Can we trust our emotions and experiences to give us the 100-percent accurate truth? Many people are turning to their own experiences over the real Truth that God promises can be found in the Scriptures. “They’d rather feel a presence than know God through His Word,” says Warren Smith, a frequent guest on Stand Up For The Truth. Warren has just finished writing his newest book, “Another Jesus” Calling: How False Christs are Entering the Church through Contemplative Prayer.”
The book examines the popular Jesus Calling book written by Sarah Young, who has now written a version for teens as well as several accompanying books and “bible” studies. As I spoke to Warren by phone this afternoon, it became clear that this is an emotional issue with many Christians who have felt a presence or heard a voice while practicing different versions of Contemplative Prayer. And while Warren has no doubt they experienced something, he knows full well that not every experience is from God but in fact can be from familiar, seducing spirits. Warren spent 20 years in the New Age practicing the very types of spiritual exercises put forth by Contemplative Prayer proponents.
Stay tuned for our upcoming interview with Warren Smith in November, as his new book is published. You can pre-order a copy below via Lighthouse Trails Publishing. Here is a book review from Lighthouse’s Deborah Dombrowski, republished with permission:
Lighthouse Trails has recently contracted with author Warren B. Smith for his new book, “Another Jesus” Calling, a biblical analysis and critique of Sarah Young’s book, Jesus Calling. Because millions of readers (most of them proclaiming Christians) are turning to Jesus Calling for messages and inspiration they believe are from Jesus Himself, a careful and responsible examination of Sarah Young’s book is prudent and necessary.
With a fast growing number of Christians turning to contemplative mystical practices to “experience” God, the editors at Lighthouse Trails feel an urgency to present Warren B. Smith’s latest work to the body of Christ; and in doing so, we ask this question, is Sarah Young’s “Jesus” the Jesus of the Bible, or is it a false Christ, of which the Bible warns many shall come in the last days? (Luke 21:8)
About “Another Jesus” Calling:
When former New Ager Warren B. Smith read Jesus Calling, he became greatly concerned, finding it troubling to see a number of New Age practices and concepts being presented as completely normal for Christians.
Even more troubling, there were no warnings or disclaimers about what was being introduced. By the end of the book, Jesus Calling and its “Jesus” had subtly, and not so subtly, introduced occult/New Age channeling, spiritual dictation, creative visualization, meditation, divine alchemy, co-creation with God, and practicing the presence like it was everyday Christian fare. New Age terms and concepts were brought into the messages like they were no big deal. And added to this were indirect references to a pantheistic poet and two classic New Age books, along with a hearty endorsement of God Calling – the channeled book that inspired Sarah Young to try and receive her own personal messages from Jesus.
The unusual use of language by the “Jesus” of Jesus Calling was also disturbing. It seemed to run the gamut from “everyday Joe” language to strange word choice, unwarranted flattery, worldly clichés, repetitive phrases, disparaging comments, and not so subtle mockery. All in all, Jesus Calling seemed to be an obvious attempt by our spiritual Adversary to get an even further foothold inside the Christian church.
“Another Jesus” Calling asks the question, Is the “Jesus” of Jesus Calling the biblical Jesus Christ, or is it a false christ deceiving many? Given the fact that millions of copies of Jesus Calling have already sold, the answer to that question needs to be found. Warren Smith gives us the documentation and biblical references needed to find that answer.
“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.” (2 Corinthians 11:4)
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