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

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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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)

A kid and Planned Parenthood

Some kids don’t have any questions because they are in parts and pieces.

Doc Thompson's photo.

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Todd Bentley’s School of Revival?

Welcome to the (as I call it) School of the Unholy, where once again Todd Bentley will present his bells-and-whistles strange fire. In the video he speaks of his experience that was like “a glory liquid honey cloud.”

According to Elijah List, Todd Bentley’s School of Revival will offer classes focused upon:

-The Anointing

-Miracles

-Prophetic ministry

-Gifts of the Spirit

-Kingdom

-Supernatural

-Impartation

-Identity

-Revival ministry

Todd states, “God wants to get that glory, God wants to get that fire on you.”

The Bible warns:

“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits.” (Matthew 7:15-20)

If you are unfamiliar with the history of this man, here is a video that ably demonstrates what much of his “ministry” was about:
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQ9uQsDqIhE
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Clowns Entertaining The Goats — Spurgeon

Kristin Lanagan's photo.

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Epic Fail: Vallotton’s 5 non-biblical tests for a true prophet

Holly Pivec of Spirit of Error writes:

I was disturbed this week by Kris Vallotton’s article titled “5 Tests of a True Prophet.” I was even more disturbed to see that his article was published by Charisma Magazine. For those who don’t know, Vallotton is the senior associate leader of Bethel Church in Redding, California, and a bestselling author. His article in Charisma is excerpted from a curriculum he developed titled Basic Training for the Prophetic Ministry.

Not a single one of Vallotton’s five tests of a true prophet is given in Scripture. Astoundingly, he completely overlooks the three tests that are given. Here are Vallotton’s woefully inadequate tests.

Click here to read the rest of Pivec’s article

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Diaper Man’s Connection to Bethel Redding

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