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Two Latter Day Saints (LDS) Elders knocked on the door. They were cordial and asked if they could share Christ with me. I obliged. They asked if I believed in Christ. I told them, “Yes.” I countered and asked, “Do you believe in Jesus?” Then the pace of the conversation quickened. I asked them, “What did Jesus represent?” They were well trained and had an understanding of the bible. However, they were misguided on several things. One of the Elders stated, “We believe in Jesus and God just like you do.” Then I asked, “Do you believe Jesus is satan’s spiritual brother?” They hesitated but quickly recovered. The lead Elder tried to redirect the conversation but I brought it back to this key theological point. I informed them I have read about the Mormons and that their doctrine states Jesus and satan are spiritual brothers. He tried to explain their position but it was not a strong effort. I was surprised they did not have a better response. I informed them, “I must reject your Jesus and your god since you believe Jesus and satan, a created being, are brothers.” Further, “How can two get along if they don’t agree?” (A loose translation of Amos 3:3 KJV) I informed them that Christianity and Mormonism (LDS) are incompatible since our beliefs are incongruent. Further, there is only way to God (John 14:6). I informed them God wants Christians to reject false doctrines and gods. Further, we cannot agree on anything since your Christ is not the same Christ I believe in. Christians must remember that our belief system isn’t a cafeteria plan. We can’t pick and choose what we believe. Rather we must accept the full council of God. It is this strong stance where some Christian fail. They want to coexist and not hurt someone’s feeling. That is not even the case. We are standing strong for Christ when we stand for our beliefs. Let me wrap this up. They asked if they could pray for me. I responded, “Why would I let you pray for me when we our belief systems are polar opposites? I would be condoning what you believe and denying my beliefs.” I informed them I talked to them from a theological stance. I showed them fundamental items, which they did not dispute, about their Mormon beliefs that are incompatible with Christianity. I told them that they voluntarily knocked on the door and asked if they could speak to me. I said, “You came to convert me but I’m trying to convert you. You agreed with me that there is only one way to God but I showed you several faulty theological points from your presentation.” It was my desire for them to follow Christ. Last, they asked if they could share a free pamphlet with me. I responded, “You and I both know that’s not going to happen. I think your methodology is good. You kept trying to connect with me. But I would be unfaithful if I took your material in order to not offend you.” I informed them that if they come to bible school with me then I would accept their gift. Let me clarify one point. I do not suggest you accept any propaganda from any other religions. I was making a point to them by flipping the script. They informed me they would contact their supervisor and see if they would be allowed to attend bible study. They knew and I knew they are not coming to my bible study.
Why did I share this with you? I wanted to encourage you “to answer the door” (the opportunity) and share Christ with people wanting to share their version of Christ with you. We do not need to be afraid of what they say. Rather, we need to share the real Christ with them. We want to represent God. God does not want any of anyone to go to eternal damnation (2 Pet 3:9). Also, many people and religions believe in Jesus. They simply don’t believe He is our Lord and Savior.
We all believe in God. We all believe Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. We believe He died, rose from the grave and is seated at the right hand of the Father (Acts 2:33). Lets spread this word of His word…His word outside the church.
Christians are persecuted n many parts of the world. While in other parts, they are discriminated against. Jesus reminded us we must take up our cross and that they (those who don’t like us or His message) will persecute us (John 15:20). Lets encourage, uplift, pray and support our persecuted brothers and sisters. We are not the minority. There are countless Christian churches throughout the world. Lets act like we are more than conquerors!
We must remember to “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you one Lord, one faith, one baptism; were called; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all (Eph 4:4-6 NIV). It’s unlikely that any time soon we will all come under one denomination. Instead of harping on the slight differences we have, lets focus on our commonalities in order to strengthen the body of Christ for the work of the ministry.
All church members can and should be evangelists for Christ at their schools, on their jobs, in their homes and everywhere they go. Therefore, lets not worry about putting more people in the pews. Rather, lets effectively train those in the pews to live Christ-like. Then they will be able to defend, as well as effectively share the Gospel. Perhaps, it will encourage others to want to be like Jesus.
The time is now for us to unite and transform the world for Christ. This dying world, full of lost people needs to know our Savior. We have a mandate. Jesus told us to “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matt 28:19-20). Collectively, we can help bring people to the knowledge of Him so that they can proclaim Him (Phil 2:9-11). Our mandate is simple, it’s hard and it is necessary. Together, we can do this.
Thank you for all that you’re doing for the Kingdom. Now let’s go make disciples for Christ!
Elder Yves Johnson
The Apostle Paul sent an encouraging message to the Philippians, the first Christian church, on European soil. Ironically, Paul was in a Roman prison when he wrote this letter. Typically, it is not the prisoner who sends encouraging messages. Rather it is the prisoner who would need an encouraging message. Yet Paul flips the script and encourages those who were enjoying freedom. I just want to highlight one aspect from this amazing letter (Philippians).
Paul writes these words: “For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.”
These words are in stark contrast to what many unbelievers and Christians believe about Christianity. This is an anti-“You’ll get everything you want as long as you believe in Christ” message. It’s an anti-prosperity message. It’s an anti-“Christians are weak and soft people” message. Rather, it highlights the strength and fortitude a believer must have in order to live faithfully to our beliefs. Paul reiterates Jesus’ message that we must take up our cross and that we will be persecuted. We must understand the cost. We know the payout and that it is eternal security in Christ.
I pray you stay encouraged as you continue your walk with Christ. In some parts of the world you’ll be discriminated against while others parts of the world you’ll be persecuted. We must stand strong in our faith. Read Philippians 1 and you’ll be encouraged by all of Paul’s words.
Easter isn’t about a bunny or an egg hunt. I urge my Christian brothers and sisters to remember the meaning of His sacrifice.
Originally posted on Yves Johnson Ministries:
Statement 6: “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit” (see Luke 23:44-49).
Jesus came into the world with an Angelic choir. He was born, not at the , but in a humble and meager place. He is now about to leave the earth quite different than how He came. It looks like He is not only humiliated and defeated but now He is about to die. After all, how dare He defy the rulers and of the day? How dare He upset the status quo? Who did He think He was? Pontius Pilate placed the inscriptions above His head that stated exactly Who He was. Yet, those were only words and this “man” is dying. Possibly, the crowd saw a defeated man. Possibly, His followers saw the end of this new “Way” and a Rabbi that was wrong. Possibly, Mary saw the death of her first…
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Someone shared this video on social media. It’s a good object lesson for us. We need to make sure evil (sexually explicit television shows, music, etc.) is not allowed in our homes.
Parents, in particular fathers, how are you doing in preventing evil things from coming into your home? Obviously, we would stop a person from trying to break into our homes. We wouldn’t allow porn in our homes. After all, we guide our loved ones to the Light. We live by Christian values. Unfortunately, the darkness is enticing and many gravitate to it. Some times we unwittingly invite evil into our homes. We might be shocked at the things we allow our family to look at on Facebook and television.
As a parent, we are better “heroes” for our children to emulate than any professional sportsperson, TV personality, singer, etc. We are the one who support and love them. Lets make a dent in slowly deteriorating morality a society that highlights and glamorize celebrities Kim Kardashian, Kayne West or the latest person who twerks.
We can and need to stand guard so our children are not drawn to television shows and music that are contrary to our beliefs. Lets stand guard and protect our “pride” like the lion in the video.
Let me know how you’re doing. We all need to hear great success stories.
It’s old but the point is still valid.
Originally posted on Yves Johnson Ministries:
Oh no! Today is Friday the 13th! I guess that means tomorrow is Saturday the 14th. Thank God for another day of life.
Lets use this opportunity to show the world Christ. As Christians, we shouldn’t be afraid of superstitions. We rely on God. Let your light shine even brighter today.
Have a great Friday the 13th and even better weekend.