Luke 12:4-5 (Fear)

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I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. (Luke 12:4-5)

Read: Deuteronomy 29:1-30:20, Luke 11:37-12:7, Psalm 78:1-31, Proverbs 12:19-20

Relate: Today is a pretty rough day in history. Every now and then I go to a site that will tell me what happened on this day in the past. Well, one hundred fifty-three days ago today the Union and the Confederates squared off for what would be the bloodiest battle in the Civil War up to that point, by far. Between the two armies 107,000 collided and over 23,000 were left behind dead, wounded, or missing. The conflict left both armies and the nation in shock and horror. Nobody yet realized that three more years, and many far worse battles were still to come.

Today was also the day that Congress voted by overwhelming majority to enter “The Great War” (now WWI) on the side of the Allies. Before our boys came home we would rack up more than 110,000 dead and 200,000 severely wounded. This was far and away the bloodiest fight we had to date on foreign soil. Little did we know that a few decades down the road we would be back for a fight that made this seem childs play. If the outcome of Shiloh or joining WWI had been known ahead of time, there is a very good chance the decision makers would have been scared into inaction.

But as horrifying as these things are, they are not the worst things to have happened on April 6 in American history. One hundred eighty three days ago today, in Fayette Township, NY, a man named Joseph Smith, along with a small group of followers officially organized the Church of Christ. After some time and growth and travel they would eventually be renamed the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but most of the world would call them Mormons. This cult would grow and spread worldwide. While they do no damage to the body, this demonically motivated group would be active in leading over fourteen million souls to hell.

React: Sometimes I do not enjoy speaking harsh truths like that last sentence but it must be said. We know from the first chapter of the gospel of John and from 1 John 5:20 that eternal life comes only through Jesus, through an acceptance of who He is and what He has done. A Mormon would openly say that they believe in God, but what they are more reluctant to say at first is that they also believe you and I are sons of God in the exact same way. They claim that Jesus was created first among God’s “spirit children”. They might credit Him with all the Bible claims He says and does, but clearly their Jesus is not the same Jesus a Christian knows and believes. Jesus is the true God and eternal life. (1J 5:20) To deny this truth is to be denied by Him on the day of judgment. More than any physical suffering or death, this is what we should fear.

Respond: 

God, let me never stray from the reality of who You are. Let me never wander from the truth of what You have done. You alone, God, my Savior died to take my sins then rose to give me life. You alone are God. Let me always worship You in the reality of who You are.

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17 thoughts on “Luke 12:4-5 (Fear)

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  2. I heartily agree that we should be more concerned about those who mislead people about Jesus Christ and who misrepresent Him and all that He says we should do in obedience to Him.

  3. False prophets and false teachings are on the rise. Thank you for bringing to light a small part of the teachings of this cult. Their teachings are definitely of a sheep in wolves clothes. So much deception! It’s sad but growing.

  4. Amen Brother. Keep on sharing the Truth of God’s Word. There is no other way of Salvation except through Jesus Christ, the Eternal Son of God, fully God and fully perfect man. There is none like Him.

  5. I was saved out of Mormonism at the tender age of 41. Had it not been for the courage of my (now) husband to speak harsh words (your phrase), I may still be following this false and convoluted doctrine. I am so grateful for your faith and courage, also. I think it is ironic that the general conference of the Mormon church was this very weekend, I suppose, as you have chronicled, to commemorate these other past, horrific events. All the more reason to praise the sovereign Creator for lifting up one such as I.

    • Praise be to God, Deborah that your husband convinced you of the false teachings. I know from others that have renounced that religion that they are not happy with you and could even be harassing you. I hope not. They can be quite ugly to “their own” and especially those who walk away. God bless you.

  6. Beautiful post. It’s right on time being the day after Resurrection day. Yesterday the Word focused on Jesus being the focus and how we live in a culture of pluralism where few Christians agree on foundational beliefs in the Word and many people believe there are multiple ways to heaven or no heaven and hell at all. So, people believe that each person’s belief is truth and that standing for truth in Christ is close-minded. This is difficult for a young Christian at a liberal school where belief in Christ is equated to bigotry. So thanks for the reminder to never stray from the reality of who Christ is and who I am in Christ. I’m happy I subscribed to follow your blog. Thanks.

  7. I definitely think true Christians ought to be more bold in terms of calling out false prophets and false teaching. So many people are being led astray. Years ago, I was not as concerned about people who willingly joined cults or other religions. Now, I have love and sympathy for them because I know what is in store for those who do not accept Jesus, and it isn’t pretty. We have to have a sense of urgency in terms of witnessing because so many people are falling away.

  8. So true.
    Jesus is the Word of God incarnate. As He said:”By knowing the Son, you know the Father.” Both are one in the same, and complete the Holy Trinity with the Holy Spirit.

    Of all religions, Christianity is the only one where God comes to man. All others are founded on man reaching out to God.
    -Alan

  9. Beejai, I quite like your blog, and am disappointed to read your comments about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I’m not sure if you’ve visited my blog and are aware that I’m a member of this church, or if it’s something you didn’t know. I’m disappointed because many of your posts are uplifting, but to call this church “demonically-motivated” was shocking to read. There are so many positive things to write about, but to choose to shout down on another Christian church (however different from yours the teachings are) is a shame. It may be because you misunderstand its doctrines, or because you have a different worldview and it doesn’t fit with this one. I have a different view of some doctrines, scriptures, etc., and their application than you, based on what I’ve read of your blog, but I’ve chosen to share those, if ever, in a respectful way, wording it as being my own view, and as interesting to read yours. On the other hand, much of what you write and seem to care about is very similar and I love reading those – it’s encouraging to find other Christians who also believe and love these things. There is too much that is truly awful in the world to allow us to denigrate each other’s religious denominations because of differences of interpretation. Let’s follow the examples of our churches’ leaders and appreciate the goodness and power for positive change that comes from working together despite those differences. There is so much more linking us than separating us.
    The church I belong to is wonderful; it is positive, uplifting, increases my faith in God and gives me hope for a better world. It is the best and most light-filled thing in my life. We are Christ-centred and community- and family-oriented. Please find out a little more of the truth about us, instead of believing the lies. For example, those who are disaffected with anything – a religion, a person, a government – will give an unsavoury report of it. If you really want to know, please ask me or visit one of the official church sites (e.g. lds.org or mormon.org – also giving an idea of what we care about and do, you can see the Mormon Channel on You Tube – definitely an uplifting compilation of videos that doesn’t support the accusation of being demonically-motivated. Another good video collection is the Bible Videos the church has been publishing for the last year or so, based on the life of Jesus Christ as reported in the Gospels. These are available at lds.org and YouTube.)
    There is much that I believe about Christ, which is special and sacred to my heart. I do believe that He is the Son of God, and that we are also God’s sons and daughters – as Paul and others also spoke about – but not in the same way. If you’d like to go into more detail about that, in a respectful and interested way, I’ll be happy to discuss it. I look forward to continuing to read your blog, and hope that you will take these things into consideration, and demonstrate the same sort of respect towards my beliefs.

    • I thank you for your considerate and heartfelt response. I will heartily agree that the Mormon church has accomplished a lot of material good in the world and that there are many sincere, kind, and loving people within the LDS Church. What catches me is this: “As man now is, God once was; As God now is, man may be.” That is blasphemy. There is no way around it. Another president ot the LDS wrote, “One of the most fallacious doctrines originated by Satan and propounded by man is that man is saved alone by the grace of God; that belief in Jesus Christ alone is all that is needed for salvation.”

      I cannot call someone a Christian who does not believe that Jesus Christ is of very essence God, was born of a virgin (contrary to the Journal of Discourses), lived a perfect life, dies for our sins, and rose again on the third day.

      On some of these the Mormon church would agree, but only because they redefine and reexplain the terms. 1) God was not a man born on another planet as both Joseph Smith and Brigham Young have taught. 2) We will never be gods on planets of our own. 3)Jesus was not created and 4)neither is he brothers with Satan. These aren’t small issues. They aren’t minor differences. Each and every one of these is blasphemy.

      I do much prefer speaking encouragement and love. But part of speaking love is holding to the truth. If the truth offends, I am sorry, but I would rather someone be offended than remain ignorant and hellbound.

      • I appreciate your kinder response (than the words in your post). That’s fine to hold different beliefs, and as this is your blog for the church you run, of course you want to emphasise those and disabuse your followers of things you believe to be untrue. But you can do that without claiming another church – one which, as you have said, does a lot of good in the world – to be “demonically-motivated” or to send all of its people to hell. It would show charity to forgo those type of statements on your blog, and I hope you do, because I’d like to keep reading it and because it’s a human courtesy. Definitely there are differences in doctrine between our churches – and all churches (do you also write similar things against all other churches?)
        The doctrines we hold can be confronting to those in other faith traditions, and we do claim them openly. Some which you mention (in this comment) are correct, and some are misconstrued. The doctrine of God’s children becoming as He is is a very deep one, but also quite simple; other basic doctrines do need to be understood first, just as in learning any subject. It’s quite beautiful, though, in the end – what more would our Father want for us than everything He has? What else could “everything” He has mean than exactly that? Other doctrines you mention here are also quite deep, and can sound strange out of context. But they are also simple and can be found through study and prayer. I don’t think it’s said anywhere particularly that Jesus was created (depending on the context). Perhaps you could let me know where you read or heard that. What is your church’s belief regarding who Satan is and where he comes from? Yes, these are major differences in doctrine, quite fundamental, but do they necessitate the disturbing things you wrote about a church that has those differences? There have always been disputes amongst Christian churches regarding fundamental doctrines. It began with the first apostles and continued within the Catholic church. It produced the Anglican and other Protestant churches, and is the reason for all of the various denominations we have today. The differences in our doctrines are in that sense no different to those between any Christian denomination, so unless your aim is to denounce every other denomination than your own, please don’t do it regarding one church. Although these things contend against your very basic beliefs, they are also sacred to me, as yours are to you.

      • If you would like to know what I believe, and comment further on it, I write about spiritual topics on Peaceable Treasures – there’s a link in the sidebar of my original blog. It’s http://www.peaceabletreasures.wordpress.com. These are my own thoughts, not official statements, but it shows the sort of things that actual people within the LDS church believe (and to clarify, it’s not the Mormon Church, as it’s sometimes called, but the Church of Jesus Christ – because we believe it to be the same church that began in His name in Palestine. It’s “of Latter-day Saints” to distinguish it from that time period. It’s easy to get it wrong, but important to get right).

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  11. One of my favorite worship songs ever. The song brings much encouragement to my heart at the end of a difficult few weeks.

    The cross of Christ, His sacrifice and outpouring of love at the Father’s right hand even now smooths out everything in between. I’ll stay out of the theological debate here but will say thanks for your writing and sharing. ❤

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