Pastor David Jeremiah recently worked with JesusCalling.com to produce a podcast titled, Keeping Hope In A Darkened World. In addition to promoting his new book, the pastor also promoted Sarah Young, the author of the Jesus Calling books, studies, devotionals, calendars, and coloring book. The transcript of the interview regarding his admiration for the multi-million dollar Jesus Calling empire is as follows:
Narrator: "As a pastor and a teacher, Dr. Jeremiah advocates daily prayer and scripture reading. He appreciates how Sarah Young has helped many with their prayer lives through the words of Jesus Calling."
Dr. Jeremiah: "When I read Sarah’s work, it’s pretty obvious to me why it’s been so highly regarded and received. She makes prayer very personal. Sometimes prayer isn’t personal, sometimes prayer can be very cold and empty. Maybe that’s why a lot of people have a hard time sustaining any kind of a prayer ministry. What Sarah has done has made it possible for people to say, “I talked to God today…I communicated with my Father.” That’s what prayer is supposed to be and she has moved the ball down the field quite aggressively in that direction."
You may be asking yourself, "Is it a problem for fans of Jeremiah that he appears on the Jesus Calling site to promote his book? Isn't this just 'guilt by association?'" Yes and no. Meaning, yes, it is a problem, and no, it's not a matter of guilt by association. You see, Jeremiah doesn't just accidentally appear on a stage with some of the most ferocious wolves and false teachers of the day. He actually teams up with them, telling his followers that these folks are perfectly find to follow, listen to and/or read.
Jeremiah's daily radio program, Turning Point Ministries, had a mission to “deliver the unchanging Word of God to an ever-changing world.” Unfortunately, Sarah Young has changed the Word of God into the musings of what Jesus "spoke" to her into a false narrative that is shipwrecking the faith of millions of sheep around the world. Her idea to write down what this "Jesus" was speaking to her actually came from two New Age, non-Christian authors of a book called God Calling. Young even says so in the intro to her Jesus Calling book, but in the revised new editions that reference to God Calling has been whitewashed by Thomas Nelson Publishing so that the sheep won't know.
If this were just one instance of affiliating with a false teacher, you could say that he ought to be talked to and warned. That's what happened a few years ago when Jeremiah joined hands with Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer.
One red flag is enough to cause concern, but the many red flags of Jeremiah's ministry and affiliations, and you have to ask yourself if it's now time to mark and avoid.
Jeremiah regularly appears on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), alongside a host of false teachers to preach and fundraise. He was also asked by the Catholic Roma Downey/Mark Burnett duo to write a companion book on Acts as a sequel to their miniseries titled "The Bible". Later he had them come to his church to promote the series.
Jeremiah, senior pastor, Shadow Mountain Community Church, is also on President Donald Trump's Evangelical Advisory Committee.