Christian Journaling, Mystical Spirituality, and New Revelations from God?

Spiritual Journaling, spirit journaling, Christian Journaling, and newfound daily devotional “revelations” have become excessively popular. Many people claim receiving direct spirit revelations from God, and others, messages from Jesus Himself. Others claim to receive prompts from the Holy Spirit through Christian Journaling, which many are not from God. Some famous Christian authors even give no scriptural warnings as they teach people how to listen for “messages from God.” These practices can be spiritually hazardous! Consequently, you can help others by using the share buttons below. You can also subscribe to our free newsletter to learn more about these issues and similar topics.

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When does Christian spirituality cross the line into the occult?

While writing one’s thoughts in a Christian journal can be very beneficial, one needs to consider, “When does Christian Journaling and receiving spiritual messages cross the line into the occult?” Spiritual enlightenment and developing a renewed love for God are the goals of these practices. Yet, many people are severely straying away from the teachings found in the Bible. Even many well-meaning yet undiscerning Christians are immersing themselves in mystical traditions and literature that can easily lead them into unbiblical practices. Unbeknownst to them, these practices can lead to varying levels of psychic channeling and literary mediumship. Knowing the Bible very well is best for Christians to safeguard themselves against spiritual deception. 

The need for exposing mystical and occult practices in the church

Some of today’s most popular Christian devotional books, like the Jesus Calling Series, are jam-packed with false teachings and messages from a counterfeit “Jesus” and counterfeit “spirit.” Many claim these messages are from Christ and The Holy Spirit. Maybe they are spiritually inspired notes; however, they are not from the God of the Bible. The unbiblical principles, prompts, and teachings recorded by the people can be very unscriptural. Many books these days are promoted as “Christian literature.” But does this mean they are safe? No, and in many cases, they have proven downright dangerous. Therefore, it is critical that Christians study the Bible in context and “Prove [test] all things; [and] hold fast that which is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21).

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try [test] the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

Our Mission

Our Spirit Journaling outreach is first and foremost committed to the risen Lord Jesus Christ and the integrity of His Word. The primary mission of our ministry is twofold: 1) To proclaim the Gospel and 2) To research, inform, and warn of the dangers of mystical and occult-based spirituality. This includes but is not limited to: 1) Exposing false teachings and unbiblical ideas about the risen Jesus Christ of Nazareth, 2) Exposing spiritual deception in the church and the world, 3) Exposing crafty unbiblical “messages from Jesus” and the spirit world that threaten the body of Christ.

And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ. Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

With the same love and joy that Paul the Apostle found in Jesus Christ, we want to encourage Christians to be biblically discerning believers. If you find our site helpful, please share it, link to it, and Subscribe for Free. We must tell the biblical truth, as it is in Jesus. Not “another Jesus,” but the biblical Jesus! 

Thank you for your time and mutual concern. God bless!

—Chris Lawson, Spiritual Research Network

Recommended Resources

These first two books expose the mystical and occult teachings in Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling Christian devotional series. Christian Journaling or Psychic Channeling? can be Read Online for Free. “Another Jesus” Calling is on Warren B. Smith’s website. The Taizé Community book expresses concerns about this mysticism-oriented, ecumenical movement.

Book cover of Christian Journaling or Psychic Channeling?

Christian Journaling or Psychic Channeling?

A Critical Comparison of the 'Jesus Calling' Series with Occult Training Literature

"Another Jesus" Calling book by Warren B. Smith.
"Another Jesus" Calling

How Sarah Young's False Christ is Deceiving the Church

The book cover of Taize: A Community and Worship by Chris Lawson.

Community and Worship: Ecumenical Reconciliation Or An Interfaith Delusion?

A Directory of Authors booklet with library books on shelves.
A Directory of Authors (Three NOT Recommended Lists)

2nd Edition Booklet—Updated and Expanded Edition!

“Another Jesus,” “another spirit,” and “another gospel”?

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