Mormonism: What is it?

September 27, 2007

jsvision3.jpgBaptist Press reports that 52% of Christians believe that Mormonism is a Christian religion. With Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney running for president in 2008, the status of Mormonism is worth discussing.

Robert Bowman Jr., a Southern Baptist apologist and an expert on Mormonism and manager of the apologetics and interfaith evangelism team for the North American Mission Board recetnly said that Mormonism is not a “valid, authentic, faithful expression of the Christian faith.”

Bowman also asserted that, “Mormonism is not faithfully or soundly Christian because it deviates from historic, biblical standards of orthodox Christianity.”

“Mormonism teaches that God the Father is an exalted Man, that Jesus, angels, and human beings were all the literal spirit offspring of our ‘heavenly Father and Mother,’ and that the ultimate goal of the Christian life is to become exalted to Godhood ourselves.”

By contrast, he said, the Bible teaches that:

— God is not a man (Numbers 23:19) but is transcendent, omnipresent Spirit (1 Kings 8:27; Isaiah 31:3; John 4:24).

— There are no other gods but God and no other gods will be formed in the future (Isaiah 43:10, Isaiah 44:6-8).

— Human beings did not preexist as spirits in heaven before their earthly lives, and the only human who preexisted in heaven — as a spirit — before becoming a man was Jesus (John 3:31, John 16:28).

You can read the entire article by clicking here.

I’m sure most of us know Mormons or have Mormon friends. I fear that our children are going to grow up in a culture where Mormonism is seen as a form of Christianity, rather then heresy. This is a delicate subject because by stating that a belief is heresy, one can be labeled as un-loving, bigoted, hateful, or the ever popular, intolerant.

However, it is important that as we raise our children we correctly and succinctly distinguish truth from error.

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Legacy

September 26, 2007

j0402587.jpg“Then he called for Solomon his son and charged him to build a house for the LORD, the God of Israel. David said to Solomon, ‘My son, I had it in my heart to build a house to the name of the LORD my God.” 1 Chron. 22:6-7

King David set his heart on building a temple for God. However, because David had shed so much blood while preserving the peace of the nation of Israel, God would not allow David’s bloody hands to build His temple. Instead, God demanded that the temple must be built by David’s son, Solomon. David knew this and did what was necessary to pave the way for Solomon. How horrible it would have been for the nation of Israel if Solomon had not been adequately prepared.

Solomon was the beneficiary of David’s hard work. 1 Chronicles 22 and 23 describes how David assembled all of the necessary materials that his son would need to build the temple. David even went as far to put the right people into the right positions so that when Solomon took over everything that He needed would be ready for him to use and people would be ready to be used for the glory of God.

David, even the great King that he was, knew that Solomon would have a brighter future. Therefore, David did all he could to prepare the way for Solomon to take the throne.

As fathers, one of our biggest obligations is to prepare the way for our sons and daughters. Those with sons are obligated to make straight the crooked paths for them and model biblical manhood in every aspect for them. Those with daughters are also obligated to help them grow up to be beautiful God-fearing women who will marry God-fearing men.

We may not be leaving our children kingdoms but we will be leaving them the necessary tools to build a successful family and a successful relationship with their Lord. We should do all we can to leave them with the proper tools and people so that they will be prepared for the pitfalls of life.

What are you doing today to prepare your children for their calling in life?

Adam the Homemaker?

September 24, 2007

“Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it…Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him…So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. The LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man.

The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”

For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.

And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed” (Gen 1:15, 18, 21-25 NASB)

There are three truths that I’d like to briefly touch on in this well-known passage of Scripture.

1. God created Adam to be the primary caretaker of his home (v.15) – Contrary to popular belief, the man’s primary responsibility is not to be the primary provider for the home. His primary responsibility is to be the primary provider as well as the primary keeper of the home. Often in culture, especially cultures steeped in Christian ideals, we hear of “man’s work” and “woman’s work.” The man is to go out and make a living while the woman is to be the primary homemaker. However, the Bible is clear that Adam was given his home, Eden, to “cultivate and keep.” He is to work it and make sure it stays in good shape. Therefore, husbands are called to both work and provide for the family and maintain the home.

2. God created Eve to help Adam take care of the home (v.18ff) – If the man is called to both work for the family and maintain the home, that is a giant undertaking. Obviously, man can not do that himself. Therefore, God gave him a helper named Woman, whom Adam later nicknamed Eve. Woman’s “job” is to help the man maintain the home and work for the family. Does that mean women can/should work? That is up to each individual family…the man should work…the woman is the helper.

3. God created Adam and Even to be joined together in every way (v.24-25) Most importantly, a husband and wife are a team. They become one person. They also become more and more like each other every day. Even more importantly, they are to leave their parents and cleave to each other. Whenever there is conflict between families and spouses, the husband and wife would do well to side with and support each other (provided they are not sinning).

Christian men are called to be the leader and provider of the home and that does not just mean calling the shots and making money…it also means giving himself for the entire family. My prayer is that men will follow this Biblical model of what a husband should be: providing, caretaking and becoming one flesh with his helper

Thoughts?

Welcome to Shanan’

September 19, 2007

Welcome to Shanan’ (pronounced “shaw-nan'”). This is the official “unofficial” blog of the children’s ministry at First Baptist Church of Columbia, SC. The purpose of this blog is to inform, inspire, and educate the parents of First Kids’ children. Your comments are welcome and discussion is encouraged! Be looking in the days ahead for blogs posts from all four members of the First Kids ministry team.

The name of this blog is the Hebrew word that means, “to teach dilligently.” It is found in the following passage of Scripture:

“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently (shanan) to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” (Deuteronomy 6:5-7 ESV).

As parents of children, we are instructed to love God with our entire being – wholeheartedly. Upon doing this we are then, out of the love of God that flows from our heart, to likewise dilligently instruct our children God’s Word. We do this in every facet of our lives – when we talk, when we rest at home, when we travel, when we take them to sporting events, when we go to the supermarket. Children need to not only hear what they are supposed to believe, they are to see it through their parents. What a huge responsibility!

Thankfully, God has chosen each of us who have children to be His vessels to teach dilligently his children about His plan of salvation for their lives. What a privilege and a blessing that is!

We at First Kids hope that this blog can be a blessing to your life as you continue on your journey as a Christ-follower.