Saturday, June 8, 2019

The Challenge of Action

I have often reflected on the challenge of acting. Acting because of faith. Acting because of fear. Being acted upon. Act or action is described in the websters dictionary as "the accomplishment of a thing usually over a period of time, in stages, or with the possibility of repetition." The bible says in James 1:23-25 (NIV) "23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do."

Lets turn the page and read the next chapter: 

James 2:14-26(NKJV)

14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without [a]your works, and I will show you my faith by [b]my works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is [c]dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made [d]perfect? 23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was [e]accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. 24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.
25 Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

So, Is Salvation based on works? Well, what kind of works? Ceremonies, ritualistic actions? Or is faith in its own way, action? If God gives you a prompting, or through his word (The Bible) declares a commandment to obey; and you DO NOT act on it... is that faith? If you are a saved Christian, you know that salvation is not based on works. It is based on Grace. Ephesians 1:7 "In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace." Romans 3:23-24 2for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

We are justified through faith because of grace. That is how come James can clearly tell us:" If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead." If you do not act, if you are not living the way Christ is calling you to live, how can you have faith? So Is salvation based on actions? YES! Is salvation based on works? NO! Ritualistic or man created works wont save you. It takes courage to reach out and accept Jesus as savior and lord of your life! That is an action not a "Work". Wearing garments or going through the temple ceremonies will not save you.

Now, being honest with each of you. I am not perfect. I am not living in a way that Christ has declared through the bible is acceptable to him. I can not justify my actions with excuses, or even try to hide that I am not a sinner. Because I absolutely am. The challenge of action is fear. One of my mentors said "Fear, is F.alse E.vidence A.ppearing R.eall" Satan is doing everything he can to scare me and to hold me back from true action/faith. Christ said; (John 16:33) 33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Even as I write this, I know that God is at work in my life. He knows my heart (Samuel 16:7). He is at work in my life because I have a desire. I thank God for helping me find the courage and action to take. 
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Today, I choose action. Thank you Jesus, Amen

Monday, April 15, 2019

God keeps changing his mind?

Once again the L.D.S. church has changed its principles and doctrines to fit the needs of the world. In the last 6 months women no longer have to veil their faces in the prayer circles and have a more prominent role in the temple ceremony (which is a good thing). It was announced that children of LGBTQ parents can be baptized without first presidency approval. It is good they are finally trying to be more accepting and loving.

Matthew 7:15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits.Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them."

Isaiah 5:20 "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter."

If the church needed to be restored, why does it continually keep changing? I thought that if it was truly restored wouldn't it be perfect? The only thing the L.D.S. church is seeking in these changes is to bring more cash flow and to be more accepted by the world.

Although they are positive changes, (trying to be more loving and accepting) it just shows me how desperate the "company" is. "We want your kids, but not you."

The bible is VERY clear in what is and is not acceptable. (1 Romans 1 Corinthians) but that does not mean that we are to cast out people. Jesus said that we are to love everyone! To show light to those in darkness and be compassionate to those in pain.

Ephesians 4:2-3: “With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."

Colossians 3:14: “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity."

Constantly throughout history the L.D.S. church has shown nothing but prejudice and bigotry. Below is a letter sent by the first presidency proving the L.D.S. churches stand on people of African American descent in the 1940's. Romans 9 "It is not as though God’s word had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel. Nor because they are his descendants are they all Abraham’s children. On the contrary, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” In other words, it is not the children by physical descent who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring. For this was how the promise was stated: “At the appointed time I will return, and Sarah will have a son.”

Gods children are the children of promise not of skin color! 

God, Today I ask that you bless those who are in Mormonism. Help them to see the light and to read your word which can only be found in the bible. God show your mighty miracles to them and bring them to you Lord. God cast down those who stand in the way of their salvation such as a false church. In the name of Christ Jesus your son, Amen

Monday, February 25, 2019

A Legacy of Faith

Yesterday Pastor Rich of Life Church Utah, talked about leaving a legacy. He explained that we were given a family Legacy that often was not good, or Godly. He encouraged us to break the legacy of evil, of divorce, of addiction, of  broken marriage. Pastor Rich asked the question:

What would you want said about you at your funeral?

He read directly from the scriptures in  2 Timothy 

2 Timothy 4:7-8 New International Version (NIV)

"7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing."

The legacy does not start after you die. It begins Today! What you do today will create your legacy.

Growing up L.D.S. I lived a legacy of Mormon Faith. Which was a very important principle for my family. We often talked about our Pioneer Heritage and the suffering they went through because of their faith. When I was leaving the church, my mother wrote me a letter telling me not to abandon the faith of our fathers. It was very hard for her to understand that the faith of our fathers was not correct! We all had been living a legacy created in a lie, created away from the true God of the bible!

God has called me to begin a new legacy. A legacy centered around the teachings of Christ, which can only be found in the Bible. I have a very long way to go before I can truly be a disciple of Christ, and there are a lot of changes God has asked me to make; Yet, with the Grace of God, I can do all things. I will leave a legacy of faith that lasts through out time! 

God can do all this and more for the person who begins to look for him. I encourage the reader of this post; to think about what God is calling you to do. If you are willing to listen, he will speak to you through the power of his word.

Grace and peace to all.

Amen 十

Prayer of Redemption.

God of Glory and Grace, please redeem my broken legacy. Redeem my life in yours, that a new legacy may be born. God forgive my weaknesses and my short comings. May all who see me, see your son Jesus. In whose name I pray, Amen!  

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

When the Lord Calls

When God calls you answer. You may not like what he has to say or what he is going to ask you to do; but you answer the call anyway.

Matthew 10: 34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn
“‘a man against his father,
    a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law
36     a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’
37 “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.
40 “Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41 Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. 42 And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”

Our faith is continually being challenged. Yet the moment we make a decision or the moment that we answer the call, the Word will wash over us and fill us with strength. 

Revelations 13:19 "He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God." 
Isaiah 49:29
29 "He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak."

People may not understand why we live the Christian life. Or make changes to live the way Christ would. Unless you answer the call, unless you accept Christ as lord and savior; How can you understand? The change could be drastic and sudden! Yet, when you have made the commitment in your mind and heart, there is no going back!

1 Kings 8:61 
61 And may your hearts be fully committed to the LORD our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands, as at this time.”

Lord, please bring me peace in the change. Bring upon me your Holy Spirit and allow it to fill my entire being! Bring me peace during the challenges, that I might better bring about your glory! Lord forgive me my inequities and unite me with your grace. Through Christ MY lord. Amen

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Interview with Bishop Earl

A couple months ago I had an incredible opportunity to visit with Earl Erskine and discuss my journey out of the renowned cult. Enjoy! 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Look to the Cross and be saved!

Romans 10:13 - Who ever will call on the lord shall be saved.

The Bronze Snake (Numbers 21:4-8 NIV)

They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea,[c] to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way; they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!”
Then the Lord sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died. The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the Lord and against you. Pray that the Lord will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.
The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived.

Wow! For those who cast their eyes upon the snake which rested on the pole were healed! Their wounds were cleansed and their lives saved! 
John 3:14 says -
"Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up," 

Isaiah Prophesied of such things to come to pass when he wrote:

"Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other."(Isaiah 45:22)

Just as Moses lifted up the bronze serpent, so Christ was lifted up on the Cross.All who would look to him, would be saved! "that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life." (John 3:15) It was not the physical act of "looking up" or "looking upon" something that saved the people of Israel; and it is not the physical act of looking up that saved the Christian! It was looking to God in faith! It was reaching out in love, and trust, to God to save the individual in their sickened, and sin cankered body.  All those who look will be saved but for those who will not look to the cross will perish. 1 Corinthians 1:18 (NIV) says: "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God."

"The message of the cross is foolish to those who are perishing" - I never understood why we never held the cross in high regards in the L.D.S. Church. I often found myself fascinated with the cross, and these feelings of comfort and joy that came from such an incredible symbol! God told us to look to the cross! Mark 8:34 - Take up your cross and follow me! We do not worship the cross but we hold it sacred to our hearts. We burn it in our minds, as a reminder to look up in faith and be saved!

It does not take an entire life of works to be saved, but a moment in time of faith! Matthew 17:20 (KJV) says: 20 "And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you." Jesus can work with a small amount of faith and grow it into sturdy rock of salvation! What are the mountains in your life that could be moved if you just accepted Jesus?

I Encourage all Mormons and Those
Who are Seeking After the True Jesus of The Bible; to Look Toward the Cross, and be Saved! 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Sharing the Gospel of Christ with Mormon friends and family

Hello my friends,

What would you say to a Mormon missionary, to convince him/her of the errors of their beliefs? Missionaries are trained even before they enter the MTC to just bare testimony of their church; Even if it doesn't have anything biblical to reference their understanding of the gospel.

My first thought is to share how everyone can have a feeling of what they believe but not evidence to back up the claim. Those in other religions such as Muslim or Buddhism believe that their faiths are correct, and yet they do not line up with the faiths of Christianity. Are they correct? What I am trying to get at, is that everyone can have a testimony of anything in the world, but there is only truth and false, no matter what you feel is right. It is either a fact or it isn't.

The second step is to validate the bible. The Mormon church believes that throughout time it has been mistranslated. The dead sea scrolls and other archaeological evidences proves that is false. We have the same Bible throughout all of time. Gods word has not changed. It is also important for the missionary to understand that we are not separate denominations of Christianity, we are ONE church with the same understanding of Grace. We are many parts, but we are all one body, with Christ as our Head. Colossians 1:18 and Colossians 1:24

I then would bring up the fact that we can not become Gods of our own planets, as the Mormons teach. Isaiah 43:10,Deuteronomy 34:14, Isaiah 44:6-8

This alone leaves no room for debate.

I have been sending out this card to several people I have known and loved:

This is what I received back about a week later:

Where to even begin on this one... First she took psalms 82 out of context and made it fit into her belief system. Even her Mormon leaders know that Psalm 82 is referring to people in high power here on earth not becoming God's. 

On top of this I also received a letter back telling me to come to her homecoming talk but not to respond by writing back to her. (It is too long to post the actual letter,basic Mormon lingo) 

The only reason I am sending these cards is to express the truth and gratitude I feel for Jesus Christ who has saved me and filled me with his grace. It is my desire to share the real and biblical gospel of Jesus Christ with my Mormon friends and family. 

There is also no physical evidence to support The Book of Mormon or its claims. No ancient civilizations, pottery, coins, remnants of cities, weapons of war. Nothing. Yet for the bible there is physical, scientific proof that Jesus Christ walked this earth. We have physical evidence of everything! Everything such as cities, weapons of war, pottery, the dead sea scrolls, etc.

God is saying to all those in the Mormon church, 2 Corinthians 12:9 "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."

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