180 Movie

Watch one of the most shocking documentaries ever produced. Are you pro life? Pro choice? Watch, and be ready for an intense challenge.

The Blood of Jesus + Anything = a Different Gospel

In Mormonism, this equation of, “grace plus”, is echoed throughout all of its scriptures, teachings, church publications, and prophets.

Is What We Have Now What They Had Then?

Is what we have in our Bible's now, what the original authors really said? Does the difference in the Bible Versions mean we cannot trust the Bible at all? Do textual variatians give validity to the mormon claim that the Bible is corrupt, and needed the restoration of Joseph Smith, so much so that we have a whole new book? Listen in as Dan Wallace provides an intense and astounding look at the reliability of the New Testament, looks at textual variations, and through evidence, and reason, builds an amazingly strong case for the validity of the Bible.

Dr. John MacArthur, Making a Case for the Authority of the Bible

Listen to this audio series as Pastor John MacAurthur presents a 5 part teaching series for the reliability of the Bible

Mormonism: Understanding the History and Heresies

Listen in as Dr. Phil Fernandes presents a 3 part audio teaching on Mormon history and heresy. Learn how to answer Mormon missionaries from one of the leading apologists in cults.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Why Respond to Mormon Claims?

"In apologetics, the concern is not with those who throw rocks but rather with their publicized attacks against Christianity that, if left unanswered, are potentially deceiving to multitudes of people."


If you decide to take a stand for Biblical Christianity, and take the claims of the cults head on, one question you can expect to have asked of you is, "why are you trying to tear down someone else's religion? Why can't you just believe what you believe, and let others believe what they think is right."?

Often times, this question can come from a close friend, or a family member. It is easy to be taken off guard by this sort of an accusation. Our defenses are usually raised immediately, and we either respond to the person face to face angrily, or if you present the claims over social media sites, such as Facebook, we hammer out an angry message back to the person. While this might make us feel good for a moment, we typically are still left angry, and hurt. And secretly, maybe you wonder if it really is your place to speak up against someones beliefs. "After all," we reason, "I have no shortage of my own problems, and I don't have everything figured out...perhaps I will just stop witnessing to this person".

While this is in part true, that each of us have our own problems, and we are all sinners, and far from perfect, it does not mean that we should not contend for the faith that we have given our lives to. What's more, you can be assured that the enemy does not cease to pit itself against the truth of the Bible. While we may decide to stop witnessing to people, or providing an apologetic defense for Biblical Christianity, those who raise themselves up against the truth of the scripture are still on the offense, proclaiming that the message of the cross is foolishness.

Recently, I was reading in a book, entitled, "Reasons for Faith" by Norman Geisler and Chad V Meister, this statement from apologist Kurt Van Gorden, who has participated in debates against leading Mormon apologists, which says, "In apologetics, the concern is not with those who throw rocks but rather with their publicized attacks against Christianity that, if left unanswered, are potentially deceiving to multitudes of people."

From this statement, we see that we as apologists, do not defend Christianity, as if Christianity cannot withstand the attacks leveled against it, but that those who are attacking Christianity, choose public forums, to level their attacks against Christianity. So if Christians do not provide a defense against the claims these groups make, they could potentially deceive a large number of people. Please note, as I said, the attacks being leveled against Biblical Christianity, are often leveled in a highly publicized arena. Facebook is quickly becoming just such an arena, where we see groups forming that attack Biblical Christianity's claims. In a response to this, people, such as myself, have formed our own groups to defend Biblical Christianity against the various claims of the cultists.

So why should we respond to the claims made? Why are we "attacking others beliefs"? Well, that question is not altogether truthful. First, let us remember, that Mormon doctrine itself attacks Biblical Christianity. Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon church, says that in his vision, he was told that all of the churches are corrupted, and its members, and that they are all an abomination before the Lord. And that the Bible to has become corrupted, and the gospel itself was in need of full restoration.

Remember, Mormon missionaries come to your house, knock on your door, talk with your family, with the message that the Mormon church is the only true church on the face of the earth, that the book of Mormon is the most correct of any on earth, and attempt to convert you. They are on the offense, and they are in your area, promoting their gospel. Isn't the least that we as Christians can do, be prepared to give an apologetic defense against those who claim that our beliefs are in error?

Jude 1:3 says, "Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints." Notice, we are to contend for the truth of our faith.

Again in Galatians 1:9, we read, "As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!". This means that the gospel that Paul received, and preached in his epistles is the true gospel of our Lord. So if anyone was to be out preaching a gospel contrary to this, they are giving you a false gospel, and they are accursed!

However, 1 Corinthians 13:1 says, "If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.". It is possible to refute someone, and tear the argument apart, and lose the soul. Which one of these has eternal consequences? If you are a Christian reading this, remember that you too, were lost, and the message of the cross was also foolishness to you. Those who willfully reject the message of the Gospel, are in spiritual darkness. Let us not mock, tear down, or ridicule. Let us remember we are hear to give an answer for the reason of the hope that is within us, with gentleness, and respect. Do not become a noisy gong. 

Whether you are a Mormon reading this post, or a Christian who has stayed on the side line a little to long, I encourage you to become active. We are commanded to be ready to give an answer for the reason of the hope that is within us, with gentleness and respect, and to be ready to do so, in season, and out of season.

In Him,

Jamie Pellew

Refuting Mormon Proof Texts for Polygamy in the Bible Being Commanded, Part 1



The following were proof texts used by a Mormon to try to show from the Bible that God approved of polygamy.

  • 2 Samuel 12, 7-8
7 And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; 8 And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives in...to thy bosom,

  1. [After this, they were his concubine wives that lived in his estate. Only until he murdered to take upon a woman he lusted after was he punished and chastised by the Lord, later]

  • Exodus 21
 1 Now these are the judgments which thou shalt set before them. [each verse in between lists other charges to follow] 10 If he take him another wife; her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish.

  1. [The Lord was okay with the Israelites having plural wives]
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Now, here is the refutation:

Lets look at these in context, so that we may see if the Lord is contradictory, or if He is truth.

You said, "7 And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I anointed th...ee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; 8 And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives in...to thy bosom,

[After this, they were his concubine wives that lived in his estate. Only until he murdered to take upon a woman he lusted after was he punished and chastised by the Lord, later]"

  • "Gave thee thy master's house, and thy master's wives-The phraseology means nothing more than that God in His providence had given David, as king of Israel, everything that was Saul's. The history furnishes conclusive evidence that he never actually married any of the wives of Saul. But the harem of the preceding king belongs, according to Oriental notions, as a part of the regalia to his successor." (James commentary)

Also, it appears it was a duty to care for the wives and look after them, period.

Theres one down

  • "Exodus 21

1 Now these are the judgments which thou shalt set before them. ...[each verse in between lists other charges to follow] 10 If he take him another wife; her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish. [The Lord was okay with the Israelites having plural wives]"

Lets look at this in context. I love how you quoted verse 1 and 10 only.

  1. Now these are the ordinances which you are to set before them:

2“If you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall serve for six years; but on the seventh he shall go out as a free man without payment. 3“If he comes alone, he shall go out alone; if he is the husband of a wife, then his wife shall go out with him. 4“If his master gives him a wife, and she bears him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall belong to her master, and he shall go out alone. 5“But if the slave plainly says, ‘I love my master, my wife and my children; I will not go out as a free man,’ 6then his master shall bring him to God, then he shall bring him to the door or the doorpost. And his master shall pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall serve him permanently.


7“If a man sells his daughter as a female slave, she is not to go free as the male slaves do. 8“If she is displeasing in the eyes of her master who designated her for himself, then he shall let her be redeemed. He does not have authority to sell her to a foreign people because of his unfairness to her. 9“If he designates her for his son, he shall deal with her according to the custom of daughters. 10“If he takes to himself another woman, he may not reduce her food, her clothing, or her conjugal rights. 11“If he will not do these three things for her, then she shall go out for nothing, without payment of money.

A proper reading of this text, one that a person with the ability to not read something into the text, can see extremely clearly, the Lord never once says it is ok. God, knowing the evil and sin that man does, simply says not to reduce her food, her clothing, or conjugal rights. Where does this at all anywhere say God was ok with it or commanded it? No where, not even close

Deuteronomy 17:17 says, "He must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray. He must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold. "

You need to understand the difference between temporarily tolerating a sin, such as polygamy, and commanding a sin. For God to say marriage is between one man and one woman, and to set those guidelines on the leaders of the church, then Go back and command it, is a contradiction of His Holy nature.

God tolerated the sinful actions for a time, never did He condone these actions. He may tolerate our sins, but that does not mean that He approves of them, or condones them.

When you try to discredit the Bible or make it say something it never did, you will run into these kinds of problems, and get weird doctrines.

Refuting Mormon Proof Texts - Can Man Become God?



Mormon doctrine teaches that man can become a god. In fact, mormon theology tells us that god was once a man, and "as man is, God once was, as God is, man may become" as mormon Lorenzo Snow put it. They deify man, and bring god down to mans level. Sometimes they will use John 10:34 as a proof text in support of this false doctrine. The following is a good way to take the steam out of their argument, and put the verse back into context, where it belongs!

"This text should not be used to support the view that we (or anyone can become) little gods, for such an interpretation is contrary to the overall context. Jesus is not speaking to pantheists (who believe that God is everything and everything is God) or polytheists (who believe in many gods). Rather, He is addressing strict Jewish monotheists who believe that only the Creator of the universe is God. So, His statement should not be wrenched out of this monotheistic context and given a pantheistic or polytheistic twist.

Jesus' statement must be understood as part of Hid overall reasoning here which is an "a fortiori" argument: "If God even called human judges gods, " then how much more can I call myself the Son of God." Christ had just pronounced Himself one with the Father, saying, "I and My Father are one" (10:30). The Jews wanted to stone Him because they thought Christ was blaspheming, making himself out to be equal with God (vv. 31-33). Jesus responded by quoting Psalm 82:6 which says, "I said, you are gods." So Jesus reasoned, if human judges could be called "gods," then why can't the Son of God be called "God"?

Note that not everyone is called "gods" but only a special class of persons, namely, judges about whom Jesus said, they are those to "whom the word of God came" (v. 35). Jesus was showing that if the Old Testament Scriptures could give some divine status to divinely appointed judges, why should they find it incredible that he should call himself the Son of God?

These judges were "gods" in the sense that they stood in God's place, judging even life and death matters. They were not called "gods" because they were divine beings. Indeed, the text Jesus cites (Psalm 82) goes on to say that they were "mere men" and would "die" (v.7). It also affirms that they were "the sons of the Most High," but not because they were of the essence of God himself.

It is possible, as many scholars believe, that when the psalmist Asaph said to the unjust judges, "You are gods," he was speaking in irony. He was saying, "I have called you "gods," but in fact you will die like the men that you really are." If this is so, then when Jesus alluded to this psalm in John 10, he was saying that what the Israelite judges were called in irony and in judgment, he is in reality. Jesus was giving a defense for his own deity, not for the deification of man." (Geisler and Rhodes, Correcting the cults)

Jamie

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Why the Bible? Ravi Zacharias at the University of Illinois

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Missing Gospels MP3 Audio Interview


Listen in as Darrell L. Bock, W. Hall Harris III, Daniel B. Wallace, and Mark Yarbrough discuss the impact of the Gnostic Gospels on Christianity in the early church, the church today, and contemporary culture.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Dr. Walter Martin - Part 1 of 2 - Maze of Mormonism

Saturday, December 25, 2010

What Every Mormon should know: Walter Martin part1

What Every Mormon should know: Walter Martin part2

What Every Mormon should know: Walter Martin part3

What Every Mormon should know: Walter Martin part4

What Every Mormon should know: Walter Martin part5

What Every Mormon should know: Walter Martin part6

Living Waters University: Oscar the Mormon

Monday, December 20, 2010

The 3 Biggest Errors Cultists Make

Dr. Ron Rhodes, on the 3 Biggest Errors Cultists Make. Fantastic 72 minute audio!



Click HERE to listen

Why We Believe the Bible: MP3 Series by John Piper

This is another amazing 5 part audio on the reliability, and trustworthiness of the Bible. John Piper speaks directly about the authority, inspiration, and inerrancy of scripture.











The Bible and Apologetics Mp3 Series by R.C. Sproul

In this 5 part series, Dr. R.C. Sproul talks about the trustworthiness of the Bible!









Saturday, December 18, 2010

Dr. Phil Fernandes - 4 Part Teaching on Understanding Mormonism

This is an absolutely awesome audio on what Mormonism teaches, and why it goes against the Bible! Click the link below to listen to this apologetic teaching!


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Why We Trust the Bible, Dr. Darrell Bock

This is a fantastic,  72 minute audio clip by Dr. Darrell Bock on the trustworthiness of the Bible.

Reasons for Faith, audio by Walter Martin

Debate - Is Mormonism Christian?

Early Testimony for the New Testament - Dr. Frank Turek

Lee Strobel - Is the Bible Reliable as a Historical Document