Does Mormonism adhere to Old Testament principles? Crazy question? I don’t think so. Take for example the priesthood.Where in all of the New Testament do we read anything about a need for the priesthood today? The apostle Peter mentions a royal priesthood made up of all true believers of Jesus Christ.
In the Old Testament the priesthood was for Israelites only. One had to be a levite . This means no non Jews. The majority of Mormons are gentiles although they won’t admit this. The office of high priest was given to Aaron and his sons. It was never mean for the church (the body of Christ) The high priest was a foreshadowing of the coming Messiah. who would ultimately fulfill this office forever. After Jesus died on the cross, the priesthood was rendered defunct and obsolete. It was inferior. Why? Because priests are men and men die, and need to be replaced over and over again. Only God the Son qualifies. So, its baffling as to why the Mormon church (not unlike the Roman Catholic Church), made this error by resurrecting a dead system.
Another example are Temples. The Mormon church has temples all over the place. Where did the apostles ever teach this? Where did the apostle Paul ever teach it? In God’s word we read that temples ceased when Jesus Christ ushered in a brand new Covenant. After his Crucifixion, the temple veil was torn in half from top to bottom, signifying the end of temple rituals. Acts 17:24 tells us that God does not dwell in temples built by hand.
Mormons also have a countless number of laws and ordinances that they must follow. Ask them exactly how many they have and you usually will not get an answer. This is reminiscent of Jews who gave themselves 613 laws which they must obey. Yet God never instituted nor requires this. In fact, Jesus said it places a yoke around people’s necks. Mormons again do not understand this dispensation of God’s grace. We are saved by grace and not of works. It is the gift of God. (Eph 2:8). If you work for a gift than it ceases to be a gift, but rather becomes something you earned. You can’t work for salvation. Mixing law with grace is wrong.
Seems the Mormon church has failed to understand that Jesus Christ finished the plan of salvation. He doesn’t need any help from man. His blood sacrifice was more than sufficient to pay for the sins of the world.
Recently, before a crowd of mostly Mormons in Utah, Donald Trump questioned whether Mit Romney was truly a Mormon. I would like to answer Mr. Trump. Yes, Romney is most definitely Mormon. If Trump had done his homework or had someone from his campaign do some research on the history of Mormonism, he would have discovered that this ever growing faith group is not just another Protestant denomination. In fact, it isn’t even a branch of biblical Christianity. Mormonism has deviated so far from many of the Christian doctrines that it clearly meets the definition of a religious cult. Mormons do not believe that the Holy Bible is totally reliable. They are hesitant to tell you their belief that the Scriptures are fraught with errors and incomplete. Their founder, Joseph Smith, wrote a book called: “The Book Of Mormon” which they say is another Testament of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon is considered to be on par with the Holy Bible. It tells the story of how Jesus Christ visited North America not long after his crucifixion. It doesn’t take long for a Christian to see that this book actually teaches another gospel. The apostle Paul tells us there is only ONE Gospel of Jesus Christ. Any other is false and a curse.
Mormons do not believe in the biblical God of Christianity. The God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob. The Mormon god was once human like us who progressed to godhood through faithful obedience. In fact, Mormons believe there are zillions of gods on other planets. They believe that our heavenly Father is married to heavenly mother and is also a polygamous. Mormons hope to someday become gods and goddesses themselves by obedience to a myriad of laws and ordinances. If they remain faithful unto death, they could become gods of their own planets someday and also polygamous. Mormons are not ashamed to admit that their church believes God had sexual intercourse with Mary and that this union produced the infant Jesus Christ. This is utter blasphemy!
When Mit Romney ran for president of the United States several years ago, Many Christians couldn’t help but wonder if he had won the nomination what book would he have used during his swearing in of office. My guess would be probably both the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon.
I have received a ton of replies to my previous article about Joyce Meyer and her brother David, that I felt a need to write a part two. When Joyce was sharing her testimony about herself and David, she was answering the old question of how is it that 2 siblings who were raised in the same home can turn out polar opposites. Her answer was simply: CHOICES. David, sadly, took a completely different route and got into drugs and alcohol. Joyce, on the other hand, could have had a similar outcome based on the fact that she too was abused by the father. Having been sexually abused for years she could have ended up on the streets and turned to prostitution. She easily could have become promiscuous going from man to man to man. In fact, early in her adulthood she married a man who cheated on her countless times and made her steal for him. So what saved her? GOD. She chose GOD. She chose to obey God and give her life over to Him. Something David never did. Although David did eventually get saved and spirit filled, he seemed to always have one foot still in the world of which satan is the god of. The world is the devil’s playground. In the end, his past and the drugs won over God. It is never God’s will that we die an untimely death of drug overdoses or liquor poisoning. I believe that David was tormented not only by painful memories, but also by satan who seeks to destroy and kill. There is a spiritual warfare that every christian battles and if we do not put on the full armor of God we can succumb to the devils wiles and temptations. Not even the Apostles were exempt from demon oppression. Peter had been an unwitting pawn of satan’s when he tried to keep Jesus from going to the cross and cutting off a soldier’s ear. On another occasion, Jesus had told Peter that satan wanted to sift Peter like wheat. But Jesus prevented it.
It is never God’s will that we end up penniless and on the streets. The Scriptures tells us in 1 John that God wants us to prosper and be in good health even as our soul prospers. The Bible also says that Christians are kings and priests. We are seated with Christ in heavenly places. We are not meant to be beggars. But it requires obedience and surrender to walk with God. Something David never managed to do.
I don’t think that Joyce places anyone’s worth as a human being based on how much possessions they have. Rather, she was showing how our CHOICES can affect what happens to us. David never found a way to move on with his life and overcome the traumas of his childhood. He lived his life a lonely drifter. He kept himself so high on drugs in order not to feel anything anymore. His life ended on the floor of a filthy, empty building.
God can and does heal, but He gave us a free will. Something He will not violate. David chose drugs. Joyce chose God.This is why I believe their lives turned out very differently.
David’s life was a real tragedy. An unnecessary one since he did find Jesus and asked for forgiveness. Is David in heaven? I certainly hope so.
I was watching a man preach on TV this morning. He was reading the Scriptures from his Android. What happened to his Holy Bible? Why has he tossed it aside during church on Sunday? It was good enough for Christians for thousands of years. To me, there’s just no comparison to flipping the pages of an aged worn Bible and looking at the highlighted verses and notes in the margins. There’s just something about holding the “Good Book” in your hands. I can hear people saying: “So what? What’s wrong with using a tablet? We are living in the information age. The age of advance technology.” Continue reading
I remember watching John Bradshaw speak on PBS one Saturday afternoon back in 1993. Self-help gurus and books had been extremely popular for more than a decade. My mother had just passed away after having triple by-pass surgery and I had taken a lengthy leave of absence from my job. Bradshaw was talking about healing our wounded inner child. How 96% of families are dysfunctional. (he actually said 96. Not 95 or 97) And how it’s sometime necessary when we become adults to nurture and embrace the child we once were. To validate that little boy or girl because so often we had no one validating us when we were children. He told the people in the audience to close their eyes and imagine themselves when they were very young. Continue reading