Thursday, September 3, 2015

Time For a Reboot?

Looks like I need to get back to this and start writing again.  I'll come back with some new thoughts and some fresh content soon.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Babies Are Murdered Here - #BAMH

Well, admittedly it has been quite a while since I have put anything up on the blog, but I'm going to try to spend more time adding things here that are edifying and important.

Today, I'm going to share with you the new movie put out by Crown Rights and Marcus Pittman called, "Babies Are Murdered Here".  This film is of high quality and it is as tastefully done as can be given the subject matter.  I would encourage you to share this with everyone you know, and to do what you are able to save the unborn.

Official Website of BAMH

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Who Am I?

     This is an excellent video from the guys at A Rebels Cause Radio.  The man doing the speaking is Dan Frye, he's the host of the radio show.  If you have some time, I suggest taking a listen to their show.  You can find them on their YouTube channel HERE.

     And now, with no more ado, I give you the first video of the Rebels Cause Missio Dei project.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

While I'm Waiting - John Waller

I'm waiting
I'm waiting on You, Lord
And I am hopeful
I'm waiting on You, Lord
Though it is painful
But patiently, I will wait

I will move ahead, bold and confident
Takeing every step in obedience
While I'm waiting
I will serve You
While I'm waiting
I will worship
While I'm waiting
I will not faint
I'll be running the race
Even while I wait

I'm waiting
I'm waiting on You, Lord
And I am peaceful
I'm waiting on You, Lord
Though it's not easy
But faithfully, I will wait
Yes, I will wait
I will serve You while I'm waiting
I will worship while I'm waiting
I will serve You while I'm waiting
I will worship while I'm waiting
I will serve you while I'm waiting
I will worship while I'm waiting on You, Lord

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Evangelism Is Necessary

Mark 16:15 NASB
And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.

Matthew 28:19 NASB
"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,

Matthew 10:14 NASB
"Whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet.

Any Questions?

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Book Of Mormon VII

Hey everyone, it's time for another installment of the Book of Mormonion from Shawn McCraney and Heart of the Matter.  In this video Shawn goes through what he calls the 'seed' of the BoM unveiling the childhood of Joseph Smith Jr. and the peculiarities of his mother and father.  The show starts off with some high school / college age students reading the following verse:

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.  Ephesians 2:8-9 NASB

Compare that with the BoM

23 For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.  2 Nephi 25:23

So as you can see, Mormons believe that they have something to do with their salvation.  For a more in depth look into this specifically please see my post The Impossible Gospel of Mormonism.

As he does in every show, Shawn reads from the Word and relates it to the view held by the LDS church.  In this show he reads from a compilation of three synoptic gospels in reference to the transfiguration.

1 Six days later Jesus *took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and *led them up on a high mountain by themselves. 2 And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light. 3 And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. 4 Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, I will make three tabernacles here, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, “ This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!” 6 When the disciples heard this, they fell face down to the ground and were terrified. 7 And Jesus came to them and touched them and said, “Get up, and do not be afraid.” 8 And lifting up their eyes, they saw no one except Jesus Himself alone.  Matthew 17:1-8 NASB

2 Six days later, Jesus *took with Him Peter and James and John, and *brought them up on a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them; 3 and His garments became radiant and exceedingly white, as no launderer on earth can whiten them. 4 Elijah appeared to them along with Moses; and they were talking with Jesus.5 Peter *said to Jesus, “ Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three tabernacles, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 6 For he did not know what to answer; for they became terrified. 7 Then a cloud formed, overshadowing them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “ This is My beloved Son, listen to Him!” 8 All at once they looked around and saw no one with them anymore, except Jesus alone.  Mark 9:2-8 NASB

28 Some eight days after these sayings, He took along Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray.29 And while He was praying, the appearance of His face became different, and His clothing became white and gleaming. 30 And behold, two men were talking with Him; and they were Moses and Elijah, 31 who, appearing in glory, were speaking of His departure which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32 Now Peter and his companions had been overcome with sleep; but when they were fully awake, they saw His glory and the two men standing with Him. 33 And as these were leaving Him, Peter said to Jesus, “ Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three tabernacles: one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah”— not realizing what he was saying.34 While he was saying this, a cloud formed and began to overshadow them; and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35 Then a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “ This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him!” 36 And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent, and reported to no one in those days any of the things which they had seen.  Luke 9:28-36  NASB

Shawn relays how Mormons use this transfiguration to justify some of their more off the wall ideas, for instance how J. Smith could see God the Father and not die.  McCraney goes on to describe how Joseph Smith's great-grandfather was a universalist and how only "guys like [him]" go to hell.  I wanted to find something "official" on this, so I dug up the following link on the LDS(dot)org website which lays out the universalism ( which by the way appears to contradict some other verses in the BoM ) and the afterlife.

Pretty far down there is a section titled "The Hell That Has No End" where it speaks of 'the sons of perdition' who will be in this eternal hell.  Take a look at what it says.

The three degrees of glory provide eternal homes for the vast majority of God’s children who merited earth life. There is a fourth destination, however, for those “comparatively few” who cannot abide even a telestial glory. The Lord explains that the destiny of the sons of perdition is a kingdom without glory (see D&C 88:24), and “the end thereof, neither the place thereof, nor their torment, no man knows,” only those “ordained unto this condemnation” (see D&C 76:43–49). These are they who “cannot repent.” They “sin against the Holy Ghost” and “put Christ to open shame.” (See Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, comp. Bruce R. McConkie, 3 vols., Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1954–56, 1:47–49.)
“All who partake of this, the greatest of sins, sell themselves as did Cain to Lucifer. They learn to hate the truth with an eternal hatred, and they learn to love wickedness. They reach a condition where they cannot repent. The spirit of murder fills their hearts and they would, if they had the power, crucify our Lord again, which they virtually do by fighting his work and seeking to destroy it and his prophets. …
“Before a man can sink to this bitterness of soul, he must first know and understand the truth with a clearness of vision wherein there is no doubt.  The Change of heart does not come all at once, but is due to transgression in some form, which continues to lurk in the soul without repentance, until the Holy Ghost withdraws, and then that man is left to spiritual darkness. Sin begets sin; the darkness grows until the love of truth turns to hatred, and the love of God is overcome by the wicked desire to destroy all that is just and true. In this way Christ is put to open shame, and blasphemy exalted.
“How fortunate it is that in the mercy of God there will be comparatively few who will partake of this awful misery and eternal darkness.” (Ibid, p. 49.)
Thus, hell has an end for all consigned to it except the sons of perdition. They alone remain in a hell which has no end.

I highlighted some of the above because they refer to the BoM and the LDS church.  Basically they tell their own members that if they ever leave the faith, they go to the eternal hell unlike every non-Mormon who will at least make it into the bottom heaven.  Clearly they are worried about their members leaving the faith.

In the Journal of Discourses 7:289 ( which the LDS says is not 'official' ) Brigham Young their once president and highest ranking member said the following in regard to Joseph Smith:

It was decreed in the counsels of eternity, long before the foundations of the earth were laid, that he should be the man, in the last dispensation of this world, to bring forth the word of God to the people, and receive the fulness of the keys and power of the Priesthood of the Son of God. The Lord had his eye upon him, and upon his father, and upon his father's father, and upon their progenitors clear back to Abraham, and from Abraham to the flood, from the flood to Enoch, and from Enoch to Adam. He has watched that family and that blood as it has circulated from its fountain to the birth of that man. He was foreordained in eternity to preside over this last dispensation, as much so as Pharaoh was foreordained to be a wicked man, or as was Jesus to be the Savior of the world because he was the oldest son in the family.

So apparently, ol' J. Smith and Jesus Christ aren't too much different, they just had different jobs.  Yikes.  Smith had this to say about himself:

I calculate to be one of the instruments of setting up the kingdom of Daniel by the word of the Lord, and I intend to lay a foundation that will revolutionize the whole world. . . . It will not be by sword or gun that this kingdom will roll on: the power of truth is such that all nations will be under the necessity of obeying the Gospel.

Shawn points out that his is the ultimate goal of the LDS church to have all people believing their version of the gospel.  He uses some words to describe Christians who vote for LDS candidates.  I happen to agree with him.  Putting my politic hat on, if you're looking for a candidate who's responsible and has a good track record on social issues check out Virgil Goode.

If you wonder where Smith's idea came from to create a whole new gospel, you might want to look to his father.  In the book "Biographical Sketches of Joseph Smith the Prophet and His Progenitors for Many Generations", Lucy Max Smith ( J.Smith Jr.'s mother ) writes this of her husband J.Smith Sr. on page 55

"From this forward my husband seemed more confirmed that ever in the opinion that there was no order or class of religionists ( that would be Christian sects ) that knew any more concerning the kingdom of God, than those of the world ( all other religions ), or such as made no profession of religion whatever."
So clearly J. Smith Sr. didn't think that anyone had the right answers.  That's not the only thing that J. Smith Sr. contributed to the BoM however.  In the same book on pages 55 & 56 Lucy writes of the dream that Shawn speaks of in the video which she recounts as having happened in 1811 when Joseph Smith Jr. was 6 years old.

"I thought", said he, "I was traveling in an open, desolate field, which appeared to be very barren.  As I was thus traveling, the thought suddenly came into my mind that I had better stop and reflect upon what I was doing, before, I went any further.  So I asked myself, 'What motive can I have in traveling here, and what place can this be?'  My guide, who was by my side, as before ( assuming this is a previous dream ), said, 'This is the desolate world; but travel on.'  The road was so broad and barren that I wondered why I should travel in it; for, said I to myself, 'Broad is the road, and wide is the gate that leads to death, and many there be that walk therein; but narrow is the way, and straight is the gate that leads to everlasting life, and few there be that go in thereat.'  Traveling a short distance farther, I came to a narrow path.  This path I entered, and, when I had traveled a little way in it, I beheld a beautiful stream of water, which ran from the east to the west.  Of this stream I could see neither the source nor yet the termination; but as far as my eyes could extend I could see a rope running along the bank of it, about as high as a man could reach, and beyond me was a low, but very pleasant valley, in which stood a tree such as I had never seen before.  It was exceedingly handsome, insomuch that I looked upon it with wonder and admiration.  Its beautiful branches spread themselves somewhat like an umbrella, and it bore a kind of fruit, in shape much like a chestnut bur, and as white as snow, or, if possible whiter.  I gazed upon the same with considerable interest, and as I was doing so the burs or shells commenced opening and shedding their particles, or the fruit which they contained, which was of dazzling whiteness.  I drew near and began to eat of it, and I found it delicious beyond description.  As I was eating, I said in my heart, 'I can not eat this alone, I must bring my wife and children, that they may partake with me.'  Accordingly, I went and brought my family, which consisted of a wife and seven children, and well all commenced eating, and praising God for this blessing.  We were exceedingly happy, insomuch that our joy could not easily be expressed.  While thus engaged, I beheld a spacious building standing opposite the valley which we were in, and it appeared to reach to the very heavens.  It was full of doors and windows, and they were filled with people, who were very finely dressed.  When these people observed us in the low valley, under the tree, they pointed the finger of scorn at us, and treated us with all manner of disrespect and contempt.  But their contumely we utterly disregarded.  I presently turned to my guide, and inquired of him the meaning of the fruit that was so delicious.  He told me it was the pure love of God, shed abroad in the hearts of all those who love him, and keep his commandments. ( sound familiar? )  He then commanded me to go and bring the rest of my children.  I told him that we were all there.  'No,' he replied, 'look yonder, you have two more, and you must bring them also.'  Upon raising my eyes, I saw two small children, standing some distance off.  I immediately went to them, and brought them to the tree; upon which the commenced eating with the rest, and we all rejoiced together.  The more we ate, the more we seemed to desire, until we even go down upon our knees, and scooped it up, eating it by double handfuls.  After feasting in this manner a short time, I asked my guide what was the meaning of the spacious building which I saw.  He replied, 'It is Babylon, it is Babylon, and it must fall.  The people in the doors and windows are the inhabitants thereof, who scorn and despise the Saints of God because of their humility.'  I soon awoke, clapping my hands together for joy."

You can see that Joseph Smith Sr. was familiar with the Bible and many of the things that it said as they come out here in the story.  Now, let's look to the BoM printed first in 1830 ( remember, this story from Smith Sr. was 1811 ) and see how they match up.  The following verses are from 1 Nephi 8.

5 And it came to pass that I saw a man, and he was dressed in a white robe; and he came and stood before me. 
6 And it came to pass that he spake unto me, and bade me follow him. 
7 And it came to pass that as I followed him I beheld myself that I was in a dark and dreary waste. 
8 And after I had traveled for the space of many hours in darkness, I began to pray unto the Lord that he would have mercy on me, according to the multitude of his tender mercies. 
9 And it came to pass after I had prayed unto the Lord I beheld a large and spacious field. 
10 And it came to pass that I beheld a tree, whose fruit was desirable to make one happy. 
11 And it came to pass that I did go forth and partake of the fruit thereof; and I beheld that it was most sweet, above all that I ever before tasted. Yea, and I beheld that the fruit thereof was white, to exceed all the whiteness that I had ever seen. 
12 And as I partook of the fruit thereof it filled my soul with exceedingly great joy; wherefore, I began to be desirous that my family should partake of it also; for I knew that it was desirable above all other fruit. 
13 And as I cast my eyes round about, that perhaps I might discover my family also, I beheld a river of water; and it ran along, and it was near the tree of which I was partaking the fruit. 
14 And I looked to behold from whence it came; and I saw the head thereof a little way off; and at the head thereof I beheld your mother Sariah, and Sam, and aNephi; and they stood as if they knew not whither they should go. 
15 And it came to pass that I beckoned unto them; and I also did say unto them with a loud voice that they should come unto me, and partake of the fruit, which was desirable above all other fruit. 
16 And it came to pass that they did come unto me and partake of the fruit also. 
17 And it came to pass that I was desirous that Laman and Lemuel should come and partake of the fruit also; wherefore, I cast mine eyes towards the head of the river, that perhaps I might see them. 
18 And it came to pass that I saw them, but they would not come unto me and partake of the fruit. 
19 And I beheld a rod of iron, and it extended along the bank of the river, and led to the tree by which I stood. 
20 And I also beheld a strait and narrow path, which came along by the rod of iron, even to the tree by which I stood; and it also led by the head of the fountain, unto a large and spacious field, as if it had been a world. 
21 And I saw numberless concourses of people, many of whom were pressing forward, that they might obtain the path which led unto the tree by which I stood. 
22 And it came to pass that they did come forth, and commence in the path which led to the tree. 
23 And it came to pass that there arose a mist of darkness; yea, even an exceedingly great mist of darkness, insomuch that they who had commenced in the path did lose their way, that they wandered off and were lost. 
24 And it came to pass that I beheld others pressing forward, and they came forth and caught hold of the end of the rod of iron; and they did press forward through the mist of darkness, clinging to the rod of iron, even until they did come forth and partake of the fruit of the tree. 
25 And after they had partaken of the fruit of the tree they did cast their eyes about as if they were ashamed. 
26 And I also cast my eyes round about, and beheld, on the other side of the river of water, a great and spacious building; and it stood as it were in the air, high above the earth. 
27 And it was filled with people, both old and young, both male and female; and their manner of dress was exceedingly fine; and they were in the attitude of mocking and pointing their fingers towards those who had come at and were partaking of the fruit. 
28 And after they had tasted of the fruit they were ashamed, because of those that were scoffing at them; and they fell away into forbidden paths and were lost.

Clearly you can see that the two accounts are nearly identical, almost word for word in some parts.  It is quite obvious that J. Smith Sr. had much influence on the writings of J. Smith Jr. if not directly contributing himself.  There were a few other books Shawn referenced which I will provide links for here:

History of the Church - B.H. Roberts  ( not certain if this is the direct reference, though it is the same author and similar title )


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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Compromise Kills

This video largely speaks for itself, but I wanted to share it.  If you are like me and maybe haven't done much to speak out against abortion you may feel a bit convicted.  I certainly was.

Jon Speed of takes us through the detestable practices of the ancient world and how we today are doing some of the very same things.  He lays out the idol worship that causes abortion to be so reasonable, that being the worship of self and what is good for us.  He parallels abortion to the detestable practices of the Canaanites who sacrificed their babies to Molech.  He describes the practice in detail, and I have provided a visual for you:

They would heat this statue made of bronze up to the point of being white hot and then place the child in the arms of Molech to burn to death.

Listen to the message and then visit some of the links I provided.

Geophysicist Explains Evolutionary Bias in Science

This is really just a quick video, but I liked it and I thought I would share it.  Here Eric Hovind from Creation Today interviews "Steve", who asked to keep his identity hidden to prevent losing his job.  Steve tells us about the bias in current scientific circles and the companies and universities that employ them.  This is really nothing terribly new, there have been many people who have lost their positions for speaking out for a Biblical worldview in the scientific community.

Here are a couple of articles, a book and a movie that are either directly about that subject or touch on it.

Scientists are motivated to support naturalism and reject creationism

Contemporary suppression of the theistic worldview

Slaughter of the Dissidents

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed

In the video two things are mentioned that I thought I would provide some definitions for (emphasis added by me):

Scientific Method
principles and procedures for the systematic pursuit of knowledge involving the recognition and formulation of a problem, the collection of data through observation and experiment, and the formulation and testing of hypotheses
a geological doctrine that processes acting in the same manner as at present and over long spans of time are sufficient to account for all current geological features and all past geological changes

Both of these coming from the current Merriam Webster Dictionary.  So we can see that the scientific method tells us we must be able to observe and experiment or test the theories.  A bit tough to do on a 4.5 Billion year time scale wouldn't you say?  Also, you can see in the very definition of uniformitarianism that some of the evolutionary dogma is present.

Just for fun the 1828 Noah Webster definition 2 of science:
In philosophy, a collection of the general principles or leading truths relating to any subject. Pure science, as the mathematics, is built on self-evident truths; but the term science is also applied to other subjects founded on generally acknowledged truths, as metaphysics; or on experiment and observation, as chimistry and natural philosophy; or even to an assemblage of the general principles of an art, as the science of agriculture; the science of navigation. Arts relate to practice, as painting and sculpture.

 And now to blow your socks off definition 1:
In a general sense, knowledge, or certain knowledge; the comprehension or understanding of truth or facts by the mind. The science of God must be perfect.

So, science to our not so distant ancestors was mere knowledge, not where knowledge came from. Notice though that it still (in definition 2) referred to experiments and observation, but also notice that science was classified as being philosophical. Theology is also philosophical.

Theology as defined in the 1828 dictionary:
Divinity; the science of God and divine things; or the science which teaches the existence, character and attributes of God, his laws and government, the doctrines we are to believe,and the duties we are to practice.

 Seems to be that science was once the way we learned about God's world, now it appears to be the way we learn how to get rid of God.  And now to the video, enjoy.

2 Peter 3:3-7  NASB

Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, "Where is the promise of His coming? Forever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation." For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water.  But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.

Monday, July 30, 2012

The Impossible Gospel of Mormonism

This is a great video from Keith Walker of Evidence Ministries.  In the video he steps through the impossibility of salvation using the Mormon gospel.  As you will see the Mormons have to essentially be perfect before they can receive God's grace.    The video is a bit over an hour long, so I'll provide that and the 'scripture' references and links below the video.

There are a couple of books that are mentioned in the video ( outside of the training manuals - which I'm not providing links to ) and here are links to them.

The Miracle of Forgiveness - Spencer W. Kimball

True to the Faith - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Now onto the 'scripture' references ( emphasis added by me )

Moroni 10:32-33
32 Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.  33 And again, if ye by the grace of God are perfect in Christ, and deny not his power, then are ye sanctified in Christ by the grace of God, through the shedding of the blood of Christ, which is in the covenant of the Father unto the remission of your sins, that ye become holy, without spot.
2 Nephi 25:23
23 For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.
LDS Article of Faith

Alma 11:37
37 And I say unto you again that he cannot save them in their sins; for I cannot deny his word, and he hath said that no unclean thing can inherit the kingdom of heaven; therefore, how can ye be saved, except ye inherit the kingdom of heaven? Therefore, ye cannot be saved in your sins.
1 Nephi 3:7
7 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.
Doctrine and Covenants 58:42-43
42 Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more.  43 By this ye may know if a man repenteth of his sins—behold, he will confess them and forsake them.
Doctrine and Covenants 1:31-32
31 For I the Lord cannot look upon sin with the least degree of allowance;  32 Nevertheless, he that repents and does the commandments of the Lord shall be forgiven;

So apparently despite what Ephesians 2:8-9 says:

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;  9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.  NASB

according to Mormon doctrine and scripture you are saved by your works, and it is only after all you can do that God's grace kicks in.

I'll continue with the other 'scripture' provided.

Alma 34:32-36
32 For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors.  33 And now, as I said unto you before, as ye have had so many witnesses, therefore, I beseech of you that ye do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end; for after this day of life, which is given us to prepare for eternity, behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed.  34 Ye cannot say, when ye are brought to that awful crisis, that I will repent, that I will return to my God. Nay, ye cannot say this; for that same spirit which doth possess your bodies at the time that ye go out of this life, that same spirit will have power to possess your body in that eternal world.  35 For behold, if ye have procrastinated the day of your repentance even until death, behold, ye have become subjected to the spirit of the devil, and he doth seal you his; therefore, the Spirit of the Lord hath withdrawn from you, and hath no place in you, and the devil hath all power over you; and this is the final state of the wicked.  36 And this I know, because the Lord hath said he dwelleth not in unholy temples, but in the hearts of the righteous doth he dwell; yea, and he has also said that the righteous shall sit down in his kingdom, to go no more out; but their garments should be made white through the blood of the Lamb.

So, if you are Mormon or know of someone who is a Mormon, please share this with them.  I don't think they even realize what their own scriptures say about how they are to perform to achieve salvation.  Not only is it not possible to live out these requirements, when they actually get to heaven they will be told, "depart from me I never knew you".

Now let's deal with the Mormon tie in to Matthew 5:48.  If we look at that verse all by itself you can see where some confusion might come in:
Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.  NASB

The Mormons are using this as justification for their doctrine, however as John MacArthur likes to say, "What's the therefore there for?".  Well, let's find out together.
43 “ You have heard that it was said, ‘ You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  44 But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,  45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.  46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?  47 If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?  48 Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.  Matthew 5:43-48 NASB

As you can see, in context, Christ is saying to treat each other equally to love and respect all people.  The perfect here is referring to equal treatment and not Godly perfection that no man can achieve.  To be plain, most men ( including myself ) struggle with loving our enemies, it is not an easy thing to do.

So instead of thinking that we are somehow responsible for our own salvation, let us all keep in mind what Paul said to those in Corinth

For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.  1 Corinthians 2:2  NASB

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Did Allah Corrupt the Gospel?

Today I bring you a treat from David Wood of AnsweringMuslims(dot)com and Sam Shamoun of AnsweringIslam(dot)org.  These two gentlemen show how the claim made by Muslims that the Bible is corrupt actually works against them by using their own scripture.

Sura 3:3-4 tells us this about the Torah and the Gospels:

He has sent down upon you, [O Muhammad], the Book in truth, confirming what was before it. And He revealed the Torah and the Gospel.
Before, as guidance for the people. And He revealed the Qur'an. Indeed, those who disbelieve in the verses of Allah will have a severe punishment, and Allah is exalted in Might, the Owner of Retribution.

So as you can see, Allah actually provided the Torah and the Gospels.  Now, the question is, "Can someone corrupt Allah's words?".  Let's see what the Quran has to say about this.

Sura 6:115

And the word of your Lord has been fulfilled in truth and in justice. None can alter His words, and He is the Hearing, the Knowing.
Sura 18:27

And recite, [O Muhammad], what has been revealed to you of the Book of your Lord. There is no changer of His words, and never will you find in other than Him a refuge.

So apparently no one can corrupt the words of Allah.  So how could the Gospel ever be corrupted?  Grab a pen and paper ( you'll need them ) and check out this video as David and Sam show just how backwards the idea of the Bible being corrupt is to the teachings in the Quran.


Quran Online

Full breakdown of Islam's view of the Bible as mentioned in the video

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Acts 17 Apologetics