Jesus Calling Devotional Bible?–Putting Words in Jesus’ Mouth–And in the Bible

From Berean Research:

The blockbuster book Jesus Calling has sold more the 15 million copies.  Jesus Calling was published in 2004 and has remained on bestseller lists ever since.  According to the book’s publisher, “After many years of writing her own words in her prayer journal, missionary Sarah Young decided to be more attentive to the Savior’s voice and begin listening for what He was saying. So with pen in hand, she embarked on a journey that forever changed her—and many others around the world.  In these powerful pages are the words and Scriptures Jesus lovingly laid on her heart.”

The Jesus of Scripture?  Really?

Not according to blogger and pastor Tim Challies.  “Far and away the most troubling aspect of the book,” says Challies “is its very premise—that Sarah Young hears from Jesus and then dutifully brings his messages to her readers. Jesus Calling makes the boldest, gutsiest, and, to my mind, most arrogant claim of any book ever to be considered Christian.”

It’s shocking that a dangerous “Christian” book has become a cottage industry.  As a result of its popularity we now have various studies, devotionals, children’s books and the Jesus Calling Devotional Bible.

In 2014 Warren B. Smith tackled the Jesus Calling Devotional Bible in a booklet he wrote.  In it he lays to rest the notion that the voice Sarah Young hears is that of the Jesus Christ of Scripture. Smith’s booklet can be found on My Word Like Fire — a must read!

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