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Eat The Meat And Pit Out The Bones
I don't think you need to be so harsh. Yes, we need to be vigilant
about every extra-biblical source (including your own, for that matter
as well as the authors whom you quote).
My sense is that "Jesus Calling" is intended for those
who already have committed their lives to Him for salvation. In that
context, I believe it is helpful for one to be able to focus on our
Lord, to relax and to open up to Him in our daily existence. Just
like anything else with this book one must "eat the meat and
spit out the bones" and it doesn't necessarily mean that her
book needs to be discarded completely.
I don't see it as all "feel good" philosophy-- there are
plenty of instances of warnings against departing from the true path.
In my experience, Jesus is indeed our All in All, the Way, the Truth
and the Life. It is our call and our redemption to draw close to Him,
bask in His presence, bring everything to His scrutiny and to obey
Him in all things.
The following is the response I sent to Ella....
Thank you for your comments. And thank you for reading my book. I
very much appreciate your taking the time to write.
Your analogy of "eat the meat and spit out the bones" is
a good one. Every human writer is fallen and thus not perfect. There
will be bones. That's why the Berans were commended for
searching the scripture to be sure what Paul was teaching was in accordance
with scripture. But this also means spitting out the bones
requires diligence, study, discernment, spiritual maturity, and it
But, the analogy does not go far enough. There are more than
just meat and bones in Jesus Calling. What do you do with the poison?
I just had pot roast with a wonderful gravy this evening. No bones
at all. But, what if my wife used the same spoon to stir the pot roast
as she had used to measure out rat poison earlier in the day. (Without
cleaning it.) Would I have eaten the pot roast? After all, there would
not be that much rat poison in it. Would you eat it? Although I knew
it would be very tasty, I'd throw that batch of pot roast down the
That's the problem with Jesus Calling. It's not the bones... it's
the poison... and there is a lot of it. Keep in mind, false teaching
is always hidden and camouflaged by some truth. But just because there
is some truth, that does not mean the book is one a Christian should
My wife's pot roast looked good, smelled good, and probably tasted
really good. But, knowing there is rat poison in it, should I
eat it? No! And I'm hoping you would not want to either physically,
or spiritually, eat poison.
So I have a question: Is there anything that is not Biblical in the
book I wrote? As you said, and I agree, my book should also be put
to the test. And I appreciate when people do that.
I'm sorry for writing so much, but one final thought. If someone
were to write a book about how to be a TV talk show host... and they
had 365 pages of helpful advice... and they wrote it as though Oprah
was speaking it (but she hadn't)... what would happen? That author
would get sued by Oprah so fast their head would spin. And they'd
lose. You can't use Oprah's name that way. So why does Sarah Young
feel she can use Jesus' name... God's name... the name of the almighty
creator of the universe that way? Certainly God deserves more respect
than Oprah or any human does.
Thank you for writing, and for reading my book,
Note to the above... no my wife is not looking to collect on my life
insurance. I did not do a good job wording that sentence, but I hope
you get the point. To eat food that has just "a little"
rat poison is foolish. We'd never do that. So does it not make sense
to protect your spiritual life as well as your physical life? Why
eat spiritual poison? Oh... and by the way, my wife did make a truly
wonderful tasting pot roast that evening. Thank you honey!!!
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