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Mormons Leaving the Mormon Church in large numbers
By David Lister
February 9, 2012
Several articles and TV reports in Utah are confirming that Mormons are leaving the LDS religion in large numbers. Below are some of the links to these stories.
This is very good news and according to full time Mormon missionary Rob Sivulka he has personally received a confirmation from LDS General Authority Marlin Jensen, who is also the Church Historian and Recorder, confirming that Mormons are âleaving in droves.”
Rob writes “There are several things to take away from this story: first, this should once and for all put to rest this silly faith-promoting mantra LDS give that their church is the fastest growing church.
Second, this significant news also ought to mobilize the Christian Church to reap the harvest of these disaffected Mormons!
Unfortunately, most of the people who leave Mormonism go into agnosticism or atheism.
The tendency with these people is to throw the baby out with the bathwater.
So, Christiansâ¦are you ready to give a positive case for your faith as 1 Peter 3:15 commands you to do? We really have a great opportunity here!”
Also, Rob further states “whether you are for or against Romney for president, his run continues to put his faith under the microscope.”
Many of us in full time Mormon evangelism have known this for years.
The Internet is a big problem for them.
The hundreds of websites that factually show the many problems with Mormonism, with their history and even with the character of their founders being false teachers and false prophets are and have been making a negative impact on the Mormon religion and causing many to come out of this false religion.
Here at Moriel we support some full time missionaries in Utah.
They report their churches are growing with ex-Mormons.
In addition, while this is good news the bad news is that Mormonism is growing in places like Malaysia and Africa.
Moriel is supporting a missionary that is moving to Malaysia soon and was very influential in teaching me how to reach Mormons.
May the Lord help Tim Oliver and his wife as they transition to Malaysia.
Also, let us continue our support for the full time missionaries in Utah, as they will now be dealing with more and more people turning to the Truth.
Mormons have always had âa zealâ for God, but not according to The Truth. Let us keep pushing forward, and be ready for an answer for the Mormons who are searching.
Mormons tackling tough questions in their history – Salt Lake Tribune
Number of faithful Mormons rapidly declining – KTVX-TV ABC Salt Lake City, Utah
Special report -Mormonism besieged by the modern age – REUTERS [Thomson-Reuters]
Foundation for Christian Studies
by Don Veinot
Generally Mormons are really nice people. They are very family oriented and claim to be Christians while denying the very foundational doctrines of the historic Christian faith. A new website Foundation for Christian Studies is online to legitimize the LDS church. It is very nicely done, uses Christianeze well, and paints as intolerant those who insist that certain core doctrines must be believed to be a Christian in their section Christian Defined : Continue reading
By Beth Griffin
Catholic News Service
NEW YORK (CNS) — For the first time, representatives of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints participated in a papal prayer service — and it all started over coffee.
In an interview with Catholic News Service and other reporters before the start of the ecumenical prayer service at St. Joseph’s Church in New York April 18, Father James Massa, executive director of the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat of Ecumenical and Interrreligious Affairs, said that during a coffee break at a recent meeting a representative of the Latter-day Saints asked him if there was any possibility of their participation in the papal visit. Continue reading
by David E. Lister
A Doctrinal Study of Mormon Theology Concerning The Ability to Spend Eternity Living In Heavenly Father’s Presence For The Truth Seeking Mormon or Christian Witness To The Mormon
Having just returned from 10 days in the heart of Mormon culture, the Great Basin nestled within the confines of the Wasatch Mountain range in the state of Utah, United States of America, my heart is broken for the Mormon people. My heart is broken over their being trapped in a religion that heaps on them the penalty of God’s Law, death, and eternal separation from God. Mormonism teaches as their gospel that in order to inherit eternal life (spending eternity in the Heavenly Father’s presence) one must keep all of God’s commandments. :”(Doctrines and Covenants 25:15)”:
by David E. Lister
Une Ã©tude doctrinale sur la thÃ©ologie Mormon concernant la capacitÃ© de vivre pour l’Ã©ternitÃ© dans la prÃ©sence du PÃ¨re CÃ©leste.
AdressÃ©e au Mormon qui cherche la VÃ©ritÃ© ou au ChrÃ©tien dÃ©sirant tÃ©moigner aux Mormons.
J’ai le cour brisÃ© pour le peuple Mormon suite Ã mon sÃ©jour au cour de leur culture – le Grand Bassin – nichÃ© dans les limites de l’Ã©tendue de la montagne Wasatch dans l’Ã©tat du Utah aux Etats-Unis. Mon cour est brisÃ© par le fait qu’ils sont piÃ©gÃ©s par une religion qui les accablent, au moyen de la pÃ©nalitÃ© de la Loi de Dieu, la mort et la sÃ©paration Ã©ternelle d’avec Dieu. L’Ã©vangile Mormon enseigne que l’homme doit garder tous les commandements de Dieu afin d’hÃ©riter la vie Ã©ternelle (de vivre Ã©ternellement dans la prÃ©sence du PÃ¨re CÃ©leste). La ChrÃ©tientÃ© historique enseigne le contraire, c’est-Ã -dire que de vivre Ã©ternellement avec Dieu est Son don gratuit et que si nous essayons de vivre sous la Loi et que nous transgressons un seul point de la Loi, nous sommes alors coupables de briser toute la Loi. Toujours dans la ChrÃ©tientÃ© historique, la mort ou la sÃ©paration d’avec Dieu pour l’Ã©ternitÃ© est la consÃ©quence de la transgression de la Loi. La doctrine dÃ©clare que les Mormons doivent garder toute la LoiÂ : Â«Â Mais, malgrÃ© tout ceci, Il (JÃ©sus) a observÃ© toute la Loi de Dieu et est demeurÃ© sans pÃ©chÃ©, dÃ©montrant ainsi la capacitÃ© de l’homme Ã garder la Loi et Ã demeurer Ã©galement sans pÃ©chÃ©.Â Â» Le Mormonisme accable aussi son peuple du fardeau que l’homme doit atteindre un point dans sa vie oÃ¹ il cesse de pÃ©cher, et mÃªme d’avoir le dÃ©sir ou une forte envie de pÃ©cher. En d’autres mots, il doit parvenir Ã la perfection dans sa vie ici-bas. La perfection dont il parle n’est pas celle de JÃ©sus, puisqu’Il n’a jamais pÃ©chÃ©, mais plutÃ´t un point de non-retour au pÃ©chÃ©, Â«Â car la perfection est un but accessibleÂ Â» au sein de cette religion. Continue reading
Posted by Don Veinot
When I returned from the ISCA Conference and checked my email on Monday the one from Brooks Alexander with the Spiritual Counterfeits Project caught my immediate attention:
At one time, CT was referred to as âChristianity Yesterdayâ. Stung by that appellation, they tried so hard to become trendy that they turned themselves into something that isnât âChristianity Yesterday, Today or Tomorrowâ, but rather âChristianity From Some Other Dimension That I Donât Even Recognize!â Continue reading
by Jerry Golden
Okay I am going to say it straight out, Gen. 12:3 is very plain and it is time to look at what is happening in a very real and spiritual way.
George Bushâs Road Map to Hell is against the Word of God, the Disengagement of Gaza forced on Israel by the US President has caused much suffering to the Jewish people and it has been a curse to Israel. He is now talking about the necessity of Israel giving more land to the âPalestiniansâ, he simply will not stop until Israel has been destroyed for that was his deal with the Islamic Arab world. Continue reading
by Charley Carle
Are the media campaigns reality or just rhetoric? LDS TV ads appeal to the emotions and portray an appearance of true Christianity. So what are the trophies hidden behind this Mormon showcase? The ads promise better lives, but the statistics are in opposition (primarily 1990 stats). Continue reading
The Mormon Church in Australia has presented Sydney’s Cardinal Edward Cassidy, the former President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, with an award for heroic efforts to bring better understanding to the people of the world. Continue reading
SALT LAKE CITYÂ -Â Jews and Mormons decided Monday to jointly scrutinize a Mormon database that includes the names of thousands of deceased Jews – including Holocaust victims – who were given unwanted, posthumous baptisms. Continue reading
by David E Lister
As one who has stood on the wall for Godâs Truth for almost two decades and has experienced the loss of three churches. The growing apostasy and the speed of the apostasy is now amazing me. Two to five times a week I receive a letter from someone who has had to leave his or her church because it has started to introduce The Purpose Driven life or another church growth program, ecumenism, the Alpha Course or some other heresy. One of the ways that ecumenism is contributing to the apostasy is by seducing Godâs people into believing that Jesus is just another way, but the only way for them. The Roman Catholic Church states this in their catechism by stating in section 846 that there is not other way to heaven except through the RCC, yet in the very next section (847) it states that people of other faiths can achieve salvation outside of Jesus Christ. The common theological term is called inclusivism. Another way that ecumenism is contributing to the apostasy is by good men of God not going far enough in pointing out error or pointing out false teachers and false prophets among Godâs people. An example of this follows. Continue reading
By Rob Sivulka
Are friendships with Mormons and criticism mutually exclusive? And should all evangelism to Mormons be in the context of friendship? The Salt Lake Theological Seminary Bridges movement :”(http://www.slts.edu/Conferences_Programs/Bridges.htm)”: would answer in the affirmative to both questions. The movement has become quite influential in the minds of many that conduct ministries to Mormon people. In fact, it seems that it has become quite an influential mode of doing any evangelism in our post-modern culture. This movement seems to be manifesting recently in a series of dialogues between an Evangelical and a Mormon. Continue reading
by Charley Carle
I asked a Mormon missionary today, “Do you think there are any Quakers on Mars?” He just didn’t know either way. I wondered since Joseph Smith said there were people on the moon who looked like Quakers. Yet Neil Armstrong found it a barren, airless, uninhabitable wasteland. Mormonism’s founder declared, “The inhabitants of the moon are more of a uniform size than the inhabitants of the earth, being about 6 feet in height. ” They dress very much like the Quaker style and are quite general in style, or fashion of dress. “They live to be very old; coming generally, near a thousand years. “This is the description of them as given by Joseph the seer, and he could ‘See’ whatever he asked the father in the name of Jesus to see,” (Journal of Oliver B. Huntington, Vol. 3, p. 166; as recorded at the Utah State Historical Society). Continue reading
By David E Lister and Jason Catizone
One of the most difficult mysteries and doctrines to explain within Christianity is the doctrine of the Trinity. But we do want to state that while difficult, it is not impossible to teach or defend. Continue reading