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.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Another Defense for Christian Apologists Dealing with Mormon Heresy

Is Jesus the only begotten? Both mormons and Christians would say "yes" to that question. However, there is a rather large separation in understanding between those two groups, as to what this means. For instance, while Biblical Christianity means exactly what it affirms, that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, mormonism believes Jesus is the only begotten, but that He is the only begotten in " the flesh", and that Jesus, while being the only begotten in the flesh, is NOT the ONLY begotten, in the spirit. In fact, it teaches that Jesus is our older brother, and the spirit brother to Lucifer.

So when you attempt to defend your position using scriptural support, such as John 3:18, which states in the KJV, "He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.", you will be told, "notice it says only begotten, which means only begotten in the flesh" by your mormon apologist friend.

Obviously, beside the problem of arguing from silence, and the insertion of the mormons presuppositional argument for his doctrinal belief, there is in fact, another problem.
Does the term, "only begotten" indicate that this is only in the flesh? Why not look to the original Greek and see if we can solve this issue.

The term, "only begotten"

Original Word: μονογενής, ές
Part of Speech: Adjective
Transliteration: monogenés
Phonetic Spelling: (mon-og-en-ace')
Short Definition: only, only-begotten, unique
Definition: only, only-begotten; unique.

3439 monogenḗs (from 3411 /misthōtós, "one-and-only" and 1085 /génos, "offspring, stock") – properly, one-and-only; "one of a kind" – literally, "one (monos) of a class, genos" (the only of its kind). (the above from biblos.com)

Notice it says clearly, "one and only; "one of a kind" the ONLY of it's kind".

Friends, the mormon can attempt to explain this away, however, the definitive meaning of the term "only begotten" is absolutely crystal clear to the reader. And only by inserting an argument from silence, can one argue it means anything else, and of course, that type of argument is easily refutable.

Here is a short list of verses that speak to Jesus being the only Son of God:

  • John 3:18 - Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
  • 1 John 4:9 - In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.
  • John 3:16 - “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
  • John 1:18 - No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.
  • 1 John 5:20 - And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

    Happy refuting!

Friday, March 25, 2011

What do I mean not the "Biblical" Jesus?


If you have spoken very much to your Mormon friends, or if you are a Mormon, chances are you have either heard, or said, "Mormonism does not teach the true Jesus". I have said this myself, and it is not an insult, or intended to "slam" the Mormon at all. But typically, this point given by the apologist, if not followed up with an explanation, will result in spiral down of mature debate. It quickly enters the, "I'm a real Christian" .. to which the other responds, "nuh uh", and then we are not engaging in an intellectual debate, but a berating of the other person.So the question we must ask is this, does this statement have any validity? Is it possible for someone to believe in a Jesus who is "not" the Jesus that the Bible speaks of? Watch this short clip, and lets see.


Obviously, simply believing in "a" Jesus is not what is important. I can believe Jesus was a teacher, a man, the Son of the One and Only God, or A son of A God, or someone who never even existed. However, does "who Jesus is to me" really matter? Does my belief in or disbelief in who Jesus claimed to be somehow make Him true or false? Or does what the Bible said about Jesus supersede my presuppositions, and who Jesus claimed to be?

The Jesus in the Bible that we read about as a coming promise in the Old Testament, as being the Son of God made flesh being born, living, dying, and resurrected in the Gospels, and the living Jesus at the right hand of the Father in the Epistles, is the same Jesus. Some of His nature:

Eternal (John 1:1-2)
Creator (John 1:3)
Only son of God (John 3:16)
Our Eternal High Priest (Hebrews 6:20)
The 2nd person described in the Trinity (Deut. 6:4)
The mediator between God and Man (1 Tim. 2:5)
The propitiation for our sins (1 John 2:2, 1 John 4:10)
The only name by which men can be saved (Acts 4:12)
The I AM (Mark 14:62)

Is this Jesus who was just described the same Jesus as we read about in Mormon Doctrine? Some of the nature of the Mormon Jesus:

Not Eternal (Click LDS.ORG Link Here)
Not the only son of God (Click LDS.ORG Link Here)
Not the Eternal High Priest (Click LDS.ORG Link Here)
Not a member of a triune God, but a separate God, one of many (Click LDS.ORG Link Here)
Not the only mediator, but Gordon B. Hinckley and Joseph Smith (Click LDS.ORG Link Here)
His death is not enough, but require a litany of works (Click LDS.ORG Link Here)
No Salvation without belief Joseph Smith is a Prophet (Click LDS.ORG Link Here)

This list is by no means completely "exhaustive", but I believe shows rather conclusively that the Jesus Christ that Christians believe in that is revealed in the Bible, is NOT the same Jesus that the Mormon church teaches their members about.

In conclusion, I have a question to ask you; if you believe in the "wrong" Jesus, or a "false" Jesus, do you have enough courage to seek Him? To find the truth of who Jesus is? Or do we expect that God will simply "overlook" our error, even though we never worshiped His Son, loved Him, or knew Him? Even though, He has revealed to us who His Son is through His written word, the Bible?

I ask that you would take that question seriously, because there is no second chance, and nothing more important than where you will spend eternity. I pray if you are a Christian you will send your mormon friends to this site. And if you are a mormon, I am praying for God to reveal the truth to you.

In Him,

Jamie

Thursday, March 17, 2011

85. Geisler - How I got into Apologetics.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Reaching Mormons


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Listen in as the Bible Answer Man interviews Joel Kramer of Living Hope Ministries, in Brigham City, Utah, on why he is determined to reach mormons with the true gospel of Christ!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

To ALL Mormons and Jehovas Witnesses from Christians



The fall was not a good thing ...


Tonight, I was watching a video from the, "one minute apologist" on the "marks of a cult". He was dead on with every single point, which by the way, speaks directly to mormonism. He mentioned many things, but one of the many struck me. The view of sin, and the fall of man. If mormonism and Christianity are the same, as mormons claim, we should share a similar view on the fall. Do we? That is the question. First, what does the Bible say about the fall?


Genesis 3:17-20: " 17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’; Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you will eat of it All the days of your life. 18 “Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; And you will eat the plants of the field; 19 By the sweat of your face You will eat bread, Till you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust you shall return.” 20 Now the man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all the living. 21 The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them." (Notice, garments of skin from animals, as in death of animals)

Romans 5:17: " 17 For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one..."

Romans 5:19: "19 For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous."

1 Corinthians 15:22: " 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive..."

Romans 6:23: " 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

 1 Corinthians 15:56-57: " 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; 57 but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."

Colossians 2:13-14: " 13 When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, 14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross."

1 Peter 2:21-24: "21 For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, 22W HO COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS ANY DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH; 23 and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; 24 and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed."

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but tells us that, sin is bad. It is disobedience to the will of God through willful actions. Adam and Eve are guilty of this, as is the entire world. They were told not to eat of the tree, and told what would happen. They made the choice to do the opposite. That is the Christian Biblical teaching.

The Mormon Teaching however, is that man "had" to fall, and that the fall was "good".

"Adam fell that men might be; and men are. that they might have joy". (BOM 2 Nephi 2:25)

"And in that day Adam blessed God and was filled, and began to prophesy concerning all the families of the earth, saying: Blesses be the name of God, for because of my transgression my eyes are opened, and in this life I shall have joy, and again in the flesh I shall see God. And Eve, his wife, heard all these things and was glad, saying: Were it not for our transgression we never should have had seed, and never should have known good and evil, and the joy of our redemption, and the eternal life which God giveth into all the obedient." (Pearl of Great Price, Moses 5:10-11)

This taken from LDS.ORG:

"Some may regret that our first parents sinned. This is nonsense. If we had been there, and they had not sinned, we would have sinned. I will not blame Adam or Eve. Why? Because it was necessary that sin should enter into the world; no man could ever understand the principle of exaltation without its opposite; no one could ever receive an exaltation without being acquainted with its opposite. How did Adam and Eve sin? Did they come out in direct opposition to God and to his government? No. But they transgressed a command of the Lord, and through that transgression sin came into the world. The Lord knew they would do this, and he had designed that they should” (Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1941], p. 103).

• What is the difference between transgressing a law of God as Adam and Eve did and coming out in direct opposition to God as Satan did? (Attitude or motive. Satan rebelled against God and sought to destroy the purposes of God, while Adam and Eve transgressed one of God’s laws in order to fulfill another.)

• Many religions accuse Adam and Eve of being sinful, wicked people. Because we understand their transgression in its true light, how should we feel about them? (We should be deeply grateful for their willingness to make mortality possible. We see them as two of the greatest and most righteous people the earth has known.)"

This is perhaps the most shocking of all. The above comes from a lds support manual to help teach children

No, the fall was NOT a good thing. And no, God did not design the fall to make them sin. To say that God wanted Adam and Eve to sin is to go against the very nature of who God truly is.

James 1:13 says "Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am being tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone."

The truth is, because of the horror of sin, and the terror of its consequences, we are in for the judgment of God. And His judgment is just. We deserve the hell He created. It is only through accepting the gift of salvation, by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, can we escape and become the adopted children of God. Biblical Christians are bought at the highest price ever, with the blood of the Lamb of God. And that was spilled, because of sin, which mormonism would have us believe was orchastrated by God.

The Bible is truth, God's word does not change to fit into our personal beliefs, and it is perfect.

In Him,

Jamie 

Friday, March 4, 2011

So Many Heresies, So Little Time . . .



When refuting mormonism, it is difficult to choose which heresies to begin with. Why is this? Because you are truly being forced to refute more than simply one religion or world view.

When you look at what mormonisms teachings are, it is more than simply one religion, and requires an understanding of more than one religion. For instance, mormonism contains the following:

1 - Evolution - The mormon doctrine does not believe in creation ex nihilo (out of nothing). They teach that matter is eternal, and that it cannot be created. Now this is not to say that mormons believe in evolution as in the, "monkeys to man", but that they borrow a piece of what they believe from it.

2 - Universalism - This is the believe that people are inherently good, and almost all will be saved, regardless of if they believe in mormonism and hold to its teachings or not. They do not believe that all will be saved, but again, they borrow a piece from its concepts.

3 - Masonry - It is no secret that Joseph Smith was a mason, and many of the temple ceremonies have masonic elements, as well as the temples being full of masonic symbols. They do not necessarily teach all of the tenants of the masonic lodge, but they borrow from bits and pieces of it.

4 - Christianity. The momon founder Joseph Smith stole and plagiarized huge sections of the Bible when writing his book of mormon. The church today borrows many of the Christian terms, however, they change the definition entirely. They claim to have a love for the Bible, all the while insisting it is a corrupted, mistranslated book, that required restoration.

5 - Paganism - We see certain pagan elements to mormonism. This is to say that mormon doctrine borrows from such elements, such as baptism for the dead, which is a pagan practice. Again they do not borrow from all aspects of paganism, but only a part.

6 - Polytheism. This is the belief in multiple gods. Mormon doctrine is clear that their are "gods without number" and "worlds without number". While they say Jesus is the only god we (mormons) worship, they believe that not only is there an innumerable amount of gods, but that they themselves also can become gods.


7 - quasi-Gnosticism. (this from my friend Letitia)  This is the belief in certain dualities inherent in the universe that unite to 'give birth' to certain other emanations. This is reflected in the doctrine stressing t...he need for male and female in ...the celestial world to produce spirit offspring and perpetuate a certain cycle of life. This is also reflected in the idea that Satan exists as necessary a being as God is (not my words but the missionaries!). Furthermore, it is reflected in the idea that we must 'return to Heavenly Father' as Mormons say, back to the source to shed our mortal bodies and enter a higher (exalted) state of being.

When dealing with mormonism, it is very helpful to have an understanding of all of these areas, however if you know your Bible, you will easily spot the false the doctrine.

Hopefully this has given my Christian friends some insight as to why it can be tricky to understand mormon doctrine, if your new to dealing with the LDS religion.

Jamie

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Has the Bible Changed Over Time?

"Well nothing destroys an other wise interesting argument like the facts"
Mike Licona

Mike Licona laying down the apologetic defense for the Bible being trustworthy and remaining the same.

Can A Beginningless Universe Exist?

Mormonism claims thats there are worlds without end, and gods without number. It claims that God did not create ex nihilo, but reorganized matter which, it claims, is eternal. Is that reasonable? Watch as Dr. William Lane Craig refutes this idea of a beginingless universe.

The Veracity of The New Testament

Listen in as Christian Apologist Dr. Gary Habermas makes a case for the veracity of the New Testament, and it's reliability. Mormons will often say that the New Testament is not accurate, and that Paul is somehow at odd's with Jesus. Listen in and see why we can trust the New Testament as reliable, and inspired, from God.

Veracity of the New Testament from The Veritas Forum on Vimeo.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Has God Spoken


This has to be one of the best refutations of the book of mormon, and a fantastic affirmation of the Holy word of God. The Bible is God's truth, and this broadcast will strengthen your faith in it.

Simply click the picture above, and listen in.

What to say to Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses when they knock on your door


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"What to say to Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses when they knock on your door"