IT IS NOT CHANGEABLE AND VARIABLE
James W. Boyd
There is a rather widely held view regarding truth that is
called progressive revelation. It contends that truth is not
absolute and objective, but relative and subjective. What may have
been true religiously and morally in the past is not necessarily
true now. There is no body of eternal and unchanging truth. What
may be true for people in one part of the world is not true for
others. Truth varies and changes according to circumstances. So
goes this position.
THE ENDURING WORD
Those who hold to this progressive revelation
philosophy consider those who hold to a definite and unchanging
standard of truth as antiquated, old-fashioned, and certainly not
of our time. For anyone to think that religious truth was
established nearly twenty centuries ago and is still the standard
today, is to them, unthinkable.
An example of this progressive revelation concept in
religion is an event in New York when one Sunday the clergyman,
finding attendance rather sparse in winter months due to weather
and sparse in summer months due to vacations, changed the
Lords Day worship to Wednesday because nearly everybody was
then in town and might attend. There are much worse examples in
this era of do your own thing as you think or feel. There
being no right or wrong anymore, whatever anyone prefers becomes
their personal standard and God is to accept it whatever it is,
especially if it is done honestly and sincerely.
As we consider modern mans progressive revelation
idea, aside from those who claim God is still speaking to them with
special messages that others never hear, there are pertinent
Scriptures that should be read. Proverbs 14:12, There is a
way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the
ways of death. John 17:17, Sanctify them through
thy truth; thy word is truth. Matthew 24:35,
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not
pass away. First Peter 1:24,25, For all flesh is
as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The
grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away, but the word
of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the
gospel is preached unto you. Second Timothy 3:16,17
affirms the infallibility, inerrancy, inspiration, authority and
all sufficiency of the Scriptures and allows for nothing, more or
less. Multiplied passages can be added and though much can be said
of each one, it is certain that their theme contradicts the
progressive revelation concept.
We shall be judged by the word of Christ (John 12:48). The
apostles were guided into all the truth (John 16:13). The faith has
been once delivered (Jude 3) and Peter said all
things pertaining to life and godliness has been given (2
Peter 1:3). There is no compatibility between Biblical teaching and
progressive revelation presently advocated by some.
God has two kinds of law: natural or physical and spiritual or
moral. We can learn much about Gods moral laws by studying His
physical and natural laws. Let me explain. Gods physical laws
are universal, applying the same to all people, for all time,
wherever they are on earth. The law of gravity is just as real
today as in the days of Pharaoh. It applies in America and Africa,
whether day or night. The same is true regarding the laws of
mathematics, chemistry, etc. The point is sufficiently made:
Gods laws, rightly understood, have not changed. Therefore, we
are not too surprised to find a universal, all-encompassing
standard in His spiritual and moral laws.
Even though many dislike it, the fact remains that truth is
narrow. Many religionists have tried to expand it and have labeled
all who are willing to accept Gods standards as they exist, as
bigoted, narrow, less than educated, and something undesirable. The
way to heaven remains strait and narrow (Matt. 7:13,14) regardless
of the attitudes of people concerning it. People do not and can not
change Gods laws.
People generally do not really object to the narrowness of
correctness. They wish they could do as they please and think that
if they will it so, it is so. Suppose you wish, however,
to dial a telephone number. Are you at liberty to dial whatever you
feel is correct, in whatever order you might prefer? On a long
distance call, we have to dial eleven consecutive numbers, being
precise with each one, in proper order, to reach the desired place.
Nobody really complains, but all understand. We know truth is
narrow. This is but a trivial example.
Before we are too hasty, we must admit there has been a change
in Gods way of dealing with man. Depending upon the
dispensation involved, the principle may remain constant, but the
specific ordinances have changed. Under the patriarchs, some things
were done, commanded and allowed that were forbidden the Israelites
under the law of Moses. There is even more change for those of us
who live this side of the cross and who are subject to Christ. But
these changes are of God, designed of God, revealed by God. What we
are considering in this study is whether there have been changes in
truth since the will of Christ became operative with the
establishment of His kingdom on Pentecost after His ascension (Acts
2). Let us consider a few matters. The points can be extended to
STILL NO CHANGE
Has the Lord changed His will regarding profanity
since the will of Christ began? Under the Mosaic Law, profanity of
Gods name was prohibited (Exodus 20:7). In the New Covenant,
this same teaching is included (Matt. 5:34-37). We are not to speak
profanely, not because of the authority of the Law of Moses, but
because of the authority of Christ. Ephesians 4:29 says,
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your
While modern man is hardly known for keeping his word,
lying is in vogue if thought expedient, and cursing
and profanity commonplace. Where is there any Biblical
evidence God has changed His mind about these things?
Under the Ten Commandments, lying was forbidden
(Exodus 20:16). Those under Christ are also taught,
Therefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with
his neighbor... (Eph. 4:25). Liars shall be cast into the
lake of fire and brimstone (Rev. 21:8). Modern man offers all kinds
of explanations for his deceptions and lies, but is that divine
evidence that the truth on the matter has changed? The practice
does not determine the standard. The standard should govern the
practice. Here is where many go astray in their thinking.
Thou shalt not steal (Exodus 20:5) is another
Old Testament command and is also found in the law of Christ (Eph.
4:28). People tend to think shoplifting is not stealing, but only
a disease. Taking what belongs to another without permission
remains stealing. To excuse oneself with rationalizations that you
have not been treated fairly, that others are richer than you, that
it will never really be missed, does not diminish the sin of
stealing. The embezzler may intend to pay it back
someday, but he is stealing. Cheating is stealing.
Gods laws have not changed just because more and more people
have seared their consciences regarding right and wrong.
SOURCE OF TRUTH
This same thing is true regarding fornication,
adultery, and all manner of sexual perversity. Fornication is
a broad term that includes lesbianism, bestiality, and
homosexuality, as well as sexual intercourse between males
and females who are not married to each other. The claim that these
sexual drives are natural, and some quite unnatural, is no excuse
for defying Gods law. God knows of these drives, and God has
regulated them and provided for their satisfaction in the framework
of honorable marriage. Nobody will ever find progressive
revelation in Gods word that allows for this new
morality binge upon which so many have embarked. To attempt to
excuse it is an attempt to justify sin.
In no area has this progressive revelation attitude
been more evident than in the attitudes and doctrines concerning
marriage, divorce and remarriage. Matthew 19:9 and 5:32
still allow only one cause for divorce; and, that is
fornication. Gods law does not smile upon divorce, but
contends marriage is for life. Some seem to think they can divorce
for just any cause provided they do not remarry. This is wrong,
wrong, wrong. Furthermore, Gods will does not allow the
fornicator the right of remarriage. Regardless of the many
causes for divorce the state may permit, or even the permissive
legality that does not even call for a cause, Gods law is
unalterable and the will of Christ remains the same as always.
There really ought not be a difficulty for any of us to fathom
the point this lesson makes. To learn the truth, consult Gods
Word. Whatever is not harmonious thereto is wrong before God. What
is true now has been true since the Holy Spirit had Scripture to be
written. It is the same truth under which future generations, if
they exist, must also live and give answer before God. Man is not
left to chart his course without God.
Some say, I am keeping the spirit of the law if not the
letter. How can one even learn the spirit of a law without the
letter of it? Who has the right to dismiss the letter and declare
the spirit to contradict the letter? Obedience is what is expected,
not explanations for why you think you can disobey acceptably. To
contend one is obeying the spirit but not the letter is to admit
disobedience. Obedience requires doing the right thing with the
right motive in the right way. When Uzzah reached out and touched
the ark, he could have claimed a good spirit. But he was struck
dead (2 Sam. 6:6-7). When the Pharisees prayed, they claimed the
right action but the spirit was impure (Matt. 23:14). It takes both
to be right before God. When Paul was talking about the letter and
spirit, he was talking about the old Mosaic Law in contrast to the
new law of Christ. He was not giving an out for failing
to obey what the Lord commanded under the guise of obedience in
What would you think of players in a game who changed the rules
to accommodate themselves as the game progressed? Could the game be
played at all? Only when all participants subscribe to the same
standard can there be any order or reason to what is done. The same
principle stands in matters religious. It is not what we want, what
we like, what are most doing, how pleasing is it to us, nor
anything of this kind. All that matters is, What does God
teach in His Word?
Gods laws are neither out-of-date nor irrelevant to our
day. They have not changed since delivered through inspired men of
the New Covenant. Christ is the authority and total authority, now
and until He returns and the end of all things. This attitude of
progressive, subjective, alternative, varying, changing revelation
is of the devil and we must recognize it as Satans deception
to destroy the souls of unwary people.
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IN THE LORD #3
Garland M. Robinson
The Bible is filled with examples of the faithful.
THE FAITHFUL ARE REWARDED
Our Lord and savior Jesus the Christ was faithful.
But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you,
and keep [you] from evil (2 Thess. 3:3). Wherefore
in all things it behoved him to be made like unto [his] brethren,
that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in
things [pertaining] to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of
the people (Heb. 2:17). For such an high priest
became us, [who is] holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from
sinners, and made higher than the heavens (Heb. 7:26). He
is our perfect example! For even hereunto were ye called:
because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye
should follow his steps: 22Who did no sin, neither was guile found
in his mouth: 23Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when
he suffered, he threatened not; but committed [himself] to him that
judgeth righteously: 24Who his own self bare our sins in his own
body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto
righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed (1 Peter
Abraham was faithful. So then they which be of
faith are blessed with faithful Abraham (Gal. 3:9).
As a matter of fact, he is referred to as the father of all who are
faithful (Rom. 4:16).
Moses was faithful. And Moses verily [was]
faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of
those things which were to be spoken after (Heb. 3:2,5).
He goes down in history as the great lawgiver and leader of Israel.
He appeared with Jesus on the mount of transfiguration (Matt. 17:1-
6). He is a worthy example.
Timothy was faithful. For this cause have I sent
unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in
the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be
in Christ, as I teach every where in every church (1 Cor.
Epaphras was faithful. As ye also learned of
Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful
minister of Christ (Col. 1:7).
Tychicus was faithful. All my state shall
Tychicus declare unto you, [who is] a beloved brother, and a
faithful minister and fellowservant in the Lord
Paul was faithful. And I thank Christ Jesus our
Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful,
putting me into the ministry (1 Tim. 1:12). Now
concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my
judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be
faithful (1 Cor. 7:25).
Silas was faithful. By Silvanus, a
faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written
briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of
God wherein ye stand (1 Peter 5:12).
Antipas was faithful. I know thy works and where
thou dwellest, [even] where Satans seat [is]: and thou holdest
fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days
wherein Antipas [was] my faithful martyr, who was slain
among you, where Satan dwelleth (Rev. 2:13).
Onesimus was faithful. With Onesimus, a
faithful and beloved brother... (Col. 4:9). He was
a converted slave (servant) of Philemon.
Christian masters (rulers, lords, over servants) were
faithful. And they that have believing masters, let them
not despise [them], because they are brethren; but rather do [them]
service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of
the benefit (1 Tim. 6:2).
Christians everywhere, all around the world, are
faithful. Ephesians was written to the saints at Ephesus, to the
faithful in Christ (Eph. 1:1). The book of Colossians was written
to the saints and faithful brethren in Christ
THE UNFAITHFUL ARE PUNISHED
There are only two categories of people in the world: the lost
and the saved, the righteous and the unrighteous, saints and
sinners, those going to heaven and those going to hell. As much as
men might like to believe there is a third category, one that is
neither good nor bad, a way thats neither saved nor lost; the
truth is, there is no other classification. These are the only two.
The Bible presents only two roads along which all humanity
travels: one is Broad and leads to Hell, the other is Narrow and
leads to Heaven. Jesus said, Enter ye in at the strait
gate: for wide [is] the gate, and broad [is] the way,
that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the
way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find
it (Matt. 7:13-14).
At the judgment scene recorded in Matthew 25:31-46, Jesus
pronounces sentence upon two classes of people. Notice these
serious and sobering words: 31When the Son of man shall come
in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit
upon the throne of his glory: 32And before him shall be gathered all
nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd
divideth [his] sheep from the goats: 33And he shall set the sheep
on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34Then
shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of
my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation
of the world: ... 41Then shall he say also unto them on the left
hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared
for the devil and his angels: ... 46And these shall go away into
everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
The faithful (Matt. 25:21), those devoted to the Lord (Matt.
6:33), who hunger and thirst after righteousness (Matt. 5:6), who
do his will (1 John 3:22), will receive a crown of life
a garland of great reward. Read these grand words of the
faithful apostle Paul nearing the end of his life. For I am
now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
7I have fought a good fight, I have finished [my] course, I have
kept the faith: 8Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of
righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give
me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that
love his appearing (2 Tim. 4:6-8). The inspired James
writes, Blessed [is] the man that endureth temptation: for
when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which
the Lord hath promised to them that love him (James 1:12).
Peter records, And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye
shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away
(1 Peter 5:4). John noted these words of Jesus, ...be thou
faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of
life (Rev. 2:10).
Paul declared the Gospel of Jesus Christ the good news
of salvation from our sins (1 Cor. 15:1-3). Those with honest and
good hearts will receive it (v.1), stand in it (v.1),
keep it in their memory (v.2) and live it faithfully
in their lives. Are YOU among that number? Have YOU received the
saving Gospel into your heart? Will YOU obey it today? If you will,
God will save you from your sins. You will be forgiven by the
precious blood of the Lord and savior Jesus Christ (cf. Eph. 1:7).
BELIEVE and OBEY today. Theres no other way to be saved
except to believe and obey (cf. Matt. 7:21-23; James 1:22; Heb.
5:9; 1 Peter 1:22).
- BELIEVE in Jesus, the savior, the Son of God
(John 8:24; Mark 16:16)?
- REPENT of your sins (Acts 2:38; 17:30)?
- CONFESS faith in Jesus as the Son of God and savior
of the world (Acts 8:37; Rom. 10:9-10)?
- Be BAPTIZED (immersed) in water for the forgiveness
of your sins (Acts 2:38)? When you are raised up from that
watery grave of baptism you will be a new creature
(creation) in Christ (Rom. 6:3-4), old things will have
passed away; behold, all things have become new (2 Cor.
- Living FAITHFUL unto the Lord all your life, you will
receive an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled,
and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for
you (1 Peter 1:4).
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BEING A CHRISTIAN IS COSTLY
The devil would like nothing more than for one to believe that
it does not cost to be a Christian. Some well-meaning folks will
even declare that after one becomes a child of God, his troubles
are over. Those who expect their problems and sorrows to disappear
after obeying the Gospel are then discouraged when the devil
attacks with all his fury. One must remember that the word of God
warns: be sober, be vigilant: because your adversary the
devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may
devour (1 Peter 5:8). When Satan loses a soul because of
ones obedience to the Gospel, he will unleash his fury in
seeking to tempt the new convert to apostatize from the faith.
If people are taught and realize that Christianity is
costly, it will be more difficult for Satan to sow seeds of
discouragement. Let us consider some of the costs of becoming a
First, one must be willing to give up the pleasures of
sin. Not all are willing to turn from certain sins. The devil
will do all in his power to convince one to continue the wickedness
that brings temporary pleasure. This is why many folks continue to
live in and enjoy an adulterous relationship. They do not desire to
forsake that which is pleasurable! The Bible, however, encourages
all to imitate Moses. Gods Word says, By faith Moses,
when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of
Pharaohs daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with
the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a
season (Heb. 10:24-25).
People need to see sin for the bad investment it is. God
makes it clear that those who live in or practice sin will not
inherit the kingdom of heaven (1 Cor. 6:9-10). The wages of sin is
death (Rom. 6:23).
Second, one must be willing to surrender to the will of
God. Even the majority of the religious world has no
desire to turn from their man-made doctrines and surrender to
Gods plan of salvation. Jesus said, If ye love me, ye
will keep my commandments (John 14:15). Countless
thousands say they love Christ, but their actions
speak louder than their words! So many claim to believe in and
accept Christ but reject the command to be baptized for
remission of sins (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16).
The truth is that many people today are related to the
Pharisees of Jesus day. John stated, Nevertheless
among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of
the Pharisees they did not confess [him], lest they should be put
out of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of men more than
the praise of God (John 12:42-43). One must be a
doer of the word and not a hearer only (James
Third, one must be willing to be separate from the
world. The apostle Paul said, But far be it from me to
glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which
the world hath been crucified unto me, and I unto the
world (Gal. 6:14; cf. Gal. 2:20). Paul taught the brethren
at Corinth: Be ye not unequally yoked together with
unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with
unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And
what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that
believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of
God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God
hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be
their God, and they shall be my people (2 Cor. 6:14-17).
If a man is in love with the world, the love of the Father
is not in him (1 John 2:15-17).
Fourth, one must pay the cost of self-denial. Many
determine this is too high a price to pay as they will not say
No to themselves. The Lord taught, ...If any
[man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his
cross daily, and follow me (Luke 9:23).
It is true that it costs to be a faithful Christian. But the
costs are greater when one rejects Christianity. Can you afford to
live your life in such a way that it costs you your soul, heaven,
and eternal fellowship with God and those of like precious faith?
The cost is great to be a Christian, but the cost is far
greater to be a servant of Satan.
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GODS AGELESS ULTIMATUM
Repentance is one of the great doctrines of the Bible. It is a
foundation principle. The Bible says, Therefore leaving the
principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection;
not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and
faith toward God (Heb. 6:1). Repent or perish, turn or
burn, is Gods ageless ultimatum.
Noah preached repentance (Gen. 7-9). God told Jonah to go to
Nineveh and preach repentance. He refused at first, but after some
convincing, he went and preached. As a result, they repented. John
the Baptist preached repentance, ...Repent ye: for the
kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matt. 3:2). Jesus preached
repentance, From that time Jesus began to preach, and to
say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matt.
4:17). Our Lord repeated this in Lukes account, telling men to
repent of perish (Luke 3:3-5). Peter preached repentance
on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:38). Simon the Sorcerer was told to
repent, Repent therefore of this thy wickedness...
(Acts 8:22). The seven churches recorded in Revelation 2 and 3 were
told to REPENT OR ELSE!
There are some things repentance is not.
Repentance is not conviction. Some folks will say,
I know Im a sinner but never do anything about it.
A husband and wife were living in adultery and knew it. They
cried, but they never repented. Many families living in adultery,
rather than repenting and getting out of it, will find a
congregation that will accept them. There was an uproar in a
congregation over The Masonic Lodge. The men didnt
repent and get out of it, they just found another congregation that
would accept it. A drunkard may be sorry for getting drunk,
but never changes. A husband will beat his wife and
apologize hours afterward, but the next time he becomes angry he
beats her again. Sin is often white-washed rather than repented of.
Repentance is not being sorry. As demonstrated above,
a man may be sorry for beating is wife, getting drunk, stealing,
etc. but until he changes his mind and action, repentance
hasnt taken place. Now keep in mind what the Bible says,
godly sorrow worketh repentance (2 Cor. 7:10).
Being sorry can lead a person to repent.
Repentance is not fear. A person may become deathly
sick; and, in the throes of death may decide to obey God. This must
be followed up with repentance (Acts 17:30), confession (Rom. 10:9-
10) and baptism (Acts 2:38). A negligent Christian may become ill
unto death and decide to repent and ask Gods forgiveness. God
will forgive. Ive had prayer with many Christians in the
hospital who asked forgiveness and prayer. God forgives. If
recovery takes place, that person must demonstrate that sincerity
of repentance. The Bible says, bring forth therefore fruits
meet for repentance (Matt. 3:8).
What is repentance? REPENTANCE IS A CHANGE OF HEART THAT
BRINGS ABOUT A CHANGE OF ACTION! Remember the parable of the two
sons (Matt. 21:29)? The son repented and went. Preaching brings
repentance. They repented at the preaching of
Jonah... (Matt. 12:41). Peter preached on the Day of
Pentecost. About 3,000 repented and were baptized after hearing his
Gods ageless ultimatum is REPENT!
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WHY I LEFT THE MORMON CHURCH #3
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is driven
largely by a creed of thirteen Articles of Faith. (See
the January and February issues of S.T.O.P.)
THIRD ARTICLE OF FAITH
We believe that through the Atonement of Christ,
all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws
and ordinances of the Gospel.
As with any religious statement, one ought to approach it with
the intention of investigating its substance and have the source
define their terms. To which laws and ordinances are they
referring? Which gospel are they endorsing?
UNRELIABLE USE OF SCRIPTURE
Pauls inspired writing should be considered and weighed
when evaluating such claims as their third article of faith. He
opens his letter to the Galatians by confirming himself an
apostle, not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God
the Father... (Gal. 1:1). In other words, what he is about
to tell them does not come from himself, but the One who is over
him. Judaizers at that time had come in leading Christians astray.
They wished to bind the Law of Moses on converts to Christ. This
was a grievous problem in the first century.
One of the purposes of Pauls letter was to show the
sufficiency of the Gospel for mans salvation. He continues by
offering a loving salutation as he always did while clarifying the
authority and reason for Christ (Gal. 1:3-5). He cared for the
brethren and anytime he wrote or spoke it was out of love and
wanting the best for them.
Paul turns to the matter at hand by writing, I
marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into
the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but
there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of
Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other
gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him
be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any [man]
preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let
him be accursed (Gal. 1:6-9).
Consider the connection between the Gospel, grace, and
Christ. The moment they turned to another gospel they
were removed from the grace of Christ. Paul expected more out of
them. The cost of turning to another gospel was to be
accursed (anathema, Gk.). This is a much stronger
word than the English translation and literally means devoted
to destruction. When one tampers with Gods word they will
lose their soul. Later in the letter he writes, O foolish
Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the
truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set
forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you,
Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing
of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now
made perfect by the flesh? Have ye suffered so many things in vain?
if [it be] yet in vain (Gal. 3:1-4).
John writes, Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth
not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the
doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there
come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not
into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him
God speed is partaker of his evil deeds (2 John 9-11).
In his letter to the Galatians, Paul explains the Gospel
that is to be followed by making a comparison. He writes,
But before faith came, we were kept under the [old] law,
shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ,
that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come,
we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children
of God by faith in Christ Jesus (Gal. 3:23-26).
Everyone must follow the Gospel of Christ. Anything other
than the Gospel, Gods word recorded in the Bible, even if it
appears religious, is unacceptable. John warns, Beloved,
believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of
God: because many false prophets are gone out into the
world (1 John 4:1).
Careful examination of the Book of Mormon shows the laws
and ordinances of the[ir] gospel to be unreliable and contrary
(in several areas) to Gods final revealed word (cf. 1 Peter
1:3; John 16:13). Mormon doctrine is not in harmony with the Bible.
It is another gospel (of a different kind, not the same
kind, Gal. 1:6-9). It is not the Gospel revealed in the New
The Book of Mormon records,
And because my words shall hiss forth...many of the
Gentiles shall say: A Bible! A Bible! We have got
a Bible, and there cannot be any more Bible
[emphasis added, nf]. But thus saith the Lord God: O
fools, they shall have a Bible; and it shall proceed
forth from the Jews, mine ancient covenant people.
And what thank they the Jews for the Bible which they
receive from them? Yea, what do the Gentiles mean? Do
they remember the travails, and the labors, and the
pains of the Jews, and their diligence unto me, in
bringing forth salvation unto the Gentiles?... Thou
fool, that shall say: A Bible, we have got a
Bible, and we need no more Bible. Have ye obtained a
Bible save it were by the Jews? Know ye not that
there are more nations than one? Know ye not that I,
the Lord your God, have created all men, and that I
remember those who are upon the isles of the sea; and
that I rule in the heavens above and in the earth
beneath; and I bring forth my word unto the children
of men, yea, even upon all the nations of the earth?
Wherefore murmur ye, because that ye shall receive
more of my word? Know ye not that the testimony
of two nations is a witness unto you that I am God,
that I remember one nation like unto another?
Wherefore, I speak the same words unto one nation
like unto another. And when the two nations shall run
together the testimony of the two nations shall run
together also. And I do this that I may prove unto
many that I am the same yesterday, today, and
forever; and that I speak forth my words according to
mine own pleasure. And because that I have spoken one
word ye need not suppose that I cannot speak another;
for my work is not yet finished; neither shall it be
until the end of man, neither from that time
henceforth and forever. Wherefore, because that ye
have a Bible ye need not suppose that it contains all
my words; neither need ye suppose that I have not
caused more to be written (2 Nephi 29:3-4, 6-10).
The problem Joseph Smith faces when writing these words is
that he claims Second Nephi was supposedly written 550-545 B.C.
There was no Bible (New Testament) at that time since it
had not yet been written. The reason Smith downplays and minimizes
the importance of the Bible is because he did not want emphasis
placed on it. The effort of Mormonism is to deter and divert people
from the Bible long enough to give the Book of Mormon the
Mormonisms history of Christians is questionable
at best. The Book of Alma reads, And those who did belong to
the church were faithful; yea, all those who were true believers in
Christ took upon them, gladly, the name of Christ, or Christians as
they were called, because of their belief in Christ (Alma
While this seems adequate on the surface, it is inconsistent
with Bible teaching. The Book of Alma supposedly took place in 73
B.C., well over a hundred years before the name Christian
was given by God. Luke writes, ...And the disciples were
called Christians first in Antioch (Acts 11:26). There is
no mention of Christians in the Old Testament because Jesus the
Christ had not yet been born. The disciples were called Christians
because they followed the teaching of Christ the Savior. That could
not happen until after Jesus lived, died, rose from the dead, the
Gospel preached and the church begun. The Book of Mormon either
overlooks this fact or deliberately ignores it.
Mormonism also has a skewed history of Christs church.
Joseph Smith claimed the reason the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter Day Saints had to be restored was because of the
Great Apostasy, in which everyone fell away from the truth. James
E. Talmage, one of the Mormon Apostles wrote,
The restored Church affirms that a general apostasy
developed during and after the apostolic period, and
that the primitive Church lost its power, authority,
and graces as a divine institution, and degenerated
into an earthly organization only. The significance
and importance of the great apostasy, as a condition
precedent to the re-establishment of the Church in
modern times, is obvious. If the alleged apostasy of
the primitive Church was not a reality, the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not the divine
institution its name proclaims. (Talmage Preface,
Perhaps he should have given more thought of some who were
truly inspired by the Holy Spirit before making such a confident
assertion. Daniel informs, And in the days of these kings
shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be
destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but
it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it
shall stand for ever (Dan. 2:44). Isaiah writes,
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our
God shall stand for ever (Isa. 40:8). The Apostle Peter
reiterates these words years later by writing, For all
flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass.
The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the
word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by
the gospel is preached unto you (1 Peter 1:24-25). Jesus
the Christ states, ...upon this rock I will build my
church; and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against
it (Matt. 16:18, ASV). In the parable of the sower, Jesus
said the seed (sown in the hearts of men) is the word of
God (Luke 8:11). As long as that seed exists, the Gospel
of Christ is alive and well. That seed, the word of God, always
exists because it lives and abides forever (Isa. 40:8; 1 Peter
Joseph Smith himself claimed to have read from the book of
James (James 1:5), which allegedly led him to pray about which
church he should join. Since he had access to the words of the New
Testament, he had access to the New Testament church and the
Lords teaching that guides it. Why not simply adhere to that?
Further, the Mormon Book of Mosiah states, They were
called the church of God, or the church of Christ, from that time
forward. And it came to pass that whosoever was baptized by the
power and authority of God was added to his church (Mosiah
18:17). Smith asserts that this was written in 145 B.C. However,
the church of Christ was not established until the preaching of the
Gospel on the day of Pentecost, 50 days after the Lords death
in 33 A.D. (Acts 2). If the great apostasy is true, then
the word of the Lord did not endure.
An unstable imparting of Scripture and an edited history of the
church causes the laws and ordinances of the gospel to which
Mormons refer to be fraudulent and thus unreliable. Salvation is
contingent upon obeying Christs doctrine and what the Bible
instructs. Therefore to follow anything not in correlation with the
Gospel (New Testament) is to be accursed (Gal. 1:6-9).
Talmage, James E. The Great Apostasy. Salt Lake City: Deseret News,
921 W Vine St.
Kissimmee, FL 34741
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