O repent ye, repent ye! Why will ye die? Turn ye, turn ye unto the Lord your God. Why has he forsaken you?
Is Mormonism Christian?"Characteristics of the Cults within groupA 2.1 THEY ADD TO THE WORD OF GOD.One of the principal characteristics of the cults within Group A is that they add to God's word. They are not content to accept the Bible as God's complete and final word, entirely sufficient for every Christian. These cults characteristically add their own peculiar teachings to those of the Bible, and these teachings invariably conflict with the teaching of the Bible.
The apostle John has something to say concerning such people: Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. (2 John 9).
Most of these cults claim to hold to the teachings of the Bible and even pay lip service to the doctrine of inspiration. However, most of them are not happy with only the Bible, they invariably add to it in one way or another.
They usually claim to have extra revelation from God beyond the Bible. When you get to the root of these cults you find that they really do not regard the Bible as God's authoritative word. Their real trust is in the various books and pamphlets, which they produce. The Mormons are a classic example of this, for according to them, the teachings of Joseph Smith were divinely inspired.
They believe Joseph Smith received divine revelation in exactly the same way that the writers of the Bible did. According to them, God gave Joseph Smith further revelation. Mormons teach that Joseph Smith was visited by angels, who told him where to find certain golden plates, which had divine revelation written upon them. He was also given a pair of glasses in order to read these plates and translate them into English. So according to the Mormons The Book of Mormon was the result of this divine revelation. They hold that the Book of Mormon and the Pearl of Great Price are equal in authority to the Bible.
According to the Mormons, the Bible is not enough, it must be supplemented by their own authoritative revelations.
The Jehovah's Witnesses assert their commitment to the authority of the Bible, but in practice their authority is the Watchtower organisation. Indeed, the Jehovah's Witnesses have actually changed the Scriptures to fit in with their theology. They have produced a version of the Bible, which they have changed to fit in with their heretical views. This version is called the: The New World Translation, but it could hardly be called a translation. It is a perversion of the truth, twisted to make it conform to the teachings of Charles Taze Russell and Judge Rutherford.2.2 THESE CULTS USE BIBLICAL WORDS INCORRECTLY.
One of the common characteristics of these cults is their practice of changing the meaning of Biblical terms. The cultist often causes confusion and surprise to the Christian by quoting Scripture and using language that has the appearance of being orthodox.
The author recalls speaking with a Mormon and saying to him "As I understand, Mormons do not believe that Jesus is the Son of God". To the author's surprise, the Mormn absolutely denied this charge and said that Mormons do believe that Jesus is God's Son. The problem that the author encountered was a language problem. What the Mormon means by the phrase "The Son of God" is very different from what an orthodox Christian would mean by the same phrase.When a Mormon says that Jesus is God's Son, he means that Jesus Christ is literally God's spirit-son. Mormons believe that God has a wife in heaven and produces spirit children by His wife.
They believe that Jesus was the first spirit-child to be born of God and His wife. In fact according to their teaching Jesus is our older brother and also brother of Satan. If the Christian is unaware of the teachings of the cults then he can be easily confused in speaking with them.
Most cults have utilised the terminology of Christianity and have changed the meaning of Christian terms to suit their own ends. They borrow the language of the Bible, but almost always use it out of context.
For this reason some Christians, who are not well grounded, have actually been led astray by them. Whenever you encounter a member of a cult you should do all that you can to be clear about the meaning of the words. You need to get the cultist to explain what he or she means by the terms used.
As an example of this principle we shall consider two imaginary people called Charlie and Malcolm. Charlie is a Christian and Malcolm is a Mormon. Charlie says to Malcolm, "Malcolm do you believe that Jesus Christ is God's Son"? Malcolm replies "Yes I do". Now, Charlie knows that Malcolm is not using the phrase "God's Son" in a Biblical way, so he wants to correct this error. So he asks Malcolm another more direct question "Do you believe that Jesus Christ has always existed and that there never was a time that He did not exist?" Malcolm would answer "No". This gives Charlie the opportunity to give the Biblical proof of Christ's eternal nature, and then to go on to prove that Malcolm is in error about the person of Christ. If you are going to effectively communicate with the cultist you must be thoroughly acquainted with his deceptive use of words. You must do all that you can to push for biblical meanings to biblical words.2.3 THE DOCTRINES OF THESE CULTS CHANGE OVER TIME.
One of the characteristics of the cults is the way in which their doctrines change over a period of time. The cults have a marvellous ability to adapt themselves to new situations and arguments. Sometimes they simply change according to the whims of their leaders.
For example, Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of the Christian Science cult, republished her book, Science and Health With the Key to the Scriptures almost every year for over 20 years after the initial 1875 publication.
These annual updates were found to be necessary in order to clean up the many glaring contradictions and preposterous doctrines that she had first written in her book.
The Mormons have also made some interesting changes to their doctrines over a period of time. One such change was due to pressure brought to bear on them by the U.S Government in respect to their practice of polygamy. In their earlier doctrinal statements, polygamy was greatly encouraged, but when the government threatened to outlaw the Mormons on account of this practice, they did a quick about turn on this issue.
Now polygamy is clearly forbidden by the Mormons. The Jehovah's Witnesses are not without their changes either. For many years they predicted that the world would end in 1975. Over many years their publications have suggested that Armageddon would take place in that year.
Many Jehovah's Witnesses believed that 1975 would see the end of the world. However, when 1975 had ended and it was apparent to all that nothing had happened, the authorities started to play down their earlier predictions. Not, however, without many Jehovah's Witnesses leaving the cult."
Speaking of the willfully blind leading the blind? Knock, Knock, what's in there?
Can't you read you narrow minded freak that those who you call unchristian are the only ones that carry legally, lawfully and authoritatively the very name of Christ?
my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.
Dancing with Lions
my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.
Lost Books from the Bible
"The so-called lost books of the Bible are those documents that are mentioned in the Bible in such a way that it is evident they were considered authentic and valuable but that are not found in the Bible today. Sometimes called missing scripture, they consist of at least the following:
book of the Wars of the Lord (Num. 21:14); book of Jasher (Josh. 10:13; 2 Sam. 1:18); book of the acts of Solomon (1 Kgs. 11:41); book of Samuel the seer (1 Chr. 29:29); book of Gad the seer (1 Chr. 29:29); book of Nathan the prophet (1 Chr. 29:29; 2 Chr. 9:29); prophecy of Ahijah (2 Chr. 9:29); visions of Iddo the seer (2 Chr. 9:29; 12:15; 13:22); book of Shemaiah (2 Chr. 12:15); book of Jehu (2 Chr. 20:34); sayings of the seers (2 Chr. 33:19); an epistle of Paul to the Corinthians, earlier than our present 1 Corinthians (1 Cor. 5:9); possibly an earlier epistle to the Ephesians (Eph. 3:3); an epistle to the Church at Laodicea (Col. 4:16); and some prophecies of Enoch, known to Jude (Jude 1:14).
To these rather clear references to inspired writings other than our current Bible may be added another list that has allusions to writings that may or may not be contained within our present text but may perhaps be known by a different title; for example, the book of the covenant (Ex. 24:7), which may or may not be included in the current book of Exodus; the manner of the kingdom, written by Samuel (1 Sam. 10:25); the rest of the acts of Uzziah written by Isaiah (2 Chr. 26:22).
The foregoing items attest to the fact that our present Bible does not contain all of the word of the Lord that He gave to His people in former times and remind us that the Bible, in its present form, is rather incomplete."
Now they understood not the words which they spake; for they knew not that the earth should pass away.And they said also: We will not believe thy words if thou shouldst prophesy that this great city should be destroyed in one day.Now they knew not that God could do such marvelous works, for they were a hard-hearted and a stiffnecked people.And they said: Who is God, that sendeth no more authority than one man among this people, to declare unto them the truth of such great and marvelous things?And they stood forth to lay their hands on me; but behold, they did not. And I stood with boldness to declare unto them, yea, I did boldly testify unto them, saying:Behold, O ye wicked and perverse generation, how have ye forgotten the tradition of your fathers; yea, how soon ye have forgotten the commandments of God.Do ye not remember that our father, Lehi, was brought out of Jerusalem by the hand of God? Do ye not remember that they were all led by him through the wilderness?And have ye forgotten so soon how many times he delivered our fathers out of the hands of their enemies, and preserved them from being destroyed, even by the hands of their own brethren?Yea, and if it had not been for his matchless power, and his mercy, and his long-suffering towards us, we should unavoidably have been cut off from the face of the earth long before this period of time, and perhaps been consigned to a state of endless misery and woe.Behold, now I say unto you that he commandeth you to repent; and except ye repent, ye can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God. But behold, this is not all—he has commanded you to repent, or he will utterly destroy you from off the face of the earth; yea, he will visit you in his anger, and in his fierce anger he will not turn away.Behold, do ye not remember the words which he spake unto Lehi, saying that: Inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments, ye shall prosper in the land? And again it is said that: Inasmuch as ye will not keep my commandments ye shall be cut off from the presence of the Lord.
Now I would that ye should remember, that inasmuch as the Lamanites have not kept the commandments of God, they have been cut off from the presence of the Lord. Now we see that the word of the Lord has been verified in this thing, and the Lamanites have been cut off from his presence, from the beginning of their transgressions in the land.Nevertheless I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable for them in the day of judgment than for you, if ye remain in your sins, yea, and even more tolerable for them in this life than for you, except ye repent.For there are many promises which are extended to the Lamanites; for it is because of the traditions of their fathers that caused them to remain in their state of ignorance; therefore the Lord will be merciful unto them and prolong their existence in the land.And at some period of time they will be brought to believe in his word, and to know of the incorrectness of the traditions of their fathers; and many of them will be saved, for the Lord will be merciful unto all who call on his name.But behold, I say unto you that if ye persist in your wickedness that your days shall not be prolonged in the land, for the Lamanites shall be sent upon you; and if ye repent not they shall come in a time when you know not, and ye shall be visited with utter destruction; and it shall be according to the fierce anger of the Lord. 19 For he will not suffer you that ye shall live in your iniquities, to destroy his people.I say unto you, Nay; he would rather suffer that the Lamanites might destroy all his people who are called the people of Nephi, if it were possible that they could fall into sins and transgressions, after having had so much light and so much knowledge given unto them of the Lord their God; yea, after having been such a highly favored people of the Lord; yea, after having been favored above every other nation, kindred, tongue, or people; after having had all things made known unto them, according to their desires, and their faith, and prayers, of that which has been, and which is, and which is to come.Having been visited by the Spirit of God; having conversed with angels, and having been spoken unto by the voice of the Lord; and having the spirit of prophecy, and the spirit of revelation, and also many gifts, the gift of speaking with tongues, and the gift of preaching, and the gift of the Holy Ghost, and the gift of translation; yea, and after having been delivered of God out of the land of Jerusalem, by the hand of the Lord; having been saved from famine, and from sickness, and all manner of diseases of every kind; and they having waxed strong in battle, that they might not be destroyed; having been brought out of bondage time after time, and having been kept and preserved until now; and they have been prospered until they are rich in all manner of things.And now behold I say unto you, that if this people, who have received so many blessings from the hand of the Lord, should transgress contrary to the light and knowledge which they do have, I say unto you that if this be the case, that if they should fall into transgression, it would be far more tolerable for the Lamanites than for them.For behold, the promises of the Lord are extended to the Lamanites, but they are not unto you if ye transgress; for has not the Lord expressly promised and firmly decreed, that if ye will rebel against him that ye shall utterly be destroyed from off the face of the earth?And now for this cause, that ye may not be destroyed, the Lord has sent his angel to visit many of his people, declaring unto them that they must go forth and cry mightily unto this people, saying: Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is nigh at hand; and not many days hence the Son of God shall come in his glory; and his glory shall be the glory of the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace, equity, and truth, full of patience, mercy, and long-suffering, quick to hear the cries of his people and to answer their prayers.
And behold, he cometh to redeem those who will be baptized unto repentance, through faith on his name.
Therefore, prepare ye the way of the Lord, for the time is at hand that all men shall reap a reward of their works, according to that which they have been—if they have been righteous they shall reap the salvation of their souls, according to the power and deliverance of Jesus Christ; and if they have been evil they shall reap the damnation of their souls, according to the power and captivation of the devil.
Now behold, this is the voice of the angel, crying unto the people.And now, my beloved brethren, for ye are my brethren, and ye ought to be beloved, and ye ought to bring forth works which are meet for repentance, seeing that your hearts have been grossly hardened against the word of God, and seeing that ye are a lost and a fallen people.Now it came to pass that when I, Alma, had spoken these words, behold, the people were wroth with me because I said unto them that they were a hard-hearted and a stiffnecked people.
And also because I said unto them that they were a lost and a fallen people they were angry
And he said unto them: Behold, I, Samuel, a Lamanite, do speak the words of the Lord which he doth put into my heart; and behold he hath put it into my heart to say unto this people that the sword of justice hangeth over this people; and four hundred years pass not away save the sword of justice falleth upon this people.Yea, heavy destruction awaiteth this people, and it surely cometh unto this people, and nothing can save this people save it be repentance and faith on the Lord Jesus Christ, who surely shall come into the world, and shall suffer many things and shall be slain for his people.And behold, an angel of the Lord hath declared it unto me, and he did bring glad tidings to my soul. And behold, I was sent unto you to declare it unto you also, that ye might have glad tidings; but behold ye would not receive me.Therefore, thus saith the Lord: Because of the hardness of the hearts of the people of the Nephites, except they repent I will take away my word from them, and I will withdraw my Spirit from them, and I will suffer them no longer, and I will turn the hearts of their brethren against them.
And because my words shall hiss forth—many of the Gentiles shall say: A Bible! A Bible! We have got a Bible, and there cannot be any more Bible.
But thus saith the Lord God: O fools, they shall have a Bible; and it shall proceed forth from the Jews, mine ancient covenant people. And what thank they the Jews for the Bible which they receive from them? Yea, what do the Gentiles mean? Do they remember the travails, and the labors, and the pains of the Jews, and their diligence unto me, in bringing forth salvation unto the Gentiles?
O ye Gentiles, have ye remembered the Jews, mine ancient covenant people? Nay; but ye have cursed them, and have hated them, and have not sought to recover them. But behold, I will return all these things upon your own heads; for I the Lord have not forgotten my people.
Thou fool, that shall say: A Bible, we have got a Bible, and we need no more Bible. Have ye obtained a Bible save it were by the Jews? 7 Know ye not that there are more nations than one? Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all men, and that I remember those who are upon the isles of the sea; and that I rule in the heavens above and in the earth beneath; and I bring forth my word unto the children of men, yea, even upon all the nations of the earth?
Wherefore murmur ye, because that ye shall receive more of my word? Know ye not that the testimony of two nations is a witness unto you that I am God, that I remember one nation like unto another? Wherefore, I speak the same words unto one nation like unto another. And when the two nations shall run together the testimony of the two nations shall run together also.
And I do this that I may prove unto many that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and that I speak forth my words according to mine own pleasure. And because that I have spoken one word ye need not suppose that I cannot speak another; for my work is not yet finished; neither shall it be until the end of man, neither from that time henceforth and forever.
Wherefore, because that ye have a Bible ye need not suppose that it contains all my words; neither need ye suppose that I have not caused more to be written.
For I command all men, both in the east and in the west, and in the north, and in the south, and in the islands of the sea, that they shall write the words which I speak unto them; for out of the books which shall be written I will judge the world, every man according to their works, according to that which is written.
For behold, I shall speak unto the Jews and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto the Nephites and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto the other tribes of the house of Israel, which I have led away, and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto all nations of the earth and they shall write it.
And it shall come to pass that the Jews shall have the words of the Nephites, and the Nephites shall have the words of the Jews; and the Nephites and the Jews shall have the words of the lost tribes of Israel; and the lost tribes of Israel shall have the words of the Nephites and the Jews.
And it shall come to pass that my people, which are of the house of Israel, shall be gathered home unto the lands of their possessions; and my word also shall be gathered in one. And I will show unto them that fight against my word and against my people, who are of the house of Israel, that I am God, and that I covenanted with Abraham that I would remember his seed forever.
¶For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. 26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.