In the early church, there were also many deceitful workers. People who appeared to be men of God, but really workers of Satan. These people may not have known what they were doing was wrong, but still, they continued being led by the craftiness of men instead of God. That is how they were then, as there are now false apostles and prophets among us. We can see this in the Mormon church. Since the beginning of their church formation, Joseph Smith was given another gospel by an angel of light, which we now know was really Satan. And now the LDS people read more often their precious book of Mormon, instead of the Bible, which is leading them slowly to hell. There is a warning to every person who follows after another gospel, for they are unsaved and God does not know them. Paul even warned of this and said, “but I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.” (2 Corinthians 11:3,4) And so we have the Mormon people and other cult members bearing with their false religion, though they are easily disproved.
Did you know that a man named Moroni supposedly appeared unto Joseph Smith an angel? There was light all around him and his sole desire was to tell him about a book that contained another gospel of Jesus Christ. He then wrote the book of Mormon with the help of others and on the cover page it reads, “Another Testament of Jesus Christ”. Though it says testament it means gospel, which cannot be any more plain than that. This book is leading people to believe in an entirely new gospel. Just think of all the new teachings in their church like eternal marriage, obtaining your own planet that you can populate, becoming gods, baptisms for the dead, passing through Joseph Smith to enter heaven, salvation by works, and more. These are all extra-biblical teachings that no other Christian believes in but Mormons, who are being led by another gospel. “Therefore, for such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” (2 Corinthians 11:13,14) You will know these false brethren by the evil fruits they bear. Now, if you cannot tell that they are being led astray just by naming a few of their false teachings, I do not know what else to say. It is so important that we seek the Lord often so this doesn’t happen to us.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that people will keep an open mind when it comes to what the Bible says, although their church may teach something differently. It is important that people continue to search the scriptures, that they may not be led astray by false brethren, teachers, apostles, and prophets. I wish that every person that goes to a church could be saved, but I know that this is not possible. If people continue bearing with different cults that teach another gospel, then they never really knew You, Lord. What they did find is a type of Christ, but not the true living Jesus, that You are to Christians. We have found the gospel of the cross and resurrection to be the power of God, but to the Mormons, the cross is an afterthought. It is important that we remember that You rose from the grave, but without preaching the cross, I cannot even think of a way that we could be saved. For it is through the blood which You shed for us on the cross, that the sins of the world might be paid. You did this for us freely, Lord, and I am so grateful. How could people downplay this most important event and take it away by substituting the atonement on the cross for Gethsemane? Do people not realize what they are doing when they manipulate the Bible into reading the way they want and not what You wish? And so we have hundreds of teachings that come from cults that are a disgrace in Your sight and mine. I love You more than anything that appears good on the surface. Therefore, I will follow You and not false teachers who are leading people astray. I trust in You, God, alone. I love You. Amen.
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