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Old-Testament-Gospel-Doctrine-Teachers-Manual-35570000Having the courage to stand up for their gospel’s standards is a desire all Mormons share. This lesson follows the stories of Esther, Mordecai, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego as they chose to follow God, instead of taking the easy way out.

These people are amazing examples of the courage it takes to acknowledge God in the face of danger, and take the unpopular and even life threatening path when you’re not certain how events will turn out.

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Old-Testament-Gospel-Doctrine-Teachers-Manual-35570000As we’ve been nearing the end of these lessons I’ve noticed a recurring theme going on.  The Church has turned the lessons more inward than outward. What I mean by that is for the past several weeks these lessons are more about Mormonism, their temples and the growth of the Church than the Bible and what God has to say. They’ve systematically isolated members more and more with each lesson and I highly doubt members are even aware of what’s taken place. Mind you, I know all the lessons have been filled with false teachings, etc; however, they’ve been getting progressively worse.

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Old-Testament-Gospel-Doctrine-Teachers-Manual-35570000Matthew 16:16-19; “And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. 18 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. 19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”.

You’ll want to keep the passage of scripture above in mind today as we go through this week’s lesson.  The title for this lesson is “A Kingdom Which Shall Never be Destroyed” and their purpose is to “strengthen class members’ testimonies of the restored Church of Jesus Christ and encourage them to help build the kingdom of God on earth”.

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Old-Testament-Gospel-Doctrine-Teachers-Manual-35570000The name of this lesson is “The Great and Dreadful Day of the Lord” and it’s centered on Zechariah 10-14 and Malachi. Its purpose is “To encourage class members to (1) prepare for the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, (2) pay an honest tithe and generous offerings, and (3) experience the blessings that come because of the sealing power of the priesthood.”

If you’re thinking ‘how could they possibly do justice to these two books in one short lesson’, the answer is simple; they can’t and they don’t.

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Old-Testament-Gospel-Doctrine-Teachers-Manual-35570000When I began to read over this next lesson I couldn’t help but shake my head and sigh in disgust at its objective. The “purpose” is:

“To encourage class members to partake of the life-giving, healing powers that are available in the temple.”

In lesson 43 we left off in Ezekiel chapter 37, where Ezekiel has a prophecy of the Lord’s sanctuary, and we learned what this meant to us and to the Jews. The following lesson begins in chapters 43-44 where Ezekiel has a vision of the millennial temple, and the glory of God returning and fulfilling the temple with His glory.

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Old-Testament-Gospel-Doctrine-Teachers-Manual-35570000The lesson this week is called “I Will Write It in Their Hearts” and its focus is “to encourage class members to participate in God’s great latter-day work and to have his law written in their hearts”. They’ve used Jeremiah chapters 16, 23, 29 & 31.

This lesson reminded me of CS Lewis’ Screwtape Letters. Screwtape (the demon who’s reached a higher level in the bureaucracy of hell) and his nephew Wormwood grapple over the best way to trick their victim into believing in their god who is from below. Every once in awhile they’ll use biblical scriptures to entice the unknowing, but their main objective is to plant seeds of doubt into the mind of the victim so he’ll not know the true God of the Bible.  It’s a battle of the mind and heart of man in Lewis’ classic work, the Bible and even our lives today.  If Lewis’ work isn’t readily available to give an example of spiritual warfare to the Mormon, I suggest you use this lesson as an acceptable alternative.

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“The stick of Judah and the stick of Joseph”

Old-Testament-Gospel-Doctrine-Teachers-Manual-35570000In this next lesson we find ourselves in the book of Ezekiel, and another shining example the Mormon Church’s inflated ego that tells them a passage in this book is about them.

Probably one of the most well-known prophecies in Ezekiel amongst the Mormon people is found in chapter 37. In verses 15-28 Ezekiel has a prophecy of the reunion between Judah and Israel. However Mormons see it as a uniting of the Book of Mormon and the Bible. (“The stick of Judah symbolizes the Bible, and the stick of Joseph symbolizes the Book of Mormon.”)

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Old-Testament-Gospel-Doctrine-Teachers-Manual-35570000Jeremiah 42:16-17; “Then it shall come to pass, that the sword, which ye feared, shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt, and the famine, whereof ye were afraid, shall follow close after you there in Egypt; and there ye shall die. 17 So shall it be with all the men that set their faces to go into Egypt to sojourn there; they shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence: and none of them shall remain or escape from the evil that I will bring upon them”.

Those two verses are all you need to know and remember for this lesson and the two key words are ‘none’ and ‘Egypt’.  The book of Jeremiah is proof the Book of Mormon is a lie.

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Old-Testament-Gospel-Doctrine-Teachers-Manual-35570000The name of this lesson is “Enlarge the Place of Thy Tent” and its purpose is to encourage members to strengthen the stakes of Zion and prepare for the Second Coming and the Millennium”. The lesson is based on Isaiah chapters 54-56 and 63-65.

We’re starting this overview much like we did a few lessons ago with the last question first.  I do this for you to keep it in mind as we glance over their questions. We’ll come back to this in a few minutes. We’re praying that you’ll use it as a witnessing tool when you speak with your Mormon friends and loved ones!

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Old-Testament-Gospel-Doctrine-Teachers-Manual-35570000The purpose of lesson 39 is to: To strengthen each class member’s testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.” It covers Isaiah chapters 50-53 with a few references from other Mormon scriptures. (Unfortunately Mormons have been taught to believe that it’s impossible to truly understand the bible without the Book of Mormon. )

 

 

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Old-Testament-Gospel-Doctrine-Teachers-Manual-35570000The title of Lesson 38 is “Beside Me There Is No Saviour”.

The purpose of this lesson is: “To help class members understand that Jesus Christ is incomparable in his devotion to his people and that he has a great work for them to do.”

For this lesson church members spend the class period reading and picking through Isaiah chapters 40-49 the same way someone else would as they perused the classified ads.

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Old-Testament-Gospel-Doctrine-Teachers-Manual-35570000The purpose of this week’s lesson is: “To help class members come unto Christ through recognizing some of the wonderful things he has done.” It cites various prophecies Isaiah gave about Jesus Christ, some of the references the lesson gives are actual prophecies and some are not.

For instance this is an example of a prophecy he did not give, in the lesson we read:

“The Savior will restore the gospel to the earth.”

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Old-Testament-Gospel-Doctrine-Teachers-Manual-35570000The name of this lesson is “The Glory of Zion will be a Defense” and it focuses on the book of Isaiah chapters 1-6.

Working in this ministry day in and day out sometimes brings a sense of “it’s just another day at the office”. That is until.  Until the time when we encounter teachings like those I found in this lesson. It’s not often Mormon teachings stop me in my tracks like this did. After compiling my notes a chill went down my spine as I looked upon the information I had gathered.

 

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Old-Testament-Gospel-Doctrine-Teachers-Manual-35570000When my kids were little we were avid fans of the show “America’s Funniest Videos”.  As the show portrays time and again the disastrous results of some of the things people thought were novel ideas you can’t help but watch the outcome of their soon to be calamities.

That’s what it was like when I opened the link to get a quick idea about this lesson.  Its title told me it’s a train wreck waiting to happen and there’s disaster written all over it.

God Reveals His Secrets to His Prophets

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Old-Testament-Gospel-Doctrine-Teachers-Manual-35570000The name of this week’s lesson was “I Will Betroth Thee unto Me in Righteousness” and it focuses on Hosea’s marriage to his adulterous wife Gomer to compare it with the idolatrous behavior of Israel.

The teacher is instructed to ask members on several occasions to explain what Israel was doing wrong and then compares all this with the way we reject Christ today.  Wow, if this isn’t rich I don’t know what is.

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Old-Testament-Gospel-Doctrine-Teachers-Manual-35570000The main focus of this lesson is on missionary work and how it’s the Mormon’s responsibility to share their gospel all around the world. It touches on the story of Jonah and Micah and how they are examples of Mormonism in action.

The title to the third point in their lesson caught my attention. It reads:

“Micah prophesies of the mission of latter-day Israel.” 

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Old-Testament-Gospel-Doctrine-Teachers-Manual-35570000I had to chuckle a little when I glanced over this next lesson which is on the book of Job. What I found funny (and not in a Ha-Ha way) is this is the same book of the bible my pastor has taken the past couple of months to go over with us on Wednesday nights and the Mormon Church only takes one class period. Go figure!

The lesson covers four points from the life of Job. In the interest of time I’d like to focus on only one of these points. It reads:

Job finds strength in his personal righteousness and integrity.”

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Old-Testament-Gospel-Doctrine-Teachers-Manual-35570000This lesson once again finds the Mormon Sunday School class bulldozing through not one, but two books of the Bible. It covers some of the teachings in Proverbs and gives only a brief nod to Ecclesiastes with no real “study” to be found.

I know, by now I shouldn’t be surprised or taken aback by what they pass off as a bible study in the world of Mormonism. Still I can’t help but wonder if the class members walk away feeling that something is missing from their Sunday school class that day, or hunger for something more, something with a little more meat to it.

 

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Old-Testament-Gospel-Doctrine-Teachers-Manual-35570000The name of this week’s lesson is “Come to the House of the Lord” and it centers on activities that take place in the OT temple and the LDS temples today.

I’m starting this review with quoting the very last thing the teacher’s instruction manual said for lesson #30.

“Challenge class members to be more dedicated in their study of the scriptures.”

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Old-Testament-Gospel-Doctrine-Teachers-Manual-35570000The name of this week’s lesson is “He Took Up the Mantle of Elijah” and it centers on the story of when Elisha took Elijah’s mantle to become God’s prophet for Israel.  The lesson focuses on what Mormons can do to increase their willingness to follow the counsel of Church leaders and the instructors are told to testify the president of the Church is a prophet just as Elisha was.

 

 

 

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