10 Serious Problems with “Jesus Calling”
Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling is a phenomenon that shows no signs of slowing down. According to publisher Thomas Nelson, it “continues to grow in units sold each year since it was released [and] has surpassed 15 million copies sold.” Nelson is involved in an expansive new marketing campaign that involves a new web site and daily radio devotionals. ECPAreports that “Thomas Nelson began its partnership with the Salem Media group to provide 60-second daily messages on Eric Metaxas’ show, which is carried on more than 100 stations nationwide and worldwide on SiriusXM Radio. The Jesus Calling radio devotional reaches more than 500,000 people each day through these segments.” With 15 million copies sold, it has marched its way into rare company.
Yet it is a deeply troubling book. I am going to point out 10 serious problems with Jesus Calling in the hope that you will consider and heed these warnings.
1. She speaks for God. Far and away the most troubling aspect of the book is its very premise—that Sarah Young hears from Jesus and then dutifully brings his messages to her readers.
(Go here to continue reading this informative and well-written article from Tim Challies.)
So many mystics leading so many astray. The question regarding this book really ought to be, “Is there anything RIGHT with it?”
An article long over due. If it was really Jesus calling then why has her book repeatedly been revised, #10. To whom much is given much is expected. Teachers and pastors and all elders will be judged more harshly for their inactions. Failure to forewarn their flock is quite simply sinful. I’m sick of pastors saying, ” I preach what I am for not what I am against.” This very morning I read Jer. 23 for my devotion. A whole chapter dedicated to Gods hate of false teachers speaking falsely in His Name. In Rev. our triune God praised the Ephesians for hating false teachers. In Job God’s wrath was kindled against Job’s friends for speaking falsely. Paul warns that any who distort the gospel that they will be accused of God.These are the deeds of the serpent from the beginning, distorting God’s word. I see little difference between promoting false teachings and doing nothing to confront them. These are one and the same types as those who through arrogance or ignorance or both have zero interest in discernment ministries such as this one. Good shepherds ought to seek out their sheep being lead astray through such deceptions.
Manfred, in a single word that is coming to mind, the answer to your question is, “NO!!!”
T.I., you are correct. Not standing against the heresy and confronting it is most definitely just as bad as teaching the heresy itself. Far too many are afraid of what others will think if they speak up long and loud against the evils assailing the church.
Finnegan, sometimes we press on despite not knowing whether the stand we take is making a difference. However, when we get encouraging words such as yours, it is always a source for rejoicing. May you be blessed and thanks for stopping by.