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Posted March 13, 2018

ANOTHER SCRIPTURE

Part 4: Conclusion

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“Sanctify them through Thy truth:
Thy Word is truth.”

(Jesus, John 17:17)

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The Pied Piper

 

A Report by Barbara Wilhelm

DENIAL OF SCRIPTURE IN JESUS CALLING 
Sarah Young denies the Words of Scripture. In fact, she nullifies the entire book of Hebrews and every other book in the New Testament. Notice the clarity - and finality - of Hebrews 1:1-2 and the confirmation provided by Jude 1:3:

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Hebrews 1:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)
1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; 

Jude 3 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.

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In the last of these days God has spoken to us in the Person - not the "Presence" of His Son. He has spoken "once, for all time." Jesus in His Word has emphatically stated that He is completely finished speaking any more words for publication. How then can a "Presence" of "Jesus" contradict Jesus? These inner voices of the "Presence" are assumed by Sarah Young to be Jesus. Therefore, she encourages her readers to assume the same. She uses journaling or, more accurately, automatic writing to keep track of these voices. She encourages listening to these voices spoken by the "Presence" as a means of direct communication between the readers and the "Presence" themselves. Normally we have been told throughout our Christian walks that our Lord Jesus speaks through His Bible to us. Now we are being encouraged to listen to the mystical voice of a "Presence" whose words contradict the Bible. This will, ultimately, lead to great confusion for the readers… or worse.

The idea of following the voices of a "Presence" reminds me of the story of the Pied Piper which, as I just discovered, is based on an apparently true event. [See: https://theportalist.com/the-chilling-true-story-behind-the-pied-piper-of-hamelin] A Pied Piper is defined as someone who induces others to follow him/her by means of false promises. [Source: http://www.dictionary.com/browse/pied-piper] I often have wondered where the children went after they were lured to follow this very colorful person who was so enticing to their eyes and ears. The children listened to an enchanting sound and it led them… to where? Isaiah 53:6 comes to mind: "All we like sheep have gone astray." 

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Posted March 7, 2018

ANOTHER JESUS

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"For many shall come in My name,
saying,
I am Christ;
and shall deceive many."

(Matthew 24:5)

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A Report by Barbara Wilhelm

JESUS CALLING
SCRIPTURAL BASIS FOR ANALYSIS

As always, the Word of God is to be the foundation of our discussion. In addition, it is often necessary to dig deeper into the essence of a Word in a verse to truly understand what the Lord is trying to convey. Before we can get a fuller grasp of the errors in Jesus Calling we need to first look at the command of "proving" and what it entails.

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1 Thessalonians 5:21(KJV):

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 

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Prove is a metallurgical term wherein a test is performed to assay the purity of a stone. Iron pyrite's metallic luster and pale brass-yellow hue give it a superficial resemblance to gold. But it is not gold; it merely appears to be gold. This brings to mind the saying, "If it looks so good, how can it be deception?" Iron pyrite can look even better than gold because it shimmers and shines so brightly. But it is all superficial. That is the exact reason why we use the Bible to "prove" all things. The Bible does not appeal to our senses and emotions. The only standard of truth is the Word of God. Since the Bible cannot be added to or subtracted from, one of its characteristics is that any time someone proposes any kind of teaching, it must be substantiated by the already written Word of God. Jude 3 stresses the permanence and unchangeableness of God's Word: 

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3 Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God's holy people. 

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As we continue with our study of both God Calling and Jesus Calling it will become apparent that both these books have extrabiblical meanings; they offer teachings not at all contained in the Word of God.

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Posted March 3, 2018

ANOTHER GOD

Part 2

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"Thou shalt have no other gods before me."
(Exodus 20:3)

 

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A Report by Barbara Wilhelm

THE TEACHINGS OF GOD CALLING 

THE BIBLE 

What about the contents of God Calling? Since not only Sarah Young but many others have stated that they have been ministered to from reading it, how can these positive experiences be explained if there are Scriptural errors in it? Certainly many statements can be inspiring in a book, and Scripture can even be quoted, but note that Genesis 3:1, Matthew 4:6 and 2Corinthians 11:2-4,14 are but a few Bible verses mentioning Satan's ability to quote Scripture for his purposes.

The following statement made by one of the two "listeners" of God Calling should cause a Christian reader great concern: 

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We were being taught, trained and encouraged day by day by HIM personally, when millions of souls, far worthier, had to be content with guidance from the Bible. (God Calling, Preface, with added emphasis in Bulle, God Wants You Rich and Other Enticing Doctrines

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The implications of this statement are that personal guidance is better than the Bible. Note that God Calling has more words of Jesus than the Bible itself. Repeatedly in Scripture God tells us of the excellence and pre-eminence of His Word: all of Psalm 119; Matthew 5:18, 24:35; 2Timothy 3:16-17; 2Peter 1:21; Deuteronomy 6:6, 11:18; Psalm 19:8; John 17:17, 20:31. I am certain that there are a great multitude of people who are indeed content with guidance from Bibles and have found guidance, moral absolutes and strong religious principles in the pages of that holy Book.

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Posted February 28, 2018

ANOTHER GOD, ANOTHER JESUS
God Calling Gives Birth to Jesus Calling

"For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus,
whom we have not preached,
or if ye receive another spirit,
which ye have not received,
or another gospel,
which ye have not accepted,
ye might well bear with him."

(1 Corinthians 11:4)

GodCallingJesusCalling

A Report by Barbara Wilhelm

Part 1

I am aware that a great many people have found comfort from the publishing empire of books under the heading of Jesus Calling: Jesus Calling for Little Ones, Jesus Calling Bible for Children, Enjoying Peace in His Presence, Trusting in Christ, etc. In fact, there are well over 350 items listed in the online Christian bookstore site cbd.com under Jesus Calling. Obviously, many are so enthralled with this book that they have incorporated it into various aspects of their lives. Some of them are close friends of mine who have tender hearts, who love the Lord and who have read the books because they have desired a more intimate relationship with Him. I know that this report will, therefore, be difficult for them to read. Please know that it is written in love and deep concern for those who have read it. It took a very long time to write it as I struggled to write the truth in love. It also has taken a very long time to put this report in print. In actuality, this report started almost 20 years ago with a book called God Calling.

If you wonder what God Calling has in common with Jesus Calling, you need only ask Sarah Young herself. In a recent interview Sarah Young, author of the best-seller Jesus Calling, was asked the motivation for her initial dialoguing with God:

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Question: How did you learn to "dialogue" with God?

My journey began with a devotional book (God Calling) written in the 1930's 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…. I knew that God communicates through the Bible (and I treasure His Word), but I wondered what He might say to me personally on a given day. So I decided to "listen" to God with pen in hand, writing down whatever I sensed He was saying. Of course, I wasn't listening for an audible voice; I was seeking the "still, small voice" of God in my mind/heart. [Emphasis mine] 

Question: How awkward was it initially to begin a "dialogue" with God?

 It felt a little awkward the first time I tried it, but I did receive a short message. The content was biblical, and it addressed themes that were current in my life: trust, fear, and closeness to God. [Source:
http://www.cbn.com/entertainment/books/JesusCallingQA.aspx

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