is a sample chapter from the book: "Sarah Young's Jesus Always Devotional
your copy on Amazon today.
(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 is speaking.
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
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.
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
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?
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
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