LDS Reminds Teachers to Invite Holy Ghost to Class

28 January

1 Corinthians 3:16; “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”

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Today we have a question about an instruction listed in an LDS teaching manual.

We’re also praying diligently all Mormons will come to know they can find the truth by opening their bibles. By doing so, they’ll see how the Jesus of the Bible can’t be the Jesus of Mormonism, and that obviously goes for God’s Holy Spirit as well!

The following instruction was part of the teacher’s manual for their Gospel Teaching seminary classes.

Invite the Holy Ghost at the beginning of class. Often a well-prepared, student-led devotional that includes a prayer, the singing of a hymn, and a thought from the scriptures invites the Spirit, unites the students, and prepares their minds and hearts for spiritual learning.”

Question:

Why would you need to invite the Holy Ghost to your classroom if he’s already living inside of you as a believer?

In addition to 1 Corinthians 3:16, you can find this biblical doctrine in numerous other verses. See 1 Corinthians 6:19, & John 14:17.

While it’s customary for any Christian meeting to begin with prayer asking the Lord to be present and guide the activities, we want to point out this is not what’s taking place here.

The LDS Church teaches that God’s Holy Spirit (the Holy Ghost) isn’t omnipresent, nor is he God.

When Mormons pray for their holy ghost to be present it’s because they don’t believe he’s already there, whereas, in a Christian setting it’s just the opposite. Christians open a service asking God to be present out of respect for Him while knowing He’s indwelling each believer present.

The conclusion of this should be pretty obvious for true believers. If you’re asking any spirit into your presence, the Lord God of the Bible won’t answer that request, therefore, it must be a false spirit in your presence.

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