First Presidency Message Calls for Obedience to a False Jesus

18 January

Matthew 22:36-40 “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

1st-presidency-message-january-2017-female-archer-target_1849915FIRST PRESIDENCY MESSAGE, ‘Aiming at the Center,’ January 2017

The focus of the Church’s latest First Presidency Message was to remind members they should love others using the passage in Matthew 22:36-40. We’re not concerned so much with the theme, as many Christian pastors will have the same type of sermons. Rather, our interest lies in Dieter Uchtdorf’s definition for ‘a child of God’.

Concern #1

Mr. Dieter Uchtdorf’s definition for ‘child of God’.

According to Mr. Uchtdorf, not to mention all of Mormonism, every person is a child of God. This one sentence should send alarm bells ringing in every Christian’s head! He also encouraged members to learn more about God because the more they do this, the more they realize ‘the infinite sacrifice of Jesus Christ is a divine gift of God’, and then they’ll look upon everyone as their ‘brother or sister’.

Truth:

The more a truly saved person lives everyday life in Christ, the more we realize just how blessed we are in having such an awesome God to worship. As the song goes, ‘the chains are gone’! The unending love God gives His children is just as that song says, ‘like a flood His mercy rains’ as we experience it day after day, year after year. As we mature in Him, the more His work in us becomes evident. Galatians 5:22-24

Christians also realize that not everyone is a ‘child of God’. This only takes place through a person’s adoption into the family of God, aka, body of Christ, Christianity. This doesn’t happen through blood – John 1:13 – nor is it through an imaginary ‘bic’ (‘born in the covenant’) system. The ‘covenant’ of Mormonism, is not the covenant God established with Abraham. As much as it still pains my heart, the Mormon covenant is the making of Joseph Smith, not Christ Jesus and Him crucified.

The edict our God gave to us in the two greatest commandments was for us as Christians to differentiate our focus of whom, or what is being worshipped. Is it people, our church, job, et al?

To my Mormon friends, you can never obey the second greatest commandment properly when you’re not obeying the first. They go hand in hand.

WHO IS YOUR GOD?

Is it the God of the Bible, or is it the god Joe Smith preached during, and after, his denouncement of the Biblical God?

 Concern #2

After establishing you’re worshiping the One and Only God of the Bible, then and only then, can you move onto obeying the second greatest commandment. You’ll know you’re worshiping the correct God when the second commandment comes naturally to your thinking.

Ask yourself, is there any animosity in my heart towards non-Mormons who consider themselves Christian?

The Apostle John gave us a simple test on how to know if you’re worshiping the correct God in his first epistle –

1 John 4:20-21 “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.”

As Jesus said, in this ‘hang all the Law and the prophets’.

Matthew 22:36-40 “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

 

If you adhere to the teachings in the Book of Mormon which stands on the premise Christians are the whores of Babylon, it’d be impossible to obey either of the commandments.

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