Brief Thoughts on the Death of Thomas Monson

There is simply no question in my mind that Joseph Smith did not expect his “work” to continue into the future. He left no meaningful mechanism for the continuance of that work in reference to its leadership, resulting in the initial split right after his death. But the immediate leadership of the group that went to Salt Lake came up with no better ideas, and surely the system they established which continues to this day is a horrific one. By elevating the longest-serving apostles to the heights of power the LDS Church finds itself constantly led by extremely elderly men in the very twilight of their lives. Normally these men have severe physical limitations and can hardly provide what would be called dynamic leadership. This has surely played a part in the decline of Mormonism—not a decline in sheer numbers, but in its growth rate and surely its cohesiveness. Mormonism is a religion wandering about without guidance and direction, its past catching up, its future uncertain. The back door has become as large as the front, to be sure.
 
When you think of someone like Thomas S. Monson, who just passed away, you cannot help but feel a deep pain at a life lived in service to falsehood. False religion is a judgement from God, and Monson’s life is a testimony to the enslavement that false religion brings. Outward morality is insufficient before a holy God, and surely the doctrinal system to which he was dedicated precluded him from worshipping the one true God the founder of his religion specifically denied existed. It should bring deep sadness to our hearts to consider how many times he uttered the name “Jesus Christ” and in each and every instance he was referring to a fictional character who does not and never did exist. Oh the impact of false religion! It is not that Monson did not know the deep secrets of Mormonism—he surely did. He fully knew its theology, its teaching that God was once a man, and that men can become gods. He was responsible for his following of such teachings. But he was trained to do so from his mother’s knee, and we are truly left to weep for those many millions who walk the same path. If Monson’s death does not sober you and cause you once again to pray that God would bring the gospel with power to the LDS people, you may well have a major problem in the motivations department of your soul. Pray for the Mormon people, and pray for those brave souls who minister to them faithfully, not just in Utah (though those up there surely need our regular prayer support!) but around the world. May God be pleased to draw many unto Himself in a true knowledge of the one true God who is not an exalted man living on a planet circling a star named Kolob, but is the eternal, unchanging God, maker of all things.

Setting the Record Straight: Dr. Michael Brown Our Special Guest

Didn’t bother starting off the year quietly as over the holidays a number of internet-based ministries were throwing out the hate against me for my relationship with Dr. Michael Brown.  In the process a number of articles were posted that displayed the same kind of “let’s not worry about thinking clearly, let’s surely not even ponder being fair, but let’s throw everything including the kitchen sink in here in hopes something will stick” kind of yellow journalism that I have been subjected to for years.  Since specific allegations against Dr. Brown’s Christology were included, I contacted him and asked him to come on the air, which he graciously agreed to do.  We ended up talking about a lot of stuff, including the allegation that he is a “NAR super apostle,” defends “grave sucking,” and all the rest.  During the program, Pulpit and Pen, C3ChurchWatch, EBCMinistries, CrossRoads Radio, and Richard Haas (a P&P contributor) all worked together to do a tweet-storm with the hash-tag “ElephantRoom3.”  The fact that it is dishonest to even connect the events with Jakes and this discussion with Michael Brown does not bother these folks—the Inquisitors who turned the cranks on the racks in the dungeons of the Spanish Inquisition believed themselves to be doing the work of God.  When you live in the narrow, small world of the ultra-orthodox, where everyone must look like you and act like you and speak like you, you have no perspective from which to be able to see your utter lack of balance. In any case, an open and honest conversation that, for those with ears to hear, should be helpful, and challenging.

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2017: The Year in Review (Update: Fritz Erbe Video Now Linked)

Took the whole program to review 2017 and consider a little bit about trends and things to consider for the future.  UPDATE:  the kind brothers and sisters at Sovereign rushed to get the video I noted about Fritz Erbe posted.  Here is the link.  Please share it with others!

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Matthew 28:19 with Vocab Malone in Response to Ron Shields

A two-plus hour long episode that will mainly be of interest to those who study textual criticism and who have an interest in the Black Hebrew Israelite movement—not the normal topics you see put together but that’s what we addressed today, going into clips from Ron Shields, aka “Divine Prospect,” and his claims regarding Matthew 28:19.

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