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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Mormonism and the Christ no. 1 - Declaration of Belief

To Pastor Robert Jeffress and the First Baptist Church Dallas, greeting:

As Pastor Robert Jeffress, a Baptist from Texas, recently called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints a "cult" and that we are "not Christian", The Mormon Eagle must, by Divine mandate to preach the Gospel of Christ to all mankind, as well as to confound the wise and otherwise, publish the beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints concerning it's Namesake, the Son of God Christ Jesus.  The following is a refutation of such ignorant, foolish bigotry using both the Bible and the Book of Mormon, the which Holy Books The Church of Jesus Christ believes as scripture.

Jesus Christ's Own Sonship Declared by Himself
John 3:16 states, "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".  In companion with that, Christ also taught in the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ , "And my Father sent me that I might be lifted up upon the cross; and after that I had been lifted up upon the cross, that I might draw all men unto me, that as I have been lifted up by men even so should men be lifted up by the Father, to stand before me, to be judged of their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil" (3 Nephi 27:14).  Is this not an evidence that Latter-day Saints believe in Christ Jesus as the Savior of the world?  Thus it is so.

Old Testament Saints and the Son of God
The forcefulness of the teachings of Christ is taught beautifully by Abraham and Isaac.  We read, "And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.  And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of" (Genesis 22:1-2).  It must be understood through the light of revelation that all the Prophets (both before Christ and after Him) worshiped the Father in the name of His Son Jesus Christ.  Jacob, the brother of Nephi, explained the meaning of the passage heretofore quoted: "Behold, they [the Saints before Christ] believed in Christ and worshiped the Father in his name, and also we worship the Father in his name.  And for this intent we keep the law of Moses, it pointing our souls to him; and for this cause it is sanctified unto us for righteousness, even as it was accounted unto Abraham in the wilderness to be obedient unto the commands of God in offering up his son Isaac, which is a similitude of God and his Only Begotten Son" (Jacob 4:5).  Yet another evidence Mormons are Christian in word and in deed.

A Witness of Two Prophets
The Prophet Joseph Smith further taught, "The fundamental principles of our religion are the testimony of the Apostles and Prophets, concerning Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended into heaven; and all other things which pertain to our religion are only appendages to it" (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 121).  Even the purpose of the Book of Mormon itself is made plain by Nephi.  Saith he, "And as I spake concerning the convincing of the Jews, that Jesus is the very Christ, it must needs be that the Gentiles be convinced also that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God; And that he manifesteth himself unto all those who believe in him, by the power of the Holy Ghost; yea, unto every nation, kindred, tongue, and people, working mighty miracles, signs, and wonders, among the children of men according to their faith" (2 Nephi 26:12-13).

The Mormon Eagle's Witness
The Mormon Eagle boldly yet humbly declares that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.  As the ancient Saints worshiped His Father in His name, so do the Latter-day Saints worship Him in His Father's name.  Indeed must the fact that Jesus is the Christ be published to the world, the which duty the Eagle does unflinchingly.  Jesus Christ is the Savior of the author, as well as the Savior of all mankind, even of those who do not believe in Him, both living and dead.  I know He, Jesus Christ, is indeed the Son of God and my Savior and Redeemer.  I leave this witness in Christ's name.  May it be condemnatory to those who preach bigotry against the Kingdom of God, and a proclamation of approbation to those who do believe in the Son of God and in His Restored Church, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  In the name of Jesus Christ my Savior, amen.

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