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Prophetic Signs that we are in the End Times
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Contender Ministries highly recommends Dr. Gary Frazier's new book "It Could Happen Tomorrow - Future Events That will Shake the World".  This is a must read for every Christian, and will be an invaluable guide to the end-times for anyone interested in Bible prophecy.

 

This book will not only inform you, it will inspire you and challenge you to increased evangelistic consciousness, greater missionary concern, and a desire to live a holy life in an unholy age.
    - Tim Lahaye, co-author of the New York Times Bestselling Series Left Behind

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A few weeks back, I happened across an internet message board for ex-Mormons.  I was elated to find this, as it's a joyous thing to see so many people who have been rescued from a false religion.  As I read the postings though, my spirits sank.  With only one or two exeption, most of these ex-Mormons fled the heresy of the LDS Church, only to run to the heresy of atheism, agnosticism, or the New Age.  As I read on, I found that some of these people had been approached by well-intentioned people who showed them how Mormonism could not possibly be based on truth.  These seeds of doubt grew until the subject was convinced that he or she was living a lie.  Yet no one was there to show them the truth, so they abandoned one lie for another.

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Can you imagine if, as an elementary school student, your teachers showed you how NOT to do math, how NOT to spell words, and where things are NOT located on a map, but left it to you to find out the truth?  Imagine further, that in your effort to find out how to correctly spell "heresy," you found at least a dozen different ways.  In your search to find the capital of Luxembourg, you found that different sources listed at least a dozen different capital cities for that small nation.  Of the choices given, you knew that one of the options with which you were faced was incorrect, but had no way of knowing which of the remaining was true.  Can you reasonably expect to find the truth in that manner?  Of course not. 

Nature abhors a vacuum.  Many well-intentioned Christians have witnessed to friends who adhere to false religious teachings.  Sometimes, in our zeal to disprove the doctrines of this false religion, we forget to follow up with the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  If we successfully plant a seed of doubt about our friend's false religion, but have not presented the truth, then our friend will begin his or her own search for truth.  In the absence of the gospel, they are an easy target for any number of other false religious thoughts and ideologies.  In our failure to communicate the truth of the gospel, we have just helped our friend from the frying pan into the fire. 

In 1 Corinthians 13:6, Paul says, "Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth." How can we apply this verse to this situation? We should delight not in being able to disprove evil lies. That's just a step - a small battle. We should delight in being able to present the wonderful truth of the gospel. That's what the word "gospel" means - good news. It is this good news we are called upon to share. Rebutting heresy is something we must do in the process, but if we don't complete the process by sharing the true gospel, have we really shown love? Paul later says, in Ephesians 4:15, "Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ."

When we are able to show a Mormon that Joseph Smith could not have been a true prophet, or show that the Book of Mormon could not be true, we have only done part of our job. The Great Commission has not yet been fulfilled by this action. In obedience to God, we MUST follow this up by letting our LDS friend no that God DOES exist. Jesus Christ DOES exist. Mankind IS sinful and can be fully forgiven through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus. If we fail to convey to them the hope that lies within us, then we have not helped them. May we all seek the divine guidance of the Holy Spirit as we share the truth - the WHOLE truth - with the world. May God bless us all as we contend for the faith.