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Christian Fundamentals: Love Marks Christian Reality

We have considered God’s love in us from a negative perspective in a previous post, Walking in God’s Light, and found: “Whoever hates his brother…walks in the darkness.” (1 Jn.2:9) In the Christian life we don’t refuse fellowship with others. “If we claim to be without sin we deceive ourselves…” (1 Jn.1:8) In the Christian life we don’t deny our sinful nature….read more →

LDS General Conference October 2016: Only Believe

As we listen in on the 2016 semi-annual General Conference of the Mormon Church we remember how Mormons sound like us but believe very differently. When you are listening in on a group to which you don’t belong it is important you hear what group members hear. The temptation is to import the language of their world into your own,…read more →

Jehovah our God is One Jehovah

We have seen that the Watchtower Society God, in the Jehovah Witness mind, sits on a throne ‘in heaven’ issuing his edicts via his spirit broadcasting system. Jesus, sitting at the right hand of the majesty on high (Heb.1:3), is able to ‘inspect the earth’ by means of this same spirit. For a Jehovah’s Witness, God is channelled through a…read more →

Adam God: Was the Mormon God Adam?

We have looked at how the Mormon concept of God has moved from modalism through henotheism to the deliberately vague idea of God in modern Mormonism. In the King Follett Discourse Joseph Smith famously preached that ‘God became God.’ Here we look at how Brigham Young carried forward this idea with the Adam/God doctrine. The Mormon Church refers today to…read more →

Christian Fundamentals: Who is Jesus?

In this series on fundamentals we are looking at the gospel in John’s letters. Last time we looked at how we walk in the light of God’s. This is the same John who wrote the gospel. He is described by Paul as a pillar of the Jerusalem church (Gal.2:9) Early accounts of John are found in Acts 3 and Acts…read more →

Christian Fundamentals: Walking in God’s Light

We begin a new series looking at the fundamentals of the gospel in John’s letters. This time we look at who is God and what is it to walk in God’s light? Introduction John’s message was always one of God’s love and God’s light, this can be seen throughout his writings. The New English Bible entitles John’s fist letter “A…read more →

The Mormon God

The Mormon God has evolved with the thinking of Mormon leaders. The Book of Mormon, the earliest Mormon text, insists there is one God. In a discussion between two characters named Amulek and Zeezrom we read: ‘And Zeezrom said unto him: Thou sayest there is a true and living God? And Amulek said: Yea, there is a true and living…read more →

The Watchtower Society God

In his Theological Word Book of the Bible (an essential on every Bible scholar’s shelf) Alan Richardson points out: ‘The knowledge of God is not reached by abstract speculation as in Gk. philosophy, but in the actual everyday business of living, or social relationships and of current historical events. God is not known by thinking out ideas about him, but…read more →

LDS Temple Baptism for the Dead

Only Latter-day Saints baptize living people on behalf of the dead. The LDS maintain that temple baptism for the dead is endorsed by the Scriptures and was part of the original Christian faith as established two thousand years ago. However, a study of Christian antiquities reveals that baptism for the dead was not practised by the first followers of Jesus,…read more →

Extremism Disruption Orders

Are Extremism Disruption Orders bringing us in line with the worse of old Soviet oppression? A Barnabus Fund report of 30th June tells of ‘draconian Soviet era restrictions on religious freedom. ‘The new law will require any sharing of the Christian faith – even a casual conversation – to have prior authorisation from the state. This includes something as basic…read more →

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