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Sarah Young - Continues Leading People Away From Christ and Into New Age Spiritualism

What is Easter all about? It's about the cross and the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is central to Christianity. If there was no resurrection, then Christianity is an empty religion. Christ rose from the grave proving His promises can be trusted, that there is life after death. Jesus died on the cross, payiong the penalty for the sin of all who will believe, so that they also may have eternal life. That's what Easter is about.

But not for Sara Young. The following is from an email sent out by Sarah Young's publisher Thomas Nelson:

Sarah Young selected seven devotions from Jesus Always for you to read through Holy Week and prepare for Easter. These devotions and selected Scriptures are an invitation to be still, put down your cares and seek Jesus’ Presence.

Be still. Put down your cares and seek Jesus' Presence. That's not in scripture... unless you are a New Age spiritual advocate. Here is what Sarah Young writes in her introduction to the seven devotions she has selected for Easter:

“Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10) has been a life-changing verse for me. Alternate
readings for “Be still” are “Relax,” “Let go,” and “Cease striving” (nasb). This is an enticing invitation
from God to lay down our cares and seek His Presence. This practice of being still in God’s Presence
has increased my intimacy with Him more than any other spiritual discipline, so I want to share some
of the writings I have gleaned from these quiet moments.

Sarah Young quotes Psalm 46. This is one of the Psalms New Agers frequently quote to support the New Age (anti-Christian) practice of being still (stitting in silence, for example), and coming into the Presence (notice the capital "P") of god within you. By quieting your own thoughts and emotions you allow the still, small, voice of god within you to be heard. BUT... there are many problems with this, including that it is not Biblical and it moves you further from Christ, not closer.

In my book Sarah Young's Jesus Always Devotional EXPOSED I have a chapter titled "Why Doesn't Jesus Understand Psalm 46?" This, of course, refers to the "Jesus" of the Jesus Always devotional not understanding Psalm 46. Here is an excerpt:

What is God Actually Saying in Psalm 46?

This Psalm was the inspiration for Martin Luther’s hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” It is a Psalm about God's strength and trusting Him in faith and obedience. It is a Psalm of comfort, knowing that God is sovereign.

Few Psalms breathe the spirit of sturdy confidence in the Lord in the midst of very real danger as strongly as does this one. – H. C. Leupold, Exposition of the Psalms, 1959, page 363

Looking at the context, the first two verses of this Psalm establish the subject as our having comfort in times of distress:

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change
And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;

The overall context is that of Israel facing danger. God is calling His people to have an attitude of faith and trust in Him. They are to place their confidence in God, and God will deliver them from the danger. That’s why this Psalm inspired Luther to write “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” This Psalm is not about sitting quietly waiting to feel God’s presence. It’s a Psalm about our God being a mighty fortress protecting us!

Charles Spurgeon quotes Jonathan Edwards in his commentary on Psalm 46:10, explaining what it means to be still:

Be still as to words; not speaking against the sovereign dispensations of providence, or complaining of them; not darkening counsel by words without knowledge, or justifying ourselves and speaking great swelling words of vanity. We must be still as to actions and outward behaviour, so as not to oppose God in his dispensations; and as to the inward frame of our hearts, cultivating a calm and quiet submission of soul to the sovereign pleasure of God, whatever it may be. – Jonathan Edwards, (quoted by Charles Spurgeon), The Treasury of David, Psalm 46:10

“Be still” in Psalm 46:10 is not about resting. It does not mean to sit calmly and have some quiet time with Jesus as Sarah Young says. Immediately after quoting Edwards, Spurgeon also quotes Richard Cameron's July 18, 1680 sermon:

Be still, and know that I am God. This text of scripture forbids quarreling and murmuring against God.

When facing mortal danger, we are to stop fighting against God. We are to stop complaining about God. We are to stop striving in our own wisdom and power, and TRUST God. “Be still” means we are to submit to God’s will. We need to understand that He is sovereign, meaning whatever He wills, that is what will happen. God is in control, so we need to stop trying to take control away from Him... that is what “be still” means.

Psalm 46:10 - Scripture vs. Jesus Always

Psalm 46:10 is about trusting the sovereignty of God. It is not about resting or silencing your thoughts. By the way, New Age teachers never quote the entire verse. Let’s read all of it:

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
– Psalm 46:10

What is it that exalts God? Is it our sitting quietly, having a quiet moment with god, and waiting to hear his voice? Or is it our submitting to His will and trusting Him to save us from all danger? Which of these exalts and glorifies God? I’ll take number two for ten points… and a win on this question.

Being still and experiencing the Presence of Jesus through silence has NOTHING to do with Easter.

Easter should be about getting to know Jesus better, not practicing New Age spirituality that brings you closer to demons. That may sound harsh but that's what practicing what Sarah Young instructs you to do accomplishes. You CANNOT grow closer to Jesus by being still... and having some quiet time with Jesus. If you want to become closer to Jesus you should ask, "What separates me from Jesus?" The answer is sin.

Yes, sin is the problem that separates you from Jesus. How do you overcome sin? Trust Jesus as your savior. 2000 years ago Jesus paid the penalty you've earned for sin. He died in your place so you could live. Trust Him. Repent and trust that this is true,, and you will be saved.


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