Saturday, June 13, 2015

"God Calling" Influenced Alcoholics Anonymous and Sarah Young's "Jesus Calling"

Warren B. Smith notes that God Calling is “the channeled book that inspired Sarah Young to try and receive her own personal messages from Jesus.” [1] Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling is an immensely popular book, through which the contemplative “christ” continues to spread.
God Calling can be seen as the spiritual parent of Jesus Calling, but God Calling also greatly influenced Alcoholics Anonymous. This began with the Oxford Group, an ecumenical movement of the 1930s. Both A.A.’s co-founders, Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, attended O.G. meetings, and Alcoholics Anonymous itself came out of the Oxford Group.
The great preacher H.A. Ironside was very concerned about the Oxford’s Group’s ecumenism–but also about the unholy meditative practices its attendees participated in. According to Ironside: According to Ironside:

“Each [Oxford Group member] is urged in the morning to sit down quietly with the mind emptied of every thought, generally with a pencil in hand, waiting for God to say something to them. They wait and wait and wait. Sometimes they tell me nothing happens, at other times the most amazing things come. Tested by the Word of God many of these things are unscriptural. They lay themselves open for demons to communicate their blasphemous thoughts to them.” [2] (italics mine)

God Calling was channeled by two women who identified themselves simply as “Two Listeners.”[3] Receiving Quiet Time “guidance” in the manner taught by the Oxford Group, they believed they recorded the words that Jesus Christ gave them daily.

An ex-Oxford Group member named Richmond Walker, years later as an A.A. member, compiled prayers and meditations into one little book. Much of it was based on the demonic writings found in God Calling. [4]

Walker, however, eliminated every reference to the Two Listeners’ “jesus” in favor of universal spirituality. The book, Twenty-Four Hours a Day, begins with an ancient Sanskrit proverb. Twenty-Four Hours a Day has been read by millions of AA members.
According to an A.A. history website,

“[The book] explained how to practice meditation by quieting the mind and entering the Divine Silence in order to enter the divine peace and calm and restore our souls.”[5]
This meditation book also resonates with the New Age teaching that God is within: “There is a spark of the Divine in every one of us. Each has some of God’s spirit that can be developed by spiritual exercise.” (April 30)[6]

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