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The “Most Correct Book”?

Inspiration or Not? by Heather Duncan

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The Most Correct Book?

My Mormon friends shared their testimony that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was God's true church in many ways. They spoke of the blessings of the temple and having their families together forever. They pointed out similarities of the Mormon church to the New Testament church, such as not having paid preachers and the emphasis on every member spreading the gospel. They rejoiced in receiving new revelations from God through modern-day, living prophets. But, most especially, they emphasized that “We have the fullness of the gospel,” contained in the Book of Mormon.

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Who is The Mormon Jesus?

My collection of Mormon Leader’s Testimonies of … Who Jesus Is!

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What is a Mormon Testimony?

The standard LDS testimony that is heard Sunday mornings at “Fast and Testimony” meetings is considered complete when composed of these five items:

  • I know that the Book of Mormon is true.
  • I know that Joseph Smith is a true prophet.
  • I know that this is the true church.
  • I know that we are led by a true prophet.
  • I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ – Amen.

This is the standard LDS testimony that everyone seems to have memorized and that all are familiar with because everyone hears it so often. This is the Mormon “public” testimony. There are other LDS testimonies not included in the standard “Fast and Testimony” that are not as well known.

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Mormons Go to Hell And Kick the Devil Out!!

“And if we go to hell, we will turn the devils out of doors and make a heaven of it.” (Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Vol. 5, p. 517)

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When a prophet speaks in conference it is considered scripture by the Mormon Church. Joseph Smith’s last General conference was April of 1844. In his last conference, Joseph taught his followers how to become a God and how to get to Heaven. Here is what he said in his “King Follett Discourse.”

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Mountain Meadows Massacre - Was Brigham Young Responsible

Brigham Young – A Mormon Hero?

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  • Did the Mormons ever give back any of the riches that they stole from those they murdered in the Mountain Meadows?
  • Did Mormon leadership and their members in southern Utah lie, blaming the Indians for their involvement in the murders of 130 fellow Americans in Southern Utah and about killing the three Powell explorers of the Grand Canyon River Expedition?
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Mormons Don't Follow Their Own Word of Wisdom

The Word of Wisdom D&C 89

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Look for the Caffeine prohibition!  Where is it?

Which is legal according to the LDS Scriptures: Coca Cola or Hot Chocolate?

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Book of Abraham – Facsimile #3

What’s Wrong with Joseph Smith’s Restoration? - Facsimile #1 / Facsimile #2

Facsimile #3

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Mormon Salvation Cards

Mormon Salvation

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Summary List of Verses and References

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Mormon Miracle Pageant

Manti, Utah True History? Doctored History? Or Fiction?

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The Manti “Mormon Miracle” Pageant has been a highly acclaimed production for over a quarter of a century. However, the audience is not told that significant portions of the pageant are not historically or doctrinally accurate.  In the interest of discovering the whole truth, some of these inaccuracies are described below:

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Joseph Smith Lied

Joseph Smith Lied When He Said, “The Book of Mormon Contains the Fullness of the Everlasting Gospel”

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Pearl of Great Price

Joseph Smith History 1:34

"He said there was a book deposited, written upon gold plates, giving an account of the former inhabitants of this continent, and the source from whence they sprang. He also said that the fullness of the everlasting Gospel was contained in it, as delivered by the Savior to the ancient inhabitants.”

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Is Joseph Smith’s Civil War Prophesy Accurate

Did it Come to Pass as Joseph Smith Prophesied? Is It a True Prophesy?

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One of Joseph Smith’s most famous prophesies of the future was his Civil War Prophesy. This is one of his prophesies that made it into LDS scripture. It is currently found in D&C 87. If we just read what it says and pay attention to what happened in recorded history, we will be able to tell if this is a true and correct prophesy, or if it is wrong and therefore a false prophesy. The following numbered paragraphs are what the eight verses say in the modern edition.

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If the Watchtower Organization were Truly From God Why?

Why are They Lying About Money? Why are they scamming their own people?

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Watchtower Society, Money and Honesty

Posted by AF [AF] on September 15, 2000 at 12:12:36

I recently learned some very interesting things about the Watchtower Society's cash position. When the WTS went to the literature donation arrangement in some of the wealthy countries back around 1991, they lost a major source of cash flow. The same thing happened a few years later when they stopped the food service at circuit and district assemblies. However, they wrote strongly worded letters to bodies of elders instructing them to make up for the lost cash flow. This has gradually been successful, so much so that the WTS has more than made up for the losses. They are cash-rich at this time and are quietly going about toning down some of the rather underhanded means they've used to achieve that position.

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How do Christian Pastors and Elders Witness to Mormons

“How do Christian pastors and elders witness to Mormons?” That question was put into my mind by an elders’ meeting at my church when my elders told me that I was witnessing to Mormons all wrong. I was shocked.

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They didn’t like my direct approach and told me that I didn’t know what I was doing!

I had been witnessing to Mormons for some fifteen years and learned from the “Masters of the Craft.” I read many books on witnessing and met the authors who were great ministry leaders. I attended conferences every year in Salt Lake City along with street witnessing and fair booth witnessing. I had also been a guest speaker at many conferences, Bible studies and Sunday morning and evening sermons. I personally knew Granny Geer, Sandra and Jerald Tanner, Bill McKeever, Marvin Cowan, Ed Decker, Dick Bear, Walter Martin, Ron Carlson, and Robert Morey to name just a few. My library on witnessing to Mormons is very extensive because I CARED TO BECOME THE VERY BEST I COULD BE for Jesus.

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Hole-y Mormon Priesthood

Who’s On First? What’s On Second? I Don’t Know’s On Third!

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Mormon Priesthood – Who’s on first?

Mormonism has two priesthoods. The lesser is called “The Aaronic Priesthood” and the greater is called “The Melchizedek Priesthood.” Joseph Smith claimed that he and Oliver Cowdry received the Aaronic Priesthood in the Susquehanna River by the resurrected John the Baptist. The details of just how this Priesthood was received is recorded in the History of the Church and in the Pearl of Great Price. The account of the receiving of the greater priesthood, the Melchizedek Priesthood is not recorded anywhere in anyone’s diary or in any historical document anywhere. It is as if it never happened. The fact is, there is no known recorded account in all of the history of the Mormon Church of anyone receiving the Melchizedek priesthood from Peter, James or John. This is puzzling because this is the greater priesthood and should have been even more important and glorious. Many Mormons are perplexed by this fact. Mormon logic goes something like this: “We have the restored Melchi-zedek Priesthood, therefore we must have received it.” With no witness and no testimony, the Mormon Church claims that Joseph Smith received the Melchizedek priesthood from Peter, James and John.

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Gospel Essentials

(John 3:16, 17)

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1) Christians have an object.

It's all about Jesus. Jesus is the one we focus on.

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Book of Mormon Basics

Discovering the Multiple Identities of the Jesuses in the Book of Mormon

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Testimonies of the Book of Mormon

To be a “good” Mormon, one must have a testimony of the Book of Mormon. Most Mormons have developed a testimony based on feelings rather than on facts. Mormons are encouraged to follow their feelings rather than look at the facts. This brochure will review the facts concerning what the Book of Mormon says about two basic fundamental issues:

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Archaeology and Geography of the Book of Mormon

Is The Book of Mormon a Story of Real People? or Is It Just Another Fairy Tale?

(And Examination of Joseph Smith’s Hill Cumorah Purchased for the Mormon Church by Wilford C. Wood)

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Book of Mormon Account of the Dead

Mormon 6:10-15

“And it came to pass that my men were hewn down, yea, even my ten thousand who were with me, and I fell wounded in the midst; and they passed by me that they did not put an end to my life. And when they had gone through and hewn down all my people save it were twenty and four of us, (among whom was my son Moroni) and we having survived the dead of our people, did behold on the morrow, when the Lamanites had returned unto their camps, from the top of the hill Cumorah, the ten thousand of my people who were hewn down, being led in the front by me. And we also beheld the ten thousand of my people who were led by my son Moroni. And behold, the ten thousand of Gidgiddonah had fallen, and he also in the midst. And Lamah had fallen with his ten thousand; and Gilgal had fallen with his ten thousand; and Limhah had fallen with his ten thousand; and Jeneum had fallen with his ten thousand; and Cumenihah, and Moronihah, and Antionum, and Shiblom, and Shem, and Josh, had fallen with their ten thousand each. And it came to pass that there were ten more who did fall by the sword, with their ten thousand each; yea, even all my people, save it were those twenty and four who were with me, and also a few who had escaped into the south countries, and a few who had deserted over unto the Lamanites, had fallen; and their flesh, and bones, and blood lay upon the face of the earth, being left by the hands of those who slew them to molder upon the land, and to crumble and to return to their mother earth.”

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A Visit by the Mormon Missionaries

“Why are you guys against the Mormon Church?” Facts vs. Feelings

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A Visit by the Mormon Missionaries

Discernment is the ability to tell right from wrong. One day, I saw two Mormon missionaries and gave each one of my brochures. That evening they called at my foster son’s apartment door. The question that one of them continued to ask was, “Why would you be so against a church that did so many good things?” Our answer was that we were not against helping people in humanitarian aid, we were against the Mormon Church theologically. Our key interest in talking with Mormons is theological, not secular. Greg stated that we would agree with Mormons in helping the poor. The one thing we disagree with them about is theology.

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Three Mormons Learn “THE TRUTH”

 Two Funny Rumors About Marshall (The Lighter Side of Marshall) Why do Mormons believe this stuff?  Just ‘cause they want to.

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Story #1 - Stake President Embellishes Story and Accuses Me of Not Remembering!

I was asked to help rescue a couple that were about my age. One of our long-time members called to ask if I would help one of his neighbors and her husband get out of the Mormon Church. He had counseled them not to join about four years ago. They joined anyway. One of her co-workers started witnessing to her at work a couple of years ago and now she wanted to get out, but the Mormons would not leave them alone. Imagine that! The bishop and the stake president showed up for a couple of hours. A new rumor about me was told to us that night. About seven years ago, I held signs outside of the church building that the stake president goes to. He had talked to me in the rain, and said he remembered our conversations. He said that we had discussed many issues in the 20 to 30 minutes that we talked. I told him that I didn’t specifically remember him personally. He said that we have met a couple of times and complained that I never remember his name or the topics that we have already discussed. After all these years he was upset that I “had chain sawed, or hand sawed in two, my original 1830 First Edition Book of Mormon. He was very upset about what he called “my disrespect of old books.” I told him that I had NO IDEA what he was talking about, since I have never done that. I told him that an original 1830 First Edition Book of Mormon is worth somewhere between seventy five thousand and one hundred thousand dollars if it is in decent shape.

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Total Apostasy? Joseph Smith’s First Vision

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the LDS Church) claims that Christ's authority vanished from the earth sometime after His apostles died. The LDS Church calls this a total apostasy because they claim that there was not one person left who could act with the authority of God. According to the accepted version of Joseph Smith’s first vision, Jesus came back to earth to tell Joseph Smith to “restore” the true gospel again to the earth. We will explore this topic by studying what the official LDS scriptures say. Joseph’s first vision is found in The Pearl of Great Price.

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Rite or Wrong? Can a Christian Be a Mason?

My Masonic Testimony by Marshall Almarode

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My Masonic History

I was raised in a Masonic family in Kennewick, Washington. My Dad was a 32-degree Mason and completed both the York Rite and the Scottish Rite. My Mother was in Eastern Star, and both my parents were in Amaranth. My parents also made sure that my brother and sister and I went to a Christian church almost every Sunday. In the summer of my sixth-grade year, at church camp, I became a “born-again” Christian. I joined DeMoley, the Masonic boys' organization, in about the 9th or 10th grade. I was extremely dedicated and helped 15 other boys to join within two years. Three months after my 21st birthday, wanting to follow in my father's footsteps, I joined the Kennewick Masonic Lodge.

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The Jesus Makers - Special Conference Edition

Can the Jesus of the Roman Catholic Church Save You?

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The Jesus Makers

By Marshall Almarode (Ex-Mason)

As soon as Michael Eberle told me about the inaugural Ex-Catholics for Christ Conference to be held November 7-8, 1997 at John MacArthur’s church in Sun Valley, California, I was determined to go. Experts were going to be there, so I just knew this conference was going to be “hot” (spiritually on fire!). As the days drew near, I was excited just thinking about what God might do. We were told that there might be some Catholics picketing and that security was being beefed up. I just knew that God was going to provide a golden opportunity to both learn and witness. I was not disappointed in the least.

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Is Mormonism Losing the Keys to Its Gospel?

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell:  Is the True Mormon Gospel Becoming a Secret?

(Gordon B. Hinkley Doesn’t Seem to Know!) An honest analysis by Marshall Almarode

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The Key to the Mormon Gospel is Eternal Progression. It appears Mormons are now ashamed of their god and their gospel. The reason I say this is that Mormons deny the identity of their god and their gospel when asked. My experience is that if I ask any Mormon at random, “Was God once a man?” or “Can men become gods?” I get an immediate answer of “No” (from the Mormon missionaries and my Mormon friends). By saying “No,” they are denying the Mormon god and the Mormon gospel.

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Indulgences

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Salvation According to Roman Catholicism

Redefining Sin

The Roman Catholic Church redefines sin by dividing it into two categories. Mortal sin is sin only Jesus can atone (pay) for. Venial sins are lesser sins man must atone for in purgatory as a means of purification before he can enter heaven.

What is an Indulgence?

Indulgence is a Roman Catholic term that is not found in the Bible. The Vatican defines an indulgence as “the taking away of the temporal punishment due to sin.” (Vatican II – Flannery, p. 70). The Roman Catholic Church defines temporal punishment as suffering in the fires of purgatory for venial (lesser) sins. Through performing certain rituals or works according to specific Vatican rules, a Catholic may obtain an indulgence which lessens the time spent in purgatory. The amount of temporal punishment that is taken away is determined by the value of the act (Vatican II, p. 74, 75). According to the Catholic Church, the primary purpose for granting indulgences is to “help the faithful expiate their sins.” (Vatican II, p. 71).

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Does the Roman Catholic Church deny the Jesus of the Bible?

The answer is absolutely yes.

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“Whom Do Ye Say That I Am?”
      Jesus obviously felt it was important for His disciples to know His true identity. This is probably the most important issue in the Bible (Matt. 16:13-20). Although the Roman Catholic Church professes to believe in Jesus Christ, we will see that they actually deny most of the essentials of: A) Who He is (substance and ancestry); and B) What He has done. If anyone redefines who Jesus is or what He has done, he or she has a different (false) Christ. For example, if I were to teach that, “Jesus was born in Japan in 1830, He killed 24 people, He even lied to many people during his lifetime, and finally died in 1902 of old age,” I would be teaching a false Jesus. At the least, I would be denying His birthplace, His Jewish ancestry, and His death on the cross. If I were to teach this about Jesus Christ, it would be enough to define a different (false) Jesus Christ. By definition, anyone who professes a false Christ denies the true one.

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The Age of the Earth 6000 or Millions of Years? Carbon Dating

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Radioactive Carbon-14 Dating

One method by which an archeologist can measure a bone (or a rock with carbon in it) is called Carbon-14 dating. The stable carbon atom is Carbon-12; Carbon-14 is an unstable isotope. C-14 has a half-life of approximately 5730 years. This means that half of the carbon in a specific organism will revert to Carbon-12 in 5,730 years. Assuming the half-life doesn’t change over time, the exponential decay equation for Carbon-14 is

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Analyzing the Standard Mormon Testimony!

Have You Heard The Rest of the Story?”  Is Something Missing? A Non-Member Tells the Truth About the Mormon Jesus

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The standard Mormon Testimony contains six main elements. “(1) I know that the (2) Book of Mormon is true, that (3) Joseph Smith is a true Prophet, that the (4) Mormon Church is the true church, and that (5) we are led by a true prophet today, I say these things (6) in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.”

Valid Testimony from Eyewitness Only

Notice the standard Mormon testimony starts with the words, “I know,” not “I believe.” When a person is not an eyewitness, “I know” is not appropriate because the person was not truly there. “I believe” is more honest. Believe is much like a verdict made in court, and is based on a random decision or, more credibly, on available information. All investigations into the truthfulness of any position are analyzed through scrutinizing all the available facts, much like a court case. An intelligent verdict is based on investigating the available evidence.

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Inspiration or Perspiration?

 Is the Book of Mormon Really Translated by The Gift and Power of God? or is it A Work of Man?

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God’s Inspired Perfect Record

If the Book of Mormon was truly translated by the gift and power of God then we would expect it to reflect God’s perfection. Surely, God would not take the time to bury a bunch of plates that were not correct or contained errors in the original language. Then he would not inspire someone to make errors while translating the original into modern English. If it truly is the fullness of the everlasting gospel then it must reflect the whole gospel correctly. If the Book of Mormon is truly of God, then the following quotes don’t seem to fit well. (2 Nephi 33:11)

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How to Witness to a Mormon about Salvation

Comparing II Nephi 25:23 and Ephesians 2:8-10

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Most Mormons think it is possible to get to heaven according to their scriptures. They are not careful in studying their theology, so they don’t know it is impossible. I help Mormons understand that they are not going to be able to qualify to be with God through the Mormon system. It is impossible for anyone to qualify for salvation according to Mormon scripture and Mormon prophets. I start with Mormon verses and Mormon doctrine. My first goal is to help them realize they are “lost.” When Mormons understand that their system of salvation doesn’t work, then they actually become eager to hear the Biblical method.

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Freemasonry, God and Religion, in the Initiatory Degree

Worshipful Master  - Altar - Candidate - Conductor

Candidate taking the Oath of an Entered Apprentice:

“Kneeling on my naked left knee, my right forming a square; my left hand supporting the HOLY BIBLE, Square, and compasses, my right resting thereon.” 

Or Masonic Religion in the First Degree

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My Masonic History & Sources

I was raised in a Masonic family. My mother was a rainbow girl, and was in Eastern Star. Both my mother and my father were in Amaranth and my father was a worshipful Master, completing both the York Rite and the Scottish Rite. When I was in Junior High, I joined DeMoley. When I was 21, I joined the Masons and took the Entered Apprentice Masonic Degree. I write from experience and quote from the actual Entered Apprentice Masonic Degree found in Duncan’s Ritual of Freemasonry and will include the page numbers. I chose this book because it is one of the most Common Monitors or Ritual books currently in print today. Most B. Dalton Book Stores (now Barnes and Noble) carry it in stock and all of them can order it.

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Evolution's Many Miracles

The Faith of the Evolutionists, The Big Poof?  Labeled as Science, With a Foundation of Faith

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Evolution is advertised as science in the schools of America. Is this really true? Science is based upon repeatable experiments. The origin of all things is not repeatable. Therefore, it is not science. The different kinds stay the same with only a slight variation within the species. When you plant a seed of corn you still get corn, not radishes. Neither creation nor evolution have been verified experimentally. If we are going to be 100% honest with ourselves, we can’t call evolution a fact until it has been proven scientifically. Things that happen outside of the natural causes are called miracles or magic. Here are some of the problems with calling evolution a science.

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Who is the Rock that Christ Built His Church Upon?

Is Peter the Rock Christ Built His Church Upon?  Answering Roman Catholicism

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The Catholic Church would have us believe that it is the true church and built upon Peter, the first Pope. To get the context of this discussion, let’s look at the following Scripture that talks about the Rock that the true church is built upon:

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Major Changes in the Book of Mormon

Comparing Versions 1830, 1837, 1840, 1842, 1879, 1920, 1981

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“I am sure that the mistakes or omissions in the first edition were in large measure the fault of the compositor or the printer.” Joseph Fielding Smith, Answers to Gospel Questions, Vol. 2, p. 200

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A Trinity Issue - Christ’s True Identity

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When you have finished reading this, you will be able to answer all of the following questions.

  • Does Roman Catholicism identify its priests as “Christ himself,” acting and standing in the person of Christ and sharing in his priesthood?
  • Is the Roman Catholic bishop like the living image of God the Father?
  • Does Roman Catholicism teach that men can share in God’s divinity, divinize others and become Gods?
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Which Religion is True?

How Do We Know Which Religion is True?

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Which religion is from the true God? Two-Question Test Reveals the Answer

Life: Can You Pass the Test?

Discernment is the ability to tell right from wrong. Today, many people say that “God wouldn’t let good people go to hell.” We tend to think that God will grade our lives on a curve; like tests in school, we’ll do okay as long as we do more right than wrong. But God grades us from a totally different perspective: 100% to Pass, any less you Fail. We need to use discernment to distinguish the right answers from the rest. The essentials of Biblical Christianity are summarized in life’s two most important questions:

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The Who Principle

One of my elders asked me, “Who do you think you are?” So the men marveled, saying, Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”

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The Who Principle” is all about identity. A few years ago, the head elder of my church asked me, “Marshall, just who do you think you are?” This is a good question for all of us to ask ourselves. The answer that we give to someone is very revealing. How do we explain who we are? It usually starts with our job, or our family and goes on to include our hobbies, vacations and the activities that we spend most of our time doing. Responding to this question, people typically say, “I’m a school teacher,” “I’m a scuba diver,” “I’m a Pastor,” or “I’m a bank executive.” This is how we identify ourselves. This is how we say who we are.

Try this.

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Roman Catholic Christian?

I Don’t Know One Roman Catholic Who is a Biblical Christian!

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“Catholic Christian” is Truly an Oxymoron!  

One pastor asked me, “You don’t mean to tell me that my Roman Catholic Priest buddy (that we pray with) is not really a Christian?”

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Promise Keepers Problems

What I Think about Promise Keepers

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Deception in our world

I was raised in a loving family that was deceived about Freemasonry. It took me many years to discern that Freemasonry was teaching a false God and a false method of salvation. I am highly concerned about false teachings. It seems to me that discernment is more important to those who recognize they have previously been deceived than someone who feels they have never been deceived.

Promise Keepers - God’s Leading

I first heard of Promise Keepers in 1993. My first encounter with the movement was one of enthusiasm from those who attended. I didn’t go that year partially due to the cost of the trip.

Eventually I decided to go to Promise Keepers 1995 at Boise, Idaho and was given some material against PK just prior to going. I wanted to know first-hand if these charges were true, so I decided to go check it out for myself.

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What is a Cult? - Marshall's Tract

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The Significance of Identity

What’s In a Definition?

The definition of anything is its description. Webster’s Dictionary says, to define is “To state the meaning of.” Therefore, the definition of something is the combination of words that describes it’s meaning. A false definition is a combination of words that describes something else. An example of this is my description of a dog: “A warm blooded, four-legged animal used as a pet in many homes. This animal has pads on the bottom of its feet and has a soft hairy body that people like to pet. This dog speaks in repeated ‘meows’ and makes messes in my back yard.”

The above description is actually, one of my cat. Everything about the description of my cat fit nicely about my dog except one. It only took one violation of “doghood” in my definition, to describe a “false dog.” Only one little difference was all it took to disqualify this as the description of a “true dog.” The “meow” identified a “false dog.” The principle of identity is based on definitions. By their definitions we are able to identify and distinguish between true or false Christs, and true or false Christianity.

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Training Up Elders in the Way they Ought to Go

ELDERS: The Biblical Picture of a Mature Christian / View PDF Tract / The Older The Bolder - Marshall Almarode 

Over time, many Christians have lost their focus on one of the main principles of the Church. Along with fellowship, prayer, singing, worship, and reading the Word of God, we need to be training mature Christians and elders how to refute false doctrine. Refuting false doctrine is a Biblical command that is largely ignored in today’s Christian Churches. In the 1800s, debates were very popular and controversy was common. People today generally do everything they can to avoid controversy because of the teaching of the “Positive Faith” movement in the church. The church tends to ignore church discipline and the church tends to no longer rebuke or refute those who oppose the gospel.  Have you ever heard of a Sunday School class called “Refuting False teachings?” I haven’t, yet this is a gospel mandate.

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The Mormon Church and Black Skin

A History of Lies, Deceit, Scripture Flip-Flops, Partial Changes / View PDF Tract / The Older The Bolder - Marshall Almarode 

Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon equates black skin color with a curse put on these people by God. These people have dark skin as a sign like Cain due to their own decision to harden their hearts against God. They are given dark or black skin color so that they will not be attractive to those who are godly and have white skin color. Anyone who marries a person with dark skin will be cursed equally for this transgression. The Book of Mormon states that if these people would only repent, their skin color will change to reflect their godliness. Their skin color will become “white and delightsome.”

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History of the Book of Mormon

“Prepublication Manuscripts and Early Editions Edited by the Prophet Joseph Smith” View PDF Tract / The Older The Bolder - Marshall Almarode 

Book of Mormon History

According to the official version of history of the church, Joseph Smith received his first vision the very first time he prayed audibly in 1820 (Pearl of Great Price, J.S. History [JSH] 1:14). In this vision, he was told that all the churches were wrong and that he should restore the church (JSH 1:19). In September of 1823 he had his second vision, which consisted of three repeated visions in the night by the Angel Moroni in Joseph’s bedroom. Moroni told him three times where the gold plates were buried (JSH 1:47). Joseph went to the Hill Cumorah and uncovered the box wherein were the gold plates. He was forbidden to take them out and was instructed to return each year to talk to this angel until the time was right to take them out (JSH 1:53). Four years later, he received the plates in September 1827 (JSH 1:59). At that time in America, no one knew how to read Egyptian hieroglyphics, and no one had ever seen or heard of “reformed Egyptian hieroglyphics.”  Mormon 9:34 states that no one can know this language, “That none other people knoweth our language; therefore he hath prepared means for interpretation thereof.” Yet to authenticate his work, Joseph copied some of the characters from the gold plates along with some translated words and had Martin Harris take them to professors Anton and Dr. Mitchel. Without the ability to know the language, these two men supposedly validated the characters were “true” and part of the translation was accurate (JSH 1:65). According to Joseph Smith, the translation was also verified by the Lord’s voice in June of 1829: “We heard a voice from out of the bright light above us saying … These plates have been revealed [and translated] by the power of God. The translation of them which you have seen is correct” (HoC, 1:55). This translation that the Lord’s voice refers to is the initial translation of the “reformed Egyptian hieroglyphics” on the gold plates into English, hand-written by the scribes on the original manuscript. The printed Book of Mormon did not come out until March of 1830.

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I Testify to You That I Know the Mormon Church is True...

“I Testify to You That I Know the Mormon Church is True... Because We are the Only Church that has 12 Living Apostles.” View PDF Tract / The Older The Bolder - Marshall Almarode 

 Let's Investigate This Claim

Apostles of the First Century

The First 12 (the Bible)

When He began His public ministry in Israel after his baptism, Jesus personally selected His twelve apostles. After one (Judas Iscariot) betrayed Christ, his office was filled by another (Acts 1:12-26). The resurrected Jesus appeared to two of His disciples on the road to Emmaus and explained what was written in all the scriptures concerning Himself (Luke 24:27). After His ascension, the remaining 11 Apostles met to fill the vacancy. Peter reminded the other ten apostles, “Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishopric let another take” (Psalms 69:25 and 109:8). These Scriptures foretell that only Judas would be replaced. There are no biblical references foretelling or referring to the replacement of any other apostles. The Scripture implies that Judas was different than the other disciples and needed to be replaced due to his betrayal of Jesus unto death. It is not recorded that any other apostle ever committed suicide. The Bible appears to be teaching that Judas' ordination as an Apostle was revoked, and that he was no longer considered one of them (John 13:27; 17:12).

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4 Articles of Faith For Bible-Believing Christians

The 4 Articles of Faith / View PDF Tract / The Older The Bolder - Marshall Almarode 

  1. Source of  Truth
  2. Identity of  God
  3. How We Are Saved
  4. The Christian Life

Articles of Faith are, by design, a summary of a belief system. They should be wide enough to include all those who are like-minded and are thereby in unity. They should be narrow enough to exclude all those who disagree.

There are four foundations or basics of the biblical faith that we must agree on to be included in the faith.

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Do the Mormons Really Deny Jesus?

The Answer is Absolutely Yes! / View PDF Tract / The Older The Bolder - Marshall Almarode 

“Whom Do Ye Say That I Am?”
      Jesus obviously felt it was important for His disciples to know His true identity. Although the Mormon Church professes to believe in Jesus Christ, we will see that they actually deny most of the essentials of: A) Who He is (prophetically and ancestrally); and B) What He did. If anyone redefines who Jesus is and what He did, they have a different (false) Christ. For example, if I were to teach that, “Jesus was born in Japan in 1830, He killed 24 people, He even lied to many people during His lifetime, and finally died in 1902 of old age,” I would be teaching a false Jesus. At the least, I would be denying His birthplace, His Jewish ancestry, and His death on the cross. If I were to teach these things about Jesus Christ, they would be enough to define a different (false) Jesus Christ. By definition, anyone who professes a false Christ denies the true one. Jesus wants us to recognize Him and follow Him only. The question is, “Do the Mormons profess the true Jesus Christ or a false one?”

 

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Uncloaking Questions - Discernment and the Cults

Discernment Questions / View PDF Tract / The Older The Bolder - Marshall Almarode 

The Encounter

Today at work, I was lamenting about my son-in-law and my foster son discussing the problems of life with a driver named “Donald.” As we talked, he chimed in and it sounded in every case like I had just met a fellow Christian. We were sharing Bible verses back and forth in total unity and harmony. We talked for probably five minutes, without me asking him one discernment question. Finally, I could stand it no longer. I asked my favorite generic discernment question, “So, what church do you attend?” This question helps me decide which type of uncloaking question he needs to be asked. He stated that he was a Christian attending the Seventh Day Adventist Church [SDA]. The Adventists “cloak” their false gospel and their teachings that Ellen G. White is their source of truth from the public. It was only when I asked him SDA discernment questions about his gospel that we disagreed strongly. He immediately was disappointed that I knew about his beliefs concerning the 1843 and 1844 sanctuary doctrines taught by Ellen G. White. Had I not been aware of the false gospel of the SDAs, I would have never been able to uncloak him and his false teachings.  I could have easily believed that this person was a true fellow Christian and accepted him in full fellowship. If I had not asked him a discernment question to uncloak him, I would not known that I needed to witness to him about his false gospel.  Others who were listening might never have known that he believed in a false gospel and a false prophetess and was therefore not a true Christian. (Matthew 24:24)

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Bookmark for Your Book of Mormon

Including References Essential to the Faith From D&C and the Miracle of Forgiveness / View PDF Handout / The Older The Bolder - Marshall Almarode 

1 .Godhead

The Father

Moroni 8:18 - unchangeable from all eternity to e.

Mormon 9:9 - same yesterday, today and forever

Alma 11:44 – Father, Son & Holy Ghost=one God

Alma 41:8 - the decrees of God are unalterable

Ether 8:19 - Lord works not in secret combinations

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The Biblical Requirements of Church Elders

Elders: The Biblical Picture of Maturity in the Faith /  View PDF Handout / The Older The Bolder - Marshall Almarode 

  • What are the Elders and What are Their Functions?

In the Bible, an elder is the picture of the mature Christian. The elders of the church are the leaders who have matured in the faith. They oversee the functions of the local body of believers. They should be actively involved in the church, nurturing and discipling others into the fullness of the true faith. When false teachings infiltrate the body of believers, the elders have the responsibility to refute the error and expose those who oppose the gospel.

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