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Berean Research: Baptist Scholar Says Mormonism Is Evolving Towards Christianity With “Biblical,” Views of “Christ and Salvation”

July 16, 2015

Below is a re-post from my good friends at Berean Research. When I originally saw the piece in a Prophecy News Watch email with a “Baptist” university professor saying Mormons are adopting more Christian doctrines, I said, “Oh really!?” Again, I was shocked that someone with a ‘doctorate’ from a Christian university was really that naive’ to believe it!

I have been exposing what I see as a perilous road some well-meaning Christian leaders and teachers have been taking with Mormon leadership not the least of them Dr. Albert Mohler (more here) and now add to that Dr. Roger Olson a theology professor at Baylor University.

On a personal level I see this cozying up with Mormons by evangelicals and charismatics as nothing more than being friends of a cult! Second, if Dr. Roger Olson and Dr. Albert Mohler really believe they are winning over these Mormons by either of their ways of thinking, they have been deceived and deeply compromised!

Dr. Olson’s errors have had more scrutiny since this came out in June 2015 for a more in depth look at this I strongly encourage you to listen to some real soldiers for Christ taking a stand against Mormonism for more than 30 years. These soldiers are at the front lines of this spiritual battle sharing the true gospel, Mormon Research Ministry (MRM). So at the end of the Berean Research article I have provided links to a 10 part series clearly exposing the unpardonable errors made by Dr. Olson’s thinking and how very perilous it is!

Baptist Scholar Says Mormonism Is Evolving Towards Christianity With “Biblical,” Views of “Christ and Salvation” (Online Source)

 

Angel MoroniProphecy News Watch (PNW) informs us that Roger Olson, theology professor at Baylor University, believes there has been a shift in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) that could  lead to the LDS being viewed as a Christian denomination. For that to happen a great deal would have to change. For starters their President and governing body, known as the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, would have to admit that they’ve been dead wrong on what they believe about God…Jesus Christ…and the Holy Spirit. Moreover they’d have to embrace the essential doctrine of the Trinity held by historic, orthodox Christianity — that there is one God who exists as three separate and distinct persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The LDS teaches that the trinity is three separate gods: The Father, the Son and the Holly Ghost. This view is unbiblical.And of course the LDS Church hierarchy would have to admit that Joseph Smith was a false prophet, and then they’d have to apologize for leading millions of Mormons down the path that leads to destruction.Now to PNW’ story:

A Baptist theologian, who’s spent years studying the works of leading Mormon scholars, said he has noticed a shift in “Mormonism” that can potentially lead to the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints one day being viewed as a Christian denomination, much like what occurred in the evolution of the Worldwide Church of God.

Although many evangelical critics belonging to mainline Christian denominations view the LDS Church as less-than-Christian, Roger Olson, who’s a theology professor at Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary in Waco, Texas, wrote in a recent blog post on Patheos.com that through his studies of the Mormon faith and discussion with various LDS leaders, “there is no doubt” in his mind that there is a “discernible” evolution of Mormonism that is leading it to a “more biblical” account of Jesus and salvation.

“There is no doubt in my mind that something is going on in the LDS Church and Mormonism, in general, that constitutes a gradual but discernible shift away from those doctrines most anti-Mormon Christian critics like to highlight toward a somewhat more biblical and even evangelical account of Christ and salvation,” Olson, who’s also a Baptist minister, wrote.

“But the shift I see, at least in ‘BYU Mormonism,’ is so dramatic — from [James] Talmage’s Mormonism, for example — that I can envision someday the LDS Church evolving into a Christian denomination,” Olson continued. “For now, though, I consider it an alternative religion rooted in Christianity but also rooted, unfortunately, in Joseph Smith’s and Brigham Young’s fantasies.”

Olson, whose blog post was titled “Is Mormonism Christian?” explained that he has had a “life-long” interest in Mormonism, has read many books about it by Mormon and non-Mormon scholars, and has had many conversations about Mormonism with all types of Mormons — “from teenage missionaries to top scholars of the LDS Church and many ‘in between.’”

Olson, who has also taught about Mormonism while teaching courses on American religion, further explained that he was invited to participate in a two-weekend “ecumencial dialogue event” at Brigham Young University. Olson wrote that he believes the event was an attempt by Mormon leaders to convince mainline Christians that the LDS Church is, in fact, Christian, even if it means being “Christian with a difference.”

“I learned a lot about Mormonism during those two weekends,” Olson stated. ” I discerned from them, as well as from reading contemporary Mormon literature, that the top leaders of the LDS Church very much want their religion and church to be considered authentically Christian — the fourth ‘branch,’ as it were, of Christianity: Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Protestant, Mormon.”  (Continue reading online source)

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Link to 10 Part Series by Mormon Research Ministry (MRM) from their MRM Blog:

2015.06.29.RogerOlsonBlogPart1.mp3                                27-Jun-2015 09:04     12.8M
2015.06.30.RogerOlsonBlogPart2.mp3                                27-Jun-2015 12:20     12.4M
2015.07.01.RogerOlsonBlogPart3.mp3                                27-Jun-2015 12:22     12.8M
2015.07.02.RogerOlsonBlogPart4.mp3                                27-Jun-2015 12:24     12.8M
2015.07.03.RogerOlsonBlogPart5.mp3                                27-Jun-2015 12:26     12.8M
2015.07.06.RogerOlsonBlogPart6.mp3                                06-Jul-2015 12:53     12.8M
2015.07.07.RogerOlsonBlogPart7.mp3                                06-Jul-2015 12:54     12.8M
2015.07.08.RogerOlsonBlogPart8.mp3                                06-Jul-2015 12:55     12.8M
2015.07.09.RogerOlsonBlogPart9.mp3                                06-Jul-2015 13:01     12.8M
2015.07.10.RogerOlsonBlogPart10.mp3                               06-Jul-2015 13:02     12.8M

What Is The Source of True Joy? – from Mike Ratliff

May 27, 2015

From Possessing the Treasure, Mike Ratliff

What Is The Source Of True Joy? 5/26/2015

 

Here is an article I recommend, it was a real blessing to start my day maybe it can be for you as well.

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1 Peter 1:22 “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, [see that ye] love one another with a pure heart fervently:”

Introducing Christians into the Occult! Roma Downey and crew – Little Boy: Believe the Impossible

April 24, 2015

For those reading our posts warning about Roma Downey and Mark Burnett here is a new movie they are introducing Christians to the occult. The link below covers this in great detail I recommend sharing it with anyone you can that they may be able to avoid this latest snare:

“Though beautifully produced, Little Boy will emotively introduce viewers of all ages to the weird world of the occult, something the Bible expressly first forbade…”

Little Boy: Believe the Impossible – Herescope by Pastor Larry DeBruyn

Big Thoughts for Very, Very Little Minds! – Yes, Mine Included and on My Knees!

April 18, 2015

Just how big is the Universe we live? As a former Trekkie, Science Fiction lover here is a dose of reality if you dare to read it. For my Christian brothers and sisters I hope it is a blessing to you.

IDL TIFF fileHello!? Is Anybody Out There? – Just How Big is the Universe?

New Ager or Christian? Roma Downey and Mark Burnett

April 12, 2015

roma1Roma Downey has NOT renounced New Age teachings! Beware if you are watching the AD series these two are not to be trusted!  “Roma Downey has never renounced her New Age involvement and continues to promote it in one form or another.”


10 Important Things to Consider About Roma Downey’s Spiritual Affinities

http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=16777

If time allows I will look into this further but the material at Lighthouse Trails lays it out well. If you are watching the AD series I have little doubt they are rewriting the Bible with their own narrative. If you are a Bible believing Christian, look very hard at what you are being presented even a cursory look I could see and hear things not aligning to scripture even adding to it. Bad, bad stuff!

John Beardsley
II Cor 10:5

Rapture Hypochondria!

October 19, 2014

by Kathy Beardsley

The title of this article is for analogy purposes only. It is not meant to mock, demean, or laugh at anyone.This is an article written out of nothing more than a burden on my heart for the truth to be told. I take matters of a biblical nature seriously. I do my best to reflect that in my writing. My only motive is to speak the truth according to scripture, but in doing so, toes might be stepped on. I promise you that offense is never intended. I pray you read this with a prayerful heart that the real truth, God’s truth, be revealed to you on this subject.

hy·po·chon·dria noun \ˌhī-pə-ˈkän-drē-ə\ : unusual or excessive concern about your health : a tendency to fear or imagine that you have illnesses that you do not actually have

Put this in the perspective of the rapture and you may better understand my dismay and deepening concern not only for my friends and loved ones, but for all who have fallen prey to this deception.

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Many of those who believe in the rapture are excessively concerned with seeing the signs of it. They insist these signs are prophecy being fulfilled right before their eyes, and refuse to see that these “signs” are not signs at all. This is Scofield’s prophecy! The “signs” are what C.I. Scofield declares to be a dual prophecy in Matthew chapter 24. Nowhere in scripture is there any hint of dual prophecies. Sin will always abound, and because of that, history will be repeating itself, as will weather rotations that haven’t been seen in a hundred years, and earthquakes in places rarely experienced. These things will continue until our Lord returns at his Second Coming. Scofield has taken it upon himself to explain what HE believes is correct. He uses the word(s) “type” and “antitype” frequently in his notes when referring to future prophecy—namely, eschatology. He, NOT scripture equates these “types” to dual prophecies. Unfortunately, he couldn’t be more wrong and countless people have been deceived because of it. Moreover, a great number of these people have shown themselves to be susceptible in being drawn toward other false teachings—thinking them to be just one more revelation to the whole plan of God.

Scofield may be considered a great and mighty hammer in the tool box, but Satan is the force behind the lie and he’s doing everything he can to continue to drive this false teaching into the hearts of believers. What better way to encourage people to believe something than to make it seem “as if” signs are being fulfilled. Not to mention the fact that focusing on signs is contrary to what Christians are to be doing. Jesus called the Pharisees and Sadducees hypocrites because they insisted on seeing a sign.

Matthew 12:39, 40 “But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

Jesus was of course referring to his death, burial, and resurrection. Jonah’s example was given as just that and not for a literal sign to watch for.

Matthew 16:2-4 “He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed.”

Scofield most likely believed everything he said and taught, but he was deceived. He no doubt heard the truth while in the company of men such as D.L. Moody, but he ultimately chose to follow another deceived man; dispensationalist John Nelson Darby. Scofield not only plagiarized Darby’s Bible, but he took it further and built a foundation based on his own interpretation of scripture.

2 Peter 1:20 “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.”

This is what is being taught today. If teaching about the rapture is supposed to cause people to come to Christ then why have we not seen true revival in their hearts? For instance, sins of the flesh are worse than ever; vanity, greed, selfishness, immorality, &c. Why has there not been a sense of greater urgency among the people to get saved and encourage others to do the same?

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The increase of movies, books, and television shows on the subject is nothing more than just another source of material for media entertainment. The fact that several “leaders” from various religions are consulted so the material can be “balanced” to appease most everyone speaks volumes as to why there is so much error, and it certainly doesn’t help when pastors endorse them.

Truth endures the test of time; it is always consistent (unchanging; void of variances added along the way), it is always a matter of fact. It is the root from which God’s Word stems. He is “…the way, the truth, and the life…” John 14:6.

The rapture theory has far too many variations to be consistent; it has only existed since the early 1800’s, not as some claim since the time of Paul; and most importantly, it is a privately interpreted man-made theory; therefore, there is no truth in it!

 

Marriage Laws Undermined by One Word from Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner – Homosexual Behavior is “Immutable”!?

October 13, 2014

Last year I voiced grave concerns regarding the decision of the Supreme Court and how it will overturn the state’s laws banning same sex marriages so-called. Here is what I said,

Scalia’s dissenting opinion barely scratches the surface of dangers of where this can lead! Is it just about same sex marriage and destroying the traditional family? No! It is about the entire LGBTQ crowd demanding their recognition as a group comparable to one of race, sex, or ethnicity! This swings the legal doors wide open for them to claim their rights as if they are inalienable without consideration to morality – because now as a society the court has overruled us all! Anything goes with regards to sexuality!

Here is the source article from 6/29/2013: Beyond Same-Sex Marriage A Dangerous Precedent Has Been Set by SCOTUS!

So how did it happen? With a single word it appears the Federal Judge Posner decided one day to call homosexuality “immutable” and by doing this he obliterated the will of the people, ignoring science that disproves his opinion and the vast majority who believe God created one man and one woman for marriage.

Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner said,

“The challenged laws discriminate against a minority defined by an immutable characteristic, and the only rationale that the states put forth with any conviction— that same-sex couples and their children don’t need marriage because same-sex couples can’t produce children, intended or unintended—is so full of holes that it cannot be taken seriously.” [Online Source and / Bold emphasis mine]

Using that one word, “immutable” this activist judge does exactly what I said someone would to usurp the individual states and their interests. How can this judge not be challenged? How can this ruling itself not be overturned except by corruption in our government!? Sad day indeed when ONE MAN can make the outrageous claim that homosexual behavior is immutable then proceed to rationalize without empirical evidence to substantiate the claim! Immutable means, “Not capable of or susceptible to change,” according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Forget the rest of this judge’s irrational rationale, the foundation of the decision felling all of the state’s laws is that one word, “immutable” and it must be overturned or the Pandora’s box will be open destroying one of our nation’s last moral fibers. What is sad and shameful is the majority that sit idly by while we have this vocal group who choose a behavior/lifestyle govern us!

Time to write congress and let them know your displeasure and plead with them to rectify yet another miscarriage and abuse of power by the judicial branch.

I’ll end on this quote from one Supreme Court Justice who saw this last year with their bad decision the same applies this year as expected:

This case is about power in several respects. It is about the power of our people to govern themselves, and the power of this Court to pronounce the law. Today’s opinion aggrandizes the latter, with the predictable consequence of diminishing the former. We have no power to decide this case. And even if we did, we have no power under the Constitution to invalidate this democratically adopted legislation. The Court’s errors on both points spring forth from the same diseased root: an exalted conception of the role of this institution in America. Source Scalia’s Dissent: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/12-307_6j37.pdf

John Beardsley – Truth with Snares
10/13/2014