Southern Baptist Preaching Professor Condemns “Jesus Calling”, Laments Endorsements

Dr. Mike Miller is a long-time preaching professor at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and the current pastor of Central Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Texas.  Today, Dr. Miller took to Twitter to strongly condemn one of the most popular “Christian” books of the century.

Jesus Calling has sold millions and millions of copies.  It was the No. 5 best-selling book in the world for the first half of 2013.  It even outsold Fifty Shades of Grey.  It has spawned an entire franchise which includes Jesus Always  and a children’s devotional. It has also inspired an entire book, Another Jesus Callingdedicated to warning Christians about its deceptive statements and New Age nature.  Dr. Miller, rightly so, declared in his tweet that Jesus Calling is “unbiblical garbage”.

Dr. Mike Miller

The “gut punch” which Miller described in his tweet was the realization that so many popular preachers, including many of the most powerful and influential men in his own denomination, have endorsed Jesus Calling.  These endorsers include former Southern Baptist Convention presidents Johnny Hunt and Jack Graham and Guidestone Financial Resources President O.S. Hawkins.

To make matters worse, Miller’s denomination even sells Jesus Calling through its LifeWay book store chain; it surprisingly sells Jesus Calling at the Lifeway bookstore located at Miller’s own seminary!  Imagine Miller’s frustration.  The Southern Baptist Convention has given the responsibility to Dr. Miller with training its pastors for ministry while, at the same time, profiting from the sale of the very “unbiblical garbage” about which Miller warns his students and congregants.  Southern Baptists would do well to listen to the laments of its professional bible scholars instead of the vain endorsements of big-money shills like Johnny Hunt and Jack Graham.

For more on the danger of Jesus Calling see this helpful review by Tim Challies.

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Seth Dunn

Masters of Divinity in Christian Apologetics, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Member of the Evangelical Theological Society Certified Public Accountant