I just wanted to say thank you. I had a visit from 2 Mormon missionaries tonight. 2 young fresh-faced boys, one African-american, and one White. The visit came because I needed a new Bible and I accepted their offer of a free Bible but I never expected it to be hand-delivered the very next day, with no appointment to see me made. Well I invited them in. I asked them if they had my Bible with them they said yes, but seemed to want to speak to me before handing it over. So we talked. I told them I’d read up on their religion a little bit. I asked them why they performed baptism on the dead when Jesus clearly said “The dead know nothing” – no answer, but they wanted to ask me if I ever wondered if there was anything “more” to know.
I told them I relied on the infallible Word of God as found in the Bible and understood the difference between “religion” and having a personal relationship with Christ, with Him as my Savior and ruler of my life. They began to explain to me that there was another prophet. The African-american boy started to go over the “revelation” of Joseph Smith. I listened politely but told them that I was wary of false prophets and that if the prophet wasn’t mentioned in the 66 books of the Bible, then I would never believe. Again and again I told them I relied on the Word of God as shown in the 66 books of the Bible because of the balance, symmetry and accurate prophecy that spanned thousands of years from the Old to the New Testatments. I told them they would just be wasting their time when they asked if they could visit me again because I would not consider their church because of their doctrines though I respected that they knew their salvation was through Christ which they seemed to agree with. I told them that even if a new prophet came out of my own Baptist church I wouldn’t believe in him because it would not change the fact that I believe salvation is only throught Jesus Christ and the Blood He shed for me.
Well they finally left after asking me if I would pray to God and ask Him to let me know if there was “anything more” I should need to know. I said sure then we prayed together for a minute and they left saying they would be in touch with me to “check up on me” in a few days. I thought them a little odd because they really didn’t talk about what they believe, except for the little story about Joseph Smith.
Then I got curious and googled “are Mormons Christian?” and found your site. Wow. I couldn’t believe what I saw there. That they believe God was a human once! That they believe Christ is Lucifer’s brother! That they don’t believe Christ’s blood is what redeemed us from sin…. I have always known that as long as I rely on the Bible, the Word of God handed down to us through His chosen people, the Jews that I would never fall for a false religion or a false prophet, but boy oh boy was that truth driven home once I saw the information you had on the Mormon doctrine.
I just want to say thank you for your site and the invaluable information you have there.
I am a national pastor in an Independent Fundamental Baptist church. You are a blessing to me and my ministry. I want to read everything you write for it is purely based on the Bible. God bless you and keep up the good work. Bible Baptist Church, Nyahururu,Kenya.
Very thankful for you. I have researched every question and response thoroughly from you and have never found any error! Your response is one of the most profound things I have ever read.
That has to be the best explanation I have read!!! (http://bible-truth.org/Apocrypha.html) Thank you for making it so clear, concise, and easy to read. The references you gave for why they were in error was fantastic.
There are so very few Independent Fundamental King James bible believing churches who leaning to the right, not leaning on God I pray that you will keep up the good work and that God will continue blessing you and your church, keep the sermons comings, we old preachers of the faith need to be fed right along with the children.
It might be of interest that I received your sermon from India. I was in Hyderabad in June met a hotel employee named Daniel who has a ministry in Hyderabad. he sent me the E mail with your sermon. God Works in many ways. <>p>
Just read your apologetic on Calvinism and Arminianism,.......excellent, well done:
Greetings in the mighty name of Jesus Christ,
i am evangelist and engineer by education serving God full time in India,i am blessed to have read you article "the prodigal son", i feel God's kingdom needs people like you and message like this now and then to give us hope,God bless you pastor. Andhra Pradesh,
Your website, which I just discovered today is such a blessing! Your writings on Calvinism and Arminianism was beautifully and Scripturally presented. Reading your article brought tears to my eyes as I have been looking for someone that would explain these views in a concise and biblical manner. My heart is so broken because so many churches are preaching another gospel â€“ especially the â€śemergent churchâ€ť philosophy. Churches that once preached the simple gospel message are so hard to find. I have been doing some research and to my dismay the wolves are in the barn. Rick Warren, Billy and Franklin Graham, and a host of other popular ministries are preaching another gospel. Romans 16:17 tells us to â€śmark those who are teaching a new doctrine â€“ in the King James â€“ while the NKJV uses the word â€śobserve.â€ť Sounds quite different to me. Have you done any articles that speak to this issue? May God bless you and your loved ones.
Keep the faith.
Regarding your article on the biblical explanation of the Doctrine of Election, I did enjoy reading it about a year ago but never said anything for your comment board. I did it today because my Bible study students were given the link for this article just yesterday and I wanted to go on record for any of them who might see it. I teach advanced non-denominational Bible studies to women. Recently, we have been delving into election/predestination quite a bit and it dismayed me that so many never had any part of this Doctrine explained to them.Finally, after having studied both sides of this issue for some years now, having held the Arminian position for most of my converted life, it was that very position that I found confusing on so many levels. Thus, when the Reformed position came into focus through the guidance of the Holy Spirit and much study, it sat so well in my own spirit that suddenly, most of the rest of Scripture came into even more clear focus. People of good will for centuries have been disagreeing about this issue. Because there is still such disagreement, it behooves us, it seems, to continue to search and pray until we find peace with our position. I have found such peace with the anti-Arminianism, pro-Reformed position. So while I do thank you for the fine writing and clarity with which you present your opinions on this matter, I must heartily disagree with it just as you heartily disagree with the Reformed position on the Doctrine of Election. For me, this has never been a "Calvinist" issue; it has always been a biblical issue.
What a story. The lord has been good to you pastor. Normally I donâ€™t read different web sites because there is so much false information, but I fell the Lord is leading me to be a preacher, and when my eyes fell on the first few words my heart was hook and I read all the way to the end. If I received anything from this it would be(all the answers are in the word). Please say a prayer for me when you are done reading this I really need to hear from god. God bless you.
I am writing to you regarding your article "A Biblical Look at Deacons". I am a Baptist Deacon and I have always understood that my position in the church is that of a Servant and not an Officer or Office of the church. I really like what you had to say and I thank you for taking the time to do all the research to write it.
I want to thank you for your messages, they have been a God send in my jail ministry. May God bless you and your ministry
What a wonderful, inspiring, up-lifting, encouraging, and Christ-centered web site you have. There is no doubt in my mind that God has not only blessed you but is using you to reach thousands of people around the world with the Gospel message. I have only one thing to say to those who have a problem with typoâ€™s, grammatical errors and spelling errors: Luke 6:41-42 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
Just read your commentary on the Model Prayer. This was very helpful to me and just wanted to tell you so.