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
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? --Pst. G. Richard Fisher, Midwest Christian Outreach
About the Author
Warren B. Smith (B.A. University of Pennsylvania; M.S.W. Tulane University) A free lance 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 has 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, television, and at seminars and conferences.