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When I read the introduction to the BofM, I discerned the angel of light that appeared to JS to be an evil spirit "transformed into an angel of light" (II Cor. 11:14). My personal revelation was further confirmed as I continued to “test the spirit” (I John 4:1) of the LDS movement, its teachings, and founder with the Bible, objective evidences, and historical facts. Jesus commends the church in Ephesus (described in Revelation) because they “tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars” (Rev. 2:2). He rebuked those churches that tolerated false doctrines (Rev. 2:14-15, 2:20).
So, once again, we see the glaring difference in personal testimonies. I have a testimony that the BofM is not true, JS was not a prophet of God, and the LDS church is not the true church but, rather, I believe LDS people are being deceived by demonic spirits disguised as angels of light. How can we even discuss our differences if we appeal to personal revelations since our personal revelations are diametrically opposed to one another?
PS Perhaps if it had been Aaron in that grove of trees we might have 1 consistent record of what actually happened there!
In verse 25 Paul says "Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful...I say, that it is good for a man so to be."
According to this passage, there was no commandment related to celestial marriage in the 1st century church, would you agree?
In the context, we see Paul appealing to his apostolic authority, indicating his advice is from God. At the very end of the chapter, after he says "after my judgment," he adds "and I think also that I have the Spirit of God." Paul believed He was writing this chapter under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. I Cor 7, written by the Holy Spirit-inspired apostle causes no contradiction with I Timothy 4:3 or any other scripture in the Bible. It only contradicts with the LDS doctrine of celestial marriage.
This doctrine of plural marriages in the CK developed out of the perverted mind of one JS so as to justify his own wicked desires. A. W. Tozer (a great American preacher and theologian of the mid-1900's) once said, "A god begotten in the shadows of a fallen heart will quite naturally be no true likeness of the true God. 'Thou thoughtest,' said the Lord to the wicked man in the psalm, 'that I was altogether such as one as thyself.' Surely this must be a serious affront to the Most High God before whom cherubim and seraphim continually do cry, 'Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth.' Let us beware lest we in our pride accept the erroneous notion that idolatry consists only in kneeling before visible objects of adoration, and that civilized peoples are therefore free from it. The essence of idolatry is the entertainment of thoughts about God that are unworthy of Him" (A. W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy, pp.3-4).
Soy Yo!! Love your comments. Welcome back to the blogosphere! :) I read your post today on your blog and was glad to see you back at it.
Aaron, Congratulations on the adoption of your little girl - what a blessing!