THE WEDDING

Matthew 10:37-39 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

THE WEDDING

I am a born again Christian and my son was planning to be married in the Mormon Church of the Latter Days Saints. (Because of their extensive deviation from accurate biblical teaching, the Church of the Latter Day Saints falls into the category of a cult.)

The dilemma I faced … should I attend the wedding?

What do I do?

My son first heard the Gospel years ago when he was in his teens. He pretty much wasn’t interested. I, on the other hand, had a radical conversion and witnessed to anyone and everyone who would listen. We were, and still are, at opposite ends of the spiritual spectrum.

As the years went by he would upon occasion ask for prayer because of some crisis that had arisen in his life, but he would soon withdraw again after things improved. This went on for a long time until he met the girl that he would marry. She is a lovely girl and I could see that her desire was to reunite my son with his family. They would visit us and on one of those visits she began talking about her church. I asked her what church she attended, thinking that perhaps she was a Christian. I tried not to react when she said she belonged to the Church of the Latter Day Saints.

A little history before I go on. When I was born again I was set free from the false Gospel of Roman Catholicism. I realize that no one considers Roman Catholicism a cult in this day of apostasy but it surely is a cult. Rome teaches a doctrine of works and sacramental salvation. Mary is central and eclipses Jesus, though many within Catholicism deny this fact and many without are willfully ignorant of this fact. When I was born again I was delivered from Rome, Mary, Sacraments, the Mass etc. My husband and I were saved around the same time. We clearly and lovingly witnessed to all of the family, both close and extended, when given the opportunity. They knew our testimony and they knew our stand. We shared the Gospel and no longer attended family baptisms, first communions, etc.

Back to the wedding at a Mormon Church. What should we, my husband and I, do? Should we attend and pretend all was well? What agonizing we went through as we prayed and sought the Lord for wisdom. A major concern was whether our attendance would be perceived as some sort of approval of Mormonism. After all family members knew of our strong stand against Catholicism. So I went back and forth. I’m going. I’m not going. I’m going. I’m not going.

We hesitantly decided we would go to the reception but not to the wedding ceremony which would be held at a Mormon church. We decided, I say, until we received the wedding invitation in the mail. An invitation that was sent out to everyone stating that my son’s parents (us) and the bride’s parents were inviting all to a wedding being held at the Mormon Church of the Latter Days Saints. The invitation is what caused us to change our minds about attending the wedding.

Would our name on the invitation and attending the wedding be viewed as approval of the Mormon Church, where vows would be taken in the name of the Mormon Jesus? (The Jesus of Mormonism is blasphemously taught to be Lucifer’s brother.) Another concern was were we “inviting” people to a reception where alcohol was going to flow plentifully all night.

My husband and I are blood bought, Spirit filled children of God who evangelize whenever we can. What would the action of our attending and celebrating the wedding speak to those observing, those who don’t understand the Gospel? What misconception might they embrace? So my husband and I, for the sake of the Gospel and for the sake of lost souls, decided it would be best not to attend the wedding.

An alternative …

I spoke to my son and suggested that we have an additional “wedding dinner” at some point after his formal wedding. He could invite whoever he wanted to invite and we could have a wedding cake and flowers etc. I told him that we would pay for the whole thing. He didn’t want to do that.

My husband and I were in the minority. Christian friends and family took the opposite view. Some even attended the wedding. The suffering I experienced throughout the whole ordeal was intense. The pain I experienced the actual night of the wedding was intensely intense.  This all happened several years ago.

A Christian Minister once said (I’m paraphrasing) … Don’t ever go anywhere, even a wedding, that puts you in a position where you have to be silent, and you can’t refute falsehood.  You will be denying truth, capitulating.  I believe that he is correct in what he said. I also suspect that he is in the minority in his belief. A Christian brother, whose father was a Pastor, once told us that in his father’s day they didn’t enter a Catholic Church for any reason, not even a wedding. These bits of information comforted me.

I hope my experience helps someone who may find themselves in a similar situation. When I was going through this very painful trial there was very little counsel available on the topic. Nothing has changed. We are living in a day when biblical separation is practically non-existent. We are told in the Bible to speak the truth in love and to be faithful to Jesus. That is what I/we have attempted to do. False gospels send people to hell. For the sake of the lost, I would rather suffer myself than blur the line between truth and error.

I continue to pray for my son’s salvation and the salvation of his family.

Poem…  To My Son

 

SIGNS OF THE TIMES – Another Jesus

2 Corinthians 11:3-4 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

Another Jesus …

1. The Jehovah Witness Jesus

The Jehovah Witness Jesus is Michael the Archangel.
The Jehovah Witness Jesus is not God. They deny the Deity of Jesus Christ.

2. The Mormon Jesus

The Mormon Jesus is the spirit brother of Lucifer.
The Mormon Jesus is not God. They deny the Deity of Jesus Christ.

3. The Roman Catholic Jesus

The Roman Catholic Jesus is a wafer that has been transubstantiated from bread and wine into the actual body and blood of Jesus Christ and is worshipped as such.

All three teach salvation by works.

All three teach another Jesus.

All three preach “another gospel”.

Cults.

Many in today’s church will not be convinced of this.

Paul has strong words for those who preach “another Jesus” and “another gospel” …

Galatians 1:6-10 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

Do research on your own. There are many other false doctrines taught by the three cults identified above.

DISPENSATIONALISM: A HERETICAL TEACHING

Dispensational theology is multifaceted and can be difficult to explain. This was my response when someone asked me to explain Dispensationalism…

“You understand the errors of Catholicism, well Dispensationalism, like Catholicism, is a theology composed of a group of teachings that are superimposed on Scripture, thereby distorting Scripture. The sum of it’s parts make the whole.”

It seemed that statement brought some clarity. What are the parts, or separate teachings, that when put together can be labeled Dispensationalism?  The following is by no means a comprehensive explanation, just an attempt at a general outline to give some idea of what these teachings are about. There are variations within Dispensationalism. Dispensationalists do not agree on every point, and the Ultra or Hyper-Dispensational teachings are the extreme.

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1. Dispensational teachings gained popularity in the 1800’s through the ministry of a man named John Nelson Darby.  They were further popularized by Cyrus I. Scofield, especially through the very popular Scofield Study Bible. The Scofield Study Bible is used by many Pastors and in many Bible Schools today. The footnotes of the Scofield Study Bible contain Dispensational theology. That would be like having a Study Bible with footnotes containing Roman Catholic theology.

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2. Dispensationalists teach that there are two separate people of God, Israel and the Church. 

The Bible teaches the exact opposite.

Galatians 3:26-29 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Galatians 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

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3. Some Dispensationalists teach that Jewish believers were saved by keeping the law, and the Church is saved by grace through faith.

The Bible teaches that salvation has always been by grace through faith.

Galatians 3:6-9 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

Hebrews 11:1-2 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report.

Romans 4:1-7 What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

Romans 11:1-6 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.

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4. Dispensationalists teach that Jesus Christ came to set up an earthly kingdom but the Jewish people refused His offer, therefore God paused his original plan, and put a temporary “plan B” into effect. “Plan B” we are told is the Church and the Cross. (The secret rapture is based on this false teaching. See link below)

The idea that God’s plan was interrupted, and the idea that the Church and the Cross were deviations from God’s original plan is found nowhere in Scripture. The Bible tells us cross was foreordained before the foundation of the world. The Bible also tells us that the Jewish people wanted and were mistakenly expecting an earthly Messianic kingdom. Jesus said His Kingdom is not of this world. 

1 Peter 1:19-20 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

John 6:15 When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.

John 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

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5. Dispensationalism secret rapture.

See Dispensationalism & The Rapture

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6. Hyper-Dispensational’s more extreme false teachings consider that certain Scriptures are not for the Church because they consist of “law” and not grace. For example…

(a) The four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and the words of Jesus Christ are not for the Church.

(b) Baptism and the Lord’s supper are not for the Church.

(c) Repentance is not for the Church. 

(d) The Lord’s Supper is not for the Church.

(e) The new birth teaching in John chapter 3 is not for the Church.

In contrast the Bible teaches…

(a) The four Gospels and the words of our Lord Jesus Christ are for the Church.

1 Timothy 6:3-5 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

Hebrews 1:1-2 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

(b) Baptism is evangelical, not legal, and is for the church.

See… Baptism

(c) Repentance is for the church.

Luke 24:46-47 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

(d) The Lord’s Supper is evangelical, not legal, and is for the church.

1 Corinthians 11:26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.

show: proclaim, declare, preach, speak of, teach and promulgate

(promulgate: to announce, circulate, declare, proclaim, promote, publicize).

(e) The words and teaching of Jesus regarding the need to be born again is for every living person today or they will never see heaven.

See… John chapter 3

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7. Dispensationalists teach that the Jewish people are still God’s chosen people even though they reject their Messiah and do not believe the Gospel.

See… A CUP OF COLD WATER

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8. More on the topic at the links below…

Daniel’s 70 weeks, future or fulfilled?

Daniel 9:24-27

Dispensationalism’s false teaching, like leaven, permeates where the true Gospel is preached.  It’s teachings, at least in part, are within many of today’s mainstream “born again” Churches and Bible Schools.