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Who were the Nephilim?

Genesis 6:4

There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

The Giants
Who were they? Were they really the sons of Angels and human women?

This study will examine all the information and then let you decide.

 Giants Genesis 6:4

Intro: What happened way back just before the flood? Why did God have to destroy the inhabitants of the earth? What was so bad that God went to such extreme measures? Genesis 6:5-7 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. 7And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

Man’s imagination was ONLY EVIL and his heart was ONLY EVIL CONTINUALLY! Look at Genesis 6: 12 and 13. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. 13And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. All flesh was corrupted. Was that a DNA corruption? What kind of violence was upon the earth in those days? Is this the curse of all men because no one seeks after God naturally? Psalm 14:2-4 The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. 3 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 4 Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD. There seems to be a general curse upon all men and there is a specific curse upon those who are evil continually who cannot repent. Who cannot repent? Fallen angels.

I am going to present the evidence… but you have to decide. I am not going to say absolutely this is what happened. I wasn’t there…I don’t know. But always take Biblical truth and good evidence and see where it leads us.

1. Nephilim

Genesis 6:4 There were giants (Nephilim) in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. In those days, and even later, there were giants on the earth who were descendants of human women and the heavenly beings. They were the great heroes and famous men of long ago. There were giants on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God lived with the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.

Three rebellions. Eden, pre-flood, Babel. All caused by man’s lust and the devils lies.

If it’s in the Bible and it’s weird then it’s important.

Sons of God…..sons of Seth? Daughters of men…Cain’s daughters?? That’s the prevailing thought that has been taught for about 16 hundred years. The early church believed in the Nephilim according to some scholars but got away from it as we went into the dark ages.

But according to the Bible…..

Sons of God always means angelic beings. Septuagent, the Greek translation says it means…angels of God. So we must assume that these were Angels. If they were sons of Seth and the daughters of Cain then that might explain the evil and violence that led to the flood. But what made giants? What made them men of renown? What made them so mighty? Why is this so different than any other marriage and birth? Men have married evil woman for eons. Evil men have married righteous women. But we don’t get giants and men of renown and mighty men do we? Something is different about this. Something God gave us some clues about but left out the details. Like the crucifixion of Christ. God left out the details of that because it was not necessary. The word crucified said it all. Either God knew that people would understand the implications of Genesis 6:4 and the word “Giants or Nephilim” said it all. God may have figured we would forget about it as time went o…..n or God knew we would not understand genetics until the last of the last days as we increased in knowledge. So, God didn’t reveal to us the story behind the story until we could understand it all…… today.

Let’s look at what happened to these angels that sinned by doing some terrible sin maybe it was having children by human women. Jude 6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. 2 Peter 2:4. For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment.

1 Peter 3:19-20 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; 20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. In his spiritual existence he went and preached to the imprisoned spirits. These were the spirits of those who had not obeyed God when he waited patiently during the days that Noah was building his boat. The few people in the boat—eight in all—were saved by the water, In which He went and preached to the spirits in prison, The souls of those who long before in the days of Noah had been disobedient, when God’s patience waited during the building of the ark in which a few people, actually eight in number, were saved through water.

A lot of information there. We will break all this down later. But suffice it to say there were giants on the earth in those days. Some angels left their first estate, or their designated place, their designed purpose, and did a abominable, horrific sin. The question is…What was that sin? Who were the giants? What does “and after that” mean? What did they have to do with the Sons of God or angels? What did the angels do? The Bible is vague about it. But we will try to break it all down for you with facts and legend, science, technology and of course the Bible.

2. The Book of Enoch

The book of Enoch is a non-Cannonical book of the Bible. It was written in the late 2nd century BC about words supposedly from Enoch from the book of Genesis. We do not know who wrote the book of Enoch. So it was actually written after the book of Malachi. Jews believed the inspiration ended with Malachi and that Enoch was not inspired. But later it was considered inspired by some of the early church fathers. But it quickly fell out of favor because of some contradictions with the books that Jesus endorsed and some other outlandish claims.

1. The story of angels having sex with women contradicts Matthew 22:30 for in the resurrection they neither marry or are given in marriage but are like the angels of God in heaven.

2. The giants produced called the Nephilim were 450 feet tall according to Enoch 7:2 these giants consumed the produce of all the people until the people detested feeding them. So the giants turned against the people in order to eat them. Enoch 7:3-4

3. In Enoch 10:4-5 Raphael a good angel digs a hole and binds Azazel a bad angel and throws him into a hole he made in the desert of Dudael and threw rugged and sharp rocks on top of him.

4. In Chapter 13 Enoch intercedes for Azael the evil angel

5. In Enoch 15:9 evil spirits came of the bodies of the giants. (which may explain or not explain evil spirits of Jesus day)

How does a book get in the Bible cannon? It had to be written by a prophet or Apostle. The Book claims inspiration from God. Jesus taught about or mentioned it. Jesus taught from or mentioned the books of the Old testament. He did not ever mention the book of Enoch. Jude did mention the book of Enoch. Paul quoted the poet Menander. That doesn’t mean Menander was inspired as it does not mean that he book of Enoch was inspired because Jude quoted it.

Jesus mentioned The books of Moses, the history of the kings, poetry, law, and the prophets. The Old Testament is well established by the time Jesus walked the earth. The New Testament was established by circulating and copying these letters written by the Apostles to the first and 2nd century churches. So, the Bible you have in your lap is the ONLY word of God that is inspired by the Holy Spirit without contradiction and outlandish claims.

But…….There are some interesting claims in the book of Enoch that might explain what happened in Genesis 6:4. It’s as if God did not want us to go there but He did…..want us to be aware that some really bad things went on with a certain group of angels at that time. Jude and Peter even mention some really confusing and strange statements about angels that we cannot fully understand until we put the whole picture together. The fact is according to the Bible…..some of the angels left heaven and did some abominable actions. The only clue we have is Genesis 6:4, the flood itself in Genesis 7-8, the 12 spies sent out and the subsequent genocide in the book of Joshua. And Jude 6 and 1 Peter 3:19-20 and 2 Peter 2:4. Something very bad happened with a certain group of angels according to the inspired word of God. We have the book of Enoch to give us a clue as to what might have occurred. I am not saying this is exactly what happened. Did the book of Enoch take some liberties with the facts? Probably. But it does make perfect sense that some hybrid angel-human was real.

Plus the facts that we have discovered many bones of people that were 10-20 feet tall discovered around the world. We have found human skulls that are elongated. Scientists have discovered these humans were genetically a different species of man…..not skulls made by tying the head of infants to make their heads elongated. Who were these people?

We have monoliths that were constructed in antiquity that weigh hundreds of tons and are perfectly dressed and on mountain tops. The monoliths of the pacific islands that weigh hundreds of tons and are laid out sequentially. We have discovered entire civilizations built in inaccessible places by a technology that we still can’t figure out. We have discovered Stonehenge in Great Britain and the Stonehenge of America in the North eastern US. We have found many burial mounds that from the sky show distinct patterns and symbols. How did they get there? We have ancient legends among all tribes and people groups of people about giants and legends and gods that walked the earth many years ago.

I believe that Genesis 6:4 seems to answer these questions without giving the sordid details. We would not discover most of these artifacts until the late 20th century and 21 centuries. This tells us that God for centuries hid these things from us until we had the technology to find them. God is much more concerned with the salvation of man than the history of man. God has always said that these last of the last days we would see things and know things that would shake us up. Knowledge shall increase, the rocks will cry out. The days of Noah and Lot would return. They certainly have in my opinion.

Here’s what we know of Enoch. Genesis 5 18-24 And Jared lived an hundred sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch: 19And Jared lived after he begat Enoch eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: 20And all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and two years: and he died. 21And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: 22And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: 23And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: 24And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him. God raptured Enoch before the flood and judgment. He is important to us as he is the rapture guy in the Old Testament.

And he is mentioned as being a prophet in Jude 14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints. This quote is not exactly in the book of Enoch but is instead attributed to Enoch back in the days before the flood. Enoch told of time at the end of the tribulation when Jesus would come back with his church. So that aligns with the scriptures we have. Enoch is raptured and Enoch tells of time of the return of the Lord with obviously His church. So He is correct on that. If He is beloved of the Lord so much that He raptures Him and He is correct about the Lord’s return…… maybe we should take the book of Enoch more seriously than we do.

Enoch is also mentioned in Hebrews 11:5 By Faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony that he pleased God. He definitely is the rapture guy in the Bible.

A couple of questions. Is the author of the book of Enoch actually the Enoch of Genesis? It is said to be the words of Enoch written in the late 2nd century BC. We do not know who wrote it. Why was Enoch not included in Bible cannon if he was a prophet? For one….. it was not written by Enoch but contains the words of Enoch or make Enoch the hero from an earlier time.

Some of the scenes described are too controversial and not given further explanation in the Bible. Not that they all weren’t true, but kind of weird. But just as God chose not to give the gory details of the crucifixion of Jesus….. Maybe God chose not to include the gory details of the sin of the Angels in the Bible.

So maybe Enoch was given to be helpful to us and if is true, gives us some great information about that time. Since we don’t have any other information about that time in history, we have to take the book of Enoch with of course a grain of salt but it is the only detailed explanation of that era. So, I give this information to you not to say this is the way it was….. but to give you something to ponder and research further on your own. Always trust in the Bible where you have the true revealed word of God and not in the non-cannonical books like Enoch. But we can glean some information from the books of the apocrypha. There are many writings of antiquity and many lists of these books so I could not come up with one definitive list. But this is considered the Apocrypha in the original 1611 King James Bible.

The Book of Tobit

The book of Judith

1st Maccabees

2nd Maccabees

The Wisdom of Solomon

The Book of Eccleisasticus

The Book of Baruch

1 Esdras

2 Esdras

Additions to Esther

The letter of Jeremiah

Prayer of Azariah

Book of Susanna

Bel and the Dragon

Prayer of Manesseh

The apocrypha was not removed from the King James Bible until 1885. The Catholic church kept these books in their Bible and still do. There are a few more non-canonical books that are considered by many as useful….. but not inspired along with the book of Enoch that are not included in the apocrypha. The Book of Enoch was NOT in the original 1611 King James Bible. It was first accepted by the early church fathers but later rejected after it fell into dispute. So the Book of Enoch has never been a part of the Apocrypha. It is considered a NON-Canonical book but useful by many today.

Apocryphical and non-canonical books DO NOT contain any prophecy. They do not contain any Messianic truth. They do not say “thus saith the Lord.” They are not cited by any authority or prophet’s book written after them. There were no prophets in Israel at the time of some of the books. The Apocrypha was mostly written from 450 BC to 50 BC. During this period God did not send any prophets so it’s no wonder that many wrote hoping to make up for the dearth of any word from God. The Jews did not accept any book written after Malachi.

But let’s see what Enoch says about Genesis 6:4….

1 Enoch 6:1 And it came to pass when the children of men had multiplied that in those days were born unto them beautiful and comely daughters. 2 and the angels, the children of the heaven, saw and lusted after them, and said one to another; “come let us choose us wives from among the children of men and beget us children.” 3 And Semjaza, who was their leader, said unto them: “I fear ye will not indeed agree to do this deed, and I alone shall have to pay the penalty of a great sin.” 4 And they all answered him and said: “let us all swear an oath, and all bind ourselves by mutual imprecations not to abandon this plan but to do this thing.” 5 Then sware they all together and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it. 6 And they were in all two hundred; who descended in the days of Jared on the summit of Mount Hermon, and they called it Mount Hermon, because they had sworn and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it. 7 And these are the names of their leaders: Semiazaz, their leader Arakiba, Rameel, Kokabiel, Tamiel, Ramiel, Danel, Ezeqeel, Baraqijal, Asael, Armaros, Batarel, Ananel, Zaqiel, Ssamsapeel, Satarel, Turel, Jomjael, Sariel, 8 These are the chiefs of Tens.

1 Enoch 15:2 and go, say to the watchers of heaven, who have sent thee to intercede for men, and not men for you: 3 Wherefore have ye left the high, holy and eternal heaven, and lain with women, and defiled yourselves with the daughters of men and taken unto yourselves wives, and done like the children of the earth, and begotten giants as your sons? 4 And though ye were holy, spiritual, living the eternal life, you have defiled yourselves with the blood of women, and have begotten children with the blood of flesh, and, as the children of men, have lusted after flesh and blood as those also do who die and perish. 5 Therefore have I given them wives also that they might impregnate them, and beget children by them, that thus nothing might be wanting to them on earth. 6 But you were formally spiritual, living the eternal life, and immortal for all generations of the world. 7 And therefore I have not appointed wives for you; for as for the spiritual ones of the heaven, in heaven is their dwelling. 8 And now, the giants, who are produced from the spirits and flesh, shall be called evil spirits upon the earth and on the earth shall be their dwelling. 9 Evil spirits have proceeded from their bodies; because they are born from men and from the holy watchers is their beginning and primal origin; they shall be evil spirits on the earth, and evil spirits shall they be called. 10 As for the spirits of heaven, in heaven shall be their dwelling, but as for the spirits of the earth which were born upon the earth, on the earth shall be their dwelling 11 And the spirits of the giants afflict, oppress, destroy, attack, do battle, and work destruction upon the earth, and cause trouble; they take no food, but nevertheless hunger and thirst, and cause offenses. And these spirits shall rise up against the children of men and against the women, because they have proceeded from them.

Here’s what happened according to the book of Enoch. Two hundred Angels called “watchers” decided to take wives of beautiful human women. They had children called giants (Nephilim, fallen ones) They were destroyed by God in the flood of Noah’s day. The angels or “watchers” that sinned were put in chains of darkness until the final judgment and then they will be cast into the lake of fire. The spirits of their children born by human women (called giants) who died in the flood and afterward during Israel’s purge under Joshua (have human, half angel) live today as demonic influences on the world. These disembodied Demons need a body to manifest in this world. Mark 5:9 And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many. Satan doesn’t need a body to manifest Himself. He appeared before Jesus to tempt Him. In the book of Job Satan walks to and fro on the face of the earth.

Satan had a plan to destroy the seed of the woman since the original sin. Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Women don’t have seed and Satan cannot bear seed. But they both did. The Woman would bear a son of the Holy Spirit. Satan would spawn the Nephilim.

Satan wanted to corrupt the human seed so that Jesus could not be born. Was all the world corrupted before the flood with this inhuman seed? We have Genesis 6:9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. Noah had purely human DNA for sure. But was he the only non-hybrid human with pure DNA? Doubtful. For the Bible emphasizes that Noah walked with God completely and was A (the only) just man. The only man who truly followed God yes, but not the only pure Human. But the influence of the wicked Nephilim had corrupted some of mankind genetically and threatened to pollute all the gene pool over time. And also under their powerful influence was corrupting all of mankind spiritually by this time. So, God had no choice but to destroy man and start again.

3 Will the Nephilim Return?

Where are they today? Will they come back to earth again? Jesus said it will be as in the days of Noah when He returns. So what does that mean?

Alien abductions. Women and men are abducted and implanted. Women are impregnated. Aliens are Demons. Demons are disembodied spirits of the Nephilim killed in the flood. Are they making more Nephilim today? I think so…. as in the days of Noah not only means great violence and wickedness but I think it also means corrupted blood lines.

UAP’s, UFO’s, Ancient Astronauts and Aliens— Nephilim are not either of these. But they are the disembodied Nephilim from the flood who are now demonic influences that will deceive us and cause us to lose our faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Everyone will believe that they are from the stars and are coming back to give us a DNA update. Will the Anti-Christ, the Beast use the mark of the Beast as a DNA update as well as a means of control and buying and selling? Will people (demons) come from an alien craft and endorse the Beast and cause people to take the mark as a DNA update that will prevent disease, give long life and guarantee their safety?

Will it make those who take the mark in a sense Nephilim by giving them Nephilim DNA? Is that why God will automatically condemn them to hell if they take the mark of the Beast that transforms them into Nephilim?

Genesis 6:4 …..And after this…..God wanted Joshua to destroy ALL of the inhabitants of Canaan. Why ALL? There were Giants among them as reported by the twelve Hebrew spies.

Look at all the references to Giants in the Land of Israel, the Levant……

Numbers 13:33 And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

Dueteronomy 2:11 Which also were accounted giants, as the Anakims; but the Moabites call them Emims.

Dueteronomy 2:20 And the coast of Og king of Bashan, which was of the remnant of the giants, that dwelt at Ashtaroth and at Edrei,

Dueteronomy 3: 11 All the kingdom of Og in Bashan, which reigned in Ashtaroth and in Edrei, who remained of the remnant of the giants: for these did Moses smite, and cast them out.

Dueteronomy 3:13 And the border went up by the valley of the son of Hinnom unto the south side of the Jebusite; the same is Jerusalem: and the border went up to the top of the mountain that lieth before the valley of Hinnom westward, which is at the end of the valley of the giants northward:

Joshua 12:4 And the coast of Og king of Bashan, which was of the remnant of the giants, that dwelt at Ashtaroth and at Edrei,

Joshua 13:12 All the kingdom of Og in Bashan, which reigned in Ashtaroth and in Edrei, who remained of the remnant of the giants: for these did Moses smite, and cast them out.

Joshua 15:8 And the border went up by the valley of the son of Hinnom unto the south side of the Jebusite; the same is Jerusalem: and the border went up to the top of the mountain that lieth before the valley of Hinnom westward, which is at the end of the valley of the giants northward:

Joshua 17:15 And Joshua answered them, If thou be a great people, then get thee up to the wood country, and cut down for thyself there in the land of the Perizzites and of the giants, if mount Ephraim be too narrow for thee.

Joshua 18:16And the border came down to the end of the mountain that lieth before the valley of the son of Hinnom, and which is in the valley of the giants on the north, and descended to the valley of Hinnom, to the side of Jebusi on the south, and descended to Enrogel,

I say that Joshua was the real giant slayer. These were remnants of giant DNA. No giant survived the flood. So the only way for Nephilim DNA to get into these people had to be from one of the wives of Noah’s sons. Look at the description of Nimrod. Genesis 10:8 And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. 9He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD. Nimrod is called “mighty” like the “mighty” men of old in Genesis 6. He lived in the land of Shinar. Genesis 6:10 10And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.

The land of Babel, Babylon, mystery Babylon began here. Was Nimrod a remnant of the Nephilim? Possibly. Nimrod was the son of Cush who was the son of Ham who was the son of Noah. So Ham’s wife must have had some Nephilim DNA. All of Nimrod descendants settled in the Middle east. Canaan is one of Nimrod’s descendants which included the Hivites, Jebusites, Amorites, and the Girgasites all among the people who the Hebrews destroyed from the land of Canaan. So it makes sense here. Why would God allow Nephilim DNA in Ham’s wife to pollute human DNA? Ham had no idea that his wife had Nephilim DNA. How could he?

Why did God allow Nephilim in the first place? Mankind’s sin. Women were seduced by these fallen angels. God gave us choices. It’s not God’s fault it happened. And God took care of the problem with the flood. And God took care of this problem with the slaughter of the remaining Nephilim with Joshua and the Hebrew people. But it’s always going to be here. Go back to Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Why did God have Joshua and the Hebrews kill all of the residents of Jericho?

Joshua 6:17 And the city shall be accursed, even it, and all that are therein, to the LORD: only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all that are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent.

Joshua 6:21 And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword.

Joshua 6:26 And Joshua adjured them at that time, saying, Cursed be the man before the LORD, that riseth up and buildeth this city Jericho: he shall lay the foundation thereof in his firstborn, and in his youngest son shall he set up the gates of it.

And we see where Ai was completed destroy every man, woman, and we assume children also.

Joshua 8:25-26 And so it was, that all that fell that day, both of men and women, were twelve thousand, even all the men of Ai. For Joshua drew not his hand back, wherewith he stretched out the spear, until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai.

Libnah….

Joshua 10:29 Then Joshua passed from Makkedah, and all Israel with him, unto Libnah, and fought against Libnah: 30And the LORD delivered it also, and the king thereof, into the hand of Israel; and he smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein; he let none remain in it; but did unto the king thereof as he did unto the king of Jericho.

Lachish…..

32And the LORD delivered Lachish into the hand of Israel, which took it on the second day, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein, according to all that he had done to Libnah.

Gezer…..

Joshua 10:33 Then Horam king of Gezer came up to help Lachish; and Joshua smote him and his people, until he had left him none remaining.

Eglon….

Joshua 10: 34-35 And from Lachish Joshua passed unto Eglon, and all Israel with him; and they encamped against it, and fought against it: 35And they took it on that day, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein he utterly destroyed that day, according to all that he had done to Lachish.

Hebron…..

Joshua 10: 36 And Joshua went up from Eglon, and all Israel with him, unto Hebron; and they fought against it: 37And they took it, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and the king thereof, and all the cities thereof, and all the souls that were therein; he left none remaining, according to all that he had done to Eglon; but destroyed it utterly, and all the souls that were therein.

Debir…..

Joshua 10:39 And he took it, and the king thereof, and all the cities thereof; and they smote them with the edge of the sword, and utterly destroyed all the souls that were therein; he left none remaining: as he had done to Hebron, so he did to Debir, and to the king thereof; as he had done also to Libnah, and to her king.

Kadeshbarnea, Gaza, Goshen, and Gibeon

Joshua 10:40 So Joshua smote all the country of the hills, and of the south, and of the vale, and of the springs, and all their kings: he left none remaining, but utterly destroyed all that breathed, as the LORD God of Israel commanded. 41And Joshua smote them from Kadeshbarnea even unto Gaza, and all the country of Goshen, even unto Gibeon. 42And all these kings and their land did Joshua take at one time, because the LORD God of Israel fought for Israel. 43And Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, unto the camp to Gilgal.

Madon, Shimron, and Achshaph, Canaanite, Amorite, Hittite, Perizzite, and the Jebusite in the mountains, and to the Hivite under Hermon in the land of Mizpeh.

Joshua 11:14 And all the spoil of these cities, and the cattle, the children of Israel took for a prey unto themselves; but every man they smote with the edge of the sword, until they had destroyed them, neither left they any to breathe.

31 people groups were destroyed and removed from the land.

Joshua 12:24 …….all the kings thirty and one.

The Hivites were spared. No reason given. We must assume they were NOT related to the giants.

Joshua 11:19 There was not a city that made peace with the children of Israel, save the Hivites the inhabitants of Gibeon: all other they took in battle.

Were they remnants of Nephilim? I think so.

Actually some survived. Joshua 11:22 22There was none of the Anakims left in the land of the children of Israel: only in Gaza, in Gath, and in Ashdod, there remained.

Elongated skulls show up around the world about 3500 years ago about the same time that Israel began to conquer the tribes of the Levant. Some of the Nephilim must have escaped before the slaughter began and fled to other parts of the world.

Joshua 11:3 And to the Canaanite on the east and on the west, and to the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Jebusite in the mountains, and to the Hivite under Hermon in the land of Mizpeh. Joshua 12:1 Now these are the kings of the land, which the children of Israel smote, and possessed their land on the other side Jordan toward the rising of the sun, from the river Arnon unto mount Hermon, and all the plain on the east:

Mount Hermon is the legendary mountain of the gods in mythology. There it is right in the middle of the land of the giants. Mount Hermon in the land of Mizpah was in the far north, the highest point in the northern Levant.

The slaughter of the remnant of the giants ends with chapter 12. Then the Hebrews drive out the remaining residents and even assimilate some of the groups. Joshua 13:13 Nevertheless the children of Israel expelled not the Geshurites, nor the Maachathites: but the Geshurites and the Maachathites dwell among the Israelites until this day. Joshua 15:63 As for the Jebusites the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the children of Judah could not drive them out: but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Judah at Jerusalem unto this day.

All this proves that God was not cruel in this slaughter of these wicked cursed people. But if they were the remnant of the giants…. He was removing a curse from this world and a cursed people and saving millions of souls and creation itself by doing so. By destroying these Nephilim God was allowing Jesus Christ to be born so HE could SAVE the world. If Satan’s Nephilim curse would have been allowed He would have polluted the pure DNA of the Jews and Jesus could not have been born and thus the promise of Genesis 12:3 (In thy seed all the world would be blessed) would have been broken and Satan would have won!

Is all this true? Well….we believe….

God created the world is six literal days,

We believe a fish swallowed a man,

an ax head floated,

Jesus raised three dead people,

healed the blind and made the lame to walk,

found a coin in a fishes mouth,

turned water to wine,

Enoch and Elijah taken to heaven,

God caused fire not to burn three Hebrew children,

and caused hungry lions to not eat Daniel,

caused tongues of fire landed on people and they spoke in other languages,

Jesus was born of a virgin,

That Jesus is going to suddenly take millions to heaven one day,

that He is coming again on a white horse with His church

and on and on I could go……

…..But we don’t believe this? I think there is enough evidence in archeology, mythology, cultural legends and tales of giants, science, the Bible, the book of Enoch, and our own reasoning to believe the Nephilim could have existed. Will I say it dogmatically. NO! Will I say a good possibility….yes!

The Faith Of Atheism

Jack S Ward

Genesis 1:1 In the Beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth.

The Bible does not attempt to explain God or defend God or to discover God. The Bible just simply states that in the beginning God was already there.

Atheists must conclude that their belief that an accident began creation takes more faith than the Christian belief that God did it all. For one to believe that all of creation happened by accident would mean that you believe in the greatest miracle of all time! Yes, an atheist would have to believe in miracles to believe that evolution explains how we got here.

How is that? For everything to have happened by chance without a creator you would have to believe this miracle……..that the switch to start it all turned on by itself! That’s like you walking into a room and waiting for the light switch to turn on all by itself. Evolutionists believe that given enough time, the light switch will turn the light on all by itself. Now an earthquake might happen and cause the switch to come on. But bottom line is that the light will never come on by itself! It can’t happen by itself! There has to be an action, a cause for every reaction. That’s basic physical science.

But that’s what atheist’s and evolutionists believe. That something turned the switch on to begin life. But they don’t know how it happened. They just know that it happened.

And they scoff at Christians for believing in a creator God? They laugh at Christians for trusting in God as our creator and Savior? But on the contrary, their position is the one that’s truly laughable if it weren‘t so sad. It’s actually tragic that so many believe this invention of man that serves only to usurp God and His authority! Evolutionists require much more faith than the Christian who believes in creation. At least Christians know who turned the switch on but atheists and evolutionists…they haven’t any idea, yet they believe that it happened. That’s some faith!

The Bible says that God is not going to be mocked. You can keep on denying Him, offending Him and ignoring Him….. but one day God will have His day on all those who have rejected Him. One day God will have His day on all those who put their trust and faith in the ideas of man instead of His word.

Why not take a serious look at God’s creative purposes for man. Why not take a serious look at the Bible and how God has revealed Himself to mankind.

God made man after His own image, and God saw that man sinned and provided a Savior Christ Jesus The Lord. God purposes are not thwarted. God has given us a Savior so that we can still become all that God intended for us to be at the beginning of Creation.

In the beginning God……That’s all we need to know. That answers every mystery and question that man has about his beginng and his origin. God did it then and He continues to do it now and He will complete His work of creation in us if we trust in Him.

Why should I believe Christianity is better than other religions, beliefs, and ideas?  I believe it comes down to seven simple points.

  1. Only Christianity Tells Us That God Is The Creator.

If we believe the world was created (If you want to understand the Christian viewpoint of creation see the article “Creation or Evolution”) then it was created by someone who is able to do all things.  And this creator made man different, more intelligent, more social than all other animals and creatures.  So He must be able to tell us how to come to know Him.

And we must logically expect Him to reveal Himself to us as we naturally seek to know Him.  Every human has a curiosity about God.  Animals don’t have this.

Therefor it is only logical that we must have come from some intelligent designer.  And if so we must logically conclude that the creator is like us in many ways.

In Christianity God alone is the creator without any help from evolution.  In Christianity we believe that in the Bible  in Genesis chapters 1-11 we are given the creation story.  In Genesis 1:1 we are introduced to God.  “In the beginning God…….”

We are given the reasons how and why this world was created in an orderly, consise fashion. And How and why man fell from favor with God. And why this world is under a curse today.  Why there is death and disease and natural disasters are all explained in Christianty.  

Only Christianity shows that God created all things and all things are sustained by Him. All other religions say very little about creation and are open to evolution.

  1. Only Christianity tells us How God the creator has revealed Himself in His word.

If God is able to create the world then surely getting 40 authors to write 66 books over 1600 years would be no trouble at all for Him.  (read the article “Is The Bible The True Word Of God”)

In this book God has revealed Himself to man.  He laid down the foundation for His plan for man in Genesis chapters 1-3. God gave us the order of creation in Genesis chapters 1-11.

God has revealed that He is a God of order and not chaos or chance.   He told us that man is created in His image.  He is a God of purpose and meaning.  Only Christianity show how and why God revealed Himself in His word the Bible.

  1. Only Christianity Tells us that Man Rebelled Against God.

God revealed that He is a God who loves His creation.  He gave us freedom to chose to love Him or not.  Without that freedom man is a robot.  God loves us but forced love is not love but manipulation.  God made man for the purpose of fellowship with Him.  To enjoy creation with Him.

But man chose to follow His own path and His own plans.  What else would you expect from the creature that God gave self will and self-determination to?

This rebellion is called sin.  So When Adam and Eve rebelled in the garden that made man sinners against God.

Many say why doesn’t God just get rid of sin?  Well WE are sinners. WE started sin.  So if God got rid of sin He wojuld have to start with sinners. US!!!

But think about this,,,,, would a good and loving God limit His creations abiltiy to choose?  Would God chain His creation?  Would you make your children love you by chaining them up by force?  Would you make your wife love you by locking her in a room by force? No.  You would let them have freedom to choose.

Only Christianity tells us that man is a sinner and why.  Only the Bible tells us that man is not good.  Only the Bible tells us that man does not seek after God but is in complete rebellion against Him.  Only Christianity tells the truth about mankind’s rebellion against God and is a sinner with no hope of redemption in himself.

But God had a plan for man’s redemption.  God was not caught off guard by man’s sin.  

  1. Only Christianity Tells us that God assumed responsibility for man’s redemption.

God knew we would sin and rebel against Him so He instead of destroying us He set forth a plan of redemption.  God didn’t say “find your own way back” God made the way back for man.  All other religions expect us to find God.  In the Bible God finds us. In Christianity God seeks out man and takes the initiative in man’s redemption.

  1. Only Christianity tells us that God provided the way for man’s redemption.

God revealed Himself in His word and also in a person.  God came to earth to show us what He is like.  He was born a man, given a mother, and called Jesus.  He not only revealed God true character of love and care for His creation but He died on the cross to pay a sin debt we could not pay to purchase our redemption that we could have no way of paying.  Only Christianity says that man can never be good enough to save himself.  Only Chistianity says that man’s good deeds can never outweigh his bad deeds.  Only Christianity says man is “lost” without hope in the world.

Only Christianity says “done” all other religions say “do” good works, “do” good deeds, “do” this and “do” that in order to be saved.  Only Christianity says “done” in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Jesus Himself said on the cross “it is finished!”  Jesus said He came to “complete the work His Father sent Him to do.”

  1. Only Christianity tells us that God’s way to find Him is through Jesus Christ only!

The Bible, God’s word claims that Jesus is the way, truth and the life.  No man comes unto the Father but by and through Him. 

All other relgions can give you no assurance of salvation.  You never know if you have done enough.  You are never sure.  

Only the Bible tells that God Himself through Jesus Christ has provided a way back to Him.  And only Christianity give you assurance of salvation.

You see our greatest problems is not sickness, it’s not the ecomony, it’s not government, it’s not pollution or the environment, it’s not even crime and lawlessness.  God provided redemption from our greatest problem….. sin.

We are redeemed by faith and trust in Jesus Christ alone. We can be assured that if we are trusting in Christ we are going to be saved and be with God in heaven.  Only Christianity gives that assurance.  John 6:37 “Him that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out.” John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in Him should NOT perish but HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE!”

  1. Only Christianity tells us that Jesus Christ rose from the dead.

The most unique claim of all about Christianity is that Jesus Christ rose from the dead!  Only Jesus claimed to rise from the dead and proved it!  There has never been a body found even though we know where He was buried!  500 witnesses claimed to have seen Him.  Jesus Himself said He would rise again.  All the apostles but one died for Him.   Why would they do that?  Unless they had seen Him alive!

Millions down through the ages have claimed to know Him and thousands have also died for Him.  Many have claimed to love Him and have served Him down through the years.

You may say “many religions have martrys, what so different about Christiany?”  Very simple…the religious died for a creed or a cause, Christians died for a person! The Lord Jesus Christ who rose from the dead is alive and according the word of God at the right hand of God the Father.

The most written about man in history is Jesus Christ.  The most interesting man in history is the Jesus Christ.  Why so much interest?  Why do so many follow HIm and we all are curious about Him.  Why? Because Jesus Christ rose from the dead!

 It goes back to that curiosity God gave man about Himself. Jesus claimed to be God. Either He is a madman, a fool, a lunatic or God.  He didn’t claim to be a good man, a revolutionist, or guru. He simply came to seek and to save that which was lost.

What was lost?  Mankind.  We were lost to God and God provided a way for us to come back to Him. 

Only Christianity tells us the truth about man’s sin and His only hope of salvation the Lord Jesus Christ.  And God raised Jesus Christ from the dead to show us that God has defeated man’s greatest enemy, sin and death forever!  We must put our faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Acts 16:31 Believe (trust) on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.”  Only Christianity offers free salvation in a living Savior the Lord Jesus.

You can deny creation. You can deny redemption.  You can deny the word of God.  You can deny that Jesus was God.  But you cannot deny the resurrection!  Only Christianity has a resurrected Savior.

Conclusion.

Christianity is better than any regligion, or belief system because  God is the creator, The Bible is greater and Jesus is the Savior.

God created the world and gave us His word to gude us into all truth and Jesus is the living Savior of a lost, fallen and rebellious world.

Why Christianity is Better than all Other Religions and beliefs in the world?

Intro: A person was on a plane and wanted to strike up a conversation with someone introduced himself to the lady seated next to him.  After introductions…She asked him what he did and he said “I am a preacher of the Christian gospel.”  She was a college professor in China and spoke 7 languages and was traveling throughout America to give lectures at selected universities including Harvard and Yale. This was a very intelligent person.  The preacher was totally intimidated.  And then she asked him the question he knew she was going to ask “Why should I believe Christianity?  What makes it better than all of the other religions and beliefs in the world?”

What would you say? Would you have an answer?  Would you have to bow out?

I have on our website a detailed explanation of Why Christianity is better in the article on the this page… but I’m not going to go into a long drawn out discussion of why God is creator and The word of God is greater because I don’t think that is necessary in discussing this with a person one on one.  I would dare say that this is one of the easiest questions you will ever be asked about your faith!  I can give you the answer in one verse.

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

  1. The Greatness of Jesus

And the Word was made flesh,

Last Sunday night we talked about the anti-christ.  The man of sin who would appear one day soon.  If you want to hear that message it’s on the website.  Today we are going to talk about the true Christ, the son of God, the Lord of Lords and King of Kings.

God came to this world to redeem mankind.  God took the initiative to save a fallen, lost, rebellious humanity.  God didn’t wait for mankind to approach Him, God took the actions necessary to save mankind.

He came as flesh.  God became a man.  John declares this with more clarity than any other Biblical writer.

Mohammand was a man.  Buddah is a man.  Joseph Smith is a man.  Jim Jones was a man.  Even though there are many men who claim to be god only Jesus Christ claimed to be God and proved He was God.  Jesus is either a liar, a lunatic or God.  He never claimed to be a guru or a political leader.  He was not a revolutionary.  He simply claimed that He was sent by the Father to seek and save that which was lost.  What was lost?  Mankind lost in sin and darkness.

Christianity is Better because Jesus is greater.  There is no one like Jesus who as God became man to save man from his sin.

2.The Place of Jesus

….and dwelt among us,

So God came to walk among men.  To touch people, to live with people, to work with people.  to stand in line with people, to talk face to face with people, to be involved in the lives of people and to touch the children of people.

Jesus proved He was from God because He did miracles for people.  He healed the sick, made the blind see and the lame walk.  He even raised the dead.  He did something greater than that…He forgave sins.  Luke 5:21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?

Our greatest need is not healing from our diseases but forgiveness from sin our greatest problem.

Did the false gods dwell among people?  Did false gods really raise anyone from the dead?  Do false religions promise forgiveness of sins?  Only if you do this or do that.

Did any religious leader do more to prove that He was from God than Jesus?

…and dwelt among us….   Christianity is not a Religion.  Christianity is different because it is a relationship between people and a living Savior.  Jesus wants us to know Him.  Phillippians 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.  John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

To know God is to know Jesus Christ.  To follow God is to follow Jesus Christ.

Our goal as a Christian is to know Christ more and walk with Him or follow Him each day.  Can any religion say that they have a living Savior in Heaven that left His Spirit to guide us and to show us the truth?  No.  None!

Christianity is better than any other religion because Jesus is God who dwelt among us and continues to dwell in us and lead us through His Holy Spirit.  

3.The Importance of Jesus

(and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,)

God glorified and lifted up Jesus.  How did God glorify Jesus?  He raised Him from the dead.  The greatest thing about Jesus is that He rose from the dead.  Only Christianity follows a living Lord and master.  500 witnesses saw Him after He arose.  Two dozen crack soldiers fled in terror on the resurrection morning.  There is a grave but no body has ever been found.  Cowardly men were willing to die and did die for Him after the resurrection.    Thousands have followed them in death for this Jesus.  Millions have claimed Him as Savior.  Millions have claimed to follow Him today.

Jesus was glorified by God.  He died and He lives.  The most unique thing about Christianity is that Jesus ROSE FROM THE DEAD!  Christianity alone has Jesus Christ who rose from the dead.  There are many false Christ’s but only one rose from the dead.  This is the glory that God uiniquely gave to His Son.  He did miracles, He did good and did not sin, He forgave sins but anyone can claim that…… but no one can deny that Jesus rose from the dead.  And if Jesus rose from the dead then Jesus had to come from God, be the revelation of God and Be God Himself.

The greatest reason that Christianity is different from religions is that Christianity says “done” Religions say “do.”  Why is Jesus so Important to us?  He was glorified of the Father because He completed the work He was sent to do.   What we He sent to do?  Reform the government?  Heal the sick, raise the dead, free the slaves?  No…. He came to die for our sins, to complete the work of salvation and then be raised again for our justification.  So that we can be just as if we had never sinned.  So that we can have the free gift of salvation.  No works, no efforts on our behalf just faith and trust in a Savior that has done it all for us.

That is the importance of Jesus.  Without Jesus we have no salvation.  No hope, no resurrection, no peace, no forgiveness and will face judgment.  The importance of Jesus is why Christianity better than any other religion or belief.

4 The Character of Jesus.

….full of grace and truth.

Only Christianity has Jesus Christ as the only Savior, the only way to God.  This is a man who lived only 33 years and never traveled a 100 miles from His home and never owned a thing in His life except the clothes on His back.  Yet He claimed to be the living embodiment of the grace of God and the truth of God.  He claimed to have never sinned.  The Bible says He never sinned.

The most written about and most famous man in history is Jesus Christ.  He is the most loved and adored man in history.  What is so unique about Jesus?  He claimed to be God.  He died on a cross.  He did miracles.   He gave the most famous teachings in the history of the world.  No man has influenced the world more than Jesus.  He claimed to be our sacrifice for sin and simply wants to be the Savior of every man, woman, boy and girl in the world.

Only Christianity has this Jesus and that makes Christianity not only the best way but the only way to get back to God and have our sins forgiven.  Acts 4:12 there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.  John 1: 10-12 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

Jesus is the truth of God.  Jesus is the living embodiment of the grace of God. The grace of God, the gift of God to man is the Lord Jesus Christ.   As I said before Only Christianity has Jesus.  THE Bible says in John 14:6 I am the way, the truth and the life, no man comes unto the Father but by me.

Why is Christianity Better than any other religion or belief?  Jesus Christ! Not the antichrists…. the false Jesus’s….. but the only Jesus, the loving Jesus, the healing Jesus, the friend Jesus, the king of Kings and Lord Of Lords, the only Savior Jesus!  Do you know this Jesus?

Jack S Ward

How To Deal With Depresson

Everyone gets depressed.  Even Biblical characters had depression.  Joseph, King David, Moses, Elijah, Paul and even our Lord Jesus Christ Himself.  Luke 13:34 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!”  John 6:66-67 “From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?”  What about the Garden prayer when He sweat drop of blood? lt was a tough life and they got down and out at times.

Where did they get help?  Well for one thing we are NOT told that Joseph or David, Elijah or Paul for example, ever needed deep emotional healing in the areas of identity and rejection. Instead they found their comfort and joy in the Lord, forgot themselves, and became God’s channels of blessing to others.

And to those who say this is too harsh for the average Christian to

live up to, We have the promise of the Lord Himself to bear all of our burdens and to give us His comfort and strength.

The Scripture does not say, “Rejoice in the Lord, unless you are too depressed or have been rejected and need deep emotional healing to deal with it”! It says, “Rejoice in the Lord always… and the joy of the Lord is your strength”!

“And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him,

because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” -1 SAMUEL 30:6

“Who is among you that feareth the Lord…that walketh in darkness and hath no light? Let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God.” Isaiah 50:10

“In fierce storms,” said an old seaman, “we can do but one thing, there is

only one way: We must put the ship in a certain position and keep her

there.”

This, Christian, is what you must do. Sometimes, like Paul, you can see neither sun nor stars, and no small tempest lies on you; and then you can do but one thing; there is only one way. Reason cannot help you. Past

experiences give you no light. Even prayer fetches no consolation. Only a

single course is left: You must put your soul in one position and keep it

there. You must stay upon the Lord; come what may–winds, waves, cross seas, thunder, lightning, frowning rocks, roaring breakers–no matter what, you

must lash yourself to the helm, and hold fast your confidence in God’s

faithfulness, His covenant engagement, His everlasting love in Christ Jesus.

Christian….quit focusing on YOU!  Christ is your life!  Christ is your purpose!  He is not building a stairway to nowhere in your life.  He is making everything in your life for your good and His eternal glory!

Election and predestination of man’s salvation is a controversial topic today.

Has God already chosen those who would accept His salvation from the beginning of creation? And those He has not chosen are they doomed to the lake of fire for eternity?

 As Far as Election and Presdestination go….God chose Israel, (Abraham, Issac and Jacob)…. Jesus Christ……. and the Church. And He predestined the church to be like Him and in His image and glory.

We are dead spiritually to God that’s true. But we are alive physically and spiritually to ourselves. That is…. we have a mind to think with and to reason with and with which to make choices. Why would God call all of us to repentance if we did not have the potential to be made spiritually alive to God… to be born again?

Why would He call all of us to salvation if we were unable to respond to Him? We are dead in trespasses and sins but we are not zombies. We are not dead to thought and reason and to the ability to choose to trust in God. The very word “repent” means to change your mind.  How can a dead person change their minds?  We are made alive spiritually when we change our mind and choose life in Christ.

It’s the mind of man and the ability to choose that is often neglected by the Calvinists. God’s Spirit calls us and we can choose to follow God or not. God does not choose that for us. There are too many “whosoever’s” in the Bible. There are to many references in the Bible about pleas for men to come to God, to repent, to change their mind, and to choose…….. to say that God has chosen for us.

The Calvinists great chapter 9 of Romans is followed by Romans 10:13 “whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” This demonstrates that Paul was talking about the foreknowledge of God in chapter 9 not the fore choosing of God. As a matter of fact there is not one verse in the Bible that states that God has chosen a man’s individual spiritual destiny. Each patriarch had to choose to follow God.  Abraham, Issace and Jacob were chosen but also chose to follow God.  Not even Judas Iscariot had a destiny set by God. Judas loved money more than Christ. That was his choice.

God calls people to service.  We know that is true.  And even in that we can chose to follow that call or not.  But that is not to be confused with the call to salvation through faith in Christ.

God knows beforehand what choices we will make. God knew beforehand the choice that Judas would make. But Judas made His own decisions, his own choices. God is still sovereign. Man’s choice does not hinder God’s sovereignty. Man’s choice is within the sphere of God’s sovereignty.  Man’s choice is part of God’s sovereignty.

It is God’s desire that all men be saved, not His decree. 1 Peter 3:9 God is not willing that any should perish but that all would come to repentance. “Any” means anybody or all people. God wants all men to follow Him and His direction and God will lead men in the way He wants them to go but it is still man’s choice to follow that direction, and to follow God. That is the freedom of each man.

God‘s greatest achievement in man’s creation is that man can “Choose ye this day whom ye will serve.”

 The Calvinist acronymn is Tulip.  Tulip– Total depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited atonement, Irresistible grace, Perserverance of the saints. If God chooses us and it is unconditional and irresistible then aren’t we just robots, made to love Him by decree? That’s is exactly what Calvinism is.

Yet they say that we are making up a God in our own minds of how we want Him to be. No, we are simply stating what the Bible already states about God….. that God is love, and that God so loved the world that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish…this IS the God of the Bible, a loving God who reaches down to His creation and offers us His love gift Jesus Christ.

How can this be disputed…..Whosoever will let Him come and receive the water of life freely?  Salvation can’t be both election and freewill as some say.   God has chosen ALL mankind for salvation or He has given none an opportunity.  It can’t be both.  He has either given ALL mankind an opportunity to accept this salvation or He has given none.

I believe the Bible teaches the choice of man in His own destiny.  Therefore I accept the free will and choice of man in regards to this great salvation and I reject the election and predestination of man’s salvation as presented in Calvinism.

What the Bible says about Homosexuality

First of all the Bible says several times that fornication is a sin.  Fornication is sex outside of marriage.  Marriage according to the Bible is between one man and one woman.  Therefore sex between two persons outside of the marriage relationship is fornication.  Homosexual sex is sex outside of marriage.  That is enough to condemn it right there.  But lest some say that Homosexuals have a right to get married.  Then we must look at the specific sin of homosexuality.

Leviticus 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

Romans 1:26-27 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10  Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate,* nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

1 Timothy 1:9-10  Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 For whoremongers, *for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine.

*The phrase “For them that defile or abuse themselves with mankind” is translated homosexuality in most modern translations.

 Jude 7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, **and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

**The phrase “Strange flesh” is translated as sexual perversion is most modern translations.

The end of Sodom and Gomorrah is described in Genesis 18:28-19:28

You can’t miss the homosexuality described in Genesis 19:4-9  4. But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: 5 And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them. 6 And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him, 7 And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly. 8 Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.  9 And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door.

There are 32 References in the Bible to the sin of Sodom.

Nine times in the New Testament.  Jesus referenced the sin of Sodom six times.

But homosexuals say that the Bible does not say the exact words “homosexuality is a sin.”

They are correct.  The Bible does not call Homosexuality a sin per se.  Instead it calls homosexuality an abomination, a perversion, an error, an abuse, a defilement, fornication, strange, wickedness, contrary to sound doctrine and ungodliness.  It says that those who do this will not inherit the kingdom of God, they will suffer vengeance from God, they will suffer eternal fire, they shall be put to death, and they shall be destroyed.

Homosexual supporters defend their position by saying that Jesus did not condemn homosexuality.  But Jesus didn’t out right condemn a lot of sins.  Jesus never condemned slavery or communisim either.  But remember He did reference Sodom six times.

Homosexuality is a sign of the last days when evil men shall wax worse and worse.  They shall call good evil and evil good.  They have turned the truth of God into a lie.  They serve the creature more than the creator.  They will thumb their nose at God and in reaching for the wind they will reap the whirlwind.

Homosexuality and sexual perversion is the reward for a nation that has turned from God and turned to pleasure.

We must love and pray for people caught up in this sin.  We must let them know that God loves them and will save them, as we are all sinners.  But we must be sure to let them know what God thinks about this lifestyle.

They say “who are we to say that this is sin when everyone sins.”  Well just because we all sin doesn’t mean we have license to keep on sinning!  We must strive for holiness. 

Homosexuals say that Christians are not letting people live the way God made them.  God did not make them this way.  They are this way as the result of the fall of man.  When man sinned the world became full of perversion.  It would only be natural that sinful fallen man would turn something good into a perversion.  But they can change!  God makes us new creatures in Christ.  We can be born again.  We can go from sinners to saints because Jesus died to save all sin, even the sin of homosexuality.   There is freedom from all sin in Christ.

When people say “But God made me this way.”  Did God make fat people and some skinny?  Did God make diseased people?  Did God make ugly people?  Did God make deformed people?  Did God make sick children?  Did God make diabetics?  We are in a fallen state.  We all have faults.  We have spots and blemishes.  Because of Adams sin we are cursed physically and spiritually. 

We are created by God and God gave us our life but we are not yet what God ultimately made us to be.  We were created to be perfect, whole and complete physically and spiritually.  But we won’t be until we are in the Lord’s presence where the curse of sin in removed from mankind.  

So in the general sense God did make us… but He did not make us to have imperfections and He certainly didn’t make us to love sin.  We are born under the curse of sin.  We must face it…we love sin because we are sinners!    But thanks be unto God that we have a Savior.  Jesus Christ was sent to save us from our sinful nature.  To save us from the judgment of God.  To make us His own.  To love us and to have a relationship with us and to ultimately make us like Himself without spot or blemish.  Christ came to change us so that we can love God and hate sin!

Let me say a word about restraint.  We love sin.  So we all must restrain ourselves everyday of our lives from all kinds of sins.  Married peoplle excercise restraint from having sex outside of marriage. We should restrain ourselves from stealing.   We should restrain ourselves from killing. We should restrain ourselves from lying.   We should restrain ourselves  from selfishness.  We should restrain ourselves from violence.  We restrain ourselves from gluttony.  (I need more restraint at this.)

Why is it that Homosexuals get a pass as far as restraint goes?  We tell them to come out and be free as far as sexual preference.  We applaud them for “coming out” of restraint.  We encourage them to have no restraint.

But then why do we frown on people who “come out” of their marriage?  Why do we frown on people who commit adultery?  Homosexuals average 15 lovers in their lifetime and we applaud that behavior.  Do we applaud the married father who has had 15 lovers during His marriage?  I think not.

It’s time to quit making excuses and follow the word of God.  If God says something is an abomination we should avoid it at all costs.  Matthew 18:9 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.

There is nothing more precious to us than our eyes.  But if our eye keeps us from salvation we must get rid of it.  Anythng that would keep us from the kingdom of God we must remove from our lives.  That goes for anything in our lives.

Why would homosexuals take a chance that their lifestyle would send them to hell?  Why not remove it?  They say “but it’s not that easy”…really?  How hard would it be to give up an eye if that eye would send you to eternal hellfire?  I think I would find a way to remove it wouldn’t you?  

We only live once so why not be willing to get rid of anything in your life that might be offensive to our Savior?  Give everything to Christ and let Him take care of you and you won’t have to worry about making excuses about your lifestyle.

Don’t take a chance that God will wink at homosexuality.   Forsake all sin even things that you might not be sure about…..for Christ’s sake.  Don’t take a chance that something that God has spoken so clearly about is going to change with the times.  God’s word doesn’t change.  God is the same.  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever!

Christ is our goal….He is our prize…He is our focus.  Our life is in Him.  Who we are is supposed to be in Christ who is our life.  Who you are is not your sexual preference.  Your identity is to be in Christ…. not in your sexual preference.  As a matter of fact there is no such thing as a sexual preference.  We are all created to be heterosexual.  Every man, woman and animal was created to be that way. When man starts to tamper with what God has ordained then we get into all kinds of trouble and confusion.  

One point to ponder.  We do not go to hell for being a homosexual.  We go to hell for failing to turn from our sin and trust in Christ as our Savior.  Every sin is deadly to us.  We must be cleansed from ALL sin for we are ALL sinners condemned before a Holy and Just God.  But we can have all sin forgiven through the death buriel and resurrection of Christ who died for ous sins.  All of our sins!  We must believe (trust) in Him and repent or change our minds about our sin.  We must agree with God about it.

Then we keep our eyes on Him and then we will find freedom from sin and we will have a life lived more abundantly than we could ever think or imagine.  

Jack Ward

Are Denominations Biblical?

     I don’t agree at all with the stand today that many take against denominations. It even goes so far that some believers are not even attending church at all because they don‘t believe in denominations.  One time a guy said to me “I don’t believe in denominations so I don’t go to church.”  I said to the person ”oh, in other words you don’t want to do anything for Christ!”  Of course, he was very offended.  Let me explain why I said that to him……

Most people are using the denomination issue as an excuse not to do anything for Christ or to attend church.  While it is truth that some people can’t find a church in their community that preaches the Bible, this would be the only legitimate reason for not attending church and actually a good reason to start a new church.

Beside the demonination issue I have have discovered that some people have left a church because they didn’t think the church did things the right way.  They didn’t sing the right hymns or they didn’t worship the right way.  Now this borders on spiritual arrogance!  How do you know they aren’t singing the right hymns?  How do you know they aren’t worshipping in the way God wants them to?

I never hear these people say anything about what is taught in the church.  To these people demonination is not the issue.   This church maybe preaching and teaching the truth of the word of God but because other things aren’t they way they think they ought to be they leave.   This is another issue altogether.  I hope none of us fall into this trap of “wanting things the way we think they ought to be” kind of spiritual arrogance.

But let’s get to the issue at hand and I will explain why I believe in the Local church and denominational identification.

First of all, Jesus said that “I will build MY church.” Matthew 16:18.  So, if Jesus is building the church, then we must agree that denominational identification is the way He wants to do it. Denominations in and of themselves are not wrong. A denominational name is a way of identifying a group of believers. That’s all it is.  Denominations can have wrong doctrine or wrong people within the denomination, but it is not wrong for a group to have identification.

Like the gentleman I mentioned in my first paragraph, some people get so hung up on denominations that they quit church or some even start another church. Let’s say that the Baptist church is not doing what I think they ought to be doing. So lets say that I decide to start a church and call it “a community church.” But isn’t that a name?  isn’t that an identification? I will even give you a list of things that I believe, but hasn’t that become a denomination in a sense? Haven’t I identified my group with my statement of belief?

Every group has have to have an identification. You have to stand for something.

I have seen this so many times over the years that some people get so high on their relationship to Christ that they can’t lower themselves to go to church! In other words they can’t be around those who don’t know Christ like they do and they won’t listen to a preacher who is not preaching things that they think he should be preaching about. This is more spiritual arrogance!

The very thing they should be doing is encouraging others in the church to be like them by being there! The Bible says that “Quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” Isaiah 30:15.

The New Testament talked about many local churches. He gave a list of offices in the local church. Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers…

How can you pastor without a group of believers to lead? How can you teach without a group to teach? How can you serve (deacons) without a group to serve?

The Greek word ekklēsia was a familiar term meaning any gathering or assembly. In its New Testament usage this common Greek word calls to mind the relationship of believers to one another and to Christ. Note that Paul addresses the believers at Thessalonica as a body, and not as individual believers. In the early church, belief in Christ always led to joining a fellowship of believers, the body of Christ.

Act 2:42-47  And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.  And all that believed were together, and had all things common;  And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.  And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,  Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

1 Corinthians 12:27  Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

But so important to remember is that the church has done more for society than any other cause in world history! Hospitals, nursing homes, missionaries, homeless shelters, nursing profession, colleges and universities and I could go on and on….. were all started by local churches!

What about giving? How can you give to God’s work if you don’t give through a local church? How can you support missionaries and send missionaries except through a local church?

How can you best minister to children and the needy in a community except through a local church? Yes, you can do some things on your own, but it has more impact when done through a local church. If you serve through a local church, Christ gets the glory, if you serve by yourself, representing yourself, YOU get the glory. See the difference?

Paul’s whole work was to establish churches, the church at Corinth, the church at Ephesus, the church at Rome, etc.   If Paul didn’t think a church was important why did He establish them?  Why did He pray for them?  2 Thessalonias 1:11 Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:

What about the way the physical body is described as the body of Christ?  1 Corinthians 12:12-26 12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. 14 For the body is not one member, but many.

15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?

18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. 19 And if they were all one member, where were the body? 20 But now are they many members, yet but one body. 21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. 22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: 23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.

24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: 25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. 26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

Why did Paul describe the church like a body?  How can the body of Christ operate if a member is missing?  How can the hand say to the eye, I don’t need you.  Both are needed the Bible says.  What else could the Bible be describing here except the church and the LOCAL church specifically. How can you make a maximum impact upon the world except through the church.

Acts 2:47 says…Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.   This could only be the local body of believers.  This was the first church or group of believers.  They were “added.”  That is, they were taken in and made a part of the group.  It was important for this body of believers to stick together and help each other grow and mature in their newfound faith.

The Bible says to forsake not the assembling of YOURSELVES together as the manner of some is. Hebrews 10:24.  “Yourselves” in this passage must be a local body of believers who met regularly.  Jesus went to the synogogue faithfully and He knew that their teaching was not exactly correct, how much more should we go to church today? If anyone had a right to be arrogant about the synogogue and skip out if was Christ!  But He attended faithfully.  There the word of God was read and God was glorified.  The hearts of the leaders weren’t right, but God’s word was lifted up.

In the local church service is where God’s word is read, Jesus name is glorified and lifted up.  It is  important for us to meet God corporately as a group and worship and hear God’s word proclaimed.

I left Inez First Baptist church in 1992 because I believed that God called me to start a church at Tomahawk.  The folks at Inez First Baptist weren’t perfect, but they preached the gospel. They supported and loved one another.  They supported and sent missionaries. They preached from the Bible. They were a classic example of a New Testament church.

Bottom line is if a church is preaching and teaching from the Bible and trying their best to serve God and lifting up and glorfying Jesus Christ as Lord and equipping the saints for service and ministry, then that is a New Testament Church. The church is God’s means for reaching the world for Christ. And the LOCAL church is God’s means for individual growth, maturity and service for Christ and where we encourage and strengthen one another and go out and serve.

Don’t get hung up on denominational titles.  Serving Christ THROUGH a local church is both Biblical, practical, and necessary for the you to make an maximum impact for Christ upon the world!

Don’t get hung up on how a church worships.  Not everyone is emotional.  A church takes on its own personality.  Some are quiet, some are very emotional.  There is nothing wrong with either as long as what they teach is truth!

Jesus said Matthew 16:18 “Upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

Are Jehovah’s Witnesses Christians?

Jesus and God

The Bible says that Jehovah God is described in the Bible as living from time indefinite to time indefinite, forever, and as being the King of eternity, incorruptible, invisible, the only true God.

The Bible also says In John, Chapter 1 verse 1 that Jesus is spoken of as being the Word of God, That is to say, the mouthpiece for God because He is the exact representative of God.”  “In the Greek Bible text the Word is Logos. Hence he may be called the `Word or Logos’.

But the Jehovah’s Witnesses said that Jesus being a mighty one and holding this high official capacity as Logos and being before all other creatures, he was A God, but not the Almighty God, who is Jehovah,” (Let God Be True, 1946, 1952 Revised ed., p. 33).

Jehovah’s Witnesses went on to say “But that does not mean that Jehovah never caused to exist anyone who is properly referred to as a god,” (Reasoning from the Scriptures, 1985 ed., p. 413).

According to the Jehovah’s Witness Jesus a created being, is defined by the Jehovah’s Witnesses as a God. However, the question now arises, is He a true God or a false God?

Jehovah’s Witnesses said that Jehovah is the only true God, all other gods will be wiped out. Hence, Jesus, a creature, though He is called a god, if He is not Jehovah, which according to the Jehovah’s Witnesses He is not, must by necessity be a false God and therefore, eventually destroyed by Jehovah.

The Jehovah’s Witness Bible says that Titus 2:13 means…the great God and {of the} Savior of us, Christ Jesus.” The word “of” is not in the Greek text nor is the next word “the” which is shown by the brackets around it. If these two little words were deleted the phrase would read: “…the great God and Savior of us, Christ Jesus.” So when the words not found in the original text are eliminated, the clear statement, Jesus is God, is plainly seen.

According to the Bible Mary said that God was her Savior.  Jesus the child is called Savior.  Savior is capitalized in all versions of the Bible except New World Translation.

Jehovah’s Witness do not believe that Jesus is God in the flesh.  But why does Jesus accept worship and accept the title “Son of God” and accept being called “Lord?”  If He is not God He is in direct violation of Isaiah 45:5 I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: 6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else. Deuteromy 4:35 Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him. Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: Isaiah 45:18……I am the LORD; and there is none else  Isaiah 45:21….and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me. 22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.

Jehovah

We wouild like you to see that the most widespread change in the Watchtower Bible from the original Greek texts is the insertion of the name JEHOVAH 237 times in the New Testament. Of course, it is appropriate for a translator to choose to use the divine name JEHOVAH or YAHWEH in the Old Testament where the Tetragrammator YHWH actually appears in the Hebrew text. However, the Watchtower has gone beyond this by inserting the name JEHOVAH in the New Testament, where it does not appear in Greek manuscripts. One need only look at the word-by-word English that appears under the Greek text in the Society’s own Kingdom Interlinear Translation to see that the name JEHOVAH is not there in the Greek

Vaccinations:

Jehovah’s Witnesses once believed that : “Vaccinations are a sin and  they do not prevent smallpox.” ((Golden Age 2/4/1931 p. 293-94 and Awake! 8/22/1965 p. 20)

Jehovah’s Witnesses have changed scriptures:

The Jehovah’s Witnesses Bible John 1:1 says this“In the beginning the Word was, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god.” Note that the last phrase reads “the Word was a god”, not “the Word was God”.

We want you to see that in John 8:58. In the King James Version, Jesus clearly states, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM.”

Jehovah’s Witness Bible the New World Translation rewrites the verse and has Jesus saying, “…Before Abraham came into existence, I have been.”

We want you to see that in Colossians 1:16-17, the word “other” is inserted four times by the New World Translation. Instead of reading that Christ created all things and is before all things, the New World Translation reads that Christ created all other things and is before all other things. By adding this one word, the entire meaning of the text is altered and implies that Christ Himself is a created being.

Jehovah’s Witness have said that  “Jehovah’s Witnesses are an organization of truth. We should want to speak the truth and be absolutely accurate in every detail at all times. This should be so not only as regards doctrine, but also in our quotations, what we say about others or how we represent them, also in matters involving scientific data or news events,” (Theocratic Ministry School Guidebook, p. 110).

Blood Transfusions

The Bible says that the Church, which God purchased with His own blood (Acts 20:28), is told to eat Christ’s flesh and drink His blood symbolically in the Lord’s Supper (John 6:53-58).

In the Bible Genesis 9:4 is the first prohibition against the eating of blood. God gave Noah and his family permission to use animal flesh as food but He restricted that permission by saying, “But the flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.”

Jehovah’s Witnesses said…. because this was given to Noah and his family, which then constituted the entire human race, and was prior to the Law, the Watchtower says this restriction was a universal one (Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Question of Blood, p. 7).

The Watchtower is inconsistent by saying Genesis 9:4 is universal but in the Watchtower of November 15, 1964, pages 682, 683 they say it would be permissable for a Jehovah’s Witness doctor to administer blood to a non-Witness patient because Deuteronomy 14:21 allows the Israelites to sell unbled meat to the Gentiles.

The Bible says in Leviticus 17:10 “And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eateth any manner of blood; I will even set my face against that soul that eateth blood, and will cut him off from among his people.”

 When an animal is killed by an Israelite he is to show his reverence for life and the atonement by pouring out the blood.

The Law, and the type, are fulfilled in Christ. As Matthew Henry says in his Commentary, “This reason is now superseded, which intimates that the law itself was ceremonial, and is now no longer in force” (p. 131).

We see that even the strictest orthodox Jews who still practice the Old Testament dietary laws have never equated a blood transfusion with eating blood. In fact among all the sects who claim to follow Christ the Jehovah’s Witnesses stand alone on this issue. No one else sees any connection between eating blood and transfusing it.

We see in Acts 15:20,29 in the New Testament the text cited to show that this Old Testament prohibition against ingesting blood was carried over to the New Covenant is found in Acts 15:20, 29. The decision of the Church leaders in Jerusalem over a question of Christian unity among Jews and Gentiles was that, “they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.” Verse 29 goes on to say, “That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication.”

What they said

Jehovah’s Witnesses said about the Second Coming…. Christ’s invisible second presence in 1874 (Zion’s Watch Tower, February 1881, p. 3; Oct./Nov., 1881, p. 3) Christ returned invisibly (original date) and Armageddon began (The Finished Mystery, pp. 485, 513 and Zion’s Watch Tower, 15 January 1892, p. 22).

Jehovah’s Witnesses said about the Second Coming…..Charles Taze Russell the founder of the Jehovah’s Witnesses published Three Worlds or Plan of Redemption. “This book set forth the belief that Christ’s second presence began invisibly in the fall of 1874 and thereby commenced a forty-year harvest period. Then, remarkably accurately, they set forth the year 1914 as the end of the Gentile times” (Qualified To Be Ministers, p. 300). [see 1914]

Jehovah’s Witnesses said that Volume II of Studies in the Scriptures, entitled The Time is at Hand announces, “that six thousand years from the creation of Adam were complete with A.D. 1872.” It also predicts Battle of Armageddon, “will end in A.D. 1914 with the complete overthrow of earth’s present rulership” (pp. 76-77, 99, 101). [see 1894, 1914, and 1968]

We have found under the heading, “Can It Be Delayed until 1914?,” A Watch Tower reader wrote with a serious question “will the second coming be delayed?”

Jehovah’s Witnesses answered:  “Now, in view of recent labor troubles and threatened anarchy, our readers are writing to know if there may not be a mistake in the 1914 date. We see no reason for changing the figures nor could we change them if we would. They are, we believe, God’s dates, not ours. But bear in mind that the end of 1914 is not the date for the beginning, but for the end of the time of trouble” (15 July 1894, p. 226). 

We know that  Jehovah’s Witnesses are told not to read the Bible by itself, because it is not the final authority.

Jehovah’s Witnesses said…: “Furthermore, not only do we find that people cannot see the divine plan in studying the Bible by itself, but we see, also, that if anyone lays the Scripture Studies (Studies in the Scriptures) aside, even after he has used them, after he has become familiar with them, after he has read them for ten years if he then lays them aside and ignores them and goes to the Bible alone, though he has understood his Bible for ten years, our experience shows that within two years he goes into darkness. On the other hand, if he had merely read the Scripture Studies with their references, and had not read a page of the Bible, as such, he would be in the light at the end of two years, because he would have the light of the Scriptures” (Watch Tower, 15 September 1910, p. 298).

Jehovah’s Witnesses actually believed this about Intelligence: “Russell(Charles Taze) provided this insight into determining the intelligence of a being. “Stand a man alongside of a dog. Look at their heads. The one slopes back; there is no place for the intellectual qualities at all, or at least a very small place for the thinking apparatus man has. He has more brain than the dog. If we could make a dog with the same head as a man, he would think the same as a man” (The Watch Tower, 15 March 1913, p. 667).

 Jehovah’s Witnesses said this about the Second Coming: “Mankind has entered the time of the end. “The Gentile times ended in the autumn of 1914, and Jesus was enthroned as Jehovah’s Representative in The Theocratic Government. Three and a half years after that would end in the spring of 1918. The old heavens and earth having thus been disposed of, this wicked world, which has been in its `time of the end’ since 1914, will come to its final end” (The Kingdom Is At Hand, pp. 328 and 350).

Jehovah’s Witnesses made this False Prophecy: “Also, in the year 1918, when God destroys the churches wholesale and the church members by millions” (p. 485).

Jehovah’s Witnesses said that Human government will end. “Even the republics will disappear in the fall of 1920” (p. 258).

Jehovah’s Witnesses said that the Faithful and Wise Servant is Charles Taze Russell: Pastor Russell identified as, “that wise and faithful servant” giving “meat in due season” (pp. 4-5). 

Jehovah’s Witnesses said that the book Millions Now Living Will Never Die predicts, “Therefore we may confidently expect that 1925 will mark the return of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob to the condition of human perfection” (pp. 89-90).

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe only Divine Truth came only from Charles Taze Russell. “There is no one in present truth today who can honestly say that he received a knowledge of the divine plan from any source other than by the ministry of Brother Russell, either directly or indirectly” (Watch Tower, 1 May 1922, p. 132).

Jehovah’s Witnesse state again that Charles Taze Russell is that Faithful and Wise Servant: Russell still the only true channel, “Every indication of the Lord’s providence has shown that God gave Brother Russell to the church to be as a mouthpiece for him; and those who claim to have learned the truth apart from Brother Russell and his writings have been manifested by the Lord as deceivers, ready to lead the flock of God in their way. Satan has attempted by many attacks upon this fact to break it down; to cause the Lord’s people to believe: (1) that Brother Russell was not the only channel by which the Lord would lead his people” (Watch Tower, 15 September 1922, p. 279). 

Jehovah’s Witnesses said that the date 1925 is even more distinctly indicated by Scripture because it is fixed by the law God gave to Israel” (Watch Tower, 1 September 1922, p. 262). 

Jehovah’s Witnesses said “the one who fills that office is made ruler over all the Lord’s goods during the time of his incumbency in office. We believe that all who are now rejoicing in present truth will concede that Brother Russell faithfully filled the office of special servant of the Lord; and that he was made ruler over all the Lord’s goods” (Watch Tower, 1 March 1923, p. 68). 

This same year a Watchtower reader wrote to Watchtower headquarters with a very serious question. “Have we more reason, or as much, to believe the kingdom will be established in 1925 than Noah had to believe that there would be a flood?”

Jehovah’s Witnesses answered. “Our thought is, that 1925 is definitely settled by the Scriptures” (Watchtower, 1 April 1923, p. 106). 

Jehovah’s Witnesses said that the year 1925 is a date definitely and clearly marked in the Scriptures, even more clearly than that of 1914″ (Watch Tower, 15 July 1924, p. 211).

Jehovah’s Witnesses also said this….Also, in the year 1918, when God begins to destroy the churches and the church members by the millions” (Finished Mystery, 1926 ed., p. 485).

 Unbelivably Jehovah’s Witnesses said this.  “To know whether one is a true or a false prophet. If he is a true prophet, his message will come to pass exactly as prophesied. If he is a false prophet, his prophecy will fail to come to pass” (Watch Tower, 15 May 1930, p. 154).

Jehovah’s Witnesses said this….. “They have been thus prophesying particularly since 1918, and everyone knows that their prophecies to date have not come to pass; and that alone is strong evidence that they are false prophets. It is therefore seen that they fail to meet a single one of the requirements to prove that they are true prophets – Deut. 18:21-22″ (Light, Book Two, p. 47).

Jehovah’s Witnesses believed that “Vaccinations are called a “great evil.” “Vaccination has never saved a human life. It does not prevent smallpox” (Golden Age, 4 February 1931, pp. 293-294). 

Jehovah’s Witnesses said that “There was a measure of disappointment on the part of Jehovah’s faithful ones on earth concerning the years 1914, 1918, and 1925, which disappointment lasted for a time. Later the faithful learned that these dates were definitely fixed in the Scriptures; and they also learned to quit fixing dates for the future and predicting what would come to pass on a certain date” (Vindication, Vol. 1, pp. 338-39).  

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe “The 144,000 or “anointed class” are joined by the “other sheep,” called the “Jonadab class” or the “great crowd” class. Those of the second class or “other sheep” are not born again and have no hope of heaven but hope to survive Armageddon to live on paradise earth “(Jehovah’s Witnesses In The Divine Purpose, p. 140).

Jehovah’s Witnesses said “Because the end is so close Jehovah’s Witnesses are told to wait until after Armageddon to “marry and rear children” (Watchtower, 1 November 1938, p. 323).

What Jehovah’s Witness said in 1941. “False Prophecy: This idea is again reiterated in the book Face The Facts when it says “If this conclusion is Scripturally correct, then it would mean that those men and women forming the `great multitude’ will marry and bring forth children in righteousness and unto life.”

Jehovah’s Witnesses asked “Would it be Scripturally proper for them to now marry and to begin to rear children? No, is the answer, which is supported by the Scriptures.”

Jehovah’s Witnesses answered their own question.  “Those Jonadabs who now contemplate marriage, it would seem, would do better if they wait a few years, until the fiery storm of Armageddon is gone, and to then enter the marital relationship and enjoy the blessings of participating in filling the earth with righteous and perfect children” (pp. 46 and 50). 

Jehovah’s Witnesses believed that “Armageddon is said to be only “months” away (Watchtower, 15 September 1941, p. 288). Because, “Armageddon is surely near” fictional Jehovah’s Witness couple John and Eunice decide to “defer” plans for marriage and children until paradise earth is established (Children, p. 366).

Jehovah’s Witnesses said “Originally predicted to return in 1925, Abraham and the, “Faithful men of old may be expected back from the dead any day now” (The New World, p. 104).

This same Jehovah’s Witness book, The Truth Shall Make You Free, also demonstrated that 5,971 years of humanities possible 6,000 years, according to Witness theology, had already elapsed. Therefore, only 29 years were left. Adding 29 years to 1943 would bring the end in 1972. After several pages of calculations, the book states, “We are therefore near the end of six thousand years of human history, with conditions upon us and tremendous events at hand foreshadowed by those of Noah’s day” (p. 152). 

Jehovah’s Witnesses once taught that “Organ transplants are forbidden and called “cannibalistic” (Watchtower, 15 November 1967, p. 702). 

Jehovah’s Witnesses changed their mind.  “Organ transplants are now “a matter of personal decision. There is no Biblical command pointedly forbidding the taking in of other human tissue” (Watchtower, 15 March 1980, p. 31).

Some good advice from the Jehovah’s Witnesses. “What will guide us in choosing the right religion? The Encyclopoedia Universalis is correct when it highlights the importance of truth. A religion that teaches lies cannot be true” (Watchtower, 1 December 1991, p. 7).

The average Jehovah’s Witness does not know who is on the Watch Tower society. No author is ever given for the materials written.  No one is allowed to question them.  They get standard non-threatening questions from the flock but nothing like “who are you guys?”  “What are you credentials for teaching?”  The average Jehovah’s Witness just takes it all in by blind faith in man.

We who believe the Bible know it is written by men inspired by the Holy Spirit.  The Bible doesn’t Change. The Bible is not added to. The Bible does not tell us to search elsewhere for God’s truth but claims God’s truth is within its pages. The Bible does not expect blind faith.  “Test me, try me saith the Lord.”

We conclude therefore that Jehovah’s Witness are NOT Christians because:

  1. They believe in another Jesus
  1. They are false prophets
  1. They changed the word of God
  1. They don’t rely solely on the word of God.
  1. They don’t trust in Jesus Christ alone but in good works.

By Dr James Merritt

Are Mormons Christians?

The Holy Spirit according to Paul explicitly said that in later times some will fall away. Now if the Holy Spirit explicitly says something you best pay attention to it. This particular prophesy has never been more fulfilled than in the Mormon church. Paul said that in the later times or you can translate that in the latter times or in the latter days many will fall away from the faith.

It is interesting to note that the Mormons known as the church of the “latter day” saints like what Harry Ironside said when he was talking to a Mormon once. The Mormon said, “Excuse me sir I am a member of the church of the latter day saints. What are you and he said “I am a member of the church of the former day saints.” what he was saying was I am a member of the church of the saints who go back strictly and only to the New Testament.

  1. We are going to find that Mormonism is one of the most vicious and pernicious and perverted aberrations of Christian truth that you can find. Now there are some people who get upset when you talk about the faith of other religions. But I want you to know that Jesus would be upset if we didn’t.

For Jesus said that anyone other than orthodox Christians who profess to be Christians are indeed wolves in sheep’s clothing. I will say that your average Mormon is an industrious, clean-living, moral, upright, forthright citizen. But we are not dealing with their deportment. We are dealing with their doctrine. We will find out that the cornerstone of their religion is a man just like the cornerstone of our religion is a man.

But the cornerstone of our religion is Jesus while the cornerstone of their religion is Joseph Smith. We need to be reminded once again of what John said in his second epistle verse 9 “Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ does not have God. The one who abides in the teaching he has both the father and the son.” So I say at the outset to the Mormon and about the Mormon if you are wrong about Jesus it doesn’t matter what you believe about Joseph Smith.

  1. First let me give a short background of the Mormon religion in the spring of 1820 a 15 year old boy was kneeling in the woods praying. This 15 year old lad by the name of Joseph Smith claimed to have had a vision of 2 persons. These persons came to him and according to Joseph Smith this is what they said, “One of them spake to me pointing to the other this is my beloved son hear him, these two persons according to Joseph Smith were God the father and Jesus Christ standing together.

Now we are immediately presented a problem here because the Bible says in John 1:18 “No man has seen God at any time.” again in I Tim. 6:16 God is described as the one who “alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light whom no man has seen or can see.” So not only did Joseph Smith’s vision contradict the Bible. We are expressly asked to take his word against that of the apostle John and the apostle Paul as to the substance of his vision.

  1. Then on September 21, 1823 Joseph Smith had a second vision. This time another messenger sent from God by the name of Moroni came telling him that God had a work for him to do and that this work was to preach to all nations in the fullness of the everlasting gospel.” I Moroni tells Joseph Smith that this gospel had been written on two golden plates and these plates were hidden and could only be found by Moroni’s directions.

I was then told that there were 2 stones fastened to a breastplate which were called urim and thummim. These stones were to help him interpret the messages that were given on these 2 golden tablets. Joseph Smith went behind a curtain and looking thru these two stones which were much bigger than eyeglasses, he supposedly interpreted these stones and translated the message which was supposedly written in Egyptian into English and this book became known as the book of Mormon.

  1. Now the book of Mormon contains a fantastic tale of how the Mormons first came to America. Supposedly there were two groups that immigrated to America.

The first group was the Jaredites. He led a group of people from the tower of Babel in 2250 B.C. and they crossed the Pacific Ocean in 8 cigar-shaped boats and landed in Central America until they finally because of friction within the family killed each other off.

Then a second group, and this was a much more important group, came to North America led by a Jewish prophet by the name of Lehi. He had two sons, Nephi and Laman. And we are told in the book of Mormon that Jesus visited them in North America in 34 A.D. and explained to them certain doctrines such as baptism by immersion and it was hare that Jesus in reality preached the Sermon on the Mount.

These 2 tribes, the Nephites and the Lamanites lived together until 408 A.D. and then they too because they could not get along began to war with one another and everyone was killed except Moroni this messenger from God whose father was a man by the name of Mormon. So roughly 1400 years later he decides to give his vision to Joseph Smith and the book of Mormon was written.

  1. Now the most amazing thing about the Mormons which borders on the ridiculous is not just their history but their doctrine. We are going to look at five things they believe and see how it compares to the word of God.
  1. What do they say about the scripture?
  1. When you examine the source of authority of the Mormon faith, you find that they have basically four different sources. Their primary authority is not the Bible but rather it is the book of Mormon though they claim the Bible to be their primary source of authority this in reality is not true concerning the Bible

Joseph Smith said this “We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the book of Mormon to be the word of God.’ Now at first glance you think that they are simply putting the book of Mormon on the same level as he Bible which is bad enough in and of itself to listen again to what Joseph Smith says, “I told I the brethren that the book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth and the keystone of our religion. And a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts than by any other book.

  1. As a matter of fact Joseph Smith felt that the Bible was incorrect in many of its translations and therefore he went about correcting some errors in the Bible and formulating his own translation which has become known as the” inspired version of the Bible.”

Now he had to do this for the obvious reason that to leave the Bible as it is directly contradicts some precious Mormon doctrine. For example in Joseph Smith’s version we are told in Gen. 3 that Satan rebelled against God because he first offered to come as man s redeemer and God turned his offer down. We are told in Gen. 6 that Adam was baptized by immersion.

Then there is a prophesy that Joseph Smith inserts in the 50th chapter of the book of Genesis which establishes him as a greater authority than the Lord Jesus Christ. “And that seer will I bless and his name hall be called Joseph and it shall be after the name of his father for the thing which the Lord shall bring forth by his hand shall bring my people unto salvation. In other words Jesus is not good enough to bring salvation. Only Joseph Smith can do that. And so God’s final and ultimate revelation has been not through the Lord Jesus Christ but through Joseph Smith.

We might note that that directly contradicts the word of God for we are told in Hebrews 1:1-2 “God after he spoke long ago to the fathers and the prophets in many portions and in many ways in these last days has spoken to us in his son.” That is, Jesus Christ is God’s full and final revelation, to this world.

  1. Then there are other sacred works that they consider to be on a par with the Bible. The first is doctrines and covenant; these are new revelations that were given to Joseph Smith concerning baptism for the dead, celestial marriage and polygamy.

It is interesting to note that the book of Mormon is silent about Celetial marriage and baptism for the dead, the first two things, but it denounces polygamy.

Then there is the book, the pearl of great price. These are their articles of faith. These are additional revelations that were given to Joseph Smith beyond the doctrines and covenants. So the first thing we need to notice here is that not only is the word of God looked upon as inferior and in need of correction. It is indeed placed beneath the other three works by Joseph Smith as the authority of the Mormon church.

  1. What Do They Say About The Sovereign God?
  1. God according to Mormon theology is not a spirit. Rather he is a body. He has material substance for his being. He is flesh and blood. You can feel God, touch God, see God and in fact you could taste God if you could bite him. God in other words is simply an exalted man. Joseph Smith said and I quote, “God himself was as we are now and is an exalted man.”

Now where do they get this belief? Well, they quote verses such as “God’s ears are not dull that he cannot hear, and his arm is not so short that he cannot save. And they say, you see God has arms and God has ears. He has eyes just like we do. But they fail simply to understand that the Bible uses what we call anthropomorphic language. That is we use figuratively language attributing to God human qualities to help us conceptualize God.

  1. The Bible says in John 4:24, “God is a spirit. Those that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. But it is interesting when’ you read the inspired version or the Mormon version of that verse they translate it this way: “God has a spirit.
  1. But it gets worse. Not only do they teach that God is a body and not a spirit, they believe in polytheism. That is they worship many gods. They distinctly deny the trinity. They believe that the gods are simply exalted men and that men are in the process of becoming gods.

Joseph Smith says how many gods there are I do not know but there never was a time when there were not gods and worlds and when men were not passing through the same ordeals that we are now passing through. That course has been from all eternity and it is and will be to all eternity.” In other words the world we live in is not the only world there is but there have been a great number of worlds and also a great number of gods.

Spencer Kimble, the leader of the Mormon church said this, “What man is God has been and what God is man is becoming.” In other words what the Mormons have done is to humanize God and to deify man and in the process have not only denied the trinity but they have established themselves as a polytheistic religion.

Joseph Smith aid this, I have always declared God to be a distinct personage. Jesus Christ a separate and distinct personage from God the father and that the Holy Ghost was a distinct personage and a spirit, and these three constitute three distinct personages and three gods,” he said elsewhere, “the doctrine of a ‘plurality of gods (that is many gods) is as prominent in the Bible as any other doctrine. It is all over the face of the Bible. It stands beyond the power of controversy. You see the best of Mormon men and women are going to become gods themselves.

  1. When you ask the question then how did the one we referred to as God with a capital g become our God? Here is the answer. “The heads of the gods appointed one god for us.” That is in eternity’ past there was a council of gods and these gods appointed our god to be the god of this earth the: he goes on to say, “And when you take that view of the subject it sets one free to see all the beautiness, holiness and perfection of the God” of course our answer to that is we don t worship three gods but we worship one God in three persons. We do not worship three gods nor many gods.

There is only one tue God. The Bible says in Isaiah 44:6, “Thus says the Lord, the king of Israel, I am the first and I am the last and there is no God besides Me.” Here we agree with our Jewish friends who quote the Shema, Deut.6:4 which says, “The Lord our God is one Lord. So understand that not only do the Mormons deny the spiritual essence of God, they not only deny his sovereignty, they not only deny his preeminence, they not only deny his Trinitarian nature, they deny the concept of a monotheistic God. They worship a plurality of many Gods.

III. What Do They Say About Sin?

  1. This is indeed one of their most amazing doctrines. They teach that the fall in the Garden of Eden was a necessity so that Adam and eve could have children.

You see they teach that there are many spirits who need bodies to exist on earth. Therefore it is the duty of Mormons to have children so these spirits can inhabit earthly bodies, that’s why it was necessary for Adam and Eve to sin and thus become mortal so that they could have children so it is not a terrible thing. It is a wonderful thing. Joseph Smith put it this way, ‘the fall of Adam and eve was a necessary change in order to provide mortal parroting for the spirit children of God who were ready and waiting for the experience of earth life.

In other words before Adam and eve could reproduce children that could be inhabited by preexistent spirits they first had to sin. That of course directly contradicts the word of God because before Adam and eve fell God distinctly commanded that they reproduce and multiply and replenish the earth.

  1. But it was directly because of this teaching that the concept of polygamy became popular at least for awhile in Mormon thought, you see the Mormons felt that since there were all of these eternal spirits waiting to get into an earthly body then the more children one had the better.

In fact as you study the teaching on polygamy by the Mormon church it is amazing to watch how through the years they flip flopped from one end of the issue to the other. For example; n the book of Mormon Joseph Smith expressly forbids the practice of polygamy. I quote ‘here shall not any man among you have save but one wife and concubines he shall have none. In other words one man and one wife for one life. But a few years later Joseph Smith got another special revelation from God which expressly told him to take unto him many wives.

And so Joseph Smith was married to almost 50 women. And Brigham Young, Smith’s successor, married 27 women and fathered 56 children. That was the official teaching of the church up until almost the 20th century when Utah applied for statehood and realized the only way they would become a state would be to forbid polygamy and so in 1890 Mormon president Wilford Woodruff issued an official declaration discontinuing the practice of polygamy. However there are many who still believe that Mormons do practice polygamy. The reason for this is that the Mormons believe in celestial marriage. That is they believe there are still spirit beings in heaven who are reproducing spirit children.

Therefore there is still more and more need of human bodies for those spirit children to enter into so they can marry and obtain salvation and then go back to their celestial kingdom and they themselves reproduce more children, William Rogers former assistant to the attorney general in the state of Utah states “Today in Utah there are more polygamous; marriages than in the days of Brigham Young.”

Incidentally, I agree with Mark Twain on the issue of polygamy. A Mormon once approached Mark Twain and said, ‘can you show me any verse in the Bible that would speak against polygamy?” Mark Twain said, “I certainly can.’ and he said, “No man can serve 2 masters.

  1. What Do They Say About The Savior?
  1. The Mormons teach that Jesus Christ was actually produced by a sexual relationship between a resurrected Adam God and Mary. Brigham Young said, “Jesus our elder brother was begotten in the flesh by the same character that was in the Garden of Eden and who is our father in heaven.” A prominent Mormon professor said this, “Jesus was the offspring of a mortal mother and of an immortal or resurrected and glorified father.”
  1. In addition to this they teach that Jesus Christ was married. For as we will see in just a moment the only way to salvation in Mormon thought is through marriage.

They teach that the wedding in Canaan was the wedding of Jesus of himself. At this wedding Jesus not only took a bride. He took brides, he married Mary, Martha, and Mary Magdalene.

In short Jesus was no more divine than you or I can become or like many others have become. He was just the first born among many Gods, Jesus is not Lord. Jesus is not the savior. The atonement of Jesus did not secure our salvation. The death of Jesus was meaningless in terms of our going to heaven. That in a nutshell is the teaching of the person and work of Jesus Christ

  1. What Do They Say About Salvation? There Are Two Keys To Being Saved In Mormon Thought.
  1. The first key and the greatest key is marriage. In the Mormon temple every day there are performed what are known as celestial marriages. These are marriages that are sealed for all eternity now this is very important because people who go to heaven single will never become Gods. They will always remain as angels. For you can only progress to becoming a God if you are married in heaven and are also producing spiritual children.

So a marriage for time that is one that is not performed in a Mormon temple will be dissolved by death. And people so married will be single in the life to come and will live as angels and not as Gods. But those couples who are married in a Mormon temple otherwise known as a celestial marriage will be sealed to each other for eternity, their union will last forever and they can forever produce spiritual children and thus progress to becoming Gods themselves.

His is so important to them that the Mormon church teaches this, ‘the most important single thing any member of the church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints can ever do in this world is to marry the right person, by the right authority in the right place.”

Now the only comment I will make here is to remind you of the words of Jesus who said in (Luke 20:34) “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage.”

  1. The second key to salvation in Mormon thought is baptism. They believe in baptismal regeneration. That is that one must be baptized by immersion in order to be saved, from this belief comes one of their most infamous doctrines, the doctrine of baptism for the dead.

Thousands of people are baptized every year in the Mormon church for their ancestors who have died before them without being baptized. For they believe that a person can be baptized for a dead relative and secure that dead relative s salvation. They base that belief on I Cor. 15:29. The baptistry in the Mormon church is built beneath the ground. That is to simulate the graves of the dead. These baptisms must be performed in a temple. They must be very carefully recorded and there should be 3 witnesses at every baptism.

  1. You see this is one of the reasons why the Mormons are so interested in their ancestry and why the Mormon church has one of the greatest ancestry file; in all of the world.

Each Mormon is expected to trace his lineage and ancestry as far back as he can and to be baptized for every person who did not experience the baptism of the Mormon church. How very quickly what Paul simply meant here in I Cor. 15:29.was that if there is no resurrection from the dead (remember the context here is resurrection) than baptism is meaningless.

Because baptism is to picture the death and the burial and the resurrection of Jesus and it is also to picture the death and burial to sin of the person being baptized and his being raised to a new life in Christ. It is also to picture his future resurrection at the second coming of the Lord. But if there is no resurrection then why be baptized? In other words all Paul is saying here is that baptism without a resurrection is meaningless. You see what they are trying to teach is that you can actual be a savior for someone else. Friend, I don’t need a sinner to be baptized for my sin. I need a savior to be crucified for my sin.

  1. Finally they have a very distinct teaching about heaven. There are actually five stages of heaven. The main three stages are the first stage they call the telestial stage. This is the lowest stage of heaven and it is for all unbelievers. It is for pagans and heathens, anyone who did not believe. They will at least get to go to the lowest heaven.

Then there is terrestial heaven. These are for Christians, orthodox Christians who were sincere about their faith but did not accept Mormonism. By the way we are called gentile, by the Mormon church and it is kind of a second class heaven.

But then there is the celestial heaven. And only the most faithful Mormons get to go to celestial heaven and only those who are married and who reproduce spiritual children and who did good works in this life become God’s themselves.

Conclusion

  1. The Mormon church has forsaken the Bible as their only rule of faith and practice.
  1. They have blasphemed God by denying his sovereignty his spirituality, his Trinitarian nature and his monotheistic existence.
  1. They have denied the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, the need of a savior and have created a system of salvation by works. In short, you cannot have your cake and eat it too. You can choose Jesus or Joseph Smith but you cannot choose Jesus and Joseph Smith.

Two Things Atheists Should Consider.

Jesus is the most documented person in history. He is the most studied, dissected, debated, loved, hated, and ignored person in history. There is no doubt by all that Jesus lived and walked on this earth during the first century. There is no doubt that Jesus was crucified on a cross and was buried in a borrowed tomb. No one will deny that.

Israel is a nation that God claimed as His own people. They existed for hundreds of years and then disappeared for centuries. But the Bible prophesied that God promised to bring them back and it appears that He did.  It is a fact of history that Israel has returned and that it was predicted in Bible prophecy.  This is something that no one can deny. But I have heard atheists debate God and His existence. But I never hear them debate the resurrection of Jesus or the existence of Israel. All religion is their target. Why won’t specifically target Christianity or Judaism? If Jesus rose from death to life and Israel rose from ashes to life as a nation as foretold in the Bible then we shouldn’t we investigate these claims?

Two things that Atheists should consider. First of all did Jesus rise from the dead? If He did that changes everything about Him. He goes from a itenerant teacher to the Son of the living God! And secondly because Israel exists does that means that the Bible is the word of God?  The reason I ask that is because didn’t the Bible prophesy Israel would come back and be His people again?

Let’s look at the evidence.

  1. The People Saw.

People saw Jesus alive. People remember Israel.

After Jesus was crucified and buried He was seen alive by 500 witnesses according the Bible. There are not 500 hundred people that can prove without a doubt that you are who you are.

The fact that Israel existed as a nation 3,000 years ago has been documented by hundreds and thousands of artifacts and evidence and they disappeared as suddenly as they came upon the scene. Would not this eyewitness testimony be evidence? Well you say the Bible is a religious book and that disqualifies it. What about historians such as Josephus and many others that back up the Biblical account?

  1. Change was sudden.

Something happened that suddenly changed the disciples. God brought Israel back in 1948 as a nation that suddenly changed the world

Eleven of the twelve disciples died for preaching about the resurrected Jesus according to history. John was exiled to the Isle of Patmos for preaching about Jesus. They seem to have went from cowards to courageous in a matter of days.

Consider that this little nation Israel…. no bigger than Rhode Island is the focus of world attention every day. Would that give us reason to conclude that this might be God ordained?

Look what God said in Ezekial 39:27-28 When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations;

Then shall they know that I am the Lord their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there.

Sounds like God planned to bring them back and predicted He would 2500 years before He did.

  1. People will die for what they believe.

Christians died and still die everyday. Many want Israel dead today. It’s true that many will die for a cause. Some will die for a religion, Muslims are encouraged to commit suicide to kill the enemies of Allah. Soldiers give their lives for their country and people die protesting against communism or government abuse. Some die to protect family members. Police and firefighters die protecting others.

But why did and do Christians die? Christians die for a person, Jesus Christ. They die for telling other people the good news that Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sin.  They die for preachin and teaching that Jesus rose from the dead. Christians died and still die today because it appears that they believe that Jesus is alive today and risen from the dead and the only hope for mankind.

Consider that Christians don’t kill TO spread the gospel, others kill Christians FOR spreading the gospel! Christians don’t fight. Christians don’t war. (the crusades were a Catholic-Muslim war.) Christians don’t take over a nation for the cause of Christianity. Christians are simply salt and light where they live. Would you not say that Christianity is different from any other creed, religion or cause? Would we not therefore conclude that these men and others after them believed and still believe that Jesus rose from the dead?

It is a fact that Israel gave us the Savior Jesus Christ who is a Jew. Israel was scattered and died as nation in AD 70, very soon after Jesus died. We know that all of Israel’s enemies want her dead. Iran has promised to push her into the sea. We must agree that the world has been against little Israel from the day they were born again. Now we know for a fact that Israel has no oil or mineral resources. No natural beauty, no great beaches and yet is the greatest tourist attraction in the world. Shouldn’t we then think it rather odd that so insignificant a little nation has garnered the world’s attention?

Their enemies tried to destroy Israel in 1948, 1967 and 1973 and it appears to the Christian and Jew that God protected them. Christians say that Israel has come back today because the Bible tells them that Jesus is coming back.  Why is He coming back?  To rule and reign in Jerusalem for 1,000 years and to perfect the world as it was during the garden of Eden.

So we must conclude that Israel was a dead nation that now exists. Is it because God caused them to rise from the dead? And if He did this wouldn’t the rest of the Bible be true including the fact that Jesus rose from the dead? Shouldn’t we conclude that is why people died for Him then and still today?

  1. The Physical Evidence.

We know where Jesus was buried. Israel is back in their God given land.

Jesus did not disappear. We know He was put in a tomb and we know that it was sealed and protected.   That is historically proven. We know where Mohammed and Buddah are buried. We know where Joseph Smith is buried and they are still buried.

Jesus tomb is empty. If His body were stolen would not someone would have found it and stopped this movement immediately? Somebody would have a story as to what happened to Jesus that would refute the Bible‘s contention wouldn‘t they? But we don’t have these stories. If you look at the evidence we must conclude that it appears that Jesus rose from the dead.

We know from history that Israel was scattered and the land of Israel became a desert. Today Israel flourishes as a nation. We know that Israel is in the exact location predicted it would be in the Bible.

If we look at the evidence about Jesus Christ’s resurrection and Israel’s rebirth do we not conclude that the evidence is overwhelming that Jesus rose from the dead?

And if He rose from the dead then could it be that He is the Son of God?  In fact is He God incarnate as He claimed He was? And do we not admit that the Old Testament prophets were correct 100% on Israel so far?

These my friends are two things we should and must consider. Is it irrefutable truth? It appears to be on the surface. As one looks deeper the case may be stronger for the Bible.

Will you look at this evidence with an open mind and heart? Will atheism continue to dominate your thinking? Will you not see because you don’t want to see?

Or will you not hear because you don’t want to hear? The Bible says that men’s hearts are blinded. The heart is desperately wicked and who can know it? Will you look at this evidence and still say “I want more, I need more, I don‘t believe it” because you don’t want to believe it?

Listen to what one former atheist said. “I would not believe in God but I believed that my heart would continue to beat and I believed that my eyes would continue to see and that my lungs would continue to breathe. I was a person who could not put together a toaster but thought I had this god thing all figured out.  Well on day I asked God to show me if He was out there. I found that what I knew about God was enough to send me to hell.   Months later I put my trust in Jesus Christ and His word and only then were my eyes were opened to a whole new realm of faith and knowledge.”

 Understand that you aren’t going to get any more evidence. You have all the evidence you need in the resurrection and in Israel for faith and trust in Jesus Christ.  Consider these things carefully and prayerfully.

I challenge you to ask God to reveal truth to your mind and heart.  And then see what happens!

Why Are there No Amputee’s healed?

Many atheists will ask this question to cast doubt on God and the Bible. “If God is real why doesn’t He heal amputee’s? Why is there no healing of an amputee in the Bible?” Well there is one instance of an amputee being healed in the Bible. Luke 21:50-51And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear. 51 And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him. There were also lepers healed in the Bible and some of them probably had missing fingers and maybe even hands and the Lord made them whole. So critics cannot say that the Lord did not heal an amputee. But the bigger question is that Jesus raised the dead three times but He restored only one limb and that being an ear. Why no emphasis on amputees? I’m talking about missing arms and legs?

I have always believed that most healing after the foundational work of the Apostles is God’s divine providence. We pray for those with cancer, and other diseases and God heals them sometimes and sometimes He doesn’t. It’s all according to His perfect will and our eternal good. But I don’t ever recall anyone praying for a missing limb to be restored. Have you? We just don’t do that. God could do it of course, but we don’t pray that way. I believe that the Holy Spirit doesn’t lead us to pray that way because God hasn’t worked that way in the past. But why not?

I think I know why. Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Habakkuk 2:4 ….but the just shall live by his faith. Romans 1:17 as it is written, The just shall live by faith. Galatians 3:11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. Hebrews 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith.

Healing an amputee is altogether different than any other healing. Think even about Jesus raising the dead. Skeptics could say was the person really dead? Did they just swoon? But when we think about restoring a missing limb there would be no doubt! If a missing limb is restored it would be very obvious. No one could call that a trick. That is why I say healing an amputee would actually bring an end to faith. We then would have certainty. No need for faith. It would be like hearing God speak. That would be the end of faith and the beginning of fact and certainty. No ambiguity means no faith.

And I would argue that a perfect God cannot redeem a fallen man by fact but by faith. Man’s heart has to trust in God by faith not by fact. You cannot trust in something that is a fact. Fact is not faith. Fact makes us robots, faith makes us servants. Fact forces us to think and act, faith gives us the choice to think and act.

God didn’t want us to have all the facts but to have enough facts to bring forth faith so that we would trust in Him and follow Him by our choice. Fact doesn’t bring love. Faith brings love. Would you rather your spouse choose you by the fact OF you or by faith IN you? That’s a huge difference. It is rather obvious that the reason God saves us by faith is because God loves us. He could have saved us by fact without love but that would not make a very good relationship. God saves us not only to keep us from hell but to have a relationship with us. After all He has prepared a place for us and where He is we will be. That sounds like a faith based relationship not a fact based relationship.

We were given free will by God. Free will is determined by faith not by facts. We can ignore facts and that would be stupid. We can ignore faith and that is our choice.

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Faith is everything for the follower of Jesus Christ. We live by warm, loving faith and not cold hard facts. Praise His name for faith!

A Message To Agnostics

Psalm 14:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

Atheists who reject the possibility of God can never be really sure there isn’t God. And since they can’t be positive that is 100% doubt. Do they really believe that 99% of the people that believe in God are stupid? Most atheists are actually agnostics. Agnostics are those who admit that they don’t know if there is God or not. Wouldn’t you want to find our for sure if God exists? Wouldn’t you check it out? If 99% of people lived in square houses and you lived in a round house wouldn’t you check out and see why people live in square houses? If you are smart you would.

I think I have discovered three reasons why people are agnostics.

  1. They are incredibly proud and arrogant
  1. They are incredibly stupid
  1. They are incredibly ignorant.

You would have to too proud to admit that you might be wrong about God, and too arrogant to admit that everyone else might be right. Of course these people think that living in a round house is right and all the other 99% are wrong to live in a square house.

You would have to be incredibly stupid to live in a round house while almost everyone else lived in square house. You would have to be stupid to not investigate why most everyone lived in a square house. You have to be stupid not to investigate the Bible and find out for sure if God is real or not. If there is evidence you have to be stupid not to really investigate.

You would have to be incredibly ignorant to simply ignore all the square houses and continue to live in a round house. Most agnostics just ignore the evidence. That is incredibly ignorant to fail to investigate and find out about God.

What if God is real? As one man said to an atheist “I believe God is real I’m following Him with complete faith and trust…. And if He is not real what have I lost? But for you…. the atheist….if God is real and you have not believed on Him what have you lost?”

I believe the evidence of the Bible, the scriptures about Israel being in her land again in fulfillment of Bible prophecies is to much to ignore. The Old Testament prophecies about Jesus birth and death are great evidence. The fact that Jesus rose from the dead and they have ever found a body or given a shred of evidence to prove that He didn’t…. is solid evidence that God is real.

Also the evidence of people that claim to know Him is proof that God exists. You can’t see electricity but you see the evidence of it when you turn on the light switch. The evidence in nature, DNA and mathematics are examples of order in the universe. Think about how man is different than animals. Man wears clothes and man sings, man loves, man builds and man tears down is evidence of a divine hand.

One day the Bible says that we will all give an account of our lives before this Holy God. Wouldn’t it make sense if this were remotely possible to prepare for it? We prepare for the remote possibility of calamities by taking out insurance. Wouldn’t you take out insurance on the possibility of God actually judging you one day?

The Bible says that without faith it is impossible to please God. All of us who believe in God believe it by faith in the evidence. God knows that fallen man can never prove He exists. But there is enough evidence to have faith that He does. I would ask atheists to drop the pride and arrogance and have faith. Not everything is black and white. Not every question can be answered in this life. Have faith in God and through faith you will know the truth and the truth shall make you free.

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