Thursday, March 15, 2012

Does the Bible REALLY tell us NOT TO JUDGE Mormons?

"Judge not, that ye be not judged."  (Matthew 7:1 KJV)

The Mormons are circling the wagons on the internet, and telling Christians that it is against the Bible for Christians to judge other "Christians." 

But is it?

Matthew 7:1 is scripture, and as long as not other portions of the Bible, especially the New Testament, directs us to otherwise in specific situations, then "Judge not..." is the rule.

Sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with any non-Christian, whether they be Mormons, Muslims, or otherwise, requires that a Christian MUST make a judgment that that specific person, or group, needs to hear the Gospel.

The purpose of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ is to offer the salvation of Jesus Christ to those who will accept the true Gospel of our Savior.

Again; that takes making a judgment.  So is sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ a violation of scripture?

NO.

Where can we find the "permission" to judge Mormons, and to teach them the true Gospel of Christ?

2 Timothy 4:2 NKJV


Preach the word!  Be ready in season and out of season.  Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering and teaching.

To borrow from Websters to just define these terms:

Convince: "to bring (as by argument) to belief, consent, or a course of action."

Rebuke: "to criticize sharply."

Exhort: "to incite by argument or advice : urge strongly"

Long-Suffering: "patiently enduring lasting offense or hardship."

In order to fulfil the message of 2 Timothy 4:2 requires that we, as Christians, JUDGE Mormons.  This gives us the scriptural exception to Matthew 7:1 of Judge not.

CONVINCE - Judge Mormons to bring to the correct belief of Christianity.

REBUKE - Judge the Mormons false doctrines by criticizing sharply - NOT TACTFULLY.  This is a war against the serpent who fights via deception as with Eve in the Garden.

EXHORT - Judge by urging strongly the MORMONS repent from the ways of the serpent, and quit worshipping a false Christ.

LONG-SUFFERING - this won't be a quick battle against the serpent, it won't be an easy battle either.  The serpent of the Mormon faith will challenge everyone's Christianity.

But why is it so important to set the Mormons straight?

Paul continues in 2 Timothy 4:3-5 NKJV


For the time will come when [the Mormons] will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires [to become Gods], because [the Mormons] have itchy ears [susceptible to the serpent's message]


and [the Mormons] will turn their ears from the truth, and be turned aside by fables [in the form of The Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and Mormon "prophesy"]


But YOU [true faithful Christians] be watchful in ALL THINGS, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, FULFILL YOUR MINISTRY.


What IS OUR MINISTRY?

Let us refer to Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV


Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.


TEACHING THEM TO OBSERVE ALL THINGS THAT I HAVE COMMANDED YOU...

If we are to pick and choose, as if Christianity were a cafeteria plan, which scriptures to follow, and which scriptures to ignore, we need an understanding of the entire true Gospel, not just the convenient quotes of scriptures.

Even the serpent knows scripture, and as we have seen, Mormons are good at using sporatic scriptures to chain together a false ideology.

As Christians WE ARE commanded to fight Mormonism, and to offer the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Mormon cultists.

The serpent deceived Eve in the Garden by promising her the knowledge to be like GOD, now the serpent has gone one step further and offers those who embrace Mormonism the ability to BECOME GOD (Mormon Doctrine and Covenants 132 and Mormon Gospel Principles - Exaltation Chapter).

The message to NOT JUDGE Mormons is a message from the serpent.

We are commanded to:

CONVINCE

REBUKE

and

EXHORT

with all long-suffering.

Remembering the even a Mormon believer can still be offered the Salvation afforded to true Christians, all they have to do is accept the true Jesus Christ as their Savior, repent of their Mormonism, and return to the Christian flock.

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