The following is a sample chapter from the "RUN! It's Jesus
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to
see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have
gone out into the world. - 1 John 4:1
Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing
but inwardly are ravenous wolves. Matthew 7:15 (ESV)
Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica,
for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures
daily to see whether these things were so. Acts 17:11
years ago a woman came to me and asked about a book called Jesus Calling®.
I am the head of an apologetics and evangelism ministry and I get
a lot of questions. But, I had never heard of this book. So, I borrowed
her copy and started reading random devotions. I hadnt read
very many before I was repulsed by what I was reading. This book was
written as though Jesus was speaking everything in the book, and this
was not the Jesus I knew from scripture!
Since then I've lost count of the number of people who have asked
me about Jesus Calling. I've reached the point at which, instead
of covering the same ground over and over, I thought it best to write
it down and create a book I could just hand to people. This is that
What is Jesus Calling?
Jesus Calling is a devotional book written by Sarah Young
that was first published in 2004. I'll let the publisher describe
Sarah Youngs devotional writings are personal reflections
from her daily quiet time of Bible reading, praying, and writing
in prayer journals. With sales of more than 14 million books worldwide,
Jesus Calling® has appeared on all major bestseller lists. Sarahs
writings include Jesus Calling®, Jesus Today?® Jesus Lives,
Dear Jesus, Jesus Calling® for Little Ones, Jesus Calling®
Bible Storybook, Jesus Calling®: 365 Devotions for Kids, and
Peace in His Presenceeach encouraging readers in their journey
toward intimacy with Christ. Sarah and her husband were missionaries
in Japan and Australia for many years. They currently live in the
United States. - On line Promotional blurb by the publisher
of Jesus Calling, Thomas Nelson (http://tiny.cc/hitz4x)
Many of you may be familiar with Jesus Calling, and a large
number of you have probably read at least part of it. However, for
those of you who have never heard of Jesus Calling, this introduction
is for you. It provides a short overview of the Jesus Calling devotional.
As you start reading Jesus Calling youll immediately
notice that the devotions are written in the first person, with Jesus
speaking. Here is a random example January 10th:
EVERY TIME YOU AFFIRM YOUR TRUST IN ME, you put a coin
into My treasury. - Jesus Calling, January 10th, The 10th
Anniversary Edition, page 11 (capitalization as in the original).
Who is ME in the above quote? That's Jesus speaking.
Jesus Calling is written as though Jesus is speaking directly
to you. This makes it a very different type of devotional book and,
as you'll learn by reading this book, it also results in quite a few
A second characteristic of Jesus Calling is that it uses
Christian words and language in a way that makes it sound very Christian.
But, in many cases what it says is so vague that the reader can easily
read into it whatever they happen to be thinking. And when there is
a discernable meaning, it frequently is not in accordance with what
scripture teaches. The result is vague and unbiblical teaching coming
from the lips of Jesus, but it is worded such that on the surface
it appears to be good Christian teaching.
A third characteristic of the Jesus Calling devotions is
that they are based on messages the author believes
she received from Jesus as a result of her asking Jesus to guide
her thoughts. This type of experience is similar to New
Age practices used to receive spiritual messages. Combine this
with the devotions being spoken by Jesus, and you have
a book that has given itself a very high level of perceived authority...
after all, these are words directly from Jesus.
Add this all together and what we have in Jesus Calling, is
a devotional that is unlike any other Christian devotional.
Jesus is speaking to you using Christian words and phrases, but what
he says is often not scriptural, or is so indefinite that the reader
can make it mean whatever they already believe. Combined with the
author's claims that these devotions are based on messages received
from Jesus, the result is a perceived doctrinal accuracy and authority
that does not exist. What readers get, instead of an author sharing
her personal reflectionsas is claimed in the publisher's blurb,
and is normal for other devotionalsis a devotional in which
Jesus... God... speaks directly to you, telling you how
to think and what to do. Jesus Calling is a very dangerous
In a review of Jesus Calling Rick Thomas wrote:
This book is claiming to add to the written revelation we have
already received in the Word of God. I know I keep emphasizing this,
but its so dangerous. No, I dont think Young is proposing
to add the book of Young after Revelation. But that is, in effect,
what her writings are claiming. Rick Thomas (http://tiny.cc/ocsz4x)
Jesus Calling has achieved a level of sales unmatched by most
other devotionals. Millions of people are reading Jesus Calling.
Millions of people are applying what they learn from Jesus Calling
to their lives. Thats a big problem.
What we will be doing in this book is examining, step-by-step, potential
problems with Jesus Calling. Then we'll learn what the real
Jesus is like by looking at what He actually says in scripture. The
best way to identify a counterfeit Jesus is to know the real Jesus.
Two ways to know false teaching
There are two sure-fire ways to identify false teaching. One is that
it presents a false Jesus... and we'll see that Jesus Calling
does that. The other is that it presents a false gospel... and we'll
see that Jesus Calling does that also. We'll also see that Jesus
Calling is filled with unbiblical teaching.
What is the best way to identify a counterfeit Jesus?
By knowing the real Jesus and the real gospel.
RUN! Its Jesus Calling is not a negative book. Most
of this book is about the real Jesus and what He actually said. If
you know the real Jesus, you'll see the Jesus of Jesus
Calling is shallow, superficial, and not concerned about the gospelmeaning
the Jesus of Jesus Calling is not the loving Jesus whose reason
for coming to earth was to save us. His #1 goal is that none would
The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness,
but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for
all to come to repentance. - 2 Peter 3:9
This verse does not mean everyone is saved. What Peter is saying
is that Jesus loves you and does not want you to perish. Thats
why He came. But, although not stated in this verse, you have the
option of rejecting Him and following a false Jesus. Its your
choice. Please make the right choice and choose Jesus, the right Jesus.
Not the Jesus of Jesus Calling.
Id like to conclude with a word to some of my charismatic brothers
and sisters. As you read this book youll notice that I do not
believe anyone today is receiving messages from God in the same way
as claimed by Sarah Young. I have good reasons for my position, which
I touch on lightly in this book. However, without regard to our differences
on that subject, please at least read the prolog, and then evaluate
whether Jesus Calling presents a true or false gospel. I think youll
agree it is a false gospel and on that point alone Jesus Calling must
be rejected as being a book that is good for Christians to read.
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