A Good Reason to Smile!

Joy—it makes people wonder at your secret. Yet joy is no secret to the trusting Christian. When we choose to grow closer to God, resting in His character and provision, joy spills over into our lives so that others can’t help but notice.

Do you want to be a person of joy? Silly question, isn’t it? We would love to live above our circumstances. Or have a great attitude. Or laugh a lot. But joy goes beyond all these things. Let’s learn from God’s Word the lovely facets of joy:

1. Joy is the fruit of God’s Spirit. More than a great attitude or an indomitable spirit, joy comes from God (Galatians 5:22). Our joy increases in direct proportion to our intimacy with Christ. And when sin keeps us from that relationship, it also robs us of our joy (Psalm 51:8, 12).

2. Joy doesn’t depend on circumstances. Paul wrote Philippians—often called “the book of joy”—from a jail cell. He was criticized, tired, and misunderstood. But instead of allowing his horrible circumstances to choke out God’s Word and God’s Spirit (as Mark 4:19 describes they often can), Paul chose to concentrate on the joy of knowing Christ (Philippians 2:17). Next time you read Philippians, picture Paul’s jail cell . . . and his face.

3. Joy is a choice. “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials” (James 1:2). Here’s the reality—read it carefully. Life’s painful trials are not joyous in themselves, but when we walk through them, we should be filled with joy. Why? Because of the good God is developing in us and in the situation. We can know real joy while in the scariest storm when we fill our minds and hearts with truth about God.

Joy becomes a transaction between you and God that others can’t help but notice. It’s God’s life spilling over the brim of your life and into others’ lives. When you trust Christ with the details of your life, you experience His life in wonderful excess, and it can’t help but give you reason to smile.

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A Good Man or the God-Man? The Case for the Deity of Jesus!

“Who do people say that I am?” (Mark 8:27)

Jesus asked this question two thousand years ago, and the answers are still coming in: a rabbi who preached compassion, a brilliant leader who touched the hearts of thousands, a misunderstood innovator who died as a martyr. His enemies said He was a devil, a rabble-rouser who deserved to die. His followers said He was the Messiah, the Son of God who deserved to be worshiped.

Which view is true? Most opinions about Jesus fit into one of two categories: Jesus was human or divine. Either He was a good man or the God-man, a remarkable historical figure or deity in the flesh. You may be near the edge of your own decision regarding Jesus, weighing the views on either side but uncertain which way to lean. How can you find the answer to the question — Who is Jesus?


The Claims of Jesus

A good place to begin is with Jesus’ own claims. What did Jesus say about Himself?

Jesus Claimed Equality with God
One of Jesus’s clearest self-identifying statements came in response to the Jewish leaders’ direct question: “How long will you keep us in suspense? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly” (John 10:24). Jesus called on His record to testify on His behalf:

“I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father’s name, these testify of Me. But you do not believe because you are not of My sheep. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” (John 10:25-30)

According to some theologians, Jesus wasn’t claiming to be God when He said, “I and the Father are one.” He was simply saying that He was an ordinary human filled by an extraordinary power. Yet, if that was all He intended to say, why didn’t He clarify His meaning when the Jewish leaders threatened to stone Him for blasphemy? The rocks in their hands were hard proof of their understanding of His statement: “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God” (John 10:33).

If they had jumped to a wrong conclusion, Jesus had the opportunity to correct them, yet He didn’t. He was claiming to be God because He was God!

What did Jesus mean when He said that He was one with the Father? The Jews understood “the Father” to be their Creator who had sovereign control of their lives (Deuteronomy 32:6; Isaiah 64:8). Jesus wasn’t implying that He and the Father were the same person (we’ll discuss Jesus’s role in the Trinity later), but that He and the Father were of the same nature. They were equal in rights, authority, privileges, and power. So, in effect, Jesus was saying that He had complete and sovereign power over their lives — a claim that enraged the Jewish leaders.

Jesus Claimed Divine Authority
Throughout the gospels, Jesus declared His deity through His claims of authority. He announced, “I am the good shepherd” (John 10:11), a title the Old Testament ascribed to God (Psalm 23:1). He claimed to be the judge of all people (John 5:27), a task that only God performs (Joel 3:12). He called Himself the bridegroom (Matthew 25:1), a role God played with Israel (Isaiah 62:5). He forgave sins (Mark 2:5); only God can forgive sins. Of course, the Pharisees grasped the implication that Jesus was claiming to be God, and again they sought to kill Him for blasphemy (Mark 14:64-65).

Jesus put Himself on the same level as Yahweh — the “I AM” — of the Old Testament (John 8:58). He claimed to be Messiah (Mark 14:61-64) and taught that the Messiah was not simply David’s heir but David’s Lord (Luke 20:41). He assumed equal authority with God (Matthew 28:18) and even encouraged prayer in His name (John 14:13-14). Finally, He invited people to believe in Him for salvation (John 3:16;6:29;7:38). In the history of Israel, no prophet or king, priest or rabbi had ever offered salvation in their name. It would have been blasphemous for them to make such an appeal. Only Jesus made the seemingly audacious appeal of faith…because He was God.

Jesus Did What Only God Can Do
When people say they are God, we take them to a psychiatrist. They’re delusional! Without proof of His deity, Jesus’s claim would be empty; worse yet, it would be lunacy. So to show the world who He was, He performed deeds that only God could do.

* He raised people from the dead. (Mark 5:41; John 11:38-44)
* He healed people. (Matthew 9:35;11:4)
* He performed miracles, such as calming the storm and feeding thousands of people. (Mark 4:35-41;8:1-9)
* He exorcised demons and defeated Satan. (Mark 1:27; Luke 4:1-13)
* He accepted worship. (Matthew 14:33)
* He gave authority to His disciples to do miracles. (Matthew 10:1)

Each healing, miracle, or exorcism that Jesus performed provided additional testimony that He was the long-expected Son of God, the Savior of the world (Isaiah 35:5-6).


The Theology of Jesus’s Deity

For further evidence of Jesus’s deity, let’s turn from the words and deeds of Jesus to the pen of the apostles.

The Deity of Jesus in the New Testament
Paging through the rest of the New Testament, we see that the title of God (theos) is explicitly attributed to Jesus (John 1:1,18;20:28; Romans 9:5; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 1:8; and 2 Peter 1:1). In several passages, the authors refer to Jesus in ways that can only apply to God. They write that He is eternal (Revelation 1:17, compare with Micah 5:2), yet there is only one eternal God (Deuteronomy 6:4;33:27). Christ created all things (John 1:3, Colossians 1:16), yet there is only one Creator (1 Peter 4:19). Christ is present everywhere (Matthew 28:20), yet there is only one omnipresent God whom we worship (Acts 17:27,28). Christ receives worship from people and angels (Matthew 14:33; Philippians 2:10; Hebrews 1:6), yet the Old Testament forbids worshiping anyone other than God (Exodus 20:1-5; Deuteronomy 5:6-9). Because each of these characteristics can only be said of God, then Jesus must be God as well.

The Deity of Jesus and the Trinity
But how can Jesus be the Son of God and God at the same time? Because Jesus made a distinction between Himself and the Father, some people conclude that Jesus is not really God but a created being. To answer this issue, we have to take a look at how the members of the Trinity relate.

The Scripture identifies the Son, the Father, and the Holy Spirit as separate persons. Several verses describe the special roles that each person in the Trinity plays. The Father elects (1 Peter 1:2), loves the world (John 3:16), and gives good gifts (James 1:17); the Son suffers (Mark 8:31), redeems (1 Peter 1:18), and upholds all things (Hebrews 1:3); the Spirit regenerates (Titus 3:5), empowers (Acts 1:8), and sanctifies (Galatians 5:22-23).

There are also many verses that describe how the Son, Father, and Spirit interrelate. The Father sends the Son and the Spirit. The Son submits Himself to the will of the Father, reveals the Father, and speaks the words of the Father (John 14:7-26). In theological terms, the relationship can be described like this:

(1) The Father begets the Son and is He from whom the Holy Spirit proceeds, though the Father is neither begotten nor does He proceed. (2) The Son is begotten and is He from whom the Holy Spirit proceeds, but He neither begets nor proceeds. (3) The Holy Spirit proceeds from both the Father and the Son, but He neither begets nor is He the One from whom any proceed?

The crucial issue is how to define the word, beget. Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses say that beget means “create.” In their view, at some point in eternity past, the Father created a being that did not already exist and filled that being with His essence. That being, the “son of God,” is not God but is indwelled by God and represents Him on earth.

The main problem with that view is if the Son is a created being, we should not worship Him. The Scripture consistently commands us to worship God alone and prohibits us from worshiping any created being (Romans 1:24-25). The Lord says through Isaiah, “I will not give My glory to another” (Isaiah 42:8). Jesus Himself rebuffed Satan’s temptation with the admonition of Scripture: “Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only” (Deuteronomy 6:13; Matthew 4:10).

Yet Jesus received worship as a baby (Matthew 2:8). He taught that His disciples should honor Him in the same way as they honor the Father (John 5:23). He received worship without deferring any praise to God (Matthew 14:33;28:17; John 9:38). He even asked the Father to glorify Him with His glory (John 17:5).

How then can we understand this concept of “begetting” if it doesn’t mean “creating”? Hebrews 1:3 sheds the theological light we need:

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. (NIV)

The Son proceeds from the Father like radiance from glory. Although one is distinct from the other, it is impossible for the one to exist without the other. There never was a time when glory existed without its radiance. Similarly, there never was a time when the Father existed without the Son. The two are one, just as light and radiance are one.

An early church father, Athanasius, used the metaphor of a fountain and stream to explain this verse. One is distinct from the other, yet they exist as one. The stream flows from the fountain, yet the stream is the fountain in essence. Similarly, a word flows from a thought, yet the word is the thought in essence. John was following this line of reasoning when he wrote: “The Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). As a stream is to a fountain and a word is to a thought, so Jesus is to God. He flows from God and is God.

Hebrews 1:3 also says that the Son is the “exact representation of [God’s] being” (NIV). In this respect, the Son is unlike us. Humans are created in the image of God, while Jesus is the image of God. There’s a big difference. We may create a robot in our human image, but that creation is something less than human and never can be a person. If we “beget” something, however, it is necessarily the same as us. Our children are the exact representation of our humanness. They are humans. In the same way, the Father “begets” the Son. The Son is the exact representation of the Father’s God-ness — He is God. What God creates is a creation; what God begets is God.

The Deity of Jesus and Our Salvation
For Christians through the ages, these verses have added up to only one conclusion: Jesus is God. The nature of this truth prompted Paul to say,

Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:5-11)

These verses tell us that even though Jesus was God, He set aside the use of His divine attributes to take on human form, and in His human form, He died on the cross in our place. In that way, God sacrificed Himself for us. Yet, if God simply created a being, called it His son, and sent it to die for us, what kind of sacrifice would that be? No, God Himself became a man, felt our pain, touched our hearts, and died in our place.


Conclusion

At the heart of the doctrine of Christ’s deity is God’s loving self-sacrifice for us. Our salvation rests not in a man like us but in a God who became like us in order to redeem us from our sins.

After Jesus asked, “Who do people say that I am?” He asked an even more significant question, “But who do you say that I am?” (Mark 8:29). The answer to this question each person must decide for himself or herself. Who do you say Jesus is? Is He your Lord?

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The MORMON Religion EXPOSED! The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints!

Joseph Smith allegedly received the gold Nephi plates (the book of Mormon) from the angel Moroni.  Even if the so called angel, “Moroni”, really did appear to Joseph Smith, he is still accursed because the gospel of the Book of Mormon is very different from the gospel of the Bible. Since the Book of Mormon does not conform to the standard of the Bible, it is NOT Christian, but condemned being a new and false gospel. 

The Mormon religion is straight out of the pits of Hell. Mormonism denies the deity of Jesus Christ. Mormonism teaches that a person must be baptized to go to Heaven. Mormonism is a sexually degenerate cult that is known for pedophilia and abuse. There are many more links down below. Mormonism has the wrong jesus, not the Jesus of the Bible Who is Almighty God (John 10:33; Revelation 1:8).

  1. “I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you, and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:6-8).
  2. “Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting in self-abasement and the worship of the angels, taking his stand on visions he has seen, inflated without cause by his fleshly mind” (Colossians 2:18).

Some of the Most Blasphemous and Damnable Mormon Doctrines

  1. “We believe in a God who is Himself progressive, whose majesty is intelligence; whose perfection consists in eternal advancement — a Being who has attained His exalted state by a path which now His children are permitted to follow, whose glory it is their heritage to share. In spite of the opposition of the sects, in the face of direct charges of blasphemy, the Church proclaims the eternal truth: ‘As man is, God once was; as God is, man may be.'” (LDS Apostle James E. Talmage, Articles of Faith, Ch.24, p.430 – p.431, LDS Collectors Library ’97 CD-ROM)
  2. ” ‘It is the first principle of the gospel to know for a certainty the character of God,’ the inspired word continues, ‘and to know that we may converse with Him as one man converses with another, and that He was once a man like us; yea, that God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ Himself did.’ The Father is a glorified, perfected, resurrected, exalted man who worked out his salvation by obedience to the same laws he has given to us so that we may do the same.” (LDS Apostle Bruce R. McConkie, A New Witness for the Articles of Faith, p.64, LDS Collectors Library ’97 CD-ROM)
  3. “Thus, on this beautiful spring morning in the Sacred Grove, Joseph Smith witnessed the renewal of God’s dealing with his children in accordance with the great gospel plan of redemption. Upon this occasion God the Father and his Beloved Son Jesus Christ appearing as glorified Resurrected Beings unto a chosen servant of God, made known once again the state of immortality which man will attain in preparation for the next estate of eternity; that also the world once again could know the reality of the personal nature of God the Father and his Beloved Son. (LDS Apostle Alvin R. Dyer, Conference Report, April 1963, p.49 – p.50, LDS Collectors Library ’97 CD-ROM)
  4. “As we stretch our imaginations to absorb the limitlessness of the creations of God we turn to a favorite song: If you could hie to Kolob in the twinkling of an eye, And then continue onward with that same speed to fly, D’ye think that you could ever, through all eternity, Find out the generation where Gods began to be? Or see the grand beginning, where space did not extend? Or view the last creation where Gods and matter end? Methinks the Spirit whispers, “No man has found ‘pure space,'” Nor seen the outside curtains, where nothing has a place. The works of God continue, and worlds and lives abound; Improvement and progression have one eternal round. There is no end to matter; there is no end to space; There is no end to spirit; there is no end to race.” (LDS Apostle Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p.250, LDS Collectors Library ’97 CD-ROM)
  5. “God: Creator And Ruler Of Many Worlds. — While it is true that evolutionists may be divided between theistic and atheistic groups, yet most of those professing belief in God consider him to be an indefinable force, essence, or power of an incomprehensible nature. According to revelation, however, he is a personal Being, a holy and exalted Man, a glorified, resurrected Personage having a tangible body of flesh and bones, an anthropomorphic Entity, the personal Father of the spirits of all men. (D. & C. 130:22- 23; Moses 6:51, 57; Abra. 3:22-24; Jos. Smith 2:16-19.)”
  6. “We are members of the family of the Eternal Father. He is a glorified and exalted and eternal Being, having a resurrected body of flesh and bones. His name is God, and the kind of life he lives is God’s life. His name is also Eternal, and the name of the kind of life he lives is eternal life. Eternal life is God’s life, and God’s life is eternal life. We are commanded to be perfect as he is perfect and to advance and progress until we become like him, or in other words, until we gain eternal life. Thus Joseph Smith said, “You have got to learn how to be Gods yourselves, and to be kings and priests to God, the same as all Gods have done before you, namely, by going from one small degree to another, and from a small capacity to a great one; from grace to grace from exaltation to exaltation, until you attain to the resurrection of the dead, and are able to dwell in everlasting burnings and to sit in glory, as do those who sit enthroned in everlasting power.” (Teachings, pp. 346-47.) Christ our Lord has so obtained, thus enabling him to say to the faithful: “Ye shall be even as I am, and I am even as the Father.” (3 Ne. 28:10.)” (LDS Apostle Bruce R. McConkie, The Mortal Messiah, Vol.1, p.23 – p.24, LDS Collectors Library ’97 CD-ROM)
  7. “I will prove that the world is wrong, by showing what God is. I am going to inquire after God; for I want you all to know Him, and to be familiar with Him; and if I am bringing you to a knowledge of Him, all persecutions against me ought to cease. You will then know that I am His servant; for I speak as one having authority. … “I will go back to the beginning before the world was, to show what kind of a being God is.

    What sort of a being was God in the beginning? Open your ears and hear, all ye ends of the earth. for I am going to prove it to you by the Bible, and to tell you the designs of God in relation to the human race, and why He interferes with the affairs of man. … “God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens!

    That is the great secret. If the veil were rent today, and the great God who holds this world in its orbit, and who upholds all worlds and all things by His power, was to make himself visible,–I say, if you were to see him today, you would see him like a man in form–like yourselves in all the person, image, and very form as a man; for Adam was created in the very fashion, image and likeness of God, and received instruction from, and walked, talked and conversed with Him, as one man talks and communes with another. …

    “In order to understand the subject of the dead, for consolation of those who mourn for the loss of their friends, it is necessary we should understand the character and being of God and how He came to be so; for I am going to tell you how God came to be God. We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea, and take away the veil, so that you may see. … “These are incomprehensible ideas to some, but they are simple.

    It is the first principle of the gospel to know for a certainty the character of God, and to know that we may converse with Him as one man converses with another, and that He was once a man like us; yea, that God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ Himself did; and I will show it from the Bible. … “I wish I was in a suitable place to tell it, and that I had the trump of an archangel, so that I could tell the story in such a manner that persecution would cease forever. What did Jesus say? (Mark it, Elder Rigdon!)

    The scriptures inform us that Jesus said, as the Father hath power in himself, even so hath the Son power–to do what? Why, what the Father did. The answer is obvious–in a manner to lay down his body and take it up again. Jesus, what are you going to do? To lay down my life as my Father did, and take it up again. Do you believe it? If you do not believe it you do not believe the Bible.

    The scriptures say it, and I defy all the learning and wisdom and all the combined powers of earth and hell together to refute it. Here, then, is eternal life–to know the only wise and true God; and you have got to learn how to be gods yourselves, and to be kings and priests to God, the same as all gods have done before you, namely, by going from one small degree to another, and from a small capacity to a great one; from grace to grace, from exaltation to exaltation, until you attain to the resurrection of the dead, and are able to dwell in everlasting burnings. and to sit in glory, as do those who sit enthroned in everlasting power. And I want you to know that God, in the last days, while certain individuals are proclaiming His name, is not trifling with you or me.” (LDS President Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Vol.6, Ch.14, p.305-6, LDS Collectors Library ’97 CD-ROM)

  8. “Intelligent beings are organized to become Gods, even the Sons of God, to dwell in the presence of the Gods, and become associated with the highest intelligences that dwell in eternity. We are now in the school, and must practice upon what we receive.” (LDS President Brigham Young, Discourses of Brigham Young, p.245, LDS Collectors Library ’97 CD-ROM)
  9. “This was the calling of Joseph Smith. He taught anew that God was in the form of man; that man was made in the image of God; and he taught the principles of justice, mercy, charity, and forgiveness. … He taught the truths that the Prophets before him had taught; and he went beyond them. … Joseph Smith taught men to look up to heaven and conceive of a God in the form of man. He taught them that they could become like their Father and God, who was ‘an exalted Man.’ And what is more simple and reasonable? Don’t you parents expect your children to become like you? Or do you expect your children to be something else than men and women? No. You men will see your sons become men; you women will see your daughters become women.

    Then God our Father–yes, and our Mother–in heaven, looking down upon this world– this school house in which their children are being educated–expect, and Joseph Smith taught it as a truth, that their children will be exalted, if they pursue the proper course, until they shall become divine beings themselves, worthy to stand upon that plane where stand their Father and their Mother in heaven. Like begets like; and the principle of eternal progress will make of man a God. (LDS Apostle Orson F. Whitney, Collected Discourses, Vol.5, May 8, 1898, LDS Collectors Library ’97 CD-ROM)

Mormons deny the deity of Jesus Christ

The Deity of Jesus Christ is a fundamental doctrine of the faith, yet Mormons deny Christ’s deity. Instead, Mormons promote man to the status of being “gods.” Mormonism is straight from Hell and must be exposed for the lies that it teaches. The Word of God proclaims that Jesus Christ is God (John 1:1-3,10,14). Isaiah 9:6 called Jesus the “Everlasting Father.” John 10:33 reads, “The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.” The Jews were trying to kill Jesus because He was claiming to be God. They also tried to murder Jesus in John 8:57-59.

In fact, Jesus professed Himself as Almighty God in Revelation 1:8, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. Jesus forgave sin as only God can do (Mark 2:5). Jesus accepted worship as only God is entitled to (Isaiah 42:8; Matthew 8:2). Mormons wickedly deny Christ’s deity, while selfishly proclaiming their own. Mormons have foolishly bought into the Devil’s lie that they will one day become gods. The Word of God never teaches any such nonsense. There is and always will be only one Living God (Deuteronomy 6:4).

The Deity of Man Promoted

Mormons teach that man can become God, and that God was once a man:

God himself, the Father of us all, is a glorified, exalted immortal resurrected man!’ (Bruce McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, pp. 322-23, 517, 643)
‘…God himself was once as we are now and is an exalted man and sits enthroned in yonder heavens…’ (Journal of Discourses, V6, P3, 1844)
‘As man is, God once was: as God is, man may become.’ (Lorenzo Snow, quoted in Milton R. Hunter, the Gospel Through the Ages, pp. 105-106)

This is plain and simple heresy. Nowhere does the Bible say or imply that God was ever a man, or that man can become God! Malachi 3:6 says, ‘For I am the LORD, I change not…’ How could this be true if God was once a man? Genesis 1:1 states that God existed ‘in the beginning’ before man was ever created. John 4:24 states that God is a ‘spirit,’ and Jesus tells us in John 1:18 that no man has seen God at any time. Numbers 23:19 says that ‘God is not a man that he should lie; neither the son of man that he should repent.’ God has always been God, and no one has ever ‘become’ God.” -quote by Pastor James Melton

Mormons Teach Salvation by Works

“Mormons believe that one’s salvation is based on such good works as baptism, good deeds, missionary work, and following Mormon teachings. In The Articles of Faith, by James Talmage, justification by faith in Jesus Christ is called a “pernicious doctrine” twice and he states that it has been “an influence for evil.” (pp. 107, 480) Bruce McConkie once stated at Brigham Young University that a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is “improper and perilous” (Church News, March 20, 1982, p. 5)” -quote by Pastor James Melton

The Word of God clearly teaches that salvation is by simple heart’s faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 10:10).  Titus 3:5 reads, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.”  The “washing of regeneration” is NOT speaking about baptism, but about the blood of Jesus that washes our sins away…”…and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” -1st John 1:7.  When we receive Christ as our Saviour, our sins are cleanses away by Jesus blood.  Colossians 1:14 declares, “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.”

John 1:12,13 proclaim, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.  Salvation is of God friend, NOT you or anyone else.  Good works cannot save us.  The Pope cannot save us.  The priest cannot save us.  The church cannot save us.  Baptism cannot save us.  Missionary work cannot save us.

The sacraments cannot save us.  ONLY Jesus can save us, and Jesus is God!  “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” -John 14:6.  It’s Jesus or Hell friend, turn or burn!  Please turn from your unbelief while you still can, and place your complete trust in the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive your sins and save you.  Please read, God’s Simple Plan.

Mormon Church Spends $6.73 Per Member On Humanitarian Aid Annually!

Mormons church members give an average of $6.73 per year to help the needy, while spending BILLIONS on shopping malls and real estate. As clearly seen, Mormonism is a business and not a Biblical church. The following information is from EXMormon.org…

The numbers below are from an official Mormon church publication. Notice how they use the sum of a 25 year span to make the number look significant. Breaking it down to an annual basis and to a per member basis demonstrates how little the Mormon church gives in charitable aid.

http://www.providentliving.org/welfare/pdf/WelfareFactSheet.pdf

Humanitarian assistance rendered (1985-2009)
Cash Donations $327.6 million
Value of Material Assistance $884.6 million

The value of material assistance is a wild guess from materials donated by members and not directly out of the church’s pocket. We will assume that it actually came from the church directly for simplicity.

Let’s look at the numbers.

Total number of years: 25 years
Total amount of aid: $1,212.2 million (cash 327.6 + materials 884.6)

Amount of aid per year: ($1,212.2 / 25 yr) = $48.5 million per year

Let’s assume an average of 12 million members of the church over that 25 year time span.

($80.8 / 12) = $6.73 per member given in charitable aid per year!!!

Just so that this is clear – The Mormon church only gives out $6.73 in charitable aid per member per year.

SOURCE: So how much help is the Mormon church now giving members and nonmembers?

The Mormon church receives $5,800,000,000 annually in contributions just from members in the United States!!! Over five billion dollars a year, and yet they only give $6.73 each to the poor and homeless. This is typical of a manmade cult that has nothing to do with Biblical Christianity. The Bible defines religion as helping the poor fatherless and widows in their affliction; yet remain unspotted by the wicked world. The Mormon church is one of the wealthiest religions upon the earth…

“The Mormon Church’s City Creek Mall and related development now at an astonishing $5 Billion Dollars!! Five Billion Dollars Do not give your hard earned money in tithing to the Mormon church. An organization that spends 15-20 times more on real estate to develop malls than on helping the poor is, by any definition, a corporation, not a religion.”

SOURCE: Mormon Church’s City Creek Project Now at 5 Billion Dollars – March 2012 | Recovery from Mormonism

Sad, so sad!

Elite Occult Sex Abuse of Children is Epidemic Worldwide

Mormons masquerade as true Christians, but they are of the Devil. Few people ever come to recognize the true occult nature and satanic depth of the Mormon cult. If you do some research, you will learn quickly that the common denominator between all false so-called Christian religions in America is Freemasonry. These demonic fake religions include: Jehovah’s Witnesses, Charismatics (Oral Roberts), Mormonism, Seventh Day Adventism, Judaism, Kaballah, Christian Science, Churches of Christ, Scientology and Wicca). Mormonism is steeped in Jewish Kabbala. Freemasonry, Judaism, Kaballa and Mormonism are ALL SEX-BASED CULTS!!! The very emblem of Freemasonry—the compass and the carpenter’s square—symbolizes sexual intercourse.

Opium Brides (heroine & 7-year old girls taken in Afghanistan for pedophile global elite)

Why is it that Americans are being policed with trained guard dogs, bag searches, strip searches, naked body scans, TSA pat downs and groping, Darth Vader looking thug cops, and an increasingly intolerant attitude toward innocent citizens? Yet, meanwhile, families in Afghanistan are totally helpless against the thug drug lords that are stealing their 7-year old daughters to be raped by the global elite. NATO actually protects the criminals. Afghan farmers are forced to grow opium because other forms of honest living are not allowed nor practical in a corrupt system.

Through cleverly designed newsmedia propaganda, white-washing and deliberate disinformation (lying and deceiving), the globalist owned and controlled newsmedia has been able to suppress the blatant horrendous crimes of the global elite themselves [which includes the 911 attacks, the Iraqi war, and the ongoing farming of opium (heroine) crops in Afghanistan and thug stealing of Afghan’s little girls to supply the insatiable pedophile appetite of the globalists.]

Goldman Sachs Caught Investing In Sex-Trafficking Ring (Mitt Romney’s wife invested too)

Homosexual Prostitution, Child Molesting, the CIA and Washington D.C. Officials

Why is Goldman Sachs running a sex-slave fund? Oh, did I mention the List Of 37 Names of GOLDMAN SACHS People in the Obama Government?

The White (Goldman Sachs) House (Goldman Sachs in the White House)

It’s such a con job. It’s all a big scam, intended to harvest the daughters of the Afghani people. Where are the authorities? Where is the government? Where are the U.S. troops that are supposed to be liberating their country? Our troops are being exploited as paid mercenaries and opium farmers! The popular excuse is that it’s “THE CULTURE.” Watch the preceding video all the way through. A culture of child rape by drug lords? Who’s kidding who?

The global elite are behind all of this, making every lame excuse that the indifferent American people are willing to accept. Most people just don’t care anymore. Most people have thin skin and a hot temper if you offend them in any way. Christianity is becoming a rare and extinct breed these days. I still care. I love Jesus Christ! I care about others! The hallmark quality of being a Christian is CARING!

Mormon Sex Abuse Claims

The following links are provided by Cult expert, Rick Ross:

LDS Church to appeal verdict on sex abuse
LDS Church told to pay $4.2 million in abuse case
Church liable in girls’ abuse
Former Mormon missionary spared prison in Vegas child sex case
LDS Church Missionary Accused Of Sexual Abuse
Second church volunteer arrested in child abuse probe
Mormon Church Worker Charged With Child Sex Abuse
LDS Teacher, Sheriff’s Employee Accused of Abusing Girl
Family Sues Mormon Church
Abuse alleged in Mormon lawsuit
Former Mormon stake president pleads guilty to soliciting Internet sex with teen
Church not responsible for abusers
Court asked to revisit church ruling
Former Bishop Charged With Sex Abuse Fired From Corrections Job
Former West Valley LDS Bishop Accused of Sex Abuse
Former Mormon missionary in Vegas indicted on child sex charges
Teacher Charged: Suspect’s Computer Examined
Mormon missionary accused of fondling girls at Vegas church
Mormon missionary accused of fondling girls at Vegas church
Former Mormon bishop busted
Mormon Church sued again regarding child sexual abuse
Mormon Church accused of failure to report sexual abuse
LDS Church Is Targeted In Lawsuit
Mormon Leader Denounces Sex Abuse
Sex Abuse Lawsuit Is Settled by Mormons for $3 Million
Sex Case May Pry Open Finances of LDS Church
Crisis of Identity
Judge orders Mormons to provide sex-abuse records
Pressure to Forgive Challenges Mormon Families, Divides Wards
Sexual abuse of children in the Mormon Church
Clergy Ignores Victims, Allege LDS Plaintiffs
Mormon psychologist’s recanting about church flaw puzzles some

Reasons to Reject the Book of Mormon

  1. There is no room for the Book of Mormon because the Bible itself claims to be all-sufficient, compete and incorruptible and our judge on the last day.
  2. The Book of Mormon contradicts the Bible.
  3. The Book of Mormon makes many scientifically false statements.
  4. Absolutely none of the specific historical content of the Book of Mormon has been verified through Archeological finds.
  5. We do not have the Gold Nephi Plates for the world to examine.
  6. Although the original 1830 edition of the Book of Mormon was alleged to be inspired in its English translation, there have been thousands of changes, corrections, additions and deletions. Most Mormons have never seen the original 1830 “inspired” edition and would be shocked if they did.
  7. Although they claim direct guidance by God, the Mormon church is among the most divided church in the world with more than 89 different sects who will not cooperate with each other.
  8. The book of Doctrines & Covenants is very different depending upon which sect you are talking to.
  9. The three witnesses of the B of M were all excommunicated by the Mormon church and were of less than ideal character.

God’s Simple Plan

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Will Israel survive today’s threats? Does Satan have plans for Israel? What role will the “unholy trinity” play in Satan’s plan for the end time?

After the Rapture of the Christians comes the Tribulation. And in the middle of the Tribulation, Satan will begin immediately to persecute the woman who brought forth the male child (Revelation 12:13), which I believe is the nation of Israel. His purpose is to destroy the Jews. If Israel is to be persecuted during the Tribulation, then she has certainly survived today’s threats.

Satan is the first person and the father of the unholy trinity. The Antichrist is the second person and the son of the unholy trinity who cooperates with Satan and is the head of the reestablished Roman Empire. The third person of the unholy trinity, the False Prophet, has the job of directing the worship and praise of the people back to the Antichrist (Revelation 13:11-12). The False Prophet is the head of the great religious system. Here is the unholy trinity. We could be only a short time away from this great holocaust.

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Today many nations are against Israel. What will happen to those nations? In the final battle, what is in store for all the armies that fight against the Lord?

Those nations that are gathered together against Jerusalem will see the Lord’s armies in heaven coming after them (Revelation 19:11–16). At that moment, they will forget about the fact that they are at war with each other. They will all get together and decide that they are going to fight against the Lord.

All the armies with their military leaders and advanced technology won’t have a chance—they’ll all be killed. The rest of them were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse (verse 11), and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh (Revelation 19:21). So, all those nations that were against Israel are defeated by the Lord and Israel survives.

As we read our papers today and see how God has set the timetable, we can see that He is getting everything in place to begin the final events. What is our response? We need to ask God to build within us a holy urgency for the cause of Jesus Christ, based on the fact that He is coming soon!

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What is the purpose of the Tribulation? Why will the last war on earth be fought? Who will be there at Armageddon?

God promised Daniel that He was not finished judging the stubborn and rebellious Jews yet because those who returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple fell into the same kind of sin that caused their exile in the first place. We call the Tribulation the Time of Jacob’s Trouble. It is the time of the punishment of the Jewish people for their rebellion.

The last battle is called Armageddon, which is also a time when the nations will be judged for their persecution of Israel. God promised the Jewish people that those who persecute them will be persecuted and those who bless them will be blessed. God is faithful to His promise. Those nations that have persecuted the Jews are finally gathered together in the battle of Armageddon, and God’s wrath is let loose upon them.

At Armageddon God will judge all the nations for their sinfulness. Today, immorality is so unrestrained. Though God may delay His judgment, He will not forget it. One day, He will have had enough. People will have crossed over that line from which there can be no repentance (Revelation 16:9: “They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify Him”).

Even in the horror of the judgment of Armageddon, Scripture says the wicked men who are punished by God will continue to curse Him to His face and not repent. The campaign of Armageddon is the wrath of God at work upon those who have rejected God.

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How does the Antichrist rise to political power? What will he do with that power? How will we know it’s him? Do we have any idea what he will look like?

His rise to power is inconspicuous. Most people will not notice in the beginning. His rise will hardly raise the attention even of those who are closest to the center of action. He will rise up out of the masses. The combination of magnetic personality, speaking ability, and extreme good looks will make him virtually irresistible to the masses. When he comes on the scene, people will flock to him like flies to honey, and they will fall over themselves to do anything he asks.

The Antichrist will be Satan’s Superman, represented as a Beast (Revelation 13:1-18). During the last 3 ½ years of the Tribulation, the Antichrist will personify Satan himself. Second Thessalonians 2:9 says, “The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders.” He will persecute, torture, and kill the people of God, and lead the armies of the world into the climactic battle of Armageddon. He will be the most powerful dictator the world has ever seen, making Caesar, Hitler, Mao, and Saddam seem weak and tame by comparison.

Our clues to the identity of the Antichrist are that he comes from the masses; his personality is magnetic; and people will be drawn to his speaking ability and good looks. And, of course, his “power, signs, and lying wonders” in the last half of the Tribulation will leave no doubt that he is Antichrist.

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A Dad’s Greatest Gift!

Hear, O sons, the instruction of a father,
And give attention that you may gain understanding.
Proverbs 4:1

Dad, is it possible you’ve gotten overly committed, so involved in your work or some away-from-home project or hobby that it is draining your time and energy with your family? I understand, believe me, I do….

Instead of challenging fathers to give of themselves, our cultural system encourages them to give the stuff their increased salaries can buy — a better education, a membership at the club, material possessions, nicer homes, extra cars…. But what about dad himself? And that priceless apprenticeship learned in his presence?… It’s gotten lost in the shuffle….

C’mon, dads, let’s lead a revolt!… Let’s refuse to take our cues from the system any longer. Let’s start saying no to more and more of the things that pull us farther and farther away from the ones who need us the most. Let’s remember that the greatest earthly gifts we can provide are our presence and influence while we live and a magnificent memory of our lives once we’re gone.

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The Second Coming: What Are We Looking For?

The Second Coming: What are we looking for? The greatest cataclysm of world history. The prophets talk about the bad news of the return of God to earth in the person of Jesus by a phrase that’s been mentioned a number of times in this book. The phrase is the Hebrew phrase yom Adonai. We translate it “the day of the Lord” or “the day of Yahweh.” The prophets stumble over each other trying to find adequate language to describe the horror of that day.

Turn to the end of the Old Testament to the little book of Zephaniah. Zephaniah shares with Joel and many other prophets of God a phrase that is the phrase of absolute horror. It’s called the great day of the Lord.

Zephaniah in 1:14-16 writes that the great day of the Lord is near and hastens quickly. The noise of the day of Yahweh is bitter. Mighty men will scream aloud. That is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, devastation and desolation, darkness and gloominess, clouds and thick darkness. I look at all of those pairs of words, and I see a man ransacking a thesaurus, if there were such a thing available, trying to find adequate terms to describe the calamity of the day of the return of Christ to the earth, because when He returns it will be in the worst judgment in the history of the world.

How can that be? How can that be if Genesis 6 to 9 describes the death of all living by the great flood? How can that be, given the suffering that we’ve experienced even in our own lifetime, like the recent calamitous flooding in places like Honduras, from typhoons, tsunamis, horrible earthquakes, hurricanes, all of these so-called acts of nature? How can there be something worse than all of those things?

I think what makes the Second Coming worse in judgment is that all of those things God did through mediation, that is through Creation, nature gone riot, Creation in upheaval. But in the Second Corning, the judgment will be done, not by water, not by flood, not by fire, not by storm, but by His own hand. Did you hear that?

We’re all familiar with the story of the ten plagues. Are we familiar with the wording of Exodus 11? Turn back there where the announcement of the tenth plague is given. The last plague God used to deliver Israel from Egypt is the most horrendous of the list. There were others that were awful, the turning of the Nile to blood, the darkening of an eclipse that lasted for days and was specific on the Egyptians and not the people of Israel. Some eclipse that was. Cattle disease, boils, gnats, flies, awful things, but none of the plagues is like the tenth. Because in the tenth plague we’re told that from the house of pharaoh, to the humblest farmer in the land, and even extending out to the barn, the firstborn of Egypt will die. They will not die, however, as Sunday school lessons have it, by the “Angel of Death,” but by the hand of God.

Look at Chapter 11 verse 1: “The LORD [Yahweh] said to Moses, ‘One more plague I will bring on Pharaoh.’” He says I will do this. Verse 4, “Thus says the LORD, ‘About midnight, I am going out into the midst of Egypt’” You see what we’ve done? We’ve softened this because it’s almost intolerable. It’s something that we can’t stomach. God? No, we’d like it to be done by an angel. God? No, we’d like it to be done by a demon. God? No, we’d like it to be done by a storm or a disease, but God says, “I will do this.” And so He did.

Turn to Chapter 12 and look at the summary in verse 29. “It came about at midnight that the LORD struck all the first-born.” Not an angel, not a seraph, not a messenger, but the Lord.

I do Passover Seders in the spring. The rabbis sometimes got things right, and this they nailed. In the Passover Haggadah, the liturgy for that wonderful service of praise to God for deliverance from Egypt, there is a homily on these words from Chapter 11 where God says, “I will go out into the midst of Egypt.” Listen to this. “The Lord, Yahweh, brought us forth from Egypt, not by means of an angel, nor by means of a seraph, nor by means of a messenger, but the Most Holy. Blessed be He in His own glory. As it is said, ‘I will pass through the land of Egypt in this night, I will smite every firstborn of the land of Egypt, both man and beast, and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment.’ I, Yahweh, I will pass through the land of Egypt, I, Myself, and not an angel. I will smite every firstborn, I, Myself and not a seraph. And on all the gods of Egypt, I will execute judgment, I, Myself, and not a messenger. I, Yahweh, I am He, there is none other.” And that’s the way it was. When the final act of deliverance was done, it was God who did it. And that was to get His people out of Egypt. And then when they came to the watery mass, and the army was behind them and the Sea of Reeds or the Red Sea was before them, then it was again that God acted in His own person, not by an angel, not by a seraph, not by a messenger, but in His own glory.

Turn to Exodus 15. This psalm, the first psalm in the Bible, is the celebration of the deliverance of Israel from Egypt, and it’s celebrated every year by Jewish people all over the world. Jewish people who follow their own Haggadah know this better than we Christians, because they recite this every single year. When God brought Israel from Egypt, not only was it He, and He alone, who slew the firstborn, but it was He, and He alone, who fought against their enemies and destroyed them. And when the song was sung, verse 3 says, “The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is His name.” Yahweh is a man of war, Yahweh is His name. And in those words, we are celebrating the fact that it was God, and God alone, who delivered them. Adonai ish milchamah, Adonai shemo. Yahweh is a warrior, His name is Warrior God.

That’s what we have portrayed about sweet King Jesus in Revelation 19. Jesus, when He comes down, is a man of war. Look at the words, verse 11, “He judges and wages war.” Look at the words of verse 15, “From His mouth comes a sharp sword.” The point is that it is He who will fight directly, personally.

The Second Coming of Jesus: What are we looking for? The greatest calamity in all of human history.

The people of the world don’t understand this. They use the word Armageddon which is our word, a Bible word. But they use Armageddon to describe nuclear holocaust, nation against nation. Back in the days of the Soviet Union there was such a threat of the end of the world, we thought, by one nation lobbing missiles against another and though it was thought that was Armageddon, it was not. That would be horrific, it would be world war, but it’s not Armageddon. Armageddon is the nations gathered together at the end of the Tribulation period to withstand God the Father putting His Son Jesus Christ on the throne of David in Jerusalem. That’s what Psalm 2 is about. That’s what Psalm 110 is about.

In Psalm 2, the nations are gathered together against the Lord, and against His Messiah, His anointed. And the One who is in heaven laughs in derision as He says, “I set My king on My holy hill, Zion.” Do you think the nations can withstand the power of God? That’s why there’s the greatest cataclysm of all of history. What makes it the worst is it’s not water, it’s not fire, it’s not disease, but it’s the Lord Himself who comes to judge.

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Strange and Imaginary Worlds!

The line between real and imagined is sometimes a little blurry. At least this is the conclusion of one report on the business of cyberspace, where thousands of people have imaginary lives and some are actually making a living at it. The creators of several popular online role-playing games completed a year-long study of the very real transactions that are taking place in their imaginary worlds. The results portray a flourishing economy that is rapidly grabbing advertisers’ attention. The sellers are role players who have taken the time to find marketable goods in their virtual worlds—and they are clearly putting in the time. In one popular game, a gnome is sold with a basic skill set for $214; in another, a virtual cherry dining set for a virtual home runs about 250 actual dollars. Between June 2005 and June 2006, 9,042 role players spent $1.87 million dollars on virtual goods from swords to special powers. According to analyst estimates this year, U.S. virtual goods revenue alone will top $1 billion and could even rake in over $2 billion.

 

It is entertainment I don’t claim to fully understand. But it is fascinating (and maybe frightening) to see how integrated the real and the virtual can become. Of course, this idea applies to far more than online games. What we imagine can become so enmeshed with what is real that we scarcely notice a difference. That is, until something real reminds us otherwise—like an outsider’s perspective or a credit card receipt.

 

Jonah was a prophet by profession. He knew the liturgy and worship of the people of Israel by heart. So it is not unreasonable that as his life was ebbing away in the depths of the sea, Jonah would cry out with the words of a psalm he had heard countless times before. And yet, the words no doubt had a depth of meaning for him unlike anything he had known before. As he was losing consciousness—literally in Hebrew, “in the feebleness of his person,”—Jonah not only remembered God by name, but in some ways was seeing God for the first time. Like one awoken to enmeshed worlds both real and imaginary, Jonah quickly clung to what was real.

 

Jonah’s behavior up until this point suggests a mentality that God was not entirely omnipresent, but present only in Israel, in the temple, and in the places of his own interest. As Jonah ran to Tarshish to avoid the call of God to go to Nineveh, he ran believing there was a place he could go where God could not find him. But as he sunk further into the depths of the sea, the prophet realized he was mercifully mistaken. His language evokes a play on words—As I was losing consciousness, I remembered the LORD. Or else, it was a sudden recognition of the Really Real in the imaginary world he had occupied. Losing consciousness, Jonah was actually gaining it.

 

Perhaps not wanting to consider the discomfort it would take to uproot our own embedded fallacies, tellers of Jonah’s story often minimize the distress that broke his silence with God. But the popular notion that Jonah went straight from the side of the ship and into the mouth of the fish is not supported by either the narrative as a whole or Jonah’s cry for help. H. L. Ellison suggests that “[Jonah] was half drowned before he was swallowed. If he was still conscious, sheer dread would have caused him to faint—notice that there is no mention of the fish in his prayer. He can hardly have known what caused the change from wet darkness to an even greater dry darkness. When he did regain consciousness, it would have taken some time to realize that the all-enveloping darkness was not that of Sheol but of a mysterious safety.

 

In that mysterious safety, Jonah shows us the strange world that unwound his imaginary one, and in it, the God who hears in both. Though the deep surrounded him and reeds were bound to his head, Jonah was heard—and his awareness of this was an essential turning point in his story. In prayer and darkness, Jonah admitted that the role of salvation cannot be in his hands. If only momentarily, the drowning prophet clung to a truth more hopeful than escapism and more able than idols: “Salvation belongs to the LORD.”

 

It is hard to believe that Jonah could have considered being swallowed alive a rescue, and yet it is precisely Jonah’s considerations from which he needed to be rescued. In truth, at times, the deliverance we need is that of deliverance from ourselves. Though our thoughts toward God be wound in self and seaweed, and the depths of our imagined autonomy threaten to drown us, rescue is a valid hope. What if God is far more real than we often imagine?

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