World’s Fastest Growing Religion?

It’s often that we hear someone proudly exclaim that they belong to the worlds fastest growing church/religion. Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Roman Catholics and Islamists tell us that everyday somewhere in the world someone is converted. Yet, the Scriptures tells us that God has never had a majority. In fact, Throughout all of biblical history God has only had a small faithful remnant. In the Old Testament, the prophet Elijah, running for his life from the wicked queen Jezebel, cried out to God saying no one was left who still believed in God. God said, not true, I have 7,000 who refused to bow the knee to baal. After the deaths of Jesus’ apostles Christianity was forced underground because it was declared illegal. Yet, God had a faithful pocket of true Christian believers everywhere. During the Tribulation after the anti christ desolates the Temple, there will be Jews fleeing for the mountains and caves to hide.The Book of Revelation tells us that only 1/3 of the nation of Israel will be spared. That’s quite a small remnant.

Since all these religious groups who claim to have millions of members across the globe and are ever growing all believe different things they can’t all be right. So how to do know which ones are false religions? There’s really only one criteria:  What do they believe about Jesus Christ?

Several years ago the former president/prophet of the Mormon church, Gordon Hinckley went on a talk show and made a statement that Mormons do not believe in the historical, biblical Christ. Since Mormons don’t believe in the Christ of the Holy Scriptures, they better flee for the hills because they are following a false christ. Mormons also believe that Jesus Christ is their brother and the brother of satan. That, like Heavenly Father, Jesus was once a man, human like us and through total obedience he somehow progressed to godhood. Yet, Christ himself said he is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. In other words, he eternally existed with God the Father. The Bible also teaches that Christ created all things. Since we humans are his creation how then can he be our brother? (Colossians 1:16)

Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t know what to do with Jesus either. From its inception they taught that Jesus was originally Michael the archangel who came to earth as the man Jesus, then went back t heaven as Michael again. In recent years they have changed their minds. They vaguely say that Jesus Christ elevated to a god, different from God the Father and inferior. Wow, that is totally unscriptural!

Muslims believe that Jesus was nothing more than a prophet like Muhammad. A good man but certainly not the Son of God. Anyone who believes that he is God’s Son is committing blasphemy according to Islam.

Roman Catholicism has downplayed the redeeming, sacrificial role of Jesus Christ on the cross. With their elaborate organization, hierarchy and oral traditions, Christ is all but buried. Instead they have elevated the role of Mary making her co-mediator with Jesus. Their priests claim to have the power to absolve sins. The pope is looked upon as God on earth. Whatever he says is considered Truth.Why do they even need a Savior then? Seems like they’re doing it all themselves. The same with Muslims, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons.

Fastest growing religion is NOT a criteria that the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is being taught. In Matthew 7:13, 14 it reads: “Enter through the narrow gate, for the gate is wide  and the road broad that leads to destruction and many there be which go there at. Because strait is the gate and narrow is the way, which leads unto life and few there be that find it.”

Only a small remnant will find eternal life with God.

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Westboro Baptist And Radical Groups

When the Westboro Baptist Church wanted to burn the Qur’an, I thought nothing of it until I discovered their true motives. They were fueled by hate. This group has extreme, cult-like views. They are neither God’s mouthpiece nor representatives of Christianity, but a bunch of radicals. Nor do they resemble any Baptist denomination. They picket at the funerals of homosexuals and others they deem were sinners,  forgetting what Jesus said: that he who is without sin, let him cast the first stone. This sitting in the judgment seat is like the Pharisee of Jesus’ day;  Self righteousness and holier-than-thou. Radical groups, like Westboro often claim that their actions are based on a love for God and they use His name to justify their actions. This is similar to those Southern Christians who supported slavery. Many owned slaves and treated them atrociously, then went to church on Sundays acting all pious and religious as if they did no wrong. Or perhaps thought that by merely attending for worship this would absolve them of their sins. I’m reminded of men like Arthur Shawcross who was a serial killer. His target was prostitutes and he claimed that God wanted him to do this in order to rid the world of such filth and sinfulness. Continue reading

Book Burnings

I’m not sure how I feel about  burning books. Heaping them on a bonfire and tossing a match to them infringes on our freedom to read and write whatever we want.  Burning books like the Qur’an, Book of Mormon, The Jehovah’s Witnesses, New World Translation, infringes on freedom of religion. Yet these books are very different from all other controversial book because they claim to be of God. Is it blasphemy to make such  claims? I used to feel it was the right thing to burn these types of books. Yet one’s views changes as one gets older. I don’t know where I stand on the issue today, but I have an immense dislike and even abhorrence of books that replace the God inspired Holy Scriptures. As a Christian, I have to wonder how God feels about them. Anger? Grief? Tolerance… for now? Like He put up with polygamy in the Old Testament? Continue reading

Sister Missionaries

Two Sister Missionaries came to my door  about a week ago. These are young Mormon ladies who are on a mission to convert as many people to Mormonism as they can. They are always in pairs, share a rental unit, are given a car on loan by their church and a small monthly allowance for gas and stuff. They used to travel by bicycle but it has been deemed too unsafe. They happen to have my street as part of their territory. Sister Missionaries are not allowed to visit with a man unless his wife or another female is present. However, I have heard stories of Mormon elders visiting with lone females for at least 15 minutes and much longer. Continue reading