"Another Jesus" Calling by Warren B. Smith

Warning about the popular book “Jesus Calling”, this former New Ager points out the problems with this devotional. Please be discerning!

Sojourner Between Worlds

Another Jesus CallingAnother Jesus Calling by Warren B. Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wish that every believer would read this book. It is eye-opening to how New Age terminology and concepts have become “Christianized” and accepted into today’s churches. My heart is heavy after reading this book. It reveals information that most Christians are probably completely unaware of as they read the popular devotional book by Sarah Young called Jesus Calling

What you may not know about Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling:
Her inspiration for writing Jesus Calling was a book called God Calling written by 2 anonymous women. Seemingly innocent, but in looking into the book God Calling, it is seen that God Calling is teaching New Age beliefs. It blatantly contradicts the Bible by saying that God is “in” everyone, while the Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit indwells only believers. It appears that Sarah…

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False Teaching Friday: Catholicism

Some articles on whether or not the Roman Catholic Church teaches the true gospel.

A comparison of the Roman gospel to the biblical gospel: Is Rome a Christian Church?
Quotes from article:
“The gospel as preached by the Roman Catholic Church is diametrically opposed to the gospel as presented in Scripture. Therefore there can be no theological affinity between evangelicals and Roman Catholics or cooperation in ministry. To put it bluntly the Roman Catholic Church is no more Christian that Buddhism, Hinduism or Islam, and Scripture is quite clear, we shouldn’t call Catholics brothers or partner in any ministry or political work with the Roman Catholic Church.”
“We must also be mindful that there are likely attenders of Catholic churches who are saved, but they are saved in spite of the teachings of the RC church, not because of it. Roman Catholics are the mission field not our brothers and sisters in Christ.” (emphasis in original)

White Paper on Catholicism by Berean Research

False Teaching Friday: Word Faith Movement (from Berean Research)

White Paper from Berean Research on the Word of Faith movement:

The world’s fastest-growing false religion tells us that  our faith is a “force,” and the words we speak have the power to create something new. The Word of Faith proponents promise we can obtain health, wealth, success, and more if we simply have enough faith. Biblical Christianity says no. Fast Facts: Known as Positive Confession, […]

Source: Word Faith Movement

False Teaching Friday – Contemplative Prayer

Contemplative prayer has become increasingly popular in the church. What is it? Surely prayer is good, right? Prayer is good if it is prayer as taught to us in the Bible. However, contemplative prayer cannot be found in the Scriptures, but rather was developed by the Desert Fathers during ancient church history.  According to the Center for the Contemplative Mind in Society, the definition of contemplative prayer is: “Contemplative Prayer is a prayer of silence, an experience of God’s presence as the ground in which our being is rooted, the Source from whom our life emerges at every moment…. Contemplative Prayer is the opening of mind and heart – our whole being – to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words and emotions. We open our awareness to God whom we know by faith is within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than choosing – closer than consciousness itself.” (source) 

Contemplative prayer, also known as listening prayer, is used in an effort to “hear from God.” One quiets the mind in order to hear what God has to say. While this was primarily among Roman Catholic monks and mystics, it has been brought into Protestantism through proponents such as Richard Foster in his book Celebration of Discipline (Foster was influenced by Thomas Merton, a Roman Catholic Trappist monk who was drawn to mystical practices in Hinduism and Buddhism). This practice incorporates Eastern meditation techniques, such as the repeating of a word or phrase in order to enter a trance-like state or altered state of consciousness. Former New Agers tell us that this is what they would do to contact their spirit guide when they were in the New Age! The Bible forbids contacting mediums or sorcerers (Leviticus 19:31, Deuteronomy 18:10-12). Biblical prayer is our communicating with God, not His communicating with us. God communicates to us through His Word, the Bible.

Others have done a much better job at explaining what contemplative prayer is and why it is not biblical. I urge you to take a look at these articles to see why this practice is so dangerous and why it is one that we must not participate in if we are to follow God’s Word.

Contemplative Prayer at Berean Research

Contemplative Prayer by Gary Gilley at Southern View Chapel

Contemplative Prayer at Christian Answers for the New Age

Contemplative Prayer by Sola Sisters

Sola Sisters interview regarding her experience with contemplative prayer

False Teaching Friday

Introducing a new segment here at Solid Food Ministries – False Teaching Friday. Part of growing to maturity is learning discernment and developing the ability to compare all teachings with Scripture to make sure that they line up. This is often referred to as being “Bereans” based on Acts 17:11 where it tells us, “Now these Jews [referring to the Bereans] were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.” Even Paul was checked against Scripture! We need to not be so attached to a particular teacher that we neglect to compare what they teach against the truths of Scripture.

For this segment, we won’t necessarily be looking at specific teachers as much as the actual teachings that are false but have infiltrated the American evangelical church. Some teachers will be named as examples of those who promote a false teaching, but the primary focus will be on the actual teaching itself which is false. The Bible tells us that false teachers will come and we must be aware. 1 John 4:1 says, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (ESV)

Other passages that talk about false teaching coming into the church and admonishing us to be alert and discerning:

“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4 ESV)

“For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed.” (2 Peter 1:21-2:2 ESV)

“Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.” (Jude 3-4 ESV)

“But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” (Hebrews 5:14 ESV)

Let’s learn to be discerning and know our Bibles so that we can determine what is truth and what is false. Join us next week as we look at the first false teaching: Contemplative Prayer.