“Jesus Calling” Book Sales Soar
After Walker Speech at Iowa Faith Summit
Scott Walker plugs a Jesus devotional
in a not-so-subtle sign to evangelicals
2) Channeled “Messages” from “Jesus”-"In Jesus Calling, Young writes that “Jesus” told her “to be a channel of My loving Presence.”9 Obliging his request, her book is filled with channeled “messages” and “directives” she claims to have received from God. In her original introduction, she wrote:"My journey began with a devotional book (God Calling) written in the 1930s by two women who practiced waiting in God’s Presence, writing the messages they received as they “listened.” About a year after I started reading this book, I began to wonder if I too could receive messages during my times of communing with God. . . . So I decided to “listen” to God with pen in hand, writing down whatever I sensed He was saying."
3) Visualization-"Sarah Young engaged in the occult/New Age practice of “visualization” when she “pictured” her family “encircled by God’s protective Presence.” “Visualization” and “guided imagery” have long been recognized by sorcerers of all kinds as the most powerful and effective methodology for contacting the spirit world in order to acquire supernatural power, knowledge, and healing. Such methods are neither taught nor practiced in the Bible as helps to faith or prayer."I have continued to receive personal messages from God as I meditate on Him. The more difficult my life circumstances, the more I need these encouraging directives from my Creator."
4) Meditation-"Jesus Calling readers are led to equate Sarah Young’s contemplative prayer process with biblical meditation. But to “make your mind like a still pool of water” as you passively wait “to receive whatever thoughts” Young’s “Jesus” may “drop into it” is much more akin to Eastern/New Age meditation."
5) New Age Terminology-"Throughout Jesus Calling, Sarah Young’s “Jesus” casually introduces New Age terminology in his channeled messages."
6) Divine Alchemy-"By Googling divine alchemy on the Internet, one will see countless references to the occult. The term divine alchemy is frequently found in the teachings of New Age leaders such as Marianne Williamson. She uses the term divine alchemy to reference the same practice of meditation Sarah Young’s “Jesus” is advocating. She writes:
7) Co-creation-"Sarah Young’s “Jesus” also introduces the key New Age concept of “co-creation.” This is a New Age evolutionary concept that falsely teaches that because man is God, he can therefore co-create with God. But man is not God."Meditation is time spent with God in silence and quiet listening. It is the time during which the Holy Spirit has a chance to enter into our minds and perform His divine alchemy.""
(1) Jesus Calling was inspired by a channeled New Age book
(2) Sarah Young originally wrote that she “received messages” from “Jesus” Himself
3) Sarah Young’s “Jesus” contradicts the Bible’s true Jesus Christ
4) Sarah Young’s “Jesus” stated that Abraham was guilty of “idolatry” and “son-worship”
(5) “Jesus” complains about the night of his birth