Thursday, September 20, 2012

Today’s Show Notes: Thursday 20th September, 2012

Encouraging Email

(Email) "I have been working at a high school. I do the custodial maintenance work here. When students gets into trouble, as punishment they are assigned to do community service. They have to work so many hours to pay for their bad deeds. I want to thank you and your team for all the tips on sharing the Gospel. I use the good person test with them just like you Ray . . . 27 accepted Jesus last year, and one of them was a teacher. The presence of the Holy Spirit was amazing and powerful with a few of the kids in tears as they are asking Jesus to be their Lord and Savior. Thanks so much for your ministry, and keep up the great work."

Creation Museum – Ray speaking

Evidence Bible

“People talk about our being earnest and fanatical—about our being on fire. Would to God the church were on fire! This world would soon shake to its foundation. May God wake up a slumbering church! What we want you to do is not to shout ‘amen’ and clap your hands. The deepest and quietest waters very often run swiftest. We want you to go right to work; there will be a chance for you to shout by and by. Go and speak to your neighbor and tell him of Christ and heaven. You need not go far before you will find someone passing down to the darkness of eternal death. Haste to his rescue!” D. L. Moody

“What is the most effective way to reach a Mormon?”
From World Religions in a Nutshell: We’ve just scratched the surface of Mormonism, but it should be very clear to you that even though Mormons use language that sounds Christian, it is not a Christian religion. It is a manmade religion invented by Joseph Smith, and it is heresy. A religion cannot teach that Jesus is the brother of Lucifer, that you and I can become gods, and that we’re saved by grace “after all we can do,” and still be labeled part of Christianity.

It is our responsibility to reach out to Mormons with the truth and love. If we care about them, we need to tell them there is a very real Hell and that the only way to be saved is not through the Church of Joseph Smith, but by God’s grace alone, through faith in Christ alone. So how do we do that?

There are several approaches you can take. If you have a good memory and a sharp mind, you can sword fight with Mormons using some of the information we’ve covered. Show them who God and Jesus really are according to the Bible, and how the Mormon “gospel” is “another gospel.”

But be prepared. If you get into an argument about Joseph Smith, becoming a god, and Jesus being the brother of Satan, it can get heated pretty quickly, because you’re attacking the very things they—and more than likely their family and friends—believe.

There is another way to reach Mormons that is very simple and effective. Although Mormons may appear confident and self-assured on the outside, many are dealing with a great deal of stress because they are striving for perfection. That’s the goal of their religion: to “be perfect as their Father in Heaven is perfect.” They are taught that the only way God will bring them to Heaven is if they are “worthy.” Well, the obvious question in every Mormon’s mind is, “Am I worthy enough?”

What you can do is reinforce their predicament. Show them that they are not even close to being perfect or “worthy” through their efforts. The Bible says that even our good works are like filthy rags in the eyes of a holy God (Isaiah 64:6). Mormons are just like the rest of us—sinners, by nature children of wrath, separated from God because of our sins, and deserving of His terrible justice. No amount of good works can ever make anyone “perfect” or save them from eternal Hell.

You must show them that the leap they’re trying to make to Heaven is a thousand times wider than the Grand Canyon—it’s impossible. This is actually good news for the Mormons, because it strips them of their false hope and opens the door for you to explain the true gospel that can actually save them. Share with them the hope that is found only in the true Jesus: “For by one offering He hasperfected forever those who are being sanctified” (Hebrews 10:14).

For more on witnessing to Mormons, see these articles within the Evidence Bible

Ray witnesses to Oscar, a young member of the LDS church

“I’ve heard that when a Mormon uses a Christian word, it has a different meaning, is that true?”

Take from

LDS - A blessing (Mosiah 3: 11-16).  A necessary step in the progression of humanity to the level of Godhood.
Bible - The open rebellion of Adam and Eve against God resulting in their condemnation and the fall of mankind.
LDS - One of countless gods in existence.  An exalted man from another world who created the earth who's name is "Elohim."  He became a god by following the laws and ordinances of his god on the other world.  He has a body of flesh and bones.  D&C 130: 22-23.
Bible - The one and only God in all the universe, (Isaiah 44:6,8).
LDS - The laws and ordinances of the Mormon church.
Bible - The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus for the forgiveness of the sins of all who would trust in Him (1 Cor. 15:1-4).
LDS - Divided into three Kingdoms: Celestial, Terrestrial, and Telestial. The Celestial is for perfect Mormons, the Terrestrial is for moral people and lukewarm LDS, and the Telestial Kingdom is for everyone else.
Bible - The dwelling place of God (1 Kings 8:30). Christians go to heaven.
LDS - The temporary abode in the spirit world between death and resurrection for those awaiting telestial glory, (D&C 76: 84-85, 106).  Hell will come to an end.
Bible - the eternal dwelling place of those who rejected the atoning work of Christ.
LDS - Literal offspring of God the father.  Spirit brother of Satan. A god in the Godhead. He is Jehovah of the O.T. compared to Elohim being the Father. He was the first spirit child to be born to the Father and Mother gods. Ordained as the Christ in the pre-existent Grand Council before coming to earth.
Bible - Jesus is God, second person of theTrinity (John 1:1,14; Col. 2:9).

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