July 16 – John 10:9; “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture”.
Posts Tagged ‘cross’
Luke 9:23-25; “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. 24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. 25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?”
A couple of weeks ago my pastor spoke on taking risks and what our responsibilities are as members of the church of Jesus Christ. He based his sermon on the passage above and of course I began thinking about the Mormons. For this article I have two objectives to explore and they are;
What did Jesus mean when He said ‘pick up your cross’?
What does this phrase mean for the Mormon?
Posted in Witnessing Tip of the Day, tagged 2nd Nephi, Adam, atonement, bible, Book of Mormon, cross, crucifixion, enmity between God and man, Eve, fall of man, false doctrine, false god, false gospel, false prophets, false teachers, Garden of Eden original sin, garment of righteousness, grace, Jesus, joseph smith, lds church, mercy, mormonism, peace with God, Redeemer, sacrifice, Savior, truth on 03/09/2014 | Leave a Comment »
The message begins with the parable Jesus gave of a shepherd leaving the ninety-nine sheep in search for the one that’s lost in Luke 15:4, 7. It insinuates that Jesus was referring to those who are on the brink of leaving the church or to those who have already left, and it’s up to the faithful in the church to seek out, and help those who have lost their way.
Posted in Mormon Dilemmas, tagged 1 John 5:11-12, blood of Christ, cross, false doctrines of Mormonism, History of the Church 5:403, Jesus, joseph smith, knowledge of the priesthood saves man, salvation on 12/15/2013 | Leave a Comment »
History of the Church 5:403; “Salvation is for a man to be saved from all his enemies; for until a man can triumph over death, he is not saved. A knowledge of the priesthood alone will do this.” – Joseph Smith, May 21, 1843
1 John 5:11-12; “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.”
Posted in Mormon Dilemmas, tagged atonement, Carol Stephens, cross, Do We Know What We Have, false doctrines of Mormonism, General Conference October 2013, John 19:30 on 11/29/2013 | Leave a Comment »
“Do We know what We Have”, General Conference, October 2013; “His atonement provides the way for us to progress on the path to our Heavenly home, through sacred priesthood ordinances and covenants.” – Carole M. Stephens, First Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency
Gospel Principles, pg 233; “The Atonement of Jesus Christ assures each of us that we will be resurrected and live forever. But if we are to live forever with our families in Heavenly Father’s presence, we must do all that the Savior commands us to do. This includes being baptized and confirmed and receiving the ordinances of the temple.”
Mark 10:45; “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
This past week has brought some interesting e-mails from several Mormons and I’ve noticed there was a theme running throughout most of them – the cross. Several of those who’ve taken the time out of their busy days have pointed out they don’t hate it. I thought it was interesting in light of their official doctrinal views to the cross so I wrote an article about it – you can access the PDF here.
Know that we’re praying for the Mormon people. Our hearts cry out for your salvation and the peace only Jesus can give to you through His death on that cross and His glorious resurrection!
With Love in Christ;
1 Corinthians 1:18
Adam & Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane
The Man Adam, pg 84; “And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and he sweat as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” (JST, Luke 22:41-44.) Elder Bruce R. McConkie postulated that this angel was likely Adam. If this angel was Adam (and there seems to be no reason to doubt it), here was the Messiah in the Garden of Gethsemane in his greatest of all trials, shedding his blood to redeem mankind from the effects of Adam’s transgression in the Garden of Eden and also from the results of each person’s own sins. There appeared from heaven to strengthen him the very person of Adam himself-he who brought mortality and blood and death and sin into the world. The parallel issue is unmistakable!
The plan of salvation to which both Adam and Jesus subscribed in the premortal world was being worked out in the world of Adam’s posterity. Each had fulfilled his foreordained part, and now the two principals were together as Jesus triumphed over sin and mortality. The next day Jesus would die upon the cross, and three days later he would rise from the grave, totally triumphant, not only over the death of the body but also over the death of the spirit-which is alienation from God.” – Joseph Fielding McConkie, Robert L. Millett
Galatians 3:13-14; “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
Posted in Thought of the Day about Mormonism, tagged Christian, cross, crucifixion, D&C 19;18, false doctrines of Mormonism, Jesus, Jesus suffered for sins in Garden of Gethsemane, John 18:11 on 03/27/2012 | 1 Comment »
Today (3/26/12) I traveled over to the LDS website and found a very sad state of affairs. http://www.lds.org/?lang=eng The front page of their site says;
“The Savior Suffers in Gethsemane”
You’re going to see a video of a white Mormon Jesus with a British accent going to the Garden, kneeling down and praying the words from the Bible. At some point he starts sniffling while they show the disciples sleeping and Jesus walking over to ask them why they can’t stay awake. I find it interesting the Church thinks the Bible has been mistranslated yet they use the very words from it…hmmm….
Salvation and Exaltation
Jude 1:24-25; “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.”
Posted in Mormon Dilemmas, tagged Brigham Young quotes, cross, false doctrines, false gods, idols, Jesus, joseph smith, Joseph Smith your god, Mormon Dilemmas, Mormonism vs Christianity, salvation on 09/17/2011 | 1 Comment »
Joseph Smith, Your God
Journal of Discourses 4:271; “A man cannot find out himself without the light of revelation; he has to turn round and seek to the Lord his God, in order to find out himself. If you find out who Joseph was, you will know as much about God as you need to at present; for if He said, “I am a God to this people,” He did not say that He was the only wise God. Jesus was a God to the people when he was upon earth, was so before he came to this earth, and is yet. Moses was a God to the children of Israel, and in this manner you may go right back to Father Adam.” – Brigham Young, Salt Lake City, March 8, 1857
Posted in August, Witnessing Tip of the Day, tagged angel of light, bible, Book of Mormon, cross, English, false doctrine, false prophets, Jesus, joseph smith, Mormon terminology, mormonism, salvation, sin, transgression on 08/31/2011 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Mormon Dilemmas, tagged atonement for sin, bible, Book of Mormon, Calvary, cross, crucifixion, false doctrine, false teachings, Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus, redemption from sin, salvation on 08/18/2011 | 3 Comments »
The Cross and The Atonement
Today we’re looking at the Cross…at Calvary. For the Christian, it is the place where we find peace as we know this is where God gave His Only Son to die in our stead. A sacrifice had to be made to pay for our sin and God in His infinite wisdom and mercy paid that price for us because of His love for mankind. For God so loved the world… John 3:16
Posted in False Prophecies of the Mormon Church, tagged atonement for sin, bible, cross, false doctrine, false gospel, false prophets, Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus, joseph smith, mormonism, salvation on 08/06/2011 | Leave a Comment »
Jesus Crucified for Our Sins
Doctrines of Salvation 1:132; “We will never be able to pay the debt. The gratitude of our hearts should be filled to overflowing in love and obedience for his great and tender mercy. For what he has done, we should never fail him. He bought us with a price, the price of his great suffering and the spilling of his blood in sacrifice on the cross.”
Posted in Mormon Dilemmas, tagged atonement, cross, crucified, false doctrine, false prophet, free gift, grace vs. works, Henry B. Eyring, Jesus, joseph smith, Mormon Dilemmas, mormonism, salvation, sin on 06/15/2011 | 1 Comment »
Ensign, November 2008, pg. 57; “”[The] testing of our limits in priesthood service is made necessary by God’s plan to qualify His children to live with Him again forever. Heavenly Father loves His children…To qualify us to receive that gift, He gave us a mortal body, the opportunity to be tempted to sin, and a way to be cleansed from that sin and to rise in the First Resurrection. He gave us His Beloved Son, Jehovah, as our Savior to make that possible. The Savior was born in mortal life, was tempted but never sinned, and then in Gethsemane and on Golgotha paid the price of our sins so that we could be cleansed. The purifying can come only to those who have faith enough in Jesus Christ to repent of sin, be cleansed through the ordinance of baptism, and make and keep covenants to obey all His commandments. And there was to be a fierce enemy of our souls, Lucifer, who would with his legions relentlessly try to capture every child of God to keep him or her from having the joy of eternal life.”” – Henry B. Eyring
Posted in Mormon Dilemmas, tagged atonement, bible, blood covenant, cross, crucifixion, Doctrines of Salvation, false doctrines, false prophets, firing squad, grace, Jesus, Jesus atones for sin, Joseph F. Smith, man must atone for sin, mormonism, Ronnie Gardner, salvation, utah on 06/05/2011 | 10 Comments »
Atonement for Sin
This is what breaks our hearts here at the ministry. One character marker we see time and again with the Mormon people is anger. Dr. Walter Martin once said that the lies piled upon the soul of the Mormon people cause frustration and anger. They’re usually argumentative and have been trained to provoke the anger in you to take away their guilt. This gives them a reason to verbally attack.
Pray for them.
The following example taken from Doctrines of Salvation is a good example of how the Church confuses its members and obviously causes quite the dilemma.
Posted in Adam and Eve's Sin, tagged Adam and Eve, atonement, cross, Doctrine and Covenants, fall of man, false gospel, false prophet, Garden of Eden, Garden of Gethsemane, Genesis, Jesus, joseph smith, mormonism, original sin, redemption, sacrifice, salvation on 05/11/2011 | 3 Comments »
Adam and Eve’s Sin and the New Mormon Website
In my daily LDS Gems e-mails I received notice today (February 26, 2008) of another new website launched by the Church. Here in part is what it said;
“The new site is a helpful resource for anyone who wishes to know firsthand what Latter-day Saints believe about Jesus Christ. It is also a valuable reference that Church members can use as they share their beliefs with others.”