In Jesus Calling: Jesus Contradicts Himself

By Warren B. Smith

jesus-callingIn Jesus Calling, “Jesus” openly contradicts the true Jesus Christ of Scripture.

I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. (1 John 2:21; emphasis added)

The true Jesus Christ said:

I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)

Because Jesus Christ is the truth, He cannot contradict the truth. But in Jesus Calling, this “Jesus” (who claims to be the true Jesus) does contradict the truth of the true Jesus Christ. This “Jesus” states:

I am with you always. These were the last words I spoke before ascending into heaven.1

At the end of this day’s devotion at the bottom of the page, the reference Matthew 28:20 is given. In Scripture, this verse (which Sarah Young’s “Jesus” quotes), records the true Jesus Christ’s statement, “lo, I am with you alway,” which He spoke after His resurrection. But these were not the last words Jesus Christ spoke before ascending into heaven. As author and pastor Larry DeBruyn points out, this “promise of His continued presence” “was to the eleven disciples on a mountain in Galilee (Matthew 28:16, 20),” and His last words “were uttered later on a different mount near Jerusalem” which is the Mount of Olives (Acts 1:12).2 Immediately prior to ascending into heaven, His actual last words were the following—which, as Pastor DeBruyn also points out, “were not that He would be with them but rather that they would be His witnesses”:

And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. (Acts 1:7-9) (emphasis added)

Let’s take a look at the very next verses in this passage:

And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. (Acts 1:10-11; emphasis added)

Is the “Jesus” of Jesus Calling this same Jesus? No. He cannot possibly be the same, as that “Jesus” openly contradicts what Scripture tells us were Jesus Christ’s actual last words before He was taken up, according to Acts 1:7-9. More than ever, we need to heed Jesus’ warnings of false Christs and false prophets:

Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. (Matthew 24:23-26; emphasis added)

Endnotes:

1. Sarah Young, Jesus Calling, p. 29. With thanks to Steve Griffith.
2. Pastor Larry DeBruyn e-mail sent to author on subject.

Other Articles On Jesus Calling:

On Jesus Calling: Contemplative Prayer, the New Age, & Psalm 46:10

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

A Book Review: ”Another Jesus” Calling by Warren Smith: Sarah Young’s “Jesus” More Like a “Love Struck” Boyfriend

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Bethel’s Bill Johnson: “Jesus was so empty of Divine capacity…”

By John Lanagan
My Word Like Fire Ministries

Bill Johnson is an effective purveyor of kenosis, the heretical teaching that Christ operated on earth solely as a man, with no “Divine capacity” whatsoever. Every miracle, every healing that Christ performed, according to Johnson, came about through the power of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, Johnson teaches, we can all perform healings and miracles, since we also have access to the Holy Spirit.

Thus Johnson’s kenosis doctrine serves to reduce the biblical Christ and elevate man. As Bob Dewaay points out:

“Jesus is no longer unique, but only a special enlightened one who could lead the way to many such enlightened ones in the future. Thus we have a New Age Christ.” [1]

Kenosis comes from a misunderstanding of Philippians 2:7: …but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Click here to continue reading.

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A Note of Explanation From Lighthouse Trails

Some of our readers have been asking why there have been fewer e-newsletters sent out over the past couple months. We thought we would take this opportunity to explain what has been happening with David and Deborah Dombrowski, founding editors at Lighthouse Trails. As many of you know, in 2010, David and Deborah moved to northwest Montana from the Willamette Valley in Oregon. There, they continued running Lighthouse Trails. In late 2012, Deborah’s father became terminally ill, and the couple made the decision to temporarily relocate back to Oregon to help care for him. In order to avoid causing confusion, it was agreed that Lighthouse Trails would not make a public announcement of this temporary change of operating location.

On June 9th, Deborah’s father passed away, and on July 19th, David and Deborah returned to Montana. Needless to say, it was difficult to maintain our e-newsletter frequency during June and July. We thank all of you for your continued interest in the ministry of Lighthouse Trails, which now represents over 30 authors, researchers, and writers from North America and the UK. By His grace, we are committed to standing with Christian believers in the furtherance of the Gospel.

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Letter to the Editor: Our Church Is Using Renovare and VantagePoint3 – Is That Emergent?

To Lighthouse Trails:

Just wondering if you all have any research on The (Emergent) Journey? It’s the name of a 3-phase course being taught in a number of churches by a group called Vantage Point3. Seems tied strongly with Emergent/Contemplative. My church is teaching this . . . right on the heels of introducing Renovare’s “Apprentice” series.

Thank you!

OUR ANSWER:

You can be sure that your church has headed into the contemplative/emergent camp. First of all, Renovare (Richard Foster’s organization) is the pioneering organization to bring contemplative spirituality into the evangelical/Protestant church. Foster’s book, Celebration of Discipline (published in 1978) set the course.

As for VantagePoint3, this is a major venue for bringing contemplative/emergent beliefs into the church. The Emergent Journey is VantagePoint3′s venue for doing this. Just as one example, VantagePoint3′s educational design overseer, Rob Loane, uses Henri Nouwen in the Emergent Journey (see here) to help people find their “true identity.” However, we know that Henri Nouwen was a panentheist and a contemplative mystic who believed there were many paths to God.

Lighthouse Trails has written articles on both Richard Foster and VantagePoint3. Below are links to two of those articles.

If you can get your pastor and elders to read A Time of Departing and Faith Undone, perhaps they will come to realize the grave error they have made in going down this path.

Related Links:

The Quantum Christ: Entering the World AND the Church Through Popular New Age & Christian Leaders (an article by Warren B. Smith that talks about VantagePoint3)

Celebration of Discipline – 35 Years of Influence! – Does Your Pastor Have a Copy?

A list of participating churches in VantagePoint3

 

 

 

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Four Trustees Resign from Bryan College as Creation Controversy Continues

By Garrett Haley
Christian News Network
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DAYTON, Tenn. – Four Bryan College trustees have resigned from their positions out of their disagreement with the leadership’s handling of an ongoing controversy over its holding to the literal Creation account.

As previously reported, a controversy erupted at Bryan College earlier this year when the small evangelical school clarified its stance on the creation of man. The statement of belief clarification simply affirmed the traditional biblical position that Adam and Eve were divinely created by God—not descendants of earlier life forms.

“We believe that all humanity is descended from Adam and Eve,” the statement said. “They are historical persons created by God in a special formative act, and not from previously existing life forms.” Click here to continue reading.

Related Articles:

Bryan and Hope Colleges Added to Contemplative Christian School List

An Epidemic of Apostasy – How Christian Seminaries Must Incorporate “Spiritual Formation” to Become Accredited

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Preparing for Persecution

By Berit Kjos
Kjos Ministries

Cloud and Light 01On a cold drizzly day in early 1998 [long before the NSA raised fear of a rising Police State], I took a sobering tour through the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC. A picture of a Gestapo officer brought back memories of the Nazi soldiers that guarded our neighborhood in Norway during World War II. Young as I was (I was born in Oslo shortly before Hitler’s invasion of Norway), I will never forget the piercing air raids, the thundering war planes, our hiding place in the basement, and the sounds of exploding bombs and fires around us.

My young father was a leader in “Hjemme Fronten” (the Home Front) — an underground army of loyal Norwegians who would risk death than submit to Nazi tyranny. Caught helping other brave soldiers escape into neutral Sweden, he endured hunger, torment, and the threat of death in Oslo’s main Nazi concentration camp before his release at the end of the war.

The Norwegian people didn’t known such tyranny until the Nazi warships sailed up the Oslofjord on April 9, 1940. Overnight, Hitler’s fascism replaced liberty and trusted friends became foes. Resistance to the new ideology would be costly. But for most Norwegians, the choice was clear. Unlike Hitler’s masses, we hadn’t been weakened by years of ceaseless propaganda, slogans, service, and celebrations dedicated to the triumph of National Socialism.

Decades later, Andy and I visited the Holocaust museum in Auschwitz, Poland. Our journey through dark memories of WW2 began in the section dedicated to Nazi propaganda. Pausing by each display, I was startled by words that could so easily describe America today. The quotes brought stark reminders that, apart from God, human nature doesn’t change with time. Nor do the aims of the spiritual mastermind behind the scenes who has always sought ways to stir hatred toward God’s people. One tactic was simply to provide nice-sounding alternatives to biblical faith and service.

“Individuals were urged to sacrifice themselves for a greater ‘People’s Community,’” announced one of the displays. Such slogans must have sounded good to the masses, for few saw the cruel manipulation behind the noble words.

I thought of President Clinton’s calls for “sacrifice”, “service, “unity”, “common values”, “civil society,” and “safe” communities. How many people today see the ominous meanings behind such noble words? Click here to continue reading.

 

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Tony Palmer, who captured Pope Francis’ bid for Christian unity with a cellphone, dies after motorcycle crash

LTRP Note: The following article is posted for research and informational purposes and not as an endorsement for the news source or content. Please see our related articles below.

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey
Religious News Service

(RNS) Bishop Tony Palmer, a charismatic preacher who used a cellphone camera to record Pope Francis issuing an appeal for Christian unity between Catholics and evangelicals, died Sunday (July 20) after a motorcycle crash in the United Kingdom.Bishop Tony Palmer died on July 20, 2014, after a motorcycle accident.

In January, Palmer held the smartphone that recorded Pope Francis calling on all Christians to set aside their differences. Palmer, a bishop and international ecumenical officer with the independent Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches, also helped coordinate the pope’s meeting with televangelists in June.

In the video, Pope Francis referred to Palmer as “my brother, a bishop-brother,” saying they had been friends for years. “Let us allow our longing to increase so that it propels us to find each other, embrace each other and to praise Jesus Christ as the only Lord of history,” Francis said.

Born in the U.K. and raised partly in South Africa, Palmer had served as the director of the South Africa office of Kenneth Copeland Ministries. On Copeland’s website, Palmer said he had met Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio of Buenos Aires (now Pope Francis) in 2008 when Palmer sought permission to work with charismatic Catholics in the city.

In a February blog post for Patheos, Anglican-turned-Catholic priest the Rev. Dwight Longenecker focused on Palmer as representing something new in Anglicanism, especially for Palmer’s involvement in the Convergent Movement, a charismatic Anglican group that ordains women as deacons and priests. Click here to continue reading.

Related Articles:

Protestants Who Don’t Unite With Catholics are Guilty of “Spiritual Racism”

TV Preachers [Copeland, Robison] Glowingly Describe Meeting with Pope to Tear Down ‘Walls of Division’

 

 

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