Does Alma 11:37 contradict Romans 5:8?

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?

BGEA: Fiscal Cliff? What About Our Spiritual Cliff?

The eldest son of Billy Graham published a letter (dated December 27, 2012) via the Billy Graham Evangelical Association website. This letter calls an awareness and a warning to America regarding the spiritual and moral cliff that we are facing. Dear Friend, As we come into the new year, America is facing many challenges. For … Continue reading BGEA: Fiscal Cliff? What About Our Spiritual Cliff?

New curriculum for 2013

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will engage in new curriculum for Sunday School and Priesthood/Relief Society. For the Sunday school curriculum (14 to Adults), our study will focus on Doctrine and Covenants and Church History. Members should receive - or already possess - the following copies: Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Class … Continue reading New curriculum for 2013

Nehemiah | Week 1 devotional study

The first week of the devotional study through the Book of Nehemiah is available for purchase of .99 Each weekly devotional will be available for full download at .99 cents through the Scribd store. Each daily installment is free of charge. Once the thirteen week devotional study is completed, it will be available for purchase … Continue reading Nehemiah | Week 1 devotional study

Merry Smithmas? Daniel Peterson sets the record straight

It never fails. Each year, those who are critical of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continue to perpetuate the lie that Mormons worship Joseph Smith and not Jesus Christ. This claim rests upon the idea that Joseph Smith's birthday happens to be on December 23.  Well, according to Daniel C. Peterson's blog … Continue reading Merry Smithmas? Daniel Peterson sets the record straight

“There is no better time than now”

There is no better time than now, this very Christmas season, for all of us to rededicate ourselves to the principles taught by Jesus the Christ. Let it be a time that lights the eyes of children and puts laughter on their lips. Let it be a time for lifting the lives of those who … Continue reading “There is no better time than now”

Morning devotion: A labor of love

And this commandment have we from him, that he who loveth God love his brother also. – John 4:21  Missionary Work is a work of love and trust, and it has to be done on that basis  – Gordon B. Hinkley, Stand a Little Taller The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a Missionary … Continue reading Morning devotion: A labor of love

Morning Devotion: Hunger for the word of God

Hunger for the Word of God   Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after  righteousness: for they shall be filled.   ~ Matthew 5:6 ~ There is a hunger in the land, and a genuine thirst – a great hunger for the word of the Lord and an unsatisfied thirst for things of … Continue reading Morning Devotion: Hunger for the word of God

Crossing the bridge into immortality and eternal life

There is an old railway bridge outside of Shelton, Washington called the Vance Creek Viaduct. It is the highest railway bridge structure in North America. Built in 1929, it served as part of the rail system for the Simpson Timber Company. The bridge is about 450 feet in height and approximately 800 feet in length. … Continue reading Crossing the bridge into immortality and eternal life

Liberated from bondage

Are you in spiritual bondage? The Gospel of Jesus Christ frees us to walk in obedience as we turn to him and serve him. Through the atonement, we are brought out of our state of bondage and into a state of liberation where we can put off the sinful desires.

As Latter-day Saints, we believe that through the process of Repentance, exercising our faith in Jesus Christ, and then participating in the Baptism for the Remission of Sins, to thereafter receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands by one who possesses the divine priesthood authority, we are renewed to walk in obedience.

The Apostle Paul teaches, in Romans 6, that through baptism, we are identifying with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. That we are no longer servants to Sin, but servants for righteousness. How we choose to serve God is our moral obligation and responsibility.

 

daily meditation

Exodus 9:13: Then the LORD said to Moses, “Rise up early in the morning and present yourself before Pharaoh and say to him, ‘Thus says the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, “Let my people go, that they may serve me.

The Lord did not demand that his people serve him without ensuring they are free from other kinds of services first. In this piece I will analyse two things we are to become free from, which are obtainable in spiritual Egypt (house of bondage [Exodus 13:3]), to serve God.

Sin

One thing that humanity serves is sin and the bible said that the reason Jesus Christ came as the ultimate deliverer is so that we will no longer serve sin (Romans 6:1-11 [6]).

Sin starts as desire that is unaligned with God (James 1:13-15) and though the law was given to the nation of Israel to…

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Baptist Press – Mormonism’s cultural rise likely to continue – News with a Christian Perspective

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

Avoid wrestling with pigs

George Bernard Shaw adequately stated the following: I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it. As we engage in the conversations about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are going to come across individuals with a pernicious tenacity to engage us … Continue reading Avoid wrestling with pigs

Yellow Journalism and modern Anti-Mormon Rhetoric

  Yellow Journalism is a term used to define the type of journalism that relies on sensationalism and lurid exaggeration to attract readers[1]. The Online Etymology dictionary provides additional information as to what yellow journalism refers to: “Sensational chauvinism in the media,” 1898, Amer. Eng. From newspaper agitation for war with Spain; originally “publicity stunt use of colored ink” (1895) in ref. to the popular … Continue reading Yellow Journalism and modern Anti-Mormon Rhetoric

“I perceive ye are of weak mind” | Daily Devotion

I perceive that ye are weak, that ye cannot understand all my words which I am commanded of the Father to speak unto you at this time. Therefore, go ye unto your homes, and ponder upon the things which I have said, and ask of the Father, in my name, that ye may understand, and … Continue reading “I perceive ye are of weak mind” | Daily Devotion

Reading Talmage – Introduction to a new study series

If there ever were a true and forthright apologist for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, James E. Talmage would be the individual that has provided much published work in defense of the Church, the doctrines, and the teachings of Mormonism: James Edward Talmage was born on September 21, 1862 in Hungerford, Berkshire, England, … Continue reading Reading Talmage – Introduction to a new study series

Be Still and Listen | Metro Christian Living

Be Still and Listen | Metro Christian Living. Months ago, I happened upon this particular website. At the time, I liked the Facebook Page, but never paid much attention to the type of content being published. However, this particular article caught my attention and therefore bring it to your attention. The article describes an experience … Continue reading Be Still and Listen | Metro Christian Living

Thought for today – October 23, 2012

Declaration of Belief And he said, Lord, I believe. – John 9:38 Be not afraid, only believe – Mark 5:36 I commend these wonderful words to all who are called upon to stand up for what they believe, and to do so with confidence – Gordon B. Hinckley, Stand a Little Taller, p. 310 We … Continue reading Thought for today – October 23, 2012

MA Responds to Christian Post – Article of faith #1

Christian Post Reporter, Gabrielle Devenish, has just published a two part article regarding the question “What do Mormons Really Believe?” And the secondary article, “What Do Mormons Believe? Ex-Mormon Speaks Out – Part Two”. In the first article, Devenish opens up with this: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is becoming a hot … Continue reading MA Responds to Christian Post – Article of faith #1

Mormonism in the News: Billy Graham Evangelical Association and Mormonism

This is definitely something that is very interesting. Here is a quote from the article: When asked about Graham's beliefs about Mormonism, Graham spokesman A. Larry Ross said in a statement that "Through an inclusive evangelistic ministry spanning more than 60 years, Mr. Graham was called to preach the transformative message of the Gospel to … Continue reading Mormonism in the News: Billy Graham Evangelical Association and Mormonism

Devotion: What manner of men ought ye to be?

When we set our foot on the path of righteousness, when we set our eyes on the Savior and redeemer – Jesus the Christ – and when we comply in fulfilling our priesthood duties, we inevitably strive to become a righteous man. Not a man that meets the standards of the world today, but a … Continue reading Devotion: What manner of men ought ye to be?

Parents: Raising up a righteous generation

The previous articles – Facing a deteriorating society and Spiritual Apathy + Spiritual Atrophy = Spiritual Drought – are based off Elder Quentin L. Cook’s talk given at the 182nd Semi-Annual General Conference of October 6, 2012. This third article will explore how parents have the privilege, and obligation, to rear up a righteous generation … Continue reading Parents: Raising up a righteous generation

Critics and the Hate-blogging mentality

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted … Continue reading Critics and the Hate-blogging mentality

Forthcoming features

In a previous article, I mentioned that there are going to be some new changes and a redesign for Mormon Apologetic Research Studies. One of those changes is deciding upon a more appropriate and shortened name. One name is Mormon Apologia, however, am also considering The Strait and Narrow as an alternative. This latter would … Continue reading Forthcoming features

Facing a deteriorating society

Are you able to answer the question – can ye feel so now? It is a question that Alma asked those present and is contained in Alma 5:26. It follows after this comment – if ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I … Continue reading Facing a deteriorating society

Updating the M.A.R.S Blog

The Mormon Apologetic Research Studies blog will be undergoing significant changes. These changes are going to be specific to new directional goals that will be implemented to achieve greater impact and develop a broader audience. The first changes have already occurred, and after the few years M.A.R.S has been in existence, where a more user … Continue reading Updating the M.A.R.S Blog

Build upon the Atonement

Today’s devotion comes from My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. It is titled – Building upon the Atonement: I cannot save and sanctify myself; I cannot make atonement for sin; I cannot redeem the world; I cannot right what is wrong, purify what is impure, or make holy what is unholy. That is … Continue reading Build upon the Atonement

Spiritual Apathy + Spiritual Atrophy = Spiritual Drought

The 182nd Semi-Annual General Conference of October 6 – 7, 2012 carried a particular theme to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This theme centers around being courageous and rising up to proclaim the simplistic message of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, as it is restored in these last days. Upon … Continue reading Spiritual Apathy + Spiritual Atrophy = Spiritual Drought

A message some Christians wouldn’t hear at General Conference

On a counter-cult ministry blog – Life after Ministry – we read the following opening statement: For the past five years I’ve prayed for the salvation of those who are trapped in the Mormon Religion. I’ve thought about what it would be like for the prophet to get up and deliver a message like the … Continue reading A message some Christians wouldn’t hear at General Conference

Morning Devotion: Go Forward in Faith

Go Forward With Faith is the title of today’s devotional from Stand a Little Taller by Gordon B Hinckley.     Now behold, a marvelous work is about to come Forth among the children of men. Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see That ye serve him with all your heart, … Continue reading Morning Devotion: Go Forward in Faith