by Ed Decker
"My object in going to inquire of the Lord was to know which of all the sects was right, that I might know which to join. No sooner, therefore, did I get possession of myself, so as to be able to speak, than I asked the Personages who stood above me in the light, which of all the sects was right (for at this time it had never entered into my heart that all were wrong)--and which I should join.I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt; that: "they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof. He again forbade me to join with any of them; and many other things did he say unto me, which I cannot write at this time. When I came to myself again, I found myself lying on my back, looking up into heaven"
(Joseph Smith History 1:18-20)
So, understanding that the LDS teaching is that Christian pastors are part of that which is abominable to God, Why would the LDS church ever want its local leaders to be part of a group of preachers whom Christ Condemned?
What an Oxymormon! Well, if that isn’t enough to make you wonder, listen to what the Book of Mormon says about this same group of Christian pastors.
" And it came to pass that he said unto me: Look, and behold that great and abominable church, which is the mother of abominations, whose founder is the devil. And he said unto me: Behold there are save two churches only; the one is the church of the Lamb of God, and the other is the church of the devil; wherefore, whoso belongeth not to the church of the Lamb of God belongeth to that great church, which is the mother of abominations; and she is the whore of all the earth." (1 Nephi, 14: 9-10)
These pastors are said to be part of the church of the devil, part of the whore of all the earth. This doctrine was strongly supported for many years in the LDS temple ritual where we learned that such pastors as these were hirelings of Lucifer and taught "the Orthodox religion" for him. That orthodoxy included salvation by grace and a god who is spirit, not an exalted man, the very doctrines upon which these local pastors rest their faith.
Why would the Mormons want any part of these organizations filled with pastors whom they believe have absolutely no authority to act in the name of God? Pastors, including even women, who do not have the authority to baptize people or bless the communion table because they do not hold the LDS priesthood?
What’s it all about?
Obviously, the Mormons haven’t changed a single doctrine, or repented of a single condemnation of the "rest" of Christendom. There is some other motive than joining with other "pastors" in fellowship.The answer is simple: they are on a campaign to infiltrate and disarm the Christian church.
Remember, while they are sitting in these pastors’ meetings, the LDS missionaries are going door-to-door seeking to steal the flock while the shepherd is having lunch with the wolf.It’s a great deal for the Mormons. If the pastors open the door to them, the missionaries can share how they are just another Christian church. "Why of course we are Christians! Bishop Smith is a member of the Pastors’ Association."
If the pastors do close the door, the Mormons can cry out that they are being persecuted for their faith. It seems like it is a no win situation for evangelical pastors and churches.
But, there is a simple way out and it will solve the problem every time. Have an application form ready that has the basic personal information as well as a statement of faith that includes Biblical inerrancy, the Trinitarian doctrine of God and Salvation by grace through Christ. Include a copy of the Apostles’ Creed (which is one of those abominable creeds that the Mormon Jesus warned Joseph about)
.Sample: "We hold that the Holy Bible is God’s inerrant eternal Word and is the sole, final authority for faith and practice; that Jesus Christ is God’s only begotten Son, Almighty God come in the flesh and humanity’s only Savior; and that God’s grace through faith in Jesus alone will gain our entrance into the Kingdom of God. We believe in the Trinitarian nature of God as taught in the Bible, believing that God was in Christ redeeming the world by the power of the Holy Spirit.
We believe in good works as a result of, rather than a means of salvation. We believe that the New Testament church, the Body of Christ is alive and well today, called to win the lost to Christ and expecting His soon return!" (Statement of Faith: Saints Alive)
Welcome the Mormon Bishop to the fellowship. Ask him to fill out the application and
come on in. Call me if you ever have a Bishop sign it. He would be
denying his faith, the whole reason for the Mormon Church’s existence.
Note: In almost an entire decade since this article was published, no bishop has ever signed such a document and the LDS plan to infiltrate the Pastors’ groups has failed.
Copyright 2001, 2009 Ed Decker
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