Saturday, 21 October 2017

Saturday Song: Donovan, "To Susan on the West Coast Waiting:

In the autumn of 1969, this song became a hit on Vancouver's rock stations. It resonated with me the first time I heard it as I too was waiting on the west coast of Canada. But what I anticipated was to return home for Christmas to my family.

Hear Donovan's ballad here.

The man in the poignant story was an American soldier in Vietnam who wrote a note to his girlfriend. He reassured her of his love and his desire to return to her. Though he was supposed to hate, he was consumed with Susan's love.

We Christians are in a war which has raged since Eden. Our heavenly Father allowed humanity the privilege of choosing him or Satan, allowing a greater good to happen in the end.

Like Christian rocker Larry Norman said, we're just visiting this planet. Our true home is in heaven. And as John wrote in Revelation 22:20 (KJV) I and many other believers feel the same way. "He which testifieth these things saith, 'Surely I come quickly. Amen.' Even so, come, Lord Jesus."

Did you like the song and what I've written? Please leave a comment in the box below. But if you'd rather not, have a terrific weekend anyway.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Do People in Heaven Have Physical Bodies?

Mormons believe that there are physical people in heaven as well as spirits. Doctrine and Covenants Section 129:1-3 reads, "There are two kinds of beings in heaven, namely: Angels, who are resurrected personages, having bodies of flesh and bones— For instance, Jesus said: 'Handle me and see, for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.' Secondly: the spirits of just men made perfect, they who are not resurrected, but inherit the same glory."

Firstly, angels aren't resurrected saints. Hebrews 1:7 (KJV) explains, "And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire."

Secondly, Matthew 22:30 (KJV) reads, "For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven." He didn't say we'd be identical to  angels but that we will be like them in that they never marry. He wouldn't have said so if they were actual humans who received their resurrected bodies as Joseph Smith claims.

And how could we have bodies before the resurrection when the Apostle Paul explained in 2 Corinthians 5:8 (KJV), "We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord."?

We also know that a third of the angels followed Lucifer and became demons. How then can they, if they had material bodies,  inhabit people? Mark 16:9 (KJV) reads, "Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils."

Joseph Smith also wrenched Hebrews 12:23 (KJV) out of its context. "To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect," How could they be flesh-and-blood people if they are spirits?

I'll be writing more defenses of the Bible and what God revealed to us in my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? We need to know how to defend God's word from error or we'll be misled. I hope I can help at least some people out of error as I was led to the truth.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Will We Be Married In Heaven?

In researching this subject, I find that Mormons believe that marriages performed in their church last forever. This doesn't square with what Jesus taught. In Matthew 22:30 (KJV), the Sadducees asked him who would a fictitious woman belong to if she had seven husbands who all died.   He replied, "For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven."

Mormons, on the other hand, look to Doctrine and Covenants as their guide. Section 132:19 reads, "And again, verily I say unto you, if a man marry a wife by  my word, which is my law, and by the new and everlasting  covenant, and it is sealed unto them by the Holy Spirit of promise,  by him who is anointed, unto whom I have appointed this power and the keys of this priesthood; and it shall be said unto  them—'Ye shall come forth in the first resurrection;' and if it be after the first resurrection, in the next resurrection; and shall inherit thrones, kingdoms, principalities,and powers, dominions, all heights and depths—then shall it be  written in the Lamb's Book of Life, that he shall commit no murder whereby to shed innocent blood, and if ye abide in my covenant, and  commit no murder whereby to shed innocent blood, it shall be done  unto them in all things whatsoever my servant hath put upon them, in time,  and through all eternity; and shall be of full force when they are out  of the world; and they shall pass by the angels, and the gods, which  are set there, to their exaltation and glory in all things, as hath been  sealed upon their heads, which glory shall be a fullness and a continuation of the seeds forever and ever

What we'll be doing in heaven before the resurrection is continually praising our heavenly Father and rejoicing in Christ's salvation of us. What a glorious time that will be. As 2 Corinthians 5:8 (KJV) explains, "We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord."

I'll be writing in another post about the blasphemous LDS doctrine of being gods in our own right. It'll be part of my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? Only the Trinity is eternal whereas we mere creations had a beginning. Therefore, I oppose any sect claiming that we are gods and I want everybody to be warned about such blasphemous lies.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Saturday Song: Cream, "White Room"

Train stations can be lonely places when you have nobody to greet you. Additionally, people tend to use trains for transport to work in urban centers so the crowds aren't in the happiest of moods.

This song reminds me of the loneliness I felt in October of 1968 while at Jericho Hill School for the Deaf and Blind. The bully was merciless in his ruining of any good time I had. The weather was rainy as well, perfectly fitting my emotional gloom. This song made me wish I could catch a train home and never set foot in that horrid institution again. Even so, I loved the song.

Here "White Room" here.

There are many lonely people in this world. Even famous folks feel lonely and purposeless. This is why some even kill themselves to escape the gut-wrenching sorrow of having no true friends.

But there is somebody who does care for anybody who wishes to befriend him. Solomon mentioned him in Proverbs 18:24 (KJV). "A man that hath friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother."

Jesus Christ is that friend. He said in John 6:37 (KJV), "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out."

That's what I did in August of 1969. I confessed that I was a sinner and asked the Lord to forgive me. I gave the running of my life over to him and he's led me ever since. How I wish all those lonely souls knew Jesus like I do. They'd be eternally joyful.

Well, what do you think of the song and what I wrote? Please comment below. But if you'd rather not, please have a nice weekend anyway.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Does the Bible Promote Polygamy?

Though the LDS church has renounced polygamy since 1890, their Doctrine and Covenants book still contains Joseph Smith's proclamation of it as being needful for true believers to practice. But some splinter LDS sects still hold to the notion of multiple wives.

In a round-about way, Doctrine and Covenants excuses plural marriage because Abraham had two wives and descendents of both sons became numerous. Section 132:34 and 35 reads, "God commanded Abraham, and Sarah gave Hagar to Abraham to wife And why did she do it?  Because this was the law; and from Hagar sprang many people. This,therefore, was fulfilling, among other things, the promises. Was Abraham, therefore, under condemnation? Verily I say unto you, Nay; for I, the Lord,  commanded it."

But God didn't command that Hagar be given to Abraham so he could father the son of promise. Isaac was that son and he was born by Sarah. Neither was it "the law" that Hagar be given to Abraham.

Moreover, Abraham experienced plenty of grief from having two wives. So did others who had multiple wives. These examples weren't placed in the Bible as commandments to us but as warnings of what sin does.

Jesus proclaimed the proper relationship of marriage in this life while discussing divorce with the Pharisees. Matthew 19:6 (KJV) quotes him regarding a young man and a woman, "Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder."

Doctrine and Covenants Section 132 also touches on what Mormons call celestial marriage where people wed in their church are united throughout eternity. The Bible nowhere teaches that.

I'll be writing more about LDS beliefs in my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? People must know the true gospel so thoroughly that when a false one is preached, they won't be fooled. My hope is that God will let my writing be his warning to straying Christians.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Did Jesus Preach in Hell?

One doctrine common among aberrant sects is that Jesus descended into hell when he died. They claim that he did because of what was written in 1 Peter 3:19 and 20. "By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; 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."

But how could this be? Luke 23:43 (KJV) says, "And Jesus said unto him, 'Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.'"

I agree with Hank Hanegraaff that Christ preached through Noah while he built the ark. The same holds true today when we preach what Jesus said. After all, 2 Timothy 3:16 plainly states, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:"

But Mormons believe that God sent messengers to those souls in "spirit prison" to preach to them the gospel. According to Joseph Smith, he wondered how these spirits who hadn't heard the gospel could be preached to by Christ so quickly. Doctrine and Covenants Section 138:29 and 30 reads, "And as I wondered, my eyes were opened, and my  understanding quickened, and I perceived that the Lord went not in person among  the wicked and the disobedient who had rejected the truth,to teach them; But behold, from among the righteous, he organized his forces and appointed messengers, clothed with power and authority, and commissioned them to go forth and carry the light of the gospel to  them that were in darkness, even to all the spirits of men; and thus was the gospel preached to the dead"

As I pointed out before, hearing the gospel is only allowed in this life. Once people die, there is no way that sinners can repent. The unforgivable sin Jesus spoke of is a continuous rejection of his work on the cross until death.

This is the main motivation for writing my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? Christ will separate the wicked and the righteous into two groups on the day of judgement. He will send those who rejected his generous offer of salvation to hell and let the righteous into heaven forever.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Saturday Song: Badfinger, "Cary On to Tomorrow", movie version

I'll admit up front that The Magic Christian movie isn't edifying. Even so, it does make some good points. The chief concept is that people will do practically anything for money.

The film begins with billionaire, Guy Grand, (played by Peter Sellers) adopting a homeless teenager (played by Ringo Starr) off the street to be his sun since his wife is barren. They then set out to see how far folks will go to earn some cash.

Hear the start of the movie and the song here.

In a way, Guy Grand's adoption of the homeless man to be his son is like how Christ adopts those who give their lives over to him and follow after him. We're unable to save ourselves from eternal damnation so we need a saviour. As the scripture  in Isaiah 64:6 (KJV) says, "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away."

And as Christ declared in John 14:6 (KJV), "Jesus saith unto him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.'"

Better still, we become family members when we yield our wills to his. Look at what Romans 8:15 (KJV) promises. "For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father."

And this song has special meaning to me since we really need to "Cary On To Tomorrow" as we await our Lord's return. May that day come soon.

So, what do you think of this post and song? Please leave your comments below.