Family and Heavenly Councils

01 May

Psalm 75:6-7; “For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. 7 But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.”

Today we’re looking at the Sovereignty of God!

As a Mormon I had never heard of such a thing, and always believed I was in heaven with God and everyone else before the world was created. This for me, was one of the most shocking discoveries when I left Mormonism.

mormon-council-heavenThis is why we’re looking at Mr. Ballard’s talk. All the claims he made here are lies.

General Conference, ‘Family Councils,’ Saturday Afternoon Session, April 2, 2016; “Family councils have always been needed. They are, in fact, eternal. We belonged to a family council in the premortal existence, when we lived with our heavenly parents as their spirit children. …

Not true. The Bible tells us numerous times there is no pre-existence. Here are two biblical contradictions to Smith’s theory.

1 Corinthians 15:45-47; “And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.”

Zechariah 12:1; “The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.”

Furthermore, God doesn’t ‘need’ anything.

Please remember that family councils are different from family home evening held on Mondays. Home evenings focus primarily on gospel instruction and family activities. Family councils, on the other hand, can be held on any day of the week, and they are primarily a meeting at which parents listen—to each other and to their children. …

In other words, this is yet another duty added to the already pregnant list of ‘must-dos’.

‘Everyone can adapt a family council to take advantage of this divine pattern established by our loving Heavenly Father. …’

Where in the Bible does it say this?

A family council that is patterned after the councils in heaven, filled with Christlike love, and guided by the Lord’s Spirit will help us to protect our family from distractions that can steal our precious time together and protect us from the evils of the world. ” – M. Russell Ballard

Not true.

In fact, the Bible specifically tells us God has no councilors. God is Sovereign, self-existent.

While having family meetings is always admirable, don’t think this is what happened in heaven, because the only One in Heaven was God.

Here’s what the Lord tells us about the way He alone created the earth.

Please, be sure to share this with the Mormon in your life and ask him/her for their opinion about it! This will give them something to think about. Remember too, this is a huge deal in Mormonism so be sure to have patience, and exhibit a lot of love and understanding!

Isaiah 44:24, 45:18; “Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself”. 45:18 “For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.”

Nehemiah 9:6 “Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and allthings that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.”

Romans 8:38-39; “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

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