All these teachings helps us understand the central truth of the Gospel - Jesus is the Christ by whom we are saved. Salvation comes when we place our initial faith and trust in Him. It comes when we humble ourselves and enter into the waters of baptism for the remission of our sins. This is accomplished when we come to the awareness of our natural state and disposition. Through repentance, we receive the first principle ordinances of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The world offers us all the desires and appetites that leave our bellies full and our flesh satisfied. Unfortunately, it is only temporary and we continue to remain hungry and thirsty for more of those things of the world. When we are tempted, it may come in guise of satisfying some desire. We develop an appetite for it. Eventually, it leads us to experience death of our sense of self through Jesus Christ.
The question arises is this: Are Evangelical Christians properly quoting 2 Nephi 25:23? Or, are they misquoting and missing the point entirely of what was contained in the context of 2 Nephi 25?
I happened to have become acquainted with this individual as he began to participate in a Facebook Group called Apologia of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This group is designed to discuss LDS apologetics and how to answer criticisms against the Restored Gospel. He provided a link to a post I made. It got deleted. Then, I challenged him to a discussion and he followed through with one topic that he felt is false.
In many conversations, in person or online, someone always brings up Revelation 22:18-19. Typically, it is asked as a question: Doesn't it say that we are not to add to or take away from God's established word? Other times, it is a statement of defense: The Bible says we are not to add to or take away from His word.
The greatest desire is for us to attain a high level of masculinity that is influential, impacting, and inspiring. By becoming a man of influence we are cultivating a true attribute of Christ-like integrity. This significant attribute provides a means by which we are able to influence our family, workplace, and community at large.
True repentance, living the Gospel of Christ, experiencing the presence of the Holy Spirit, and being transformed into Christ's image and likeness is a process we all experience in this life. In order for this to occur, we are asked to do three powerful things.
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Photo by Oladimeji Ajegbile on Pexels.com ~ Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things ~ 2 Timothy 2:7, KJV Whether it is listening to a favorite broadcast, sermon, or a daily devotion - immersion into the word of God is not merely a chore to be accomplished. It requires … Continue reading Consider the Teachings
Does wealth go against Christian values and principles? Understanding Matthew 19:24 in proper context
Therefore, this apologetic essay will provide a response to the straw man argument established by the first chapter of Care's and Leach's book. The intent is to provide a reasonable response to the comparison of Mormon and Christian teaching of who God is. Such a response will reveiw and respond to the section Mormonisms View of God. The next response focuses on the section The Bible's View of God. Following up with these two response will be a third focusing on the section Discussing God with Mormons. The latter will focus on how to respond to Christians regarding the discussion of God's nature and how to properly defend the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ in order to bridge the chasm of misinformation between Christianity and Mormon teaching.
Understanding the Godhead according to the LDS Church There is a Facebook Ad promoting a new book published by Truth in Love Ministries. It is entitled Crossing the Chasm: Helping Mormons Discovery the Bridge to God by Mark Cares (Founder of Truth in Love Ministries) and Jon Leach. Out of curiosity - I purchased and … Continue reading In Conversation – Trinity or Godhead
When it comes to comparing the Bible with the Book of Mormon - Christian Apologist make claims that are misleading and not in accord with truth or fact. David Padfields makes erroneous claims when it comes to his brief comparison of the Bible and the Book of Mormon. These claims are regurgitated perpetuation of very … Continue reading David Padfields Faulty and False Bible and Book of Mormon Comparisons
The Book of Mormon was originally published in 1830 David Padfield published a post entitled Book of Mormon or the Bible. What did he get wrong in his post? Let us examine his claims and determine whether or not he is engaging in perpetuating false and misleading information. First Claim: Paul did not mention Christ's … Continue reading Responding to David Padfields Strawman and other Logical Fallacies
The Book of Mormon has always been a stumbling block for many evangelical Christians. Many attempts have given over to some interesting theories of how this text came about. One of the main criticisms is that there is no archaeological evidence to substantiate any people, person, place, or event recorded in the Book of Mormon … Continue reading Christ in Ancient Americas – A Compelling Evidence of the Book of Mormon’s Authenticity
Human existence is predicated on the nature of God's divine glory and purpose. Namely, that God desires to bring to pass the eternal life and immortality of mankind (both male and female). We briefly introduced the idea and doctrine of theosis. Here, the discussion focuses on the nature of the Divine Plan of Salvation.
In Western Christianity, the idea of a divine Heavenly parenthood, and humanity being spiritual offspring of a divine Heavenly Father and Mother, seems quite foreign. Yet, when we come to approach the scriptures, we find that there are some symbolism that may reveal the doctrinal truth that we not only have a divine Heavenly Father, that there exists a Divine Heavenly Mother as His consort. These symbolisms of Divine Heavenly Parents may help us understand the nature of gender roles as it relates to our human existence and purpose.
The Apostle Paul makes clear distinction that the baptism correlates to the death of Christ, burial of Christ, and resurrection of Christ. It also points to the nature of our own death, burial, and eventual resurrection (whether it is in the First Resurrection or the Second Resurrection). Therefore, we see that this is a covenant relationship between us and Christ. We are unified through baptism. We are also required to walk in the newness of life as our old self is crucified with Christ. This is what Christian Apologists, like Holding, do not fully comprehend. Baptism was an integral part of Jesus Christ's ministry and an important factor related to the ordinance being practiced within the First Century Christian Church. In fact, Paul writes to the Ephesians that there is One Lord, One Faith, and ONE BAPTISM.
Photo by Wendy van Zyl on Pexels.com Content writer, Alicia Purdy, published an article on March 2019 at Crosswalk.com: Are Mormon's Christians? 7 Major Differences in Critical Theology After careful review of her brief 7-point synopsis of these 7 major, and critical, differences in theology - there seems to be something amiss. Purdy made 7 critical … Continue reading Is the LDS (Mormon) Faith a Polytheistic Religion?
Critics of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will always bring up the argument that Alma 11:37 contradicts Romans 5:8. Most of the time, when this criticism is presented, it is presented in the following format: An important difference between Biblical Christianity and Mormonism- Bible: But God demonstrates his own love for us … Continue reading Does Alma 11:37 contradict Romans 5:8?
... except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ ... Galatians 6:14 The feebleness of the church is being criticized today, and the criticism is justified. One reason for the feebleness is that there has not been this focus on the true center of spiritual power. We have not dwelt enough on the tragedy … Continue reading Where is your focus? | My Utmost for his Highest – Oswald Chambers
LDS Living - Book of Mormon Lesson 42: "This Is My Gospel". This week's study through the Book of Mormon is 3 Nephi Chapters 27 - 30 and 4 Nephi where we learn about the meaning of the Gospel and the significance of the Church. Ted L. Gibbons starts off with a quote from a General … Continue reading LDS Living – Book of Mormon Lesson 42: “This Is My Gospel”
According to Aaron Earls article, found here Baptist Press - Mormonism's cultural rise likely to continue - News with a Christian Perspective, one cannot escape the flawed statements made. At first, one reads and finds some congruence with what Earls is saying, and the informational statements made by Tal Davis and Ant Greenham, about Mitt Romney … Continue reading Baptist Press – Mormonism’s cultural rise likely to continue – News with a Christian Perspective
Professor of Islamic and Arabic studies at Brigham Young University, Daniel C. Petersen provides this insight into something that our critics miss. If the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ is faulty, if it is based on hallucinations and lies, then why are there far too many credible witnesses to the Resurrected Savior, and the most … Continue reading Defending the Faith: Too many credible gospel witnesses to believe they all lied | Deseret News
~ The First Vision was a challenge to the religious vagaries of the day. It shattered many a false doctrine taught throughout the centuries. Yet it was plain and simple to the human understanding. There was no mysticism about it. Joseph saw, in full light, the personages of the vision and heard their words. The … Continue reading The First Vision and its challenge against atheism and heresy