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Charismania Gone Nuts – AOG Together with LDS!

September 25, 2013

AOGLDSI did not expect to wake up to this wacky news brought to me by my friends at Stand Up For The Truth – my hat off to them getting out the warning of a new danger!

BYU Newspaper reports Interfaith discussion with AOG Superintendent

“Wood expressed that the Assembly of God’s 66 million members test out their faith just like Latter-day Saints do. He urged the audience to seek a strong faith through diligent study of the scriptures.

“The question for me in college became, ‘Is experience enough to carry me through?’” Wood said. “I had to have a stronger, intellectual foundation for my faith.”

Wood showed that God is playing a role in all religions and that Christians are more united than they sometimes think.” Quote from, Assembly of God CEO addresses BYU students

From Stand Up for the Truth,”The question is, united around what? Around which God? The eternal Christ that Christians worship, or the created being whose brother is Lucifer?”

No you are not “being punked,” here are two separate links with Mormon/LDS Brigham Young University itself:

George O. Wood, CEO of the Assemblies of God, to Speak Monday, Sept 16

Assembly of God CEO addresses BYU students

In my opinion this news is SHOCKING! The Assembly of God (charismatic) denomination together with the Mormons – Church of Latter Day Saints (cult)! This would be as big as if the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) president spoke at the Mormon university in a FAVORABLE way! The Assembly of God CEO must have forgotten Mormons worship ANOTHER Jesus who is NO Jesus at ALL! To anyone joining hands with Mormons I remind you what the Bible plainly teaches in many places but the strongest words are here Galatians 1:6-9

“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.”

The Church of Latter Day Saints teaches another Gospel revealed to a man Joseph Smith by a supposed angel Moroni. Why would anyone who is in Christ listen to much less join hands with Mormons? On our Biblical Discernment Ministries site we have the article “Mormonism – Christian or Cult” following is a large excerpt to help any uninformed readers:

The Book of Mormon, purported by Joseph Smith Jr. to be “inspired by God,” is the most famous of specifically Mormon “scriptures.” Smith concocted the preposterous yarn that an angel named Moroni (pronounced ma-roe-nee) appeared to him in 1827 and told him of some golden plates hidden in a hillside near Palmyra, New York. From these plates, Smith supposedly translated the Book of Mormon. [Published in 1830, this was to become the first of many scriptures for the Mormon Church. By this time, Smith had also officially organized the LDS Church and was gaining a following. Over the next ten years, the church headquarters would move to Kirtland, Ohio; Independence, Missouri, and Far West, Missouri. Finally it would find a resting place in Nauvoo, Illinois.] In actuality, the Book of Mormon is a fraud, having been plagiarized from the Bible, from Shakespeare, from the pope’s Essays on Man, from the Westminster Confession of Faith, and from other leading authors of the last few hundred years prior to Smith’s death. Despite its plagiarisms, the Book of Mormon contradicts the Bible in hundreds of places (9/95, Maranatha Baptist Watchman).

Many today are under the false impression that Mormonism is merely another Christian denomination, when in actuality, Mormon beliefs are not only unbiblical, but anti-Christian. Below are the highlights of what Mormons believe concerning their source of authority, the Trinity, God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, sin, salvation, and heaven and hell:

1. Source of Authority. Mormonism teaches that the canon of Scripture was not closed when the Bible was completed. They have three sources in addition to the Bible, all of which they believe contain God’s revelations — the Book of Mormon 2 (changed in more than 4,000 places since 1830), Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. However, Mormons follow the teachings of these three books even when they contradict the Bible. For example, Mormonism teaches that the Bible is the Word of God “as far as it is translated correctly.” Then whenever a Mormon belief contradicts Scripture, the Mormons say that particular part of Scripture is translated incorrectly, and that the correct translation is in one of the Mormon scriptures (The Maze of Mormonism, p. 131). Thereby, the Bible is rejected as the infallible Word of God. [e.g. “The Bible is considered usable, but suspect due to its many errors and missing parts” (Articles of Faith No. 8, Ensign, January 1989, pp. 25, 27). For the rest of the article at the Biblical Discernment Ministries site “Mormonism – Christian or Cult”

Anyone who would join hands with the Mormons makes me question if they are a Christian because Mormonism is not Christian. I believer strongly the teachings of Mormonism are dangerous and anyone joining hands with them must be avoided.

2 John 1:9-11 “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into [your] house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.”

John Beardsley
II Cor 10:5

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Aaron permalink
    September 25, 2013 12:22 pm

    Hey John,

    Just so you are aware – the quote you have from George Wood is incorrectly attributed to him. This was what the writer of the article (from the Mormon organization) wrote, NOT what George Wood said. I assume you got your info from “Stand Up For The Truth” – and they incorrectly attributed that quote to George Wood as well. I would encourage you to read the original article (if you have not already) to see this. One more point of clarification: The AOG does not use the term “CEO” for George Wood (He’s called the General Superintendent).

    I am an AOG minister, and i don’t know for sure, but in reading the article & the quotes from George Wood’s talk, i don’t believe he is trying to put AOG & Mormonism “together”. It appears to me that George Wood took the invitation to speak at BYU and attempted to share the Truth of God’s Word with them – even encouraging them to not rely on their experience alone, but to search out the Truth of God’s Word for their faith. I applaud Superintendent Wood for taking this unique opportunity to shine the Truth of God’s Word into a dark place (not that unlike Acts 17:16-34).

    Aaron

    • September 25, 2013 2:58 pm

      Aaron,

      Thank you for the clarification I have made the change to the opening and believe SUFTT is or has already done the same.

      Changed, “”God is playing a role in all religions and that Christians are more united than they sometimes think.” ~ George O. Wood, Assembly of God’s CEO”

      To:
      “Wood expressed that the Assembly of God’s 66 million members test out their faith just like Latter-day Saints do. He urged the audience to seek a strong faith through diligent study of the scriptures. “The question for me in college became, ‘Is experience enough to carry me through?’” Wood said. “I had to have a stronger, intellectual foundation for my faith.”
      Wood showed that God is playing a role in all religions and that Christians are more united than they sometimes think.” Quote from, Assembly of God CEO addresses BYU students

      As a unique opportunity to present the true Gospel as opposed the the false Gospel of Mormonism? I read more in that piece of Wood attempting to find common ground referencing persecution. So even giving Wood the benefit of a doubt is very difficult and considering how the writer Roberto Gonzalez for BYU perceived it. This reminds me of how some churches INVITE Mormons in to speak so their members can know the difference. Are AOG Churches going to open their pulpits to letting Mormons present their Gospel too? This is a very dangerous precedent set by Superintendent Wood.

      • September 25, 2013 3:42 pm

        Sent to AOG George Wood via their Contact Us:
        Shocked you went to BYU to speak, can you give me a link to where the message given is online? Obviously the Mormons there and the writer for BYU Universe took a different spin on things if you presented a Gospel message. But if you share the link or MP3 I will listen to it and then pass it along. I believe it was a horrible error, please prove me wrong. Sincerely..

        So I will post it here should they give it to me. This is reminiscent of what Ravi Zacharias and Richard Mouw did:
        http://www.christianpost.com/news/evangelical-defends-decision-to-speak-at-mormon-tabernacle-7363/
        Gives the details and their defense

        “Zacharias’ comments echoed that of Mouw’s. “Is it really necessary at the early stages of such openness to “dump the whole truckload of goods,” rather than first gaining a hearing and respect?” he wrote. “I have no doubts about the differences between the LDS faith and the historic Christian faith, differences that are deep and foundational in terms of authority.”

        Zacharias added that the message he preached is available online, and thus encouraged critics to hear it.”

        I differ strongly, this is NOT like the Apostle Paul speaking at Mars Hill and saying as Paul, “Ac 17:22-23 Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, [Ye] men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.”

        Did Wood present they are caught up in false worship with a false Christ? If you follow Zacharias you do not “dump the whole truckload” and gain their respect first. Seriously!? Is that what the Apostle Paul did? I will listen to the MP3 or like if I get it.

    • September 28, 2013 1:41 pm

      Aaron,

      I am still requesting the audio of Dr. Wood from the lecture and of Dr. Land from different sources no answer yet. However, someone else posted this: http://www.truthkeepers.com/?p=228 George Wood Explains his Involvement with the LDS.

      As I stated in response to part of that link, “Dr. James White I know debated recently (caught the debate online) with some Muslims Dr. White demonstrates how the Jesus the Muslim refers to it not the Jesus of the Bible. Now apply that thinking to what is going on with Wood, Land. Mohler and Zacharias – when they walk away they claim they are preaching the Biblical Jesus. They are failing to see they are the ones being witnessed to by a “CULT” had to say CULT since that appears to be what these men have forgotten Mormons are. While working not to offend with the Gospel they are bolstering the Mormon’s faith, if you’ve witnessed to one you may know what I mean. Every point on who God is, who Jesus is must be spelled out otherwise you risk helping their cause, why else are Mormons giving these born again believers a ‘standing O’ it certainly is not for turning them to the Jesus of the Bible.”

      Also linked on that site are letters sent to Dr. Wood questioning the AOG welcoming Ruth Barton with the concerns of contemplative prayer (so-called) addressed. Again, if I get the message from Dr. Wood’s lecture I will post a link to it here.

      John Beardsley

  2. September 25, 2013 2:10 pm

    This is the time of great deception, delusion, and apostasy. I don’t believe the state of affairs can be changed for the better. Instead, it is going to get worse.

  3. September 28, 2013 1:32 pm

    Just stumbled onto your site searching more on this topic. WOW! http://www.truthkeepers.com/?p=228 Wood and any in the AOG supporting this are way off base. I saw your gracious letters and his responses, I think the AOG has been co-opted! Perhaps the SBC and more we have yet to hear about. Dr. James White I know debated recently (caught the debate online) with some Muslims Dr. White demonstrates how the Jesus the Muslim refers to it not the Jesus of the Bible. Now apply that thinking to what is going on with Wood, Land. Mohler and Zacharias – when they walk away they claim they are preaching the Biblical Jesus. They are failing to see they are the ones being witnessed to by a “CULT” had to say CULT since that appears to be what these men have forgotten Mormons are. While working not to offend with the Gospel they are bolstering the Mormon’s faith, if you’ve witnessed to one you may know what I mean. Every point on who God is, who Jesus is must be spelled out otherwise you risk helping their cause, why else are Mormons giving these born again believers a standing O it certainly is not for turning them to the Jesus of the Bible.

    Read your pages on the contemplative stuff with Wood… again more reason I believe the AOG has been co-opted. I see other flavors of this among other denominations as well. So many are worried about various nefarious conspiracies — stating the obvious who needs a conspiracy? This stuff is right out in the open!

    2Ti 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
    Am I saying these men are these? They are certainly giving that appearing to be deceived very sad indeed!

    John Beardsley

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