You sent me your Homepage-Url - I think it is good, to warn people against dangers - but no one can say, that he knows everything about christianity - and so i think, christians should also follow the advice from Jesus, not to fight against each other - HE only will judge every church - there are more important things, he wants us to do - to spread HIS word to those, who don´t know HIM –
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I want to clarify why we do what we do at Contender Ministries. We do not "fight" against each other. We lovingly contend for the faith, as the Bible teaches us to do. Jesus gave us the Great Commission to go and make disciples of all the nations. If someone has put their faith into a religion that is unbiblical, then they must still be reached. In Matthew 7:15-23, Jesus tells us to be careful of false prophets that go into the world to deceive people. These false prophets are at work today in the cults, spreading religions that may use the name of Jesus, but teach a gospel different from that which is in the Bible. Also in that section of verses, Jesus talks about judgment day when people will stand before him and say (paraphrased), "Lord, Lord, we did a lot of good things in your name." These followers of false prophets though, are out of luck, as Jesus replies to them "I never knew you, get away from me you evildoers." Would you have us not be truthful with these people? Would you have us hold back the truth that could save their eternal soul, just to seem friendly? That goes against the Great Commission, and our instructions in Jude to contend for the faith. I do respect your opinions, but would urge you to take a prayerful look at the Bible, and see if it doesn't support what we do here at Contender Ministries. God bless!
Hello, More research needs to be done about your lies and fabrication regarding the Muslims prayer. Does your "Christ" teaches you to lie about people according to their beliefs? Is this a method you use to gain and draw people to your beliefs. Slandering other religions is not a good deed in front of your Lord. You should try to learn and study more about other beliefs before you lie about them.
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Dear sir or madam: We definitely to not want any untruths or lies on our website. We do our best to ensure that our content is truthful and factual. We do not slander other religions - we simply point out how they differ from Biblical truth. That is what God has commanded us to do - contend for our faith. It would be most helpful if you could let me know what exactly is untrue on our website. We're always open to correction if we are wrong. We just need you to point out the untruths, tell us what the truth is, and give us some proof to back up what you say. [NOTE: This person never did us the kindness of responding and pointing out the “lies.”
Dear friends, I have a question for you.
- According to the book of Matthew 1:19 , Joseph was Mary's husband. His wife, Mary, turned up pregnant, (1:18) and he knew he had not fathered the child. That means the baby, Jesus, was a bastard. Why worship a bastard, as if he were a god?
- This story also claims G-d the Father was the baby's real father. (1:18 again) That would mean that G-d committed adultery, by fathering a child by someone else's wife. Is it any wonder the Jews rejected the lies of Jesus?
- Mt 26:26 has Jesus offering his flesh as food. This reeks of cannibalism.
- Mt 26:27-28 has Jesus offering his blood as a drink offering. Did you know that drink offerings of blood are expressly forbidden by G-d? See Ex 23:13.
- Psalm 16:4 also has G-d's Word saying that drink offerings of blood are repugnant to G-d, and the righteous servant refuses to have anything to do with it, so why do you christians promote this vile act as being something God wants us to do?
- Do you see now why Paul found he had trouble converting the wise (learned) Jews to his idolatrous and blasphemous new religion?
Unless you can answer these questions, don't send me any more e-mail.
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Greetings! I can see that your beliefs are very important to you, and I can also see you keep an open mind, by affording me the opportunity to answer these questions.
- First of all, in Matthew 1:18, we see that Joseph and Mary are not yet married. They were betrothed, but not married. Also, Yeshua was not conceived through a physical union between God and Mary. Mary remained a virgin, but was "overshadowed" by God (most clearly explained in Luke 1:35). God is omnipotent, and history is full of His miracles. The same God who parted the Red Sea so the Israelites could flee Egypt; the same God who turned Aaron's staff into a serpent, is the same God who supernaturally caused Mary to be with child without the act of a physical union. Therefore, Yeshua was not a "bastard" child, and God did not commit adultery with Mary - He performed a miracle with her.
- You mentioned part of the last supper as recorded in Matthew 26. Yeshua and His disciples (who were all Jewish) did not violate the law against blood offerings. The scripture says Jesus broke bread, passed it around, and called it His body. They drank wine from the cup ("fruit of the vine"), and not blood. Yeshua employed symbolism with body and blood; they didn't literally eat his flesh or drink his blood.
- Paul had troubles with some of the Jews, that's true. The Pharisees saw Yeshua as a threat; they felt he wanted to abolish the law. But Yeshua said, in Matthew 5:17, that He came not to abolish the law and the prophets, but to fulfill them.
- If you take a look at the Messianic prophecies in what we call the Old Testament, or Old Covenant, you will see that Yeshua fulfills them all!! I invite you to carefully read the 53rd chapter of Isaiah, and see if you don't see those prophecies fulfilled in Yeshua. If you wish, the following link discusses the Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament, and their fulfillment in Yeshua:
Just click on the previous link to see that page.
I disagree that Christianity is an idolatrous or blasphemous religion, but cannot comment more specifically, as I don't know to what idols or blasphemy you refer.
I am happy you gave me the opportunity to answer those questions. I hope you will take the time to read Isaiah 53 and visit the link above. Out of respect, I will not send you any more emails unless you desire to discuss this further. My prayers are with you.
i love this site i discovered it last week and since then i have started with self study( apart from my studies - 2nd yr pastoral). i enjoy this site tremendously and have passed on the address to fellow brothers and sisters.
keep up the good work
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We are truly pleased to hear that you've been enjoying the site. It is our constant prayer that the Lord will use this information to help Christians gain more tools to contend for their faith, and help non-Christians experience the joy that comes with salvation through Jesus Christ. We appreciate your kind words of encouragement, and also appreciate you directing others to the site. May God bless you in your studies, and as you contend for your faith.
Good afternoon, knowing that the cross is a pagan invention why would anyone wear a sign of paganism and have it on their buidings? what about guilotines would anyone who is a christian wear an instrument of death? Thank you.
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Christians memorialize the sacrifice made by Jesus Christ by displaying the cross. Unlike the Catholic crucifix, the Protestant cross is empty - Jesus is not suspended on the cross. That signifies our acknowledgement that death could not hold our savior, the Messiah, Jesus Christ. The empty cross symbolizes the sacrifice and redemption prophesied about thousands of years before. It symbolizes that our Messiah has defeated death by rising from the grave and ascending back to heaven. This free gift of salvation is available to all. Those who accept that gift will be able to spend eternity with our risen Savior in heaven. Those who reject this gift will be cast into a "Lake of Fire", where they will be tormented for eternity. This is sort of the supreme version of "Crime and Punishment." Fortunately, though we are all sinners, we can all be saved from eternal torment, and claim eternity in Heaven.
Straighten out facts on Islam! Peace is what islam means! i converted to islam from christianity because of the church's hypocrisy and no brotherhood!
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Dear Sir, I'm disheartened to hear that "you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel - which is really no gospel at all." (Galatians 1:6,7). We have studied Islam at length, and the information provided is taken from the Qu'ran. I am also an Arabic linguist, and am familiar with the meaning of the root word from which Islam is derived. However, from that root word we get "salaam" which means peace, and "Islam", which literally means 'surrender' or 'submission'. I dare say Islam does not practice peace though:
-- "We were blamed in writing that we do not comply with what our religion orders us to. It orders us to fight the Jews and we did not kill them, and we did not perform our religion. Therefore, had we claimed that we do perform what our religion orders us and obliges us to do while we are not doing it then they would have been right. They wrote that our reality contradicts our religion…..There is only one way to liberate Palestine and Al-Aqsa, and that is the fighting, that is the Jihad, that is the slaughtering, that is the butchering…call it dialogue." --Mohammad abu Faris, Jordanian Islamic Leader, AIP Conference, Chicago Illinois, 1996
-- "Greetings to those who shoot at the Jews with the catapult, and to those who poke out the eyes of the Jews with the slingshot…In 1967 the Jews sang, "Muhammad is dead and gave birth to girls, and we answered, "O sons of pigs and monkeys, Muhammad is not dead and he did not give birth to girls. Rather, khaybar, khaybar [death] to Jews; Muhammad's Army will return!"--Sheikh Ahmed al-Qattan, 1989 Hamas Conference, Kansas City
If you search through your Qu'ran, you'll find many more references to killing Jews and Christians.
Your subject line implored us to "straighten out the facts on Islam." You are not the first person to email us with this request. I will ask you, as I have asked the others, to point out any falsehoods regarding Islam on our website. None have been able to do so. The fact that there may be something about Islam we feature on Contender Ministries that you do not like, does not make it untrue. We are committed to presenting the truth on our website, and if a falsehood has slipped in there, we would like to catch it and remove it. So if we have any lies of Islam on our site, please tell me what they are, and please be specific.
I hope that you will eventually see that the true plan of salvation is through Jesus Christ. That is my prayer.
I think you are all psychos. Spreading propaganda. You say you
don't like Catholics, ahem, believe what they say, Jehovah W., UUs, etc. You won't say that you hate Jews, but i'm sure you do, you are afraid to say you hate Jews and Muslims because someone will shut you down. Trust me, we know you do. You can't fool us. P.S. Catholicism is the original Christian religion. Born from the teachings of Christ. All other Christian religions
are a product of it. Anyone who denies this is deluding themsleves, it is a historical fact. Any one who reads this, especially impressionable young people move on. This is not a website about Christianity but about intolreance. Do not think you can shield yourself from intolerance with God.
It is no his/her fault. Hitler did this too. You are not Christians, you are heretics, and blaphemous using God and or the teachings of the Bible to defend yourselves. God does not look kindly on wrong, but especially not on using his name or Jesus Christ's or Mary the Mother of God's for wrong. God does not look kindly on defending yourselves or your intolerance with his/her name. God is a good and loving God, but you are what you believe and if you believe he/she is wrathful and will punish those who anger/upset he or she, you should be careful your are treading on thin ice..... Be very careful of the trap you walk into, if you believe in the devil, remember, he is very tricky. Be careful. He could be snickering at you right now...
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-- Wow. I've reread this several times now, and I think I understand what you're trying to say. Most of your email was simply an emotional outburst for which I can provide no relief. I do want to address a few issues, though.
First, we do NOT hate anyone. We don't hate Jews, Muslims, Catholics, Mormons, or anyone else. Jesus said the greatest commandments are to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. We love all people of all faiths. We love them so much, that we desire them to spend the rest of eternity in heaven. If "tolerance" means patting people on the back and feeling warm and fuzzy while their eternal souls are in jeopardy, then we are definitely intolerant. We care about people's eternal souls - the rest is just window dressing.
I must correct your misunderstanding that Catholicism is the original form of Christianity. Very little unique Catholic doctrine developed until the third of fourth century A.D. I'd challenge you to find the doctrine of purgatory, the seven sacraments, the infallibility of the pope (or even the position of pope), or Mary as mediatrix and co-redemptrix mentioned anywhere within the New Testament. I can save you the time -- it's not in there. The first century church did not adhere to these principles of what is now Catholicism. Most doctrines and practices unique to Catholicism developed much later, and were based not on scripture, but on Catholic tradition. In fact, such was the lack of scriptural support for Catholic beliefs, that the Catholic church accepted the Apocrypha as scripture to cover their bases. The Apocrypha is not accepted by Protestants nor by the Jews, as there are numerous historical and chronological errors within it. Perhaps that's why the Apocrypha was not accepted even by the Catholic Church until the Council of Trent in the 1500's.
There is a link on the main page of our website called, "Does this website make you angry?" Had you clicked on that, some of these issues would have been answered at that time. We truly don't hate anyone, and only profile cults and heretical teachings in order that adherents of those false religions might find the true salvation of Jesus Christ, and live forever with Him in heaven. God bless.
After two hours of reading material on your website I wanted to reply to tell you that I feel you are doing a fine job. I especially enjoyed your article on "Church, Inc." I had been discussing this very thing with my wife this morning. Because of the worldly way that almost all churches (all the ones that I've been to) are run, I am not attending any of them at this particular time. Many people believe that if you don't "belong" to a certain establishment church that you aren't a Christian. But I believe that many of the mainline churches at this time will send you to hell faster than bars and nightclubs. I have started handing out tracts and using street evangelism as an alternative to lending the resources that God provides me to some group of people who are more interested in venerating the local pastor (and his Caddilac) and building a bigger building to attract the richer element in society.
I find the political aspect of your website informative but not very relative to me other than to let me know that the end times are near. If our society is as "progressive" as the thought police would have us believe then why are people so much more evil these days? I'm well aware that this government is satanic in nature and as such will not stand much longer. Woe to the nation who turns their back on God.
Thank you for providing a good service to those of us who are not blind.
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Thank you so much for the kind words. It is our desire that this ministry will benefit many as they contend for the faith. It sounds like you certainly make contending for your faith a priority in your life. May God richly bless the work you do.
I do believe that it's important to have fellowship with other believers. Unfortunately, too many churches have lost focus of their mission, and fail to meet the needs of their congregations. It sounds like you might benefit from a smaller group gathering like a house church. If you need any help locating a house church in your area, or information on starting a house church, let us know. God bless.
Greetings in the name of the Lord!
I speak God's blessings upon you and the ministry He has called you to. Continue to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might and may all His purposes be accomplish in you and through you. Have a wonderful day in the Lord!
Your Sister in Christ Jesus
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Thank you so much! We do tend to get some discouraging email from time to time. God uses people like you to encourage us. Your email more than makes up for all the negative we receive. Now may God bless you, as you lift up fellow believers and contend for the faith!
What is your stand on homosexuality?
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Hi. Thanks for taking the time to write to us. Biblically, homosexuality is a form of sexual immorality, and is therefore a sin. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 says, "Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God."
Homosexuality is one of many sins that can separate us from God. As this verse shows, there are other forms of sexual immorality, such as adultery and prostitution. Jesus teaches that we must hate the sin, but love the sinner. We believe it is wrong for Christians to be hateful towards homosexuals, and Jesus taught us to love one another (which makes hate a sin as well). Sinful behavior separates us from God. Anyone can be cleansed of their sin by faith in Jesus Christ. The blood of Jesus was shed to cleanse us of our sins - as a FREE gift - but a gift we must willingly accept. Part of accepting that gift means repenting of sinful behavior, such as homosexuality. I would like to say that this is not "our stand", it is the stand of God, as taught in the Bible. Thanks again for you interest in Contender Ministries. May God bless you.
Sir or Madam:
I do find it interesting that you are profiling Unitarian Universalism as a cult; however, I detect a note of negativity in your writing. For educational purposes, a cult not only refers to "a system of religious worship and ritual", but also, "obsessive devotion to a person OR principle." UUs are devoted to religious tolerance, as well as, many other principles. I can see by your structure that the profile you created is nothing more than an attack on something you are personally unfamiliar with.
I agree that Unitarian Universalism is complex and for someone who is a devoted Christian, I can see how that is hard to understand. However, I believe it to be difficult to pass judgment on something you do not fully understand. I would like to comment on the following excerpt.
"It is evident that the draw of this cult is that it provides a release of each individual from accountability. As you will see, they profess that all will be saved, so everyone must follow the spiritual path of their choosing. It is a convenient departure from personal responsibility and accountability."
First, Unitarian Universalism does not provide a release from accountability. UUs are not accountable to God, they are accountable to society, and most importantly, to themselves. Second, UUs do not profess that all will be saved. We believe that there is nothing to be saved from. We do not believe that we were born into sin as Christians do. UUs work to fulfill themselves and other people. They do not work towards fulfilling God, who may or may not exist. Third, Unitarian Universalism is not a convenient departure. We live by the same humanistic rules as you. We believe in morals and ethics, just as you do, just as Jesus did.
What kind of accountability do Christians have? A Christian can murder, rape, molest, rob, etc. and still find salvation as long as he repents and accepts Christ. At least Unitarian Universalism is a little more realistic!
In conclusion, I am not trying to say UUs are better than Christians, or any other religion for that matter. I just think that if you are going to profile something or someone, you should provide information in a non-judgmental way. Let the people who are reading the profile make the decision. UUs do not persuade people into following their ways. It's a choice. A choice that is becoming more and more popular.
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Greetings XXXXX, and thank you for taking the time to write to us here at Contender Ministries. Your opening sentence said that you find it interesting that we would profile Unitarian Universalism as a cult. If you read our mission, you will understand better why we do. The greatest truth of the universe is found in the Bible. The UUA does not share a belief in that truth. Therefore, it is incumbent upon us to show what the UU’s believe in contrast to the truth, in hopes that some might be saved.
In your email, you said, “We believe that there is nothing to be saved from.” If you had taken the time to read our section in it’s entirety, you would have noticed that very point is made in the section “The UU Belief About Salvation.” In it, we write, “There is no sin, there is no penalty for sin, there is no hell, therefore, there is nothing to be saved from. That is the belief of the UU.” Unfortunately, the UU position is wrong.
Do you believe in immutable natural laws? I do. For instance, I believe in the law of gravity. I believe that if it weren’t for gravity, we’d all fly off the surface of the earth, due to another natural law – inertia. I can’t see gravity or inertia, but I believe they exist because the preponderance of the evidence indicates that they do. Even if I chose to not believe in them, they wouldn’t cease to exist. Well, just as there are natural laws that govern the universe, so there are spiritual laws. God created man with a free will, but because of that free will, sin was introduced. There is right and wrong, and there is sin. That’s a spiritual law. Unless God forgives our sins, we are destined for an eternal punishment. The Bible, which was written by over forty authors and has been perfectly preserved over thousands of years, is very clear in this regard. Crime and punishment, sin and death – another spiritual law. However, God wants all to be redeemed and turn from their sin. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to Father but by me.” He also said, “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.” Redemption through the atonement of Jesus Christ – another spiritual law. These spiritual laws are immutable – they remain true whether you believe in them or not.
You said the UU’s aren’t accountable to God – only to society and themselves. I’m afraid that is incorrect. ALL persons, regardless or race, creed, or color, are accountable to society, to themselves, and MOST IMPORTANTLY – to GOD! If a Christian or a UU or a Hindu or atheist commits murder, they are subject to punishment by society. We’re all subject to the laws of the land. Furthermore, that person is held accountable to God for his sin – even if he never professed a belief in God. If that person confesses their sin to God, repents, and asks forgiveness through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ, then that person’s soul can be saved from eternal punishment! That person will still have to pay the price to society – through imprisonment or physical death, but their soul can be saved.
We will all someday stand before the judgment seat of God. Every Buddhist, Christian, atheist, agnostic, UU, Mormon – all people will stand before God. Their system of beliefs on earth cannot change that immutable truth. God is loving, and he doesn’t wish for any to suffer eternal punishment. However, God is also just. He will accept those who accept Him, and reject those who reject Him. It is a very inclusive system, as ANYONE, regardless of race, creed, color, or background, can accept Jesus Christ as his or her personal savior.
I don’t say that Christianity is “better” than other religions. This is not a brand new pair of shoes that I like better than anyone else’s. I say Christianity is the only truth in this world. God foretold that false teachers and false prophets would go out into the world in the last days to deceive many. This is the work of Satan. Therefore, it is no surprise that UU or other false beliefs are becoming more and more popular. That’s very sad indeed.
Finally, let’s look at a hypothetical. If you are right, and I am wrong, what price will I pay? If I’m right (and I am), what price will you pay if you don’t accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior? You will pay the ultimate price! That is why we do what we do here at Contender Ministries. Share the truth with love, so that as many as possible will come to the truth.
I have no doubt that you’re a kind and decent person. But being kind and decent does not purchase salvation. Our prayers are with you.
I do understand your argument, and unfortunately, I use to believe the exact same thing. But then I started asking myself questions. I asked questions about what and who God really was, about the Bible, and about religion in totality. I then took those questions to people I trusted (family, friends, ministers, professors, etc.). Unfortunately, those questions could not be answered as completely as I had hoped.
In my opinion, there are too many inconsistencies, too many assumptions, and too many falsities for me to put my trust in Jesus Christ. Even as a UU, I believe in God. I also believe in science. I don't think you can have one without the other. But I don't believe in Jesus as he is portrayed in the Bible.
It is very true what you said about Christians not losing anything if they are wrong. It's a sentence that sounds as if it was taken right from Blaise Pascal's excerpt "The Wager." However, there is one paragraph that Pascal writes that concerns me. When answering a question about a person not being able to believe in God he states, "Endeavor then to convince yourself, not by increase of proofs of God, but by the abatement of your passions. You would like to attain faith, and do not know the way; you would like to cure yourself of unbelief, and ask the remedy for it. Learn of those who have been bound like you, and who now stake all their possessions. These are people who know the way which you would follow, and who are cured of an ill of which you would be cured. Follow the way by which they began; by acting as if they believe, taking the holy water, having masses said, &c. Even this will naturally make you believe, and deaden your acuteness."
I am a UU because I have carefully weighed the information and made a reasonable, educated decision. Pascal is more or less saying that people should brain wash themselves into believing in God. He says people will believe because they are acting as though they believe. The last think I want for my family and for myself is to have a false faith. I refuse to act like a God-loving Christian when I am not. Many people attend church because they want to be noticed. They want people to think that they are loving, decent people. Next Sunday, when you're sitting at your church listening to the minister's sermon, take a look around the room. How many people do you see listening? Remember, hearing and listening are two very different things. In my experience, people listen to the beginning and the end, but never the middle. People are always fidgeting with their papers, children, hair, etc. People go to church for the status, but rarely for deep and thoughtful worship.
One last thing, you say that Christianity is the ONLY truth in this world. How do you know this? Are you sure? What proof do you have other than the Bible? It sounds to me that you exhibit obedience to authority. You don't believe in the Bible because you want to. You believe in the Bible because that is what people have told you to do. Whether it was your parents, minister, or some other authority figure in your life, you believe because you have been socialized. Don't worry, it's not your fault. The most fearful thing in this world is death. Nobody wants to view death as the end of everything. Believing in God, Jesus, heaven, and eternal life gives people the strength to die. I believe the Bible to be nothing more than a "security blanket." I gave up my blanket only a few months ago. When will you give up yours?
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Proverbs 16:18 "Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall."
2 Timothy 3:1-7 "But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God-- having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them. They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth."
It's always interesting to get another standard UU response. They are always very much the same, and are by far the most bitter and condescending of all the e-mails we receive at Contender Ministries. There is a common theme running through all of them. That theme of arrogance, condescension, and pride comes from the only core belief that a UU has. To the UU's, they are the enlightened ones. They have to be, because they have based their eternal salvation on their own abilities, and others who have convinced them they are worthy of that trust. I think it is for this reason Unitarian Universalists seek out Christians in an effort to convince themselves that they really are intellectual, and everyone else is pathetically co-dependant and lacking in intelligence. They see the hope and joy that a follower of Christ has, and their first impulse is to discount it as ignorance. When you see the sinful nature of those around you every day, it can't be easy to trust your eternal soul to those same people. After all, what if the professor you sought counsel from was the wrong one? What if the Discrete and Foundational Math professor down the hall was right, and Jesus Christ really is your only hope for salvation? What if you really will pay the price with your soul for the pride and superiority that your beliefs give you now. But being enlightened and one step above everyone else sure feels better, so it must be right. A college professor or a Dr. of Psychology certainly must know more than God. And they make it sound so noble. They preach tolerance, diversity, and inclusiveness...unless of course, you don't believe as the UU believes. Then you must be stupid.
The saddest thing is that you've fallen for Satan's favorite lie -- the very first one he used on humans in fact. He told Eve all she had to do was eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge, and she wouldn't need God. She could be like God. She would only have to answer to herself and Adam, because she would be all-knowing. That might sound familiar to you. If it does, consider the source.
I could share with you the hope, peace and joy that I have because of Jesus Christ. I could share with you how wonderful a relationship with God is, and I could prove to you just how solid the historical, archeological, and scientific support for the Bible is. But, I doubt you would listen. I don't believe that's why you are writing. You are writing to try and convince yourself that those scholarly and sophisticated people to whom you've entrusted your soul are right -- Christians really are just weak. Well, they're right. We are weak. So are you. The difference is I can do anything through Christ who strengthens me. That's what you are missing, and that's why you are unsure of the path down which you are leading your family. I pray that you will see that. I pray that, before it's too late, you will see the danger of trusting eternity to someone who teaches that a well-groomed ego and a list of achievements is all you need to claim godhood. No, I will never give up my "security blanket". Jesus Christ has made me a new person and I will never go back to what I see in your e-mail. I love my God with all my heart and all my soul and have been truly blessed.
LOL get a life this is 21 century. when do you guys get a life.
Your Propaganda will be read and laughed at by millions. I had doubts about your racist cult. Now I am sure your job is simply to promote hate.
Was Jesus as hateful and racist as your leader Mr. Sharon?
Good luck with your propaganda machine.
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This one did not warrant a response. This person just wanted to vent, and that's fine. We would like to point out a few things. We are not Israeli, nor are we Jewish, but maybe someone can pass this kind man's warmest regards on to Prime Minister Sharon. Also, we post emails just how we get them, so the spelling and grammatical mistakes above are not ours to claim. Finally, it goes without saying that we at Contender Ministries hate nobody! We love all people regardless of race, creed, color, or nationality. That is why we exist -- so that people like this man might be able to share in the joy of spending an eternity with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
hi there, i greet you in the wonderful name of Jesus.
Let me start by saying this is my most read internet site. i find this site to be a real blessing.
I have studied Islam in some detail and support you fully on your insight and knowledge you spread regarding islam. That islam teaches love, well all we need to do is look at the world around us, it speaks volumes (re: islamic actions).
This is a good site to "get a life", we as Christians should be able to discern, and my discernment through the Holy Spirit tells me this site is RIGHT. I am one of those Christians who does not merely believe for the sake of believing when it comes to be taught by other Christians ie; contender ministries, i let the the Holy Spirit lead me to discern, and i can say with full conviction, THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THIS SITE. IT GIVES INSIGHT AND DEFINITELY TEACHES LOVE, AMONSGT OTHER GOOD TEACHINGS.
OH and i am not being paid to say this i live in South Africa and have never met anybody at contender ministries.
May God bless you in contending for the faith.
CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:
Thanks for the kind words, and voice of encouragement. We definitely don't expect or desire for anyone to believe everything on our site, just because we say it's so. We encourage everyone to be like the Bereans, and "examine the scriptures daily," to see if what we present is the truth (Acts 17:11). Every Christian should make it a habit to "test the spirits to see whether they are from God" (1 John 4:1).
Thanks again, and may God bless you as you contend for the faith in South Africa!
I read your article, and I dont think that talking negatively about Religions is right, especially if you are a christian. The bible says " the fruitage of the spirit is love..." - Galatians 5:22.
A real christian never speaks about others in this way. The bible also says,"Not everyone saying to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter into the kingdom of the heavens, but the one doing the will of my Father who Is in the heavens will"-Matthew 7:21
I believe that his will was that every man know of him and his purpose, and the only way for that is preaching. Along with this I suggest Mathew 28:19,20 which orders all to preach the good news. I have to say, Jehovas Witnesses are doing this, so they fall in the cathegory of being the ones to enter his kingdom. Please read what the Bible orders. True christians will never speak of anyone negatively.
Thank you for reading my letter, I am sure you will think more deeply about others, understand, and see with the eyes of a true christian.
CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and concerns with us here at Contender Ministries. I agree with much of what you said, but feel you’re missing the point on certain key issues. Please allow me to explain.
You said, “I don’t think that talking negatively about Religions is right, especially if you are a christian.” Does that mean Jesus did wrong, when He challenged the Pharisees (Matthew 15:1-14, 22:23-33)? Did Jesus do wrong, when He warned His disciples to be on the lookout for false prophets (Matthew 7:15, 24:4-5)? Did Paul act improperly in most of his New Testament letters when he warned the various churches and other disciples about false prophets and false teachings (2 Corinthians 11:3-4, 1 Timothy 1:3-11, 4:1-8)? Or when he chastised some of the churches for accepting false doctrine (Galatians 1:6-9)? Of course not! As Christians, we are called upon to expose false doctrines (Ephesians 5:11, Jude 3-4), so that believers in these heresies might be saved from them. It is an act of love.
You said, “A real Christian never speaks about others in this way.” First of all, we do not speak out on Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Catholics, Muslims, or any other people. We speak out on the false doctrines by which they have been deceived. Once again, Jesus did this, as did Paul, James, Peter, John, and Jude. As their words are part of scripture, I dare say that exposing heresy is a very Christian thing to do. The Matthew 7:21 passage is an excellent verse, though I would check your translation. The Greek “ouranos” is used for heaven (singular, not plural).
We too, believe in the Great Commission -- to share the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the world. Christ commanded His disciples to do so. You said that Jehovah’s Witnesses are doing this, and will therefore enter the Kingdom of Heaven. First, be careful that you do not confuse the Great Commission with a salvation passage. Jesus was quite clear on how salvation is gained. Paul expounded on that quite thoroughly in his letter to the Romans. We are saved by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ. Sharing the Gospel is an order for Christians to follow, but it does not save us. Furthermore, if you’ll read the comparison chart on Jehovah’s Witnesses vs Christianity, you’ll see that the JW faith has introduced a number of unbiblical heresies. In fact, the Watchtower Society produced their own version of the Bible, in an attempt to substantiate their otherwise unbiblical doctrines. Greek and Hebrew scholars acknowledge that the Watchtowers made a lot of errors in translation.
You said, “True Christians will never speak of anyone negatively.” Once again, I refer you to the fact that we address doctrines – not people. I also encourage you again to consider the words of Jesus, Paul, James, Peter, John, and Jude – as recorded in the New Testament – in which they exposed false doctrines.
I’d encourage you, since you seem to be a thoughtful, caring person, to read some of the following resources. For a better understanding of why we expose false doctrines, read “Does Our Website Make You Angry?” For a thorough understanding of the biblical plan of salvation, check out “The Roman Road.” And to see clearly the doctrines of the JW religion that are unbiblical and heretical, study our “JW Doctrinal Comparison Chart.”
We appreciate you sharing your sincere concerns with us. I hope this letter has served to explain things to you a little better. May God richly bless you and speak to you as you study His word.
Dear Contenderministries Staff,
I just wanted to email you on behalf of our entire online internet bible studies ministry to let us know, how wonderful your ministry's newsletters and World newsletters has been to us. We feel that it is so informative and such a blessing to have, we post it to our message boards for Christian News and others love it!!!!
In additional because we think so highly of your ministry and the wonderful work that you do in the name our Lord Jesus Christ, for others, that we take the time every day and vote for your website as the number source of reliable news for Christians. We hope that you don't mind us posting your wonderful ministry's newsletters, but, if you do mind please accept our apologies and we will not post them anymore. Thank you for all the wonderful work that you do and I want to personally wish you God's continued blessings and encourage you to keep up the wonderful work you do.
CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:
Dear Mr. XXXXX,
Thank you so much for you encouraging words and your blessings. It's wonderful to hear that Contender Ministries is helping you in your Bible studies. Please feel free to continue posting our material on your boards and sharing it with others. It is our hope that as many people as possible will hear the message of Christ and be blessed by it. Thank you also for voting for the site daily. Your support is very much appreciated. May God bless you in your work and in your life as you contend for your faith.
What is your purpose? What do you do but put peoples faiths down to your understanding (which I personally think is very shallow) . What do you plan to sell at the end of the day?
CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:
Greetings Mr. XXXXXX, and thank you for contacting Contender Ministries!
What is our purpose? Our purpose, quite simply, is to contend for the faith we have in Jesus Christ. We do this by confronting false teaching, and exposing them to the light of truth. We lovingly share the truth, in an effort to bring more people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Our mission is explained more fully here: http://www.contenderministries.org/mission.php
If you read that, and are still angry with us, you might find more useful information here: http://www.contenderministries.org/angry.php
As much as you may disagree, there is absolute truth in the universe. Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except by me." That is a universal law. We are all as much subject to this law as we are to gravity -- whether we believe it or not. Our desire is that all would be saved, and experience the joy that can only come through God's grace. You probably view all faiths as equal. All roads may lead to Rome, but only one path leads to eternal life. That truth is absolute and eternal.
If anything on our website is false, please let us know specifically what it is. I think you'll find everything is accurate, though maybe not to your liking. We pray that the Holy Spirit will show you that what we present is true. We pray that you too, will eventually find the love, happiness, and understanding that comes with a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Ben and Jennifer Rast
p.s. We have no plans to sell anything at this time. Eternal life is a gift from Jesus Christ -- it's free. Contender Ministries may eventually sell t-shirts, but nothing yet.
I happened to visit your website recently and i read what you had to say about your section on Islam. I must say i was very surprised at the way you summed up this great religion (The worlds second largest in number). You mentioned that Islam could not allow the co-existence of other religions.
I can tell you that this is false as the Qur'an says that 'there is no compulsion in religion',ie. It does except that there are other religions on this earth and some will believe while others may not. Also, in the qur'an it calls the Jews ,Christians and Muslims as 'People of the book', so Islam certainly gives them some respect.
I wanted just to highlight this point to you as you may not have reliable knowledge of Islam currently regarding this aspect. I must say that i liked your section on evolution as well.
Please don't take any offence. Thanks
CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:
Greetings, and thank you for writing us at Contender Ministries. We certainly did not take any offense at your comments. I hope you realize that while we believe Islam to be a false religion, we love the Muslim people. We do feel you have been misled, and our hearts' desire is that you would come to the saving knowledge that Jesus is the way and the truth and the light, and no one comes to the Father except through Him (Romans 12:7).
That Islam claims such a large number of followers does not point towards its truthfulness or lack thereof. In fact, the majority of the world's population is non-Muslim. Popularity does not necessarily equate to truth. That is the reason we exist. We believe there is such a thing as absolute truth. We believe that this truth is that God exists, He loves us, He took on flesh in the person of Jesus Christ, and sacrificed Himself for our sins, so that through faith in Him, we might be free. We strongly desire for everyone to be a part of that. Unlike Muhammad, we advocate only peaceful and loving means to share our faith.
You said the Qur'an teaches there is no compulsion in religion. Indeed, that was Muhammad's original position. That position changed though. I'd invite you to look at the passages of the Qur'an found on this page: http://contenderministries.org/islam/jihadinquran.php, to see that what we're saying is true. Jews and Christians are described as "people of the book," that is correct. However, it also refers to Christians and Jews as "infidels". Other verses from the Qur'an, as well as the Hadiths, show a hateful, violent contempt for the Christians and Jews.
You see [XXXXXX], no matter how sincerely you adhere to your beliefs, I know them to be wrong. I believe you are a good person, who has been deceived. I pray that the Holy Spirit would speak to you, and show you the happiness, freedom, and grace we have in Jesus Christ. Our prayers are with you.
Ma'a Salama (With peace),
Ben and Jennifer Rast
Dear Sir or madam,
Your fools if you had read the articles of faith on the Mormon church it does not say we hold the Bible in lower respect. It's only as far as it is translated correctly so therefore if the verse is correctly translated it is authoritative. You only tell one side of these religions on your site and not the other so therefore ya'll are liars and liars go to H***. Thank-you ver much so please correct your site.
CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:
Greetings Elder XXXXXX, and thank you for writing us at Contender Ministries. I would like to address your concerns as well as I can. I have read the Articles of Faith. In fact, it's sitting on my desk right now. My copy of this book by James Talmage is from the Missionary Reference Library, published in 1990. I'm glad you mentioned it, as Dr. Talmage made numerous errors in theological interpretation that we should profile on our website. In any case, article 8 says, "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God." The conditions placed on the Bible are not similarly placed on the Book of Mormon. LDS doctrine holds the Book of Mormon to be infallible, but does not extend that status to the Bible. Therefore, LDS doctrine places the Bible in a lesser status to the Book of Mormon.
We tell the truth on our website. If you feel we have been untruthful, please let us know specifically where. If we are incorrect, we will quickly rectify the situation. Many people find that the information presented at Contender Ministries makes them angry, but they are not able to point out any error in the information we present. We offer up the truth with love, but the truth can hurt -- especially when you find you've been deceived by false prophets. As we mention specifically on our website, we present the truth so that good and decent people can break the chains of bondage and be delivered from false teachings. It is our desire that all people will realize that salvation is a free gift from God, through faith in Jesus Christ. We want people to realize that God gave us his word in the Bible, and has protected His word through the generations. The Bible is the one and only and infallible Word of God.
Unfortunately, many false prophets through the years have perverted the Word of God. Joseph Smith and Brigham Young are but two examples. Many good and decent people have been deceived by men such as these. The Book of Mormon is not divinely inspired, it is full of errors, and has undergone over 1300 "corrections" since its inital appearance. Furthermore, the bulk of LDS doctrine is not found in the Book of Mormon, but rather in the Doctrines and Covenants, Journal of Discourses, etc.. In fact, many LDS doctrines are actually contradicted in the Book of Mormon. Eternal progression is explicitly contradicted in the Book of Mormon, and is just one example. Eternal progression teaches that God was once a man like us, but progressed to godhood. This is contradicted by Moroni 8:18 and Mormon 9:9. LDS Doctrine teaches that there is a plurality of gods, and that righteous men will become gods themselves. Brigham Young was very clear on this doctrine. Yet this is contradicted in Alma 11:27-40!
I do not mention the passage from the Book of Mormon because I lend them any credibility. Rather, I present them to illustrate the fact that LDS doctrine is often diametrically opposed to the Book of Mormon. Yet when you ask someone to read the Book of Mormon and pray to see if it is true, these potential converts will have read nothing of the deepest Mormon doctrines. To me this is deceptive. Also, you mentioned in your email that "liars go to hell." First, hell is not accepted in official LDS doctrine. I encourage you to check into that. Moreover, unrepentant sinners go to hell. We've all sinned, and and I wager that you've told a lie or two in your lifetime. The good news about the gospel of Jesus Christ, is that we sinners can be cleansed by His sacrifice for us.
We present two sides to every cult and religious movement we profile. We present their beliefs, and then we present the sacred biblical truth. I hope this addressed your concerns. If you have any other questions or concerns, feel free to contact us. You will be in our prayers.
Ben and Jennifer Rast
I thought about what I wrote to you and I'm sorry it was wrong for me to jump on to you like that. But, your site isn't false but, it's not exactly telling the whole truth as it is known to the members of the churches you have on there. It's more like you're twisting what they believe and setting it to your own standards. Maybe if you write your synapses objectively and being fair to each. When I write objectively I mean that you write according to what these religions believe rather than saying it's wrong by the standards of my church. That's where tolerance of others beliefs comes in I think and we say okay he has a write to think and believe what he wants so I won't trash his church. You do have you're freedom of speech so I'm sorry for the outburst like that. It is true we do not believe that the Bible is infallible I can tell you for sure that any English translation of t! he New Testament is not quite translated well and you loose some meanings of the words in English to Greek. I can read Greek and understand it almost fluently and I have the Bible in Modern Greek but, I was told by a Greek scholar that even the Modern Greek translation isn't perfect compared to the Ancient Greek texts.
So in the sense of Article 8 it is true as long as it is translated correctly and as Mormons we do not in any sense in our religion put a lesser status on the Bible. You may think so but, we don't and the Book of Mormon is not even infallible because we are people or imperfect beings nothing we do or make is perfect or without flaws. I would like to agree with what you I said I felt angry also even what you said about the other religions and contention is of the devil so I'll try to look at your site next time objectively. There is also a need for a modern prophet I believe today for us if God loves us so much than why does the Bible not mention anything about pornography, drugs, internet, and abortion. I think it's because the Bible wasn't supposed to be the end of revelation rather the beginning of that process. I should mention that Mormons are not a cult I think you mean occult and look those up those are two different and diametrical words. Well on the subject of converts they must start somewhere like a baby and baby starts by eating or drinking milk rather than meat because he can't handle the meat. That is what we believe on that or it's like a 1st grader they don't start on algebra before they can add and subtract it's the same way in the gospel (yours or mine). It is true though the bulk of our doctrine does not come from from the Book of Mormon but, rather the Doctrine and Covenants or modern day revelation from a prophet of God.
I don't know of anything false or out accordance to the Bible in the Mormons anyway or yours (what is your religion?). As for the Journal of Discourses we do not use that as much as the Bible, Book of Mormon, or D & C. I've never seen one or anyone whip it out during the meetings so I don't think that's very binding book in our church I could be wrong. Although it sounds good and you took alot of things out of it out of context on your site perhaps you should make your quotes on others religions more accurate. Or more a investigative site on the beliefs of each being fair and not comparing them to yours because the same thing goes on in Islamic they have different sects that contend oh but, we follow Mohhammed the other says no but, we do. Who can say for sure except God that who or what we follow is not a false prophet. Anyway I would like to hear from you're cool on that and not too arguemenative and I'll cool down a bit too. Then maybe we could discuss indiscrepencies we see in each others religion.
CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:
Dear Mr. Xxxxxxx,
Thank you for writing back and clarifying your position. Your apology, while unnecessary, is accepted. I’d like to address what you said and try to clarify our position further. My explanation may be long, but I pray it won’t be tedious. :)
Do you believe in absolute truth? I do. I believe that there are spirituals laws in this universe that are immutable (unchanging), just as there are natural laws. By the laws of nature, I know that gravity keeps my feet on the ground, and that I need to breath oxygen to survive. If I chose not to believe in those things, they would not change. Well, it’s that way with God. I think we’d both agree that just because someone chooses not to believe in God, does not mean He ceases to exist.
I believe God created mankind and the earth on which we live, and I further believe He gave us a record of our existence and the aforementioned spiritual laws in the form of the Bible. I believe the Bible is the infallible Word of God. Why do I believe that? Because I believe the Bible to be divinely inspired. God would not give us His word, only to have us screw it up and lose it. In Matthew 24:35, Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” The LDS Church teaches that the true gospel was lost somewhere along the way. In my mind, that’s selling God short. The Lord promised to preserve His word for us, and I believe Him. It’s true that humans are fallible, but the Lord is not.
Since we’ve established that I believe the Bible to be the inerrant, infallible word of God, I also believe what is written within. The Bible teaches that we have all sinned, that Christ was crucified as the eternal sacrifice for our sins, and that through faith in Jesus Christ, our sins may be forgiven and we may live eternally with Him. The Bible also warns us to be on guard for false prophets and false teachers. Jesus said in Matthew 7:15, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” He also said in Matthew 24:11 “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.” He went to say, “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect” (Matthew 24:24.) How then, are we do recognize false prophets? Deuteronomy 18:22 says, “When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that [is] the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, [but] the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.” We are instructed to be diligent about searching out false teachings. 1 John 4:1 says, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” Finally, we derived the name “Contender Ministries” from Jude 3,4, which says, “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort [you] that ye should earnestly contend for the faith, which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” In a nutshell, we exist to contend for the faith in the presence of religious teachings and doctrine that are unbiblical. We are not judging people, and we definitely don’t hate people. We want all to find salvation through Jesus Christ. To do so, we must present the scriptural response to false teachings. Every cult and religious movement we profile has its perspective out there on the internet. People can see their side if they want to, and we do honestly and accurately profile their official doctrines. We refuse to post what we feel is false doctrine though, without taking a stand against it.
Joseph Smith was the first person to set his teachings and his church apart from Christianity. His teachings were and are unbiblical. But even aside from that, he stated that all of the Christian denominations were “an abomination” before the Lord. He claimed to be called to restore the true church and the “fullness of the gospel.” In doing so, he has rejected the gospel of the Bible. Bible-believing Christians are therefore called to “contend for the faith.” You may call this a “spirit of contention,” but I call it obedience to scripture – as long as it is done with love. Joseph Smith and Brigham Young have both made bold and specific prophecies that did not come to pass. Smith prophesied that Jesus would return in 1891, and that his generation would see a temple built in Independence, Missouri – neither of which happened. Following the test of Deuteronomy, I must conclude that he was a false prophet. Introducing the Book of Mormon (which even some BYU scholars admit is full of errors and contradictions), Joseph Smith introduced an unbiblical gospel. Paul warned the church in Galatia, “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed” (Galatians 1:6-9.) Don’t you see that Joseph Smith has preached another gospel? That’s the danger of following in his path!
You said you see the need for a prophet today for modern day revelation. In a way I agree. I believe the Bible is clear in the teaching that prophecy is a gift of the Holy Spirit, and there is no mention in the Bible that it would end in the first century. In 1 Corinthians chapter 12, Paul lists many of the gifts of the spirit, and prophecy is among them. However, the Bible is also clear that any prophecy that goes against biblical scripture or adds to its doctrine is a false prophecy that should be discarded! I could write a long email to you, citing instances of false prophecies by Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, Heber Kimball, et.al., but the point is that they are false prophets. On a side note, the idea of having a sole prophet for the world (e.g. the president of the LDS church) is not scripturally supported.
Regarding the Bible, you’re right, that going from English to Greek or Hebrew can lose some meaning. However, some very brilliant scholars of Greek and Hebrew have done an excellent job in sustaining the scripture. Being a scribe thousands of years ago was more than taking dictation. God promised to preserve his word, and I believe he has done so. You asked why the Bible doesn’t address the internet, pornography, abortion, drugs, etc. Well, those things did not exist as such at that time. The Bible DOES address the principles behind those, though. The Bible speaks extensively on the sin of lust (even lust of the mind), the value of human life, and the fact that the body is the temple of God, and we must treat it as such. Indeed, the Bible is very much a living revelation to us even today!
You’ve probably not seen anyone whip out a Journal of Discourses, because they’re not exactly pocket-sized books! :) However, if you truly believe that the president of the LDS church is a prophet, through which divine revelation is dispensed, then you must believe that the written record of those revelations is very important to Mormons. Obviously the church feels that way as well, or they would not have gathered these “revelations” into a collection.
I am aware of the meanings of “cult” and “occult.” My dictionary defines cult as “1. A system of religious worship or ritual. 2. A religion or sect considered extremist or false.” It is this second meaning that we use when we describe Mormonism, Islam, or Hinduism as “cults” since we believe them to be contrary to biblical scripture, and therefore, false.
Xxxxxx, I pray that the Holy Spirit would open your heart to what I have said. You seem to have a good head on your shoulders. In the book of Acts, we learn that the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, because they searched the scriptures daily to see if Paul was speaking the truth. I hope you will use the Bible to confirm what I’ve said. I also hope you will follow that path with the leaders of Mormonism. Do not be inhibited from questioning things. It’s quite scriptural to do so. You are in our prayers.