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“And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable, ‘A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.’ As he said these things, he called out, ‘He who has ears to hear, let him hear.'”

Luke 8:4-8 (ESV)

There have been many times in my life that I have been the good soil. Those are the times I am faithful and find myself living my life fully for Christ. But if I were honest with myself, I have been the seed in the thorns most of my life. I am guilty of serving “leftovers” to God because of my own desires for a comfortable life. I become distracted and fall to the ways of the world. God warns us many times of the dangers of being a lukewarm Christian. His harshest words are to those that maintain a minimal commitment to Him and don’t pursue Him passionately. We need to take words of Jesus at face value and allow them to impact us.

“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”

Matthew 16:24-25 (ESV)

As I look back on my life, my faith was mostly shaped by how I was raised in the church. I was exposed to a fear-based type of Christianity growing up. I gave my life to Christ because I didn’t want to go to hell. I struggled with guilt and shame when I was caught in sin. Jesus calls us to let go of everything and follow Him. This is what I learned later in life when I gave my life to Christ. I learned that His grace covers us. His love for us should cause us to respond with an all-consuming love for Him. He wants our best. We need to adopt a posture of obedience where we let go of everything we have and joyfully cling to God.

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I don’t know enough about the LDS church to write about what they are all about. But I have had many experiences with them – my girlfriend in high school was a Mormon and she brought me to the Temple to share her faith with me. I currently work with Mormons at my job. I saw the September Dawn movie a few years back about the Meadows Mountain massacre that paints them in a bad way. I have seen the billboards and been to the I am a Mormon campaign website. I have a heart for these people and I love them. But I also know they don’t know the same Jesus I know even though they proclaim to be Christians. They point to John 10:16 as a scripture verse that points to the Americas (Jesus is really referring to the Gentiles), where a good portion of where the Mormon bible takes place.

Tonight we had a discussion on Mormonism. I looked at it as an opportunity to learn more about Mormons and what they believe. Not for me to judge them, but how I can better love them and share the gospel. I have a great book called Kingdom of the Cults by Ravi Zacharias that talks about all the different belief systems of the world that I love to use as a reference. We talked a lot about what scriptures says concerning false teaching and this passage was the foundation of what we feel as Christ followers need to base our faith on against these teachings.

But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, is to be put to death.” You may say to yourselves, “How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the Lord?” If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously, so do not be alarmed.   Deuteronomy 18:2-22

I love that the main message of our discussion was to love Mormons. There are enough debates out there that aren’t loving and too many people that judge others. God is love and sharing the gospel without love just isn’t effective. As the same time, we as Christians need to be ready to defend the gospel against false teaching.

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