2 Chronicles 7:14; “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
I learned years ago the God of the Bible answers prayers. I first learned this while sitting in a prayer meeting a pastor of mine used to hold on Thursday nights at 7:14 p.m. He based it on 2 Chronicles 7:14, and gave examples of how God had answered not only prayers for the salvation of his loved ones, but prayers of others in the congregation as well.
It was at that time I began applying the same scripture to this ministry.
As the scripture above shows, the Lord said if His children would only pray, He would listen to their petitions and forgive them. People the world over are seeing the results of those prayers in the way countless people are leaving Mormonism today. At each and every Mormon General Conference lately we see how the leaders are petitioning their members not to leave, which tells us it has to be bad if they’re publicly stating these things! PTL!!!
Today and tomorrow we’re listing a few of the talk summaries the Church delivered this past weekend. As you’ll see, their teachings are anything but biblical, and their focus is more on trying to save the Church, and not on salvation in the One True God of the Bible.
1.‘A Choice Seer Will I Raise Up’
General Conference, ‘A Choice Seer Will I Raise Up,’ Saturday Morning Session, October 1, 2016; “We need not be timid about testifying of Joseph’s mission as prophet…
To any who may be questioning their testimony of Joseph Smith or are struggling with erroneous, misleading, or superficial information about his life and ministry, I invite you to consider the fruits— …Because Joseph was a prophet, we have witness upon witness, testimony upon testimony, that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and Savior of the world. … The priesthood and authority of God are again on the earth. May we fearlessly declare our witness and our gratitude for this wonderful prophet, seer, and revelator of the Lord is my prayer.” – Craig Christensen
Hebrews 1:1-2; “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds.”
Mr. Christensen’s talk provided no biblical truths about our Lord, or what He did in life. It was zeroed in on one subject; Joseph Smith. What caught our attention was when he said countless people have testified to Smith’s validity as a prophet. It reminded us of what Jesus said –
Matthew 7:22-23; “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
Join us in prayer so the Mormon people won’t hear those ominous words!
The other problem with his statement is found in the claim that the priesthood and authority are now available on earth.
- The Priesthood is with Jesus only, and since it’s non-transferrable, there it will stay. Hebrews 7:24-28
- God’s authority is with each believer. We all have permission, and a commandment, from Jesus to go out and spread the Good News! Matthew 28:18-20
2.’The Soul’s Sincere Desire’
General Conference, ‘The Soul’s Sincere Desire,’ Saturday Morning Session, October 1, 2016; “…precious peace are among the answers that come when we offer up our soul’s sincere desire in faith …We pray to our Father in the name of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Ghost, thus engaging all three members of the Godhead in our utterances. … We pray to our Heavenly Father and Him only because He is “God in heaven… … We pray in the name of Jesus Christ because our salvation is in Christ. … He is our Advocate with the Father, and He does plead our cause… … We pray by the power of the Holy Ghost because “he that asketh in the Spirit asketh according to the will of God” When we pray with faith, the Holy Ghost can guide our thoughts so that our words harmonize with the will of God.” – Carol F. McConkie
First of all, as Christians, we should be praying to Jesus Christ. Yes, we can and should also pray to the Father, but not praying to Jesus indicates we don’t know Him, nor do we acknowledge Him by those behaviors.
Secondly, the Mormon Holy Ghost isn’t God, nor is he omnipresent. How could he direct the thoughts of Ms. McConkie, and you simultaneously?
My heart is grieving over the sad statements of Mrs. McConkie. I feel horrible for the life she must live not knowing the true Jesus, nor having God’s Holy Spirit inside of her as a daily assurance and companion. I remember all too well how lonely of an existence that was, and I’m praying she’ll come to have a saving knowledge of this Jesus I know!
Lastly, in all the years I’ve been a Christian, I’ve never heard a pastor say if you pray sincerely… It’s only logical if one were to stop and pray it’d be done in a respectful manner.
The phrase ‘with a sincere heart’, or ‘a sincere desire’ is used repeatedly in Mormonism because it’s a fail proof method of their attempt at proving you did this incorrectly. If you tell them you prayed about the BoM, and didn’t receive the witness they said you should have, they’ll tell you that you weren’t being sincere. This is purely a subjective method because who can measure the sincerity of someone’s intent?
3.‘Principles and Promises’
General Conference, ‘Principles and Promises,’ General Priesthood Session, Saturday Afternoon, October 1, 2016; “In 1833 the Lord revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith a plan for healthy living. That plan is found in the 89th section of the Doctrine and Covenants and is known as the Word of Wisdom. It gives specific direction regarding the food we eat, and it prohibits the use of substances which are harmful to our bodies.
Those who are obedient to the Lord’s commandments and who faithfully observe the Word of Wisdom are promised particular blessings, among which are good health and added physical stamina [see D&C 89:18–20]. …
… May we care for our bodies and our minds by observing the principles set forth in the Word of Wisdom, a divinely provided plan. With all my heart and soul, I testify of the glorious blessings which await us as we do.”
On this particular summary we just have a few questions –
1.What about those who die young from a disease and they were following the WoW?
2.Why doesn’t the Church fully disclose how Joe Smith came about receiving this so-called revelation? It certainly wasn’t about living a healthy lifestyle. Smith smoked pipes, and drank openly. Many times it was recorded they’d have to pull him out of a ditch because he passed out.
The truth of this revelation stems from Emma getting fed up with having to clean up the spit off the floor whenever he and others would meet in the home. Someone suggested he get a revelation about that and one about Emma’s tea drinking habit. The very next day it was done.
Please, pray for those who listened to these General Conference sessions! Pray that the Lord would spark a question or two in their thoughts about the things they were taught!