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Why Doesn't Jesus Understand What He Said In Scripture?
Jesus Always had been written in a way, other than having
Jesus speaking, it would just be a one of many low quality and misleading
devotional books. I wouldn't be writing this book. But, Jesus Always
presents its false teaching as though Jesus is speaking, and that
is a major attack on the character and glory of God.
I would like to note that Jesus Always does include some
devotions that are biblical. But that makes the problem with Jesus
Always worse. The New Age and unbiblical teaching is more deeply
concealed than it was in Jesus Calling. People may actually
think, I read a good, biblical devotion in Jesus Always,
so it must be a good devotional book. And its not
Jesus Regularly Quotes Scripture in Jesus Always
In the introduction to Jesus Always Sarah Young explains why
she has included scripture within the devotions:
Because I revere the Bible, I always endeavor to make my writing
consistent with Biblical truth. I include Scripture in the devotions
(indicated with italics), and each entry is followed by three or
four Bible references. I encourage you to look up and read these
scriptures carefully, they are words of Life! Jesus Always
Introduction, page xii
Lets be sure we understand what she is saying: Scripture
is important, and because of that Sarah Young has included scripture
in the devotions. And because scripture is important, she has put
it in italics so you'll know when you are reading scripture within
Okay, let's look at an example to see how well Jesus
understands scripture. I picked the June 10th devotion because I'm
currently preaching a sermon series on the Olivet Discourse and this
devotion references a parable Jesus tells in Olivet Discourse.
I typically put quotations in italics, but when quoting Jesus
Always I will reproduce it exactly as it is printed in the book.
That way you can see where Sarah Young uses italics, as well as how
she uses punctuation and capitalization.
I am sovereign over the circumstances of your life, so there
are always opportunities to be found in them. Don't be like the
man who hid his master's talent in the ground because he
was disgruntled with his circumstances. He gave up and took the
easy way out, blaming his hard situation rather than making the
most of his opportunity. Actually the more difficult your circumstances,
the more you gain through it. - Jesus Always, June 10
The phrase hid his master's talent in the ground
is in italics, identifying it as a quote from scripture. Do a Google
search for hid his master's talent in the ground
including the quotation marks. Putting a phrase in quotes tells Google
you want to find that exact phrase. What is the result? Nothing. Google
says that specific phrase is never used anywhere, including in the
But it sounds familiar. Its from one of Jesus
parables. It turns out it is a paraphrase of Matthew 25:18:
But he who received the one talent went away, and dug a hole
in the ground and hid his masters money.
So Jesus isnt quoting scripture, he is paraphrasing it.
Thats okay. There are times in scripture when other scripture
is quoted by paraphrasing it. However, combined with Jesus Always
not having book, chapter, and verse references, paraphrasing makes
it even more difficult to identify the source of the quote.
What is the real Jesus saying in this parable?
The Jesus of Jesus Always says this parable
is about a slave who is having a hard time. He does the wrong
thing by giving up instead of making the most of an opportunity. According
to Jesus Always, the point of the parable is that we need to
make the most of every opportunity. The more difficult your circumstances,
the more you gain through it. It sounds good, but is that what Jesus
is really teaching?
The context is Matthew 24:31. Jesus has been describing the signs
that will be seen just prior to his return, and then he tells His
disciples to be ready because:
He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY
WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end
of the sky to the other.
What are they to be ready for? The gathering together of His
elect... the gathering together of those people who are saved. What
do you need to have in order to be ready? You need to have repented
and trusted in Jesus as your Savior. You need to have Jesus as your
Jesus then tells four parables that illustrate what he has taught
in Matthew 24:4-31:
1. The parable of the fig tree illustrates that there will be signs
indicating His return is near. (Matthew 24:32-35)
2. The parable of the faithful and evil slaves shows that we are
to be alert, even if it has been a long time and Jesus has not yet
returned. (Matthew 24:42-51)
In the final two parables we see illustrations showing that true
believers will be ready for the return of Christ, and false Christians
will not. Their readiness will be seen in how they wait and what they
do while they wait.
In the third parable, that of the ten virgins, the five virgins
who have oil for their lamps are the ones who have spiritual life.
They have repented and trusted Jesus as their Savior. They were not
just waiting for the return of Jesus, they are ready for Him to return.
They have their lamps as well as oil for their lamps.
The other five virgins are also waiting for the bridegroom, signifying
that they think they are saved. But, they are not ready because they
do not have oil for their lamps. The oil represents spiritual life.
Although they think they are saved and they were part of the group
waiting for Jesus to come, they have not actually put their trust
in Jesus as their Savior. They have no spiritual life (lamp oil) Thus,
when He comes, the bridegroom (Jesus) says to them:
Truly I say to you, I do not know you. - Matthew
When the Lord appears at the end of the Tribulation, many professed
Christians will frantically realize their lack of spiritual life.
They will not have heeded Paul's advice to the Corinthian church:
Test yourself to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves!
Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ
is in youunless indeed you fail the test? (2 Corinthians
13:5). They will be self-deceived, perhaps believing that mere association
with the things and the people of Christ has made them a part of
Christ's true church. Some may think that being born into a Christian
family will make them a member of God's family. We know with certainty
that many will be trusting in their good works. - John MacArthur,
New Testament Commentary Matthew 24-28, 1989, page 90
The fourth parable, the parable of the talents, is the one
Jesus Always quotes from. It illustrates that true believers
will use the gifts God has given them to further God's kingdom. Here
is what Jesus says in scripture:
For it is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called
his own slaves and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he
gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according
to his own ability; and he went on his journey. Immediately the
one who had received the five talents went and traded with them,
and gained five more talents. In the same manner the one who had
received the two talents gained two more. But he who received the
one talent went away, and dug a hole in the ground and hid his masters
money. Matthew 25:14-18
Three trusted slaves are given money to manage while their master
is away. The first two slaves manage the money in a way such that
it is doubled by the time their master returns. The third slave does
nothing with what he is given. Instead he buries the money in the
ground. He could have at least put it in the bank and collected interest,
but he does nothing with what he was given.
The point of this parable is that, how we use what God has given
us is an indication of whether we are saved or not. Those who use
their abilities to further Gods kingdom, are truly doing Gods
will and are saved. Those who do not use their gifts at all, or use
them in ways that oppose the kingdom, are not saved and their eternal
destiny is outer darkness (hell).
Jesus is using these parables to illustrate the difference between
His true followers, and those who believe they are following Christ
in todays language this second group are those who think they
are Christians, but they are not truly followers of Christ.
Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that
place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew
How Does This Compare With Jesus Always?
In Jesus Always this important parable about salvation is
twisted to be a parable about dealing with difficult circumstances.
The salvation message totally gone. The Jesus of Jesus
Always does not understand his own words in scripture!
John MacArthur explains this parable in his commentary on Matthew:
The third slave, however, did not present the master with earnings
but with an accusatory and self-serving excuse.
Like the other
two, that slave was identified as belonging to the master (see v
14), representative of his belonging to Christs church before
the second coming. But in two distinct ways he proved that his identification
with Christ was superficial and did not involve genuine faith or
First of all, he produced absolutely nothing with the talent
he had been given and did not even make an attempt to use it for
his masters benefit and profit.
Second, this slave demonstrated his counterfeit allegiance by
depracting his masters character, accusing him of being a
hard man, reaping where he did not sow, and gathering where he had
scattered no seed. He charged his owner with being unmerciful and
dishonest. That slave represents the professing Christian whose
limited knowledge of God leads him to conclude that He is distant,
uncaring, unjust, and undependable. John MacArthur, New
Testament Commentary Matthew 24-28, 1989, page 105
In this parable the master represents God. Based
on the Jesus Always interpretation of this parable, what type
of character does God have? He is unmerciful and dishonest. According
to Jesus Always the third slave could have been the hero of
the story, if only he realized he needed to persevere and overcome
the difficult circumstances resulting from his masters (Gods)
low character. Thats wrong! Thats defaming Gods
character and degrading Gods glory.
Why doesnt the Jesus of Jesus Always understand
his own parable? Why does the Jesus of Jesus Always
degrade God instead of glorify God?
BECAUSE HE IS NOT THE REAL JESUS
YOU CANNOT TRUST THE JESUS
OF JESUS ALWAYS. This is not a devotional book that can be trusted
to give you scriptural truth.
RUN FROM JESUS ALWAYS!
I wish I could end this chapter here, but I cant. We were looking
at the phrases in italics in the June 10th devotion and there is more
that needs to be said. Remember, these phrases are in italics to identify
them as coming from scripture. Here is the last paragraph:
I gladly give you Glory-strength. It is exceedingly potent
because the Spirit Himself empowers you-- strengthening you in
your inner being. Moreover, My limitless Glory-strength enables
you to keep on enduring the unendurable. Since this Power
is so vast, there is more than enough of it to spill over into
Joy! Jesus Always, June 10
Several phrases are in italics. Do a Google search, putting
each of these phrases in quotes, and youll find that Google
does not find any of them in scripture. However, you will find that
enduring the unendurable is a quote from Emperor Hirohitos
speech given on August 15, 1945 when Japan surrendered and World War
But wait! What about the Bible translation known as The Message?
We pray that youll have the strength to stick it out over
the long haulnot the grim strength of gritting your teeth
but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the
unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes
us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful
that he has for us. The Message, the last two sentences
of Colossians 1:9-12
There it is. Jesus is paraphrasing The Message.
Thats amazing! The Message is a paraphrase. So Jesus
is paraphrasing a paraphrase. This is not good. But whats worse
is that The Message is a bible translation with a lot of problems
its not a translation we can trust. But, well need a separate
chapter to deal with this problem. So turn the page, and well
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