Christianity

Journal of Discourses 18:44; “If we can find a church that has the gifts and the signs spoken of by the New Testament, we can find true Christian Church; but if we can’t find such, we have no reason to believe that there is such a Church on the earth. “But,” says one, “we call ourselves Christians.” That is a very easy matter; but calling yourselves Christians or Christian churches does not make you such.” – Orson Pratt, Salt Lake City, July 11, 1875

1 John 3:14-15; “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. 15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.”

The Apostle John gave us some precious instructions we can use even today. I’m living proof his words are truth. 

The day I got saved God’s Spirit impressed it upon me to go back to the altar and repent for all the years of hatred I had built up against His children – the body of Christ. 

For almost 30 years I had been taught and truly believed they were the “whores of Babylon” and deserved to be treated as such. 

For almost 30 years I carried a deep seated animosity, and I must admit hatred, for anyone who wasn’t Mormon. Everyone, but members of the LDS Church, were mere “Gentiles” and most assuredly weren’t as superior as I. 

Over the course of the 30 years I had become exhausted trying to keep up the façade of what, I don’t know. I didn’t know why I thought of myself as better than everyone else on the face of the earth. I couldn’t articulate why the foundational beliefs I held were correct. They had simply become a mantra I memorized and could recite by rote when prompted. 

When I found the passage of scripture John wrote some 2,000 years earlier you can imagine my shock.  I found myself on my knees many times every day in those first few years of being a Christian. God’s words pierced me like nothing else had ever done. 

Hebrews 4:12; “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” 

Ironically, the words of their apostle Orson Pratt is something they’ve abandoned in today’s day and age which is unfortunate. LDS members today will readily tell everyone they meet that using the name of Jesus in their church is proof they are Christians. 

A few years back the Church sold a little set of handout tracts available at their bookstores called “16 Points of a True Christian Church”. The list included some pretty mundane reasons of how they could prove they’re the “true church” and number two on their list said this; “2. The true church must bear the name of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5:23)…” 

Today many ministries are using the same words of advice Mr. Pratt used all those years ago. Just because Jesus is in the title of your church doesn’t make you a Christian. 

This week one of my volunteers found out how the Mormons don’t like it when you use this phrase. She’s been told by Facebook that someone’s complained about her message and so she received a notice from FB that someone’s complained.

Now the reason I bring this up is because it’s not the first time I’ve heard of this happening with a ministry to the Mormon people. A member of the LDS Church will complain to FB that the information they’ve read on someone’s FB site is offensive so FB puts them on this probation thing they have going on. 

Here is what Melissa wrote and what she got “turned in” for: 

“If Mormons can believe very different things about God and still expect to be called Christian why can’t we say we’re Mormon? Of course we don’t believe as they do about God or that Smith was even a prophet, but if it’s ok for them, why can’t it be ok for us too?” 

Tell us what you think – we’d love to hear your opinion on this!!

With Love in Christ;

Michelle

1 Cor. 1:18