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Monthly Archives: January 2008

“Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days.” (Colossians 2:16) ——————– Blessed be God, we have a perpetual Sabbath in the person and work of Christ. See how Paul states this in Hebrews 4:9, “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.” While every other rest is disturbed this rest… Read More

“After prayer Brother Higbee said: ‘Here are the orders,’ and handed me a paper from [President] Haight… Brother Higbee was then to give the order: ‘Do Your Duty to God!’ At this the Danites were to shoot down the men; the Indians were to kill the women and larger children, and the drivers of the wagons and I was to kill the wounded and sick men that were in the wagons… The… Read More

“I [am] opposed to hanging, even if a man kill another, I will shoot him, or cut off his head, spill his blood on the ground, and let the smoke thereof ascend up to God; and if ever I have the privilege of making a law on that subject, I will have it so.” (Joseph Smith, Jr., History of the Church, volume 5, page 296, 1949) “[My life was in danger] if… Read More

“Had I anything to do with the negro, I would confine them by strict law to their own species…” (Joseph Smith, Jr. – January 2nd, 1845 – History of the Church – Volume 5 – Pages 21-218) “Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under… Read More

“While brother Joseph was referring to the provinces of God, I was led to reflect that there is no act, no principle, no power belonging to the Deity that is purely philosophical. The birth of the Saviour was as natural as are the births of our children; it was the result of natural action. He partook of flesh and blood – was begotten of his Father, as we were of our fathers.”… Read More

One of the most bizarre teachings in mormonism, is “baptism for the dead”. I remember a few years ago a mormon missionary here in England telling me that they did a baptism on behalf of Adolf Hitler and were excited about the spooky things that happened during the ceremony. Below are some quotes from Joseph Smith and followers about this bizarre practice. “The greatest responsibility in this world that God has laid… Read More

“If the sinner will repent of his sins, and go down into the waters of baptism, and there be buried in the likeness of being put into the earth and buried, and again be delivered from the water, in the likeness of being born—if in the sincerity of his heart he will do this, his sins shall be washed away. Will the water of itself wash them away? No; but keeping the… Read More

“…if any man preach any other Gospel than that which I have preached, he shall be cursed; ” (Joseph Smith, Jr., The Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith: Page 366 – Also found in History of the Church: Volume 6 – Page 365) “Come on! ye persecutors! ye false swearers! All hell, boil over! Ye burning mountains, roll down your lava! for I will come out on top at last. I have… Read More

“At the time the devil was cast out of heaven, there were some spirits that did not know who had authority, whether God or the devil. They consequently did not take a very active part on either side, but rather thought the devil had been abused, and considered he had rather the best claim to the government. These spirits were not considered bad enough to be cast down to hell, and never… Read More

“Angels are those beings who have been on an earth like this, and have passed through the same ordeals that we are now passing through. They have kept their first estate far enough to preserve themselves in the Priesthood. They did not so violate the law of the Priesthood and condemn themselves to the sin against the Holy Ghost as to be finally lost. They are not crowned with the celestial ones…. Read More

“In bearing testimony of Jesus Christ, President Hinckley spoke of those outside the Church who say Latter-day Saints ‘do not believe in the traditional Christ.’ ‘No, I don’t. The traditional Christ of whom they speak is not the Christ of whom I speak. For the Christ of whom I speak has been revealed in this the Dispensation of the Fullness of Times. He together with His Father, appeared to the boy Joseph… Read More

“President Smith, in concluding his remarks, said that if the government, which received into its coffers the money of citizens for its public lands, while its officials are rolling in the luxury at the expense of its public treasury, cannot protect such citizens in their lives and property, it is an old granny anyhow; and I prophesy in the name of the Lord God of Israel, unless the United States redress the… Read More

“Brother Cannon remarked that people wondered how many wives and children I had. He may inform them, that I shall have wives and children by the million, and glory, and riches and power and dominion, and kingdom after kingdom, and reign triumphantly.” (Journal of Discourses: Volume 8 – Page 178) “I could prove to this congregation that I am young; for I could find more girls who would choose me for a… Read More

“Emma took that revelation, supposing she had all there was; but Joseph had wisdom enough to take care of it, and he had handed the revelation to Bishop Whitney, and he wrote it all off. After Joseph had been to Bishop Whitney’s he went home, and Emma began to teasing for the revelation. Said she —‘Joseph you promised me that revelation, and if you are a man of your word you will… Read More

Below is a quote from a letter written on January 21st, 1838. In this letter Olivery Cowdery accuses Joseph of having a “dirty, filthy affair”: “When he [Joseph Smith] was there we had some conversation in which in every instance I did not fail to affirm that what I had said was strictly true. A DIRTY, NASTY, FILTHY AFFAIR OF HIS AND FANNY ALGER’S was talked over in which I strictly declared… Read More

Heber C. Kimball, was a member of the First Presidency, here is what he said: “Judas lost that saving principle, and they took him and killed him. It is said in the Bible that his bowels gushed out; but they actually KICKED HIM until his bowels came out. ‘I will suffer my bowels to be taken out before I will forfeit the covenant I have made with Him and my brethren.’ Do… Read More

“Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot. This will always be so.” (Journal of Discourses: Volume 10 – Page 110)

Mormon Church leader Bruce R. McConkie, writes about the denial of equality for Africans: “Negroes in this life are denied the priesthood; under no circumstances can they hold this delegation of authority from the Almighty. The gospel message of salvation is not carried affirmitively to them…Negroes are not equal with other races where the receipt of certain spiritual blessings are concerned.” (Mormon Doctrine – 1958 – Page 477)

What strange methods God sometimes employs in teaching His Children much needed lessons! This has recently been the writer’s experience. I have been approached by a “university” to accept from them a degree of “D. D.” Asking for time to be given so that I might prayerfully seek from God, through His written word, a knowledge of His will, fuller light came than was expected. I had very serious doubt’s as to… Read More

Dear Sir, This letter is to confirm that I do wish to have my name taken off any and all rolls and registers regarding my membership and any past affiliation regarding the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS). Unlike most people, my decision is an easy one. During the time I was a member of the LDS, I have been witness to, and a victim of, human behavior at… Read More

The Truth Set Me Free I grew up in Elfrida, AZ, coming from a long line of Mormons. Some of my ancestors from my grandmother’s side were with the handcart companies that traveled across the plains to the Utah Territory after Joseph Smith’s death. I remember Grandma talking about relatives living in polygamy in Mexico after the U.S. outlawed the practice in 1890. Needless to say, I’m related to a LOT of… Read More

Is the popular Alpha Course leading people astray? Many people have been greatly impressed by the Alpha course. Designed to be an introduction to the Christian faith through talks, video presentations, small-group discussions and a special weekend-away, lots of churches are now employing it as part of their outreach. In the eyes of many it has been a run-away-success and its fame has spread far beyond the UK, and Holy Trinity Brompton,… Read More

Christ was numbered among transgressors although not one Himself. He was made sin in that His soul was MADE an offering for sin, in fulfillment of the Old Testament sacrifice types, Isaiah 53:10. Isaiah 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin. He was THE SIN OFFERING by which God transferred to His account ALL… Read More

Christ was numbered among transgressors although not one Himself. He was made sin in that His soul was MADE an offering for sin, in fulfillment of the Old Testament sacrifice types, Isaiah 53:10. Isaiah 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin. He was THE SIN OFFERING by which God transferred to His account ALL… Read More

“No clocks in hell,” dear Tiptaft said, Who, truth to tell, was not afraid; He knew that time would ended be, And then would come Eternity. But now the truth most men deny, And heaven and hell they count a lie; Still, God is true, and all shall see The end of time – “Eternity.” The fool hath said, “There is no God” This way of old the wicked trod; They were… Read More

“No clocks in hell,” dear Tiptaft said, Who, truth to tell, was not afraid; He knew that time would ended be, And then would come Eternity. But now the truth most men deny, And heaven and hell they count a lie; Still, God is true, and all shall see The end of time – “Eternity.” The fool hath said, “There is no God” This way of old the wicked trod; They were… Read More

Have you any other rock but Christ? I do not ask you, whether you have a feeling enjoyment of it? I know you will rejoice in Jesus when the Holy Spirit enables you. But have you any other refuge? Can you go into eternity, resting upon any other rock but the Lord Jesus Christ? Have you any other righteousness but His? Can you lean upon, desire, or want any other than Christ’s… Read More

“Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright, for the end of that man is peace.” (Psalm 37:37) ________________________________________ This can be nothing else than the imputed righteousness of Christ put upon the sinner, and dwelling in him. He must have them both. The imputed righteousness of Christ put upon him is his justification, and that is the ground of his acceptance and welcome. The imparted righteousness of Christ put within him… Read More

Well indeed might the Apostle say, “Great is the mystery of godliness.” Here as in a mirror we see the wonderful love of Jesus, that he who is the Son of God, co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Holy Spirit, a sharer of the Father’s essence, of the Father’s glory, should stoop so low to lift us up so high; that he should condescend to unite to his glorious Person… Read More

…and he was reckoned among the transgressors. (Luke 22:37) —————————— …The words are a proper citation from Isaiah 53:12 which, as the whole prophecy belongs to the Messiah, was fulfilled in Jesus; who, though he was no transgressor, yet being in the likeness of sinful flesh, and dwelling among, and conversing with sinners, was traduced as one, and was joined with Barabbas, a murderer, a thief, and a robber, and put up… Read More

“And the Scripture was fulfilled, which saith, and he was numbered with the transgressors.” (Mark 15:28) He was no transgressor of the law of God Himself, but was perfectly conformable to it in His holy nature, harmless conversation, and complete obedience: He knew no sin, nor committed any in thought, word, or deed, nor could any be found in Him by men or devils; and yet He was traduced as a sinner,… Read More

“And the Scripture was fulfilled, which saith, and he was numbered with the transgressors.” (Mark 15:28) —————————— He was no transgressor of the law of God himself, but was perfectly conformable to it in his holy nature, harmless conversation, and complete obedience: he knew no sin, nor committed any in thought, word, or deed, nor could any be found in him by men or devils; and yet he was traduced as a… Read More

To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:19) —————————— This was what he resolved upon from all eternity, that inasmuch as Christ was become the surety and substitute of his people, he would not impute their sins to them, or look for satisfaction for them from them; but would reckon… Read More

To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:19) This was what he resolved upon from all eternity, that inasmuch as Christ was become the surety and substitute of his people, he would not impute their sins to them, or look for satisfaction for them from them; but would reckon and… Read More

Dear Mr. Editor, When a church after due consideration has decided upon the use of a harmonium or organ to assist in the singing, and a minister, being invited to supply, finds such an instrument in the chapel, has he any kind of right to interfere with a deacon in the matter, even if it does not accord with his own views and opinions? Again, is it kind, wise, courteous, justifiable, and… Read More

Standing at the cross of our adorable Lord, we see the law thoroughly fulfilled, its curse fully endured, its penalties wholly removed, sin eternally put away, the justice of God amply satisfied, all His perfections gloriously harmonized, His holy will perfectly obeyed, reconciliation completely effected, redemption graciously accomplished, and the church everlastingly saved! At the cross we see sin in its blackest colors, and holiness in its fairest beauties. At the cross… Read More

Preached at Gadsby’s Yard, London, 1842 – By John Kershaw —————————————————- “Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.” (Psalm 50:15) Man that is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. (Job 14:1) Trouble is the legitimate offspring of sin. The psalmist David speaks in this wise: “The wicked are not troubled like other men.” Who are these other… Read More

Preached at Zoar Chapel, Great Alie Street, London, 1853 – By John Kershaw —————————————— “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.” (Ephesians 1:3) Beloved, many of you will recollect that we had these words under consideration last Thursday evening. We endeavoured to prove, in the first place, from the Word of God and Christian experience,… Read More

…and he was reckoned among the transgressors. (Luke 22:37) …The words are a proper citation from Isaiah 53:12 which, as the whole prophecy belongs to the Messiah, was fulfilled in Jesus; who, though he was no transgressor, yet being in the likeness of sinful flesh, and dwelling among, and conversing with sinners, was traduced as one, and was joined with Barabbas, a murderer, a thief, and a robber, and put up with… Read More

“Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?” (Psalm 139:21) Ah, the spirit of the age is a deadly spirit. A man may now almost profess anything so long as he is sincere; and so long as his conduct is moderately straight, nothing must be said, nothing. O may we care for God’s honour more than for anything… Read More

Mark 4:3 Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: Mark 4:4 And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. Mark 4:5 And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: Mark 4:6 But when the sun was up,… Read More

“Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” (John 14:17) The world — that is, the world dead in sin, and the world dead in profession — men destitute of the life and power of God — must have something that it can see. And, as heavenly things… Read More

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9) What? Will He forgive us all sins? Every sin that we have committed? Is not every lustful desire sin? And is not every proud thought sin? And is not every wicked imagination sin? And is not every unkind suspicion sin? Every act of unbelief sin? And every… Read More

Labour unions exist in the workplace because it is the labour unions which are trying to get better working conditions or a better salary for the employees for the company. That is called collective bargaining. But the problem for the believer, if they become a member of the labour union is when the labour union finally decides that they cannot come to an agreement with the company and they decide to strike…. Read More

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.” (Ephesians 1:3) Beloved, many of you will recollect that we had these words under consideration last Thursday evening. We endeavoured to prove, in the first place, from the Word of God and Christian experience, that we shall never find anything in ourselves but sin and weakness, unworthiness and… Read More

Our Lord Jesus has given us freedom to come into the presence of God! Freedom as Priests of God to offer sacrifices of praise, thanksgiving, and worship. Freedom from fear of judgment or death. Do not allow anyone to entangle you with a system of works, duties, or deed in order to obtain favor with God. 1. God will not accept us because we do anything! We are “accepted in the beloved.”… Read More

The mere knowledge of facts about the Bible, and even about the per-son and work of Christ, will not save us unless that knowledge leads us to really and truly trust our souls in the blessed Redeemer’s hands. Faith must act in this fashion: ― I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that He came to save sinners; and therefore, as a sinner, I rest myself on Him. I… Read More

I know my sins, but I rejoice in His grace. I know my weakness, but I rest in His strength. I know my emptiness, but I am complete in Him. O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, all because we do not cast our sins, our souls, on Christ and leave them there! By Henry Mahan

A local church is a body of brothers and sisters in Christ. We are one family. One life is ours, one love is ours, and one objective (to know more of and to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and to be found in His righteousness) is ours. This is the comfort and strength of all, that we are all one with Christ in God’s sight. We cannot properly minister the Gospel of… Read More

I have said, “Only before an almighty, sovereign Lord will a person sincerely bow down and worship; only by the will and work of an almighty sovereign Lord can a person be assured of an eternal salvation; and only in the care of a loving, sovereign Father will a person find comfort in the trials of life.” For the least things in our lives are ruled and ordered by our Lord as… Read More

“For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.” (Psalm 38:18) Let not these words stagger the faith of the believer in considering them as spoken by Christ. As the sinner’s Surety, He was truly made sin for His people, so the Scripture declares, yea, also a curse for them. Hence, in the eye of the law, Christ and His seed are one (Galatians 3:13; II Corinthians 5:21)…. Read More

I wonder, if when we preach to others or witness, does the love of God come through? I wonder if when we write of the glorious doctrines of God’s grace, does the love, compassion, and heart of God show forth, or harshness, vengeance, and judgment? I wonder, if in our preaching and witnessing, do those to whom we witness detect not only a belief in what we are saying, but a love… Read More

We see so little true commitment, so much indifference, and so few dedicated people in today’s religious world that we may be prone to accept this attitude as normal. But it is not so! David wrote in Psalm 147:18, “He sendeth out His word and MELTETH THEM.” Paul wrote in Romans 8:6, “To be carnally minded is death; but to be SPIRITUALLY MINDED is life and peace.” If God is pleased to… Read More

Have you ever slipped on ice? Before you hit the ground, you know you are in for a painful fall, and there is not one thing you can do to prevent it. Have you ever felt like you slipped and fell into sin? It happens so quickly, and you could feel yourself falling? David said, “When I said, my foot slippeth: thy mercy O Lord, held me up” (Psalm 94:18). What a… Read More

Have you ever slipped on ice? Before you hit the ground, you know you are in for a painful fall, and there is not one thing you can do to prevent it. Have you ever felt like you slipped and fell into sin? It happens so quickly, and you could feel yourself falling? David said, “When I said, my foot slippeth: thy mercy O Lord, held me up” (Psalm 94:18). What a… Read More

“Forget injustices and neglect, but never forget a kindness, nor an act of love.” I saw this on a wall. The author, whoever he may be, touched my heart and caused me to pray, “Lord, oh help me to do just that!” Help me to actually, absolutely blot out of my mind all unpleasantries, every bad disagreement, and remember only the good times, the kind words, and the acts of love. Let… Read More

Alas, how very little real Christianity there is in the world today! Christianity consists in being conformed unto the image of God’s Son “Looking unto Jesus” constantly, trustfully, submissively, lovingly, the heart occupied with the example which Christ has left me, just just in proportion as I am living upon Him and drawing from His fullness, am I realizing the ideal He has set before me. In Him is the power, from… Read More

“And this is everlasting life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.” (John 17:3) “There is only one God. He is The God who made the world and all things in it, this One being the Lord of Heaven and of earth.” (Acts 17:24) “He has done all that He has pleased.” (Psalm 115:3) God has revealed Himself in His Word, the only… Read More

True humility in its greatest demonstration was evidenced by the subordination of God the Son in his offices to God the Father for the purpose of redemption. When He “thought it not robbery to be equal with God,” He willingly set aside the glory He had with his Father, but He did not cease to be God. When He “made himself of no reputation, and took on him the form of a… Read More

If divorce is a devastating problem for God’s church, remarriage is as great! Divorce is an evil because of the sin it often leads to: remarriage, while one’s original spouse still lives. With God’s people of old, “with overwhelming grief I weep,” because of this violation of God’s law. Has it come to such as pass, however, that divorce and remarriage are not considered evils? Is it so, that God’s people have… Read More

“What Elect Sinners Must Believe” When I was in false religion, I always assumed it was God’s intention or purpose to save all men and women without exception. I was wrongly taught that Christ came, lived, died, and rose again in order for God to save those who “would open their heart’s door”, allowing Him to take up residence in their hearts. Little did I know that such teaching only opened the… Read More

“…he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many.” (Isaiah 53:12) —————————— The scriptures teach Christ was God’s satisfaction. They teach He was the elect sinner’s substitute. No matter how one looks at it, that’s a mystery. Consider the two phrases in our text. First, “he was numbered with the transgressors”. It appears in Mark 15:28 and Luke 22:37. Numbered is translated reckoned in the Luke passage. Strong’s… Read More

THE decree of election stands upon an unchangeable foundation, to wit, that rock of ages, “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8) As the first Adam was the foundation stone in the decree of creation, so the last Adam, even Jesus, is the foundation stone in the decree of election. God hath blessed us in Him, yea, and we shall be blessed; He hath chosen us in Him;… Read More

“God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.” (Psalm 118:27) It is very sweet and blessed to trace in the Old Testament believers the same experience which God the Holy Spirit works in the hearts and consciences of the believers now; and I believe there is not one gracious feeling, whether it be in the depth of spiritual distress,… Read More

“Proclaiming the Glory of God” Have you ever really thought about God’s glory? Based on biblical truth, could you define the glory of God? Tragically, most people in modern religion have little concern for God’s glory, and, therefore, have absolutely no understanding of it either. If you are ignorant of God’s glory, I can assure you, based on God’s Word, that YOU DO NOT AT THIS PRESENT TIME KNOW GOD SAVINGLY. “For… Read More

“Be anxious for nothing.” (Philippians 4:6) Wrrying is as definitely forbidden as theft. This needs to be carefully pondered and definitely realized by us, so that we do not excuse it as an innocent “infirmity.” The more we are convicted of the sinfulness of anxiety, the sooner are we likely to perceive that it is most dishonoring to God, and “strive against” it (Hebrews 12:4). But how are we to “strive against”… Read More

If thou wouldest more fully express thyself before the Lord, study thy filthy estate. God’s promises, the heart of Christ, which thou mayest know by His blood-shedding, by the mercy He has extended to great sinners formerly, and plead thine own vileness by way of bemoaning; Christ’s blood, by way of expostulation; and in thy prayers, let the mercy He hath extended to other great sinners, together with His rich promises of… Read More

“If the Son makes you free, ye shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36) ——————– Much we talk of freedom in our day; much is our mind perplexed about it; but how little is said, and how little we think of the freedom in the text. Freedom in this life concerning temporal matters will benefit us little compared with the freedom which the Son of God gives to his children. The former endureth… Read More

“And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:8) Not only is the life and death of our Lord Jesus Christ a standing rebuke to every form of pride to which we are liable as sinners, but, it is also the only remedy! It took nothing more or less than the Lord Jesus Christ humbling Himself and… Read More

The hardness of men’s hearts, unbelief, and rebellion are no obstacle for God – “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible,” Matthew 19:26. Yet, we must not falsely assume from this that God can or will do anything to save sinners. Yes, He is sovereign, but the Bible teaches us that there are seven things that it is impossible for God to do. 1. God cannot lie… Read More

Lord, make me deaf and dumb and blind; To all ‘those things which are behind’: Deaf to the voice that memory brings, Accusing me of many things, Dumb to the things my tongue could speak, Reminding me when I was weak; Blind to the things I still might see, When they come back to trouble me; Let me press on to Thy high calling In Christ, Who keepeth me from falling Forgetting… Read More

In these days of boasted liberality, it may appear critical and contentious to oppose with zeal the errors of men who have acquired a name in the Christian world. The mantle of charity, it will be said, ought to be thrown over mistakes that have resulted from a free and impartial investigation of truth, and if not wholly overlooked, they should be noticed only with a slight expression of disapproval. Such, however,… Read More

“I accept entirely all that has been decided and declared at the Council of Trent.” — Pope John XXIII (Vatican II, 1962) “… Having created man ‘male and female,’ the Lord also wants to place the New Eve beside the New Adam in the Redemption. … Mary, the New Eve, thus becomes a perfect icon of the Church … We can therefore turn to the Blessed Virgin, trustfully imploring her aid in… Read More

THE SIXTH SESSION: JUSTIFICATION Canon 4. If any one saith, that man’s free will moved and excited by God, by assenting to God exciting and calling, no-wise co-operates towards disposing and preparing itself for obtaining the grace of Justification; that it cannot refuse its consent, if it would, but that, as something inanimate, it does nothing whatever and is merely passive; let him be anathema. Canon 5. If any one saith, that,… Read More

Recently, I was confronted with the question; “whether membership in the Church of Christ was compatible with membership in the Masonic Lodge, Freemasonry?” I made a rather detailed study of what constitutes Freemasonry in order that I might come to a personal conviction in attempting to answer the above question. I would like to share with you what I found. Further, I ask of you to prayerfully consider my evaluation and judgment… Read More

Many today believe and teach the Arminian heresy of universal atonement. A universal atonement means that Christ must have died for Esau whom God hated (Romans 9:13); Judas, “the son of perdition” (John 17:12); and Antichrist, the “man of sin” (2 Thessalonians 2:3); as well as the whore, the false church (Revelation 17:1-2); those who commit the unpardonable sin (Matthew 12:32); and those who never hear the Word (Psalm 147:19-20) or are… Read More

Derek Dunn in the Ballymena Times (15 February, 2006) repeated the myth that God loves everybody. God loves the world, but in Scripture that rarely means the entire human race (John 7:4; 12:19; Acts 17:6; 1 Corinthians 11:32). In the Old Testament, God loved only the nation of Israel (Deuteronomy 7:7), but even then not every Israelite, because “they are not all Israel which are of Israel” (Romans 9:6). In the New… Read More

We are pleased with the communications of our esteemed brother Trott, on this all-important subject; and we do hope that our readers will faithfully examine all his numbers, comparing them with the infallible standard, the bible, with unbiased minds, open for the reception of truth. These numbers we are fully persuaded will bear examination; and certainly the importance of the subject should be a sufficient incentive to lead us to weigh them… Read More

Testimony of a Convert who married a returned missionary. I knew I wasn’t the only one. I was a convert to the LDS Church–actually ended up marrying the missionary who converted me. I began having doubts after my endowment in the temple before my wedding. I wavered for a few months, but the final straw was a discussion with my husband’s grandfather, during which he explained the idea of godhood. His statements… Read More

In Mel Gibson’s film “The Passion of The Christ,” a sinful man acts the part of the Lord Jesus as He suffers the terrible wrath of God on behalf of His elect church. Jesus Christ is both God and man. God is spirit and so cannot be portrayed, and (by God’s will) no one knows what Christ looks like. Moreover, Christ’s human nature was joined to and assumed by His divine Person…. Read More

(Some quotations are from the Jehovah Witnesses’ [JW] New World Translation [NWT]) 1. In John 20:28, Thomas refers to Jesus (in Greek) as ho kurios moi kai ho theos moi. This translates literally as “the Lord of me and the God of me.” Why does Jesus in John 20:29 affirm Thomas for having come to this realization (“thou hast believed”)? If Jesus really wasn’t the Lord and the God of Thomas, why… Read More