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Lighthouse Trails Responds to Comments About Article on Jesus Calling’s Christmas “Message”

After Lighthouse Trails posted Herescope’s article “‘Merry Christmas’ from Sarah Young’s False Christ!” this past weekend on Facebook about the 12/25 Christmas “message” found in Sarah Young’s book Jesus Calling, some people on Facebook left comments (some harsh, some angry) that begged for further explanation. Thus, our editors felt compelled to respond.

In his already published booklet Changing Jesus Calling: Damage Control for a False Christ, Warren B. Smith illustrates some of the many passages that have been completely removed or significantly altered in recent editions of Jesus Calling. One of the changes reported by Smith is in regard to Young’s controversial Christmas “devotion.”

Smith’s original concern, as expressed in his 2013 book, “Another Jesus” Calling, was that the joy of the Gospel message was being overshadowed by some of the dark comments made by Sarah Young’s “Jesus” in that Christmas “devotion.” Apparently, Sarah Young and her publisher Thomas Nelson agreed. In their special 10th anniversary edition of Jesus Calling published in 2014, they completely removed one of the most severe comments “Jesus” made about the night of His birth. However, for whatever reason, they did not make the change in all their other editions. This is typical of the way Young and her team of editors have published numerous and varying editions of Jesus Calling as they continually put words in and out of “Jesus’” mouth in an apparent attempt to curb the mounting criticism of Sarah Young’s book.

Here is an excerpt from Warren B. Smith’s booklet Changing Jesus Calling: Damage Control for a False Christ regarding the recent change in the 10th anniversary of Jesus Calling concerning the Christmas “devotion.” We hope those reading this will prayerfully consider these things in view of Scripture:

 Christmas Nativity Star Of Bethlehem“Jesus” complains about the night of his birth
Creating considerable controversy and confusion, the “Jesus” of Jesus Calling said he was born “under appalling conditions” in a “filthy stable” and that the night of his birth “was a dark night” for him. To many readers, this did not sound like the voice of their Savior—it sounded like the voice of a stranger (John 10:5) and that Satan—not Jesus—would be the one describing the night of Jesus’ birth as “that dark night for Me.”

The Damage Control
Compare the original December 25th message with the one that has replaced it in the 10th anniversary edition of  Jesus Calling. Notice how the controversial statement—“That was a dark night for Me”—was deleted and quietly replaced by the less controversial statement—“There was nothing glorious about that setting.”

December 25th Sentence in the Original Edition  
Try to imagine what I gave up when I came into your 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, even though angels lit up the sky proclaiming “Glory!” to awe-struck shepherds.25 (bold added to highlight what was deleted))

December 25th Replacement Sentence
Try to imagine what I gave up when I came into your 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. There was nothing glorious about that setting, though angels lit up the sky proclaiming, “Glory!” to awe-struck shepherds.26 (bold added to highlight what was added)

Jesus Corrects Himself Again?
The complaints made by Sarah Young’s “Jesus” don’t square with Scripture inspired by the true Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us “to be content” in whatever circumstances we find ourselves (Philippians 4:11). Obviously succumbing to the mounting criticism regarding the “dark night for Me” remark, Sarah Young’s “Jesus” corrects himself—again—with no apology or explanation. (excerpt from Warren B. Smith’s booklet Changing Jesus Calling: Damage Control for a False Christ)

Facebook Question: ”How do I find materials for our ladies Bible study that aren’t emergent/contemplative?” – What About Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Kay Arthur?

On the Lighthouse Facebook account, the question was asked this week: How do I find materials for our ladies Bible study that aren’t emergent/contemplative … it seems almost everything has been “contaminated?

A number of comments came in. One comment suggested that women read Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Kay Arthur. However, we have concerns about this suggestion. Here is what we answered. You decide for yourself.

Our comments:

#1: A number of times over the past 11 years, someone would call our office and ask, “What can our women’s Bible study use if we can’t use Beth Moore.” Personally, I always marvelled at this. Commentaries, concordances, and other Bible helps definitely have their place, but so many of the “Bible studies” coming from the mainstream Christian publishers are tainted (to say the least) with terribly poor theology and now contemplative propensities. Perhaps the best thing to use for a Bible study is just the Bible, allowing the Holy Spirit to quicken His word to us.

#2 (after DeMoss and Arthur were recommended): But even there, one needs to use discernment. Kay Arthur may have some good material but shows a terrible lack in discernment when she sees nothing wrong with sharing a platform with Leonard Sweet and Tony Campolo, both emergent figures. We’ve talked with her organization about this, sent them our books, and their answer is, she’ll speak anywhere she is allowed to speak even if it is on the platform with heretics. She is giving these men credibility. Here’s our recent article on that situation: http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=11053

#3: As for DeMoss, once again another Christian speaker/author who is not showing discernment. In this link from her website, https://www.reviveourhearts.com/radio/revive-our-hearts/potential-pitfalls-servanthood/#transcript/, you can read the transcript from one of her shows last year where she recommends both Richard Foster and Brother Lawrence. This tells me that DeMoss is reading the mystics. And now she is passing this along to all her trusted followers. And anyone who minimizes Richard Foster’s spirituality (as some of the people on the comments section did) does not understand contemplative spirituality and how it is devastating the church.

#4: We’re not saying that DeMoss and Arthur are suddenly false teachers because of these things, but we are saying that they are not showing discernment, and because of that, they could end up doing more harm than good. It’s when morsels of deception are hidden within quantities of truth that the most danger lies. That’s how deception usually works. People have come to wholeheartedly trust some of these teachers without question. That should not be so. They are mere humans and should be challenged and held accountable.

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