Your Bag of Seeds

Good Seed

When you were born again two things happened to you. Jesus now carries your Cross-for you during this life because He has nailed your sins onto His Cross. The other thing that happened is that the Holy Spirit gave you a bag to carry.This bag is filled with seeds of Truth. This bag is huge and very heavy. The Holy Spirit carries this bag for you as well. It’s there with you always at the ready, filled with seeds that you can plant into the hearts of seekers as they are brought to you during your life.

This bag of seeds represents the greatest burden you will ever carry in this life and on into the next. Every seed in your bag was given to you to plant when the opportunities came while you were alive. Every seed had the name of someone you know on it. Someone you are personally responsible to witness too…people you love that you would die for and also those God HIMSELF has placed in your path.

When you stand before the Lord with your seed bag, will it still be huge and heavy? If it is you will be shown the myriad of times during your life when you should have sown the seed and you did not. You will see the parade of all the lives that you could have made a difference in and you did not.

You see every choice has its consequences. Every time you decided not to stand alone and speak will be a time before God that you will shed a tear with HIM. The difference will be that He knew you wouldn’t take His Great Commission to those you know and love, let alone those He placed into your life path that needed to hear.

But because of His great love for you, He will take you into His arms and the two of you will cry for the Lost that you could have made a difference in; both those precious to you and precious to HIM.

The best opportunities we have for making a difference in the life of someone for Christ comes in two ways.

The first is to walk your talk and let your life reflect HIM. The other is to catch the fire of the Holy Spirit when He moves between you and someone you know and you begin to talk your walk.

 Your life and mine is not about the many or even the few. It is all about your choice to speak to the ONE. Sharing your faith works best …when it’s done ONE to ONE.

Jesus came down from Heaven to Earth to save each of us ONE by ONE. Every day you live is CHRISTmas.

CHRISTmas is not about a bag full of toys, but about a bag full of SEEDS.

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Being Salt and Light comes at a Cost

Salt and Light

How can you and I as believers in Christ remain true to our individual calling by God to be His Salt and Light in the darkness of the culture we live in? To begin we need to define both Salt and Light. Salt is a preservative. As long as salt remains pure and does not get mixed with another substance it will keep its properties and continue to be effective.

Like salt, Believers who remain in the Word and stand alone for Christ in society will have an effective witness. Once we try to be like the surrounding culture our witness becomes ineffective and our credibility is gone. Then to make matters worse through our stumbling we let the Lord be mocked.

Salt also provides flavor. The Gospel represents a meal that when flavored with truth, and given to a true “Seeker of God” will satisfy their appetite forever. Salt also makes us thirsty and so we drink water to refresh ourselves. But water is only a temporary solution for our thirst as we begin to thirst over and over again but never get satisfied. The Gospel however is the Living Water that satisfies our body, mind and soul eternally and will satisfy our everlasting thirst.

Light is meant to illuminate. Just as darkness flees from the light, so to the Gospel, the light of Truth; causes the lies that live in the shadows that plague mankind’s soul to disappear. Light illuminates the path before you, so you can see the destination of your journey clearly. The Gospel represents a journey that everyone needs to take in order to gain the Salvation offered by God. The Word of God is a “Lamp unto thy feet”. It keeps you from stumbling on the pathway home.

God if you recall never prepared Hell as a destination for mankind. Hell is the place prepared for “the devil and his (fallen) angels” in which fallen humanity will also reside. It is mankind’s destination by choice. It is not Gods choice for mankind.

“The lost will enjoy forever the horrible freedom they have demanded and are therefore self- enslaved. God will abandon sinners to their own choice and the consequences of their choices.”
CS Lewis…Problem of Pain

Therefore, you and I are to be salt and light in a Godless society. We are to open our mouths whenever the Holy Spirit gives us an opportunity to witness to a forever dying soul. We are never to compromise our life, our walk or our talk. All three must be unified for us to effectively witness to non-believers.

The Apostle Paul in the Book of Acts spoke about “becoming like one of them” in order to witness to the pagan world around him. He did not mean to blend into the society, to be like one of them, to do what they do; so he could have an opportunity to witness to them. If Paul acted like them he would not have stood out from among them. “Becoming like one of them”, means to understand what they believe and why they believe it so you can witness to them intelligently and show them the errors of their belief system, the flaws contained within their worldview.

Rather than engage people in meaningless witnessing on topics of their choosing, which lead people away from the Truth into arguments, and animosity. Paul chose to control his witnessing by preaching Christ Crucified and His Resurrection from the dead. The ultimate objective of your witnessing is to take people to the Savior’s Cross and to His Resurrection from the dead.

People must understand their need to be saved. Your job is to explain both why they are in need of a Savior and what it is that they are being saved from. This way they will understand the truth of their situation before a Holy God who is coming this time in wrath and with judgment. Without repentance there can be no Salvation. When Paul spoke to someone with biblical knowledge, he spoke to them using the Bible to show them the God of the Bible. When they had no knowledge of the Scriptures Paul spoke to them about Creation and the God of Creation revealed in the Scriptures. These are the two areas of common ground we have with people to explain who God is.

I realize we are all afraid to take on “Spiritual encounters with darkness”…which is the essence of witnessing. However we need to realize as believers we have the resident Holy Spirit, the Comforter within us so we can step out in faith knowing we are not alone in our witness.

Even Moses feared to do this. But God reminded Moses that it was God who made his mouth and it would be God who would put the words into his mouth. Because Moses doubted, God gave the honor of speaking HIS words to his brother Aaron, who then spoke for Moses to Pharaoh. Moses lost part of the Joy that belongs to each of us in our journey because he chose not to listen and obey God.

God is strong when I am weak. This insures that He Gets the GLORY…not me. My ears have heard responses from my lips in witnessing confrontations that came from the Holy Spirit, not from me. How awesome it is to see God use our weakness while watching HIS strength in action.

All of us can look back on our journey to faith in Christ and see the multiple seeds that were planted by people into our lives. You and I are not responsible for any one persons Salvation. We are not responsible for that person’s choice to either accept or deny the Gospel. In the end the responsibility rests with the Holy Spirit and with the choice each person must ultimately make.

You and I are responsible to obey God and do His will during our lives. Being obedient is how we prove to God that we really love Him. One of the saddest stories in the Bible is about Samson. God was with Samson from the womb. He was a believer that was used greatly by God until he became like the culture around him. The process was slow, like a frog being cooked alive in a pot till it dies.

God did not turn away from Samson; it was Samson who turned away from God to live a perverted life. You know the story, Delilah cut his hair. Samson got up to fight but his strength was no longer with him. The saddest part is that Samson did not know that the Holy Spirit had departed from him. He no longer was salt and light in his culture. God left Samson to the consequences of his own choices for the rest of his life. In a sense he was given over to satan for a time. Yet God in His mercy to Samson allowed him to end his life in the service of His Lord.

Every face of someone you know represents the face of God. They were made in the image of God. If they do not know Jesus as Savior, their image is damaged. They need to hear your personal God story; they need the seeds that God has uniquely given you to plant. They need you to be salt and light for their sake.

This is a time when the pulpits of most churches are filled by weak men in weak churches giving weak messages. Instead this should be the time for boldness, for strong biblical ministry so people hear the word of the Living Lord and respond in true repentance for their sins. One of the signs of the wrath of God is when he abandons a culture. I believe He has done that throughout the world, including the United States. Our culture has asked God to leave and He has complied. We now are left to reap the whirlwind.

There is one last aspect of Salt we did not touch on, the ability of Salt to heal. As a believer, knowing who I am in Christ is a great responsibility. When I act like Moses and refuse to open my mouth or when I act like Samson and choose to flow with the current of the sewage we all swim in rather than Stand Alone against the tide… my heart breaks leaving an open wound. You see, my soul is full of light. I know better than to let the encroaching shadows of the old man get a hold of me…yet…often shadows fill my soul.

Sometimes even a follower can get lost.

When this happens my witness is tarnished, the Holy Spirits power is diminished in my life and I am ashamed and cry out for forgiveness. The salt that I am supposed to be turns inward and flows into the open wound in my broken heart. The salt then causes me pain as it heals me.

The God I serve knows that ”I am but dust “ before HIM. My God loves me and extends new mercies everyday to all those who love him. He heals my broken heart and takes away the evil shadows in my Soul with His light. And then, I begin a new day devoted to making a difference for Him with those I love and those He puts into my path.

May you continue to live your days under the protection of His wings, bathed in His light and covered by the Shadow of His Cross.

Frog Princess

Frog Princess

I spend a lot of time thinking and writing in the early morning hours and again sometimes into the night. I am sure if you’ve read most of the stuff that has come out of me you’ll notice my focus is extremely narrow.

My focus is on the Cross and your resurrection either to Eternal Life or Eternal Death. In the end that really is all that will matter to you. So, I continue to try and come at you, to confront you with the same theme packaged differently in the hope of planting a seed or two into your heart that will begin to change you into the image of God.

Some of the stories came out of me like birth pangs while others just flow out of me like a river. Whether these stories are birthed in pain or joy they all give me pleasure, because writing and engaging people in conversations about Jesus is my passion.

I seem to write best when things happen in my life that cause me to reflect on Christ, the Cross, OUR Resurrection and the need for everyone to be SAVED. If you are saved and you read my stuff, then my challenge between every line to you is to witness.

Witnessing is a conscious decision to step out of your comfort zone and stand alone for Christ. Every day God opens doors both small and great for you to walk up to someone you know and plant a seed.
As a believer that is your call, that is your job…which is to serve HIS PASSION which HE personally put into your New Born Soul.

I have been sulking lately. I have struggled with the question of why God saved me at 38 years old rather than 18 years old. I could have made something of this evangelistic passion I have that continues to burn within me. Maybe I could have been a pastor, or a teacher, or an itinerant evangelist. Instead I am a salesperson by day and a writer who shares my faith in the night.

My desire is to see multitudes of people come to know Christ somehow through the seeds these stories spread thru Crosses Everywhere. I always tell myself it’s about the many not the few, let alone the one. But that is not the way Jesus did His Ministry. It begins with the ONE by making a disciple who then passes on the torch in the race to the next runner.

The best opportunities we have for making a difference in the life of someone for Christ comes in two ways. The first is to walk your talk and let your life reflect HIM. The other is to catch the fire of the Holy Spirit when He moves between you and someone you know and you begin to talk your walk.

Think of your life in Christ this way. When you were born again two things happened to you. Jesus now carries your Cross for you during this life because He has nailed your sins onto His Cross. The other thing that happened is that the Holy Spirit gave you a bag to carry.

This bag is filled with seeds of Truth. This bag is huge and very heavy. The Holy Spirit carries this bag for you as well. It’s there with you always at the ready, filled with seeds that you can plant into the hearts of seekers as they are brought to you during your life.

This bag of seeds represents the greatest burden you will ever carry in this life and on into the next. Every seed in your bag was given to you to plant when the opportunities came while you were alive. Every seed had the name of someone you know on it. Someone you are personally responsible to witness too…people you love that you would die for and also those God HIMSELF has placed in your path.

When you stand before the Lord with your seed bag, will it still be huge and heavy? If it is you will be shown the myriad of times during your life when you should have sown the seed and you did not. You will see the parade of all the lives that you could have made a difference in and you did not.

Every choice has its consequences. Every time you decided not to stand alone and speak will be a time before God that you will shed a tear with HIM. The difference will be that He knew you wouldn’t take His Great Commission to those you know and love, let alone those He placed into your life path that needed to hear. But because of His great love for you, He will take you into His arms and the two of you will cry for the Lost that you could have made a difference in; both those precious to you and precious to HIM.

You will be fortunate, for He will wipe away your tears and you will forget those left behind. But those left behind will live on in eternal death always remembering you and what you did not do to help them when you could. Your love for the Lord can only be shown by OBEDIENCE to His wishes and commands.

So what’s with the title of this message…the Frog Princess? I have a co-worker named Mike whose daughter Kendall was hurt in a freak accident a few months’ ago. She is a beautiful teenager full of life, popular and a member of the Pom team. While at home she lost her balance and reached out toward a window to support her. The window gave way and when it was over, blood was everywhere and her hand and its tendons were sliced through.

She has gone through surgery to reconnect nerves and tendons and then painful physical therapy. She has been through a lot. I have tried when given the opportunity to plant seeds in lives whenever God has opened the doors. So I have spoken occasionally to Mike about Jesus and I have tried to live my life before Mike so he can recognize the difference.

Besides that I have a poster on the wall before my desk that says,
“In the Beginning …GOD”. Genesis 1:1 is my life verse and reminder to me from the Old Testament that the Bible is Gods Revelation of Himself to us from His own lips.

Two weeks ago I bought a Timex sound soother radio and placed it onto my night stand. I bought the radio so that I could drown out the noise of the 4 million frogs of all kinds in the pond and forest area beneath my bedroom window.

The very first night I had this Timex radio on I set the sound soother into a random choice anticipating ocean waves cresting on the beach. When I put my head on my pillow with the roar of frogs in my left ear, I hit the button for the waves. But instead I got the roar of frogs in my right ear. I decided to throw the Timex out; Elyse was going to take it to the Salvation Army. I decided to take it to work. Then just for fun I would turn the Frogs on real loud catching everyone’s attention.

Well even though I hate frogs, God made them for His purposes. But I could never have expected the following to happen. Mike loves the sound of frogs singing in the night. He actually finds them restful. So I said here take it home with you, enjoy it. He mentioned that his daughter also loved frogs and was an accomplished photographer. She had won second place in a photography contest with a picture portrait of a frog. So this Timex filled with croaking amphibians was going to a good home where the people had a passion for frogs. Below is the email I received from Mike’s daughter just the other day along with my response.

Hello this is Kendall, Mike’s daughter! I would like to thank you for the very nice alarm clock! This was Perfect timing to receive this alarm clock because in about 20 day’s I’m going to pom camp, and an alarm clock was one of the items on my list to bring! I know already that I’m going to get a lot of use out of this! I would also like to say that I have been a frog fan for about 5yrs. now and so far the frog sound is my favorite setting! Thanks Once Again,
Kendall

Here is my answer to her email.

Hi Kendall, It was nice of you respond in this way. I know recently you had an accident. Sometimes life brings us things we do not want or understand. We wonder why. Then sometimes things happen out of nowhere that bring us joy. Life is full of those experiences. You always can have strength in those storms knowing the love of your parents will always be there. But beyond that there is someone who loves you even more…the Lord. He knew you before you were born and He promises to be with you every second of every day of your life. His promise to each of us is always to meet our needs…not necessarily our wants. Frogs are very low on my list, but He knew you loved Frogs and needed a clock radio (filled with Frogs).Consider this a gift from HIM personally to you. He just happened to bring us together.Your message brings a ray of sunshine into my day.Thank-you and Enjoy the gift.
Ernie

Yes, I had thoughts of misgiving when I received Mike’s daughter’s email. I was not sure how to respond. But then I felt the weight of the bag filled with seeds on me and I knew I was carrying seeds with her name on them. So I wrote the email to Kendall in care of her father.

When I got to work I told Mike about the email and how his daughter was a wonderful and creative young woman in her response.I said I took liberty with the email to share my faith with his daughter and if he did not like what I wrote that he could edit it or just delete it. Mike read it and sent it on to Kendall. Then he mentioned that he was going to a funeral at noon for his Aunt. I gave him a copy of “ Fathers Love Letter”, http://www.fathersloveletter.com/text.html .

This was written using only Scripture from the Old and New Testament. It is a letter from God to His Child. I told him I had on occasion been able to either send it to grieving families or to read it at a funeral. He took it with him to the funeral. I know God will use it to touch Mike and many others through Mike …just like God used the Frogs.

Your life and mine is not about the many or even the few. It is all about your choice to speak to the ONE. Sharing your faith works best …when it’s done ONE to ONE. Jesus came down from Heaven to Earth to save each of us ONE by ONE. Every day you live is CHRIST mas.

CHRISTmas is not about a bag full of toys, but about a Bag full of SEEDS. And YES when God is involved ….it’s ALL about Frogs.

GOOD SEED

Good Seed

Sometimes I become very tired of witnessing to people who only want to convince me I am wrong and they are right. When I reach that moment in time when I feel I have done all I can, I walk away.

The following is what I send to the person that remains, deaf, dumb and blind to the truth written in the Old & New Testaments.

Dear, (Put their name here)

If you do not believe in the One True God then your faith system is in yourself, and in the opinions of others. In 1982, I was much like you. Then my father had his 3rd heart attack and died under strange circumstances that caused me to begin a 3 year search through multiple religions to find God.

Everyone said there was only one God, yet the gods of these religions (man made religions) all had a different god, described in their holy books. I looked at each religion from the standpoint of proving them using History, Science, and Archaeology.

The only Book that I could believe in described the One True GOD in the Old and New Testament Scriptures. The thing that most of all brought me to my knees was Prophecy; which simply put means that the Bible is pre-written history, which is impossible unless the one who wrote it is outside of time. The Bible is the only Book that has hundreds of detailed descriptions of events that have all come true. None of the other man made religions have that.

I do not believe in myths, legends or fairytales. My Faith rests in the work of Jesus, the Son of God, who came to die on the Cross for you. Jesus is the one who Rose from the Dead, walked this earth again then ascended up to heaven and said He was coming back again soon. Prophecy supports the Old Testament in every detail that is fulfilled by Jesus Christ. And HIS story– History… supports every detail of His Life lived here on earth.

You owe it to yourself to study the Bible to disprove what I am saying. Because until you have read it at least once, we have no common ground to continue this conversation.

Get a complete Bible with the Old Testament and New Testament. I suggest the MacArthur Study Bible…English Standard Version http://www.gty.org. Read Matthew, Mark, Luke and John first then go into the Old Testament and read the Book of Isaiah. In Isaiah, you will find the details written 700 years before death, burial, ascension of Jesus the Son of God. Then read through the Bible once to see that it is really the pre-written History of the coming of the Messiah the Savior and the end of Mankind as we know it and the New Beginning of the Universe. And that you and I are Eternal Beings and will live on beyond our own death either in Heaven with Jesus or in Hell without HIM.

When you have read the Books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Isaiah and Revelation at least once we then can continue this conversation. You owe it to yourself and to no one else to find out who the TRUE GOD IS.

You are now on my prayer list. May the One True GOD bless you as you SEEK HIM OUT. You will be amazed as you read HIS Word that you will find yourself written within its pages.

ernie

Sometimes a letter is better, because they will read the letter and there is no one there to argue with. It’s OK to walk away. Luke 18:8, Mark 6:11 and Luke 8: 5-7

HE IS GOD !

In the beginning God

Who else could speak with knowledge about the beginning except the person (The Triune God) who was there? If you become a serious Bible Student you will realize as you read that nowhere does GOD take the time to defend Himself or any of His statements about anything. The closest He comes to defending His word is in Job. And even there God makes NO defense of who He is, rather He makes it clear that Job has no right to make comments or even ask a question of HIM. Read Job ch.40 thru 42 vs.6.

HE IS GOD…we are His Creatures !

That is the beginning of knowledge about God and the beginning of our limited understanding of His Purposes for us.

Just as the world had a beginning so too must your witnessing. Everything you will say to a non-believer in defense of HIS Word has its basis anchored in the Autobiography of God disclosed to us ONLY in His Bible. For anyone to take your statements seriously they must objectively examine the evidence for our faith in the Bible and be open to the conclusion it gives. Using the word of God means the persons argument is with God Himself and not your words.

To get anywhere in witnessing to those around us we must be able to prove the Bible is Historical and Speaks Literally to us through Inspired Authors (Prophets and 12 Apostles) chosen by GOD centuries ago. NO ONE speaks for GOD today through any kind of new revelation. No Pope, NO Pastor, NO Reverend, No self-appointed Apostle, No self-proclaimed Prophet on TV.

The word of GOD to His Creatures ended in the Book of Revelation. Those who claimed to speak for GOD have formed the world’s religions which in turn are spawned from the pit. Not one of those religious books can stand under historical, archeological, scientific and most of all Prophetic scrutiny. They were ALL created by Satan, the god of this world.

Today, GOD only speaks to us from HIS WORD…and nowhere else and through no one else! There is NO new revelation from GOD that is not contained between the pages of the Books of Genesis thru Revelation!

The Bible you own is ONE BOOK. With ONE HERO….JESUS, with One villain….satan, with ONE Theme….SALVATION and ONLY ONE Purpose….to Glorify GOD.

JESUS ….is a REAL PERSON.
JESUS…. lived a REAL LIFE.
JESUS…. died a REAL DEATH on the REAL CROSS.

Jesus… came back from the dead. An Intelligent Mind needs no more proof !

To Be His Witness

To Be HIS Witness

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God has a plan from Eternity Past; for every day, every hour, and every breath of life, word spoken and written; that would come out of me while here on Earth. That is the lesson HE taught me in 2012 after heart surgery for 2 – 80% blockages. I am not mine, I am HIS.

God saved me for a reason. That reason is so I would tell everyone the Good News of Salvation through Christ. However, there is NO GOOD News without understanding the BAD NEWS First. Also there is no real SALVATION without REPENTANCE. So the journey begins with the FEAR OF GOD. I believe sounding the alarm of what is coming now, is the only reason that God allows me to live another day. To share His Gospel means knowing enough about Jesus in Scripture; so we can not only proclaim HIM to the Lost but also Defend HIM before people who Mock God.

Yes, witnessing is tough! I have learned through the years to look for the storms. In the beginning of my walk of faith, fear would come knocking on my door. But now I realize that without the storms I would not have my strong faith in Christ and His Promises; that now make me who I am. I have spent years on Gods Anvil being molded by hammer blows. In HIS Mercy to me now He uses a chisel.

I wear biblical contact lenses through which I see the world as it really is. And I have a hearing aid tuned to the whispers of God as He gently leads me through each storm. So now through living life and gaining wisdom through pain; I have knowledge and personal experiences so I can share my faith with those HE brings across my path.

We are not alone in this battle. In fact what we are called to do is just speak. The Holy Spirit will give us the words. It’s a matter of confidence. Confidence placed in the Holy Spirit; not us.

Perhaps your motivation and confidence is weak because you fear going against the Tsunami of Political Correctness that now governs our country and maybe some people you love. Perhaps you don’t feel confident because you are afraid you will not know the answer to the questions people will ask you. Just remember its ok to say I will get back to you. At least the conversation can continue another day. Then go home and prepare.

Or perhaps you just don’t know how to bring the subject up. God is in charge of opening opportunities for each of us to witness. Your responsibility is to recognize them and open the door to the encounter.

Then through prayer turn it over to the Holy Spirit, for He is there with you. You are responsible only to plant the seeds; the Holy Spirit will water those seeds with the very tears of God to make them grow.

I can now stand alone for Christ, because in reality the Holy Spirit is in me and I am never alone. Each of us have scars and a Story to Tell. However, my scars will be gone when I get to heaven. But Jesus, will forever bear the wounds of loves eternal war. For when the kingdom comes with its perfected saints, He will still forever be known by His Scars.

John 20:27 “Then he (Jesus) said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

An Open Letter to My Mormon Friends

I am writing this to explain to you the reasons why I cannot give credibility to the doctrines of the Mormon religion. I have enclosed a listing of differences from my study of the contrasts between Christianity and Mormonism back in 1982 when I began searching for the truth.

At the beginning of my search I chose to disregard what I had been taught as a Jew. I literally wiped the slate clean. I wanted no one’s opinion or comments, just to read and study anew the following religions (Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Mormonism). To determine for myself based on science, history and archeology, just as Pontius Pilate said to Christ,” What Is Truth?”

Every conscientious religious person has a responsibility to be certain that what he or she claims to be from God, really is from the ONE TRUE GOD.

1 Thessalonians 5:21…examine everything carefully, hold fast to that which is good.
1 John 4:1….beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the
world.

Mormonism either stands or falls based on the validity of Joseph Smiths vision. He is either a true prophet from God or a false prophet. Jesus called false prophets white washed sepulcher filled with dead men’s bones. The Apostle Paul speaking to the Church at Ephesus in Acts 20:29-30 said…I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves men will arise speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.

I do not recognize Joseph Smith as a prophet for the following reasons.
1. He did not heed the warning in Galatians 1: 6-9….I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you, and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed… Moroni is a Fallen Angel loyal to Satan.

2. God in scripture, has warnings about changing His word. In Deuteronomy 4:2 Moses warns the children of Israel….you shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you. Joseph Smith added over 800 words to Genesis 50. He inserted the reference to Moshiach Ben Joseph who was to come in the latter days. And of course this reference applies to non-other than himself.

There is only one consistent reference in the Bible to a Moshiach Ben David, who is Jesus the Christ…not Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith also altered the book of Revelation, ignoring the warning of Rev. 22: 18-19…..I testify to everyone who hears the prophesy of this book; if anyone adds to them, God shall add to him the plagues which are written in this book and if anyone takes away from the word of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.

I believe as Gods word says that His word never changes, nor does He. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Your Mormon prophets have changed the doctrines of your faith over 4000 times with new revelations since the 1820’s.

The Jewish rabbis also found it necessary to compile the Talmud, a 30 volume commentary of rules to live by that have changed with each revered rabbi throughout the last 1800 years. That is where the similarity lies between Mormonism and Judaism, both religious systems have moved away from GODS TRUTH as revealed within the pages of His Inspired Word.

I respect your faith and integrity. But our faiths are as far apart as eternity. When you go to your Mormon temple you have the statue of your angel Moroni at the top of the spire. When I go to Church the Cross is at the top of the spire. You have Moroni, I have Jesus Christ, The Messiah, The SON OF GOD…..who came to die on that cross to save people born with original sin.

Jesus said I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the FATHER but by ME! You are the spiritual head of your family, just as I am. Set what you have been taught all your life aside and begin a study of Mormonism vs. Christianity…search for the truth, try and answer the arguments used against your Mormon faith, just as I did with Judaism. Approach this task in prayer to the Lord Jesus Christ alone. He will show you the truth.

The issues of Mormon revelations can be reduced to one simple test. If Joseph Smiths revelations deny, contradict or oppose the original inspired word of God; then whatever their source, they cannot possibly have originated with God the Father. And if they did not originate with God, they have no divine authority and should not be heeded.

I Believe Jesus is: God, God’s only begotten Son, Eternal, Virgin Born, Un-married. YOU Believe Jesus is: a god, Spirit brother of Lucifer, Created, Not Virgin Born, a Polygamist.

Belief in JESUS is the key to everything….but you do not worship the same JESUS that I do.

Check out this short video and review your faith with an open mind and heart.
See if you can defend your Mormon Faith based on History, Archeology, Science and Prophecy (the Pre-Written Word of GOD) of things to come.

Open Letter to My Roman Catholic Friends

Before we begin, I need to give you some similarities between our backgrounds. I was raised within an Orthodox Jewish family and I assume you were raised in a Traditional Roman Catholic family. Each of us have loved ones who modeled a deep faith in our respective religious systems. These were and are people we trust and respect. We owe our spiritual moorings to them.

Our spiritual leaders both in Synagogue and Church, my Rabbi and your Priest respectively; gave us small portions of Scripture in their sermons. These Scriptures were generally used to support official interpretations, opinions of learned men and the traditions of the Synagogue and Church throughout time.

When we were able, we both began studying our belief systems within the context of the faiths we were raised in. Judaism provided the Torah (5 books of Moses), and the Writings, the Prophets, plus 30 volumes of rabbinical commentary over 1000’s of years. Catholicism provided an Old Testament with additional books not given by God to the Jews along with the New Testament, plus 1000’s of years of Church traditions. Both faiths are steeped heavily in pomp, ceremony and liturgy.

In both faith systems the Word of God is filtered to the masses, (that also means you and I), through man’s (Rabbis, Councils, Pope, Priests etc.) traditions. These traditions, representing fallible mankind, are held above the authority of God’s Word. This is backwards. We need to view fallible man’s traditions through the telescope of Gods unchanging, inerrant Word. God’s word is the only truth and authority in our lives. Yes, traditions that rest solidly on the rock foundation of the Bible are to be followed and accepted, but nothing else. God’s word is the filter or telescope to judge truth. Man looks through the wrong end of the telescope to justify himself before God and his fellow man.

The latter is why it would be easy for a Jew who has become a believer in Christ to cross over to a similar faith system or religion like Catholicism and worship the Messiah PLUS Mary. That word plus is my biggest problem with the Roman Catholic faith.

God’s word stands on its own throughout time as The Source of Revealed Truth. Again, the traditions of fallible men are never to be received with the same or higher status as the Word of God. Dreams, visions, prophecies and learned men’s opinions must line up with the Word of God and never contradict it. Our faith and practice must be guided by it. Our ideas and thoughts must conform to it. Our explanations must always faithfully expound it. We must not read anything into it, but only faithfully draw out what is there.

As you can see I hold God’s Word as the only authority over us. Traditions whether from Judaism (The Talmud-Rabbinic Commentary) or Catholicism (Papal decrees, Church Traditions) I find wrong and misleading. I feel you are following a religious system that openly contradicts the Bible in many areas including worship. My Jewish friends also worship a religious system that openly contradicts the Bible in many areas.

I was given this gift of faith in Christ by God’s Grace through the Holy Spirit and even though I cling to Christ’s feet at the foot of the cross, I know He upholds me with His Mighty hand. It is Jesus alone who holds my attention! It is by GRACE, through FAITH in JESUS ALONE that we are SAVED. There is No Other Redeemer.

Many Catholic friends have told me how excited they would be to go to Rome and see the Cathedrals, to see the Pope, to walk were Paul and Peter the great fisherman walked. Well I also have a dream…to go to Israel and Jerusalem…to see where JESUS walked….That is the difference between us…..You are Jesus PLUS and I am Jesus ALONE.

I do not want our differences to come between us. I respect your profession of faith in Jesus, but I cannot accept the additional trappings that go along with it. My views are filtered through God’s word alone, not traditions. Scripture in its original canon is the only truth! Adding to Gods Word with additional books brings condemnation from GOD.

Deuteronomy 4:2
You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

Revelation 22: 18-19
For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Blessings in Messiah to you

Messianic Jewish Symbol

Moroni, Fallen Angel

Years ago the Mormon Church built one of their Temples in West Bloomfield Michigan. One of my friends invited me to tour this new temple. It was going to be his opportunity to convert me to Mormonism. This Temple was one of their Holy Places. The walls were filled with paintings from the Old and New Testament. He began telling me the Bible Stories they represented. Then I took over and began telling him the stories. He was amazed that I had any bible knowledge. Then I told him I was a Messianic Jew who believed in Jesus. That I had a Ministry to Churches as a guest speaker and teacher.

He was overjoyed and said since he was a Christian too would I come to speak at his church? I told him that I cannot do that because Mormons are NOT CHRISTIANS. We had some conversations that went back and forth over a few days. He then asked me to come over to his house and help him build his back porch which I did. However, the 3 other friends of his (Mormons Too), tried all afternoon to convince me that they were Christians. I chose to Stand Alone for Christ and continue to refute everything they said with Scripture.

The paragraph below is the beginning of a letter I wrote to my friend. If you are a Born Again Believer in Jesus the Son of God and you have Mormon friends, then please follow the links below. One is to the rest of this letter and the other is to a simple topical chart showing the differences between Christianity and Mormonism.

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Dear Mike,
I am writing this to explain to you the reasons why I cannot give credibility to the doctrines of the Mormon religion. I have enclosed a listing of differences from my study of the contrasts between Christianity and Mormonism back in 1982 when I began searching for the truth.
At the beginning of my search I chose to disregard what I had been taught as an Orthodox Jew. I literally wiped the slate clean. I wanted no ones opinion or comments, just to read and study anew the following religions ( Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Mormonism ) . To determine for myself based on science , history and archeology, just as Pontius Pilate said to Christ…” What Is Truth?”.
Mike, every conscientious religious person has a responsibility to be certain that what he or she claims to be from God, really is from Him…………………………………
moroni

Biblical Bickering

The worlds events will not change no matter how much we comment to each other.

The unfolding events are Pre-Written HIS-STORY. You’ve read the Bible, you know the Past, Present and Future of Mankind. You know the story and its outcome. Stop continually complaining about the events in our world and the politics of our country. This entire world including our country currently belongs to Satan the god of this world. You will not change the events that are coming. The world is drinking from its Communion Cup that contains its Blood, and Sewage mixed with Evil.

As an individual believer in Christ you can only make a REAL Difference doing one thing. SHARE the TRUE GOSPEL of JESUS with everyone you Love and have relationships with ! ! !

The World and our Universe as we know it is going to implode very soon. As Believers, I am positive that NO ONE wants to leave those they Love behind.

Those you Love WILL REMEMBER YOU FOREVER in HELL and wonder WHY you never told them the Truth OVER and OVER and OVER again about JESUS and HIS CROSS and WHY they need to be SAVED. They will spend Eternity Reviewing their life events, but never again be able to change the decisions they made. They will be Alone, no one will hear their cries in the darkness and flames that surround them.

You are Blessed, because as JESUS wipes away your tears, those left behind will
become the FORGOTTEN. They will have Eternal Death as you gain Eternal Life.

So FOCUS on what your SAVIOR, your LORD and KING has called You Continually to do; while you have breath in your body. Nothing is more important to you or to those you will be leaving behind.

BE A WITNESS FOR CHRISTTo Everyone YOU LOVE and to Those JESUS brings to you as you continue to be HIS VOICE and HIS LIGHT in the DARKNESS that Surrounds You.

Universe on FireHell