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Monthly Archives: February 2008

We reject common grace on the basis of the Word of God. Common grace teaches that God loves the reprobate, but the Scriptures proclaim that “the Lord abhorreth” “the covetous” (Psalm 10:4). The Psalmist declares of God: “thou hatest all workers of iniquity” (Psalm 5:5). God does not hate the sin but love the sinner! Moreover, “the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth” (Psalm 11:5). Here is the intensity… Read More

Reprobate Cain was a child “of the devil” (1 John 3:10), who “slew his brother” because his “works were evil” (1 John 3:12). Thus Cain was an “abomination to the Lord” (Proverbs 3:32; Proverbs 11:20; Proverbs 16:5), as was everything about him: his “hands” (Proverbs 6:16-17), his “lying lips” (Proverbs 12:22), his “thoughts” (Proverbs 15:26), his “sacrifice” and his “way” (Proverbs 15:8-9). God spoke with Cain (Genesis 4:6-7, Genesis 4:9-15) — a… Read More

God’s “tender mercies are over all his works,” according to Psalm 145:9. Advocates of “common grace” reckon that “all [God’s] works” here refer to everybody head for head, including the reprobate. But immediately the next verse declares, “All thy works shall praise thee” (Psalm 10a). The reprobate do not praise God, and so they cannot be the objects of God’s “tender mercies” (Verse 9). According to Hebrew parallelism, “thy saints shall bless… Read More

The terms “legalism” and “antinomianism” are much bandied about in so-called “Reformed” or “Sovereign Grace” churches today. Accusations of legalism or antinomianism are hurled back and forth between churches who claim to believe the doctrines of grace, and in many instances they are cause for church splits and disfellowship between churches. As those who have read articles by the present writer know, this article will not be a plea for all these… Read More

“We have often been asked during the past months why we did not proceed with all haste to produce a translation of the papyri the moment they came into our possession. Well, for one thing others are far better equipped to do the job than we are, and some of those early expressed a willingness to undertake it. But, more important, it is doubtful whether any translation could do as much good… Read More

“One life-long defender of Joseph Smith [Ferguson] made his own independent investigation of Joseph’s ability as a translator of Egyptian records, utilizing recognized Egyptologists without telling them a word about the issues that were at stake. Their verdict agreed with the findings of Mr. Nelson and Dr. Baer. Consequently, he came to reject the Book of Abraham and the claims put forth by Joseph Smith as a translator of ancient languages.” (Wesley… Read More

“And he [Joseph Smith, Jr.] has a gift to translate the book [of Mormon], and I have commanded him that he shall pretend to no other gift, for I will grant him no other gift.” (Book of Commandments – Chapter 10) This was then changed to…. “And you have a gift to translate the plates; and this is the first gift that I bestowed upon you; and I have commanded that you… Read More

“In more recent times the half-dozen leading Egyptologists who have been asked to examine the facsimiles agree that they were ordinary funeral documents such as can be found on thousands of Egyptian graves.” (No Man Knows My History: The Life of Joseph Smith – Fawn Brodie – Page 175) “It is difficult to deal seriously with Joseph Smith’s impudent fraud…. Smith has turned the Goddess [in Facsimile No. 1] into a king… Read More

“The revelations in the Book of Commandments up to June, 1829, were given through the ‘stone,’ through which the Book of Mormon was translated.” (David Whitmer – one of the Three Witnesses to the Book of Mormon – An Address to All Believers in Christ – 1887 – Page 53) “[The] revelations … were printed in the Book of Commandments correctly… just exactly as they were arranged by Brother Joseph and the… Read More

Jedediah M. Grant wrote: “When Peter came to Antioch,” says Paul, “I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed,” & c. Paul does not gain much credit with the Mormons for taking this course. We know he had no right to rebuke Peter; but some man said he was like Almon Babbit, he wanted to boast of rebuking Peter. He thought it was a feather in his cap… Read More

The following animals did not exist in the americas at the time that the book of mormon claims they were. 1) Cow 2) Domestic Goat 3) Calf 4) Horse 5) Ass 6) Bull 7) Cattle “The terms cattle, horses, sheep and so on are mentioned at several points in the Nephite record. And it is dismaying to some who wish to be dismayed, I believe and a few others who (honestly) wish… Read More

“After the Book was published, I frequently bantered him [Martin Harris] for a copy. He asked fourteen shillings a piece for them; I told them I would not give so much; he told me [they] had had a revelation that they must be sold at that price. Sometime afterwards I talked with Martin Harris about buying one of the Books and he told me they had had a new revelation, that they… Read More

“A man can go with his wives to be a god in his own right. No man can become a god unless he has more wives than one.” (Warren Jeffs, F.L.D.S. prophet, in the Los Angeles Times, “Flora’s War,” August 1st, 2004, page 16) “… on Sunday, 25 November 1990, I was taken into the most exquisite of environments. I was surrounded with sweet light on all sides, with the capacity to… Read More

Among the evil tendencies of our age that are destructive to the church of Christ and subversive of sound doctrine, I consider the rapidly growing practice of hawking Jesus and the spiritual blessings of salvation one of the most sinister. Salvation-hucksters, pretending to be profoundly concerned with the salvation of sinners, traverse our land, know how to draw the masses in gigantic evangelistic or revival meetings by their emotional preaching, frequently of… Read More

“I am a companion of all that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts.” (Psalm 119:63) In the above verse we have a description of God’s people according to the course of their lives and conduct. They are a people marked by two things: fear and submission, the latter being the fruit of the former. Regenerated souls obey God conscientiously out of reverence to His majesty and goodness, and from… Read More

In our last number we promised to notice the request of brother Burson, who desired our views on the subject of the absolute predestination of all things. We have frequently given our views on this subject, and still feel willing to give such views as we have on this and all other scriptural subjects. Although it is common for all wise men to lay out their plans and predetermine, or predestinate what… Read More

“And also those to whom these commandments were given, might have power to lay the foundation of this church, and to bring it forth out of obscurity and out of darkness, the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth…” (Doctrine and Covenants: Section 1 – Verse 30) “My object in going to inquire of the Lord was to know which of all the sects was right, that… Read More

“I sometimes say to my brethren, ‘I have been your dictator for twenty-seven years-over a quarter of a century I have dictated this people; that ought to be some evidence that my course is onward and upward.’” (Brigham Young – Journal of Discourses – Verse 14 – Page 205- August 13th, 1871) ————————————————————- “As formerly, I present myself before you this morning in the capacity Providence has lead me to occupy, acknowledged… Read More

A Study on James 2:14-26 James 2:14 My brothers, what [is] the gain if anyone says he has faith, but he does not have works? Is the faith able to save him? James 2:15 But if a brother or a sister is naked and may be lacking in daily food, James 2:16 and any one of you say to them, Go in peace, be warmed and filled, but does not give them… Read More

It is no secret that many false and vain and foolish things are being taught in the sectarian world even among us about our need to gain a special relationship with the Lord Jesus. . . . In an attempt to be truer than true [Christians] devote themselves to gaining a special, personal relationship with Christ that is both improper and perilous. . . . Another peril is that those involved begin… Read More

“The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.” (Proverbs 8:13) “Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.” (Proverbs 16:5) Of all sins pride seems most deeply imbedded in the very heart of man. Unbelief, sensuality, covetousness, rebellion, presumption, contempt of God’s… Read More

“For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light.” (Ephesians 5:8) This light of life, if we have it, will be shown in those checks and convictions telling us of things that are wrong and lame. These are the convictions of the Spirit, that we may not pass over those evils, but bear them in mind and confess them; so that not even… Read More

My husband and I are LDS but hope to be officially informed soon that we have been removed from the rolls. A brief background: Although we had a lot of reservations about the factuality of what we were being taught when we were investigating the church last year, we were urged by the missionaries and our best friends – also Mormon – to just go on our feelings. We liked a lot… Read More

A Sixth Generation Latter-day Saint, an Unfulfilled Hunger for Jesus Led Her to Question the Faith In Which She Was Raised. My name is Patricia Bunnell. I was born and raised in Provo, Utah. I was a 6th generation Mormon. When I was 21 I was called to go on a mission to Hong Kong, but developed some health problems in the Missionary Training Center and was released to recover. I never… Read More

“So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: it is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power.” (1 Corinthians 15:42-43) This chapter clearly shows the resurrection of the dead, and arguments are brought forward to prove it which are of the greatest force. Paul brings forward the objections that an unbelieving… Read More

A warning given by J.K. Popham in a sermon in 1900 on the wise and foolish virgins. ———————————– “They all slumbered and slept.” Ah, there is much in that word of Solomon; the sluggard calls for a little more sleep and a little more slumber, a little more folding the hands to sleep (Proverbs 6:9-10). And what follows? So his poverty cometh like an armed man, as one that travelleth (Proverbs 6:11)…. Read More

“Brigham Young said if you went to Heaven and saw God it would be Adam and Eve. I don’t know what he meant by that.” Pointing to a grim-faced portrait of the Lion of the Lord, as Young was called, Hinckley said, “There he is, right there. I’m not going to worry about what he said about those things.” I asked whether Mormon theology was a form of polytheism. “I don’t have… Read More