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Another Jesus Calling Paperback – November 25, 2013
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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.
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The canon of the Bible being completed, the form of prophecy given for writing the Scriptures has ceased. Some believe all forms of New Testament prophecy have ceased, but First Corinthians 14:3 reveals a form which applies God's truth to specific situations. It says that "he that prophesieth, speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort". It is true that First Corinthians 13: 8 tells us that "whether there be prophecies, they shall fail", but the context shows that doesn't mean pass away in this age. It refers to when we shall be bodily present with Christ in the world to come. To speak by inspiration to edification, exhortation, and comfort will continue throughout this dispensation. First Thessalonians (which is certainly for us today), chapter 5 verse 20 says to "Despise not prophesyings". The context of the next two verses goes on to tell us to "Prove (test) all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil" (that is, whatever form of evil makes its appearance). In other words, be willing to receive inspired speech from someone speaking for God, but test it to see if it really is from God, and if it isn't, abstain from it.
Sarah Young's "Jesus Calling" may be regarded as prophecy. Similar to the writings of many Biblical prophets, God seems to speak through her in the first person. Still, I Thessalonians 5:20, 21, 22 tells us these prophecies must be tested. Warren B. Smith's book " 'Another Jesus' Calling" is a very helpful tool in doing just that. At first, some of his arguments struck me as too subjective, such as criticizing the word choices and sentence structures. After all, if the God whose understanding is infinite (Psalm 147:5) is speaking to me, His word choices and sentence structures might be somewhat different than mine! Even a New Age buzzword or two might be used innocently; but when a preponderance of New Age buzzwords begins to show up, something is suspicious. Then when phrases similar to the titles of famous New Age books appear, something seems definitely wrong.
On page 168 of " 'Another Jesus' Calling" the publishers include an Editors Note which mentions how that in Smith's copy of "Jesus Calling" the August 23rd reading had a message regarding Abraham and Isaac, but in their copy it was changed to Jacob and Joseph. When I was reading an older copy of "Jesus Calling" together with my wife's newer copy, we too noticed this. I thought, "This looks really bad. A message coming from the real Jesus wouldn't be changed, especially when many of the words seem to have been cut and pasted like this".
These are just a couple of examples of several concerns Smith and the editors express in " 'Another Jesus' Calling". I highly recommend you get this book and ponder what it says, asking the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob through Jesus of Nazareth, the only Christ, to guide you.
In Acts chapter 16:16-18 we read: "And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour".
THE WORDS THE SOOTHSAYER SPOKE WERE THE TRUTH! However, they came from the wrong spirit. It was Satan's "If you can't lick 'em, join 'em!" strategy. His plan was to at least keep people listening to the soothsayer so that after a while he could subtly pollute the Christian message and eventually get them back to only listening to her.
The book "God Calling" and its sequel "God At Eventide" were the impetuses for "Jesus Calling". In "God At Eventide" the August 8th reading is titled "No Hurt" and begins by quoting Revelation 2:11 as "He that overcometh shall not be hurt by the second death". It then says that "the first death is the death to self" (a phrase many Christians use but which I consider not very accurate, since God created us to be selves. "Self-idolatry" would be better description of what they are trying to say). Anyway, the devotional goes on to explain that "the death to self" is "the result of overcoming, of self-conquest. This is gradual death. When it is complete, the second death shall cause no hurt. For it is only the conquering Spirit sloughing away its human habitation for a better life. The courage My Martyrs showed was not only fearlessness engendered in time of persecution through faith in Me, and in My power to support and sustain. It was consequent on the overcoming of self already achieved. Self, having truly died, this second death had no hurt for them. Theirs was then the Risen Life with Me.".
This reading is a masterful counterfeit by the master counterfeiter, Satan. I John 5:4,5 tells us that it is our faith in the real Jesus that causes us to overcome. The Bible is also very clear as to what the Second Death is. The First Death includes physical death, and the Second Death is the Lake of Fire! Revelation 20:14 (in both the Majority Text and the Critical Text editions of the Greek New Testament) even repeats it: "This is the Second Death, the Lake of Fire". No wonder deceiving spirits don't want to talk about what the Second Death really is, since that is where they are going!
May God grant all of us discernment for these spiritually dark days until the genuine Jesus of Nazareth, the only Messiah/Christ, comes again!
It is excellent, it is well done.
It is so sad that way to many Christians are not aware of new age
teachings, as the Book Jesus Calling is definitely based in new age
(or else) it is the Authors imagination, because even though she states
in her book that she is not saying that these daily devotions are inspired
Well either Jesus said them to her or they came out of her imagination.
She can not have it both ways . I am afraid she opened herself up to
hearing from the enemy. It would pay every Christian who uses that devotional
to Read the Book Another Jesus Calling By Warren Smith.
The enemy wants to throw every deception in our path that he can.
I am thank full that The LORD has Biblically sound teachers out there to help
keep up grounded and on the right path, otherwise we do not bring much
glory to God.
sound teachers out there to help keep us on the right path