For Example-Part Three

Universal (Total) Apostasy

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints claims to believe in a universal or total apostasy. They believe that the Church of Jesus Christ was "lost from the earth in a universal apostasy following the death of the apostles in the primitive church." ("Mormonism" Is Both Christian and Biblical, Jon M. Taylor, Ph.D.)
There are several scriptures that Mr. Taylor used to back up his claim in the quote above. In Isaiah and Amos in the Bible, the scriptures are speaking about the house of David and the land of Israel, not the church of Christ. In Ephesians, the apostle Paul is talking with the body of believers (the church.) He talks how God's people and members of God's household was built (past tense) on apostles and prophets. "Was built" means that the work of building the household of God has been done. There is no need to "re-build." Finally, in Thessalonica the concern was about the second coming of Christ; we are not to worry about it as long as you are in Christ

1 comments:

Roberta April 25, 2009 at 10:54 AM  

I'm glad to know you originally intended to write as a healing process, to heal from your childhood wounds. We all have such wounds. But, it seems your focus has shifted in the last 18 months away from a healing process and rather as pouring salt into existing old, festering wounds that you will not let heal. I hope in time you will find peace and that peace will manifest itself through you by your extending His love to EVERYONE around you, even those who worship differently from you.

It would be nice to read how your change in religions has increased your capacity to love and understand others. It would be nice to read how you found a faith that has drawn you closer to God and greater in love so that others would likewise seek Him, rather than spend time in the minutia of details to relay your disgust and hatred.

Relay the joy and beauty of your faith and leave others to worship God as they wish. When you relay joy and beauty, then you are truly educating others. This is what people are really seeking.

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Please start with the month of February 2007 and read backwards. This is the most effective way to understand, in order, why I say what I do.

Handmaidens Creed

1.I believe in God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit as one God without beginning or end.
2.I believe the Bible to be the Holy Inspired word of God with full truth and righteousness. No other writing is.
3.I believe that the work of the Lord comes first. Before any temporal thing or person.
4.I believe that grace is a gift and Christ gives that gift freely to all who believe.
5.I believe that the beauty of a woman is contained inside of her and not by what she looks like on the outside.
6.I believe that marriage is sacred and represents the Godhead on earth; two are one just as three are one.
7.I believe that love is more powerful than any other power. Remember, God is love.
8.I believe that tithing is not a part of God's new covenant, free will offerings are. And that doesn't mean just money.
9.I believe that the Aaronic, Levitical, and Melchizedek priesthoods are abolished and Christs Holy Priesthood whom Christ is the "Great High Priest" is eternal.
10.I believe that every believer is a priest in the "Priesthood of Believers".
11.I believe that when two are one, nobody is to separate the one.
12.I believe that Christ is the only way to heaven.
13.I believe that our bodies are temples, not man made buildings.
14.I believe that liars make fools out of others and the liar hates the fool.
15.I believe that all believers are in authority to preach the gospel.
16.I believe that the word 'organization' to describe Christs body is evil and has no place with God.
17.I believe the Americas are not the land of Zion and Christ will return to His origonal land-Israel in the Middle East.
18.I believe that God has set out correct ways of worshiping Him, not man.
19.I believe in holding to the truths of the Bible and not mans understanding of it.
20.I believe that the world is full of evil and Satan can easily gain control over the minds of those who do not profess Christ of the Bible to be their only Messiah.
21.I believe that Saints are those who know the real Savior, Jesus Christ, of whom the Bible speaks of; not the jesus of a cult.