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Title: "Another Jesus" Calling - How False Christs Are Entering the Church Through Contemplative PrayerAuthor: Warren B. SmithPaperback: 176 pagesPublisher: Lighthouse Trails Publishing; 2013, 3rd Printing—Aug 2014Language: EnglishISBN-978-0-9895093-3-6Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inchesShipping Weight: 9.1 ouncesDescription: Inspired by the New Age book God Calling, Sarah Young claims to be receiving messages from Jesus Christ which she compiled into what is now her best-selling book, Jesus Calling. Author Warren Smith carefully documents his concerns about her book, her "Jesus," and the New Age implications contained in many of Young's devotional messages. He also warns about the danger of contemplative prayer and in elevating spiritual experiences over the Word of God. "Another Jesus" Calling is Smith's call for much needed discernment in these very deceptive times.
About the AuthorWarren B. Smith (B.A. University of Pennsylvania; M.S.W. Tulane University) A free lance writer and community social worker who was formerly involved in the New Age movement. He has served as a program coordinator for people with special needs, directed several homeless programs, and has worked as a Hospice social worker in New Orleans and on the California coast. He has written extensively on the subject of spiritual deception and has spoken on radio, television, and at seminars and conferences.
Table of ContentsPart OneChanneled Book From Jesus?Permeated With New Age TerminologyGod's Universal Spirit?God "in" Everyone?Name it & Claim itExperience Replaces God's WordJesus Needs Us More Than We Need Him?New Truth & New RevelationThe New Age & Psalm 46:10New Age Christianity
Part TwoInspired by a Channeled New Age BookChanneling Jesus?Test the SpiritsJesus Contradicts Himself?Jesus Tells Us to Laugh at the Future?The Flattery of Jesus?Who Wants Us to Rest by the Wayside?Visualizing Jesus?The Dark Night of Jesus' Birth?Abraham Guilty of "Idolatry" & "Son-Worship"?Contemplative Prayer, the New Age, & Psalm 46:10Practicing What Presence?"Co-creating" with GodQuantum Leap, Quantum "Christ""Cocoon of Light"The "Great Work" of "Divine Alchemy"Jesus is Above All & "in" All?Moving Toward a New Age/New WorldviewWould Jesus Magnify His Presence Above the Word of God?"Another Jesus" Calling
EpilogueAppendix A--Ten Basic Warnings About DeceptionAppendix B--The Gospel of the True Jesus ChristAppendix C--Ten Ways to Be More Discerning
Amazon ReviewWhy do Christians believe they should practice the "presence" of Jesus? Because it promises them increased intimacy with God, thus bypassing the Cross. It does seem to fill a spiritual void and/or an emotional need. And it is an easy device. Under these new teachings, believers no longer need to trouble themselves about confessing besetting sins in their lives. Instead, this new voice of "Jesus" speaks rosy promises of guidance and transformation, even wealth and power. This "Jesus" even promises co-creative power, the ability to transform the world by our meditative attitudes. By concentrating on the words "be still," believers learn that we can even become God.
Smith's critiques all of this in a brief well-laid-out 176-page book. This is Warren Smith at his best - his easy folksy style renders hard concepts accessible and understandable. Each chapter is very brief and to the point. Smith raises Ten Concerns about the original book God Calling, which entered the Christian world in 2005, and Twenty Concerns about Sarah Young's Jesus Calling, which has more recently taken the evangelical world by storm. Is Jesus indeed speaking a new word to us today? Or is this the voice of "another Jesus" who is calling upon the world to laugh at the future? Smith's analyses are insightful.
Sarah Young's "Jesus" encourages believers to gain more spirituality through creative visualization. This "Jesus" flatters her readers with florid speeches such as "Let My gold-tinged Love wash over you and soak into the depths of your being" and "When your Joy in Me meet My Joy in you, there are fireworks of heavenly ecstasy. This same passionate "Jesus" is rapidly gaining traction elsewhere in the evangelical world. He offers spiritual experiences that are addictive and mind-altering, but not based on the truth taught in God's Word the Bible. He promises intimacy without repentance, spirituality without salvation, and communion without regeneration. Nevertheless many believe these new words.--Sarah Leslie, (Researcher and author) Discernment Ministries and Herescope Blog
They provide excellent documentation, they speak the truth about issues confronting the Church today, and they encourage believers in Christ to uphold the Word of God and remain steadfast in the truth of the Gospel.
“Too bad you gave me this [book]—it’s like giving a kid an ice-cream cone and then saying, “Do your homework now!”
Ray Yungen (1952-2016)
author, A Time of Departing—How ancient mystical practices are uniting Christians with the world's religions
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