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March Witnessing Tip of the DayMarch 11 – Acts 2:2; “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.”

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March Witnessing Tip of the DayMarch 10 – Matthew 1:21; “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS:  for he shall save his people from their sins”.

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March Witnessing Tip of the DayMarch 4 – Acts 5:41; “And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name”.

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October 30 – 2 Timothy 4:2-4; “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”

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Man Can Remain without Sin

Mormon Decisions 10Mormon Doctrine, pg 320; “But, notwithstanding all this, he [Jesus] kept the law of God, and remained without sin, showing thereby that it is in the power of man to keep the law and remain also without sin; and also, that by him a righteous judgment might come upon all flesh, and that all who walk not in the law of God may justly be condemned by the law, and have no excuse for their sins.”

Romans 7:23; “But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.”

Galatians 5:17; “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.”

James 4:1; “From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?”

1 Peter 2:11; “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.”

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Hell isn’t Always Eternal

Encyclopedia of Mormonism, pg 586; “A third meaning of “hell” (second spiritual death) refers to the realm of the devil and his angels, including those known as sons of perdition (2 Pet. 2:4; D&C 29:38; 88:113; Rev. 20:14). It is a place for those who cannot be cleansed by the Atonement because they committed the unforgivable and unpardonable sin (1 Ne. 15:35; D&C 76:30-49). Only this hell continues to operate after the Resurrection and Judgment.”

 

 

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Salvation 

In Mormonism there is a general or “unconditional salvation” of all people because God gives “grace alone without obedience to gospel law”.  After this general salvation comes the placement of souls.  Heaven is comprised of three distinct levels and you earn your way into the various levels by the amount or type of work you’ve done here on earth.  These levels are; the Celestial Kingdom, Terrestrial Kingdom and the lowest level of the Telestial Kingdom.  To the Mormon you aren’t truly ‘saved’ unless you enter into what they call the Celestial Kingdom and have become a god.

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June 28 – Romans 1:16; “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”

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June 9 – Matt. 5:4; “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.”

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May 25 – Ro. 14:17; “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost”.

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May 14 – Joshua 1:1; “Now after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD it came to pass, that the LORD spake unto Joshua the son of Nun…”

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April 29 – “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”.  Romans 6:23.

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March 28 – In 1 Cor. 1:10 Paul says; “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”.

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This scripture reference is what the Mormons use to ‘prove’ that all churches but them are apostate because we have so many different denominations.  What they refuse to see is that if you follow the tenets of the Bible and see it as the infallible word of God, the name over the doorway is no different than each of us having our own identity with our given name.

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“If modern churches do not conform to the New Testament pattern of the true Church, then the non-conforming organizations are apostate.  This simple test of the authenticity of any church claiming to be the Lord’s may be made by finding answer to such questions as:  Where is there a church that has…some combination of the names of Christ as its name?”  Mormon Doctrine, pg 45.

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March 13 – Gen. 3:24; “So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubim’s, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life”. 

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Next to John 3:16, the Genesis scripture should be at the forefront of every believer’s mind.  Man was separated from God, thus the need for John 3:16.  It was not God’s intention for this to happen.  He knew it would happen, but it doesn’t mean that He willed it to happen.  The Mormon believes man had to sin in order to know joy, sadness and to even procreate.  They believe this sin commandment came from God.

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“In conformity to the will of the Lord, Adam fell both spiritually and temporally.”  Mormon Doctrine, pg. 268.

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March 12 – John 16:17; “Even the Spirit of Truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you”.

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Please show the Mormon the truth about the Holy Spirit.  He actually dwells inside of the believer!

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“Now what is this other Comforter?  It is no more nor less than the Lord Jesus Christ Himself…that when any man obtains this last Comforter, he will have the personage of Jesus Christ to attend him, or appear unto him from time to time…”  Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg. 151.

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February 16 – 1 Corinthians 15:47; “The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven”.

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Mormons will tell you there aren’t any scriptures that say we don’t have a heavenly mother, yet it’s clear that God is self-existent without the need of anyone’s help for creating us.  In fact, He’s the only one to come down from heaven at all, meaning we were not with Him before living on this earth.  Ask the Mormon why they believe there is a “Heavenly Mother”.

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“This doctrine that there is a Mother in Heaven was affirmed in plainness by the First Presidency of the Church…that man is the “offspring of celestial parentage” and that “all men and women are in the similitude of the universal Father and Mother, and are literally the sons and daughters of Deity””.  Mormon Doctrine pg. 516, Bruce McConkie.

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February 12 – Are you sure you’re saved?  “…for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day”.  2 Tim. 1:12b

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Your question to a Mormon today should be twofold.  1-Who exactly is Jesus Christ?  2-If you died today would you go to heaven?  If a Mormon is to be completely honest, he won’t be able fulfill his obligations here on earth to attain full salvation.

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“This full salvation is obtained in and through the continuation of the family unit in eternity, and those who obtain it are gods.”  MD, pg. 670.

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February 8 – “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days;” Col. 2:16

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When Jesus came to earth, He was the fulfillment of the Law.  There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ.  If you’re truly saved, your outward behavior is a manifestation of your inner conversion, thus negating the need for more laws to follow.  Obeying the ordinances of man doesn’t bring honor to God.

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“Three types of things are prohibited to man by the Word of Wisdom—tobacco, strong drinks, and hot drinks…through the cleanliness resulting from keeping this law of health, and by ‘walking in obedience to the commandment’, the saints will qualify for the companionship of the Holy Spirit…”  Mormon Doctrine, pgs. 845-847

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February 7 – Jesus promised us that the Spirit would be in us.  John 14:17 says; “Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you”.

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From this scripture and the following six verses we can see and know that the Holy Spirit is our “resident teacher”.  He isn’t something that only appears when we’re on our best behavior but He makes His abode with us.  The transliteration of abode means to tarry.

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“The gift of the Holy Ghost is the right to have the constant companionship of the Spirit; the actual enjoyment of the gift, the actual receipt of the companionship of the Spirit, is based on personal righteousness; it does not come unless and until the person is worthy to receive it.”  Mormon Doctrine, pg. 313.

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February 4 – John 1:1, 14; “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth”. 

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It’s always important to pay close attention to the wording of contracts, bosses, parents or anything else that is in authority in your life.  You may miss a key element that could cost you millions of dollars, cost you your freedom or ultimately your own salvation.

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Joseph Smith’s ‘New Translation’ of the Bible says in John 1:1, 14; “In the beginning was the gospel preached through the Son.  And the gospel was the word, and the word was with the Son, and the Son was with God, and the Son was of God.  And the same word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth”.

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