Here is about 650 words that has to do with the Jesus Calling series of books, begun by Sarah Young
One wonders how Jesus is able
to call all those who do as Sarah Young, of the Jesus Calling book series,
is doing? She is talking to Jesus almost daily, and so, it would seem, are others
who have embraced Young’s methods.
Is it fair to ask, just how
many Jesuses are out there? It would have to be a ton, when you consider that
the Jesus Calling books have for years ranked on best seller lists, both
Christian and non-Christian alike. There are no group calls, just Jesus and the
listener on the line. One wonders how Jesus is able fit it all in timewise. Got
to be busy!
One must also ask, just what
is it that Sarah Young is doing? Is she listening to Jesus, talking with Jesus,
and writing down, or “journaling” what Jesus tells her? Or is it something
Brenna E. Scott, in her book,
Christian Journaling or Psychic Channeling? A Critical Comparison of the
Jesus Calling Series with Occult Training Literature, studiously and
carefully makes a strong case that what Sarah Young is doing is channeling
Jesus, or really, is channeling a spirit being who identifies itself as Jesus.
And this is common fare in our occult-oriented psychic culture today. (You can
verify this yourself, dear reader, by doing a search using the words medium, channeller,
shaman, or psychic.)
Let me ask, where in
Scripture does it say that Jesus will talk to us, I mean verbally, word by word,
sentence by sentence? We pray to our Lord, read the inspired word from Genesis
to Revelation, and think and meditate on this. But nowhere is there anything
that says that Jesus will “call” us.
Brenna’s book so clearly
presents the psychic channeling that Sarah Young is evangelizing and exposes it
for what it is – demonically empowered deception. I do not think that Sarah
Young is attempting to mislead readers; rather, she hears a voice that she
believes is Jesus. This has been practiced in the occult world throughout
history. It is so tangible and seemingly physical, in real time, and who would
not be tricked.
In 1973, Zondervan Publishing
House published a ThM thesis I wrote titled A Manual of Demonology and the
Occult. It was the only book I wrote that actually made me some money. The
result, however, was that people from all over the country, even foreign
countries, showed up in Marin County, California, hoping to have demons cast
out of them. And there were hundreds of these, and though the stream has
trickled down considerably, it is still going on. The need was so great that we
developed twelve teams of us who did this work and saw first-hand that one of the
demonic kingdom’s means of seducing others, and I mean invading their being, is
via the psychic practices of channeling.
It is fair to ask if I am
saying that the Jesus Calling process opens one up to being possessed by
Yes, that is exactly what I
Brenna E. Scott has made
herself a target with the publication of her book. As soon as I read it, I did
my best to secure more copies. I urge those who read this little piece of mine to
get a copy of her book, read it, and pass it along to others. It is no small
heart of it is the mystery of who the “Jesus” is who is calling Sarah and all
those who have been enticed into the practice through Sarah Young’s books. It
will be a challenge for Christians as well as non-Christians to investigate
what is at the heart of the Jesus Calling books.
By going to https://www.spiritjournaling.com/ you can click on the book image and read it
or click on “Purchase”
and buy it.
Kent Philpott, pastor of
Miller Avenue Baptist Church in Mill Valley, CA, now in his 39th year. By going
to milleravenuechurch.org you can find out more.