After reading Warren B. Smith’s “Another Jesus” Calling (Lighthouse Trails Publishing), I pondered why many Christians are enamored with Sarah Young’s popular devotional, Jesus Calling, which is packed with New Age terminology and influences. (However, in a recent edition, the some of the controversial terminology has been changed, according to Lighthouse Trails Research.) I concluded many Christians, including myself, are simply not well-versed in New Age and don’t recognize the influence. Young’s book disturbed Smith, a Christian and former New Age follower, so he wrote “Another Jesus” Calling.
“Another Jesus” Calling is divided into two sections. The first deals with Smith’s ten concerns about the book, God Calling. He chooses to discuss this book because Sarah Young admits the book was important to her.
Part two of “Another Jesus” Calling addresses Smith’s twenty concerns with Jesus Calling without disparaging Sarah Young herself. Smith tackles the problems through a biblical perspective that is grounded in 1 John 4:1-3:
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.
“Another Jesus Calling” has three appendices that give helpful tips about deception, the gospel, and how to be more discerning.
If you are a Bible-believing Christian who has read Jesus Calling, and it is impacting you in any way, I highly recommend that you read “Another Jesus” Calling.