Jesus of Jesus Calling is just like a demonic spirit guide.
this will not be short. But I hope my testimony will impress upon people how destructive
this book can be when given to young Christians.
I started following Jesus
two years ago. Along with the Bible, the two books I was given were God Calling
and Jesus Calling. Being a new Christian, I didn't have the Biblical knowledge
to spot the blatant heresies in God Calling, and thus didn't find it odd
that Jesus Calling used God Calling as it's inspiration. I also
had no Christian community or friends. Guess that made me an easy target.
I would wake up each morning and do exactly as Young did - sit and listen.
And lo and behold, I began hearing a small voice. The being introduced itself
as Jesus and spoke exactly the way Young's Jesus did. Before long, I was spending
hours a day with this "Jesus." It explained Bible verses, I could
feel it as a presence (just as Young claims to), and like Young's experiences,
I'd often feel this blissful feeling. Like Young, sometimes I'd just sit and feel
this feeling instead of listening.
Nothing this Jesus I was following
ever said anything that directly contradicted the Bible. In fact, most of what
it said was truth.
Over time, however, as I read more of the Bible,
I began to notice things that didn't line up. For example, Young's (and my)
"Jesus" was far too flattering to be the Christ of the Bible. This Jesus
was also elevating listening time above time spent in the Word of God. And lastly,
this Jesus was more or less acting in the role of the Holy Spirit, which didn't
match with the Bible.
I also found it odd that while the Bible placed
so much emphasis on the Word of God. Young's Jesus didn't. Sure, scriptures were
quoted, but often that was about it. Both Young's Jesus and the spirit I was following
placed experience and my presence above everything else. The spirit I was
following also quoted scripture (once it even explained a passage to me), but
scripture took a backseat to listening. My faith was being built on experiences
and feelings. Something in me knew this was wrong.
I then realized
there was a difference between the types of meditation endorsed by Young's Jesus
vs the Bible. The Psalms instruct you to meditate on the Word of God, aka
devoting time to thinking about it. You are never instructed to "clear your
mind" or "let your mind go blank" so Jesus can "drop words
into your mind". That is a New Age/Eastern religion form of meditation,
not a biblical one.
The last nail in the coffin was reading 1 John
4. Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is
from God. That hit me like a ton of bricks. See, Christ came in
the flesh. He was glorified flesh after He resurrected, and He ascended bodily
into heaven. Christ straight up said I'm leaving and will send the Holy Spirit
in my place. Christ does not take the role of a spiritual guide who is around
you 24/7. That is the job of the Holy Spirit, and even then, the Holy Spirit is
indwelling in you. He doesn't follow you around like a guide. This may be confusing
to Christians who have never dabbled with the New Age idea of a spirit guide,
but there is stark difference between the two. Ex New Age" people will
know exactly what I mean. The Jesus of Jesus Calling matches the description
of a demonic spirit guide to a tee.
I rejected this false Jesus a few
months later, and not surprisingly, "Jesus" turned nasty. Any doubt
on whether I'd been deceived was removed as the demon showed its true colors.
I had unwittingly given this spirit full access into my life and had no idea how
to close the door. I was physically attacked in front of people, and sexually
assaulted by a man who told me, chillingly, that "Jesus had sent him."
I will not go into detail of what happened over those few months, but it was torture.
There were times when I was curled up yelling in pain while my father held my
hand praying. Thankfully, God sent me two mature, Biblically sound Christians
who had seen this before. By the mercy of God I was kept safe- I would be dead
if God hadn't intervened.
Keep in mind that I truly wanted to follow
Jesus Christ. I genuinely loved God and wanted to follow Him. Im not
going to make any judgments on Young's character- like I was, she may truly be
thinking she's talking to Jesus Christ and trying to follow Him. But the Jesus
she's speaking to ds not match the Christ of the Bible.
I do not think
the church as a whole realizes how deceptive the devil can be. 1 Cornth 11:14
for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. The devil can give you
99.9% truth and .1% error. As seen by Christ's temptations in the desert, the
devil can quote scripture with the best of them. I've seen him fake the Holy Spirit,
fake angels, fake Jesus, fake prophecy, fake miracles, fake God¦just because
it sounds good or encouraging dsn't mean it's from God.
I'm still recovering
from the last year. After I rejected the false Jesus, the resulting attacks were
so severe I developed a conditioned fear response to both Jesus' and the Holy
Spirit's name. The trauma was to the point where I was having panic attacks in
church. Father God has been healing this slowly, and the Jesus Christ I'm getting
to know is very different than Young's Jesus.
The devil does not care
if you are following Jesus as long as you are not following THE Jesus Christ who
can save you.
Brothers and sisters- if you want a dose of hope to start
your day, go to Scripture. God has spent thousands of years putting together a
huge letter to every one of you. Like Romans 15:4 says , For whatever was written
in former times was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and
by the encouragement of Scriptures we may have hope.
I hope this will help
somebody. God bless.