For Christmas this last year I bought my mom Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling devotional. It wasn’t until last night that I came across some information about Sarah Young and her book (which she claims is Christ speaking).
I was actually doing research on someone else and their teachings when I came across a site that mentioned her book and read the claims about it actually being New Age inspired writings, especially considering the way that Sarah Young has claimed to receive her “words from Christ.” I wrote up a small email and sent it out to some family and friends in hopes to shed light on this as I have since found multiple websites of writers that have compared what she has written with what the Bible says (this is also a part of the reason of my previous rant of a post).
I feel that it’s important to share here as well for anyone who may come across these books or know others who might.
Here’s what I sent out:
Here’s the link of one of the websites that breaks down her book and even compares it to a book written by Eckhart Tolle (New Age mystic).
Toxic Devotion: A Review of Sarah Young’s—Jesus Calling (by Bob DeWaay) (Keep in mind this is just ONE of the links I found basically saying the same thing. I chose to share this one since it breaks down what she’s saying in her books and compares it to the Bible.)
Please share this with others so that they will be aware of this and will be able to share it with others who may be reading this book.
Here is a part of what was written on the website I linked to:
The Bible gives us clear teaching the need for and means of discerning spirits. Here is a key text:
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. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world. (1John 4:1-3)
Notice that the “spirits” speak through human messengers: “many false prophets have gone out into the world.” When Sarah Young claims that the words of her book are somehow the words of Jesus, it is rather off-putting to her readers. Many decide Jesus is the source of the words and then use no discernment. They believe that Jesus is a romantic mystic who wants us to respond accordingly. But Sarah Young wrote the book, and by citing a spiritual source (Jesus Christ) she makes herself a prophet whose words must be judged by Biblical sources. She immediately fails the test because she confesses a “spirit Jesus” who is still speaking, rather than Jesus Christ “come in the flesh.” But we live in the days of mystical spiritual deception so that few see a problem with this.
That being stated, I will identify a number of key category errors in Jesus Calling and correct them Biblically. I will show that Young’s book is New Age panentheism and does not portray a Biblical, Christian worldview.