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."

Friday, October 5, 2018

By Grace We Are Saved Through Faith

While on my journey leaving the renowned L.D.S. cult, I met with my pastor several times. I asked her how we are actually saved. (I actually asked her several times because I couldn't believe the good news!) I had grown up believing that it was through works and "grace after all we could do", that we are saved. I did not understand at the time how grace really worked. The salvation through works discredits what Jesus did on the cross! It says to God, "I do not need your help" "I can earn my salvation".

This is a slap in the face to God. It is blasphemous and boastful! 

Romans 3:20-24

20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.
21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.
22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 
23 for 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.

Christ already paid for our salvation and he already did the work. We do not have too! What an incredible and freeing statement! He already paid the price of sin! Jesus says in Matthew 11:28 Come to me all who are weary and I will give you rest. He is talking about his grace! That is incredible! Never in my life have I ever been this free spiritually and emotionally.

Ephesians 2:8-9 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 
9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

We are justified through faith by grace! Now, faith is not just a simple feeling. It is also an action word. If one has faith one will act on it. Thus satisfying the scripture 
James 2:14-26 "faith without works is dead". If you truly have faith it will change you on the inside and out! You will find that you are drawn to doing good works as Christ did; Not because you have too for salvation, but rather because your desires have changed. John 14:15" If you love me keep my commandments." Christ is talking about your desires changing. Being born again! (John 3:1-21)

It is my prayer that all those who read this blog will accept Christ Jesus, and become born again. I hope that all will feel of the unburdening grace of salvation. Jesus already did it, now he is asking you to follow him. In his name forever and always, AMEN

Friday, September 28, 2018

Isaiah 43:10

Isaiah 43:10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

"...There was no God formed, neither shall there be after me." This scripture alone completely defeats the idealistic views of the L.D.S. church. In the temple you are taught that not only is a human being a child of God, but also that he/she can become a God as well! A God! Other than the original God! The Mormons are taught they can even have their own worlds after this life if they do everything the Mormon church says! On top of that God from the bible came from another God, who came from another God, who came from another God! 

Where does the madness end?! This scripture clearly states that we can not become Gods. There is only ONE God and that is the God of the bible! 

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Scientific Proof in the Bible

It has been a while since I last wrote a post for this blog. I have never stopped thinking about my ministry through this program.It has been very therapeutic on my journey with Christ. The L.D.S. people, are good people. They are taught to be upstanding citizens in their communities and to live their lives in such a way that Christ would be pleased with their efforts.

I can see him standing with open arms, gently encouraging them to look a little farther. They have such strong faith, and if bridled to the principles that Christ has taught us; Through his words in the bible, his true grace, and words would change lives!

I find myself often thinking - who do I worship? Do I worship the T.V. shows? The comfy bed? The blessed employment I have? The soda addiction? Or do I worship our God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy ghost. One person, in three forms. Do I worship man> Do I worship Joseph Smith? Or do I get up every morning, and carry my cross. Lift my head to the son of God and go where he instructs.

In the L.D.S. Church they have what is called the Joseph Smith translation of the bible. His take on the bible, that he changed to fit into his contexts and his doctrines! The bible did not, and does not ever, need to be fixed! I grew up believing that the bible was corrupted through translations from one language to another. Much like the telephone game, where you say something and then it is passed to multiple people, until the original message is no longer the same. We have scientific proof that it has not been corupted! The dead sea scrolls that were found, and then compared to the bible we have today, prove that we have not lost ANYTHING! If you study the carefully documented events around the finding and studying of the dead sea scrolls, you will learn that it is almost exactly what we have in our bible today!

I employ all L.D.S. individuals, those whom are my friends, and family, those who I do not know yet, to PLEASE have faith! Take a look and see where God will lead you! It is not in the L.D.S. church.  Salvation is only found through his grace and through his pure teachings. Not the teachings of man. Please look, no matter what others might say, have the courage to look and be saved.

In the name of Christ, Jesus. Amen

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A Letter to the seeker

I used to be an L.D.S. missionary. As I have reflected on my time as a missionary, I am filled with gratitude for the experience. I learned more about myself, and others around me. Recently I was asked what I would say to those who are looking to join the L.D.S. church. This is a letter to those individuals.

To My Dearest Friend,

 Perhaps you grew up in a Christian home but you never really felt it. Or perhaps you did not grow up in a Christian home, but you are hearing the name Jesus Christ for the first time. At this moment in time, you are at a point in your life where you are looking. Where you are seeking to find truth. You are seeking for where God might want you.

John 16:3 says: “And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” You are so close! I implore you to keep searching! Keep digging down in your heart! You must keep searching. Most of what you have learned sounds good, and most is good. However, there is much false teachings hidden in the words of men. The church and its leaders are as the scribes and pharisees described by Jesus in the bible. “…Outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.” Matt 23:28

The Mormon people are good people in general. They do not know or understand what the bible teaches. If they did, they would not be a part of the Mormon church. Those who may be sharing the gospel of Joseph Smith, do not know the gospel of Jesus Christ. Do not just take my word on it. Study on the teachings of Jesus Christ. Learn who he actually is, and then see what a difference he can make in your life. The holy spirit will guide you, and if you listen closely, it won’t lead you toward Mormonism.

                                                                                                                A concerned brother in Christ.

While serving in the Montana, Billings Mission, I had much success as a missionary. Although I did not baptize very many people, I did preach what I had been lead to believe. I served well and did my best. I had not truly read the bible and had not truly understood Christ. Though I always felt a connection to God, it was blurred and slightly disconnected. Now because of the journey and the knowledge God has shared with me; my prayers and connection with God, have become clear. My understanding of who God actually is and not who false leaders  told me he was, has made all the difference.

If I had not continued to search for the truth, I would not have known where to find it.

(This is a great resource to look at also for those investigating the L.D.S. Church CES Letter )

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