THE CHILD OF GOD AND GOVERNMENT
We can be righteous under a righteous ruler, and we can
be righteous under a wicked ruler. No civil government
can force a Christian to do evil!
Be instant in the Political Season (2 Tim. 4:2).
No one would deny that this year is a political
season. In fact, perhaps more so than most election years of
the past, it has been the political season for some time now. It
may be beneficial for Christians at this stage to spend some time
meditating upon the word of God for some very important
Elihu asked Job and his friends, Is it fit to
say to a king, Thou art wicked? And to princes, Ye are
ungodly (Job 34:18)? Regardless of how accurate such a
description may be, to what extent or through what avenue should
a child of God protest wicked leadership? It is true that
children of God should not call a wicked ruler good (Isa. 5:20; 1
Kings 22:13-14), and given the opportunity, a child of God should
promote what is right and stand against what is wrong before a
ruler. For example, John the baptizer took the opportunity to
express the unlawful life Herod was living (Mark 6:18). In fact,
if ever given an opportunity, a child of God should never turn
down a chance to influence leaders toward righteousness. The
Proverbs writer notes, Take away the wicked from before
the king, and his throne shall be established in
righteousness (Prov. 25:5). In reality, however, very
few children of God will ever be presented with the opportunity
to so directly influence their leadership as John the baptizer or
Daniel did. Therefore, we are left with such indirect avenues as
voting, writing and/or calling representatives, and more locally,
influencing the world around us to seek righteousness and abhor
What should be our attitude toward leadership? The law
of Moses included, thou shalt not...curse the ruler of
thy people (Exodus 22:28). David explained to his
servants upon rejecting the opportunity to reach out and slay the
wicked King Saul, The LORD forbid that I should do this
thing unto my master, the LORDs anointed, to stretch forth
mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the
LORD (1 Sam. 24:6). Jesus taught us to Render
therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesars; and unto
God the things that are Gods (Matt. 22:21). Peter
wrote, Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for
the Lords sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; or
unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the
punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do
well (1 Peter 2:13-14).
Let us step back for a moment and observe what appears
to be the over-arching message of Gods word concerning the
relationship between the child of God and civil government. We
can be righteous under a righteous ruler, and we can be righteous
under a wicked ruler. No civil government can force a Christian
to do evil! The way God designed government, it is supposed to
punish evildoers and praise those who do well. What if this very
institution becomes a terror to good works (Rom. 13:3)
instead of evil? What if the ruler promotes the shedding of
innocent blood, and stifles godliness? Does the child of God
curse the ruler? Does the child of God stretch
forth his hand against the ruler? Does the child of God
reject all civil law? No, the child of God continues to live
righteously himself; and, continues to teach others to do so as
If the government strictly commands not to teach
in His name (Acts 5:28), the child of God still teaches in
His name. If that means being reduced to poverty, we can be
righteous in poverty (Matt. 12:42-44). If that means prison, we
can be righteous in prison (Acts 16:25). If that means death, we
can be faithful unto death (Rev. 2:10). We can be as Shadrach,
Meshach, and Abednego who told their ruler, ...O
Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer thee in this matter. If
it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the
burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thy hand, O
king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not
serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou has set
up (Dan. 3:16-18, ASV).
Children of God should pray for their country not
necessarily that some righteous ruler will come along and save
everyone, but that the Gospel will convict and save everyone.
More importantly, children of God should pray for the remnant of
faithful Christians to remain faithful no matter what the outcome
of the political season.
Take note of these Wicked Rulers who Reigned during the
lives of Righteous People:
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- Pharaoh over Moses (Exodus 2:15),
- King Saul over David (1 Sam. 24:16-20),
- Nebuchadnezzar over Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
- Belshazzar over Daniel (Dan. 5:29-30),
- King Ahab over Elijah (1 Kings 19:9-10),
- Herod over John the baptizer (Mark 6:17-18),
- Pontius Pilate over Jesus (Acts 4:27),
- Caesar Nero over Paul (Acts 28:19-20).
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The Jews (as well as many others today) refuse to see that
the Old Testament has been replaced with the New Testament (Heb.
10:9; Gal. 3:24-25).
SIGNS OF THE DESTRUCTION
Physical, political, fleshly Israel in the days of the
first century would not give up. They were hanging on to the
Mosaical system for dear life. They refused to accept that Jesus
was the Messiah. He was/is the Christ. He did not fit their
preconceived idea. They were looking for a military-type leader
who would rise up among them and overthrow the Romans,
establishing the ancient kingdom as it was in the days of David.
Israel as a nation refused to see the truth! They were
a great hindrance to the Lords new and living way. God saw
fit to bring the entire system down taking it out of the
way. In Gods providence, the armies of Rome besieged the
city of Jerusalem and destroyed it in 70 A.D. Once and for all,
no Israelite family could trace their lineage back to Abraham.
The system of Judaism was completely and forever abolished.
The apostles had asked for signs regarding the temple being
destroyed (Matt. 24:3) and the Lord answers their petition. He
says in Matthew 24:14 that when the Gospel had been preached in
all the world, the end would come. The end here is not
the end of the world (He will speak about the end of the world
beginning in verse 36). The end He is speaking of in
verse 24 is the end of Judaism, the Jewish economy, their
political system, the priesthood, everything would be wrecked and
THE FINAL END
In Colossians 1:23, Paul exhorts the brethren of the
church in Colosse to ...continue in the faith grounded
and settled, and [be] not moved away from the hope of the
gospel, which ye have heard, [and] which was preached to every
creature which is under heaven.... These words were
thought to have been written about 62-63 A.D. which was only 7 or
8 years before the destruction of Jerusalem. The Gospel had been
preached to every creature under heaven.
In Matthew 24:4-35, Jesus reveals some of the signs
leading up to Jerusalems utter destruction when not one
stone of the temple would be left upon another. Verse 15 speaks
of the abomination of desolation spoken of by
Daniel (cf. Mark 13:14; Luke 21:20). This occurred when
the city was surrounded by the Roman army. Christians were told
to flee unto the mountains get out of the city not
delay their departure (vs.16-18)! Escaping the city would be more
difficult for those with child and/or with small children (v.19).
It obviously would be more difficult in the winter or on the
sabbath day when the gates of the city would be closed (v.20).
False christs and false prophets would show great signs and
wonders. Jesus warns them not to be fooled (v.24).
The Lord ends the giving of signs with these words,
Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass,
till all these things be fulfilled (Matt. 24:34).
This generation is the generation in which they were
living. A generation is roughly 40 years. The Lord predicted the
temple would be leveled in that generation. That was
the answer to the disciples first two questions: 1) when shall
these things be, and 2) what shall be the sign of thy coming? His
coming was not his second coming at the end of time, but his com-
ing in judgment upon the city and nation of Israel as he did
through the Roman army.
The Lord predicted the coming of his kingdom would
occur in that generation. Verily I say unto you, That
there be some of them that stand here, which shall not
taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God
come with power (Mark 9:1). There were some in the
audience to whom the Lord spake these words that would not die
until they see, observe, experience, the establishment of his
kingdom, the church, his bride. If his kingdom was not
established in that generation, then the Lord either lied or
there are some of those people still living today! We absolutely
know that neither of these options are true. The Lord did not lie
and there are certainly no people living today that heard the
Lord speak these words. The fact is, the kingdom/church was
established in that generation just as the Lord said it would be.
We read about it on the day of Pentecost in Acts chapter two.
Its called the church (singular, Acts 2:47), and
the churches of Christ (plural, Rom. 16:16).
The point is this, every sign given by the
Lord in Matthew 24:4-35, Mark 13:5-31 and Luke 21:8-33, came to
pass in that generation. Every sign was fulfilled in
their lifetime! If they did not come to pass, if they have not
been fulfilled, then Jesus did not know what he was talking
about. If the people of that generation thwarted (foiled,
prevented) the Lords prophecy of these things from coming
true, then they are more powerful than God! Millions of people
today are still looking for the fulfillment of these things,
thinking the Lord is coming in the near future to establish his
kingdom. If the Lord was prevented from fulfilling his prophecy
in the first century, whos to say he wont be prevented
again if he attempted it in the twenty-first century? Jesus did
not lie and there are no people living today who are 2,000 years
Whats of utmost importance to peoples lives today
is the second coming of Christ in the clouds when every eye shall
see him (cf. Rev. 1:7). That event is likewise spoken of as an
end. At the Lords second coming, ...all
that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come
forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life;
and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of
damnation (John 5:28-29). None will be left on this
A CLEAR DISTINCTION
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall
all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the
firstfruits; afterward they that are Christs at his coming.
Then [cometh] the end, when he shall have delivered up the
kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all
rule and all authority and power (1 Cor. 15:22-24).
Theres no such thing as a rapture as
taught by millennialists. The general concept of this man-made
doctrine is that the saved who are living will be raptured
(caught up from the earth), leaving behind all who are not saved.
Those remaining will wonder what happened to family members,
working associates, friends, neighbors and loved ones. They
envision cars running off the road because the driver disappears,
planes falling out of the sky because the pilot was taken,
running-backs disappearing on the 10 yard line, the ball left
tumbling for others to claim. The world will be left in total
bewilderment. Biblically speaking, the doctrine of the so-called
rapture theory is absurd and preposterous!
When the Lord comes again, he will hand over the
kingdom/church to God the Father, not establish it (1 Cor.
15:24). The eternal kingdom (church) exists NOW. Faithful
Christians everywhere are members of it. We are members of it.
The prophecy of Zechariah 6:12-13 that the Messiah would be both
king and priest has been fulfilled in Jesus the
Christ. He is king of kings and Lord of lords (1
Tim. 6:15). When he ascended into heaven he sat down on the
throne at the right hand of God, all authorities and power
being made subject unto him (Mark 16:19; Acts 2:33; Heb. 4:16;
12:2; 1 Peter 3:22).
Jesus is our great high priest making atonement
and intercession for us (Rom. 8:34; Heb. 2:17; 3:1; 4:14-16;
7:26; 8:1-4; 9:11; 10:11-23). If he is not a king now, then he is
not a priest now because the prophecy of Zechariah (6:12-13) said
he would be both king and priest at the same time. Since he is a
priest now, he is a king now and since he is a
king now, he is a priest now. This point cannot be
refuted without denying the Holy Scriptures.
In Matthew 24 and Mark 13, a clear and distinct contrast is
made in the Lords answer to the disciples questions.
They had ask (Matt. 24:3): 1) when shall these things
be? 2) what sign will there be when these things will
be fulfilled? 3) what sign will there be concerning the
end of the world?
In Matthew 24:4-35 and Mark 13:5-31, Jesus gives sign
after sign after sign they should look for that would signal the
destruction of Jerusalem and the temple. The signs and
destruction would occur over a period of days an
indefinite number (Matt. 24:19,22,29; Mark 13:17,19,20,24). BUT,
beginning in verse 36 of Matthew 24 and verse 32 of Mark 13, the
Lord speaks of a day, a single day, even to a specific
hour. Matthew 24:36, But of that day and
hour knoweth no [man], no, not the angels of heaven, but my
Father only. Mark 13:32, But of that day and
[that] hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in
heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
All through the beginning of these two chapters there
are signs. All of a sudden, an abrupt change is noticed
when the Lord clearly says there are no signs. There
are signs when He speaks of days (plural), but then
there are no signs when He speaks of that day
(singular). He cannot be speaking of the same event. And, he
definitely is not. He is speaking of the destruction of Jerusalem
and the temple in the first part of the chapter and is speaking
of the end of time, his second coming, in the remaining verses of
the chapter and extending on through chapter 25.
With the Lords death on the cross, his resurrection
from the dead, his ascension upon high to sit down at the right
hand of God, the preaching of the Gospel on Pentecost (Acts 2)
and then ultimately the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D., the
END had come. The system of sacrifices prescribed in the law of
Moses, along with the entirety of the law itself was abolished.
However, there is another END to come, the cession of
life and all things material in the entire universe the end
of the world, the end of time. There will be no more opportunity
to obey the Lord. No one will be given a second chance. There are
no signs or warnings of that event. It will happen ...in
a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the
trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised... (1
What will YOU do when that day, that time, that end,
comes? Will YOU be ready? The only way to be ready is to be ready
NOW, ...for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of
man cometh (Matt. 24:44). ...Behold, now
[is] the accepted time; behold, now [is] the day of
salvation (2 Cor. 6:2). Wont you obey the Gospel
To be ready NOW, you must BELIEVE in Jesus as
the Christ, the only begotten Son of God (John 8:24),
REPENT of your sins (Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38), CONFESS
that Jesus is the Son of God (Acts 8:37; Rom. 10:9-10) and be
BAPTIZED in water for the forgiveness of your sins (Acts
2:38; Rom. 6:3-6,17-18; 1 Peter 3:21). Living FAITHFUL the
rest of your life, youll be ushered into that final abode of
heaven at the END.
Wont you obey today?
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WHY I LEFT THE MORMON CHURCH #6
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.
SIX ARTICLE OF FAITH
The sixth item in the Mormon Articles of Faith reads,
We believe in the same organization that existed in
the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors,
teachers, evangelists, and so forth.
MORMON OFFICES AND FUNCTIONS
The LDS Church ordains and installs into their Church
many of the positions found in the Old and New Testaments. They
also acknowledge and occupy the Aaronic and Melchizedek
priesthoods. However, Scripture must be inspected and evidence
weighed to see if these responsibilities and priesthoods are
authorized today as they were in the past. Therefore, we will
make a careful investigation of the LDS Churchs organization
and compare it with the Bible.
Elders are ordained by Mormon authorities and
refer to any holder of the Melchizedek Priesthood, especially
male missionaries. Young men are confirmed at eighteen or
nineteen years of age. Doctrine and Covenants (one of the
books they consider inspired) describe the duties of an elder
which include administering their Sacrament, baptizing, leading
meetings, and confirming those who are baptized into the Mormon
Church (D&C 20:38-45).
The Bible says elders serve in local
congregations of churches of Christ today (Acts 20:28; Phil.
1:1), but not at all like they are designated and used in the
Mormon Church. They are in error regarding both their
qualifications and work.
When Paul left Titus in Crete he instructed him to,
set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain
elders in every city, as I had appointed thee: If any be
blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not
accused of riot or unruly. For a bishop must be blameless, as the
steward of God (Titus 1:5-7; see also 1 Tim. 3:2,4).
These are but a few of the qualifications of elders that are
contrary to what the Mormon Church practices.
Are the young elders/missionaries in the Mormon Church
married? Do they have children that are faithful Christians?
Since they are not married and do not have believing children,
why are they labeled as elders? When asked this
question, most either do not know or say it is just a title. But
why do something different than what the Bible explicitly
Some in the Mormon Church attempt to argue that an
Elder and Bishop are two separate positions. However, a study
of the context and usage of the original language will settle the
discussion. There are three words in the New Testament that
describe the same position/office: Elders, Bishops, Pastors. They
all apply to the same individuals, each describing different
aspects, qualities and responsibilities of their work.
Elders (Titus 1:5; Acts 14:23; 1 Peter 5:1)
comes from the Greek word presbuteros and describes those
who are older, showing experience, maturity, wisdom. These
characteristics only come with age. A form of the word is
translated presbytery in 1 Timothy 4:14.
Bishops (1 Tim. 3:1; Acts 20:28) comes from the
Greek word episkopos and describes those who are
overseers. They have authority to take charge, control, oversee,
superintend the local congregation of which they are members (cf.
1 Peter 5:1-2).
Pastors (Eph. 4:11) comes from the Greek word
poimen. It identifies those who shepherd, tend, watch,
care for, supervise, guide, protect. The word is used in Luke 2:8
where it refers to shepherds keeping watch over their flock.
The Enhanced Strongs Dictionary, Eastons
Bible Dictionary, and Vines Expository Dictionary Of
New Testament Words all confirm that the three words are used
interchangeably in the New Testament. The International
Standard Bible Encyclopedia states, That
elders and bishops were in apostolic and sub-
apostolic times the same, is now almost universally admitted; in
all New Testament references their functions are identical.
Deacons are installed at the age of twelve years old
in the Mormon Church. They are given the responsibility to
prepare the Sacrament every Sunday morning. It is also at this
age when they are ordained with the Aaronic Priesthood. It is
considered a great honor to be acknowledged as a Deacon and those
young men who serve understandably feel a sense of purpose.
What does the Bible say about deacons and their
qualifications? Paul writes, And let these also first be
proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being [found]
blameless. Even so [must their] wives [be] grave, not slanderers,
sober, faithful in all things. Let the deacons be the husbands of
one wife, ruling their children and their own houses
well (1 Tim. 3:10-12). Young boys at the age of twelve
are not married, do not have children, and do not rule their own
houses. This inconsistent and erroneous disregard for Bible
authority cannot be ignored if one wishes to follow the New
In Mormonism, one man holds the office of President
of the Church, also referred to as the Prophet. Members of
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) place
unconditional trust and valued reverence in its leaders. Through
the years, Mormons have appointed different Prophets. Each
generation has one who speaks for the Mormon Church. He is also
the president of the Melchizedek Priesthood and sustained as
prophet, seer, and revelator. Mormons believe he receives
revelation for their church, in addition to the whole world. When
he dies, another is chosen to take his place. He is recognized as
the Prophet over the whole earth. He is the only one
authorized to speak for God to all Gods people. He
is viewed the same as the prophets in the Bible. Those who assist
him are called the First Presidency and the Quorum of
the Twelve, also known as modern day apostles. When
there is no Prophet on the earth, the Mormon Church calls it an
apostasy. It is a time of darkness, and God must call a prophet
to restore His church.
There is nothing in the Bible concerning the office of
the President or the Prophet of the church. Instead, it condemns
it (1 Tim. 6:14-15; Eph. 1:20-23; Matt. 23:8-12). No man can
legislate or rule for God.
According to Mormonism, Joseph Smith was called just
like Moses was called. He was their first Prophet and
esteemed highly in their organization. John Taylor, a member of
the Council of the Twelve, wrote:
Joseph Smith, the Prophet and Seer of the
Lord, has done more, save Jesus only, for the
salvation of men in this world, than any
other man that ever lived in it. In the short
space of twenty years, he has brought forth
the Book of Mormon, which he translated by
the gift and power of God, and has been the
means of publishing it on two continents; has
sent the fullness of the everlasting gospel,
which it contained, to the four quarters of
the earth; has brought forth the revelations
and commandments which compose this book of
Doctrine and Covenants, and many other wise
documents and instruction for the benefit of
the children of men; gathered many thousands
of the Latter-day Saints, founded a great
city, and left a fame and name that cannot be
slain. He lived great, and he died great in
the eyes of God and his people; and like most
of the Lords anointed in ancient times,
has sealed his mission and his works with his
own blood; and so has his brother Hyrum. In
life they were not divided, and in death they
were not separated! (D&C, 135:3)
The following citations are displayed at Temple
Square on various plaques throughout its visitor center in
Salt Lake City, Utah. The merit of this praise has been debated
among many historians.
We revere Joseph Smith as a prophet who
testified of Jesus Christ and taught us to
worship Christ as our Savior. ... Just as
prophets before him, Joseph Smith and his
successors received revelation from the Lord
that became scripture. Some of these
revelations are found in two books of modern-
day scripture called the Doctrine and
Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price. These
books of scripture show us that God continues
to give revelation to guide His children. ...
Just as in Bible times, The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints is led today by
living prophets and apostles. They receive
revelation from God, perform His work, and
teach the gospel of Jesus Christ. ... God
continues to call prophets. God continues to
guide followers of Jesus Christ in our day
through modern-day prophets. The Lord chose
Joseph Smith to be a prophet and revealed to
him the plan for His children. Like Moses,
Isaiah, and other biblical prophets, Joseph
Smith also saw God and was called by Him to
preach His word.
In various articles, Joseph Smith has been described as
being a money digger (treasure hunter) and a troublemaker. He
had pending lawsuits and warrants for his arrest because of
swindling, and was arrested and tried for his disorderly conduct
by the state of New York. Peter Ingersoll, a close acquaintance
of Joseph Smith, appeared before Judge Thomas P. Baldwin of Wayne
Country Court in Palmyra, New York on December 9, 1833. He
testified in a sworn affidavit and affirmed under oath:
One day he [Joseph Smith] came and greeted me
with a joyful countenance. Upon asking the
cause of his unusual happiness, he replied in
the following language, As I was
passing, yesterday, across the woods, after a
heavy shower of rain, I found, in a hollow,
some beautiful white sand, that had been
washed up by the water. I took off my frock,
and tied up several quarts of it, and then
went home. On my entering the house, I found
the family at the table eating dinner. They
were all anxious to know the contents of my
frock. At that moment, I happened to think of
what I had heard about a history found in
Canada, called the golden Bible; so I very
gravely told them it was the golden Bible. To
my surprise, they were credulous [gullible,
nf] enough to believe what I said.
Accordingly I told them that I had received a
commandment to let no one see it, for, says
I, no man can see it with the naked eye and
live. However, I offered to take out the book
and show it to them, but they refuse to see
it, and left the room. Now, said Joe,
I have got the damned fools fixed, and
will carry out the fun. Notwithstanding,
he told me he had no such book and believed
there never was any such book, yet, he told
me that he actually went to Willard Chase, to
get him to make a chest, in which he might
deposit his golden Bible. But, as Chase would
not do it, he made a box himself, of
clapboards, and put it into a pillow case,
and allowed people only to lift it, and feel
of it through the case. (Ingersoll)
Eventually Joseph and his brother Hyrum ended up in jail in
Carthage, Illinois. On June 27, 1844 an angry mob stormed where
they were held and murdered both of them. It is difficult to
convince those grounded in their Mormon beliefs of accepting
Smiths controversial past. Most of them consider it merely
propaganda. Instead, they choose to believe another history.
In order to determine whether there are prophets
living today, it is imperative to know the purpose of a prophet
and if any more revelations from God are needed. A prophet
was both a forthteller (things present) and foreteller (things
future). We learn that God spoke in the Old and New Testaments by
and through prophets (Hosea 12:10; cf. Heb. 1:1-2). God used them
to deliver His message. Their inspired writings make up the books
of the Bible (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
God revealed to Moses concerning the Christ to come
the one and only supreme prophet. I will raise them
up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will
put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that
I shall command him (Deut. 18:18-19). This was fulfilled
in Jesus the Christ (Acts 3:22-23).
Prophecy was by divine inspiration. Under the New
Testament, miracles were performed to confirm the word (Heb. 2:1-
4; Mark 16:20). The apostles had the ability given by God to lay
hands on people in order to impart miraculous gifts (Acts 8:18).
Miracles, such as prophecy, are like scaffolding that is
necessary in building. Once the building is complete, there is no
longer the need for scaffolding. Such was the case with prophets
Paul wrote about desiring the best gifts (1 Cor.
12:31). However, there was coming a time when they would end. He
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). Prophecy would fail (stop). Tongues would cease.
Supernatural knowledge would vanish away. The only thing to
continue is charity/love (v.13).
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). In the early church, the apostles and other inspired
teachers delivered the Truth/Scriptures in part through
miraculous means such as prophecy, tongues, miraculous knowledge.
When that which is perfect (completed revelation, the
New Testament) had come, then the miracles that delivered the
Truth would cease. Why? They would no longer be needed. The
perfect in verse 10 is not the Christ since Jesus had
already come and ascended back into heaven. The perfect
is the completed revelation of Gods word for the Christian
dispensation the New Testament.
Paul said there would no longer be a need for prophets
(v.10) once the Truth was completely and fully revealed (cf. 1
Peter 1:3; John 16:13). 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 just as the church would no
longer have the need of prophets to deliver the Truth.
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).
Mormonism ordains modern-day Apostles. The
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (aka First Presidency)
are given all the keys. However, the President of the Mormon
Church is the senior Apostle and is the only one able to use all
of the keys given according to them. The other Apostles act
under his directorship.
Does the Bible authorize the appointment of men to the
position of apostles today? The answer is no. Further, Jesus
promised his apostles that after He left them, the Comforter
(Holy Spirit) would teach them all things, and bring all things
to their remembrance (John 14:26). Since the Holy Spirit revealed
all things to the Lords twelve apostles, there is
nothing left to reveal. Second Peter 1:3 makes clear that Gods
has given unto us all things that [pertain] unto
life and godliness. Theres nothing more to give
no further revelations from God!
By the time Jude wrote that Christians must
earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered
unto the saints (Jude 3), the faith (Gospel, Truth, New
Testament) had been completely and forever delivered. There was
no room for any other doctrine to be integrated with it
including the Book of Mormon, Pearl of Great Price
and Doctrine and Covenants. There would be no more
revelation from God, no more apostles to reveal truth. The world
had what it needed to live faithful to God. To add anything to it
would be too much. To take anything from it would be too little
(cf. Rev. 20:18-19).
Joseph Fielding Smith (Joseph Smith, Jr.s nephew)
wrote, Mormonism, as it is called, must stand or fall on the
story of Joseph Smith. He was either a prophet of God, divinely
called, properly appointed and commissioned, or he was one of the
biggest frauds this world has ever seen. There is no middle
ground (Smith). Joseph Smith has been proven to be a fraud
as examination of his life in comparison with the Scriptures
Cates, Curtis. Does the Holy Spirit Work
Miraculously? Pillars - The Holy Spirit.
Duluth: Rampart Productions, 2007. 27-29.
Ingersoll, Peter. Peter Ingersoll Statement on
Joseph Smith, Jr. Truth and Grace. 27 June 2013
Smith, Joseph Fielding. Doctrines of Salvation.
Vol. 1. n.d.
unknown, Author. Priesthood. 3 December 2012. 30
April 2014 .
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BAPTISM AND THE LAW OF THE
A major point of contention between the Lords church
and virtually every false system of religion that falls under the
broad, man-made umbrella of Christendom, has to do with
the role that baptism plays in Gods plan for mans
salvation. I have had two debates with denominational preachers,
and I can attest that the adamancy with which they attack such
passages as Acts 2:38, Mark 16:16, 1 Peter 3:21, is a
manifestation of their hatred for the truth and denial of one of
simplest commands given to those desiring to become children of
God. It may seem harsh to accuse someone of hating the truth
simply because he does not believe, teach, or practice the
Biblical position on baptism, but when men ridicule the God given
command, they hate the truth. Or, to put it another way,
because they received not the love of the truth that they
might be saved (2 Thess. 2:10).
The law of the excluded middle is a law in
logic that says a thing either is, or is not. It exhausts the
possibilities. For example, were I to point to an object and say
that the object is either wood or non-wood, I have exhausted the
possibilities. Both statements cannot be true, nor can both be
false. The value of using the law of the excluded
middle is such that if you prove one side of the two-side
equation to be false, you have at the same time proven the other
to be true, and visa versa. Prove that an object is wood, and you
have proven it is not non-wood: it would not be plastic, steal,
concrete, et al. With that, we are ready to apply the law of
the excluded middle to the goal of learning the truth about
the essentiality of baptism.
While there is sufficient scripture to prove the
essentiality of baptism for remission of past sins, I will take a
different approach and go in through the back door so
to speak. The law of the excluded middle demands
that baptism is either for remission of past sins, or it is not
for remission of past sins. That statement exhausts the
possibilities does it not? Both positions cannot, at one and the
same time, be true, nor can both statements, at one and the same
time, be false. Those who deny its essentiality have taken the
later position, and thus it is their burden to prove their
position. They have, however, taken upon themselves an impossible
task for the simple reason that their position leads to an
absurdity and/or contradiction; in fact it leads to several
absurdities and/or contradictions. Lets pursue this a little
First, it leads to the absurdity that one can be
in Christ and out of Christ at the same time.
It is obvious that all spiritual blessings are in
Christ (Eph. 1:3). Forgiveness of past sins is a spiritual
blessing. Therefore, forgiveness of sins is located only
in Christ, a spiritual state acquired prior to baptism
as per the argument of those who advocate that baptism is not for
remission of sins. But it is also true that baptism puts one
into Christ as per Romans 6:3-5. Therefore, those who
believe that baptism is not for remission of past sins must
conclude that one is in Christ prior to baptism, but out of
Christ at the same time because he has not yet been baptized into
Second, it leads to the absurdity that one has been
raised from spiritual death to walk in newness of life prior to
having been raised from spiritual death to walk in newness of
life. In Romans 6:4 Paul wrote: Therefore we are buried
with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up
from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should
walk in newness of life. The argument is the same as
above. Those who believe, embrace and/or teach the doctrine that
baptism is not for remission of sins must believe they have
already been raised to newness of life prior to burial in the
grave of water baptism. But since we are buried with him by
baptism...so we also should walk in newness of life, then
those who accept the doctrine that remission of sins comes prior
to baptism place themselves in the unenviable position of
believing an absurdity: that they are, at one and the same time,
walking in newness of life and are not walking in newness of
By the same line of reasoning we could show that those
who believe that baptism is not for remission of sins imply that
they have been saved while at the same time not being saved, they
have been translated into the body of Christ while at the same
time not being in the body of Christ, etc.
Now, let us return to the use of the law of the
excluded middle and show the force of our reasoning. Since
it is true that the law of the excluded middle does not
allow something to have and at the same time not
have the same qualities, we can only conclude that if
someone believes he is in Christ while at the same time believing
he is not in Christ, he has violated the law of the excluded
middle. If a person believes he is walking in newness of
life and at the same time not walking in newness of life, he has
violated the law of the excluded middle.
Can you not see the absurd position they place
themselves in? Is it not much easier to simply believe and obey
the Lords words: He that believeth and is baptized
shall be saved? Indeed it is!
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Jesus said, He that believeth and is baptized
shall be saved (Mark 16:16). Denominational preachers
say, He that believeth and is NOT baptized shall be
saved (no scripture can be given).
Regarding the fruit of
the forbidden tree, God told Adam and Eve, Ye shall not
eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the
serpent (devil) said unto the woman, Ye shall NOT surely
die (Gen. 3:3-4).
Inserting the word NOT changes Gods word and will cause you to lose your soul. Dont
fall into the devils trap! gmr
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