Mormon Dilemma 121

16 December

Who Do You Follow?

Journal of Discourses 7:284; “It was the occupation of Jesus Christ and his Apostles to propagate the Gospel of salvation and the principles of eternal life to the world, and it is our duty and calling, as ministers of the same salvation and Gospel, to gather every item of truth and reject every error. Whether a truth be found with professed infidels, or with the Universalists, or the Church of Rome, or the Methodists, the Church of England, the Presbyterians, the Baptists, the Quakers, the Shakers, or any other of the various and numerous different sects and parties, all of whom have more or less truth, it is the business of the Elders of this Church (Jesus, their elder brother, being at their head,) to gather up all the truths in the world pertaining to life and salvation, to the Gospel we preach, to mechanism of every kind, to the sciences, and to philosophy, wherever it may be found in every nation, kindred, tongue, and people, and bring it to Zion.” – Brigham Young, October 9, 1859, Salt Lake City

John 14:6; “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

When I trust in the arm of the flesh then I am a sad person indeed.  The Methodists, Pentecostals, Lutherans, Calvary Chapels, Baptists or Wesleyan churches don’t hold sole propriety to declaring they are the only way.  There’s only One that holds that title and there are no openings. 

I got saved in a small community church and my husband got saved in that same church a few years later.  Our kids got saved in other churches and I am as convinced today as I was the day I left Mormonism that Jesus is the only way to salvation. The buildings we were in had nothing to do with what God did for us.

In Jesus’ high priestly prayer He said; “And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth” (John 17:19).  He alone sanctifies and saves.  As Oswald Chambers once said;

Once you are rooted in reality, nothing can shake you. If your faith is in experiences, anything that happens is likely to upset that faith. But nothing can ever change God or the reality of redemption. Base your faith on that, and you are as eternally secure as God Himself. Once you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, you will never be moved again. That is the meaning of sanctification. God disapproves of our human efforts to cling to the concept that sanctification is merely an experience, while forgetting that even our sanctification must also be sanctified”.

Not the buildings, the music, nor the name over the doorway can save us.  He has the only truth there is and when we think we can pick and choose who we want to believe and when, we’re in big trouble. 

Dr. Walter Martin once said; “Don’t explain Christianity by experiential reasoning but only through demonstrative evidences”.  Amen to that!

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