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HERESY Warning - NEW AGE DOCTRINES - KEEP AWAY
on 25 March 2014
I will quote from a podcast done by "The Berean Call" (thebereancall.org) who interviewed Warren Smith (author of "Another Jesus" calling, critique of Young's book).
Warren Smith is an ex New Ager that was saved by The Lord.
I'll quote from the podcast (Tom is part of the the Berean Call's team).
Warren: «It kind of reminds me of the pressure that’s being put on believers today by a lot of fairly well-known names to hear the voice of God. [...] This is what we did in the New Age, Tom. It’s like most of the teachings that came in from Neale Donald Walsch, Conversations with God ; A Course in Miracles, we talked about last week; they are channeled voices coming from the spirit world in the name of God, in the name of Jesus, and what I really became extremely concerned about was there were so many things [...] I mean, Jesus Calling looks like kind of a simple book on the surface, but when you really read it carefully, it’s just fraught with all sorts of problems. And one of them is that you can’t just be quiet—[you] go into the silence, repeat Scripture, and call it contemplative prayer, which is just really a smokescreen of moving away from biblical meditation, which is to meditate on Scripture, on God’s testimonies, on His works—not to go into kind of a silence and an openness to whatever comes in.
One of the first things is that when Jesus was asked what would be the sign of His return, and the end of the world in Matthew:24:3-5 , He said, “Take heed that you not be deceived. For many shall come in My name, saying, ‘I am Christ.’” That’s exactly what we were taught in A Course in Miracles —that we were all Christ, that we’re all God.»
Tom (BC): «How could this be Jesus, when it contradicts, when it goes against, what He’s saying in His Word, and the first thing is this is a subjective experience that this woman is having, and then she’s convincing others»
Warren: «I’ll give you an example. She says that Jesus told her this: “The future is a phantom seeking to spook you. Laugh at the future.” Well, Tom, you know, Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21 is pretty sober words about the future, and we’re told to watch and pray and to not be deceived and the idea of laughing at the future—what’s so ironic is that my Course in Miracles “Jesus,” when I was in the New Age, said that the world is going to end in laughter. So there’s an emphasis on laughter both in God Calling and in Jesus Calling . The scripture that comes to mind is Luke:6:25: “Whoa unto you that laugh now, for ye shall mourn and weep.”»
Tom (BC): «Yeah, or, Warren, the Book of Revelation. You want to laugh at that?»
Warren: «Warren: Yeah! Yeah! You know, and the Book of Revelation’s being pretty much…well, what it really comes down to is the New Age is saying there’s an alternative to Armageddon. We can co-create the future. We can get around Armageddon if we all band together and don’t have these divisive teachings like “I am the way, the truth, and the life, and no one comes to the Father except through me,” (says the real Jesus Christ).
Co-create the future, and then all of a sudden, unbelievably, in Jesus Calling , Jesus says, “This is a very practical way of collaborating with me. I, the creator of the universe have deigned to co-create with you.” We’re not in the creative role. You know, He is the Creator. This is strictly New Age
This one really bothered me. I don’t know how you felt when you read it. The “Jesus” of Jesus Calling said, “Try to imagine what I gave up when I came into this world as a baby. I set aside my glory so that I could identify with mankind. I accepted the limitations of infancy under the most appalling conditions—a filthy stable. That was a dark night for me.”
That’s extra-biblical. We’re bringing in new information here, and this is where this is all going»
Tom (BC): «Well, the statement doesn’t sound like He humbled Himself. It sounds like He’s complaining about it.»
Warren:«I mean, the one that just astounded me was when the “Jesus” of Jesus Calling said this: “Remember the extreme measures I used with Abraham and Isaac. I took Isaac to the very point of death to free Abraham from S-O-N worship. Both Abraham and Isaac suffered terribly because of the father’s undisciplined emotions. I detest idolatry, even in the form of parental love.”»
[IMPORTANT NOTE: the text just above was from August 23 -- in the most recent editions this text has been CHANGED to replace the passage about Abraham and Isaac with a similar one about Joseph and Jacob -- how come, if these are "words from the Lord", that they need to amend the text?]
Tom (BC): «Yeah, well, see, now there’s an insight that the Holy Spirit kept from the Scriptures, the Word of God. Now we have… see, that’s the other attraction to this, and I want to talk about that, because people have not only been seduced into this—there’s a power involved. You know, it could be, you say, Well, it’s new information. Now, I’m kind of head of the…well, I don’t have to worry about the Bible. I’m getting information directly from Jesus. I mean, there’s power in that.»
Warren: «There is, and it’s basically…it makes you feel special. That’s what happened in the New Age. You always feel like you’re kind of special, you know.
In one of her devotions, “Jesus” said, “Sit quietly in my presence while I bless you. Make your mind like a still pool of water, ready to receive whatever thoughts I drop into it.” Then at the bottom of the devotion he says, “Take time to rest by the wayside, for I am not in a hurry.”
Well, the wayside is where, in the parable of the sower and the seed, that’s where the devil took the Word of God out of people’s hearts.
There was one where “Jesus” of Jesus Calling said that “My last words before I ascended into heaven were Lo, I am with you always.” No, those weren’t the last words. That was…what? Matthew 28. And in Acts 1, like 6-8, 8-10, in that area, before He ascended up into heaven, He called upon them to be His witnesses, not exaggerating or emphasizing the presence.
There’s a flat-out contradiction there. And there’s no way….Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. He’s not going to contradict Himself. »
STAY AWAY FROM THIS BOOK and similar (like God calling).