August 22, 2012

Jesus Calling

by Jesse Johnson

JesuS CallingAlthough it came out in 2004, Sarah Young’s devotional has seen a steady increase in popularity over the last two years. Published by Thomas Nelson, Jesus Calling has to be one of the more popular devotionals today. While Challies reviewed it last year, I had not given it much thought until recently, when the radio station I listen to started reading excerpts from it every morning. I was understandably startled to hear Jesus speaking directly to me, through my speakers, on a daily basis.

If you are not familiar with it, Jesus Calling is a collection of transcribed messages that were given verbatim from Jesus to Sarah. As such, they are all in the first person from Jesus’ perspective. Here is a typical example (from the day I wrote this review):

(July 8) “When you seek my face, put aside thoughts of everything else. I am above all, as well as in all; your communion with me transcends both time and circumstances. Be prepared to be blessed bountifully by my Presence, for I am a God of unlimited abundance. Open wide you heart and mind to receive more and more of Me. When your Joy in me meets my Joy in you, there are fireworks of heavenly ecstasy. This is eternal life here and now: a tiny foretaste of what waits you in the life to come.”

Most of the book is relatively harmless, content wise. There are some minor issues where I would object to the actual content of the devotionals, but generally the book is so generic and positive that it stays out of serious theological ditches.

Except for the entire motive/method of the devotional. In the introduction, Young explains that before Jesus started giving her these messages, she used to simply read her Bible for her devotionals. But her times in prayer and in the Word were dry. She writes about that period of spiritual dryness in the introduction:

“I knew that God communicated with me through the Bible, but I yearned for more. Increasingly I wanted to hear what God had to say to me personally on a given day.”

So this started her quest. She began having her devotions in a quiet room, with her Bible, pen, and notebook, listening for the Lord to talk to her. She would then write down verbatim what she heard. And the messages began coming. She filled notebook after notebook, and this became the norm for her spiritual life. She writes, “This practice of listening to God has increased my intimacy with Him more than any other spiritual discipline.” Obviously, this is more powerful than simply praying and reading the word.

If Young’s story would have ended there, then I personally would probably question the legitimacy of her experience, and I’d have questions like “what kind of accent does Jesus have? British or American?” I’d like to think that I would keep those kind of questions to myself, and quietly move about my day.

Jesus calling stack of booksBut Young’s story doesn’t end with Jesus talking to her every morning. Rather, Young took what she perceived to be happening to the next logical step. If these messages she was receiving were indeed from Jesus, than surely they should not be reserved only for her. So she has formatted them into devotional form, edited them, added some italics to show references to Scripture, and the result is Jesus Calling.

To be clear, Young grants that this book is not Scripture…but she never explains how it is different from Scripture. She does grant that the content of Jesus Calling should be measured against Scripture—but that is true of Scripture as well. In the end, there is no substantial difference in how Young expects us to view Jesus’ words to her, than how we are to view the Bible. I mean, Jesus’ words to Sarah are literally packaged into a devotional, so that we can our devotionals from them every day. Nelson was even kind enough to include dates on each page.

As I said earlier, it is not that the actual content is heretical or anything. It does romanticize Jesus from a feminine perspective; He sounds like a female motivational speaker, always wanting to hold us close, in his powerful, wonderful, tender, presence. He always wants to give us peace as we seek his face in the morning, in the quiet, in the still of our hurried hearts. Don’t try to hide from him, because he will pursue us in tender but strong ways, until his beauty grabs hold of us and captures us and enthralls us. And so on.

It seems obvious to me that Young has projected her thoughts of what Jesus would say to her onto paper, as if it was Jesus speaking to her. If that is the case, she is making Jesus out in her own image, and the content certainly bears that out.

I do feel compelled to point out that I have met a number of women who love this book. I have talked to widows who used Jesus Calling to find comfort after their husbands died. I know of small groups that study this book. It has so many Scripture references in it, that it’s easy to start a daily Bible study simply by looking up all the cross references. And as I said, most of the content is harmless. I understand how if someone is able to get past what Young says the book is, and just pillage her cross references, this could be a helpful book.

But I can’t get past what she says it is. Underneath all of this is the fact that Young has recorded new revelation from God, spoken audibly to her, on a nearly daily basis, and now I am supposed to have my devotionals from God’s words to her. I just can’t get past that to the content of the actual words Jesus allegedly spoke.

Jesus calling appAnd it is also worth pointing out that while the actual content of the devotionals is harmless enough, Sarah Young’s Jesus does not sound anything like the Jesus of the Bible. In the gospels, Jesus has a profound depth to him. His words can be mined for content, cross references, and prophetic implications. There is a richness and depth to his words that make them unlike anything ever spoken before. They have a way of convicting the heart, and showing God to the world. They are not merely human words.

Maybe that is what Young means when she says that her book is not Scripture. Maybe she just means that the Jesus she hears is not as profound as the Jesus of the Gospels. The normal charismatic distinction between this sort of word-from-the-Lord and Scripture is that Scripture is universal in application, while ongoing revelation is limited in intent to the direct recipient. But that out is not available here, as the book is literally packaged for us to read. And the goal is not for us to read it at the bus stop. But the goal is for us to read it for our devotions.

So Young’s Jesus may not have the depth of the Scriptures, but he should be the source of our devotions?

The entire book is troubling because it steers readers away from the sufficiency of Scripture. It teaches them that Bible reading is dry, but a personal word from the Lord is available. Young even writes, “the more difficult my life circumstances, the more I need these encouraging directives from my Creator.” I have been preaching verse-by-verse through Psalm 119, and that Psalm makes the point that the more difficult the circumstance, the more you need to rely on the truth of Scripture. It is evident that  Psalm 119’s attitude about Scripture is exactly contrary to Young’s.

Thus, I find Jesus Calling troublesome, and would not recommend it. I grant that a person could read it without giving much thought to the introduction, and just take the devotionals as a clever way to talk about God from a new perspective. If that is the case, then go for it. But having made the mistake of reading the introduction, I just can’t go back. Every time I see it, I’m stuck on the fact that Young is selling these words as if they were God’s words. And that (as R. C. Sproul often says) “is a serious theological no-no.”

Jesse Johnson

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Jesse is the Teaching Pastor at Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, VA.
  • Lelo Kunene

    I hear you, Jesse, and as much as I appreciate your pastoral care which is shown in your tone as you address this book, I have to say that I think, forgive me, that you’re being a bit soft on this issue. Sarah Young is actually claiming that the Lord of Glory is/ was speaking to her. That is huge. Either she’s telling the truth or not. It needs biblical scrutiny, and if fails the test, then our leaders (men like you) need to say so. Other than that, this was a wonderful and impartial examination:}

  • sars

    I appreciate what you are saying. I remember when I heard about this book I thought it was crazy. But then I read it. Granted, I don’t take it as Jesus’s direct words and I don’t use it as a devotional alone. I generally use it after I’ve had my Bible study or in addition to it. What I do is I see if what it says is in line with scripture. After all, as a pastor, aren’t you doing the same thing as her? Sharing with the congregation words that God has given you to say from your study of scripture? Her devotions all line up with scripture. I don’t think they should take the place of scripture by any means. But don’t you think that if she is studying her Bible, pen in hand, that most of what she is receiving from “Jesus” is just a reiteration of what is written in His word? I would say by the content of the book, yes. If I were her, I wouldn’t claim that they were direct words from Jesus, but thoughts that she had while she was having her Bible time, so I do take issue with that. However, having read it and seeing how, many times, the days lined up exactly with what I had been studying or thinking about, I have to say I think the Holy Spirit is using it, even in its imperfections. And does not God speak to us through His Spirit? Do we really believe God’s Word when He says the Comforter will come and teach us? (John 16:13-15) Again, I’m not justifying that she is claiming these are Jesus’s Words. But there is validity to what is in the book itself.

    • csrima

      I haven’t read the entire thing myself, but there is a major difference between preaching/teaching and what Sarah Young is claiming. In preaching and teaching, we are depending on the Holy Spirit to be with us as we study the Scriptures, and we are depending on the Holy Spirit as we form the words in our sermons, but we aren’t directly receiving the words to say from Jesus himself. No pastor goes up to the podium and prays that he would be equipped to remember the emphasis Jesus placed on a particular word in a particular sentence when he shared the message with the him the night before. It’s a small but extremely important difference.

    • http://mriccardi.blogspot.com Mike Riccardi

      Csrima has it right on. It’s the difference between revelation (God giving fresh, new revelation, as He did with the Apostles/disciples in the John 16:13-15 sense), and illumination (God shedding light on that which has already been revealed, through means like preaching and writing).

      Oh, and just because God seems to be “using” something does not mean it is legitimate for His people to emulate or approve. For more on why, see #5 here.

      • Shauna

        Excellent point Crisma & Mike Riccardi and thank you MR for the link to #5 (I had missed it previously). Very helpful. I’d also like to add that as a woman who has many discussions regarding ‘women stuff’ in the church, it is so helpful to have articles like these by Godly men.

  • Pav

    I agree with you Jesse, She is claiming to have daily revelations from Jesus Himself-How many of the apostle and church forefathers have had these revelations? Why is she more blessed than many brothers and sisters that are persecuted, and even martyred. What makes her so much more special than any other child of God? Personally i believe that the deeper issue here is to accept the book- to desensetize you to deception. To start accepting charismania. Because once you accept this book why cant you start accepting the other thousands of books of revelations out there?
    Correct thing IMO is to shout out loud -STAY AWAY!! DECEPTION. Take a hard line before you actually realize its actually crept into your life. And all of this because it was tolerated, and even accepted to some degree.God forbid

    • http://thecripplegate.com Jesse Johnson

      That is a good point. While the people I know who read this book would not call themselves “charismatic”, the overall effect has to be on of desensitizing you to what is so wrong with charismania.

  • Jordan

    Thanks for this, Jesse. Some people that I know read this book and the premise of it has always made me uneasy.

    A quick question/comment: I believe that the book is entitled “Jesus Calling” (i.e., Jesus is calling to you each day) rather than “The Jesus Calling”. I could definitely be wrong though!

    • http://thecripplegate.com Jesse Johnson

      Good catch. Fixed. Thanks Jordan.

  • csrima

    Thanks for this post. Very helpful as I attend a very large church with MANY women reading it. You hit the nail on the head when you pointed out Psalm 119 and the attitude that we should have when it comes to Scripture, as opposed to the common technique of “augmenting” God’s Word.

    • Truth Unites… and Divides

      csrima: “Very helpful as I attend a very large church with MANY women reading it.”
      More women than men read this book. It follows that more women than men find this book to be helpful.
      How open are women, or just people in general, to an alternative explanation of how they’re understanding and interpreting her experiences?

  • JDC

    When Jesus talks in The Shack, it is William Young talking.
    When Jesus talks in The Jesus Calling, it is Sarah Young talking.
    When Jesus talks in The Bible, it is Jesus talking.

    • http://thecripplegate.com Jesse Johnson

      Well said.

  • kevin2184

    I’m sure most of the people who are enamored with
    “Jesus Calling” would say that they are opposed to extra-biblical
    material put out by the Catholic Church, the Mormons, and any other cult.
    So why then, if an “evangelical Christian” is the author of
    such material that these same Christians flock to it without concern at all
    that, in the very least, reading it could cause them to equate that material
    with God’s word? Also, if the author states that it is not Scripture, is
    she not concerned that others will take it so regardless? I would think that godly Christian authors in
    the past and present would never have a book of theirs published if they
    thought, in any way, that what they wrote could be misconstrued by some to be
    God’s very word.

  • Mary Elizabeth Palshan

    Anytime we start to accept any sort of fabrication that
    deviates from Biblical truth—we are on a downward spiral. Sarah has done more than just put her own
    thoughts on paper; she has jumped into this bed of lies with unquestionably
    full cognition and recognition of the truth. She is sleeping with the enemy,
    IMHO.

    Her thoughts are NOT His thoughts. She can masquerade her
    thoughts as being so close to real Biblical truth all she likes, but she is
    storing up God’s wrath for herself, because God makes Himself perfectly clear
    here: “But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in My name which I have
    not commanded Him to speak, or which he speaks in the name of other gods, that
    prophet shall die (Deut 18:20).”

    Great article, Jesse; and thanks for bringing our attention to this matter.

    • http://thecripplegate.com Jesse Johnson

      You bring up a good point. I’d be curious how Sarah would respond to Deut 18. I suppose she would say that she’s not saying her words are Scripture, or something like that. I do not find that response adequate, as I noted above.

  • Craig Hurst

    Jesse, thank you for taking the time to read and review this book. Your words are well said and on point.

    • http://thecripplegate.com Jesse Johnson

      your welcome Craig. Thanks for reading.

  • Shauna

    One
    person mentioned in the comments that he thought Pastor Jesse Johnson
    was a bit ‘soft’ on the issue. I liked the article – and I agree with
    that comment as well. As soon as this woman said these are the Words of
    Jesus (and verbatim as spoken to her at
    that!) and she began her little ‘dictation from Jesus writing type’
    thing, then sorry but we are to stop right there. There are too many
    women writing ‘books’ that are really crossing the theological line even
    though they sound so good and seem so helpful & not much harm in
    the way of content is perceived. Yet they are often ‘mystical’ and then
    well like this one – where they are receiving direct
    revelation….false ideas often seem to be harmless AT FIRST….they
    progress though. How many women will be led astray as they also start
    these kinds of meditation/writing type sessions instead of sticking with
    what we do know to be The Word of God? As Christians we often point
    out the errors of the Charismatics…forgetting that they too were led
    from sound doctrine towards false doctrine by experiences, etc….looks
    to me like some dangerous inroads are being made – the groundwork is
    being laid & we should be much more careful. As women, we tend to
    really glam onto mystical, experiential, emotive type of stuff (and
    fluff at that!) and we really need to encourage each other to drop this
    nonsense.

  • Jamie

    And look at the franchise on Amazon – Jesus Calling, Teen Jesus Calling, Kid Jesus Calling, Jesus Calling Devotional Bible, 40 Days with Jesus Jesus Calling, Jesus Calling Day by Day Calendar, Jesús te llama, and Jesus Lives the Jesus Calling.

    Waiting for the Jesus Calling Ringtone. Couldn’t Jesus get call forwarding?

    • Woody Bailey

      Well why not? Everything else is commercialized. Sad though.

  • http://mriccardi.blogspot.com Mike Riccardi

    A clever commenter on the Cripplegate Facebook page said to look out for the sequel, “Jesus Texting.” :-)

    The thing is: Jesus already texted. 66 books of inspired, infallible, inerrant, sufficient, profitable, adequate-to-equip-for-every-good-work, everything-we-need-for-life-and-godliness text. I’m content to accept the sufficiency of the text.

    • Liz

      Bravo!!!

  • Liz

    Thank you, Jesse, for addressing this book in your blog. I would go further and say that one should actually stay away from the book. If the source of the book is tainted, then all that follows is also tainted. The connection between The Course in Miracles and God Calling, two earlier books dictated in the same manner as Jesus Calling., should also be noted. It is not a coincidence that Young’s title mimics her book’s predecessor, God Calling. Sarah Young acknowledges that she used the same technique to receive her messages as was used by the “anonymous listeners” in God Calling, which has been deemed heresy by many Christian scholars. This form of dictation is called “automatic writing” or “channeling” by those in the New Age Movement, and its negative influence cannot be underestimated as it has so infiltrated the Church of Jesus Christ. Thank you for taking a stand against the errors found in Jesus Calling.

    • http://thecripplegate.com Jesse Johnson

      Thanks for making that connection Liz. I appreciate you commenting here.

    • abwhittem

      Liz: Your reference
      to THE COURSE IN MIRACLES and GOD CALLING in this discussion of the harmfulness/harmlessness
      of Young’s JESUS CALLING brings to mind my early days as a classroom teacher
      more than 30 years ago.

      As a young high school speech/drama teacher, I was always
      looking for source materials for my students to use for their classroom
      performances in Oral Interpretation. I
      had a table in the back of the classroom stacked with READERS’ DIGESTS, IDEALS
      books, magazines, newspaper clippings, and books of dramatic scenes, short
      stories, and poetry. My supervisor, who was a Christian, had given me a
      Christmas gift of a year’s subscription to a lovely little devotional with
      pretty pictures and “meaningful” words of wisdom, published by Unity Church of
      Missouri, entitled THE DAILY WORD. I
      added these volumes to my collection for my student to use, and some of them
      did!

      I had grown up in a Christian home, brought up by Christian
      parents who felt that our Biblical and religious education was as important as
      our secular education. I could quote
      chapter and verse, but by the time I began teaching, I had NEVER heard of the
      Unity Church. Here I was living, worshipping,
      being educated in, and now teaching in the very Deep South. What did I know about a fringe “church” in
      Missouri? Thank God, I eventually found
      out and pulled those DAILY WORD volumes from my collection. I shudder to think
      what damage I might have done to my young, eager, impressionable students who
      never dreamed that I would expose them to something harmful in the guise of “a lovely
      little devotional.”

      As I matured in wisdom and as my world expanded beyond the
      Bible Belt of my birth, I learned about the non-Christian THE COURSE IN
      MIRACLES and GOD CALLING and the real philosophy behind the Unity Church. According to Wikipedia, “Unity founders, Charles and Myrtle Fillmore,
      studied the Bible as
      history and allegory. They interpreted it as a metaphysical representation of
      each soul’s evolutionary journey toward spiritual awakening. Unity understands
      the Bible as a complex collection of writings compiled over many centuries. The
      Bible is a valuable spiritual resource, but is understood as a reflection of
      the comprehension and inspiration of the writers and their times.” And that is
      the least of their departure from MY understanding of what Christian is!

      I have asked God
      and my former students (as I could find them) to forgive my ignorance. I thank God for the opportunity we now have
      with the internet, this great medium at our fingertips, to research and study
      those things which we would probably not learn.
      I thank God for blogs such as Cripplegate.com and the Christian thoughts,
      experiences, and heartfelt discussions which are shared here. And, finally, I
      weep for those who have sought comfort through books like GOD CALLING and JESUS
      CALLING, posing as the words of Our Father and of His Son, Jesus Christ. I pray that these proponents of Young’s book will
      soon learn that these are not just harmless “lovely little devotionals.”

  • Yvonne

    This is no different than what Beth Moore claims. Beth says God speaks directly to her, too. Both of these women are deceived and are deceiving.

    One aspect that hasn’t been discussed is that the women who read these books or use these studies often get the feeling that they are ‘less Christian’ because they haven’t heard God speak directly to them. The unintended consequence is the Moore/Young types end up being some sort of elite Christian. It’s a slippery slope!

  • Woody Bailey

    Appropriate that this was posted on FB today, because an old friend of mine quoted something out of the book. He is a firm believer in personal wrods spoken directly from God the Father to anyone. He is also a disciple of Bill Johnson from Bethel Church.

  • csrima

    I posted this link on my facebook page, and a couple things happened.
    1. People liked my status.
    2. People did not read your blog.
    3. People stated how much they loved the book and used it daily.

    I did get one reference to John 10:27, which says all the right words to back up the point…but still leaves me wanting. Would I be accurate in replying to her that Jesus was speaking to his apostles and those in his midst at that point, and that the precise wording in that verse is applied differently in our time due to our context (meaning, we are not physically sitting next to Jesus listening to him literally preach at this very moment)?

    • http://mriccardi.blogspot.com Mike Riccardi

      Yes Seth. Nothing in the context of that passage suggests anything about personal revelations or still small voices. It speaks of the Pharisees rejecting Jesus because they “cannot hear My word” (John 8:43) — the word that He had been speaking plainly everywhere they went.

      The secondary application for us is not that we should expect to hear Jesus talking audibly to us, but that we hear His voice where He has left it with us: in the Scriptures. I hear Jesus’ voice every day as I open God’s Word, and it is through obedience to that voice that I follow Him.

  • http://youaremygirls.com/ Jennifer Camp

    Jesse, I haven’t read Jesus Calling, but I have been intrigued by its popularity — pointing to the craving His followers have for more of Him, for a desire for His voice. Yes, His Spirit speaks to us from His scripture; but I also believe that He is a God of words, of language and connection. He is going to continue to pursue us, reach for us, no matter what it takes. While I have not read Sarah’s book, I am so saddened by the comments here that are so cynical, doubting that the Father would have anything to say to Sarah directly and that He wouldn’t possibly have it in His plan for her to share those words He has given her, with the world. We each listen for HIm — and hear Him — differently. Yes, He speaks to us through His living Word, and He speaks to us through our experiences, our relationships, friendships, passions He has put on our heart — all adventures we go on, with Him. Of course He could speak to Sarah and give her words from Him! Why not?

  • abwhittem

    Dear Pastor Johnson:

    I read with great interest your review of Sarah Young’s book, JESUS CALLING. Bottom line: I’m very glad that you ultimately came to the resolution that you cannot recommend the book. However, I don’t think I understand why you feel that, “Most of the book is relatively harmless, content wise.” How so? How can a book be harmless if it is in direct opposition to Revelation 22:18-19. [King James Version (KJV)18 "For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book."] Now, I was always taught that this Scripture is in reference to the Book of Revelation, BUT it applies to the entire Bible. Even as a devotional book, Sarah Young’s book should be avoided!

    I may be oversimplifying my thoughts, however, the way I see it is that Sarah Young is in the middle of one of three scenarios: first, she is a charlatan who
    has made up hearing any voice during her meditation and automatic writing sessions, and she has pulled the proverbial wool over our collective eyes; second, she has been chosen to be a modern day Moses or a new age Prophet [If this be true, I think we all need to turn in a new direction]; finally, the last scenario is also the scariest. . .Sarah Young does hear a voice or voices and the burning question is Whose Voice Does She Hear?

    Recently, I came across a sermon by a Lutheran Pastor Peters, given on the First Sunday of Lent, March 13, 2011. In its entirety, it can be found at http://pastoralmeanderings.blogspot.com/2011/03/whose-voice-do-you-hear-whose-voice-are.html. Pastor Peters was not talking about JESUS CALLING, but he said, “The devil begins not with the stuff out there but with what is in here, in our hearts, with the voice of our own discontent, our own doubt, our own anger, and our own bitterness. He reflects back to us what flows from our weak and sinful hearts until it is the only thing we hear. And then we are done for. But… when we listen to the voice of the Father speaking through His Word, we are made strong in Christ. What we hear is joy, confidence, peace, and courage. . . . listen to the one voice that cannot lead you astray – the one true and solid voice of God.”

    In conclusion, I would like to point out that I too would be curious to know about the accent, timbre, and language that Jesus or God would have if they spoke to someone today. I think I might be disappointed if They didn’t sound like the Burning Bush in the deMille production of THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. And, finally, I can appreciate your comments about widows feeling JESUS CALLING helped in their grief after the deaths of their mates. I too went through that for, what seemed like, a very long time after my husband died. I cried, I prayed, I read the Bible, I haunted Chrmistian bookstores, I read C. S. Lewis and other authors who might help me get through those dark days. I became active in the Christian Women’s Clubs. I volunteered. But, I still had to come home to an empty
    house. So, I got into the habit of getting a big bag of chips and sitting in front of the TV and watching movie musicals of the 1940’s and 50’s, hour after hour! It really did help me to feel better, losing myself in the moment, but it wasn’t the best solution to my problem. You must admit that not everything some grieving people do to feel better is healthy, smart, moral, and/or Christian.

    Thank you again for not recommending JESUS CALLING. God bless you and your ministry.

  • Glyn Williams

    She found reading God’s Word dry immediately rings warning bells for me! Whatever happened to the Word being living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and the Word being the power of God unto salvation? When people make comments like that I immediately question their faith. The Word of God is what we are to be meditating on day and night, and if that is too dry for you, then I somewhat doubt your salvation, and if you are saved, then I presume that you have been deceived by the devil and he has drawn you away from the most important thing necessary for salvation and a life under the Lordship of Jesus.

    • http://thecripplegate.com Jesse Johnson

      Glyn,

      Obviously I’m not trying to defend Young’s book here, but I think we need to be careful on the other side of this as well. It is possible for believers to have a dry spell in their spiritual lives that is not the result of the devil nor a sign of false profession. Unrepentant sins, a hurried life, distractions, a lack of sleep, bitterness toward others, all of these could cause a true believer to feel distant from the Lord for a time. Clearly the solution is not to seek extra biblical revelation, but to prioritize your life, repent from sins, and humble yourself. But you have to be careful not to say that simply because someone has a “dry spell” in their devotional time, that they are either deceived by the devil or not a Christian.

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  • Inclement Nimbus

    The main problem here is that the “Jesus” talking to her isn’t actually Jesus. How do we know Jesus or even God the Father? Their Characteristics are defined by scripture that spans over a huge chasm of time.

    While her handling of any scriptures may be fine she makes the claim that these words are from Jesus. If indeed they don’t fit his characteristics that we find in scripture and indeed come across as more feminine then she is presenting her own invented version of Jesus.

    To me that is a borderline first commandment violation because this depiction of Jesus is no doubt the very one she worships and prays to. Slippery slope imo.

    • http://thecripplegate.com Jesse Johnson

      agreed.

  • Larry

    Thanks Jesse. Although many people have or are reading the book since its inception, I agree it is troublesome. In fact, she is hearing from another Christ.

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  • Kevin P.

    a few weeks back, John Piper noted that we need to be aware of “elevated vagueness”.
    This is just another example of that, where she’s says it’s not Scripture, but it’s directly from Jesus.
    Talk about double speak.
    http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/beware-of-elevated-vagueness

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