Should You Run From Jesus Always?

The following is a sample chapter from the Should You RUN From Jesus Always? book. Get your copy on Amazon today.
(Note, this page is modified from the book chapter so as to make it a stand-alone web article.)

Put Jesus Always To The TestJesus 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 Young’s 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. You’ve 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. It’s just as though you were quoting Oprah, but you are supplying the words.

What would happen?

You’d 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 didn’t say in her mouth. And that means you can expect to be paying off the court judgment for the rest of your life.

What I’m describing is exactly what Sarah Young has done. She’s put words, that He never said, in Jesus’ mouth. If we recognize this as a crime against Oprah, why don’t 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: “Young’s 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” that’s supposedly Jesus speaking. But, you know the truth, it is not actually Jesus speaking. They are Sarah Young’s 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, you’d probably sue the author of that book.

Don’t 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

 

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