If you are a member of, or investigating the “Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints” I ask that you consider my appeal.
I investigated the LDS religious system for over a year and came very close to being baptized into that system in 1976. The emphasis on marriage and family impressed me. The friendly welcome I received at the ward meetings on Sunday and Wednesday in four different cities in three different states and in the Family Home Evening for single people I attended was very much appreciated. I was in awe of the temple in Washington, D.C. which I toured before it was dedicated. I listened in person to famed columnist, Jack Anderson, present what he said was evidence for a great civilization of fair skinned Jewish people in the Americas before Christ. I was inspired by the visitor center in San Diego. On my way north to Idaho Falls, I spent the day in Temple Square in Salt Lake City.
The Jesus of the Bible was reaching out to me in the midst of all of this. The first time I had heard 1 Corinthians 13 was when a Mormon friend read it to me in Vallejo, California. I was dumbfounded that anything that powerful and profound was in the Bible. Several people who had been born again according to John chapter 3 had reached out to me. One of them invited me to his Bachelor Officer’s Quarters (BOQ) room and opened the Bible with me to challenge the LDS teaching of eternal marriage by reading and discussing with me Matthew 22:23-33. Another follower of Jesus Christ allowed me to be his room mate and he took me to a Christian Fellowship in Idaho Falls where I heard the Gospel of Grace in a way that pierced my heart. The one who preached made a clear contrast between the LDS gospel of works in eternal progression as compared with the free gift of salvation and sanctification and glorification that comes through trusting in the Jesus of the Bible and all he’s done for us. Because of all I’ve come to understand I want to make the following appeal to you.
Jesus Christ died on the cross for you and me. He said, “It is finished!” The penalty for our sins is paid in full. Jesus’ shed blood washed my sins away. He rose again to prove that he was who he said he was, the Great “I AM”. And to all who received Him, to those who believed in his name, he gave them the right to become children of God. All who have been born again have been set free by Jesus Christ.
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
We each have a brainwashed, cult-like mentality if we are not willing to re-evaluate everything we believe. I appeal to you to consider the following points and read about Jesus in the Bible and be willing to come to Him on His terms, not the terms given to us by a religious system, be it LDS, Roman Catholic, Masonic, Protestant, or Evangelical.
What does the Bible say? What does the Lord Jesus Christ say in the Bible?
Baptism for the Dead
The Book of Mormon
Family IS forever… in a Biblical sense.
Link to: Through the Maze – Beyond Mormonism