Roundup

Spend Your Day with Eternity in Mind

Missionary Adoniram Judson said this (read these words carefully):

A life once spent is irrevocable. It will remain to be contemplated for eternity. The same may be said of each day. When it is once past, it is gone forever. All the marks which we put upon it, will exhibit forever. Each day will not only be a witness of our conduct, but will affect our everlasting destiny. How shall we then wish to see each day marked with usefulness? It is too late to mend the days that are past. The future is in our power. Let us then each morning resolve to spend the day into eternity in such a garb as we shall wish it to wear forever. And at night, let us reflect that one more day is irrevocably gone indelibly marked.

CALIFORNIA VOTES To Allow BOYS TO SHOWER WITH GIRLS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

But the kicker is this statement contained in the bill:

“SECTION 1. Section 221.5 of the Education Code is amended to read:”

“(f) A pupil shall be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs and facilities, including athletic teams and competitions, and use facilities consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil’s records.”

In other words, any boy who claims he is a girl, even though he is anatomically still a boy, would be allowed to use the same locker rooms and showers that the girls use. On the opposite side, a girl claiming to be a boy but is still anatomically a girl would be allowed to shower with all the boys. They don’t even have to be undergoing any form of sex change therapy, just say they are the opposite sex from what they really are and they can parade around in all their glory in either locker room or shower.

That is what you get from Democrats in California.

My Apology to Mormon Readers — a devastating critique.  All Mormons should read this.  I believe in religious freedom and appreciate the general pro-life / pro-family views of Mormons, but by their own words Mormons are not Christians.

I am sorry that the science of genetics has refuted claims made in the Book of Mormon concerning the relationship between Native Americans and Semitic people. These refutations undermine the entire historical premise of the Book of Mormon.

I am also sorry that while archeological discovery supports the claims of the Bible it clearly does not support the claims of the Book of Mormon. Battles that were supposed to have occurred in specific locations in North America simply never took place. The archeological evidence just isn’t there.

I am sorry about the plagiarism of the Holy Bible that runs through the Book of Mormon. I am sorry that Mormons cannot see that Joseph Smith’s refusal to reveal the golden tablets is strong evidence of their nonexistence. The heavy plagiarism in the Book of Mormon puts the lie to the rest of the story of Smith, the former seeker of the lost treasures of Captain Kidd.

I am sorry that my Mormon readers have put all their eggs in one basket by constantly writing to me quoting Matthew 7:16. So I am sorry that I must now apply that verse to the very first Mormon.

I am sorry that among the 33 well-documented plural wives of Joseph Smith, there were close to a dozen unions in which the wife was already married to another man.

Audio: IRS agent tells pro-life group, “Keep your faith to yourself.” — Surprised?

Every time you hear or read about the George Zimmerman trial, ask why equal time wasn’t spent on the Kermit Gosnell trial.  Which had more dead bodies?  Which were cold-blooded killings?  Which had deliberate and consistent breakdowns in government oversight that allowed the crimes to continue?  And so on.

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  1. I simply LOVE your graphics!

    Well, you might notice I stole a citation and an article to post on FB. I will be stealing some graphics also.

    I loved that apology from Mike Adams to the Mormons. I read it last week and the comments from the Mormons were so full of lies that I just had to email Mike to tell him he was right on regardless of what the Mormons were saying. He e-mailed me back and said I made his day. 🙂

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  2. I read Adams’ column too. Even without really digging in to Mormonism’s false theology and the Book of Mormon’s lack of archaeological evidence (of which there is plenty for the Bible), I have always had a few basic questions for Mormons (apologies to Neil if he’s seen me state them already):

    – How do you square your beliefs with Paul’s teaching (whom you claim is a real disciple of Christ) that anyone preaching a different gospel is not only a fraud, but worthy of condemnation?

    – Why would Jesus need to make a 2nd missionary trip to Earth in the first place? Even though the people of 1st century Judea didn’t know about the New World yet, Jesus did…and He surely would have also known that Christians would eventually find it and take the Gospel there on their own…which is exactly what happened starting in the 1500s, via the Spanish conquistadors and missionaries who followed Columbus.

    – Speaking of the Spanish, why weren’t they (or the French, or the British) greeted by groups of natives who were already Christians? If the same Jesus appeared in the Americas some time after His mission to Israel, death, and resurrection…why didn’t any natives say to European missionaries, “Oh, yeah…Jesus! We know that guy! Yeah yeah, do unto others…He told us that stuff, too. Here’s a record of the things He did over here a few centuries ago….”? Where were all of those people?

    – I think Mormonism teaches that such pre-Columbian New World Christians had been wiped out by war or famine or something prior to the arrival of the Spanish. Why would God allow that, when the church thrived in Israel and spread, despite centuries of intense persecution by the Romans and other empires of history which followed?

    – Independent of the Book of Mormon, is there any reason whatsoever to think there was any Christianity to be found in the New World at all, prior to 1492? Because there’s plenty of evidence outside the Bible to indicate that Jesus really appeared in Israel.

    – Does it bother you at all that Joseph Smith was run out of town by actual Christians who weren’t interested in his heresies?

    – Does it seem even a little bit strange to you that the Apostle Paul not only condemned false teaching, but even that which was delivered via “an angel from Heaven” (Moroni), which Paul specifically mentions?

    – Does it bother you even a little bit that Mormons did this? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_Meadows_massacre

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    1. Matt,
      They don’t say Jesus made a 2nd century visit – he visited after he left Israel, which is still 1st century. Just for clarification.

      The Spanish, etc, would not have found these “Christians” because they had all died in that great war by the end of the 5th century. God allowed it so He could restore the church with Smith. The real church died out in Israel also, with only apostates and heretics left over there, which is why it had to be restored in Smith’s time. THAT is what Mormons will tell you.

      Which time are you referring to when you talk about Smith being run out of town? Some of those had nothing to do with his theology, rather it had to do with his sexual immorality, and even his failed banking schemes.

      Paul’s writings don’t apply, because the Mormons had the real gospel.

      The Mormons say Mountain Meadows was done by some fanatics and not sanctioned by the church.

      See, they have good answers for everything.

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      1. They don’t say Jesus made a 2nd century visit – he visited after he left Israel, which is still 1st century. Just for clarification.

        I said, “Why would Jesus need to make a 2nd missionary trip to Earth in the first place? Even though the people of 1st century Judea didn’t know about the New World yet, Jesus did…” I am not familiar enough with the Book of Mormon to know WHEN they claim Christ appeared over here, merely that it does make that claim.

        Paul’s writings don’t apply, because the Mormons had the real gospel.

        I thought they used the same Bible we do, alongside the Book of Mormon. I posed this question to a Mormon friend back in college, and he claimed that its “gospel” is in harmony with the one Paul preached (when even a casual observer can see that isn’t true).

        The Spanish, etc, would not have found these “Christians” because they had all died in that great war by the end of the 5th century. God allowed it so He could restore the church with Smith. The real church died out in Israel also, with only apostates and heretics left over there, which is why it had to be restored in Smith’s time. THAT is what Mormons will tell you.

        I find it impossible to believe that God would allow that or permit even a temporary snuffing-out of Christ’s work on Earth. The Israelites never were wiped out completely, so why would Christians be?

        The Mormons say Mountain Meadows was done by some fanatics and not sanctioned by the church.

        The fact that it happened at all raises some questions about these people and what they actually believe, even if it was over a century ago. I’m supposed to think that a gaggle of good “Christian” people – church sanctioned or not – had no problem with wiping out a wagon train full of women and children?

        Thanks for clarifying. Every answer that Mormons would give me, would raise two more questions.

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      2. ‘I usually do the Galatians 1 thing. Short version: “Is the Bible accurate for Galatians 1? OK, so is your Gospel the same as Paul’s or different? If the same, I don’ t need your books. If different, then you have a big problem.”

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      3. Matt,
        I’m sorry, I read that as “2nd century trip” vs “2nd missionary trip.” Old age is my only excuse.

        Well, they use the Bible only “insofar as it is correctly translated” (a bit paraphrased). So they claim they have the same gospel as Paul, but anything that disagrees is relegated to incorrect translation and theirs is more pure.

        Hey, you can say you don’t believe God would do that, and they just respond, “but He did, because He was going to restore it through Joseph Smith.”

        Mormons are very much like Jello when you try to nail them down. I know, I’m an ex-Mormon, and have been working with them for almost 40 years off and on.

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  3. Well, they use the Bible only “insofar as it is correctly translated” (a bit paraphrased). So they claim they have the same gospel as Paul, but anything that disagrees is relegated to incorrect translation and theirs is more pure.

    So let me see if I have this straight – they carry a KJV Bible to church (or temple, or whatever they call a Mormon house of worship) every Sunday alongside their Book of Mormon, but they only use those parts of the Bible that they have arbitrarily decided are “correctly translated?” That must cause a lot of confusion even among devout Mormons, to say nothing of those they’re trying to convert. Wouldn’t it make more sense for their official church hierarchy to settle on which parts are “correct,” then carry around this abidged Bible instead? That at least would be logical.

    Hey, you can say you don’t believe God would do that, and they just respond, “but He did, because He was going to restore it through Joseph Smith.”

    Admittedly I could be wrong, but I look through the Old and New Testaments and look for patterns in God’s behavior when He deals with people that Scripture says are “chosen” (as Mormons claim to be). In both the cases of the ancient Hebrews and the Christians which followed, there was no complete obliteration of His people once established. No matter what pogroms or persecutions or wars came their way, a certain number of them always escaped and were able to carry on God’s work. In no case was it necessary for God’s church to be re-established through a brand new vision given to someone who wasn’t even born yet when the last group of believers was wiped out.

    So why did the Mormons think that there were no authentic Christians left in Israel? Sure there have been heresies down through the centuries prior to Smith’s time, but they were always dealt with and the real church soldiered on.

    Mormons are very much like Jello when you try to nail them down. I know, I’m an ex-Mormon, and have been working with them for almost 40 years off and on.

    Really? Wow. That really does give you a unique perspective on dealing with their teachings, then…especially if you were a sincere believer in their church at one time. I’ll admit to you that I have not read the Book of Mormon myself…pretty much everything I know about it is what I’ve been told secondhand.

    I know that it supposedly came from translations of golden plates dug up by Joseph Smith, whose location was revealed by the “angel” Moroni…and that something happened to the translation and he had to go through them a second time…and that the plates conveniently disappeared after that (supposedly taken to Heaven by this angel), so no one today can examine them or make their own translation…in contrast to the Dead Sea Scrolls and other ancient writings used to translate the Bible from Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek.

    One more question, and I’m sure you get this a lot – what convinced you to leave the Mormon church? Were you raised in it, or did you follow its teachings for some period while you were an adult? What was the reaction of your fellow Mormons when you left? What made you sit up and say, “Hey, this added stuff is bogus, only the Bible is true?”

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    1. Matt,

      My experience with Mormons and the Bible is that they only know the “proof texts” well, and the rest of the Bible they seem to accept with their own meanings behind the words. They spend a lot more time with the BOM, the Doctrine & Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Prices.

      Mormons have two “houses of worship,” per se. The local assembly is called a “ward,” and they have a hierarchy of a “stake” overseeing a group of wards. The temple isn’t for worship so much as it is for special ceremonies, and only temple-worthy Mormons will ever get into them. They do weddings for eternity there, baptisms for the dead, endowments, etc.

      Yes, they arbitrarily decide what is or isn’t properly translated, based on what Joseph Smith taught, and based on whether or not it agrees with them. Joseph Smith had his own “Inspired Version” which the LDS cite from but don’t use because the Reorganized LDS (now known as Community of Christ) hold the original manuscripts and copyrights. So the big question is why it is mostly just KJV with some additions and subtractions, so if the KJV (or any other version) is not everywhere translated correctly, then why don’t they use it exclusively?

      Well, even the original people Mormons claim came over to the western hemisphere really didn’t disappear – only their faith did. Their descendants are supposedly the American Indians – something proven wrong by DNA.

      As for my testimony about my stint as a Mormon and how I came to Christ, I’ll let you read about it here:
      http://watchmansbagpipes.blogspot.com/2010/01/my-church-experience.html

      When I was baptized as a Mormon, I took it very, very seriously and daily studied my BOM, D&C and POGP, absorbing it all as truth. I had pocket editions I took to the field with me so I would never be without them. It was rare to be able to go to the local ward, however, since for the first few months I was in training and there was no LDS ward on post – so a bunch of us Mormons would just get together for worship and study. After getting to permanent duty, without transport I was never able to get to the ward for services except on a very few occasions. So all I did was meet together with other Mormons or study, study, study on my own. I considered myself very devout and sincere believer. But Mormons say that I couldn’t have really had the faith, and that I obviously walked away from it because of wanting to live immorally. Of course that is just a cop-out.

      If you are really interested in learning about what all their teachings really are, I have a lot of stuff on my site, plus I could give you the best sites to peruse – and I mean THE best! Or you could e-mail me as often as you’d like. Actually, there is a really good book called “Mormonism 101” by Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson which I highly recommend. For more in-depth information, try “What Every Mormon (and Non-Mormon) Should Know,” by Edmond C. Gruss & Lane A. Thuet. From those I could give you title after title of some of the best publications.

      My testimony will tell you what convinced me to leave, but the real nagging thing was when I learned that Heavenly Father (their ID for God) had sex with Mary to provide the “tabernacle” for Jesus to come into. To me what made Jesus special was the virgin birth, so I asked about it and was told she was a virgin to mortal man, while Heavenly Father is an immortal man. I said I don’t care how you slice it, once a woman has had sex she ain’t a virgin! That was the one thing that got me to study more and more about their history and research what they were all about until I realized I had been duped and didn’t want any more to do with it. My LDS friends ceased to associate with me, except for the guy who led me into Mormonism – Ralph Bennet. He had a heart attack during special forces training and was medically discharged when I was still devout. I wrote him a lot about my questions and he ended up cutting me off, and two years later sent me an announcement that he had married in the temple. HAH!

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