The actual aboriginal affair that Mormon full-time missionaries will say to someone, Christian or not, who answers his, or her, beating on that person’s house, apartment, or trailer-house aperture is consistently something like, “Good afternoon! My name is Elder, or Sister ____, and we (there are consistently two, or more, of them together) would like to acquaint you about a august additional attestant for Jesus Christ, the Book of Mormon.” Afore 1990, one out of three of those, mainly Christian, bodies who answered the Mormon (LDS) knock, who didn’t apperceive annihilation at all about the LDS Church, accustomed those missionaries into their homes and affably sat and listened to their aboriginal one-hour discourse about Mormon theology, history, and doctrine. During the 1970s and ’80s, because of the theological, historical, and doctrinal accuracy not accepting about and about accustomed about Mormonism, one out of every three of those individuals, alleged board by the Mormon Church, who opened their homes to Mormon missionaries ended-up accepting Mormonism and accepting baptized into the Mormon Church. Yes, they were that actuating at that time! Afterwards 1990, and the appearance and acceleration of claimed computers and the Internet in the USA, the 95 percent of the American citizenry that didn’t apperceive annihilation about Mormon theology, history, and commodity was bargain to about 30 percent. Yet, the affluent Mormon Church, account about 700 billion dollars in 2017, began, about 1990, to use computerization and the Internet to abnegate the accuracy that Christian ministries began publishing on their websites about Mormonism. About what I’m adage is that the Mormon Abbey began its missionary efforts in the aboriginal 1830s with lies and actual misrepresentations about LDS theology, history, and commodity in adjustment to deceive American Christians into assertive that Mormon assize about God and Jesus Christ was beeline from the Bible, that the Book of Mormon in no astute contradicted or refuted biblical Christianity, and that the history of the Mormon Church, as the missionaries represented it, was an honest absolute accounting of how the Mormon Abbey began its existence. The Utah-based abbey has connected through the decades of the 19th, 20th, and 21st Centuries to about lie about the facts surrounding its actual origin, its actual alteration theology, and its clashing and ever-changing doctrines that accept been predicated on a theology, affected in 1844 by its founder, Joseph Smith, Jr; a assize that is as conflicting to the aboriginal Trinitarian assize of the absolutely fabulous Book of Mormon, acquired from the Holy Bible, as Greek acceptance is conflicting to the acceptable account of Jesus Christ independent in the New Testament.
When Christian board to Mormonism antipodal during their affairs with full-time Mormon missionaries, those adolescent 18 to, usually, 25 year old men and women alone apperceive how to acknowledge to questions about Mormon assize according to a Software that they acquire during six weeks of conduct at the LDS Mission Training Center, on the BYU campus in Provo, Utah. This Software comprises the six accustomed discussions accustomed by all full-time LDS missionaries to all investigators, and aswell acute training in cerebral alignment techniques, from able Mormon psychologists, to use on those Christians who catechism Mormon theology, history, and commodity during the advance of the discussions. If this blueprint Software is pervaded and disconnected by Christian acumen application absolute and 18-carat facts about Mormon theology, history, and doctrine, and scriptures from the Holy Bible, these missionaries are conditioned to retreat from absoluteness into a arresting affidavit carapace area they debris to acknowledgment questions and alone acknowledge with blueprint testimonials of their acceptance in the LDS scriptures as the chat of God, and in Joseph Smith, Jr. as a astrologer of God. If affliction comes to worst, they are conditioned to just get up and leave the homes of the board afterwards any acknowledgment whatsoever while cogent the board that they are not accessible to apprehend the Mormon gospel. Of course, there are abounding added full-time Mormon missionaries appreciably earlier than the tens of bags on boyish men and women consistently animadversion on doors in the USA. These are the bags of chief affiliated couples who administer and are accustomed for two-year missionary assignments in the United States and about the world. These grandfatherly and grandmotherly individuals, still Ancient _____ and Sister _____, are actual accomplished at accepting into the homes of disturbing Christians and into their confidence. Some of these earlier Mormons accept already served two or three year missions if they were abundant younger.
Like I said in the alpha of this article, Mormon missionaries present the Book of Mormon to Christian board as the antecedent of Mormonism, as the a lot of actual book book on the face of the earth, and as age-old scripture accounting on gold plates by age-old prophets and translated by Joseph Smith, Jr. The Mormon missionaries will not animate the investigator to apprehend the Book of Mormon that he, or she, is accustomed by missionaries as a amount of course. The missionaries will acquaint them that assertive scriptures charge to apprehend as assigned for anniversary of the six discussions. The acumen for this is that the missionaries do not ambition the Christian to apprehend assorted Book of Mormon scriptures that are against to, and aboveboard contradict, Biblical New Testament scriptures, and that are aboveboard adverse to the absolute and 18-carat Mormon assize of God. Are you analytical as to what these Book of Mormon scriptures are? Well, the aboriginal one is begin in 2 Nephi 25: 23. “For we activity agilely to write, to actuate our children, and aswell our brethren, to accept in Christ. And to be accommodated to God; for we apperceive that it is by adroitness that we are saved, afterwards all we can do.” If Joseph Smith, Jr. had been active abundant to his own abstruse arrogance, he would accept chock-full autograph and placed a aeon afterwards the chat saved, but he added that the adroitness of Jesus Christ is not as important as the works of man. In added words, Smith said that if, perchance, works are not abundant to save a person, again adroitness will ample in what is missing. Absolutely against to this accurate Book of Mormon ballad and its acceptation are the words of the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 2: 4-9, “But God, who is affluent in mercy, for his abundant adulation wherewith he admired us, Even if we were asleep in sins, hath quickened us calm with Christ, (by adroitness ye are saved); And hath aloft us up together, and fabricated us sit calm in adorable places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to appear he ability shew the beyond abundance of his adroitness in his affection against us through Christ Jesus. For by adroitness are ye adored through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the allowance of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” The accessible bucking amid the Book of Mormon ballad and the words of the Apostle Paul to the Ephesians is usually noticed by the rational animal mind, for the Book of Mormon states that a being is adored by adroitness and works, while the Apostle Paul declared that “ye are adored “only” by adroitness through acceptance in Jesus, and he emphasized that conservancy is “not” of works to any degree. Addition absorbing aspect of Mormon assize is that, in the accustomed Book of Mormon contemporary guide, or concordance, there is no advertence to Ephesians 2: 4-9 accustomed beneath the argument of 2 Nephi 25:23, even admitting there is no added scripture in the Holy Bible that comes afterpiece to the exact diction of the Book of Mormon ballad than the one in Ephesians 2. There is alone one analytic acumen for this cool absence. The Mormon aggregation do not ambition rank-and-file Mormons to analyze the two scriptures on a approved basis. The Holy Spirit ability advance the confused, but adherent Mormon, to agenda the arrant bucking and that the Apostle Paul was actual and Joseph Smith, Jr. absolutely incorrect.
Now, what would you say about a commonly appear 1984 Mormon Melchizedek Priesthood claimed abstraction adviser absolute a actual accurate assignment about the accurate Mormon assize of the agent of God and the ultimate astral afterlife of all aces Mormon elders; about the endure printed and appear 20th Century digest of Joseph Smith, Jr.’s “King Follett Discourse” and Mormon Astrologer Lorenzo Snow’s clarification of it in the backward 1890s? What would you say alive that, if this accurate appear and admired LDS priesthood assignment were apprehend to all Christian board of Mormonism afterwards the presentation of the six accustomed missionary discussions, those Christians would attention what the Mormon missionaries had said to them about the Book of Mormon and Mormon assize as lies and misrepresentations? Well, it is the truth! This accurate assignment is “Lesson 21-Man May Become Like God,” and it is from the admired and acclaimed 1984 39-lesson LDS Melchizedek Priesthood Claimed Abstraction Guide, “Keep These Commandments.” In “Lesson 21,” it is accounting as assize Mormon scripture and commandments, and proclaimed by the LDS 1984 Aboriginal Presidency of Mormon Astrologer Spencer W. Kimball, that the ultimate afterlife of all aces Mormon elders is to be as abundant as God the Father, and, according to “Lesson 21,” “an ancient cannot ambition to be greater.” Furthermore, “Lesson 21″ states that, “It is the aboriginal assumption of the Actuality to apperceive for a authoritativeness the Character of God, and to apperceive that we may antipodal with him as abandoned man converses with another, and that he was already a man like us; yea, that God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth.” And that “As man now is, God already was: As God now is, man may be.” “He is our Father-the Father of our spirits-and was already a man in bitter beef as we are, and there was never a time if there were not Gods and worlds and if men were not casual through the aforementioned ordeals that we are now casual through.” “Here, then, is abiding activity – to apperceive the alone astute and accurate God; and you accept to apprentice how to be Gods yourselves, and to be kings and priests to God, the aforementioned as all Gods accept done afore you.”
Sounds like a Greek fabulous drama, doesn’t it? If the admiral of reasonable animal association and inference were at plan in the conception of “Lesson 21,” the rational person, abnormally the faithful Mormon elder, can accept and apprehend from the above statements from “Lesson 21″ that, 1) The Mormon father-god, with a basic G, was acutely built-in as a adolescent on an earth-like planet about in the cosmos, and that he grew to manhood, as bodies abound to adulthood, and that all men built-in on planet apple are destined as Mormon elders to be just like the Mormon father-god, with a basic G, by acceptable as abundant as that father-god by accomplishing aggregate that the Mormon father-god did as a bitter and as an astral god, with a basic G; 2) The Mormon elder, fabricated into an astral father-god, has to accept what the Mormon father-god acquired in adjustment to actualize a apple and billions of spirit accouchement in like manner. I mean, if the bitter Mormon ancient is to be absolutely like the father-god, he has to accept a wife who is a mother-goddess, with a basic G, with whom he can alluringly beget those billions of spirit children. Mormon assize devolves aloft the avant-garde specifics of Joseph Smith’s “King Follett Discourse” in the address of acceptable a celestial and assuming like a celestial through appearance at the Mormon temples wherein these avant-garde apostolic specifics are taught. Yet, they are admired somewhat innocuously in song on a approved base in Sunday LDS commemoration affairs through the words of the 19th Century Mormon accompanist and apostolic artist Eliza R. Snow’s hymn, “Oh. My Father.” In that hymn’s third verse, the afterward words denote this avant-garde apostolic specific of a “deified mother in heaven:”
“I had abstruse to alarm thee Father,
Thru thy Spirit from on high,
But, until the key of ability
Was restored, I knew not why.
In the heav’ns are parents single?
No, the anticipation makes acumen stare!
Truth is reason; accuracy abiding
Tells me I’ve a mother there.”
Most Christians who appear Mormon commemoration affairs as bedfellow board to Mormonism accept no alluvial abstraction what they are singing if they aperture the words of the above hymn, back Mormonism is the alone agnostic assize that advances the specific commodity of a mother-goddess in heaven, and the apostolic commodity is never, by administration of the Mormon astrologer and apostles, mentioned in accessible Mormon commemoration affairs of in Sunday academy classes. Now, how would a account of”Lesson 21-Man May Become Like God” afterwards a accretion of the full-time Mormon six-discussion ritual serve to absolutely belie the assize of the Book of Mormon in the minds of Christian investigators? This aftereffect of bucking goes forth with the specific instructions accustomed by the missionaries for the board not to apprehend the Book of Mormon any added than directed afore baptism; for they are abashed that their board ability ascertain some things that they don’t ambition them to know. In Mormon 9: 9-10, the Book of Mormon states, “For do we not apprehend that God is the aforementioned yesterday, today, and forever, and in him there is no variableness neither adumbration of changing? Now if ye accept absurd up unto yourselves a god who doth alter and in whom there is adumbration of changing, again accept ye absurd up unto yourselves a god who is not a God of miracles.”
Hence, the Trinitarian assize of one changeless abiding God, a animal of spirit, in the Book of Mormon (which was acquired from the Holy Bible by Joseph Smith, Jr.), was radically afflicted in 1844 by Joseph Smith. Jr. to present a actual changeable, already human, Mormon father-god, with a basic G, and a actual capricious savior, a Mormon Jesus, that is not the aforementioned yesterday, today, and forever, and not as John the Apostle wrote in John 1:1, “In the alpha was the Word, and the Chat (Jesus) was with God, and the Chat was God.” The Mormon Jesus is represented to be the actual fabulous and agnostic ancient spirit adolescent procreated by the Mormon father-god, with a basic G, and the mother-goddess, with a basic G, a brother to Lucifer, the devil, and sired biologically/sexually on the apple by the Mormon father-god, with a basic G, and the bitter Mary, the mother of Jesus. In added words, Mormon assize teaches that Jesus was not built-in of a abstinent mother. Hence, the aberration of “Lesson 21-Man May Become Like God ” from Book of Mormon assize and from New Testament Christianity is aboveboard accessible to the Christian investigator to Mormonism if “Lesson 21-Man May Become Like God” is presented to them, abnormally afterwards those disturbing Christians are barraged with the deceptions and misrepresentations presented to them by Mormon full-time missionaries.
I accept had an befalling to altercate the Christian about-face of Mica Wilder, the full-time Mormon missionary who was beatific for two-years by the LDS Abbey to Orlando, Florida, with his dear, now Christian, mother by telephone. Mica was the archetypal Mormon missionary, brought-up in a austere Mormon family, who mouthed aggregate that he was conditioned and programmed to recite to the board of Mormonism. Yet, Mica hadn’t counted on the Holy Spirit amid during his Florida mission, absolute to him through the words of a Christian pastor the simple accuracy about the adroitness of Jesus that the Savior advisedly gave to all mankind. “Read the Bible as a baby adolescent would apprehend it,” he was counseled by this Baptist pastor, and Mica followed the admonition and received, over a abbreviate time, a ability of accuracy while on his Mormon mission that the adroitness of Jesus is absolutely enough.” The aperture of a Mormon full-time missionary’s affection to the accuracy independent in the Holy Bible about the Savior Jesus is not an simple task. Mica was apparently alone one of the actual few souls, out of the tens of bags of these all-over adolescent corybantic Mormon zealots, to apprentice the accuracy about Mormonism on their missions. A lot of of these adolescent men, for whom traveling on a Mormon mission is a abbey expectation, are aloft in Mormon families and actively conditioned over their determinative years to adapt to be summoned alone by the Mormon astrologer (really by a actual big-ticket computer) to absorb two years of their lives, at their own expense, or subsidized by the Mormon Church, recruiting catechumen Mormons; and a lot of of them auspiciously do the devil’s plan and acknowledgment home with desires to abide faithful Mormons.
Why is this religiously agitated programmatic endeavor so actual important to the Mormon Church? Well, the Mormon Astrologer Spencer W. Kimball, in 1983, declared that “converts are the life’s claret of the church,” and this account can be calmly translated into dollars and cents. For every disturbing Christian adapted to Mormonism by the full-time Mormon missionaries becomes, aloft ablution into the LDS Church, a full-tithe payer who commits to voluntarily paying one-tenth of his income, afore taxes, as a prerequisite for membership. There are added prerequisites to which the catechumen Mormon accept to accede to in adjustment for ablution to be acutely accustomed by the abbey of the accurate area (Mormon congregation) to which the catechumen will be assigned; but these are not as important as the charge of the catechumen to pay a full-tithe. In fact, it is usually a custom for the full-time missionaries to adapt the applicant for ablution to duke the Mormon abbey his, or her, aboriginal tithing analysis afore the rite of ablution is administered. The actuality is acutely axiomatic that Mormon converts, until the moment they adjudge that what they accept been told about Mormonism by the full-time missionaries is absolutely wrong, are absolutely a advantageous accumulation for the 700 billion dollar Utah-based Mormon Church. With about 80,000 to 100,000 new converts anniversary agenda year in the USA, with anniversary of them signing over about $1,000/month of becoming assets as tithing, that’s about $90 actor per year that flows into the Mormon coffers for an boilerplate aeon of 5 years afore the boilerplate Mormon catechumen leaves the Mormon Abbey for doctrinal reasons.
Perceptive adolescent men, such as Mica Wilder, are, indeed, attenuate to acquisition a part of the almost 90,000 full-time LDS missionaries in the assorted locations of the apple today, a lot of in the USA and Canada. Currently the boilerplate Mormon missionary usually ends-up baptizing about four disturbing Christians into Mormonism during the two years he, or she, spends alive full-time for the Mormon Church. Abounding of the abundant missionaries with whom I formed for 30 years, from 1970 until 2000, compared their missions to full-time jobs, not for Jesus, but for their mission presidents and the church. They are accomplished by their parents and abbey agents from the cradle-up to accept that Jesus’ afterlife alone provided abandon from concrete afterlife through awakening by paying alone for the breach of Adam and Eve (Mormon assize stipulates that Adam and Eve did not sin, but alone abandoned the law, accomplishing absolutely what the Mormon father-god accustomed them to do in adjustment to aftermath the animal race). As the Mormon temple award emphasizes, the absolute action of attaining astral godhood is the aforementioned endlessly again rite of access for every astral Mormon ancient and his wife.
Salvation to Mormons is alone “resurrection from the dead,” which, to them, is the alone chargeless allowance that came through the Mormon savior, the Mormon Jesus. Accepting to Mormon heaven, or attaining astral godhood, requires connected work, repentance, and improvement. Mormons don’t accept and apprehend that the abundant white head of judgment, declared by the Apostle John in Revelation 20:11-15, is the endure and final resurrection, for those souls who accept “not” accustomed the grace, the chargeless allowance of salvation, of Jesus, but banned during their bloodshed to chase the admonition of the Savior and his apostles. These souls are the dead, baby and great, who shall angle afore God, who will not be accustomed a abode in heaven according to grace; whose names are not accounting in the Lambs Book of Life, but in the books that accept recorded alone the works of these people. Admitting the adored in Christ Jesus will be caught-up with the Savior according to his adored grace, those who accept approved to get to heaven alone through their works, their begrimed rags, will be casting into the basin of fire, which is the additional death, according to Revelation 20: 14. If they don’t about-face from their angry means to Jesus, these individuals will cover about all of those bodies who accept awash their souls to the Mormon Church.
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