Philippians 3:7-10; “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, 9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: 10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.”
Yesterday we looked at three of the talks given at General Conference this past weekend, and today we’re taking a look at three others. Oh, how I wish people in this church would open their hearts to the real Jesus of the Bible and here’s why…
That I May Know Him…
Mormonism doesn’t just break the ties of family members, but they try to subvert any relationship between our sweet Jesus, and mankind as well. For those who aren’t aware, leaving the Church has a high price to pay, and what they do to families is like a train wreck waiting to happen. It’s certainly a hard row to hoe in the beginning, but our Lord always provides by sending mature Christians into our lives, and comfort through His word.
Praise Jesus, the joy of knowing Him far outweighs the heavy price of what’s lost! Like Paul, I came from a well-to-do, well-connected family, with virtually hundreds of relatives. It was hard in the beginning stages and some days it still is. That aside, however, many ex-Mormons like myself cling to the cross and the words of Paul.
Pray those who know they should leave Mormonism will gather the courage to do so, and lean on Jesus for their strength!
Moving forward…here are the summaries of three other talks given at this General Conference. We’re praying they open their eyes to the deception that was poured forth as God’s own truth!
Leaders of the Church don’t take the Lord seriously, and proof is seen in the title of Mr. Holland’s talk that resembled a rewrite of the Broadway production, ‘Annie’… The following is our synopsis of talks #4-6 –
4 – ‘Eternal Families’ = Everything
General Conference, ‘Eternal Families,’ Saturday Evening, April 2, 2016; “…everything we do should have celestial marriage as its focus and purpose…” – Henry B. Eyring
Hebrews 12:2; “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
According to the Bible verse above, there are other things that outweigh what Mr. Eyring is trying to sell here. Furthermore, we must consider what Jesus told us in Matthew about the greatest commandment. Mr. Eyring’s message is a ruse to point members away from God, instead of directly to Him.
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.”
5 – ‘In Praise of Those Who Save’
General Conference, ‘In Praise of Those Who Save,’ Saturday Evening, April 2, 2016; “ … Pride may be a common human failing. But it is not part of our spiritual heritage…” – Dieter Uchtdorf
Why then, is it so common?
1 Corinthians 8:2; “And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.”
If you look at any person’s life in the Bible who had problems, you’ll see that pride was always at the heart of the issue. In fact, this goes for everyone’s life, not just the examples in the Bible. Pride is typically the culprit, and the end answer for most, if not all, sin. One of the reasons why is found in the book of Jeremiah –
Jeremiah 17:9; “ ¶ The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
Moreover, complicating matters even further, because Mormons believe they’re born perfect and don’t have a sin nature, the lies they’re fed are easy to swallow.
The words of Charles Spurgeon come to mind when I think upon the predicament Mormons have placed themselves in –
“As the salt flavors every drop in the Atlantic, so does sin affect every atom of our nature. It is so sadly there, so abundantly there, that if you cannot detect it, you are deceived.”
6 – ‘Tomorrow the Lord Will Do Wonders among You’
General Conference, ‘Tomorrow the Lord Will Do Wonders among You,’ Sunday Afternoon, April 2, 2016; “Only the adversary, the enemy of us all, would try to convince us that the ideals outlined in general conference are depressingly unrealistic, that people don’t really improve, that no one really progresses. … Don’t fall for that…and the great thing about the gospel is we get credit for trying, even if we don’t always succeed. …” – Jeffrey R. Holland
Galatians 4:16; “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?”
Isaiah 43:10-11; “Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. 11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.”
In answer to Paul’s question, yes, and so is our Lord. What Mr. Holland said is one of the most blatantly blasphemous things spoken by a member of the Church in a long time. Coming right out and saying what he did is the equivalent, and nothing short of Satan at your doorstep.
Furthermore, where in the Bible does it say we get credit for at least trying?
Jesus said if you don’t believe in Him, you’re lost and won’t be saved! What does it mean that we’ll get credit for trying?