The Roman Catholic Mass – What is the Mass?

THE WORD OF GOD VS THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH  (Boldface type below are quotations from Roman Catholic literature. See footnotes for references. All scripture references are from the Confraternity-Douay Version of the Bible. Scripture locations in parenthesis indicate the KJV location.)

13. The Roman Catholic Mass
“SUMMARY: From the beginning of time sacrifice has been offered to Almighty God to acknowledge His sovereign dominion over man and all creatures. Cain offered fruits, Abel offered sheep and Melchisedech offered bread and wine, foreshadowing the sacrifice of the New Law. All
(including Cain’s offering???…italics ours) these were but preparations for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on Calvary, of which He is both priest and victim.”19

 

The following verses show the errors in the so called “infallible” teaching of the above statement:

 

Hebrews 11:4 By faith Abel offered to God a sacrifice more excellent than did Cain, through which he obtained a testimony that he was just, God giving testimony to his gifts; and through his faith, though he is dead he yet speaks.

 

I John 3:12 Not like Cain, who was of the evil one, and killed his brother. And wherefore did he kill him? Because his own works were wicked, but  his brother’s just.

 

Hebrews 8:4 If then he [the Lord Jesus Christ] were on earth, he would not even be a priest, since there are already others to offer gifts according to the Law.

 

#357. What is the Mass? The Mass is the sacrifice of the New Law in which Christ, through the ministry of the priest (Roman priest), offers Himself to God in an unbloody manner under the appearance of bread and wine.20

 

#359….The Mass is the same sacrifice as the sacrifice of the cross.21

 

#360. Why is the Mass the same sacrifice as the sacrifice of the cross?…because in the Mass the Victim is the same…Jesus Christ.22

 

#361. What are the purposes for which the Mass is offered?

The purposes for which the Mass is offered are:…to satisfy the justice of God for the sins committed against Him.23

 

Again, the word of God speaks and annihilates this false doctrine:

 

Isaiah 53:10-11[But the Lord was pleased to crush him in infirmity.] If he gives his life as an offering for sin, he shall see his descendants in a long life, and the will of the Lord shall be accomplished through him. Because of his affliction he shall see the light in fullness of days,; through his suffering, my servant shall justify many, and their guilt he shall bear.

 

Hebrews 9:24-28 For Jesus has not entered into a Holies made by hands, a mere copy of the truth, but into heaven itself, to appear now before the face of God on our behalf; nor yet has he entered to offer himself often, as the high priest enters into the Holies year after year with blood not his own; for in that case he must have suffered often since the beginning of the world. But as it is, once for all at the end of ages, he has appeared for the destruction of sin by the sacrifice of himself. And just as it is appointed unto men to die once and after this comes the judgement, so also was Christ offered once to take away the sons of many; the second time with no part in sin he will appear unto the salvation of those who await him.

 

Hebrews 10:10-14 It is in this “will” that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all and every priest indeed stands daily ministering, and often offering the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; but Jesus, having offered one sacrifice for sins, has taken his seat forever at the right hand of god, waiting thenceforth until his enemies be made the foot stool under his feet. For by one offering he has perfected forever those who are sanctified.

 

I Peter 3:18 Because Christ also died once for sins, the Just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God. Put to death indeed in the flesh, he was brought to life in the spirit…

 

Hebrews 9:22 And with blood almost everything is cleansed according to the Law, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

 

19Rev. John A O’Brien, Ph.D., Ll.D, Understanding the Catholic Faith, An Official Edition of the revised Baltimore Catechism No. 3, (Ava Maria

Press, Notre Dame, Indiana, 1963), p.215

20Rev. John A O’Brien, Ph.D., Ll.D, p. 210

21Rev. John A O’Brien, Ph.D., Ll.D, p.211

22Rev. John A O’Brien, Ph.D., Ll.D, p. 212

23Rev. William J. Cogan, A Catechism for Adults, (Chicago, Ill, ACTA Publications), p. 81#1290

 

The Apocryphal books

THE WORD OF GOD VS THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH (Boldface type below are quotations from Roman Catholic literature. See footnotes for references. All scripture references are from the Confraternity-Douay Version of the Bible.  Scripture locations in parenthesis indicate the KJV location.)

 The Apocryphal books. “After the third century, Jewish Bibles did not include these books, so the Reformers decided, in the sixteenth century, to reject them as well.”12

This is another very deceptive statement leading the reader to believe that the apocryphal books were a part of the Jewish canon until they were removed in the third century. Note the following.

 

“Between 285 and 247 B.C., the Hebrew Scriptures were translated into Greek at Alexandria for use in the Greek speaking world, and to them were added a number of apocryphal books written after the completion of the Old Testament canon. These the Palestinian Jews refused to acknowledge as part of the Scriptures. Both the Hebrew and Septuagint Greek Scriptures were in current use during the time of our Lord and His disciples. He and His disciples in their writings quoted from the Old Testament some 350 times. About 300 of these quotations are from the Septuagint, but there is not a single quotation taken from the apocryphal books…”13

 

When Jerome translated the Bible into Latin between A.D. 382 and 404, he did not translate the Apocryphal, and in common with many others of his own and later times, refused to acknowledge its canonicity. The translation of these books into Latin was the work of others, and Jerome was in no way responsible for their inclusion in the Vulgate version of the Bible. Though some references to the apocryphal writings are found in early church literature, it was not until the Councils of Laodicea and Carthage in 363 and 397 that we find them listed as an actual part of the Old Testament. But even this did not signify anything like universal acceptance, and the controversy continued. In the sixteenth century the Reformers rejected them, and the Council of Trent, which was especially called to stop the Reformation movement, reaffirmed their canonicity…”15

 

Jerome’s own list of the canonical books of the Old Testament does not include the apocryphal books, whose divine inspiration he refused to accept.15

 

Note this quotation from the preface to 1Machabees in the Roman Catholic Confraternity Version of the Bible:

 

“Although both Jews and Protestants do not regard these books as Sacred Scripture, they have always been so regarded by The [Roman Catholic] Church who has authoritatively and infallibly declared that they belong to the canon of inspired writings.”

 

12Karl Keating, Catholics, Fundamentalists, and the Bible, (Los Angeles, Franciscan Communications), p.11

13F.C.H. Dreyer and E. Weller, Roman Catholicism In the Light of Scripture, (Chicago, Illinois, Moody Press), p. 25

14Dreyer and Weller, p.26

15Dreyer and Weller, p.30-31

 

Peter the “rock” in Matthew 16:18 Explained

THE WORD OF GOD VS THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH

(Boldface type below are quotations from Roman Catholic literature. See footnotes for references.
All scripture references are from the Confraternity-Douay Version of the Bible.
Scripture locations in parenthesis indicate the KJV location.)

This is the Roman Catholic Statement:

 “…to refute the Catholic understanding that “rock” in Matthew 16:18 (‘You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church’) refers to Peter, Fundamentalists list as many verses as they can in which “rock” refers to God. They don’t bother to look at Matthew 16:18 in itself, and they forget that the whole point of the verse is precisely that Peter was being given a title usually reserved for God and that the name signified something important about his new status.”7

 

Contrary to the above accusation let us look at Matthew 16. The subject of the context is found in verse 13:

 

Matthew 16:13 Now, Jesus, having come into the district of Caesarea Philippi, began to ask his disciples, saying, “Who do men say the Son of Man (Jesus Christ) is?” (NOT “Who is Peter?”)

 

When Peter correctly answered the subject of the context (i.e.. Who is Jesus?), the Lord spoke these words to Peter:

 

Matthew 16:18 And I say to thee, thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

 

What would Peter have understood by the Lord’s words to him? The following verses were part of Peter’s heritage:

 

Deuteronomy 32:4 The Rock- how faultless are his deeds, how right all his ways! A faithful God, without deceit, how just and upright he is!

 

Deuteronomy 32:15 So Jacob ate his fill, the darling grew fat and frisky; you became fat and gross and gorged. They spurned the God Who made them and scorned their saving Rock.

Deuteronomy 32:18 You were unmindful of the Rock that begot you, you forgot the God who gave you birth.

 

2Kings 22:2 (2Samuel 22:2) And he said: The Lord is my rock, and my strength, and my saviour.

 

Psalms 17 (18):2-3 I love you, O Lord, my strength, O Lord, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer. My God, my rock of refuge, my shield, the horn of my salvation, my strong hold.

 

Psalms 17 (18):32 For who is God except the Lord? Who is a rock, save our God?

 

Psalms 17 (18):47 The Lord alive! And blessed be my Rock! Extolled be God my saviour.

 

Psalms 27 (28):1 To you, O Lord, I call: O my Rock, be not deaf to me, lest, if you heed me not, I become one of those going down into the pit.

 

Psalms 30 (31):3 Incline your ear to me, make haste to deliver me! Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety.

 

Psalms 41(42):10 I sing to God, my Rock:…

 

Psalms 61 (62):2-3 Only in God is my soul at rest; from him comes my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be disturbed at all.

 

Psalms 61 (62):6-7 Only in God be at rest, my soul, for from him comes my hope. He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be disturbed at all.

 

Psalms 70 (71):3 Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety, for you are my rockand my fortress.

 

Psalms 77 (78):35 Remembering that God was their Rock and the most high God, their redeemer.

 

Psalms 88 (89):27 He shall say of me, “You are my father, my God, the Rock, my saviour.”

 

Psalms 91 (92):16 declaring how just is the Lord, my Rock, in whom there is no wrong.

Psalms 93 (94):22 yet the Lord is my stronghold, and my God the Rock of my refuge.

 

When we allow the word of God rather than men to define “Rock” for us, we find consistently that it is God, Himself. There is no reason from the scriptures to assume that Peter or anyone else thought that Peter was attaining a title “usually reserved for God.” The Lord certainly did not hold Peter in such high regard when a few verses later He addressed the disobedient Peter as “Satan.”

 

Matthew 16:23 He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, satan, thou art a scandal to

            me; for thou dost not mind the things of God, but those of men.”

 

Paul did not hold Peter in such high regard when he rebuked him publicly:

 

Galatians 2:11 But when Cephas came to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was deserving of blame.

 

Peter, to whom the Lord spoke in Matthew 16:18, did not hold himself in such high regard when he came to the Gentile Cornelius’ home:

 

Acts 10:25-26 And as Peter entered, Cornelius met him and, falling at his feet, made obeisance to him. But Peter raised him up, saying, “Get up, I myself also am a man.”

 

When the Jews of Christ’s time rejected His claim as the Messiah, He said to them:

 

Matthew 21:42 Jesus said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, has become the corner stone; by the Lord this has been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes?

 

After Matthew 16, Peter, Luke and Paul all refer to the Lord Jesus Christ thus:

 

Acts 4:10-12 Be it known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God has raised from the dead, even in this name does he stand here before you, sound. This is The Stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the corner stone. Neither is there salvation in any other. For there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.

 

1Peter 2:6-8 Hence Scripture says, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief cornerstone, chosen, precious: and he who believes in it shall not be put to shame. For you, therefore, who believe, is this honor; but to those who do not believe, A stone which the builders rejected, the same has become the head of the corner, and A stumbling-stone, and a rock of scandal,  to those who stumble at the word, and do not believe. For this also they are destined.

 

Romans 9:33 as it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumbling-stone and rock of scandal: and whoever believes in him shall not be disappointed.

 

1Corinthians 10:4 and all drank the same spiritual drink (for they drank from the spiritual rock which followed them, and the rock was Christ.

 

Ephesians 2:14-22 For he himself is our peace, he it is who has made both one, and hath broken down the intervening wall of the enclosure, the enmity, in his flesh. The Law of the commandments expressed in decrees he has made void, that of the two he might create in himself one new man, and make peace and reconcile both in one body to God by the cross, having slain the enmity in himself. And coming, he announced the good tidings of peace to you who were afar off, and of peace to those who were near; because through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. Therefore, you are now no longer strangers and foreigners, but you are citizens with the saints, and members of God’s household:  you are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Christ Jesus himself as the chief corner stone. In him the whole structure is closely fitted together and grows into a temple holy in the Lord: In him you too are being built into together into a dwelling place for God in the Spirit.

 

I Corinthians 3:11 For other foundation no one can lay, but that which has been laid, which is Christ Jesus.

 

It is clear when we allow the scriptures to define themselves that not Peter, but the Lord Jesus Christ, was and is the one and only “Rock”! Peter was never called nor defined by this expression anywhere in the scriptures.

 

Even if Peter were the foundation for the church of the Lord Jesus Christ, we would still need to come to the scriptures to find any link between present day Romanism and the true church. The “unbroken succession” of the popes of Rome has been revised, deleting some and adding another and placing some in doubt. One pope of the list before 1947 did not even exist. (See Secrets of Romanism by Joseph Zacchello, pub. Loizeaux Brothers, N.Y., 1952, p. 48-50).

 

Roman Catholics are bound to believe the interpretation of the Scriptures “according to the unanimous consent of the Fathers” (Creed of Pope Pius IV).8 On the subject of the supremacy of Peter, the Fathers do not unanimously agree.

 

Speech of Roman Catholic Archbishop Kenrick; cited in An Inside View of the Vatican Council,edited by Leonard Woolsey Bacon, pp. 107-109.9

 

     “The rule of Biblical interpretation imposed upon us is this: that the Scriptures are not to be interpreted contrary to the unanimous consent of the Fathers. It is doubtful whether any instance of that unanimous consent is to be found. But this failing, the rule seems to lay down for us the law following, in their interpretation of the scripture, the major number of Fathers, that might seem to approach unanimity. Accepting this rule, we are compelled to abandon the usual modern exposition of the words, ‘On this rock will I build my church.’”

     “In a remarkable pamphlet ‘printed in facsimile of manuscript,’ and presented to the Fathers almost two months ago, we find five different interpretations of the word ‘rock,’ in the place cited, ‘the first of which declares’ (I transcribe the words) ‘that the church was built on Peter’; and this interpretation is followed by seventeen Fathers – among them, Origen, Cyprian, Jerome, Hilary, Cyril of Alexander, Leo the Great, Augustine.”

     “The second interpretation understands from these words, ‘On this rock I will build my church,’ that the church was built on all the apostles, whom Peter represented by virtue of the primacy. And this opinion is followed by eight Fathers – (etc)

     “The third interpretation asserts that the words, ‘On this rock,’ etc., are to be understood of the faith which Peter had professed – that this faith, this profession of faith, by which we believe Christ to be the Son of the living God, is the ever lasting, immov-able foundation of the church. This interpretation is the weightiest of all, since it is followed by forty Fathers and doctors; among them, from the East, are Gregory of Nyssa, Cyril of Alexandria, Chrysostom, Theophylact; from the West, Hilary, Ambrose, Leo the Great, from Africa, Augustine.”

     “The fourth interpretation, declares that the words, ‘On this rock,’ are to be understood of that rock which Peter had confessed, that is, Christ – that the church was built upon Christ. This interpretation is followed by sixteen Fathers and doctors.”

     “The fifth interpretation of the Fathers understands by the name of the rock, the faithful themselves, who, believing Christ to be the Son of God, are constituted living stones out of which the church is built.”

“From this follows, either that no argument at all, or one of the slenderest probability is to be derived from the words, ‘on this rock will I build my church,’ in support of the primacy. Unless it is certain that by the rock is to be understood the Apostle Peter in his own person, and not in his capacity as the chief apostle speaking for them all, the word supplies no argument whatever, I do not say in proof of papal infallibility, but even in support of the primacy of the Bishop of Rome. If we are bound to follow the majority of the Fathers in this thing, then we are bound to hold for certain that by the rock should be understood the faith professed by Peter, not Peter professing the faith.”

Only 17 out of the eighty-four early church fathers believed that the Lord referred to Peter when He said, “this rock,” the others holding variously that it applied to Christ or to Peter’s testimony to Christ, or to all the apostles. So if appeal is made to the early church fathers of the first four centuries, Rome’s claim must be disallowed.”10

 

The apostle Peter is only mentioned 65 times after the church begins in Acts 2. The apostle Paul is mentioned 182 times. Peter does have a prominent place until his failure mentioned in Galatians 2. In the council of Acts 15 Peter only recounts his calling to preach to Cornelius in Acts 10, then asks the council a question. James was evidently in charge and passed judgment on the issue before the brethren and it was agreed to by the apostles, elders and the church there present.

 

Note that Peter was called by Almighty God to be the apostle to the circumcision (Jews) while it was Paul who was called as the apostle to the Gentiles. Paul wrote 13 epistles in which he was chosen by God to reveal truths for the present church age. Peter only wrote 2 epistles to the “…scattered…” (Strongs #1290, the ‘diaspora,’ the Jews living outside Palestine).

 

Peter’s mission:

Galatians 2:7 On the contrary, when they saw that to me was committed the gospel for the uncircumcised as to Peter that for the circumcised.

 

Paul’s mission:

Romans 11:13 For I say to you Gentiles, As long, indeed, as I am an apostle of the Gentiles, I will honor my ministry:

 

I Timothy 2:7 To this I have been appointed a preacher, and an apostle, (I tell the truth and do not lie) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

 

II Timothy 1:11 Of which I have been appointed a preacher and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.

 

7Keating, Catholics, Fundamentalists, and the Bible, (Los Angeles, Franciscan Communications), p.9

8Joseph Zacchello, Secrets of Romanism, (New York, Loizeaux Brothers, Edition 1952), p. 18

9Zacchello, p.p. 40-42

10F.C.H. Dreyer and E. Weller, Roman Catholicism In the Light of Scripture, (Chicago, Illinois, Moody Press), p.42

Religious Gullibility

Religious Gullibility

 

One is gullible when he takes things for granted, gulping it down without personal investigation. This is most prevalent in the religious realm, which is tragic because here one’s eternal destiny is involved. Is the Bible understandable to all? It is a common mistake to think that only the “clergy” can understand it. Psalm 25:9, 14 informs us: “The meek will He guide in judgment: and the meek will He teach his way. The secret of the LORD is with them that fear Him; and He will shew them his covenant.” The Bereans “searched the scriptures daily, whether those things [which they were taught] were so,” we read in Acts 17:11. “The simple [the gullible] believeth every word [they hear]: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.” Proverbs 14:15. All sorts of false teaching may be produced by “handling the Word of God deceitfully.” 2 Corinthians 4:2.

 

The Bible a Reliable Book

 

Is the Bible truly reliable as “a light to our path,” without contradictions and without scientific mistakes? Certainly, as proved by its contents! One verse, for example             (1 Cor 15:39), exposes the unproven theory of organic evolution as being a great lie. It plainly states: “All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.” Modern science itself has verified this in the study of bloods and chromosomes, which in number, kind and assortment differ in the cell nucleus of each species of flesh. They never change, so transmutation of species is quite impossible. Bible biology also makes known an unchangeable law that everything in the vegetable and animal kingdoms brings forth “after his kind.” Gen 1:17, 24

 

Another outstanding proof of the Bible’s veracity is to be found in fulfilled prophecies. History has corroborated many of them. Eighty prophecies about Jesus Christ were fulfilled at His first advent, which advent was foretold 4,000 years ahead of time. Gen 3:15. See also Isa 7:14. Now let this sink down in your ears, dear reader, 250 more prophecies are yet to be fulfilled at His second coming, which is drawing near!

 

The sudden silence of heaven for nearly 2,000 years since Israel was set aside (temporarily) at the close of the book of Acts period, has caused many to doubt that God exists and they become scoffers just as the Bible predicted. A clear understanding of this temporary silence is obtainable by examining Rom 11; Acts 15:14-18 and Eph 1:22; 3:1-11 explaining how God is now silently “taking out of the Gentiles [the nations] a people for His name” to form the church which is Christ’s body. Meanwhile, because of His Son’s unlimited vicarious atonement for man’s sin, He allows the world by His grace to continue its way, offering His free salvation to all men through Jesus Christ. Shortly after the church is “caught up to meet the Lord in the air.” (1 Thes 4:13-17) “The Lord shall roar from on high, and utter His voice from His holy habitation: He shall give a shout . . . against all the inhabitants of the earth. A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth . . . He will plead with all flesh: He will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the Lord” Jer 25:30-31. See also Isa 2:17; Joel 3:16 and Rev 6:12-17. Thus, be not gullible in believing the scoffers!

 

The Holy Spirit never promotes hysteria; but note the large crusades in hysteria-filled tents where gullible multitudes believes that all they see, hear and experience is undoubtedly the working of the Holy Spirit of God — in “a second Pentecost,” so called. We refer to the way God’s Word is handled by ringmaster healers, so-called, the strange power seizing the body in a so-called “baptism of the Holy Ghost,” babbling tongues and seeming miraculous healing. The Bible plainly warns us about the counterfeit activities of Satan and demons! King Saul “prophesied” while possessed by “an evil spirit.” 1 Sam 18:10. So it can be with “speaking in tongues” today! “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” 1 Tim 4:1-2 “And for this cause [receiving not ‘the love of the truth’] God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie . . . 2 Thes 2:10-11.

 

Deception in “Church Authority”

 

A tragic and far reaching gullibility is associated with the supposed power and authority over the bodies and souls of men through the distorted doctrines of a man-organized so-called “church” and its officials. The following four biblical points should be sufficiently clarifying for the truth seeker in this matter.

 

[1] No man was ever divinely empowered to directly forgive another man’s sins or to retain them! Christ said to His disciples, “Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whosoever’s sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whosoever’s sins ye retain, they are retained.”   Joh 20:22-23. This can only mean that through their preaching in the convicting power of the Holy Spirit the gospel of free salvation in Christ and the remission of sins through the merit of His shed blood, the disciples would be the indirect means of sins being remitted or retained. It points to the result of such preaching whether it is accepted or rejected by the hearers.

 

“Who can forgive sins but God alone?” Christ did so, being “God manifest in the flesh.” Luk 5:20-21; 1 Tim 3:15. As for binding and loosing [Mat 18:18], that was a temporary bestowment of miracle-working power during the infancy of the church. See Acts 5:1-11 and 13:8-11, recording clear examples of such binding and loosing. Compare       Jer 1:9-10. The true church of the Bible, a God-organized organism, as composed of saved sinners throughout the world who are “all one in Christ Jesus” [Acts 2:47; 5:14; Gal 3:28] has no autocratic power over men. This rests solely in its head, the Lord Jesus Christ.     Col 1:18; 2:19; Eph 5:23. True, His ministers are to “rule” in the church [1 Tim 3:5; 5:17], but this word means “to guide” or to lead believers in the truth of God’s Word and to beseech them to heed and to obey it. According to Joh 18:36; Phil 3:20 and 1 Pet 2:11, Christ’s church has no part or activity in the political and militant ways of “this world,” for His kingdom is not of this world order!

 

[2] Instituting continuance of the Old Testament [covenant] Aaronic priesthood and imitating it in this present dispensation of the formation of “the church which is Christ’s body” [Eph 1:22; 3:1-11], is to put people under the law and its characteristic fleshly ordinances, or rituals, under the mediatorial office of man-made clergymen, priests and popes. Formerly there were God appointed priests but Hebrews 7,9 and 10 explains that that order of Aaronic priesthood ceased, giving way to the rising up of “another priest,” a kingly one, the Lord Jesus Christ, “made a priest forever after the order of Melchisedec.” He is the “one mediator between God and men!” 1 Tim 2:5. He “died for our sins” and “was raised again for our justification.” 1 Cor 15:15; Rom 4:25.

 

“The Spirit of Christ,” the one “head of the church,” is ever present in all believers. Rom 8:9, 11; Gal 4:6; Phil 1:19; Col 1:27. He needs not, and has not a “vice regent” – a “vicar” on earth. He commanded, “Do not you be called Rabbi, for one is your Master, and all you are brothers. And call no one on earth your father; for one is you Father who is in heaven. Neither be called masters; for one only is your Master, the Christ.” Mat 23:8-10. [R.C. Confraternity Version.] Yes all who belong to Christ are truly a common brotherhood of redeemed saved sinners. The Bible teaches the direct opposite of Rome’s pompous, major claims! Her demand that all men be obedient to the “authority” and teaching of the Roman Catholic “Church” as centered in her pope, or “Pontifex Maximus” [a name of pagan religion origin] is utterly unscriptural and blasphemous!

 

[3] There isn’t the faintest hint in the Bible about the teaching of so-called “apostolic succession!” All that God wanted men to receive by way of apostolic authority He has supplied in the inspired epistles of the apostles Paul, Peter, James and John. Their epistles are included in “All scripture is given by inspiration of God,” which are “profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Tim 3:16-17. To know that the Bible can be sufficiently understood by any humble believer anywhere, anytime, apart from clerics and popes in a religious hierarchy, please read Joh 14:26; 16:13-15; 1 Joh 2:27 and 2 Tim 2:7, “Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.”

 

[4] The doctrine that Christians need a certain amount of cleansing after death from “remaining sins” in an intermediate place called “purgatory” is utterly foreign to God’s word! The main prop for this wicked, unproveable invention is taken from the uninspired Second Book of Maccabees [12:40-45], where it is stated that Judas had “a pious thought” to make atonement for and to pray for some dead soldiers “so that they might be set free form their sin” of having worn idolatrous “amulets under their shirts.” Please read 2 Cor 10:5 concerning unscriptural thoughts and imaginations.

 

God says, “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth [purgeth] us from all sin,” “For by one offering He hath perfected forever them that are sanctified.” 1 Joh 1:7;       Heb 10:14. Please read Heb 9 and 10. Remember, “The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.” Pro 14:8. Yes, the gullible are easily and painfully deceived!

 

Beware of all religious means used by individuals or sectarian organizations to obtain temporal power and gain!

 

The forgoing should, by Bible investigation, help to forestall and expel the stupefying gullibility suffered indeed by the masses in deception by, and ignorant submission to, grave ecclesiastical errors and schemes. How precious are the words of the Lord Jesus: “If any man will do His [God’s] will he shall know the doctrine . . . ,” and, if you continue in my word then are you my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Come unto me all ye that are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.” Joh 7:17; 8:31-32; Mat 11:28. Why not be restfully free from the burdens and deceptions produced by the “doctrines and commandments of men” [Mat 15:9] and so rejoice in the truth, having joy and peace in mind and conscience? “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.” [Make them to stumble.] Ps 119:165

 

Yours “for the truth’s sake” and “in the name of the Lord Jesus” [2 Joh 2; Col 3:17]

Ed Stevens.      Circa 1960                       Copied by D. Brittain

“FORGIVENESS”

From a Message: “FORGIVENESS” by Weyman Zelder

What unforgiveness looks like and can become…

roots of bitterness

Heb. 12:14-15 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;

Roots spring up and bear fruit. Fruit of bitterness…

We need to be very careful what seeds we sow because the first thing a seed sprouts is a root.

Let us plant not seeds of bitterness

Roots are opportunistic — they do not grow in any particular predictable direction.

Root growth flourishes in soils that supply adequate oxygen, water, nutrients, support and warmth.

The roots of bitterness are fed by bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour and evil speaking. Envy and jealousy Eph. 4:31.

Unforgiveness allows it to continue

Unforgiveness allows the roots to grow. The more time that is allowed to go by without forgiveness the deeper and stronger the roots of bitterness will get and more damage will be done. They get a stronger hold. They will spread out more affecting more and more people…

Gal. 5:15 If you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.

How can we take care? Forgive

Kill the roots of bitterness with forgiveness.

Roots of bitterness can become as the bars to the prison of unforgiveness

One of the greatest ways to feed the roots of bitterness is to keep records of wrongs. The hole in the tree is the vault.

I Cor. 13:5 Love does not keep records of wrongs

What happens to wrongs that are not forgiven? They are stored. They are recorded in your mind. Soon you have a list of wrongs of who said what to whom when and where. What can happen as the list gets longer? The roots of bitterness can be fed.

Love is the solution for the sins of I Corinthians 13.

Forgiveness is the way for them to move forward,

Christian Quotes

Christian Quotes
“Laughter, ridicule, opposition and persecution are often the only reward which Christ’s followers get from the world.” ? J.C. Ryle (1816 – 1900)

“If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. “If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, … because of this the world hates you…”
John 15:18-19

 

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A PERSONAL LETTER TO YOU FROM HEAVEN

Dear ______(your name here)__________ ,

You may not know me yet, but I know you very well. In fact, I know all about you. I saw you while you were still in your mother’s womb (Psa 139:16) and I wonderfully made you (Psa 139:14). I know every word you speak, see every action you take and I know why you do it because I know your thoughts before you do (Psa 139:2-4). I even know the number of hairs on your head (Matt 10:30)! I know every sin you have committed and yet I deeply love you (Rom 5:8). I have also seen you when you wept in secret (Psa 56:8).

After all, I made you in My own image (Gen 1:27). Thus, as my created physical offspring you live and move because of Me (Acts 17:28). Whether you are awake or asleep my thoughts toward you are more than the number of the sand (Psa 139:17-18). Every good thing you have ever received is because and from Me (Jas 1:17).

I have great love and mercy toward you and I want to comfort you in all your pain and sorrow (2Cor 1:3-4). I am near you when you are broken hearted and if you have a contrite spirit I can and will save you (Psa 34:18). Evidence of My love for you is that I did not spare my only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, but allowed Him to die in your place (Rom 8:32) on that awful cross!

I have some really good news for you, in fact, the grandest news! It is not by going to church, submitting to any religious ceremonies or by a list of good works that you may become My blessed child (Tit 3:5). It is by simply believing that Jesus Christ has already paid for all your sins by His death, burial and His resurrection (John 3:16, 1Cor 15:3-4) in your place. I did not send Jesus Christ into the world to condemn you but so that you might be saved and become part of My family!

I promise that if you will simply cry out to Me I will hear you (Psa 40:1 and Rom 10:13) and make you a new creation (2Cor 5:17). I will set your feet on a rock and give you a song in your heart (Psa 40:2-3). If you will trust Me and stop doing things your own way I will direct your life as a loving Father (Pro 3:5-6) and lead you in the paths of righteousness (Psa 23:3). I will take you from your uncertain life into My eternal life (John 3:36). And when it is time for you to come be with Me in heaven, I will arrange a great “Welcome Home” for you into My everlasting kingdom (2Pet 1:11). I am anxiously looking forward to that (Psa 116:15).

My love for and to you is a free gift (Eph 2:8-9), but in order to have it you must be willing to receive it (1Chron 28:9). If you will accept the sacrifice of My Son Jesus Christ as payment for all your sins, I will gladly own you as my forgiven child (1John 3:1-3) and all heaven will rejoice (Luke 15:7). I want to give you a new life (2Cor 5:17) of peace (Rom 5:1). I do not want you to perish (2Pet 3:9). If you are not willing, it will break my heart (Luke 13:34), but I will not force you to become My child.

The very best time to come to Me and be spiritually “born again” (John 3:3) is right NOW (2Cor 6:2)!

Almighty God

(Ps 139:16) Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.

(Ps 139:14) I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well

(Ps 139:2-4) You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether.

(Mt 10:30) But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

(Ro 5:8) But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

(Ps 56:8) You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle; Are they not in Your book?

(Gen 1:27) So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

(Acts 17:28) for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’

(Ps 139:17-18) How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You

(Jas 1:17) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights…

(2Co 1:3-4) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation…

(Ps 34:18) The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.

(Ro 8:32) He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?

(Tit 3:5) not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,

(Joh 3:16) For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

(1Co 15:3-4) For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures

(Psa 40:1) I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry.

(Ro 10:13) For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”

(2Co 5:17) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

(Psa 40:2-3) He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth-Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the LORD.

(Pro 3:5-6) Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

(Psa 23:3) He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.

(Joh 3:36) He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.

(2Pe 1:11) for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

(Ps 116:15) Precious in the sight of the LORD Is the death of His saints

(Eph 2:8-9) For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works

(2Chron 28:9)…If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever.

(1Jo 3:1-3) Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

(Lu 15:7) …there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.

(2Co 5:17) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

(Rom 5:1) Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ

(Lu 13:34) O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing!

(2Pe 3:9) The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

(Joh 3:3) Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

2Co 6:2) For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

 

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MORMONISM

MORMONISM

“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel* unto you than that which we have preached unto you, LET HIM BE ACCURSED” (Gal 1:8).

*The word “gospel” means “good news” or “glad tidings.” In the case of Galatians 1:8 it is the “good news” of personal salvation.

Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, claimed to have had several visions from God while he was yet in his teens. During one of these appearances an angel by the name of Moroni was supposed to have advised Joseph of the location of a set of golden plates. These plates were to contain “an account of the former inhabitants of this continent”…and…”the fullness of the everlasting gospel was contained in it…” (Joseph Smith 2:34).

TESTS FOR TRUTH

Since we are instructed in the word of God to “prove all things and hold fast to that which is good” (1Thess 5:21), at least three questions should immediately come to mind.

1. How does the gospel ministered by the apostle Paul in the Bible compare with the “fullness of the everlasting gospel” contained in Mormonism?

2. Does Joseph Smith pass God’s test for a true prophet?

3. Does the “account of the former inhabitants of this continent” in the Book of Mormon find verification in history and archaeology as the Bible does with its record?

THE FIRST TEST…THE GOSPEL

The gospel Paul preached and wrote to the Galatians, about which he pronounced a curse on anyone who would teach otherwise, was clearly revealed:

“Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (Galatians 1:3-5)

“Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” (Galatians 2:16)

“I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” (Galatians 2:21-3:3)

See also Galatians 3:6, 8-9, 11, 26-27 and 5:5

Paul declared the same gospel to Titus when he wrote:

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost” (Titus 3:5)

He likewise expressed the same truths to the Ephesians when he wrote:

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

And to the Romans:

“But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” (Romans 4:5)

“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” (Romans 10:4)

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation…For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:9-10, 13)

The apostle Paul and John were in agreement:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:36)

And the very words of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself teach the same thing:

“Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” (John 6:29)

Thus we see that the Biblical plan of salvation is the substitutionary life, death, burial, and resurrection of The Lord Jesus Christ in the sinner’s place:

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:” (1Corinthians 15:1-4)

All who truly put their trust in the work of the Lord Jesus Christ on their behalf are thereby “born again.”

“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your

fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God…Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” (1Peter 1:18-21, 23)

The one verse summation of the above is:

“For he (the Father) hath made him (the Lord Jesus Christ) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2Corinthians 5:21)

Jesus Christ took upon Himself the guilt and penalty of our sins. Upon our receiving Him as our Saviour by faith, we have His righteousness put to our credit (see Romans the 4th chapter)!

THE MORMON “GOSPEL”

What is the Mormon plan or “gospel” of salvation and how does it match with that which the apostle Paul was moved of Almighty God to minister?

The Mormon “gospel” has four initial steps:1

1. Faith in the christ of Mormonism (this christ will be defined later)

2. Repentance

3. Water baptism for the remission of sins

4. Laying on of hands for the receipt of the Holy Spirit

These four steps must then be followed by a life of obedience. Note these verses from the Book of Mormon:

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, I know that if ye shall follow the Son, with full purpose of heart…with real intent, repenting of your sins, witnessing unto the Father that ye are willing to take upon you the name of Christ, by baptism…then ye shall receive the Holy Ghost,…then cometh the baptism of fire…he that endureth to the end, shall be saved…unless a man shall endure to the end, in following the example of the Son…he cannot be saved…the gate by which ye should enter is repentance and baptism by water; then cometh a remission of your sins by fire and by the Holy Ghost…after ye have gotten into this straight and narrow path, I would ask if all is done? Behold, I say unto you, NAY…ye must press forward with steadfastness…and endure to the end…Ye shall have eternal life…this is the way and there is none other way…” (2Nephi 31:13-21)

However, while we are clearly instructed by Mormonism that there is “none other way” in the above, an account in the Book of Mormon is given of a man alone in the forest whose sins were “forgiven” and who had his “guilt swept away” as the result of his crying unto his Maker in mighty prayer and supplication all day and into the night (Enos 1:1-8). He was forgiven without water baptism or laying on of hands!

Mormon teaching utterly renounces salvation simply by faith in the finished work of Christ as sufficient for the salvation of mankind:

“…a most pernicious (Webster’s Dictionary…highly injurious or destructive) doctrine – that of justification by belief alone. The Savior taught that works were essential to the validity of profession and the efficacy (Webster’s Dictionary…power to produce effects) of faith.”2

“Christians speak often of the blood of Christ. Much that is believed and taught on this subject, however, is such utter nonsense and so palpably false that to believe it is to lose one’s salvation. For instance, many believe or pretend to believe that if we confess Christ with our lips and avow that we accept him as our personal Savior, we are thereby saved. They say that His blood without any other act than mere belief, makes us clean.”3 (Please see again Romans 10:9-13)

The above false teaching of Mormonism is inexcusable in the light of:

“And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they (Paul and Silas) said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” (Acts 16:30-31)

“And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood” (Revelation 1:5)

“In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:” (Colossians 1:14)

The Mormons change the definition of Biblical words and thus cause confusion and misunderstanding. When the Bible speaks of personal “salvation” it means the state of sins forgiven and in the possession of everlasting life. Biblical salvation is the possession only of those who have put their faith in the finished work of the Christ of the Bible. However, Mormonism teaches that all men are “saved.” By this they mean that all men will be resurrected. At the same time, because their gospel is a progression based upon individual merit, they are ever on the path to salvation, meaning “exaltation.” They (males only) hope someday to be very God! Thus a Mormon, according to their doctrine, may say he is saved because he is speaking of resurrection (which is really all that the Mormon christ has obtained for them) and at the same time say no, he is not saved, because he is speaking about exaltation based on his yet to be accomplished works.

They speak of such things as “damnation” and yet believe virtually all will be saved. In utter contradiction, they speak of salvation as a “gift” that requires holding out faithful to the end. Nothing may correctly be defined as a gift when it requires continued payment. Note this passage from their writings as an example of their confusion and lack of understanding:

If thou wilt do good, yea, and hold out faithful to the end, thou shalt be saved in the kingdom of God; which is the greatest of all gifts of God; for there is no gift greater that the gift of salvation.” (Doctrine and Covenants 6:13)

Out of the maze of Mormonism may be gleaned the following. The Mormon’s speak of “salvation in two ways. The first is a general salvation4 which all will receive, except the devil and a few sons of perdition. This will admit all into the lowest heaven (the Mormons believe in three heavens). They equate this with “resurrection” for all will be resurrected. They teach that this is what Christ accomplished for us, “exemption from the penalty of the fall.”5 Immediately there is a problem reconciling this with the Bible.

“He that believeth in Him is not condemned, but he that believeth not is condemned already…” and “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life; and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him” (John 3:18, 36). See also Matthew 10:28; Mark 9:43-48; Isaiah 66:24; Reveation 14:9-11 and 20:11-15.

“And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.” (Revelation 14:11)

“And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:15)

The teachings of Mormonism obviously contradict the Bible on this subject. They teach that any who deserve eternal punishment will ultimately redeem themselves, similar to the Roman Catholic doctrine of purgatory, with the exception of Satan and a few sons of perdition.5

“No soul shall be kept in prison or continue in torment beyond the time requisite to work the needed reformation and to vindicate justice, for which ends the punishment is imposed.6

Then, the Book of Mormon even contradicts their own teaching on this subject:

“…do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end…Ye cannot say when ye are brought to that awful crisis, that I will repent, that I will return to my God. Nay, ye cannot do this; for that same spirit which doth possess your bodies at the time that you go out of this life, that same spirit will have power to possess your body in that eternal world…ye have become subjected to the spirit of the devil, and he doth seal you his…and the devil hath all power over you; and this is the final state of the wicked.

The second part of Mormon “salvation” is individual salvation7 or often referred to by them as “exaltation.” Here Mormons teach that Christ has provided a way…”whereby mankind may secure remission of personal sins…(by) obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.” In addition, a male Mormon who enters into a marriage covenant “for time and for all eternity” may “pass by the angels, and the gods…Then shall ye be gods, because they have all power.” (Doctrine and Covenants 132)

They also claim that mankind must avail themselves to the officials of Mormonism or they cannot be saved.8

“…except men come to these legal administrators (the Mormons) and learn of Christ and his laws as newly reveled on earth, they cannot be saved.

This is in contradiction to the word of Almighty God and His plan for the salvation of men’s souls.

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; (1Timothy 2:5)

“That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” (John 1:9)

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

“And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” John 6:35

“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” (John 6:37)

CONCLUSION OF THE GOSPEL TEST

It should be abundantly clear that the gospel of which the apostle Paul spoke in Galatians 1:8 is salvation solely and necessarily by faith in the substitutionary work of the Lord Jesus Christ in our place, without any works on the part of the believer. The “gospel” of Mormonism is an attempt to mix the grace of God with the works of man, contrary to the Bible:

“And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.” (Romans 11:6)

In Mormonism, the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ is grossly diminished to the place of only providing for the resurrection of man rather than providing the whole of man’s salvation.

“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29)

“And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” (Colossians 2:10-15)

Mormonism is “another gospel” and therefore under the curse of Almighty God!

THE SECOND TEST…PROPHESY

God provided Israel with a means to identify a true or a false prophet. It is found in Deuteronomy 18:20-22. In paraphrase, the test was whether his prophesies came to pass. The false prophet was to die if he failed the test and because he presumed to speak a word in the name of the Lord or he spoke in the name of other gods (we will consider this last phrase later). Let us apply this test to Joseph Smith by considering some of his prophecies.

In the Doctrine and Covenants 57:1-5 (July 1831) is purported to be God speaking to the elders of His church by the Prophet Joseph Smith. They are told the land of Missouri is the “land of promise, and the place for the city of Zion.” They were instructed to purchase as much of the land as they could, near the place called Independence, because it was going to be an “everlasting inheritance” for them.

Doctrine and Covenants 84:1-5 (Sept. 1832) tells us that this was a revelation of Jesus Christ to Joseph Smith. In brief it states that the city of the “New Jerusalem” would be built in the state of Missouri (‘verily, this is the word of the Lord’), beginning at the temple, “which temple shall be reared in this generation. For verily, this generation shall not pass away until an house be built unto the Lord, etc.”

In October of 1838, an extermination order was issued by the governor of Missouri that compelled the Mormons to leave that state. This is clearly stated in the heading of D&C 124. The temple was not built in “that generation” and the Mormons were expelled from their “everlasting inheritance.” Joseph Smith obviously failed the test of God Almighty for a true prophet!

Let us look at one more prophesy, this time in the Book of Mormon. This one was not purported to be made by Joseph Smith, but was on the plates which were supposed to be revealed to him by an angelic messenger from God.

“But behold, the Spirit hath said this much unto me, saying: Cry unto this people saying-Repent ye, and prepare the way of the Lord, and walk in His paths, which are straight; for behold, the kingdom of heaven is at hand, and the Son of God cometh upon the face of the earth. And behold, he shall be born of Mary at Jerusalem…” Alma 7:10

As most everyone knows, the Lord Jesus was born in Bethlehem, exactly as the Bible correctly predicted (Micah 5:2; Matthew 23:1-16). Here, Maroni, Alma and Joseph all failed God’s test for a prophet. Alma prophesied it, Maroni delivered it and Joseph translated it, all purporting to have done so under the direction of God! No one can successfully or honestly contend that these are incorrect representations or taken out of context, for all the information is contained in Mormonism’s own “inspired” writings.

THE THIRD TEST…ARCHAEOLOGY

Does history and archaeology (the study of the remains of the culture of a people) support the “account of the former inhabitants of this continent” as recorded in the Book of Mormon?

In the Book of Alma 50:15 it is stated “and they also began in the same year to build many cities in the north…” Also in Ether 9:23 we read that “…it came to pass…and (they) did build many mighty cities…” The names of some 38 cities are found in the Book of Mormon.

The Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. states, “The Smithsonian Institute has never used the Book of Mormon as a scientific guide. Smithsonian archaeologists see no connection between the archaeology of the New World and the subject matter of the Book of Mormon.” In fact, no known non-Mormon archaeologist gives any credence at all to the “history” recorded in the Book of Mormon!

In addition, the Book of Ether 9:17-19 records horses, asses, oxen, cows, sheep, “swine” (and these folks were descendants of the Jews?), and elephants, which scientists claim were not on the American continent until the Europeans brought them many years later. In other places in Mormon writings, steel and other metals are mentioned which were unheard of at the time of the writing of the events in the Book of Mormon.9

Civilizations leave behind remnants of coins, weapons, building sites and more, but NOTHING that can honestly be proven as remnants of any of the supposed empires recorded in the Book of Mormon exists in South America.

This failure of evidence has been verified and reported by their own Mormon scholars:

(All quotations here are from live interviews with these Mormon scholars published on DVD by “Living Hope Ministries,” Brigham City, Utah…www.lhvm.org)

Quotations from Dr. Thomas Murphy, LDS Anthropologist (raised Mormon):

“There is no real world setting for the events described in the Book of Mormon.”

The LDS take no official position on the geography of the Book of Mormon. The reason

for this is obvious. It’s that the events never took place anywhere!”

It would be nice if we could find evidence.” (for the more than 30 cities spoken of in the

Book of Mormon)

“The Bible is accurate. The Book of Mormon has the wrong plants and animals.”

“We can’t find evidence for the use of metals like gold, silver and copper (mentioned in

the Book of Mormon).”

“There is no documentary trace of the Book of Mormon before it was published in the

1800’s (as there are thousands of the books of the Bible).”

“The Jesus Christ we find presented in the Book of Mormon is the Jesus Christ of Joseph

Smith’s imagination”

“Joseph Smith fabricated a history and presented it to the world as the word of God and

that’s pretty arrogant…very arrogant.”

“The Book of Mormon is factually wrong.”

The Book of Mormon is full of factual mistakes.”

Thomas Stewart Ferguson (a Mormon scholar) spent millions seeking for Book of

Mormon evidence. He found contradictions”

William Wilson, LDS Anthropologist, Northern Arizona University (raised Mormon):

“No maps in the Book of Mormon because they can’t place it on the earth…don’t know

where it is.”

“No evidence of the cities (in the Book of Mormon).”

“You can go today to places in the Bible. You can’t in the Book of Mormon.”

“Story (in the Book of Mormon) of riding horses into battle could not have happened in

the Americas (at the time of which the Book of Mormon speaks).

The Book of Mormon speaks of steel. There is not a single site found where it could be

said that steel was smelted here.”

“Tens of thousands totaling about 230,000 people (according to the Book of Mormon)

were killed in the Palmira Area. I did do archeological work in the Palmira area.

We would have expected to find burial sites, bones, swords, chariots (none found).”

“(There is) no evidence at all that Jesus was in America.”

“The Book of Mormon could not possibly be a history of Ancient America.”

“The chances of the Book of Mormon being true is zero.”

“The Book of Mormon is 19th century religious fiction.”

He could not find anything.” (regarding research by Thomas Stewart Ferguson).

The Book of Mormon isn’t true. (It is) historical fiction. I know the religion

(Mormonism) could not be true.”

Note that there are no maps in the back of the Book of Mormon. This is because the supposed events recorded there never took place anywhere in the world! They were only the imagination of the author. The Mormon church does NOT do archeological exploration at the hill in New York state where a supposed battle in which thousands were killed took place. In addition to remains of human bones, there should be untold thousands of artifacts of weaponry. If they had any confidence in their own writings, an excavation of this site would prove their claims. However, the lack of such remains would be most embarrassing so no effort is made. This speaks clearly to any honest observer.

OTHER MORMON FALLACIES

‘FULLNESS’ NOT FULL

If the plates located for Joseph Smith by Maroni had the fullness of the everlasting gospel contained in them (D&C 20:8-9; 27:5), how is it that Mr. Smith added new revelation to the gospel, and with very strong language? “For behold, I reveal unto you a new and everlasting covenant; and if ye abide not that covenant, then are ye damned; for no one can reject this covenant and be permitted to enter into my glory.” D&C 132:4-5. Either the original plates did not contain the fullness of the gospel or later prophesy was spurious…or BOTH are lies!

TEACHINGS ABOUT GOD

Since the Mormons teach the blasphemous lie that man may become God one day (“As man is, God once was; as God is man may become”…James Talmage in ‘The Articles of Faith’), you would expect their teaching about God to be very faulty also. And, indeed it is. They teach God has a body of flesh in spite of this clear statement in the word of God…

“God is a spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).

The Mormons cite verses which speak of the “finger, arm, and hands of God” in a vain attempt to support their body of flesh doctrine. They act as though they are not aware that at times God uses metaphor to convey an idea to us. If this is not so, they will have more than a little trouble with “Our God is a consuming fire” of Hebrews 12:29 and the “feathers and wings” of Psalms 91:4.

Their teaching about the Lord Jesus is of course anti-Biblical too. Brigham Young declared, “Jesus Christ was not begotten of the Holy Spirit” in total contradiction to the word of God.

Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

Matthew 1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

Luke 1:34-35 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

Brigham Young taught that Adam was the God of this world and the Lord Jesus Christ came into existence by a sexual relationship between Adam and Mary! The ramifications of this never seem to bother a Mormon. If this filthy lie were true, Mary was a fornicator who deserved to die under the Mosaic law (Deut 22:13) and the product of this union was a bastard who could not have sat on the throne of Israel until the tenth generation of His progeny (Deut 23:2). He therefore, could not possibly have been the “King of the Jews” offering the kingdom to Israel and was obviously a false Messiah! In addition, since the Bible prophesy of the coming Messiah said He would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14), and the Mormon christ was born of a mother who was not a virgin, then of course the Mormon christ is false.

The Mormon teaching on the person of Christ is blasphemous. They claim He was “the firstborn spirit child” of God the Father and that He attained unto the status of Godhood while yet in the pre-mortal existence.12 Thus they show their ignorance and unbelief of the meaning of the expression “firstborn” as used in the word of God, relative to Christ.

“And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.” (Colossians 1:18)

The Lord Jesus Christ became the “firstborn” in His resurrection (see Acts 13:33), not in some pre-mortal creation as a spirit child. Nor did the Christ of the Bible attain to Godhead sometime after His supposed creation as may clearly be seen from the following:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” (John 1:1-3)

“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:8)

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)

“Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.” (Isaiah 43:10-11)

“Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.” (Isaiah 44:6)

“Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.” (Isaiah 44:8)

Thus we see the christ of Mormonism is NOT the Christ of the Bible! Therefore, faith in their created christ whose blood was insufficient to wash us from our sins is in vain.

OTHER GODS

May we hearken back to Deut 18:22 and that portion of the test for a false prophet which said if “he spoke in the name of other gods.”

The god of Mormonism is another god. He is certainly not the Almighty God of the Bible Who is “from everlasting to everlasting” (Psalms 90:2)! Mormons believe, as clearly seen above, that they may attain to godhood and actually be like the most high God, “from everlasting to everlasting” (D&C 132:20). Those who are familiar with the true word of God will immediately be repulsed and remember the one who originally made such a boast…Satan:

“I will ascend above the heights of the clouds…like the most High.” (Isa 14:14)

This is also the lie Satan held out to Eve and he is still using it on mankind today through Mormonism:

“For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:5)

Note these very clear declarations from God Almighty about Himself:

“I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” (Isaiah 42:8)

“Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.” (Isaiah 43:10)

“Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.” (Isaiah 45:22)

See also Isaiah 44:6, 8; 45:5-6, 18; Deuteronomy 4:35, 39; 32:39; 2Samuel 7:22 and Psalms 86:8-13.

WATER BAPTISM FOR THE DEAD

Again on the subject of salvation, the Mormons teach and practice water baptism for the dead. They do extensive genealogical work constantly in an effort to locate ones for whom they may perform this vicarious rite. This false doctrine was taught by the already proven false prophet Joseph Smith.

“For a baptismal font there is not upon the earth, that they, my saints, may be baptized for those who are dead….that after you have had sufficient time to build a house to me, wherein the ordinance of baptism for the dead belongeth, and for which the same was instituted from before the foundation of the world…” (D&C 124:29-33 and 128)

You may recall the earlier quote from Alma 34:33-35 where the above was contradicted in their own writings:

“…do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end…Ye cannot say when ye are brought to that awful crisis, that I will repent, that I will return to my God. Nay, ye cannot do this; for that same spirit which doth possess your bodies at the time that you go out of this life, that same spirit will have power to possess your body in that eternal world…ye have become subjected to the spirit of the devil, and he doth seal you his…and the devil hath all power over you; and this is the final state of the wicked.

A number of true scriptures could be cited from the Bible to squash this antichrist ritual. For example:

“There is one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus.” 1Tim 2:5

“None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him, (for the redemption of his soul is precious, and it ceaseth forever)…” Psalms 49:7-8

Notice here again that the Book of Mormon did not contain the “everlasting gospel” because water baptism for the dead was added later in the “Doctrine and Covenants” by Joseph Smith!

The meaning of 1 Corinthians 15:29 (the verse the Mormons cite in an effort to prove their water baptism for the dead doctrine) has to not only be consistent with all the rest of God’s word, but it must also fit the immediate context. Virtually the entire 15th chapter consists of Paul’s arguments proving the resurrection of Christ and therefore the future resurrection of His children. In the midst of this he asks the question (not states a command), “Else what shall they do who are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why then are they baptized for the dead?” In Colossians 2:10-12; Gal 3:27 and Romans 6:3 we read that we (that is, true Christians who have received Jesus Christ as their Saviour), have been baptized into Jesus Christ (notice it does not say into water, but rather right into Jesus Christ)! The very next verse in 1 Corinthians 15 says, “And why stand we in jeopardy every day?” In other words it is fruitless to be in jeopardy every day if the dead One of the preceding verse (Christ into Whom we have been baptized) is not to be resurrected. If that were so, there would be no value in being baptized into a dead Jesus and very foolish to be in daily jeopardy.

POLYGAMY

The Mormon doctrine of POLYGAMY is another unanswerable problem to them. In the Book of Jacob 1:15 and 2:24 it is stated,

“…the people of Nephi, under the reign of the second king, began to grow hard in their hearts, and indulge themselves somewhat in wicked practices, such as like unto David of old desiring many wives and concubines, and also Solomon, his son…Behold David and Solomon truly had many wives and concubines, which thing was abominable before me, saith the Lord.”

Then in Doctrine and Covenants 132:38-39 it is stated:

“David also received many wives and concubines and also Solomon and Moses my servants, as also many others of my servants, from the beginning of creation until this time; and in nothing did they sin save in those things which they did not

receive of me. David’s wives and concubines were given him of me (God gave David an abomination?!?)…and in none of these things did he sin against me save in the case of Uriah and his wife…”

As if these contradictions were not bad enough, Joseph Smith contradicts himself! In D&C 42:22 and 49:16 he wrote,

“Thou shalt love thy wife with all thine heart, and shalt cleave unto her and none else.”

“Wherefore, it is lawful that he should have one wife, and they twain shall be one flesh…”

CHURCH RESTORATION

Mormon doctrine claims that after the death of the apostles, the church ceased to exist on the earth until Joseph smith was commissioned to restore it.13 This is in contradiction to:

“And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18)

The Mormons use the following verse as though it were prophesying a restoration of the church:14

“Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.” (Acts 3:21)

They blatantly fail to appreciate that the verse clearly specifies what will be restored…that which the holy prophets said would be restored, namely the nation of Israel to their land under the Lord Jesus Christ as their King. This was the grand hope of Israel!

“Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that they shall no more say, The LORD liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; But, The LORD liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.” (Jeremiah 23:7-8)

“And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children’s children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever.” (Ezekiel 37:25)

“To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:” (Acts 1:3)…”When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.” (Acts 1:6-7)

In addition, the church was never mentioned by the prophets in the old scriptures as testified by the apostle Paul (see context of the following verse):

“Which (the church which is Christ’s body) in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;” (Ephesians 3:5)

TWO STICKS

Ezekiel 37:15-17 has been used by Mormons for years in an effort to prove that the Book of Mormon was prophesied in the Bible and that the two sticks mentioned here are the Bible and the Book of Mormon. A simple reading of the rest of the chapter disproves this false position and makes one wonder at such extreme dishonesty. Remember John 4:24, “truth”.

In the prophetic books of the Bible, “Ephraim” and “Israel” (The tribe of Joseph being part of the confederacy) are collective names of the ten tribes who under Jeroboam established the northern kingdom after the death of Solomon. Judah was representative of those who composed the southern kingdom.

APOSTLES AND PROPHETS

The Mormon doctrine defeats itself when they cite Ephesians 4:11 in an effort to prove that the true church must have a living prophet and living apostles on earth today. They point to the phrase “Til we all come to the unity of the Spirit” (Eph 4:13) and ask if that has yet been accomplished. They forget that if the verse is saying we must have “living” apostles and prophets until such a unity is accomplished, then what of their doctrine of no church at all on the earth during the “dark ages” when there was certainly no better unity than today?!?

But what does the verse teach? We must allow the scriptures to speak for themselves. See Eph 2:20 where we are told that the apostles and prophets are in the foundation of the church along with the Lord Jesus Christ Who is the Chief Cornerstone. They are still there as the foundation of God’s true church. We are today living in the superstructure of the church age, not the foundation. If we must have physically living apostles on earth today, who are in the foundation of the church, then it follows that we must also have the Chief Corner Stone, Jesus Christ, alive physically here on the earth today also!

In addition, the apostle Paul was an apostle to the Colossians by writing an epistle to them. They, as well as others, had not seen his “face in the flesh” (Col. 2:1). We enjoy his office as an apostle by the same means as they, by reading the epistles he wrote.

PRE-EXISTENCE

Jeremiah 1:5 is sited by Mormons as a proof text for our existence before being physically born into this world, as though the phrase “I knew thee” meant not the foreknowledge of God but that He knew Jeremiah in another world or existence. Using this logic, Matthew 7:23 would mean that those being condemned at judgment never really existed because God will say, “Depart from me, I never knew you.” Likewise Acts 15:18 would mean that the world and all of God’s creation existed before He created it because “Known unto God are all His works from the beginning of the world.”

Please see Genesis 2:7; John 3:31, 8:23; Romans 9:11 and 1Corinthians 15:46 for the truth on the subject. These verses show again the clear choice each Mormon must make…the word of God as recorded in the Bible or the confused, contradictory word of a false prophet.

THREE DEGREES

The three degrees of heaven which the Mormons try to extract from 1Corinthians 15:39-41 is again abolished by simply reading the context. And again, one has to wonder at such extreme dishonesty! The subject of the apostle Paul in this context is, what kind of body the true children of God will have in the resurrection. He pointed out that there are different kinds of flesh even in this life…flesh of men, of beasts, of fish and of birds. Then he wrote that there also is a difference in celestial (heavenly) and terrestrial (earthly) bodies. Finally, he cited the fact that in the observable heavens there is a difference in the glory of the sun, moon and stars. All of Paul’s arguments were intended to simply convey to his readers that the resurrected body will be different than our present body. None of Paul’s arguments in this context have anything to do with three degrees in a future heaven.

ELDERS

The Mormons claim that they are the restored true church as it was in its origin as described in the Bible. A comparison of Mormon so called “Elders” and the description of Elders in the true church of the Lord Jesus Christ in the Bible quickly dispels any Mormon claim at being the restoration of the Biblical church.

Titus 1:5-6 For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee: If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.

MORMON ‘INSPIRED’ WRITERS ADMIT TO ERRORS

Regarding the “inspiration” of the Book of Mormon, note this comment regarding possible errors in the last statement of the title page:

“And now, if there are any faults they are the mistakes of men; wherefore, condemn not the things of God, that ye may be found spotless at the judgment seat of Christ.” (Title Page, Book of Mormon, 1958)

And these following statements:

“Nevertheless, I do not write anything upon the plates save it be that I think it sacred. And now, if I do err, even did they err of old; not that I would excuse myself because of other men, but because of the weakness which is in me, according to the flesh, I would excuse myself.” (1Nephi 19:6)

“And whoso receiveth this record, and shall not condemn it because of the imperfections which are in it, the same shall know of greater things than these…And if there be faults they be the faults of men. But behold, we know no fault…” (Mormon 8:12 and 17)

“Condemn me not because of mine imperfections, neither my father because of his imperfections, neither them who have written before him; but rather give thanks to God that he hath made manifest unto you our imperfections, that ye may learn to be more wise than we have been…and if we could have written in Hebrew, behold, ye would have had no imperfections in our record.” (Mormon 9:31 and 33)

Please contrast the above with the words of the apostle Paul:

“If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.” (1Corinthians 14:37)

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly (thoroughly) furnished unto all good works.” (2Timothy 3:16)

COMMON PROBLEM

When a Mormon sees the errors of the religion he or she has been taught to revere, they are faced with a dilemma. They realize that if they embrace the truth of the word of God and leave the falsehood of Mormonism, they will encounter the wrath and/or tears of their loved ones. To those who may be in this predicament we offer the following considerations.

First, truth is the only path of happiness in this life and for eternity. Only by embracing the truth does a person exhibit true love toward God and toward their loved ones. Forgiveness for sins and where a person will spend eternity are the most important issues. Jesus Christ, the Son of God loves you and has paid the full penalty for your sins. Your first and foremost responsibility is to Him. If you call upon Him for salvation, you will become His child and be immediately added to His true church. By living in the truth, you will not only have the personal peace and joy which God bestows on His children, but may also have the delight of seeing some of your loved ones and friends come to Christ and be saved themselves. Real love can take no course but the truth.

Thank God, he has made the way into His love and grace clear and universally simple and available. It is a fact that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23; Eph 2:1-3) and “the wages of sin is death” (Rom 6:23). Like a drowning man, we can do nothing to save ourselves. God in His mercy and love sent His only begotten Son to live the perfect sinless life we could not live (Heb 7:26), then He died and went to hell in our place (John 3:16; Eph 4:9; Acts 2:27) paying the penalty for our sins. The one verse encapsulation of this truth is found in 2Corinthians 5:21.

“For he (the Father) hath made him (the Son) to be sin for us, who (the Son) knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2Corinthians 5:21)

When a person realizes their “drowning,” helpless condition and cries out to Him for salvation and forgiveness, God hears and responds from heaven!

“And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” (Acts 16:31)

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:9-13)

“And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” (Luke 18:13-14)

God saves them and gives them a new life.

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2Corinthians 5:17)

At the same moment He places them into His family or church.

“Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” (Acts 2:47)

“For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” (2Corinthains 12:13)

Are you willing to forsake your proud efforts at saving yourself and open your heart to the loving forgiveness of Jesus Christ by faith in the work He has already completed for you?

“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6)

“And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” (Hebrews 9:22-28)

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

FOOTNOTES:

1 Plan of Salvation, (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1978), pp. 8-12

2 James E. Talmage, Articles of faith (Salt Lake City, Utah: The Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints, 1949), p. 107

3 What the Mormons Think of Christ (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1976), p. 22

4 James E. Talmage, Articles of faith (Salt Lake City, Utah: The Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints, 1949), p. 87

5 Ibid, p. 409

6 Ibid, pp. 146-7

7 Ibid, p. 87

8 What the Mormons Think of Christ (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1976), p. 6

9 Gordon H. Fraser, What Does the Book of Mormon Teach?, (Moody Press, Chicago, Ill, 1964), pp. 58-63

10 Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, Volume 1, p. 50

11 Ibid

12 What the Mormons Think of Christ (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1976), p. 25

13 The Falling Away and the Restoration Foretold, (The Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1979), p. 12

14 Ibid, p. 12

SOME PRESENT POSSESSIONS OF A TRUE CHRISTIAN

THE MOMENT HE RECEIVES JESUS CHRIST AS HIS SAVIOUR

Delivered from the power of darkness…Col. 1:13

Redeemed…Col. 1:14

Eternal, everlasting life…John 3:15-16, 1 John 5:13

In Christ…Col. 3:1

A son of God…John 1:12-13; 1John 3:1

Passed from death into life…John 5:24

Reconciled to God by the death of His Son…Rom 5:10

Justified by the blood of Christ…Rom 5:9

Holy and without blame…Eph 1:4; 1Cor 1:8

No condemnation…Rom 8:1

Forgiveness of sins through His blood…Eph 1:7

Christ in us…Col. 1:27

Complete in Christ…Col. 2:10

Heavenly citizenship…Phil 3:20

Sealed with the Holy Spirit…Eph 1:13

In the church (body of Christ)…Acts 2:47; 1Cor 12:18

Baptized by the Holy Spirit…John 7:39; 1Cor 12:13

All needs supplied…Phil 4:19; 1 Peter 5:7

Constant availability of God our Father, because of the priesthood of Jesus Christ

Himself…Hebrews 4:15-16

Already seated in heaven, in Christ…Col. 3:1-4; Eph 1:3

Thoroughly furnished unto all good works by the Bible…2 Timothy 3:16-17

A wonderful Saviour Who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we could

ask or think…Eph 3:20

What could Mormonism or any other man made religion add to this?!!

W. Zelder, P.O. Box 782, Ft Worth, TX 76058

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