The Mystical, New Age Roots of Jesus Calling by Geri Ungurean

We have been searching for a Bible based church. For a long time, my husband and I have been worshiping from home; watching pastors and preachers whom we have come to trust and love via YouTube. We do miss fellowship and we are aware that God wants us to be in fellowship with other believers.

For the last two Sundays we visited a Baptist church. This church ordains women as pastors. The head pastor is a man. We do not believe that the Word of God supports women being pastors.

Knowing that we will probably not find a church where we agree on every point, we know that some things are essential, while others are non-essential to salvation. But I have often spoken of the slippery slope on which leadership finds itself when they stray from the Word. It is inevitable.

A baby was being dedicated on the first Sunday we visited the new church. A book was presented to the parents of the baby. The name of the book was Jesus Calling. I had read about this book, and knew that it was very controversial, but I had no idea how wrong this book was for any Christian to be reading.

I know that this article is going to upset many people who have come to love Jesus Calling. My job as a Christian writer is to speak truth. I have no control over the readers’ reaction, but I must speak truth; and hopefully I will reach some Christians with this truth. I pray that this piece will help many to see that Jesus Calling is not a book that Jesus would have them read.

Jesus Calling is a New Age mystical book which Christians should completely avoid.

SOLA SCRIPTURA From gotquestions.org

Question: “What is sola scriptura?”

Answer: The phrase sola scriptura is from the Latin: sola having the idea of “alone,” “ground,” “base,” and the word scriptura meaning “writings”—referring to the Scriptures. Sola scriptura means that Scripture alone is authoritative for the faith and practice of the Christian. The Bible is complete, authoritative, and true. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). [1]

It says in Timothy 3:16, that all Scripture is God-breathed. Just as He breathed life into Adam, He breathed the Words of the Bible – penned by men, but under His inspiration. It is so vitally important for the believer to read God’s Word. It is food for their soul. God speaks to us through His Word.

Have you ever read a verse of Scripture that you have read many times before, but suddenly the words just jumped off the page and into your heart? God was speaking to you through His Word, and helping you with whatever you were going through at that particular time.

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12)

JESUS CALLING

The author of this book, Sarah Young, modeled her book after God Calling, a book written in the early 1930s. This book was written by two “listeners” who said that they would come into the presence of God and begin to write what they thought He was saying. It is a New Age practice called automatic writing. The New Age followers believe that they are channeling spirits who impart knowledge to them. We know that these so-called spirits are demons.

Isn’t it just like Satan to deceive the children of God? In Jesus Calling, Sarah Young also claims that she came into God’s presence and listened and then wrote what she felt He was saying to her. She writes as if Jesus Himself is speaking.

Doesn’t it make you wonder who was saying the things for Miss Young to write? I have skimmed through many of the writings in this book, and on the surface they seem innocuous. But I have wondered why so many millions of Christians would resort to reading this book, when we have the Word of God. Why do they need more? Who is whispering to them that they need more?

I see that Sarah Young now has a book out for children, and even a Jesus Calling bible! This alarms me, and makes me wonder why so many Christians lack discernment. It is obvious to me that Satan is confusing and deceiving God’s children. But if these same people would read the Word of God, they would see that everything they need to know is right there is His Word!

Harper Collins publishes “Jesus Calling” books. Harper Collins also publishes the Satanic Bible. Coincidence?  I think not.

Back to the church that my husband and I visited; we had the pastor come to our home to speak with us about some of our concerns. I had already told him about being alarmed that the church would present Jesus Calling to the parents of a baby being dedicated. When we began to speak with him about this, he shut us down by saying that his wife loves Jesus Calling and that all of these books bring her peace. So, the book is okay because his wife loves it? I was speechless.

I began to connect the dots. I thought to myself that this pastor believes that it is okay to ordain women as pastors, and he was influenced by his wife about the spiritual legitimacy of Jesus Calling. My mind traveled back to the Scriptures about the Garden of Eden. It was Eve who was deceived by Satan. Adam sinned willfully. I believe that he did this because of his love for Eve. He put her above God.

If this pastor believed the Word of God, and studied it as any pastor should, he would have seen the error of his ways. God would have spoken to him through His Word. But instead he did what he thought was right.

“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 14:12).

WARREN SMITH ON JESUS CALLING

Warren Smith wrote a book entitled Another Jesus Calling. In this insightful book, Mr. Smith asks the question “Is this really our Savior speaking?” I would encourage any readers of this article, who are defensive about Sarah Young’s book, to purchase Another Jesus Calling. Warren Smith believes (as I do) that this is just part of the Emerging Church movement, where contemplative prayer and eastern mediation is encouraged.

Please pass this article on to anyone you know who is reading Jesus Calling. I pray that the Lord will bring many away from this counterfeit book and back into His book – the Bible.

Blessings in Yeshua

MARANATHA!

Grandmageri422@gmail.com

[1] http://www.gotquestions.org/sola-scriptura.html

70% of Americans are Christians? Seriously? by Marsha West

A recent report indicates that 70% of Americans are Christians. If this is true, what it says to this writer is that a whole host of people who profess faith in Jesus Christ neglect to read the instruction manual that reveals everything we need to know about the object of our faith. I’m referring to the Bible.  Anyone who takes the time to read it knows what Jesus taught and how those who claim to believe in Him must live their lives. Clearly Christians are not reading the Book.
So, isn’t it a bit odd that people who say they believe Christ died for their sins aren’t the least bit curious about who He is and what He taught while He was here?   Jesus spent the better part of three years teaching his disciples all sorts of things such as what His mission was (John 1:14-18) and how they were to conduct themselves.
The Lord gave commands, not suggestions.  He never said: “It’s not a good idea to murder someone…lie…cheat…steal…sleep around…commit adultery…practice homosexual sex…get drunk…use drugs…have a slew of idols, or anything like that.”  Nor did He say: “It would be nice if you’d consider forgiving those who do you wrong.”   He never tossed them the “Good job!” compliment when they exercised discernment.  Neither was Jesus into high-fiving and “atta boys.”  Whenever these sorts of things came up in conversation, He said unequivocally, “Do not”…”You must!”  Moreover, He was clear that in order to be saved people must repent of their sins and turn away from the sinful life.  “If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us” (1 John 1:10).
And trust me when I say that there’s no way He would have said to one of His followers: “God smiles when you be you.”

Keeping Jesus’ commands begins with knowing what they are and then, of course, obeying them.  The Lord said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15).

If you love me…

Basic Training

Soldier - basic training

So, could a person become a member of the armed forces without ever having gone through some form of basic training?  No!  The expressed purpose for a soldier to go through boot camp is to learn to become a lean mean fighting machine.  Soldiers leave boot camp with the general knowledge they need to go into combat and fight a brutal enemy, with their goal being to win!   Men and women who don’t understand the rules of engagement, what weapons to use in battle and how to use them effectively, will end up on the losing end.

During the 1960s when the battle for the hearts and minds of Americans first began, what if professing evangelicals had understood that we were in the beginning stages of the “culture war”?  What if evangelicals had gone all out to stop the small number of progressives from taking control of public schools…higher education…entertainment industry…media… politics…courts…the scientific community and so on?

What if…???

Hind sight is 20/20 so we now see the fruit of a minuscule amount of determined activists. In a few decades “progressives” along with a small number of gay people have taken control of the 3 areas that most impact people’s lives — education, entertainment and the media.  This matters, brethren, because liberals use these 3 areas to manipulate the public into making decisions based on their feelings rather than rational thought. Not surprisingly, the visible Church is steeped in emotionalism, so much so that when it comes to making important life decisions, instead of looking to the Bible as we should, we allow our feelings to guide us.

But I’m drifting from my point…

Currently somewhere around 3% of Americans identify as homosexuals and a small percentage say they’re Christians.  Why do I bring this up? For the reason that if Bible believing Christians weren’t so worried about being marginalized by liberals, if they weren’t so concerned about being perceived as intolerant, hateful and bigoted for believing what the Bible teaches about sodomy–that it’s a sexual perversion—America wouldn’t have same-sex “marriage” and special rights for gay people as the law of the land.  Click to continue reading article over at Berean Research

Fellowship not with darkness (unless you’re in Alcoholics Anonymous, then it’s okay…?)

Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; (Ephesians 5:11)
“Believers should have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, either by participation or by any attitude that might indicate tolerance or leniency.” — From Believer’s Bible Commentary by William MacDonald, pg. 1943 (bold emphasis MacDonald’s)
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Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth; For I am God, and there is no other. (Isaiah 45:22)
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“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
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The Lord declares that He alone is God. Alcoholics Anonymous, on the other hand, asserts it does not matter whom or what is your god. “God” could be a rutabaga. Could be St. Jerome. An A.A. friend of mine informed me recently his higher power is love.
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According to official A.A. literature:  “Any concept of the Higher Power is acceptable. [The alcoholic] may choose to think of his Inner Self, the miracle of growth, a tree, man’s wonderment at the physical universe, the structure of the atom, or mere mathematical infinity. Whatever form is visualized, the neophyte is taught he must rely on it and, in his own way, to pray to the power for strength.” [1]
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Christ is Holy. He is not just another tin god to be placed in what is essentially the 21st century equivalent of the temple of the gods. Our God is sufficient. If we just gave Him the opportunity, many would find freedom.
But, many do not give Him the opportunity. It is very much a case of Jesus And.
Jesus And Alcoholics Anonymous.
Exposure to A.A. weakens the faith of many. Increasingly we see those who call themselves Christians but who really are loyal to the A.A. religion. They will do anything to defend it, including ignoring the Word of God.
Just as the Samaritans had a blended religion, so have many Christians in A.A. taken on aspects of 12 Step theology.  How many now confuse recovery with sanctification? How many prefer A.A. fellowship over fellowship with the saints?How devious the devil is. This is an ancient strategy.
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Are we warned about participating in non-Christian spirituality? According to 2 Corinthians 6:14-17:
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Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?
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Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?
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Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said,
“I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM;
AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.
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“Therefore, COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE,” says the Lord.
“AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN;
And I will welcome you.  (2 Corinthians 6:14-17)
In his Commentary, William MacDonald notes that 2 Corinthians 6:14 “would apply to religious matters. A faithful follower of Christ would not want to hold membership in a church where unbelievers were knowingly admitted as members.” [2]
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Alcoholics Anonymous is very much a religion, and has been ruled as such by numerous higher and lower courts. We were never supposed to join such a thing, and we are paying for it. So are unbelievers in A.A., for they are pointed away from the Christ of the Bible.
I cannot tell you how often I observed this during my time in A.A. There are always negative comments about “church,” i.e. Christianity, and A.A. is hostile to Christ.
This is to be expected, considering A.A.’s origin. A.A. was birthed from spiritualism, contemplative prayer, and New Thought heresy. Despite the claims of pro-A.A. author Dick B. and others, Christ was never in the beginnings or formation of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Christ is not in A.A. And He doesn’t want you there, either.
 Want to learn more? Click here.
Christian alternatives to A.A.
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Source Notes:
1.  Jack Alexander, “Alcoholics Anonymous: Freed Slaves of Drink, Now They Free Others” (Saturday Evening Post, March 1, 1941). According to the A.A. website, A.A. World Services publishes the article in pamphlet format and sells about 22,000 of them each year; http://www.aa.org/lang/en/subpage.cfm?page=472.
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2. William MacDonald, Believer’s Bible Commentary, pg. 1845

The Message “bible” makes Christians less knowledgeable about the Word of God

The Message, bluntly stated, seems written to make Christians less knowledgeable about the Word of God. While that may seem a strong comment, please consider what [The Message author] Eugene Peterson himself said about the actual Bible:

Why do people spend so much time studying the Bible? How much do you need to know? We invest all this time in understanding the text, which has a separate life of its own, and we think we’re being more pious and spiritual when we do it. . . . [Christians] should be studying it less, not more. You just need enough to pay attention to God. . . . I’m just not pleased with all the emphasis on Bible study as if it’s some kind of special thing that Christians do, and the more they do the better. [9] (emphasis mine)

In contrast, the Word of God encourages us:

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)

The Lord commands us to neither add to nor delete from the Bible. We see this in Deuteronomy 4:2 and 12:32, Proverbs 4:20-21, 30:5-6, 1 Corinthians 4:6, 2 Corinthians 4:2, and Revelation 22:19.

The Message “bible” may well be the forerunner to the Christless “bible” of the apostate church. Consider what The Message does to New Testament verses concerning the sin of homosexuality…   click here to read more  

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Alcoholics Anonymous is a religion with fundamentalist tenets

In A.A.’s twelve step program, anything and everything—from spirits to inner divinity—can be worshiped as “god.” One of A.A.’s Big Book teachings is that God can only be found within ourselves. [5] A.A.’s belief system by no means requires dealing with sin—or the Savior.

In order to comprehend the hold A.A. exerts upon people, it must be understood that two key passages in the A.A. Big Book (essentially the A.A. “bible”) are interpreted from a literal, fundamentalist perspective. Here is what is read to alcoholics at the beginning of every single meeting:

Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path. Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves. There are such unfortunates. They are not at fault; they seem to have been born that way.” [6]

The Big Book goes on to note, “We thought we could find an easier, softer way. But we could not.” [7]

Despite the elasticity of the higher power, these two fundamentalist passages lock many into the A.A. system while also teaching contempt or distrust for alternative ways of gaining sobriety. Particularly opposed is the idea of getting help in “church.”

Irving Peter Gellman observes:

A member who suggests that A.A. is not as effective as maintained, and who implies that some improvement might be made, will be censured when broaching these ideas. The A.A. program is deemed infallible, whereas other methods are considered less than perfect. [8]

For source notes and to continue reading entire article, click here.

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Shai Linne talks about his song, “Fal$e teacher$”

Quit bothering the A.A. Christians with the Bible

Hey, I know. I’ve been in it. You don’t want to deal with the Bible, you want to talk about how wonderful A.A. is. You want to hear what everybody has to say about their “higher power,” even if that higher power could be a pink cloud or a tree. You want to hear quotes from the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book.
My Christian friend, you are in the temple of the gods, 21st century version.
I have good news, and I have bad news. The good news is that Christ frees us from our bondage.
The bad news is that A.A. is relatively ineffective as treatment, but very effective in diluting the Christian faith, and in pointing the unsaved away from Christ.
A.A. is a spirituality where Christ is, at best, simply one god among many. The A.A. “good news” is another gospel.
But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! (Galatians 1:8)

There are three A.A. Big Book references to a broad spirituality.

1) “We feel we are on the Broad Highway, walking hand in hand with the Spirit of the Universe.”– A.A. Big Book, pg.75 (bold mine)

But Jesus Christ warns, “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is BROAD that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.” (Matthew 7:13)

2) “We found that God does not make too hard terms with those who seek Him. To us, the Realm of the Spirit is broad, roomy, all inclusive; never exclusive or forbidding to those who earnestly seek. It is open, we believe, to all men. When, therefore, we speak to you of God, we mean your own conception of God.”– A.A. Big Book, pg.46-47 (bold mine)

“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is BROAD that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.” (Matthew 7:13)

3) “If our testimony helps sweep away prejudice, enables you to think honestly, encourages you to search diligently within yourself, then, if you wish, you can join us on the Broad Highway. With this attitude you cannot fail. The consciousness of your belief is sure to come to you.”–A.A. Big Book, pg. 55 (bold mine)

“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is BROAD that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.” (Matthew 7:13)

As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed! (Galatians 1:9)

Shai Linne: Be Glorfied (Psalm 55)

New Apostolic Reformation leader’s unstable foundation

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The movement of the false apostles who believe they are mandated to govern the church continues to grow.

Originally posted on My Word Like Fire:

For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. (2 Corinthians 11:13)

 

Since C. Peter Wagner essentially founded the NAR, and has mentored Cindy Jacobs and many others, it is important to briefly examine his own theology—which is, frankly, a train wreck.

Wagner is willing to work with “apostles” who don’t believe in the Trinitarian God. Wagner has acknowledged there are some NAR leaders who are Oneness Pentecostals. [1]

Thus, when Wagner writes about a “lighter doctrinal load in the Second Apostolic Age” [2] this apparently extends to cooperating with those who hold to the heretical Oneness understanding.

Wagner himself aligns with open theism, the blasphemous belief that God does not necessarily have foreknowledge of all things. [3]

New Apostolic Reformation figures such as Mike Bickle of IHOP-KC, Bill Johnson of Bethel Redding, Chuck Pierce, Cindy Jacobs, James Goll, Mark Chironna and others have…

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More on discerning the value and motives of watchbloggers

“Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord GOD,
“When I will send a famine on the land,
Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water,
But rather for hearing the words of the LORD. (Amos 8:11)

The Marsha West article that Pearl commented on is Christian “watchbloggers” under fire, and can be found here. I mistakenly posted a different Marsha West article.

West notes that Christian watchblogger sites “must hold to all the essentials of the Christian faith; secondly, must fall within the pale of orthodoxy; thirdly, must teach sound doctrine; fourthly, must confront false teaching head on.”

I am beginning to understand that discernment sites are valuable, and necessary, but limited. Do we really reach the people sitting in the pews? I would have to say no. One encouraging development in this are the short booklet tracts that Lighthouse Trails has been publishing. These are fairly inexpensive and a concerned Christian can hand them out at will.

If the visible church studied the Word of God as we are instructed to do, there would be little need for discernment sites.

Here is a portion of an email I received from a former blogger:

“I am not sure I would even call discernment a ‘ministry’. Yes, mature Christians are all called to discern good from evil, but any ministry we may have is actually the Lord’s, and the proof of any ministry is that it will point to Christ and bear fruit. Jesus didn’t mince words and He did call out the false teachers, as did the apostles, but another aspect of ministry is that the work of the Holy Spirit always points to Christ. A blog can point out error and that is helpful and necessary, as not everyone has time to research facts, but if it lacks compassion and does not present the gospel truth in love, it is a scorching wind. And yes, many such blogs are simply nasty gossip sources, their administrators having lost sight of the very purpose for discernment.” (bold mine)

The author of the email pointed to Philippians 1:9-11 as “a good guide for the purpose of discernment.”

According to Philippians 1:9-11, And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

There is nothing wrong with strong warnings. They are necessary. There is nothing wrong with righteous anger. But unnecessary insults, unverified information, gossip, a mean spirit, these are things we will have to answer for, and we serve a holy God.
I preach to myself.
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