Calling. We are told in the Bible in 1 John 4:1 “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” It is hard to hear that something we dearly love may not be true. I understand that no one likes to hear this kind of thing.
Eye-opening and extremely easy-to-read, this book can be read in just a few hours. Highly recommended!
“God is always present with us – a presence that will never be magnified above His Word. If we choose to put experiencing God’s presence above His Word, we are leaving ourselves open and vulnerable to the visits of a counterfeit presence.”
“If one becomes dependent on a subjective presence rather than the objective holy Bible, deception is inevitable. That is why it is crucial to compare what is taught by anyone or anything to the revealing light of God’s Word. Test the spirits of any presence that may appear in your devotions and quiet times.”
2 Timothy 2:15 – “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” (NASB)
*I received a copy of this book free from the publisher Lighthouse Trails Publishing in exchange for my review.