WHY I LEFT THE MORMON CHURCH #1
Seldom is anyone led out of a denomination or religious
affiliation quickly and without contemplation. Most of the time it
involves a process in which one begins to question certain aspects,
arriving at a conclusion and eventually leading to a final
decision. It was no different for me.
THE ARTICLES OF FAITH
As a youth growing up in Salt Lake City, Utah, I was excited
to be part of something my mother and those adults surrounding me
encouraged. I was baptized at the age of eight years old. I became
a Deacon at the age of twelve and received the Aaronic Priesthood.
Passing the Sacrament (assisting on the Lords table)
was an honor. Every first Sunday of the month was the tradition of
Fast Sunday in which we would go without two meals that
day. It was also the worship service in which members had the
opportunity to stand in front of the congregation and bare
their testimony, or give an account of what they were thankful
for and what God had done in their lives.
I was baptized for the dead. Eventually, I had the privilege
of baptizing my younger brother. Social gatherings were a regular
occurrence. It was a time of anticipating the age when we would be
able to participate in a two-year mission, unknown where we would
go until assigned by Church headquarters. Then things began to
Questions I had about different subjects and topics were
answered with inconclusive, ambiguous, or simply unsatisfying
replies. Some of it was kept concealed. I did not understand why
others were not questioning the same matters or just accepted a
vague response from teachers and the Bishop. Soon, the doubt set in
as the more I studied and sought clarification, the more I felt
disconnected. At the same time, I played the part of the rebellious
teenager and about the age of twenty, I finally decided it was time
Through the course of events, I lost the friendship of some,
while simply falling out of touch with others. Some attempted
(unsuccessfully) to lure me back. There was never an angry
criticism by anyone, nor was there a hostile attitude (at least to
me). They simply stopped communicating. When I first started
questioning their faith, I was eighteen years old and ready to
graduate high school. That same summer I left the state to attend
a trade school that padded the resentment felt. Around the same
time, I had some religious friends who were not members of the
Lords church but were a source to discuss what I was feeling
My mother took it the hardest. She questioned herself as to
why she did not do an adequate job raising me. Our discussions
would often morph into arguments. Being young and inexperienced,
trying to reason through a subject as delicate as this, I see that
my approach probably could have been better. However, I knew
Mormonism would no longer be a part of my life. After leaving
Mormonism, there were occasions where I was either non-religious
altogether or grasping for some form of Bible understanding of
which to make sense.
Several years passed before I started attending an
Independent Baptist Church. While there, I started dating a girl
whose uncle was a member of the Lords church. At first I was
apprehensive but started questioning the church of Christ. He
invited us to attend a service. The obvious exclusion of musical
instruments caught my attention. When I started to ask questions,
he stopped me and asked if I would be willing to read the book of
Acts. He advised me to read it without anyones outside
thoughts or commentary and to just compare it to what I had been
hearing. It was astounding how easy it was to comprehend and how
different it was to everything I had ever been taught.
It was not too long after that I was baptized into Christ.
The relationship with the girl did not work out and I soon moved to
California, working as a Special Makeup Effects artist in film,
television and theater. It was a field of which I loved and worked
in for years. While there, I had an experience that caused me to
reevaluate my priorities. I was working on a film called
Passion of the Christ directed by Mel Gibson when I was
involved in several discussions with other crew members. Most of
them had a confused understanding about the life of Christ and it
was at that point when it became evident how lost those in the
world could be, especially about a subject most Christians consider
My wife and I had ties to the Memphis School of Preaching
through friends and acquaintances, but being a Gospel preacher was
still not being contemplated. We knew Keith Mosher, who once said
something to me that made no sense at the time: Do not be a
preacher unless you absolutely have to. At first, I thought it
was a poor way of trying to talk me into attending the school (in
my opinion), but after pondering it, I started to realize how
profound it was. I had to preach. My wife was supportive when
approaching her, almost to the point that she knew this was the
decision I would make but did not say anything until I was ready.
She saw something I did not.
For a long time, I had animosity towards the Mormon faith.
In my mind, if that was not the true church, then nothing could be,
which is a common response from those who have left. Several years
passed before I was finally at a place in my life where I could
discuss my background without allowing emotions to direct the
The upcoming series of articles will explain much of what
was studied from living as a member of the Mormon religion. It will
also provide a further inspection of what they teach on various
issues. Many have questions and inquiries about something they hear
or read and seek clarification. Some are simply curious.
Keep in mind that when approaching Mormonism and studying
with its members, it is essential to make them define their terms.
While some of their responses and teaching may appear to be the
same as how the Bible words it, their definition may be
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is driven
largely by their Articles of Faith a creed of
thirteen statements that outline their fundamental beliefs. Youths
were encouraged to memorize them. Adults were encouraged to teach
them. Addressing each one will be the objective of this series. The
Articles of Faith are:
It is with prayer and hope that the upcoming examination of
these articles of faith will be able to reach not only those who
may be studying with Mormons, but those in the Mormon faith
themselves who may be struggling with answers or are curious as to
why someone would choose to leave.
- We believe in God the Eternal Father, and in His Son Jesus
Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.
- We believe that men will be punished for their own sins and
not for Adams transgression.
- We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind
may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the
- We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the
Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second,
Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of
sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy
- We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy,
and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority,
to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances
- We believe in the same organization that existed in the
Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors,
teachers, evangelists, and so forth.
- We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation,
visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so
- We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is
translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to
be the word of God.
- We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now
reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great
and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.
- We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the
restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem)
will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will
reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be
renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.
- We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according
to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the
same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they
- We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers,
and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the
- We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent,
virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say
that we follow the admonition of Paul We believe all
things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and
hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything
virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek
after these things.
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FAITHFUL IN THE LORD #1
Garland M. Robinson
After leaving Athens, Paul preached in Corinth and many
of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized
(Acts 18:8). Years later in writing First Corinthians, Paul said
they had received the Gospel he preached, were continuing to stand
in it and would be saved eternally IF they kept it in their memory.
Notice the words of First Corinthians 15:1-4,
Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I
preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye
stand; 2By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I
preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3For I
delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how
that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4And
that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according
to the scriptures.
In this three part series, we want to call attention to the
phrase if ye keep in memory what I preached unto
To keep the word of God in their memory meant far more than
holding it in their minds. It meant they would keep it in the
action of their lives. They would perform the doing of it. Our
brethren at Corinth had to live faithful to the Lord every single
day (24/7). Otherwise, their belief (faith) would be in vain (v.2).
If we want to be saved, we must receive Gods word into our
heart and obey it in our lives.
One of the most beloved songs we often sing is titled
Trust and Obey. Trust is faith. Obey is faith in action.
One is useless without the other. Faith is useless without
obedience and obedience is useless without faith. James tells us to
be doers of the word, and not hearers only (James
1:22). To do otherwise is to deceive ourselves. He makes clear that
faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone
(James 2:17,20,26). Ye see then how that by works a man is
justified, and not by faith only (James 2:24).
There is no way one can obey the Gospel and expect to be
saved in the end without living a faithful Christian life. Its
far more than a mental thought in your mind. Its of value only
if its obeyed in doing Gods will. John worded it this
way, My little children, let us not love in word, neither
in tongue; but in deed and in truth (1 John 3:18).
The point is, being faithful to the Lord is not simply a
mental or verbal action, it involves
life action. It involves activity, deeds, work
To obey the Gospel involves faith in Jesus (John
8:24; Mark 16:16; Heb. 11:6), repenting of sins (Luke 13:3;
Acts 2:38; 17:30), confession of faith in Jesus as the Son
of God and Savior of the world (Acts 8:37; Rom. 10:9-10; Matt.
10:32-33) and being immersed in water (baptism) for the
forgiveness of sins (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Rom. 6:3-18; 1 Peter
3:21). Ones obedience to the Gospel in dying to sin
(repenting), being buried in water baptism and being raised from
the water to live a new life (Rom. 6:4), is in keeping with the
Lords death, burial and resurrection.
The Gospel is the good news of salvation. The God of heaven
and earth has made a way for sinful man to be saved from the
penalty of his sins. It is founded (based) in the fact that Jesus
the Christ, the only begotten Son of God, the redeemer and Savior,
3...died for our sins according to the Scriptures. 4And that
he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to
the scriptures (1 Cor. 15:3-4).
God demands Christians be faithful faithful unto death.
We are faithful because:
God is faithful. Upon entering into the land of
Canaan, the Israelites were told, Know therefore that the
LORD thy God, he [is] God, the faithful God, which keepeth
covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his
commandments to a thousand generations (Deut. 7:9). In
the New Testament we are told, There hath no temptation
taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is]
faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye
are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape,
that ye may be able to bear [it] (1 Cor. 10:13).
God [is] faithful, by whom ye were called unto the
fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord (1 Cor. 1:9).
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to
forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteous-
ness (1 John 1:9).
God requires us to be faithful just as he is faithful. He
will accept nothing less than our best. Haphazard service to the
Lord wont get us to heaven. John wrote to the brethren in the
church at Pergamos, Fear none of those things which thou
shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast [some] of you into
prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten
days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown
of life (Rev. 2:10). Faithful unto death
means even if it costs us our life.
Gods Word is faithful. Elders are admonished:
Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been
taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to
convince the gainsayers (Titus 1:9). And he that
sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he
said unto me, Write: for these words are true and
faithful (Rev. 21:5). Heaven and earth shall
pass away, but my words shall not pass away (Matt. 24:35).
This [is] a faithful saying, and worthy of all
acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners;
of whom I am chief (1 Tim. 1:15). We can trust it, depend
on it. It is guaranteed by the bank of heaven where there is no
Faithfulness to the Lord is taught throughout the
Word. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man
be found faithful (1 Cor. 4:2). His lord said unto
him, Well done, [thou] good and faithful servant: thou hast been
faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many
things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord (Matt.
25:21,23). He that is faithful in that which is least is
faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust
also in much (Luke 16:10). And the things that
thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to
faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also (2
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HOW MUCH DO WE BELIEVE WITHOUT
HAVING ANY EVIDENCE?
Roger D. Campbell
Daddy, why do we believe that Jesus is Gods Son? And,
Daddy, how come all of our elders are men instead of women? If
our answer is, Honey, thats just the way we believe,
such an answer is not going to get the job done! It may
work when the child is seven years old, but it will not
work when he is seventeen or twenty-seven! Young people need proof,
proof, and more proof. Parents, grandparents, and Bible class
teachers need to get with it and give children real evidence for
what we believe and practice, or else somewhere down the road we
will be weeping together over their choices!
What Christians believe to be true has nothing to do with
ones personal feelings. To declare to my cousin that I believe
in God because I can feel Him at work in my life may just cause him
to respond by saying, Thats funny. The reason that I do
not believe in God is because I cannot feel Him at work in my
life. In this case, whose feeling would be more
convincing? The truth is, my feeling would not prove that God
exists, and at the same time, my cousins feeling of Gods
non-existence would not be evidence that there is no God. Gods
people need to learn this truth, and learn it well: convictions
that are based merely on feelings do not jive with what the Bible
says about genuine faith. Faith and feelings are not the same.
See if the following concept sounds familiar: Faith is
when you believe in something when you do not have any proof for
it. If there is evidence, then it is not faith. This distorted
idea about faith and evidence is that when you have one, you cannot
have the other. Thus, faith and proof are supposedly mutually
exclusive. The Bible says, Now faith is the substance of
things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Heb.
11:1). Did you notice faith and evidence used
together, and that evidence is the basis of faith?! The Book of
John was written that its readers might believe that Jesus is the
Christ, the Son of God (John 20:30,31). Is that faith without
evidence? Not at all. Rather, it is faith produced by the proof of
Jesus Deity that is provided in Johns account.
Some say, If you can know something is true, then there
is no faith. Faith means you believe even though you are not really
sure it is right. Again, this false notion is that knowledge
and faith are mutually exclusive: you supposedly cannot have
knowledge and faith at the same time on the same subject. Wait a
minute. Notice what some Samaritans said about Jesus: Now we
believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him
ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ...
(John 4:42; emphasis in all quotes mine, rdc). Did those folks
believe in Jesus, or know that He was the Christ? Both! Later,
Jesus prayed for believers to be united in order that the
world may believe that the Father sent Him. Then He
turned around and prayed for unity in order that the world may
know that the Father sent Him (John 17:21,23). It is
clear that in Bible language one can both believe and know at the
same time. In fact, as we have emphasized, genuine faith is based
on proof on evidence.
Some say, If you can see it, then its not faith.
Faith is believing in something when you cant see it.
Some folks need to stop parroting what they have heard others say
and investigate what the Bible says. Some of Jesus earliest
disciples accompanied Him to a wedding feast in Cana of Galilee
where He performed His first earthly miracle. When His disciples,
who already believed in Him, saw His water-to-wine miracle, they
believed on Him (John 2:11), meaning that their faith was
strengthened. Did those disciples: 1) see Jesus, 2) see Jesus
miracle, or 3) believe on Him? They did all three,
proving that seeing it and believing it can go
hand in hand.
There were also Samaritans who came to where Jesus was, they
saw Him, heard Him teach, and saw His action. Then, based on what
they saw and heard, they said, Now we believe... (John
4:40-42). Did they see our Lord, or did they believe in Him? Again,
they did both. Later, when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead,
Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen
the things which Jesus did, believed on him (John
11:45). The fact that they saw Him did not eliminate the
possibility of believing in Him, and, as always, their true faith
was based on the evidence they were presented.
Some say, Okay. But if those people did not believe
until they saw Jesus, how can a person really believe in heaven if
he has not seen it? Great question. First, consider this. Not
every first-century believer in the Christ saw him with his/her own
eyes. In 1 Peter 1:8, we read of Christians that had not seen
Jesus, yet they believed in Him and loved Him. If they did it then,
then we can do it in our generation also. How? Our faith is based
on the evidence that the Bible provides (John 20:30,31).
Believing in heaven is really an evidence question. Here is
our reasoning. We may not always say it or think it through like
this in every instance, but proper reasoning goes like this: 1) The
evidence proves that God exists (Psa. 19:1-3); 2) The evidence
proves that the Bible is the word of God (2 Tim. 3:16,17); 3)
Because the Bible is from the always-truthful God (Titus 1:2), then
everything God tells us in His word, including what He says about
heaven, is true. Question, Why do we believe that Jesus rose from
the dead? Because of the Bibles reliability and the evidence
How much do you and I believe without having any
evidence? The answer is, biblically speaking, we accept and
believe only those things for which there is adequate evidence.
Genuine faith is always based on reliable proof.
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A MESSAGE FROM A PRESIDENT TO THE
YOUTH OF HIS NATION
While visiting in Uganda recently on a mission trip, I picked
up a local newspaper called New Vision. Ugandas
president is Mr. Yoweri Museveni. Under the heading Museveni
Cautions Youth Against Loose Life, the following was printed:
President Yoweri Museveni has cautioned the youth
against sexual promiscuity, instead exhorting them to make the
fear of God a cornerstone of their journey through life.
Museveni said many vices like smoking, binge drinking and
living a loose life, which tend to ruin many youths, with
some dying well before time, can be avoided by leading a life of
Drawing examples from his own life, a jovial Museveni told
hundreds of youths during the Scripture Union golden jubilee
celebration on Friday how fruitful the fear of God can be to
Reminiscing about his formative years at Ntare School, where
he was a chairperson of the Scripture Union, Museveni extolled the
organization for shaping his character and helping him avoid taking
on vices that have ruined and enslaved many.
The President likened the fear of God to an internal
Policeman who restrains you from doing evil like greed, selfishness
and harming others.
I am so grateful that I associated myself with Scripture
Union, which I joined in 1961, the President said as he
admonished the youth to lead purposeful lives and avoid
sampling sex until they get married upon completion of
I have no time for alcohol, Museveni said in
reference to vices likely to be picked up by purposeless youth,
including smoking that he labeled as burning ones
Drawing parallels between drunkenness and slipping into a
coma, Museveni mused: Why do I budget to get into a coma every
He urged his young audience to avoid the pitfall of
misinterpreting the Bible, which has bred laziness and a section of
people producing many children they are incapable of caring for.
The birds in the air neither sow nor reap, but God cares
for them. Musevenin said, quoting a verse in the Bible that
highlights Gods enduring mercy, adding: Life is all about
work and mastering technology to subdue the earth.
The National Chairman of Born Again Pentecostal Churches in
Uganda, Joshua Lwere, lauded the Scripture Union for 㦞 years
of shaping lives of young people. The more people have
the fear of God in their lives, the fewer criminals we are likely
to deal with in society, Lwere explained. (New Vision
Newspaper, article by: Moses Walubiri, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, Vol.
28 No. 221, Kampala, Uganda)
I copied the whole article as it appeared in the newspaper.
I do not know what political party Mr. Museveni belongs to nor do
I know much about his presidency. However, I do know he has
something that many Americans wish our president had; and that is
moral fiber. How long has it been since you heard a president of
the USA make a speech encouraging our youth to abstain from sex
until they are married? When have you heard a president of the USA
encourage our youth not to smoke or drink and to avoid living
a loose life? What US President recently has encouraged the
youth of our nation to lead a life of prayer?
I am ashamed to say what we hear from our president is
lets keep abortion safe and legal. Our president is
in favor of the morning after pill for young girls and
without parental knowledge! Our president pushes same sex marriage
whenever he can!
Many Americans refer to nations like Uganda as third
world nations. May God help us to one day rise to the morals
of many third world nations!
Psa. 33:12, Blessed is the nation whose God is the
Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his
Psa. 43:1, Judge me, O God, and plead my cause
against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and
Prov. 14:34, Righteousness exalteth a nation: but
sin is a reproach to any people.
Isa. 1:4, Ah sinful nation, a people laden with
iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they
have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy one of Israel
to anger, they are gone away backward.
Jer. 5:9, Shall I not visit for these things? saith
the Lord: and shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as
Jer. 12:17, But if they will not obey, I will
utterly pluck up and destroy that nation, saith the Lord.
It is later that we think! What will it take to turn this
nation back toward God?
Ronald D. Gilbert
Director of International Bible Teaching Ministries
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CHEMICAL IMBALANCE ONLY?
It has been a few months since I wrote an article entitled,
Overcoming Depression. A portion of that article included
the following: I wonder how often we allow the circumstances
around us to chip away at our faith and lead us down the path into
depression. If you are suffering from depression, may I make a
couple of suggestions? Unplug your TV for 30 days. Dwell on things
that are good, things that are of good report, and things that will
restore your confidence in God and His providential watch care over
us. Focus on that wonderful promise in Hebrews 13:5: Be ye
free from the love of money; content with such things as ye have:
for himself hath said, I will in no wise fail thee, neither will I
in any wise forsake thee. There are no less than four keys
contained within that passage for defeating depression. First,
Be free from the love of money. Mammon is not your
master; Christ is! Second, be content with such things as ye have.
The mad race for things has destroyed the faith of many a man and
plunged him into despair and destruction. Third, remember that God
will not fail thee. This speaks of our Fathers power and
ability to care for us. Finally, remember that God will not forsake
thee. This speaks of His will to care for you. If you are
depressed, discouraged, disappointed, or simply down and out, take
some time to mediate on the word of God. Therein is the power for
It is a well known fact that statements, sentences, words,
and thoughts must all be kept in context in order to properly
understand the message an author wishes to communicate to his
audience. The context in which I use the word depression
is one in which a person is severely discouraged, even to an
advanced point of depression. Such is not a chemical imbalance, and
can often be overcome with a heavy dose of Gods word and a
change in attitude. To sustain my point, I suggest the following
examination of terms. Wikipedia provides the following interesting
definition of depression.
Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity
that can affect a persons thoughts, behavior, feelings and
sense of well-being. Depressed people feel sad, anxious, empty,
hopeless, worried, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable, hurt, or
restless. They may lose interest in activities that once were
pleasurable, experience loss of appetite or overeating, have
problems concentrating, remembering details, or making decisions,
and may contemplate, attempt, or commit suicide. Insomnia,
excessive sleeping, fatigue, loss of energy, or aches, pains, or
digestive problems that are resistant to treatment may also be
Depressed mood is not always a psychiatric disorder.
It may also be a normal reaction to certain life events, a
symptom of some medical conditions, or a side effect of some drugs
or medical treatments. Depressed mood is also a primary or
associated feature of certain psychiatric syndromes such as
clinical depression. A depressed mood may not require any
professional treatment (Wikipedia on line; all emphasis
Medline Plus defines depression as such: Depression may
be described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable, or down in
the dumps. Most of us feel this way at one time or another for
short periods...Clinical depression is a mood disorder in which
feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with
everyday life for a longer period of time
Miriam Webster online defined it like this: depression:
a state of feeling sad; a psychoneurotic or psychotic disorder
marked especially by sadness, inactivity, difficulty in thinking
and concentration, a significant increase or decrease in appetite
and time spent sleeping, feelings of dejection and hopelessness,
and sometimes suicidal tendencies.
I looked at no less than ten similar sources and not a
single one EXCLUDED the sense in which I used the word in my
article. While it is true that there is such a state as
clinical depression, the exact cause of such is not
clearly defined, nor is there any agreement regarding the cause.
To suggest that depression is caused solely by
chemical imbalance and that it is irresponsible for me to use the
word otherwise, is simply not true. Health.com pointed out
There are many well-known depression triggers: Trauma, grief,
financial troubles, and unemployment are just a few...But if you
are depressed and none of these apply to you, it can be hard to
pinpoint a specific cause
things that bring on depression, according to the same website,
include summertime, smoking, poor sleep
habits, Facebook overload, End of a TV show or
movie, and poor sibling relationships, to name but
a few. In fact, it is rather interesting how many factors
that are well within our control.
I would not suggest for a moment that there is no such thing
as depression brought on by chemical imbalance. What has been
labeled as clinical depression is real; but it is not the
only form of depression. I stand by my previous article and have
determined that I will not get depressed because someone happens to
disagree with me. I hope they will do the same.
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THE BIBLE: OUR FINAL AUTHORITY
Luke begins his Gospel account by referring to those things
which are most surely believed among us (Luke 1:1). Of
those things believed by Gods people today is the
fact that the Bible is Gods word.
Churches of Christ possess a high view of Scripture. We
believe the Bible is Gods word. When the apostle stated that
all scripture is given by the inspiration of God
(2 Tim 3:16), he was affirming the divine origin of Scripture. When
Jesus stated that one is to live by every word that
proceeds from the mouth of God (Matt. 4:4), he was
portraying Scripture as the very words God speaks. If God were to
relate his will to humanity today by speaking directly from heaven,
it would not be any different than what he has already revealed in
the Scriptures. God speaks to us today through Scripture. And,
while human instrumentality was used to compose Scripture, these
writers were superintended by the Holy Spirit to such an extent
that they wrote only the words God revealed to them by inspiration.
The Bible is the word of God and not the word of man.
Churches of Christ believe the Bible is the authoritative
standard for religion and conduct. By virtue of the fact that
the Bible is inspired of God, it follows that Scripture is to be
the final court of appeals in all things which pertain to godliness
(cf. 2 Peter 1:3). Ultimately, all people will be judged by the
standard of Gods word (John 12:48). We believe that to be
right with the Bible is to be right with God. We further maintain
that the only way for one to know Gods will today is from the
Bible. It teaches one how to be saved in obedience to the Gospel
(Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38). It teaches us how to approach God in
worship which must be offered in truth, i.e.,
according to and in harmony with revealed truth (John 4:24). It
teaches us how to faithfully live the Christian life (Titus 2:11-
12; Acts 20:32). In short, the Bible teaches us how to go to
heaven. Churches of Christ believe the church of today should
continue steadfastly in the apostles doctrine
(Acts 2:42) just as the early church was commended for doing. A
failure to reside within the perimeters of divine truth results in
apostasy Whosoever goes onward and abides not in the
doctrine of Christ has not God; he that abides in the doctrine has
both the Father and the Son (2 John 9). This
doctrine that the church of today must adhere to, is
embodied in written form upon the pages of the Bible.
Churches of Christ believe the Bible is the final and
complete revelation from God to humanity. We believe it is
sinful to add to, subtract from, substitute, or modify Gods
word in any way whatsoever. We believe if one presumptuously
engages in such manipulations of Gods word, they do so to
their own spiritual ruin (Rev. 22:18-19; 2 Peter 3:16). When the
apostle taught that if anyone preach any other gospel unto you
than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed
(Gal. 1:8); he was relating the condemnation that awaits those who
arrogantly teach contrary to what God has revealed in Scripture.
The New English Translation (NET) translates the phrase
let him be accursed as let him be condemned to
hell! One thing is certain God is serious about people
remaining true to his word whether anyone else is or not.
Our belief in the finality of Scripture has some other
practical implications as well which results in our rejection of
any and all claims of modern day revelations. For
example, churches of Christ do not accept the Koran as
inspired revelation as Muslims do. We do not believe Joseph Smith
was a prophet who allegedly received the Book of Mormon from
God. We do not believe Mary Baker Eddy was a prophetess who
supposedly received revelation for the Christian Science
religion. We do not believe Ellen G. White received an inspired
message about keeping the Sabbath for Seventh Day
Adventists. We do not believe the Pope speaks infallibly or
ex cathedra as is claimed by Catholicism. Nor do we believe
that any revelations are being given through Holiness
preachers today who claim to be inspired as the first century
Churches of Christ believe God revealed everything in the
Bible that one needs to know and obey in order to be saved, live
faithfully as a Christian, and go to heaven when this life is over.
We believe God made known His will upon the pages of the Bible
from Genesis to Revelation. No further information is
necessary. There is not one thing anyone can think of that
is necessary to know and obey in order to please God that has not
already been revealed in the Bible.
May we all be encouraged to heed its precepts and
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