Readers of A. J. Russell’s God Calling books and Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling series may reject the idea of becoming a medium, channel, or psychic if it is put plainly before them. However, if it is introduced indirectly through Christian-sounding devotions, and if the spirit being channeled is called “Jesus,” they might be more receptive.—BNES
“Jesus Calling Devotional Series—A Path to Mediumship?”
By Chris Lawson
Founder and Director of Spiritual Research Network
In an August 2019 headline on Thomas Nelson’s publishing blog titled “The Jesus Calling Brand Celebrates 30 Million Units Sold,” it stated:
Devotional continues to grow year-over-year, more than 15 years post-release
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 26, 2019) – Today, Thomas Nelson announced that the Jesus Calling brand by Sarah Young has surpassed 30 million units sold since it was first published in October 2004. It remains one of the most successful devotionals of all time. The deep connection that readers feel to the content in Jesus Calling is evident across its various social media accounts, which total more than 1.5 million followers across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Readers regularly share their experiences with Jesus Calling on social media, and those experiences led to the creation of the Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith Podcast, which recently surpassed 3 million downloads.
In light of the “Jesus Calling Brand’s” incredible popularity, there is something very important you should know, which is stated in a booklet written by BDES that we keep on our website titled “Training Manual for Mediums?—Quotations from the God Calling Books and the Jesus Calling Series.” Here is an excerpt:
The God Calling books and the Jesus Calling series teach the principles of mediumship with gentle, repetitive commands that are woven into the text and scattered throughout the books. Readers are progressively presented with meditation techniques that sound vaguely scriptural but are not actually found in the Bible. Devoted readers, consciously or not, may find themselves gradually embracing an Eastern model of religious devotion, characterized by a consistent list of imperatives.
Millions of Christians have absolutely no idea about the spirit that is influencing Sarah Young—which is providing her with New Age/occult concepts, buzzwords, and phrases, as well as names and titles for the Divine, that are actually from New Age, occult and cultic belief systems. (See, Extra-Biblical Names in the Jesus Calling Series by BNES.)
For Jesus Calling readers, this may sound extremely harsh; however, our reasoning is based on factual data that has been craftily embedded into the entire framework of the Jesus Calling devotional series texts. Sarah Young and the voice/thoughts/spirit that is communicating to/with/through her have given to the world a message from “another” Jesus (2 Cor. 11:1-4), and that message is found collectively within the texts of Jesus Calling, Dear Jesus, Jesus Lives, Jesus Today, Jesus Calling Devotional Journal, Jesus Today Devotional Journal, Jesus calling Morning & Evening, and Jesus Always.
The Bible states that Christians can fall prey to spiritual deception without even realizing it. Paul the apostle wrote the following to the church at Corinth:
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.—2 Corinthians 11:3-4
Our concern is about the overarching and hidden (occult) theme throughout the Jesus Calling series—and that overarching theme, which can be found by examining the entire series in detail, is the induction into mediumship/channeling, which is inspired by “the Presence” that Sarah Young writes about.
Chris Lawson, Director of SRN
Spiritual Research Network