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.

BE NOT DECEIVED, GOD IS NOT MOCKED …

Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

“the God we have to do with can easily see through all our disguises, and will certainly deal with us hereafter, not according to our professions, but our practices.”

Barnes …

No zeal, however ardent; no prayers, however fervent or long, no professions, however loud, would impose on God. And to make such prayers, and to manifest such zeal and such strong professions, while the heart was with the world, …

Alas, how much mockery of God like this still prevails! How much, when people seem disposed to make God believe that they are exceedingly zealous and devoted, while their heart is truly with the world!

Matthew Henry …

As there are two sorts of sowing, one to the flesh, and the other to the Spirit, so will the reckoning be hereafter.

Those who live a carnal, sensual life, must expect no other fruit from such a course than misery and ruin. But those who, under the guidance and influences of the Holy Spirit, live a life of faith in Christ, and abound in Christian graces, shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

Note, Those who go about to mock God do but deceive themselves. Hypocrisy in religion is the greatest folly as well as wickedness, since the God we have to do with can easily see through all our disguises, and will certainly deal with us hereafter, not according to our professions, but our practices.