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Are you prepared to meet God?

Are You Prepared to Meet God?

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.:ARE YOU PREPARED TO MEET GOD? –A simple test for the honest Latter-Day Saint

“Have ye walked, keeping yourselves blameless before God? Could ye say, if ye were called to die at this time, within yourselves, that ye have been sufficiently humble? …Behold, are ye stripped of pride? I say unto you, if ye are not ye are not prepared to meet God. Behold ye must prepare quickly; for the kingdom of heaven is soon at hand, and such an one hath not eternal life.” — Alma 5:27-28, Book of Mormon Continue reading Are you prepared to meet God?

Saved or Unsaved?

 

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pl_sulg.:SAVED OR UNSAVED? —THAT IS THE QUESTION – A detailed analysis of the Mormon “Gospel” Salvation Requirements

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In his book, The Miracle of Forgiveness, former LDS (Latter-day Saint) Apostle and Prophet Spencer W. Kimball defined the “gospel” of Mormonism as a “code of laws and commandments” by which humans “might attain perfection and, eventually, godhood.” According to Kimball, “this set of laws and ordinances…is the only plan which will exalt mankind.”1. One authoritative LDS Church manual, Gospel Principles, describes the LDS gospel plan this way:

“Elder Boyd K. Packer of the Council of the Twelve gave the following illustration to show how Christ’s atonement makes it possible to be saved from sin if we do our part. ‘Let me tell you a story.…There once was a man who.…incurred a great debt.…the day came, and the contract fell due. The debt had not been fully paid. His creditor appeared and demanded payment in full.… ‘If you do not forgive the debt there will be no mercy,’ the debtor pleaded. ‘If I do, there will be no justice,’ was the reply.…The debtor had a friend. He came to help.…He stepped between them, faced the creditor, and made this offer. ‘I will pay the debt if you will free the debtor from his contract so that he may keep his possessions and not go to prison.’…And so the creditor agreed. The mediator turned then to the debtor. ‘If I pay your debt, will you accept me as your creditor?’ ‘Oh yes, yes,’ cried the debtor. ‘You saved me from prison and show mercy to me.’ ‘Then,’ said the benefactor, ‘you will pay the debt to me and I will set the terms. It will not be easy, but it will be possible. I will provide a way. You need not go to prison.’ …Because there was a mediator, justice had claimed its full share, and mercy was satisfied.”—Gospel Principles, 1978, 1992ed, pp. 75, 77 Continue reading Saved or Unsaved?

Should we trust the Bible?

.:SHOULD WE TRUST THE BIBLE? —A Response to Mormonism’s Attack Upon the Bible’s Accuracy

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The Bible is a compilation of 66 books that we call the “canon” (rule or standard) of Scripture. The Bible is divided into two sections: The Old Testament which covers the period of human history from Creation to the Hebrew prophet Malachi in 400 B.C., and the New Testament which covers the period from the Birth of Christ (4 A.D.) to the Revelation of John in 95 A.D.  The majority of the Old Testament was canonized long before Christ’s birth with two marginal books being solidified into the final Jewish canon at the Council of Jamnia in 90 A.D. Most of the New Testament books were accepted by 100 A.D. with the exception of six debatable books that were officially recognized into the Christian canon at the Third Council of Carthage in 397 A.D. 1. Continue reading Should we trust the Bible?

Did Joseph Smith possess the proper priesthood authority?

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.:DID JOSEPH SMITH POSSESS THE PROPER PRIESTHOOD AUTHORITY TO RESTORE CHRIST’S CHURCH IN 1830? —11 Questions for Mormons concerning Priesthood Authority in Early LDS History

1. Do you believe that Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery were required to have the authority of the Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthoods in order to organize the LDS Church April 6, 1830?“In restoring the gospel, God again gave the priesthood to men. John the Baptist came in 1829 to ordain Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery to the Aaronic Priesthood (see D&C 13; 27:8). Then Peter, James, and John, the presidency of the Church in ancient times, came and gave Joseph and Oliver the Melchizedek Priesthood and the keys of the Kingdom of God (see D&C 27:12-13). …Through the Restoration the priesthood was returned to the earth. Those who hold this priesthood today have the authority to perform ordinances such as baptism. They also have the authority to direct the Lord’s kingdom on earth. …On 6 April 1830, the Savior again directed the organization of his Church on earth (see D&C 20:1).”— Gospel Principles, p. 111 Continue reading Did Joseph Smith possess the proper priesthood authority?

Facts the Mormon Church Doesn’t Want You to Know

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Salt Lake Temple.:EXAMINING THE CLAIMS OF MORMONISM—Is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the True Church? – Overview of Mormonism exposes some of the unchristian doctrine of the Mormon Church, changes in LDS Scripture and false prophecies that have been uttered by various Mormon authorities. Continue reading Facts the Mormon Church Doesn’t Want You to Know

How To Witness Effectively To Mormons

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HOW TO WITNESS EFFECTIVELY TO MORMONS — Breaking the LDS Authority Barrier Step-by-Step

“I feel sorry for you!” exclaimed a middle-aged Mormon lady to a Christian teenager handing out Gospel tracts at a Mormon event. “You have some truth, but you don’t have the fullness of the Gospel like we do. We have priesthood authority and modern-day Prophets and Apostles to lead us. What could your church possibly have to offer us?”

This prideful attitude is common among members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). They believe that “plain and precious” Gospel doctrines have been removed from the Christian Bible so that additional books of Mormon Scripture (i.e., Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price) are needed for a complete understanding of the Gospel. The LDS Church teaches that when the Biblical Apostles died, special “priesthood authority” to act in the name of God was removed from the earth. Thus, Mormons claim that Jesus Christ used John the Baptist, Peter, James, and John to confer upon Joseph Smith missing Aaronic and Melchizedek priesthoods so that he would hold the authority necessary to “restore” God’s true Church to earth in 1830. Due to these spiritual superiority claims, how should Christians approach Mormons who think their LDS Church has more to offer than other churches? We suggest the following steps to overcome these foundational Mormon authority barriers. Continue reading How To Witness Effectively To Mormons

Questions To Ask Mormon Missionaries at the Door

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QUESTIONS TO ASK MORMON MISSIONARIES –- A Step-by-Step Guide for Christians Witnessing to Mormons at the Door

WHO ARE MORMON MISSIONARIES?

Mormon missionaries are representatives of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormon Church).  While Mormons claim to be “Christians,” their denial of key Christian beliefs such as God the Father being a Spirit, not an exalted man, the Son being an eternal and uncreated God, not Lucifer’s spirit-brother, man’s goal being to worship God, not become a “god” himself, and eternal hell for unbelievers who reject Christ with no second chance after death has caused many Christians to denounce this group as a heretical movement. 1. In addition to the King James Version of the Bible, Mormons regard as “Scripture” three other books produced by Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism. These books are: The Book of Mormon (a translation of gold plates that allegedly contained the record of ancient inhabitants of America), The Doctrine and Covenants (a transcription of prophecies and revelations that Joseph Smith claimed to have received from God), and The Pearl of Great Price (a translation of an ancient Egyptian ‘Book of Breathings’ papyrus that Smith claimed contained the writings of the biblical patriarch Abraham). Continue reading Questions To Ask Mormon Missionaries at the Door

Questions for LDS on the Impossible Gospel of Mormonism

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QUESTIONS FOR LDS ON THE IMPOSSIBLE GOSPEL OF MORMONISM — A Verse-by-Verse Presentation from LDS Scripture

mountain-pathChristians who believe in the sufficiency of faith alone in Christ for salvation are often frustrated when they quote Ephesians 2:8-9 (“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.” **) to a Mormon only to find him agreeing that “general salvation” (resurrection to eternal life) is a free gift given to everyone without works. They may wonder, “Is there much difference between the Mormon Gospel and the Christian Gospel?” While Mormons believe that faith in Christ grants the first level of salvation (i.e., resurrection), they believe that good works (such as marriage for eternity in an LDS temple) are required to earn the highest level of Heaven. Quoting James 2:20: “…faith without works is dead” and other passages that speak of rewards granted in Heaven, many Mormons feel that the Christian Gospel is “too easy.” They believe that while Christians have “some truth,” the LDS religion is the only one that contains the fullness of the everlasting Gospel. Continue reading Questions for LDS on the Impossible Gospel of Mormonism

Questions for Mormons on the Godhead – Presenting the Biblical God and the Trinity

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QUESTIONS FOR MORMONS ON THE GODHEAD —Presenting the Biblical God and the Trinity

1. Do you believe God was once a “man” like you? If so, wouldn’t that make him once a sinner like you?

“God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens! …I say, if you were to see him today, you would see him like a man in form like yourselves in all the person, image, and very form as a manI am going to tell you how God came to be God.  We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity.  I will refute that idea …he was once a man like us; yea, that God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ himself did… Here, then, is eternal life—to know the only wise and true God; and you have got to learn how to be Gods yourselves, …the same as all Gods have done before you…”—Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 345-347 Continue reading Questions for Mormons on the Godhead – Presenting the Biblical God and the Trinity

Are Prophets and Apostles for the Christian Church today?

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ARE PROPHETS AND APOSTLES FOR THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH TODAY? —1 CORINTHIANS 12:28: “And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets…”

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) points to a number of Biblical Scriptures to contend that God leads the true Church through “Prophets” and “Apostles” just as He did in Biblical times.  Thus, Christian churches that do not claim to be led by living “Prophets” and “Apostles” are ridiculed by Mormons as not having the fullness of authority that the LDS Church claims to possess today. Some of the most common Scriptures used by Mormons to support this belief are: Continue reading Are Prophets and Apostles for the Christian Church today?

Mormon Doctrine Exposed

–Shining God’s Light on Mormon Beliefs

– Reference Chart exposing the doctrinal errors of the Mormon Church in parallel form by comparing Mormon doctrine against the clear teachings of the Bible.

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MORMON DOCTRINE EXPOSED – Reference Chart

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Who We Are – Ex-Mormons for Jesus

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.:AN OPEN LETTER TO OUR MORMON FRIENDS – ANSWERING THE QUESTION: “Who Are You? Are You Anti-Mormons Who Hate the LDS Church?”

The Mormon (LDS) Church has a lot to offer families and individuals. In addition to structured spiritual activities, the Church offers wholesome family events and moral entertainment.  In a culture where traditional family values are under attack, many find the moral support of the LDS Church invaluable.  Given the many positives of this religion, many wonder why a ministry that calls itself “Christian” would seek to discredit this Church. They often wrongly assume that our people must have had a “bad” experience in the Church that has left us angry and bitter. Continue reading Who We Are – Ex-Mormons for Jesus

Blind fools! Why don’t you all come home?

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.:OUR RESPONSE TO A MORMON CONCERN: BLIND FOOLS! YOU HAD A TESTIMONY! WHY DON’T YOU ALL COME HOME?!”

“Blind faith, brain washing, catchy songs. You are all fools! Your ambivalent clichés on Mormonism are neither founded nor respected. Chuck, if you truly were at one time Mormon, why were you such a push over? Don’t you know part of the faith is to question the norm and challenge the truth? You tormented soul! Your angry and victimized tale is hardly proper indignation for a religion that didn’t bring you happiness.

I wonder how you managed to stay in as long as you did. Let me guess, the Christian faith has somehow brought happiness you could never find in being the “worker Bee” Mormon? Well, continue your fable life of blindness and enjoy your new faith.  Your slander and condemnation only strengthen the one and only true Church that has been brought forth in “these latter days!”

I cannot believe you would be so foolish as to imply that the Bible is the only true source of God over the Book of Mormon. How can you say, “A book! A book! I have a book and it contains the word of God!” on the one hand, but on the other, you denounce the latter-day miracles of its author? Where did you get that book in the first place? Was it not from the mouth of a Jew? Who are you that you would question the witnesses of God? Could there not be more than one book from God?

I testify to you, sir, that there is more than one, or the Bible would lack credibility and your “God’s word” would not be believed. Witnesses come in two’s and three’s. Surely you can remember that! I beckon you, Chuck, return your tired spirit home so that you may again find peace in the happiness of the true and only gospel! I wish you well, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!” Continue reading Blind fools! Why don’t you all come home?

Why do you deter others from the simple LDS gospel?

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.:THE LDS GOSPEL IS SO SIMPLE! WHY DO YOU DETER OTHERS FROM IT?

A MORMON WRITES:

“I have many issues with the statements you pose on your site.  …The gospel of Jesus Christ is very, very simple.  The Lord is not the author of confusion. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the Lord’s Church.  I know this because I know without a doubt that the Book of Mormon is truly the word of the Lord to the ancient inhabitants of the American Continent brought to light in our days as an additional witness to the divinity and reality of the Son of God as the Savior of the world. …After reading what Chuck had to say, I felt sad.  Come back to the Church, Chuck!  If you don’t want a calling that’s fine. You don’t have to do anything, but come and develop your relationship with the Savior and your family’s relationship as well. There is a great difference between those who believe in Christ and those who try to deter others from the light of the Gospel.  I urge you not to continue to be the latter.” Continue reading Why do you deter others from the simple LDS gospel?

I Bear You My Testimony – A Reply to a Mormon Testimony

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.:I BEAR YOU MY TESTIMONY THAT THE LDS CHURCH IS NOT TRUE.OUR REPLY TO A MORMON TESTIMONY:

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“I respect individuals who are determined in their beliefs and their love for Jesus and his gospel, because I find myself in that same path. So, I hope that you don’t regard me as part of a ‘counterfeit Christianity’ by being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know for an absolute surety that it is the only entity on this earth that has all of the saving ordinances necessary to inherit eternal life. To know Jesus is to serve him, to do as he did and to listen to his prophets.

I belong to THE Church of Jesus Christ. I have prayed earnestly to know the truth of the things I have so diligently searched, and God in his infinite wisdom and love shared His truth with me through the power of the Holy Ghost. Nothing can take this knowledge from me, for it is knowledge and not faith. I am past faith on this. Faith is hoping for things that you have not seen, but knowing is having a validation by the power of the Holy Ghost that what you have had faith in is true. It is validated! Continue reading I Bear You My Testimony – A Reply to a Mormon Testimony