CRISIS IN THE HOME:
In the political and media environment of our society, the
word crisis tends to be overused. Nearly every cultural
or political event is deemed a crisis. One of the repercussions
of overusing a word such as crisis, is the devaluing of
the word or the real crisis. A crisis may be defined as
an emotionally significant event or radical change of status
in a person's life; the decisive moment; an unstable or crucial
time or state of affairs in which a decisive change is impending;
a situation that has reached a critical phase (www.m-w.com).
Sometimes the crisis that a person faces is not the event
itself, but one's reaction to the event. For that reason,
great faith and understanding in the majesty of God can help
Christians to cope with the storms of life which test their faith
(Matt. 14:31; James 1:2-4).
OUR FIRST CHALLENGE IS TO SEE THINGS AS GOD SEES THEM
The current political and cultural climate has
presented a moral crisis for the world, the church and the home
through the homosexual agenda. Homosexuality is defined as
erotic activity with another of the same sex (www.m-
w.com). For many years, Hollywood, the media and some political
figures have been pushing this immoral agenda. Unfortunately,
national leaders who resisted this movement have been replaced by
sympathetic leaders who have taken steps to undermine the home
and demoralize the nation. As a result, sodomy laws are being
relaxed while others have been eliminated. Same-sex marriages are
being sanctioned in a growing number of places. Society is in an
identity crisis concerning our moral code. The home is under
Speaking for Jehovah God, the prophet Hosea wrote,
For I am God, and not man (Hosea 11:9). Isaiah
wrote that God's ways and thoughts are higher than man's ways and
thoughts (Isa. 55:8-9). Solomon warned, There is a way
which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways
of death (Prov. 14:12). Man faces the challenge to see
things as God sees them. To do so, one must remove prejudices,
emotions, temptations to rationalize and ones own excuses.
TIMELINE OF LOTS LIFE IN GENESIS
God views homosexuality as a sin deviate behavior,
an abomination! Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with
womankind: it is abomination (Lev. 18:22). Under the law
of Moses, written by the finger of God, If a man also lie
with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have
committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death;
their blood shall be upon them (Lev. 20:13). In Romans
1:26-28, the Holy Spirit through the apostle Paul, condemned
homosexuality, For this cause God gave them up unto vile
affections: for even their women did change the natural use into
that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving
the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward
another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and
receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was
meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their
knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those
things which are not convenient. Jude wrote of the
ungodly Sodomites, Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the
cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to
fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an
example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Likewise also
these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and
speak evil of dignities (Jude 7-8).
Can one not see the politically correct crowd grimacing
as these Scriptures are read and proclaimed? Can one hear
objections like: Do not use the word Sodomites. Do not say
homosexual use the word gay or the phrase
alternate lifestyle. What a challenge to see
things as God sees them!
The home was established by God when He observed His
creation and found that it was not good that man should be alone.
God made woman a helper, meet (suitable) for Adam (Gen.
2:18). This divine arrangement was affirmed by Jesus in Matthew
19:1-9. Paul confirmed that husbands are to love their wives
as Christ loved the church (Eph. 5:25).
Lust and lasciviousness undermine the home. Peter spoke
of men and women having eyes full of adultery, and that
cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they
have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children
(2 Peter 2:14).
The militant and aggressive homosexual movement is
attacking our homes. Families are in crisis!
In order to establish the militant and aggressive behavior
of the homosexual movement, lets discuss Lot and his
family's experience with the homosexual attacks of his time. An
examination of the timeline of Lots life will reveal how his
home was attacked despite his efforts to thwart their ungodly
attempts. One of the definitions of crisis is an unstable or
crucial time or state of affairs in which a decisive change is
impending; or a situation that has reached a critical phase.
Think about the numerous crises that faced Lot and his family in
the following description from the book of Genesis.
CHALLENGES TO STAND AGAINST HOMOSEXUALITY
Prior to Sodom. Lot leaves Ur of the Chaldees
with his uncle Abram (Gen. 12:5). Abram and Lot separate to avoid
strife. Lot pitches his tent toward Sodom (13:12-13; 14:1). He is
captured by enemies and rescued by Abram (14:12-17).
Intermission. The Lord speaks to Abram and three
men (including the Lord) approach him (Gen. 18:1-2). The sin of
Sodom and Gomorrah is very grievous (18:20). God hears the cry of
the city and investigates the activities of Sodom and Gomorrah
(18:21). Their sin has ripened to the point of destruction as in
the days of the flood (Gen. 6:5). Abram pleads for Sodom. God
agrees to spare the cities if ten righteous souls can be found in
that hedonistic place (18:23-33).
Lots Series of Crises. Two angels (as
men) visit Lot in Sodom (Gen. 19:1-3). He extends hospitality to
them, but it is rejected. Lot insists they come into his house
because the streets of Sodom are not safe (19:2). The Sodomites
are aggressive and militant. They come to Lot's door with the
desire to know these men sexually (Gen. 4:1,17,25
knew) (19:5). Lot confronts these homosexuals and
refuses to turn the men over to them (19:7). Faced with a crisis,
Lot offers his daughters to the aggressors. Did he know the men
of the city would refuse them? In a similar incident in Judges
19:22, the women were not refused. A concubine was abused to
death. Did the law of hospitality override Lots fatherhood?
Were his daughters considered only possessions? Regardless, what
a crisis for righteous Lot (cf. 2 Peter 2:8)! He did not ask for
this event. He did not look for it. The homosexuals were
militant, aggressive and abusive. But the confrontation
Lot is called a foreigner a stranger even though
he is a citizen of the community. He is scoffed. And they
said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to
sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse
with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man,
even Lot, and came near to break the door (19:9). Does
this sound familiar? You are not one of us! You do not belong
here! You do not understand! Who are you to judge us? The men of
the city (Sodomites), in turn, threatened Lot and his family.
This is an ugly episode of human (sinful) behavior that
proponents of homosexuality either ignore and/or deny. The Angels
pulled Lot back into the house and blinded the Sodomites. They
wearied themselves trying to find the door (19:10-11).
Judgment is determined. The investigation of the city
ended (Gen. 19:13). It would be utterly destroyed! Lot's family
is divided. His sons-in-law would not listen to Lot so they
stayed behind (19:14). Lot lingered, what is a father to do? His
family is torn asunder (19:16). The angels led Lot and his family
to Zoar and let them go (19:17-23). Lot feared. When the sun came
up, God rained down brimstone and fire upon the cities. Sodom and
Gomorrah and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the
cities, and all that grew upon the ground were destroyed
(19:24-25). The smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a
furnace (19:28). Ignoring the angels warning, Lots wife
looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt
A brief intermission. Abram watches from the
plains (19:27-29) as God destroyed the cities as He promised to
do. Sodom and Gomorrah did not have even ten righteous citizens
to save the cities from the wrath of God.
Collateral damage. Unfortunately the story is
not over. The aftermath yields more heartache for Lot and his
family. Lot was fearful of the city of Zoar, perhaps not wanting
a repeat of the horrible event of Sodom. Lot and his daughters
lived alone in the mountains, no doubt an overreaction to their
crisis. The daughters, afraid they will not have children while
dwelling in the mountains with their father, made Lot drunk. He
commits incest with his daughters and they each bear a son whom
they named Moab and Benammi. Centuries later, their descendants,
the Moabites and Ammonites, were enemies of the Israelites. How
often people make poor choices on the heels of crises!
This episode shows the progressiveness of sin. Friends,
Satan has a plan. He has an agenda. He has used television and
music and movie themes to advance his plan of homosexuality. His
evil influence has infiltrated so many institutions like the
military, the NBA, the NFL, school systems, and on and on. He
uses lawsuits. He stacks polls. He advances propaganda with
regularity to urge people to tolerate and ultimately accept the
homosexual/lesbian agenda. The ultimate goal is to gain the
approval of citizens and recruits among the innocent. He is
having success in getting more and more to accept it, and those
who dont, to keep their mouth silent.
We have the challenge to keep ourselves, our homes and
the church pure. Pure religion and undefiled before
God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in
their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the
world (James 1:27). Paul wrote, I beseech
you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present
your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which
is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this
world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,
that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect,
will of God (Rom. 12:1-2). We also read, Abstain
from all appearance of evil (1 Thess. 5:22).
We have the challenge to condemn the world by living
and upholding righteousness. For God so loved the
world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but
that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on
him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned
already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only
begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is
come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light,
because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil
hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds
should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the
light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought
in God (John 3:16-21).
We have the challenge to remember our former
state. In 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Paul reminded his readers of
their previous status as sinners and enemies of God by their
choices and conduct. Know ye not that the unrighteous
shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither
fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor
effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor
thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor
extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were
some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye
are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of
our God (1 Cor. 6:9-11).
We have the challenge to withdraw from the
disorderly (Gal. 1:6-9; 2 Thess. 3:6,11,14-15; 2 John 9:11).
Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord
Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that
walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received
of us (2 Thess. 3:6).
There are so many lessons to learn from this crisis in Lot's
home. Lot was outnumbered, so are we! The homosexual movement had
an agenda, a plan. They have infiltrated so many institutions.
They have national and political leaders. Friend, would you waive
a rainbow flag in support of the homosexual movement? Would you
march in the pride parades? Would you give your money
to the homosexual cause? Then why do so many Christians still
vote for national and local politicians who push the homosexual
agenda? One day God will judge whether we encouraged this evil or
fought against it (John 12:48; 2 Cor. 6:14-18).
How can we be sure of the outcome of this crisis? There
is an investigation underway. God knows what mankind does to His
wonderful creation. He will listen to the cries of His people. Do
we grieve? Are we praying? Our homes are suffering. The church is
embattled. We need God's help! Where are you in this crisis?
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Garland M. Robinson
Political correctness is one of the greatest threats we
face, not only in America, but the whole world. Political
correctness demands a total disregard of right and wrong. It
scorns the concept of morality and decency. It insists that we
ignore the standard of righteousness. As a matter of fact, it
asserts there is no absolute standard of right and wrong. It
would have everyone to be a law unto themselves any and
everything goes, is the cry of the day.
Political correctness demands that everyone accept the
concept of a so called alternate lifestyle. This phrase
has been coined to avoid the shame, reproach and guilt of calling
it what it really is SODOMY. The word gay has been
highjacked to make sodomy seem appealing. Men may call sodomy by
more pleasant terms, but it wont change what it is. Nor will
it allow one to avoid the eternal consequences of ungodly and
immoral behavior. Killing ones unborn son or daughter may
not be called murder, but that does not change the fact of it. To
make it more acceptable its called abortion, ending a
pregnancy, planned parenthood, a choice. The end result is the
same! No one can escape the all seeing eye of God (Heb. 4:13; Job
How did we get to where we are today? How can we even
imagine that our society has come to be so indifferent toward
godless and immoral behavior? How in the world is it even
possible that AMERICA IS NOW ESPOUSING, SUPPORTING, PROMOTING,
ENCOURAGING, ADVANCING, CHAMPIONING, PROTECTING, DEFENDING,
EMBRACING THE VERY THING THAT DESTROYED THE CITIES OF SODOM AND
GOMORRAH? Who would have ever imagined such a thing just a
few short years ago? Sodomy (homosexuality: men with men and
women with women) has always been known to be indecent, immoral,
vulgar, disgusting and rightly so! The sin of sodomy is a
giant leap toward bringing this nation to utter destruction as it
has done in ancient times in other places.
This country is in a downward spiral that is gaining
momentum and speed every single day. The masses are being beaten
into subjection to allow this abnormal, deviant and perverted
behavior. Apathy and complacency is allowing it to happen. Where
are the moral and upright citizens of this land? Where are the
so-called christians that are supposedly the majority
in this country? Their voices are largely silent. They are
becoming more and more accustom to its growing acceptance.
Theyre afraid because of political correctness.
They dont wont to be seen as not in step with the
times. They are afraid of being thought of as bigots,
extremists, and fanatics. Seems like the Lord said something
about whom we should fear. And fear not them which kill
the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him
which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell
We are at WAR a war against Satan, his demons and
earthly cohorts among men. It is not a war against flesh and
blood, ...but against principalities, against powers,
against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against
spiritual wickedness in high [places] (Eph. 6:12).
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the
flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare [are] not carnal, but
mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting
down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself
against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every
thought to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor. 10:3-5). We
do not fight with our fists or take up arms or any other such
thing. We do not oppose men and women themselves; instead, we
oppose the sin in which they are involved. It is a war of WORDS,
a war of TRUTH, a war against sinful behavior and actions. The
weapon we use is the precious and eternal word of God
nothing more and nothing less. The TRUTH sets forth
righteousness and condemns ERROR. The Truth saves (John 8:31-32).
Error condemns to hell (Psa. 9:17; 145:20; Isa. 5:14-15; Matt.
25:41,46; Luke 16:22-24; Rom. 2:8-9; 6:23; 2 Thess. 1:7-9; Rev.
There is a distinct difference between righteousness
(saints) and wickedness (sinners). For the LORD knoweth
the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall
perish (Psa. 1:6). The LORD preserveth all them
that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy (Psa.
145:20). The way of the wicked [is] an abomination unto
the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after
righteousness (Prov. 15:9). Gods word shows men how
to live. The law of the LORD [is] perfect, converting the
soul: the testimony of the LORD [is] sure, making wise the
simple. The statutes of the LORD [are] right, rejoicing the
heart: the commandment of the LORD [is] pure, enlightening the
eyes. The fear of the LORD [is] clean, enduring for ever: the
judgments of the LORD [are] true [and] righteous altogether. More
to be desired [are they] than gold, yea, than much fine gold:
sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is
thy servant warned: [and] in keeping of them [there is] great
reward (Psa. 19:7-11).
Notice what God says about those who live in
wickedness. I will not justify the wicked
(Exodus 23:7). God is angry with the wicked every
day (Psa. 7:11). Salvation is far from
the wicked: for they seek not thy statutes (Psa.
119:155). The wicked shall be turned into hell,
and all the nations that forget God (Psa. 9:17).
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven
against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the
truth in unrighteousness (Rom. 1:18). Who will
render to every man according to his deeds (Rom. 2:6).
The Scriptures are full of references of those who HATE
God (Exodus 20:5; Psa. 81:10-15; Rom. 1:30). They hate Him
because He condemns their sinful behavior. They hate Him because
He requires them to live a clean and upright life. They hate Him
because He requires them to live a faithful obedient life. They
refuse to live the good life. They want to be free from
condemnation. They demand their right to live as they so choose.
As a matter of fact, God gives them that right. He allows
everyone to make their own choices and live the way they choose.
As long as we live in this world, we have the freedom to live as
we want. However, theres a reckoning day coming. Notice
these words, Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let
thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the
ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know
thou, that for all these [things] God will bring thee into
judgment (Eccl. 11:9).
Every human being will stand before the Lord one day to
be judged concerning how theyve lived. For God shall
bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether
[it be] good, or whether [it be] evil (Eccl. 12:14).
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of
Christ; that every one may receive the things [done] in [his]
body, according to that he hath done, whether [it be] good or
bad (2 Cor. 5:10). For the Son of man shall come
in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall
reward every man according to his works (Matt. 16:27).
God commands ...all men every where to repent: Because he
hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in
righteousness by [that] man whom he hath ordained; [whereof] he
hath given assurance unto all [men], in that he hath raised him
from the dead (Acts 17:30-31). God has the right to
judge us because He is the one that made us (Gen. 1:26-27).
Homosexuality, the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah that wiped
these cities from the face of the earth, has been condemned in
every culture and society in every period of time since the
Homosexuality was sinful and condemned under the
Patriarchal Dispensation. The words sodomy,
sodomite and sodomize come from the city of
Sodom from the alternate lifestyle (behavior)
practiced by its inhabitants (Gen. 18:16㬏:29). Not even ten
righteous souls could be found in the whole city! They all were
utterly destroyed and the city so demolished that no trace of
that place has been found till this day.
Homosexuality was sinful and condemned under the
Mosaical Dispensation. Thou shalt not lie with
mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination. Neither
shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith:
neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto:
it [is] confusion. Defile not ye yourselves in any of these
things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out
before you (Lev. 18:22-24; cf. 20:13-17).
Homosexuality is sinful and condemned under the
Christian Dispensation. For this cause God gave
them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change
the natural use into that which is against nature: And
likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman,
burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working
that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that
recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did
not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over
to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not
convenient (Rom. 1:26-28).
The city of Corinth was full of every vile and corrupt
behavior. Homosexuality was rampant. Some were converted to the
Lord. They repented of their lifestyle of sodomy and
were forgiven (1 Cor. 6:9-11).
There is HOPE for homosexuals just as there is hope for
all sinners. Its called REPENTANCE. Jesus died to save the
lost. He died for sinners (Heb. 2:9). He will have compassion
upon those who humbly come to Him in faith and obedience.
To receive FORGIVENESS of any and all sins, one must:
Believe in Jesus (John 8:24; 3:16), Repent of sins
(Luke 13:3,5; Acts 2:38; 17:30), Confess Him before men
(Rom. 10:9-10; Acts 8:37), and be Baptized in water for
the forgiveness of sins (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Rom. 6:3-6, 17-
18; 1 Peter 3:21).
Dont let Satan blind your mind to the truth (2
Cor. 4:4). Dont make excuses regarding your life. Repent and
be Baptized (Mark 16:16). You CAN live a faithful Christian life
(Rev. 2:10). And, you WILL hear the Lord say, Come, ye
blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from
the foundation of the world (Matt. 25:34).
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THE GREAT DESTROYER ALCOHOL
Strong drink is indeed the great destroyer. Drink
has shed more blood, hung more crepe, sold more homes, plunged
more people into bankruptcy, armed more villains, slain more
children, snapped more wedding rings, defiled more innocent,
blinded more eyes, dethroned more reason, wrecked more manhood,
dishonored more womanhood, broke more hearts, blasted more lives,
driven more to suicide, and dug more graves than any other
scourge that has cursed the world.
ALCOHOLS GRIM TOLL
Alcohol as a beverage destroys internally, externally
and eternally. There are many woes connected with
Please consider the woe of PHYSICAL
CONSEQUENCES: A disturbed stomach, a diseased liver, a
weakened heart, a feverish brain, an early grave (Isa. 5:22;
The woe of A DERANGED MIND. Drunkenness beclouds
reason, impairs memory, inflates imagination. While under the
influence of an intoxicant, a man is insane. He errs in vision
and stumbles in judgment.
The woe of FINANCIAL DISASTER (Prov. 23:21).
Whiskey incapacitates man, makes him unfit for usefulness.
Because of intemperance or drunkenness, men lose their jobs. For
this reason, drunkenness brings the man and his family to rags
The woe of SOCIAL OSTRACISM. The drunkard is
considered, and rightly so, an enemy of society.
The woe of MORAL CALAMITY. Intoxicants arouse
dormant passions. The sin of drunkenness is often followed by
other sins. One of these is sexual sin. Another is falsehood.
While under the influence of liquor, mans word is
unreliable. Another sin is wrath. A drunkard will fight his best
The woe of GODS JUDGMENT. The almighty has
spoken his displeasure and pronounced his judgment. No drunkard
can inherit the kingdom of heaven (1 Cor. 6:9-10).
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WHY I LEFT THE MORMON CHURCH #4
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is
driven largely by a creed of thirteen Articles of
Faith. To see our ongoing examination of these
Articles, go to seektheoldpaths.com/stop2014.htm.
FOURTH ARTICLE OF FAITH
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 Ghost.
The first two items, Faith in the Lord Jesus
Christ and Repentance were discussed in the
February issue of Seek The Old Paths. This leaves
two key items to be examined.
BAPTISM BY IMMERSION FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS
First it is significant to detail Mormonisms tainted
approach to Baptism. While the LDS Church in general claims to
teach Baptism for the remission of sins, their tradition of what
they accept as the age of accountability and why one is baptized
and what happens, comes with polluted explanations. Unless one is
converted later in life, the standard age to be baptized in the
Mormon faith is eight years old.
The LDS website states,
Not long after Moroni was called to be a
prophet, disagreements arose in the church
about whether little children should be
baptized. Moroni wrote a letter to his
father, Mormon, asking for advice. Mormon
prayed to Heavenly Father and received an
answer: Listen to the words of Christ,
your Redeemer, your Lord and your God.
Behold, I came into the world not to call the
righteous but sinners to repentance; the
whole need no physician, but they that are
sick; wherefore, little children are whole,
for they are not capable of committing
sin (Moroni 8:8). Mormon wrote back to
Moroni, telling him, It is solemn
mockery before God, that ye should baptize
little children. Behold I say unto you
that this thing shall ye teach repentance and
baptism unto those who are accountable and
capable of committing sin. And little
children need no repentance, neither baptism.
Behold, baptism is unto repentance unto the
remission of sins. But little children
are alive in Christ, even from the foundation
of the world. (Moroni 8:9-12.) In our
own time, the Lord revealed to Joseph Smith
that children should be baptized at the age
of eight. (See Doctrine and Covenants
68:25,27 [D&C 68:25, 27]). Each year
thousands of righteous children reach the age
of accountability and are baptized into the
Lords church. (www.lds.org, The Age
of Accountability: Why Am I Baptized When I
am Eight Years Old?)
There are several factors to weigh with these teachings.
One, if children are not capable of committing sin, then why the
need for baptism? It must be understood that Baptism is for the
condemned. Baptism for the remission of sins means that sin is
involved and baptism washes that sin away. Paul writes, For
the wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23). Something must be
done to take care of it. Notice how their own doctrine changed
and flip-flopped on the subject. Further, what do they mean by
baptism is unto repentance? On the Day of Pentecost
when the Jews were pricked in their hearts they asked, What
shall we do (Acts 2:37)? Peter responded, Repent, and
be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the
remission of sins (Acts 2:38). Repentance was separate from
baptism and yet of equal importance in order to receive the
remission of sins. One cannot receive remission of sins without
repenting. One cannot receive remission of sins without baptism.
They involve different things. One does not automatically repent
upon being baptized, just as one is not automatically baptized
LAYING ON OF HANDS FOR THE GIFT OF THE HOLY GHOST
Further, where in the Bible does it confirm that the
age of accountability is eight years old? Children develop and
understand differently from one another. The age of
accountability indicates that one is fully aware of the decision
between doing right and wrong. Scripturally, they must
demonstrate a recognition of who Christ is. They must realize
what repentance is and why it is imperative. They must recognize
what will happen if they are not baptized. They must be willing
to put God first. Baptism is a commitment. John writes,
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for
sin is the transgression of the law (1 John 3:4). Is
every eight year old child capable of understanding Christs
law? This is the most important decision anyone will make in this
life. Where eternity is spent is contingent on repenting, being
baptized and knowing why.
The LDS website also states, Baptism by immersion
in water by one having authority is the first saving ordinance of
the gospel and is necessary for an individual to become a member
of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and to receive
eternal salvation. This is not what Peter taught. He
explains, Then they that gladly received his word were
baptized: and the same day there were added unto them
[emphasis mine, NF] about three thousand souls (Acts
2:41). Acts 2:47 says, And the Lord added to the church
daily such as should be saved. No one can become a
member of anything, as it is the Lord who adds them. One may be
able to become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints, but if one wants to be part of Christs
church, only the Lord can add them based on the commands given by
Peter and other apostles.
Mormons also teach that The person who is called
of God and has authority from Jesus Christ to baptize, shall go
down into the water with the person who has presented himself or
herself for baptism (Doctrine and Covenants, 20:73).
However, not one conversion in the Bible attaches this command.
If that were the case, baptism would depend on two people and not
just one. What if no one had authority according to the
Mormon definition? Would ones baptism then be invalid? Would
one be lost? There is no Biblical account that states one has to
have any special authority to baptize another who has confessed
Christ and repented and is ready to have their sins washed away.
It is difficult to get a satisfactory answer from anyone in
the Mormon faith when asking about the gift of the Holy Ghost,
much less the laying on of hands to receive it.
Joseph B. Wirthlin, a member of the LDS Quorum of the
Twelve Apostles, writes,
The Prophet Joseph Smith explained:
There is a difference between the Holy
Ghost and the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Cornelius received the Holy Ghost before he
was baptized, which was the convincing power
of God unto him of the truth of the Gospel,
but he could not receive the gift of the Holy
Ghost until after he was baptized. Had he not
taken this ordinance upon him, the Holy Ghost
which convinced him of the truth of God,
would have left him. The gift of the
Holy Ghost, which is the right to receive the
Holy Ghost as a constant companion, is
obtained only upon condition of faith in
Christ, repentance, baptism by immersion, and
the laying on of hands by authorized servants
endowed with the Melchizedek Priesthood. It
is a most precious gift available only to
worthy members of the Lords Church. In
the Doctrine and Covenants, the Lord calls
the gift of the Holy Ghost the
unspeakable gift. (D&C 121:26) It is the
source of testimony and spiritual gifts. It
enlightens minds, fills our souls with joy
(D&C 11:13), teaches us all things, and
brings forgotten knowledge to our
remembrance. The Holy Ghost also will
show unto [us] all things what [we] should
None of this coincides with Bible explanation. The Holy
Spirit has revealed what everyone needs to do through the
inspired word. Those who received the Holy Spirit received it by
the miraculous abilities. It enabled them to perform miracles. A
good example of this is when Peter and John entered Samaria (Acts
8:14-17). Only the apostles had the authority to lay hands on
others for them to receive miraculous gifts. Those who received
the gift from the apostles were able to perform miracles. If
anyone were to receive it the same way today, they would be able
to do the same miracles as described in the New Testament.
The purpose of miracles were to confirm the word (Heb.
2:1-4; Mark 16:20). Under New Testament, the apostles had the
ability given by God to lay hands on people in order to impart a
miraculous gift. Miracles such as prophecy are like scaffolding
to a building. Once the building is complete, there is no more
need for scaffolding. Such was the case with prophets (Cates
27-29). Paul talked about wanting the best gifts (1 Cor. 12:31).
However, there was coming a time when all of it would end. Paul
wrote, Charity never faileth: but whether there be
prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall
cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away
(1 Cor. 13:8). Notice that prophecy would fail. Tongues would
cease. A supernatural type of knowledge would vanish away. The
only thing still in effect when miraculous gifts ceased would be
love. Paul continued, For we know in part, and we
prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then
that which is in part shall be done away (1 Cor.
13:9-10). That which is in part refers to the sharing
of knowledge and includes prophecy, tongues, and miraculous
knowledge. That which is in part will be done away. It
would lead to the end of the miraculous gifts. Why? It is because
they would no longer be needed. What was done away was
the in part system of delivering truth. The
perfect (complete) word of God would be revealed and
completely delivered. The perfect in this text is not
the Christ, as Christ had already come and ascended back to
heaven. Paul said that there would not always be a need for
prophets. He then offered an analogy: When I was a child,
I spake as a child, I understood as a child: but when I became a
man, I put away childish things (1 Cor. 13:11). He put
away childish things as the church would put away the needs of a
prophet and miraculous gifts. For now we see through a
glass darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then
shall I know even as also I am known (1 Cor. 13:12).
If the first principles and ordinances of the
[Mormon] gospel are not viable, how can any of it be
trusted? The Bible has always been consistent and agreeable with
itself. The Mormon ordinances are nothing more than an attempt to
redefine what the Bible has already made clear. Further study
will expose even more irregularities in a system that has a
pattern of changing. Paul writes, That we henceforth be
no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every
wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness,
whereby they lie in wait to deceive (Eph. 4:14).
Cates, Curtis. Does the Holy Spirit Work
Miraculously? Pillars -- The Holy Spirit. Duluth:
Rampart Productions, 2007. 27-29.
The Age of Accountability: Why Am I Baptized When I
am Eight Years Old? Feb 2000. 5 Mar 2014
Wirthlin, Joseph B. The Unspeakable Gift. May
2003. 5 Mar 2014 .
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