The following is a sample chapter from the Should You RUN From
Jesus Always? book. Get
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(Note, this page is modified from the book chapter
so as to make it a stand-alone web article.)
Always, A Quick Test!
Like Sarah Young's previous devotional, Jesus Calling, the
Jesus Always devotional is written as though Jesus Christ Himself
Written in the familiar voice readers have come to know and
love [the voice of Jesus], these daily devotions
are the result of Youngs hours of daily Scripture reading
and reflection. - Thomas Nelson Press Release, May 2016
Imagine you have some ideas about how to be a successful TV talk
show host. Youve watched a lot of talk shows over the past decades
and made a lot of notes. In particular you focused on Oprah and what
she did to become successful.
So you decide to write a book. You organize your notes, and compile
a set of 365 short guidelines to help your readers become a successful
TV talk show host
and you write them as though Oprah was speaking
them. Its just as though you were quoting Oprah, but you are
supplying the words.
What would happen?
Youd get sued so quickly, and for such a huge amount of money,
that your head would spin. And YOU WOULD LOSE the lawsuit. The court
will side with Oprah.
If you had written a book that actually quoted Oprah, such that everything
was a real quote, there would have been no problem. But, you put words
that Oprah didnt say in her mouth. And that means you can expect
to be paying off the court judgment for the rest of your life.
What Im describing is exactly what Sarah Young has done. Shes
put words, that He never said, in Jesus mouth. If we recognize
this as a crime against Oprah, why dont we recognize what Sarah
Young has done as a crime against God?
A Little Test
Here is a quick test you can try. Just before reading a devotion
from Jesus Always, say the following phrase out loud: This
is not Jesus speaking. Keep this phrase in your mind as
you read the devotion
this is not Jesus speaking.
Does it bother you to say these words? Why? Remember, Sarah Young
does not claim it is Jesus speaking. These devotions are her words
that resulted from, and I quote: Youngs hours of daily
Scripture reading and reflection. So when you are thinking
this is not Jesus speaking as you read the devotion, you
are thinking the truth. You have filled your mind with the truth.
If this test makes you feel uncomfortable, then you know there is
a problem, and the problem is not with the words you are saying, it
is with the book you are reading.
Keep in mind that it is not Jesus speaking. So when the Jesus Always
devotion says Me or My thats supposedly
Jesus speaking. But, you know the truth, it is not actually Jesus
speaking. They are Sarah Youngs words, not the words of Jesus.
This is a simple test, and it is far from foolproof. But, from this
simple exorcise I hope you will realize this is not Jesus speaking
in Jesus Always. To put words He did not say in the mouth of
Jesus is to make Jesus a liar.
you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.
- John 8:32
How would you feel if someone published quotes from you that you
never said? A 365 page book that quoted you saying various things
you never said? I would imagine you would not like it. And if you
are a famous person, like my example of Oprah, youd probably
sue the author of that book.
Dont ever forget. Jesus is not a person like you, HE IS GOD.
Sarah Young is putting words on the lips of God that God never spoke.
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; - Philippians 1:9-10