“Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds
of the law.”
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that NOT OF YOURSELVES; it
is the GIFT OF GOD, NOT OF WORKS lest any man should boast.”
John 5:24 “Most
assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and BELIEVES IN HIM WHO SENT
ME HAS EVERLASTING LIFE, AND SHALL NOT COME INTO JUDGMENT,
BUT HAS PASSED from death into LIFE”.
John 3:16;18: “For
God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that WHOEVER BELIEVES
IN HIM SHOULD NOT PERISH, BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE”
“He WHO BELIEVES IN HIM IS NOT CONDEMNED;”
John 3:36 “He
who believes in the son HAS EVERLASTING LIFE.”
How Cults (and all false religions) Darken
the Minds of Men
Today is November 23, 2012. Less than a week ago, I received an email from a
Mormon who has returned to the Mormon Church after a period away from it. He
wrote to me and asked me why I 'lie' about his religion. I've decided to share
my email exchange with this man, as an example of how the cults can twist the
minds and hearts of the people who belong to them.
I want to emphasize here that what you are about to read goes much deeper
than mere ignorance of the facts. As this man (I'll call him 'DJ') shows by his
answers, he is actually afraid to investigate the evidences that show his
religion to be false. I gave him quotes of his own leaders, which he is
apparently not willing to read, let alone respond to. Yet he insists that I am
'compelled to lie', without making any effort at all to provide a reason for
My text will appear in plain text, as is. DJ's text will appear below in red
I may update this page in the future, if there is a compelling reason to do
For those of you who may mistakenly believe that Mormonism is Christian,
speaking as a former Mormon, I can assure you that it is not. Mormonism has
nothing at all to do with Christianity. It was not until very recently that the
Mormon Church started to go about pretending to even be 'Christian'. In the
past, they made it very clear that they were not Christians. But as with all
counterfeits, the most convincing one is one that outwardly resembles the real
thing. And the Mormons have been getting more and more skillful at pretending
(outwardly) to be 'the real thing'.
On 11/18/2012 4:48 PM, 'DJ' wrote:
Hi there, I came across your website
after searching for the location of the Burnaby ward her in BC. Against my
better judgement, I gave it a look. I read your letter up to the part that
talks about being threatened by disembowelment or having your throat slit if
you were caught discussing the temple ceremony. My first reaction was to
laugh, but then I realized that others who didn't know any better were also
Why do you feel compelled to lie?
If you still consider yourself a
Christian, I urge you to follow one of the most basic tenants of Christendom:
Thou shalt not bear false witness.
I urge you to redact the false
information you've posted. If you still have some light in you, you'll do the
From: Ex Mo Bro
Sent: November 20, 2012 3:18 PM
Subject: Re: I used to be a Mormon - your article
I'm glad that you wrote to me. I believe that it is never by coincidence, but
by God's arrangement, that we have connected this way.
You say that it was against your better judgement that you read part of what I
wrote. You may well feel that way, but I believe that God wanted you to read
You ask me a very pointed question: "Why do you feel compelled to
lie?" I don't intend you any disrespect, but it reminds me of the
question "Have you stopped beating your wife yet?"
DJ, I'm going to assume that your question is sincere, and that you not only
believe that I lied in what I wrote, but that since you actually went to the
trouble to ask me the question, that you want me to answer it. I'll give you
the best and most honest answer that I can.
First, I'll state here that were I in your position (as I once was), I would
also have believed (as I once did) that people who say anything against the
Mormon religion are just plain lying. As a Mormon, I did in fact read
literature that was written by ex Mormons, and instead of honestly
investigating their claims, as I ought to have done, I blew them all off as
'anti Mormons'. I assumed that they all just had an ax to grind against 'the
Church', and that their goal in life was to 'persecute the saints'. Why?
Because I unquestioningly swallowed what I was told by my church leaders,
rather than having the courage to think for myself.
When I was a Mormon, I was not aware of the Mormon leadership's statement that
when the leaders speak "The thinking has been done,' (Joseph Fielding
Smith, in the June 1945 issue of the Improvement Era), but I pretty much lived
For the record, DJ, I do not have an ax to grind against Mormons; let that
much be clear. While you undoubtedly do not see things from my perspective, I
actually love Mormons, and I want to see them liberated from the deception
that they are under. I will proceed with you with that understanding, as I
answer your very pointed question about lying.
So, let me start by telling you straight out - DJ, I did not lie about what I
experienced in the Mormon temple. And because you ask me that question, I will
assume that you are likely in one of two or three groups:
You are either a Mormon who has NEVER participated in the temple endowment
ceremony, and are blindly believing what you have been told about it from your
You have been to the Mormon temple, but only after the ceremony was changed in
1990, and are unaware of how things were done before 1990, and have (again)
blindly trusted your leaders, who have probably told you that the way the
temple rituals are currently done is how they have ALWAYS been done. I'm
guessing that you are likely in this category.
Or you are a Mormon who has in fact participated in the temple ceremony prior
to 1990 (as I once was), and for some reason YOU feel compelled to lie about
the very things which we BOTH KNOW happened there. My guess is that you aren't
in this category, as it is not likely that you would have gone to the trouble
to write to me if you were.
On that basis, I'll tell you that YES DJ, every word that I said in my
testimony is TRUE. I did NOT lie about any of it.
Here is a word for word comparison of the temple ceremony, where the red text
shows what was deleted after 1990. The blue italicized text shows what was
used to replace it.
And I will have you know, DJ, that before my day, the temple ceremony had been
changed from an even more brutal blood oath, which was much closer to the way
the Masons recited it. Fortunately, I was not a Mormon in those days.
Previously, the oath went like this:
"'We, and each of us, covenant and promise that we will not reveal any of
the secrets of this, the first token of the Aaronic priesthood, with its
accompanying name, sign or penalty. Should we do so, we agree that our
throats be cut from ear to ear and our tongues torn out by their roots.'...
"In executing the sign of the penalty,
the right hand palm down, is drawn sharply across the throat,
then dropped from the square to the side."
Here is a fuller account from http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/2818926/posts
Death Oaths Made by All Mormon Temple Patrons Prior to the 1930's:
ADAM : "We, and each of us, covenant and promise that we will not
reveal any of the secrets of this, the first token of the Aaronic priesthood,
with its accompanying name, sign or penalty. Should we do so, we agree that
our throats be cut from ear to ear and our tongues torn out by their roots."
ADAM: "All bow your heads and say Yes."
TEMPLE PATRONS: "Yes." (All patrons sit down.)
PETER: "The brethren and sisters will now stand, push back the
seats, place the robe on the left shoulder, and receive the Second Token of
the Aaronic Priesthood. We and each of us do covenant and promise that we will
not reveal the secrets of this, the Second Token of the Aaronic Priesthood,
with its accompanying name, sign, grip or penalty. Should we do so, we
agree to have our breasts cut open and our hearts and vitals torn from our
bodies and given to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field."
"All bow your heads and say yes."
TEMPLE PATRONS: "Yes." (All patrons sit down.)
PETER: "We and each of us do covenant and promise that we will not
reveal any of the secrets of this, the First Token of the Melchizedek
Priesthood, with its accompanying name, sign or penalty. Should we do so, we agree
that our bodies be cut asunder in the midst and all our bowels gush out."
"All bow your heads and say yes."
TEMPLE PATRONS: "Yes." (All patrons sit down.)
ELOHIM: We will now give unto you the First Token
of the Aaronic Priesthood with its accompanying name, and
sign, and penalty. Before doing
this, however, we desire to
impress upon your minds the sacred character of the First Token of the Aaronic
Priesthood, with its accompanying name and sign, and
penalty, as well as that of all the other tokens of the Holy
Priesthood, with their names, and signs, and
penalties, which you will receive in the temple this day. They
are most sacred, and are guarded by solemn covenants and obligations of
secrecy to the effect that made in the presence of God, Angels
and these witnesses to hold them sacred and under no
condition, even at the peril of your life,
will you ever divulge them, except at a certain place in the temple that
will be shown you hereafter. The
representation of the execution of the penalties indicates different ways in
which life may be taken.
DJ, the Mormon Church tells its people (as it told me, and undoubtedly as you
were also told) that the temple ceremony is done exactly as it was revealed to
Joseph Smith, and that it has never been changed. I know that this is what I
was told, as a Mormon. I was also told that it had been done this exact same
way going back to Old Testament times. But here we see that it has been
changed many times since Joseph Smith first revealed it to his people.
DJ, the fact that you have never been personally exposed to this form of the
ceremony does NOT make ME, and many others like me, who also went through it,
liars. Ask your own older priesthood leaders. Ask THEM, DJ. But good luck
getting a straight answer: they will either lie to your face, or they will
give you a cop out answer like "Is the answer to that question relevant
to your salvation, DJ?" You BET it's relevant! NOTHING could be MORE
If you have the courage to learn the truth, then this video shows part of the
temple ceremony exactly as it was performed prior to 1990, or during the
period when I was a temple going Mormon: http://youtu.be/qKG5kMnZZcM
But there is the old expression: A man convinced against his will, is of the
same opinion still. If you are only interested in building a hedge around your
religion, and lack the personal courage to make an honest investigation of
these things for yourself, then it is unlikely that you will come to the
The truth is this, DJ. Mormonism is NOT God's 'true church'. God's true church
does NOT consist of a denomination or religious order. His church consists of
all those who have trusted Jesus Christ ALONE to save them (yes, DJ - SAVE)
from their sins. Instead of uncritically swallowing what your church leaders
tell you, you ought to be like the Bereans, who would not even take Paul the
apostle at his word, until they had FIRST searched the scriptures to see if
what he told them was true. And what did Paul do about it? I'll tell you what
he did, DJ; he commended them for it!
DJ, I KNOW what my own experiences in the temple were like. I DON'T lie about
it. I have no reason to lie about it. It is your own priesthood leaders who
are lying to you, if and when they tell you that what I said is not true. Or
perhaps it is you who are lying to yourself, because you are afraid of having
what you believe in challenged. I don't you your heart; only you do. I can
only tell you what I DO know.
This link is to a video where I was speaking at a local church several weeks
You can go ahead and tell me that it is against your better judgment to watch
it, all you want, but the facts remain the facts. Have the courage to watch my
video. It is ME talking to YOU, DJ, man to man. I bear you no I'll will; I
would have you come to the light of Christ's true gospel, and know His
DJ, you can't fool me, because I've been where you are. I KNOW that you don't
have any true peace in your religion. You know it as well as I do, that you
are afraid to die, because you don't KNOW that you'll go to your Mormon
heaven, because you've never lived a good enough life. Your religion teaches
"We are saved by grace, after all we can do!" And DJ, you
know as well as I do, that you have NOT done 'all you can do'. And when you
die, you STILL will not have done 'all you can do'. WE BOTH KNOW IT.
And for that matter, aside from Christ Himself, NO ONE has EVER done ALL he
could do. And we BOTH KNOW THAT ALSO.
Christ Himself taught that salvation is by grace ALONE, through faith ALONE,
in Christ ALONE.
Read your Bible, DJ. Really read it. STUDY IT.
Galatians 5:4 tells you very plainly that if you are trusting in anything
other than Christ's grace to save you, that you have FALLEN from GRACE.
Salvation is not an act of any work that you can do, DJ. It never has been,
and it never will be. Christ Himself did ALL the work that CAN be done to save
men from their sins. There's NOTHING that you can add to what HE has done.
Read John 17. Read the entire chapter, where Christ prayed to the Father for
those whom the Father has given Him. He makes it very plain that He will not
lose anyone whom the Father has given Him.
But in Mormonism, you have no such hope, and you KNOW it. The problem is that
you do not know the ONE Who is the very reason for hope.
The day will come, DJ, when you learn that Mormonism is not true; mark my
words. I can only hope and pray that the day comes while you are yet alive and
draw breath. For if you were to die today, you would die outside of the free
(yes, FREE) grace of Jesus Christ, and would be eternally separated from Him.
I certainly do not wish this for you. I would see you won to Christ, and to
know you as my own brother, rather than as an enemy of the cross. That is why
I write what I write.
I'm going to point out a few things now, that you won't like. You will no
doubt want to call me a liar. That's your prerogative. But if you do so
without FIRST making an investigation to learn if what I say is true, then you
are being a fool. Please don't be a fool. What I am about to show you is ALL
from your own church's sources. So if you don't like what I say, don't shoot
me; I'm just the messenger.
Just a brief comparison between the 'Jesus' that you believe in, and the one
Whom I believe in:
Your 'Jesus' is the brother of Lucifer, and is a created being, who was merely
one of countless billions upon billions of 'saviors' of other worlds. He was
procreated by the act of sexual intercourse between Elohim (whom your own
religion's founders taught officially and adamantly that he was also Adam, the
father of the human race) and Mary, the mother of Jesus.
The true Jesus Christ of history - the One Whom I worship as my Savior, IS
GOD, from eternity past. He CREATED Lucifer, as one of His angels. His
physical body was concieved by the power of the Holy Spirit, as told in the
Bible, and not by an act of divine incest, as is taught by Mormonism.
Furthermore, the Bible makes it plain that Mary was a VIRGIN until AFTER she
gave birth to Jesus; yet, your own religious leaders MOCK those who believe
what the Bible says!
Joseph Smith taught that there were people living on the MOON, DJ! He taught
that they dressed like quakers, and generally lived to about a thousand years.
Strangely, the astronauts never discovered them.
The gold plates, from which Joseph Smith never existed, and he never used
plates to 'translate' the Book of Mormon anyway!
Consider this: had the plates existed (they didn't), as a 14 year old boy, he
NEVER would have been able to lift them out of the place in the ground where
they were buried, let alone carry them three miles back to his home in New
York. I trust that this is something that you have never considered. Had the
plates actually existed, they would have weighed at least 200 lbs (gold weighs
1204 lbs per cubic foot, just so you know). Even if he had managed to get them
out of the hole in the ground, he never would have picked them up. Most adult
men couldn't manage it, let alone a boy! Come on, DJ - really!
I have a 100 lb block of steel, that I like to bring with me when I speak at
churches about Mormonism. You are welcome to see how well you would do picking
it up and carrying it for three miles. I don't care if you are a weight
lifter, you probably won't manage it; and it's only HALF of what Joe's plates
would have weighed! And if, by chance, you ARE a weight lifter, DJ, then you
only emphasize for me just how ridiculous the notion is that Joseph Smith
could have done it as a boy!
It is only because not enough people have yet pointed out how impossible it
would have been forJoseph Smith to carry the plates home, that the Mormon
Church has not yet concocted a story about Moroni helping him do it.
DJ, your own relgion teaches that the priesthood that you hold is also held by
SATAN! Come ON man! How can you hold to such a tenet? Satan is the enemy of
God, and the enemy of TRUTH! He seeks nothing buy your own destruction!
Jesus Christ is my High Priest. Since Christ ascended into heaven, HE is the
priest for everyone who truly believes in him. The priesthoods of Mormonism
are not only not needed, but they are not real. They go against EVERYTHING
that God has revealed to us in scripture.
Did you know that your own religion did not permit black people to hold the
priesthood before 1978? Did you know that Brigham Young decreed that the
penalty for a white person who marries a black person is 'dead on the spot'?
Did you know that he taught, IN HIS OFFICIAL CAPACITY AS A MORMON PROPHET, and
not as mere 'opinion' as so many of your lying priesthood leaders try to white
wash it, that is 'will ALWAYS be so!'
Look at your own religion's founder, Joseph Smith, DJ:
I'm going to save myself a bit of typing by pasting here what I have already
written before, as part of a manuscript for my video Mormonism: What is it?
On Sunday, May 26, 1844, Joseph Smith publicly said the following words in an
address to dissenters in Nauvoo, Illinois:
"Come on! ye prosecutors! ye false swearers! All hell, boil over! Ye
burning mountains, roll down your lava! for I will come out on the top at
last. I have more to boast of than ever any man had. I am the only man that
has ever been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam. A
large majority of the whole have stood by me. Neither Paul, John, Peter, nor
Jesus ever did it. “
“I boast that no man ever did such a work as I. The followers of Jesus ran
away from Him; but the Latter-day Saints never ran away from me yet.
He went on to say:
“When they can get rid of me, the devil will also go." ( ‘History of
the Church, in Volume 5 pages 408 and 409.)
With this statement, Smith also gives away the fact the he is NOT a follower
of Jesus Christ, for he compares Jesus and His followers with Smith and his
own followers, even to the point of speaking as if he considered himself
superior to Christ!
Joseph Smith – a humble servant of God? I don’t think so, DJ!
How about some of the false translations that Joseph Smith authored? Let's
have a quick look at a few of them.
We'll start with the Book of Mormon, the book from which Mormonism gets its
Joseph Smith claimed that the Book of Mormon was the truest of all books on
Earth, and that it 'contains the fullness of the gospel'. Let's look at the
account of how this fictitious book came about. Remember, the gold plates from
which Mormonism claims the Book of Mormon was translated never actually
existed! When we examine the occult method by which Smith claimed to
'translate' the book, we can see that the plates were not even needed!
Official Mormon pictures of Joseph Smith typically show him sitting at a desk,
with the gold plates sitting in front of him, while he reads the translation
to a scribe, who then writes down the English translation on paper.
But did you know that that is not how it really happened at all?
Joseph Smith would actually put his occult peep stone into a hat, and then
would put the hat over his face, so as to block out all light! And the
Comprehensive History of the Church, which is a Mormon publication, gives us
the following details of exactly how the 'translation' happened:
"By aid of the Seer Stone, sentences would appear and were read by the
Prophet and written by Martin, and when finished he would say 'written;' and
if correctly written, the sentence would disappear and another appear in its
place; but if not written correctly it remained until corrected, so that the
translation was just as it was engraven on the plates, precisely in the
language then used" (CHC 1:29).
The ORIGINAL 1830 Edition Of The Book Of Mormon Was Declared “Perfect” By
According to Joseph Smith, God Himself said, ‘These plates have been
revealed by the POWER OF GOD, and they have been translated by the power of
God. The translation of them which you have seen is correct, and I command you
to bear record of what you now see and hear.’” (History of the
Church, by Joseph Smith, Vol. 1, pp. 54-55)
This quote is especially telling, when we consider that there have been OVER
3000 changes made to the Book of Mormon. Most Mormons are not aware of this
fact, but are taught instead that the Book of Mormon is the most perfect of
all books in the world.
Who's the 'liar' now, DJ?
And the Mormon religion has the gall to say, in their eight article of faith:
"We believe the Bible to be the word of God, as far as it is translated
correctly!" while regarding the Book of Mormon, they say in the
very same article, "We also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of
God," without making any similar caveat about it being 'correctly
And then there are the Kinderhook Plates!
Some of Smith’s contemporaries set about to test him to see if he was really
a true prophet. The men who made the plates knew that if Smith was a false
prophet, he would try to translate the plates; He did attempt to translate
them, thus proving that he was not a prophet of God.
According to the History of the Church, Volume 5, page 372, Joseph Smith
actually had the audacity to claim that he had translated a portion of the
plates. In Smith’s own words, he said:
“I have translated a portion of them, and find they contain the history of
the person with whom they were found. He was a descendant of Ham, through the
loins of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and that he received his kingdom from the
Ruler of Heaven and Earth.”
That is an amazing ‘translation’ when you consider that the plates were
actually a complete fabrication. Joseph Smith had no gift or power to
translate anything. He was a con artist, and here he was caught red handed!
Again - who is lying, DJ? This is from your own church's source documents.
What are you going to do about it, just shrug your shoulders and pretend that
it doesn't matter to you? If you do that, then don't write to me and call ME a
liar, DJ. That would be hypocritical.
For decades and decades, the Mormon Church went on and on, claiming that it
would only be a matter of time until archeology would finally unearth all of
the abundant evidence that would prove the Book of Mormon to be true. But in
all the years since Mormonism was founded, do you know how much evidence has
been found that supports the Book of Mormon, DJ? Do you? I'll tell you how
much has been found - NONE, because t here ISN'T ANY!
This is quite the opposite of biblical archeology, where you can hardly put a
shovel into the ground in and around Israel without digging up yet more
evidence that verifies that every word in the Bible is true!
It used to be that your leaders told Mormons to believe Mormonism because of
the evidence, which they were confident would one day be unearthed. NOW they
tell you to believe in spite of the evidence against it, as an act of blind
faith! This is ludicrous, DJ! We Christians believe the Bible BECAUSE OF THE
EVIDENCE. We have confidence, because God's word is vindicated, time and time
again. This is just the opposite of what happens with Mormonism. And you KNOW
it. You just don't want to admit it to me.
I'll stop here, as I don't want to beat a dead horse. Either you will be
persuaded by the evidence, or you will choose to ignore it; that is something
that is beyond my control. The evidence is before you. Choose today what you
will do with it.
All I can do is commit you to God, and ask Him to open your eyes to His truth.
And that is what I will do.
DJ, I have a copy of the book Major Problems of Mormonism. I'm willing to lend
you my copy, if you think that you are able to refute it. And by refute, I do
NOT mean 'make excuses and try to side step around the problems'. Let's see
how well YOU do, since you have called ME a liar. I made an honest attempt, AS
A MORMON, to refute the book. I was entirely unable to do so, because I am
honest. I am one of those people who, when I realize that I have been
deceived, has to admit it to myself. I was not willing to lie to myself and
pretend to believe that the Mormon religion is true; not after I learned that
it is NOT true. I hope that you are also like that. A true man of God will NOT
lie to himself and pretend that something is true, when he has learned that it
is a lie, even if everyone on the planet should call him a liar to his own
At the end of all this, DJ, there is one thing that I want to make VERY clear.
If, after all of this, you determine that Mormonism is not true, don't make
the mistake (as so many who come out of cults do) of becoming an atheist. Just
because a religion (in your case, Mormonism) is not true, does NOT mean that
Christ is not true. And it does not mean that the Bible is not true. Unlike
the cults, the case for Christ is ROCK SOLID, and can stand up to any
scrutiny. The Bible says, 'Let Christ be true, and every man a liar', and so
it is. God CANNOT lie.
There is no salvation outside of the shed blood of Jesus Christ, DJ. And
unless and until you trust Him, and Him ALONE to save you, you will not have
any assurance of eternal life. Indeed, as you are right now, you do not even
HAVE eternal life. But you already KNOW that, DON'T you, DJ? But you CAN have
it, if only you will believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and trust HIM to save
you! And this is my prayer for you.
Your email indicates (or seems to indicate) that you live in the greater
Vancouver area. If that is so, then perhaps you'd care to meet with me, one on
one, and we can make a more thorough examination of God's word (the Bible),
and the evidences for the TRUE gospel of Jesus Christ. I would LOVE to see you
accept Him as your Savior. NOTHING could make me happier!
Should you desire to meet and dialogue with me, let me know, and I'll try to
be available. Typically, I can only meet on weekends. And if you are not
comfortable with that, well - you already have my email address. I'll be here
if you have any questions, comments, or if you just want to vent at me about
'anti-Mormons'. I wish you only the best, and I want you to know that. I will
be praying for you.
Your Ex Mo Bro,
On 11/20/2012 4:59 PM, 'DJ' wrote:
I’ve come back to the church
after years of inactivity, and while there are many things about
the church that I still do not understand, I have still been able to
listen to my gut, the comforter, the Holy Ghost. I have received
numerous promptings from the spirit over the years of my life, and they
have never led me astray.
these promptings have kept me
healthy, saved me from embarrassment, given me insight to the thoughts
and minds of others, and in some instances, literally saved my life. I
have come to know that the spirit is never wrong, and I have learned to
trust it and learn from it.
I do not follow this church
blindly. I took a step away from it and physically felt myself walking
away from the presence of the Lord and His church. I spent years in
darkness, but whenever I allowed my heart to ponder on the things I
learned as I grew up, I felt that same familiar spark inside.
For the last few years I have felt
as though I was in darkness. I left the radius of His influence and saw
the difference first hand. Now that I’ve returned, I can
feel the influence of the spirit again. I can ACTUALLY FEEL it! It is
just as tangible a feeling as if I were to run my hand
under warm water. It is good, and comforting, and in all the many
churches and places of worship I’ve been to (and I have been to many,
mind you) I have only found that in one place consistently: the church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Now, as I read the words
you’ve written and compare your “truth” to what I have
learned and seen and felt, I witnessed the Spriit withdraw from me
completely, and was again left in darkness. I wanted to share an
experience with you, but as I sit here I’m prompted not to. This
experience has become a sacred thing to me and I have no desire to
share it so that you might twist it around. I will instead share with
While serving as a missionary, I
was forced to make my own meals, and because of it’s ease in
preparing, pasta was often the meal of the day. To test how cooked
the noodles were, I would grab one or two of them and throw them at the
ceiling. If they stuck, I knew they were cooked and ready. I do the same
thing now with principles of the church. I have tested them. I take one
or two of them at a time, and throw them on the wall, and in every
case, they have stuck. They are good.
You shared some wonderful
scriptures with me, and I would like to take this opportunity to share
some with you.
“For God hath not given us
the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound
“But the fruit of the
Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness,
In a roundabout way, you have
answered my question. “Why do you feel compelled to lie?” I
feel that you are doing so because you no longer work for the same
master that you once did. You are compelled to lie, because that is what
he does. He is the father of deception, and those are his tools.
Again, as I read your words, the
spirit withdrew from me and I am left with nothing but fear, confusion,
and darkness. I feel none of the fruits of the spirit, and that
alone is my witness. I have tested your words and I see them for what
they are: a snare to drag me down into darkness. You may very
likely call me a fool, or say that I really have no desire to know the
real truth. Heck, I AM a fool, and maybe even
very naïve, but even a baby who knows nothing still spits out
rotten fruit when it is given to him.
Is this Christ’s true and only
church on the face of the earth? Honestly, I don’t know that. I
do, however, believe it is. I believe that it is
because my heart tells me so. I am comforted by it. It brings me
peace and warmth. It is good fruit!
As the sun hangs in the sky, there
are those who are blind who can not see it to confirm it’s
existence. And there are those who are dumb, who can’t hope to
effectively describe it. Despite their frailties and weaknesses, they
feel it’s influence all the same. I will not look upon the sun
and deny its existence even as it bathes me in it’s warmth. There is a
name and a place for those who do that, and as foolish as I am, I
do not intend to be one of them.
If you make this choice to join
them, it is your own, but I WILL NOT be your company.
I don’t know you, but perhaps in
the life before I did. From one literal child of God to another, from
one brother to another, I urge you to repent and come back to the fold.
There is still time. Let us both get back on the path again and make it
home safely. You should know that I do not mean to condescend, it
is not the intent of my heart. I accept that there is nothing I can do
that will take me to heaven, and in that way, I am no closer to heaven
than you are. We both know that faith without works is dead, and that we need
that faith to return to Him. Works are not the vehicle that take us
home, but they are the fuel.
Let’s go home.
Thank you for your honest reply, DJ.
I'll admit that I'm disappointed to learn that you are not willing to even
read what your own religion's founders have written and spoken. If you truly
believe that your religion is true, one would think that you would not be
afraid to learn what they have recorded. Note that I said 'disappointed'; I
did not say 'surprised'. This darkening of the mind is the effect that all
false religions have on their adherents. I can only hope and pray that one day
it will be God's will to open your mind to His truth.
After sharing with you what your own church's leaders have said/taught as
official doctrine, you not only do not respond to what they have said, but you
reassert that I am 'compelled to lie'. DJ, what does this say about your own
state of mind, when you can willingly ignore evidence that is presented to
you, while insisting on calling a man who is sharing the truth with you a
If you should ever change your mind, and be willing to reason with me from the
scriptures (God's word), I want you to know that (Lord willing) I will still
be here. Whether it's a week, a year, or maybe many years from now, if the
Lord chooses to open your eyes to see how you have been deceived, if there is
still an internet, and if I'm still alive, etc, I will be here for you. Feel
free to contact me at any time.
Until that day comes, from time to time when I check through my old emails,
and see yours, I'll pray for the Lord to save you.
Mormonism is a lie, and its precepts, dogmas, and practices CANNOT SAVE YOU;
they are an abomination to God. Come to Christ, DJ, and be saved.
Your Ex Mo Bro,