Do People in Heaven Have Physical Bodies?

oct19Mormons believe that there are physical people in heaven as well as spirits. Doctrine and Covenants Section 129:1-3 reads, “There are two kinds of beings in heaven, namely: Angels, who are resurrected personages, having bodies of flesh and bones— For instance, Jesus said: ‘Handle me and see, for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.’ Secondly: the spirits of just men made perfect, they who are not resurrected, but inherit the same glory.”

Firstly, angels aren’t resurrected saints. Hebrews 1:7 (KJV) explains, “And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.”oct19a

Secondly, Matthew 22:30 (KJV) reads, “For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.” He didn’t say we’d be identical to angels but that we will be like them in that they never marry. He wouldn’t have said so if they were actual humans who received their resurrected bodies as Joseph Smith claims.

And how could we have bodies before the resurrection when the Apostle Paul explained in 2 Corinthians 5:8 (KJV), “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”?

We also know that a third of the angels followed Lucifer and became demons. How then can they, if they had material bodies, inhabit people? Mark 16:9 (KJV) reads, “Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.”

Joseph Smith also wrenched Hebrews 12:23 (KJV) out of its context. “To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,” How could they be flesh-and-blood people if they are spirits?

oct19bI’ll be writing more defenses of the Bible and what God revealed to us in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? We need to know how to defend God’s word from error or we’ll be misled. I hope I can help at least some people out of error as I was led to the truth.

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Will We Be Married In Heaven?

oct17In researching this subject, I find that Mormons believe that marriages performed in their church last forever. This doesn’t square with what Jesus taught. In Matthew 22:30 (KJV), the Sadducees asked him who would a fictitious woman belong to if she had seven husbands who all died. He replied, “For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.”

oct17aMormons, on the other hand, look to Doctrine and Covenants as their guide. Section 132:19 reads, “And again, verily I say unto you, if a man marry a wife by my word, which is my law, and by the new and everlasting covenant, and it is sealed unto them by the Holy Spirit of promise, by him who is anointed, unto whom I have appointed this power and the keys of this priesthood; and it shall be said unto them—’Ye shall come forth in the first resurrection;’ and if it be after the first resurrection, in the next resurrection; and shall inherit thrones, kingdoms, principalities,and powers, dominions, all heights and depths—then shall it be written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, that he shall commit no murder whereby to shed innocent blood, and if ye abide in my covenant, and commit no murder whereby to shed innocent blood, it shall be done unto them in all things whatsoever my servant hath put upon them, in time, and through all eternity; and shall be of full force when they are out of the world; and they shall pass by the angels, and the gods, which are set there, to their exaltation and glory in all things, as hath been sealed upon their heads, which glory shall be a fullness and a continuation of the seeds forever and ever

What we’ll be doing in heaven before the resurrection is continually praising our heavenly Father and rejoicing in Christ’s salvation of us. What a glorious time that will be. As 2 Corinthians 5:8 (KJV) explains, “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”

oct17bI’ll be writing in another post about the blasphemous LDS doctrine of being gods in our own right. It’ll be part of my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Only the Trinity is eternal whereas we mere creations had a beginning. Therefore, I oppose any sect claiming that we are gods and I want everybody to be warned about such blasphemous lies.

Does the Bible Promote Polygamy?

oct12Though the LDS church has renounced polygamy since 1890, their Doctrine and Covenants book still contains Joseph Smith’s proclamation of it as being needful for true believers to practice. But some splinter LDS sects still hold to the notion of multiple wives.

In a round-about way, Doctrine and Covenants excuses plural marriage because Abraham had two wives and descendents of both sons became numerous. Section 132:34 and 35 reads, “God commanded Abraham, and Sarah gave Hagar to Abraham to wife And why did she do it? Because this was the law; and from Hagar sprang many people. This,therefore, was fulfilling, among other things, the promises. Was Abraham, therefore, under condemnation? Verily I say unto you, Nay; for I, the Lord, commanded it.”

But God didn’t command that Hagar be given to Abraham so he could father the son of promise. Isaac was that son and he was born by Sarah. Neither was it “the law” that Hagar be given to Abraham.oct12a

Moreover, Abraham experienced plenty of grief from having two wives. So did others who had multiple wives. These examples weren’t placed in the Bible as commandments to us but as warnings of what sin does.

Jesus proclaimed the proper relationship of marriage in this life while discussing divorce with the Pharisees. Matthew 19:6 (KJV) quotes him regarding a young man and a woman, “Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”

oct12bDoctrine and Covenants Section 132 also touches on what Mormons call celestial marriage where people wed in their church are united throughout eternity. The Bible nowhere teaches that.

I’ll be writing more about LDS beliefs in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? People must know the true gospel so thoroughly that when a false one is preached, they won’t be fooled. My hope is that God will let my writing be his warning to straying Christians.

Did Jesus Preach in Hell?

oct10One doctrine common among aberrant sects is that Jesus descended into hell when he died. They claim that he did because of what was written in 1 Peter 3:19 and 20. “By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.”

But how could this be? Luke 23:43 (KJV) says, “And Jesus said unto him, (the thief on toct10ahe next cross) ‘Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.'”

I agree with Hank Hanegraaff that Christ preached through Noah while he built the ark. The same holds true today when we preach what Jesus said. After all, 2 Timothy 3:16 plainly states, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”

But Mormons believe that God sent messengers to those souls in “spirit prison” to preach to them the gospel. According to Joseph Smith, he wondered how these spirits who hadn’t heard the gospel could be preached to by Christ so quickly. Doctrine and Covenants Section 138:29 and 30 reads, “And as I wondered, my eyes were opened, and my understanding quickened, and I perceived that the Lord went not in person among the wicked and the disobedient who had rejected the truth,to teach them; But behold, from among the righteous, he organized his forces and appointed messengers, clothed with power and authority, and commissioned them to go forth and carry the light of the gospel to them that were in darkness, even to all the spirits of men; and thus was the gospel preached to the dead”

As I pointed out before, hearing the gospel is only allowed in this life. Once people die, there is no way that sinners can repent. The unforgivable sin Jesus spoke of is a continuous rejection of his work on the cross until death.

oct10bThis is the main motivation for writing my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Christ will separate the wicked and the righteous into two groups on the day of judgement. He will send those who rejected his generous offer of salvation to hell and let the righteous into heaven forever.

Is Baptism for the Dead Scriptural?

oct05One of many aberrant doctrines of the LDS church is baptism for the dead. They get this notion from 1 Corinthians 15:29 (KJV) which reads, “Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?”

As you can tell from the context of the chapter, the Apostle Paul is speaking about the hope of resurrection. He only threw in that aberrant notion of certain first-century cults to make his point about the hope of our physical resurrection.

As I pointed out in my previous post, baptism doesn’t save any one. Even so, Mormons are taught that they can be baptized for those who would have believe had they heard the gospel.oct05a

Doctrine and Covenants Section 137:7-9 reads, “Thus came the voice of the Lord unto me, saying: ‘All who have died without a knowledge of this gospel, who would have received it if they had been permitted to tarry, shall be heirs of the celestial kingdom of God; Also all that shall die henceforth without a knowledge of it,who would have received it with all their hearts, shall be heirs of that kingdom; For I, the Lord, will judge all men according to their works, according to the desire of their hearts.'”

But the Bible says that death is the cut-off point. Discussing Christ’s death paying, once for all, for the sins of those who ask his forgiveness, Hebrews 9:27 (KJV) reads, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”

Then there’s the part of Luke’s gospel, chapter sixteen, which describes what happens after death and that nobody can cross from hell to heaven. That “great gulf” allows no exceptions.

oct05bThis reality of eternal damnation is one reason for writing my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Blasphemous teachings like the baptism for the dead lead people to think that preaching the gospel isn’t vital in this life. As we know, hell is one topic Jesus was absolutely serious about in his warnings to believers.

Mormonism Vs. the Bible on Baptism

oct03Since I’ve found so many serious errors in the LDS church doctrines, I’m taking another month to examine them. For example, Mormons have a different belief about Baptism than what the Bible teaches. In Doctrine and Covenants section 19:31, and in many other places in their scriptures, it says, “And of tenets thou shalt not talk, but thou shalt declare repentance and faith on the Savior, and remission of sins by baptism, and by fire, yea, even the Holy Ghost.”

They base this doctrine on Acts 2:38 which reads, “Then Peter said unto them, ‘Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.'”

This remission of sins happens when people repent, giving control of their lives over to Jesus. Baptism is a believer’s first act of obedience and has no bearing on their salvation.

If baptism was part of salvation, what would have happened to the believing thief on the cross? Luke 23:43 (KJV) says, “And Jesus said unto him, ‘Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.'” How could he be in paradise if being baptized is part of the salvation process?oct03a

And as some Christian denominations believe, Mormons say baptism is part of joining a church. Doctrine and Covenants says in Section 20:37, “And again, by way of commandment to the church concerning the manner of baptism—All those who humble themselves before God, and desire to be baptized, and come forth with broken hearts and contrite spirits,and witness before the church that they have truly repented of all their sins, and are willing to take upon them the name of Jesus Christ, having a determination to serve him to the end, and truly manifest by their works that they have received of the Spirit of Christ unto the remission of their sins, shall be received by baptism into his church.”

Mormons believe they’re the only true church so that means they’re baptized into the only church of Christ. I’ve proven in past posts that their doctrines are aberrant and that they’re the ones who aren’t real Christians. No matter how high-sounding LDS words are, the truth is that they mean different things to those members.

oct03bMore of these interesting facts will be included in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Just as their are “knock-offs” of high end products, the Devil has counterfeit denominations and religions which seem to be Christian but aren’t so. I wish people would take time to examine the “fruits” of these groups and to study the way the Bareans did.

Are Mormons Christians?

sep28The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints claims to be the only true church. They believe that shortly after the gospels and epistles were written, the message of the gospel was lost until Joseph Smith revealed it. If this is the case, they should agree with what Holy Scripture says about being saved.

Many verses in the Bible state that it’s only by faith in the atoning work of Christ on the cross that we can be saved from eternity in hell. Titus 3:5 (KJV) states, as just one example, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”

Furthermore, Psalms 14:3 (KJV) leaves no room for doubt that we are helpless and can’t possibly save ourselves through good works. “They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”

Romans 10:13 (KJV) urges, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

sep28aAnd as for good works, they come naturally from our salvation. James 2:18 (BBE) explains, “But a man may say, You have faith and I have works; let me see your faith without your works, and I will make my faith clear to you by my works.”

As four acts of righteousness which we attempt to do to earn God’s favour and salvation, Isaiah 64:6 (KJV)explains, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”

But Mormons believe that good works save a person. All through Doctrine and Covenants, the false gospel of works righteousness is proclaimed. As nice as individual Mormons are, their works are wasted when it comes to saving their souls.

sep28bI’ll be writing about this and much more in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? People must realize that they can’t earn salvation. It’s a gift from God Almighty through Jesus Christ. Otherwise it wouldn’t be a gift if people have to work for it.