Rauni and Dennis Higley
H.I.S. Ministries International
April 1, 2005
H.I.S. Ministries April Newsletter, covering March 2005
We hope that you had a wonderful celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord last Sunday. We pray that you all KNOW HIM and understand that He is God Almighty who became a man to redeem those who seek Him and come to Him for eternal salvation. We thank Him and praise His Holy Name.
There are so many false Christs around, that it has become more and more important to stress who He really is. Many cults use His name, talk about His sacrifice and even His death on the cross, but yet their Jesus Christ is not the biblical Jesus we know. Many Christians are not aware of the depths of the deception promoted and found in the Mormon Church. They talk of Christ, they pray in His name, but they do not know the real Jesus. Their Jesus is a created being, and there was a time when he, like all mankind, did not exist. (See Gospel Principles, a current LDS teaching manual, chapter 2.) It is interesting that most Mormons do not use His name, Jesus. They speak of the “Lord”, and “Christ”, which are His titles, but they do not speak of Jesus without adding “Christ” to it. It is perhaps because they do not have a personal relationship with the Real One. However, when we, as born-again Christians, come to know the real Jesus personally, He becomes our personal Friend, and then we can freely speak of Jesus, without His titles. The name Jesus is a sweet name and complete name to those who are saved. His name Y’shua, means, “JEHOVAH IS SALVATION”. He alone gives complete salvation as His gift. (John 14:6; Eph. 2:8-10)
We have seen this confusion spread with word-games played before us during the last 5 weeks and continuing on a weekly TV program, “Bob and Greg in Conversation“. “Bob” is BYU religion professor Robert Millet, and “Greg” is pastor Greg Johnson. They have been “conversing” about atonement, grace and salvation.They speak as if they believed in the same Jesus, when they do not. They speak of “God” as if they believed in the same God of the Bible, yet those who know what Mormonism teaches, know perfectly well that they do not believe in the same God, nor in the same Jesus, or in the same gospel. Jesus of Mormonism is of a mythological construct into which they have incorporated some historical and biblical data, but they have excluded the most important information, His Eternal Godhood as the Second Person in the Eternal Trinity, and they have added, not only extra-biblical, but also anti-biblical information.
Many are familiar with a popular Mormon author and motivational speaker, Steven Covey. In his book, “Divine Center”, p. 240, he explains to his Mormon readers how to speak to non-LDS audiences: “I have found in speaking to various non-LDS groups…that we can testify of many [LDS] gospel principals if we are careful in selecting words that carry our meaning, but come from their experience and frame of mind.” This word-game is played very skillfully in this “Bob and Greg in Conversation”. Most people I have talked to assume that they really have a lot in common, also when they speak of the Deity. They do not! I cannot believe that either one of them does not know that. Last Tuesday they spoke of salvation. Millet did not clarify, nor did Greg ask him to explain what salvation really means according to Mormon-teachings, namely that in Mormonism there are three different degrees of salvation. When a Christian hears that word, “salvation”, they understand it to beeternal life with God and Jesus. That is not so in Mormonism. 1. “Salvation by grace alone” is called “unconditional or general salvation“, “received by grace alone by all mankind and consists in mere fact of being resurrected”, but this is not salvation that takes one to the presence of God. Encyclopedic book,Mormon Doctrine, clarifies: “Immortality comes by grace alone, but those who gain it may find themselves damned for eternity…Eternal life in the celestial kingdom comes by grace plus obedience…” 2. Second level of salvation in Mormonism is called “Conditional or individual salvation, that which comes by gracecoupled with gospel obedience“. 3. “Salvation in its true and full meaning is synonymous with exaltation or eternal life and consists in gaining an inheritance in the highest of the three heavens within the celestial kingdom…This full salvation is obtained in and through the continuation of family unit [temple marriage] in eternity, and those who obtain it are gods…Without atonement, the gospel, the priesthood and the sealing power, there would be no salvation. Without continuous revelation, the ministering of angels, the working of miracles, the prevalence of gifts of the spirit, there would be no salvation. If it had not been for Joseph Smith and the restoration, there would be no salvation. There is no salvation outside of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” (Doctrines of Salvation, Joseph Fielding Smith, vol. 2 – Quoted from Mormon Doctrine, p. 670, 671.) (Notice that Jesus has no part in this, only Joseph Smith and the LDS church!)
Robert Millet has said that God cares more about people and friendships than truth! There is a familiar term in Mormonism, it is known as “lying for the Lord”. It often means carefully selecting words that in “Mormo-nese” have a different meaning than what Christians would know and understand, as Steven Covey has advised. In that line, Religion professor Robert Millet is carefully selecting his words to reflect what he knows will make listening Christians think that Mormonism and Christianity are very much the same, with only some minor differences they agree exist, but they do not explain that they are HUGE differences. It is what these two do not say that is the most deceitful part of their “conversations”. They do not believe in the same God, not in the same Jesus, nor the same gospel, but they do not say that. There is no real basis for their public conversations without belief in the same God, Jesus and gospel! It appears to be only to promote and push Mormonism into Christianity by confusing the listening audiences. If a religion does not accept biblical teaching of who God is, and is not, who Jesus is, and is not, and how to be saved, that religion is not historic biblical Christianity.
Millet has declared many times that he is not about to convert from Mormonism. We understand that. Therefore we must also understand that Millet is there on the job to accomplish the LDS Church‘s plan to be accepted into Christianity at any cost. Millet is said in a BYU paper to be the “Church Public Affairs Manager of Outreach and Interfaith Relations”. Understandably his job is to work till Mormonism is accepted into Christianity – without a belief in God and Jesus of Christianity. Robert Millet is BYU religion professor and he teaches Mormonism, veiled, the same as when he instructs Mormon missionaries how to fool nearly three hundred thousand Christians annually into joining Mormonism. These public conversations between Millet and Johnson have already resulted in conversions – FROM CHISTIANITY TO MORMONISM!!!
Greg Johnson is quoted in the Salt Lake Tribune (3/19/05) asking, “Why do we have to assume we could never see each other as fellow Christians?” From this we can see that Greg Johnson’s goal as well is to promote Mormonism into Christianity. We feel betrayed, and we believe that all ministries to individual Mormons is hindered by this. Why would any Mormon want to go through hardships and resentment of their friends and relatives, resulting from leaving Mormonism, if the differences are only minor?
Friendship between the two is what Millet and Johnson stress. But is it really a true friendship if it fails to declare the truth about eternal salvation in heaven, and hell and damnation that awaits those who worship false gods and false Jesus? I am quoting again Adrian Rogers, former SBC president, who so clearly summarized what true love and friendship is, “It is better to be divide by truth than be united in error. It is better to speak the truth that hurts and then heals, than falsehood that comforts and then kills. Let me tell you something, friend, it is not love and it is not friendship if we fail to declare the whole counsel of God. It is better to be hated for telling the truth, than be loved for telling a lie. It is impossible to find anyone in the Bible who was a power fro God who did not have enemies and was not hated. It is better to stand alone with the truth, than to be wrong with a multitude. It is better to ultimately succeed with the truth than to temporarily succeed with a lie. There is only one Gospel and Paul said, ‘If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed’.”
Our hope and prayer is that all Christians would have an honesty and integrity before the Lord to stand by Him and proclaim His truth in love to all Mormons so that they might be saved. The Word instructs us to reject heretics, not to mingle with false teachers, nor have a fellowship with them, but come out from among them. (Titus 1:13; 3:10; Eph. 5:11; 2 Thess. 3:14; 2 Cor. 6:17;) Strongest advice comes from apostle John, who wrote, “If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God’s speed: For he that biddeth him God‘s speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” (2 John 10-11.) Mormon doctrine is not doctrine of God, and in obedience to His Word, we must instruct them with the truth, and if they do not heed the Word of God,then we must reject them and separate from them. If Christian leaders or pastors form long-term friendships with heretics and false teachers they will cause others to follow their examples and those weak in faith and knowledge of God’s truth will fall into falsehoods. These are the very reasons why God holds leaders and pastors, and all of us who know the truth, responsible and has warned us with strong words.
From our mailbox:
It has been almost four months since Ravi Zacharias spoke in the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah. We still get letters dealing with that event. This letter came from someone who was critical that we were not completely for this event. We had our reasons to be suspicious.
“Hello, I am responding to a comment made by your organization in regards to Ravi Zacharias’s visit to Utah in Nov of 2004. It is very apparent that Ravi was being a good Christian. Regardless of whether Mormonism is true or not, these people have a right to believe what they do. They believe in the Bible. Why do you think your interpretation of the Bible is better than theirs? It is very apparent that you as a Christian have had a spiritual experience that has brought you to the faith in the Lord Jesus, However, it is also apparent that Mormons have a similar spiritual experience as well. The difference is in the interpretation. It may indeed be fundamentally different than what traditional Christians believe, however, no one has a right to say that their spiritual experience is better than another’s. You may feel outstandingly that your interpretation is overwhelmingly correct, but you still should respect another’s beliefs. Mormons may believe unorthodox things, but at the end of the day, it is their right, having been around Mormons from time to time it is very apparent that they are in fact good people that believe differently than traditional Christianity. They bring forth good fruits in their communities and in the world. You do not have to agree with them, but do not condemn them. This Judgment is reserved for the Lord. “
Thank you for writing, even though I do not know what your point is, for I have never even suggested that Mormons do not have a right to believe what they want to believe. Of course they can. We still have a freedom of religion in this country. What I am saying, I say from my personal experience: that until one knows the real truth about Mormonism and compares it with the biblical message, in context, one is not free to choose between biblical Christianity and Mormonism. If one does not know, there is nothing to choose from. One must know both sides, before there can be a real choice. We are presenting what Mormonism teaches and compare that to the Bible, and thus we offer a choice for those who have not known the differences before. “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but NO ONE is entitled to wrong facts.” By “wrong facts” I mean that they have not been taught the truth about Mormonism (been there), nor have they been allowed to freely learn what the Bible teaches about God, Jesus and salvation. They have been told that the Bible is not correct in most parts, and that they must trust the leaders of the LDS church to instruct them in all doctrinal matters, rather than learn independently from the Bible. Mormonism opposes what the Bible says about God, Jesus and salvation. If one is taught to believe that the Bible is INCORRECT, but that all Mormon scriptures are correct, natural selection then is to study the Mormon writings instead of the Bible, and if they read the Bible at all, they read it with suspicion.
I am not talking about “spiritual experiences”, “feelings” or “my interpretation of the Bible”, but I am referring to WHAT THE BIBLE ITSELF SAYS! When it says that God is not a man, I believe it, and I do not try to find “another interpretation” to it. (See Numbers 23:19; Hosea 11:9.)The words say what they mean, and mean what they say, if read in context. When the Bible says that there are no Gods before God, and no Gods after God (Isa. 43:10), I do not try to “interpret” that to mean something else, I believe what it clearly says. Since the Bible says that Jesus is Eternal God, who became a man, I do not try to find another meaning to it, I believe what is says. (Matt.1:23; John 1:1, 14). Since the Bible says that salvation comes only through Jesus (John 14:6; Acts 4:12), and not through, prophets, churches or organizations, I accept what is says. When the Bible says that the salvation is THE GIFT OF GOD, not of works (Eph.. 2:8-9;Gal. 2:16-21), I take those words to mean what they say. I hope you get my point.
One thing that even the Mormon church agrees with is that THERE IS NO SALVATION IN FALSEHOODS, in false Gods or in false Jesus. Therefore finding out what is the truth, is utmost importance, would you not agree?
I do not know how much you know about Mormonism, or if you are a Mormon, but, just in case, briefly stated, in contrast to the Bible, Mormonism teaches that God is not eternal God, but that He was once a mortal man, married and polygamist, who progressed to Godhood, and that He had Gods before Him, and that men will become Gods after Him. They also teach that all mankind and angels are God’s and His wives spirit children, born to “heavenly parents” on another planet.
But the Bible teaches that God is not a man (Job 9:32; Isa. 31:3-4), that He is God “from everlasting to everlasting” (Ps. 90:2). He did not progress from a mortal man to a God, and there are no Gods before Him nor after Him (Isaiah 43:10; 44:6, 8 etc.) The Bible says that God is Spirit and Spirit does not have flesh and bones. (John 4:24; Luke 24:39) Mormonism teaches that God the Father has a body of flesh and bones. (D&C 130:22.)
About Jesus Mormonism teaches that He is not God who became a man as John 1:1, 14 and Matt. 1:23 say, but that He is an elder spirit-brother of all mankind and even Satan, and that He became a man so that He too can become fully a God, and work out His own salvation. They also teach that true salvation is available only to those who are faithful temple-married Mormons (works-salvation). They believe and teach that “salvation by grace alone” means only resurrection, but that it can lead to damnation, especially if one is not a Mormon. Of course, if any Mormon, after learning that Mormonism is not biblical Christianity, but still wants to remain a Mormon, that is their choice and I respect it. I have never tried to force anyone’s religious beliefs, I just give them information, if they want it and ask. (1 Peter 3:15-17.)
I agree that Ravi’s sermon was good – for biblical Christians, who understood him in the light of the Bible. Mormons more than likely interpreted his words in light of Mormonism. I can tell you how I would have “heard” (interpreted) what he said, IF I was still a believing Mormon, without a good biblical understanding in these matters. When Ravi talked about Trinity, I would have interpreted that to mean three separate Gods, two of them physical beings with a body of flesh and bones, and one of them a spirit man, for now. I would have thought of Gods, who are limited to space, and cannot be everywhere present. When Ravi spoke about fallen nature of man, I would have recalled what I had learned in a Mormon temple – that Eve and Adam did not sin, but by obeying Satan they did what God’s plan called for, and “they fell upwards, towards godhood“. Atonement meant that Christ paid for “Adam’s transgression” in the Garden of Gethsemane, and that Ravi, like all mankind can be resurrected because of Jesus atonement, but I would have thought that it is too bad that Ravi does not know that the real salvation, meaning exaltation and godhood, is for Mormons only.
Does the truth matter? The Bible either is the truth, or it is not. If it is, we must know what it says. If it is not the truth, then anything that satisfies man’s desires and makes one happy is OK as long as no one else gets hurt. That is basically what world at large believes.
If a person believes that the Bible is true, then that person will believe what Jesus said, namely that He alone is the way. (John 14:6.) To be on the Way that leads to salvation, one has to KNOW Him, who He is, not just His name and some historical data about Him. (Matt. 7:22-23; John 17:3) Jesus prayed that the believers would know Him for “another Jesus” is not the Real One, and a “false Christ” (Matt. 24:24) cannot save anyone. Paul said that preaching “another gospel”,different than the one in the Bible, will bring God’s curse instead of salvation (Gal. 1:8) Paul had declared what the true gospel is in 1 Cor. 15:1-4 and he warned about those who preach another (different) gospel, and another Jesus in 2 Cor. 11:4.
I hope this helps you to understand that we only offer information – and one has to ask to receive (1 Peter 3:15-17), or write to us before we write to them.I am writing to you because you first wrote to me.
Again, we do strongly believe in personal freedom to believe what ever one wants to believe, but we also believe that “truth is eternal, but knowledge is changeable – and it is disastrous to confuse them.” Faith can help us to learn the truth, but faith cannot alter the facts , or to ignore the facts does not change what the facts are. It has been said that the single most common and blatant error in ‘search for truth’ is to decide first what it is that you want to believe it is, before investigating objectively.
With best wishes, Rauni Higley
An LDS man asked:
“I have few questions for you: 1. How do you explain the healings and miracles in the Bible done by the power of the priesthood? What was the reason for the priesthood if it was not to work miracles by the power of the priesthood? What about the high priests? 2. Why was fasting and prayer needed as Jesus said in Matt. 17:21? 3. Tell me about the city of Enoch, also called Zion, that was taken to heaven. Joseph Smith said that it will come back to earth, to Adam-ondi-Ahman. If Joseph Smith was not a prophet, how could he have known all this? M___”
1. There is no power in the priesthood, there never was. Power is in God, and from God, now as well in the past. Until Jesus died for our sins, priests were simply mediators between God and men. Priests did not even claim to have any power. They offered sacrifices and presented to God the blood of these animal sacrifices in behalf of people who brought them for covering, forgiveness of their sins. In Israel they had only one high priest at a time, who was also Aaronic (Levitical) priest. The High Priest represented the nation Israel to God, and once a year, on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, after a lot of preparation, he alone could go behind the veil in the temple to present an offering the blood of an animal to God as a covering for the sins of the nation. When Jesus died on the cross of Calvary, God ripped the veil of the temple, opening the way to all to come directly to Him through Jesus, without priests. (Matt. 27:51.) Levitical priesthood ended at that moment, forever. No more animal sacrifices were needed to cover the sins of the people. Now when a person comes to Jesus and asks Him for forgiveness and salvation, it is done that instant, forever. (Romans 10:9-10; 1 John 1:7-9; John 14:6.) Jesus is our only High Priest and Mediator between God and men. (1 Tim. 2:5.)
2. It is evident, from Matt. 17:21 you asked about, that demons try to prevent healing, and at times, fasting and prayer was needed to bind whatever power they had over certain people.
3. The city of Enoch was the city that Cain built. He named it after his eldest son Enoch (Gen. 4:17), but in reality it was the city of Cain. Cain’s City of Enoch was not taken to heaven as Joseph Smith had said (PoGP, Moses 7:19, 31). Joseph Smith taught that this same city, “city of ZION”, will come back to Missouri, to Adam-ondi-Ahman, where, according to Joseph Smith, Adam had lived, as well as Enoch and Noah etc. Joseph Smith was confused about Enoch. It seems that he did not know that there were two Enochs. The first Enoch was the eldest son of Cain, who named his city after this son. The other Enoch was a son of Jared (Gen. 5:18, 24).This Enoch was taken to heaven. He did not build a city, nor was any city taken to heaven. Joseph Smith just made that up. He always tried to out-do what the Bible said. And, by the way, Joseph Smith taught that descendants of Cain were black (PoGP, Moses 7:22) and that they were cursed as to priesthood (PoGP, Abraham 1:21-27). I hope this answers what has troubled you. Best wishes, Rauni Higley.
An LDS woman asked:
“I have learned that Christ atoned our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane and made it possible for us to return to our Heavenly Father. I have learned that Christ “bled from every pore” at the Garden of Gethsemane. I know that Christians teach that Christ paid the price at the cross.
Which one is it? T___”
Jesus suffered and He was in great agony in Gethsemane. The Bible does not say that Jesus bled from every pore. That is a Mormon addition. Luke is the only gospel-writer who wrote about Jesus sweating there, but he did not say that He bled. Luke wrote: “His sweat was as it were great drops of blood”.(Luke 22:44.) We must keep in mind that it was a dark night. Great drops of sweat, in the dark, may look as it were blood, but Luke did not write that He bled. Jesus asked the Father if there was any other way, then let this cup pass, but only according to the will of the Father. There was no other way. Remember that Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. He had to die as a man, as our substitute! He had to become sin for us, in our place. I recall Chuck Missler saying in one of his study tapes, “we do not have any capacity to understand what that really means.” But we do accept it, because the Bible teaches that He died for our sins. He did much more than suffer physically. “Wages of sin is death!” (Rom. 6:23) That alone tells us that Gethsemane was not where our sins were paid for, even partially. He did not die there. If He had atoned in the Garden of Gethsemane, as Mormonism teaches, then He could have walked away from there without going to the cross. The Mormon Church, as all cults, under the influence of demonic spirits, does not want to talk much about the cross. They do not like the cross. Satan hates the cross because it was there where he was defeated. He had thought that if he could get Jesus killed, He could not sit on David’s throne as was promised to Mary by angel Gabriel (Luke 1:26-33), and throughout the Old Testament, that He will redeem Israel from the power of their oppressors. Even Jesus’ disciples were confused when He told them that He was going to Jerusalem and be put to death. They had been already competing who will be in what position in the kingdom, when Jesus takes the throne. Remember, that on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:19-21), two of His disciples where talking about the same thing, how they had thought that Jesus was the one who would redeem Israel, but they had killed Him, so He could not be the One. They had missed that there was to be two comings – first he was coming to die for all, and then later He is to come as the ‘KING OF KINGS AND THE LORD OF LORDS‘ (Rev. 19:16). However, Jesus held them accountable to know the scriptures when He prophesied over Jerusalem and wept because they did not know. (Luke 19:41-44.) This was hidden from them. It was “the wisdom of God in mystery, even the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the world unto our glory“(1 Cor. 2:7), perhaps to veil it from Satan as well. Paul continued, (v.8), “which none of the princes of this world (demonic powers) knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” They all had also missed what Daniel had prophesied in Daniel 8:25-26, and what Isaiah had said in Isaiah 53, and Zechariah in 12:10; 13:6 etc. Hosea lamented, (4:6) “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” Lack of knowledge seems to be the problem of our day also. Paul said, “For preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” (1 Cor. 1:18.) Paul preached Jesus crucified! The Gospel that saves is the Good News that Jesus died, was buried, and rose again the third day, according to the scriptures. That is the Gospel declared to us. (1 Cor. 15:1-4) No works there. Jesus alone saves. I hope this helps you. If not, please write again. Sincerely, Rauni Higley
Excerpt from a letter of a former Mormon:
“Dear Dennis and Rauni,
I was born and raised a member of the Mormon Church. Two years ago I started questioning the validity of the church and I came across your letter on the internet about why you had left the church. Your letter helped me to understand the deceptions of the Mormon Church…I want to thank you for taking the time and an effort to research your hunches on the Mormon Church. Your letter has helped me to decide to leave the church and become a Christian myself…I am dedicating my life to helping other Mormons to recognize the deceptions of the church. Thanks again and may God bless you and your work. B_____”
Thank you for letting us know that you are leaving the LDS Church, or have already left. PRAISE BE TO GOD FOR THAT.
We have our own website that you might find informative and helpful if you have an opportunity to help your friends who are Mormon… Our story is there and many others also. Print it from there and use with your friends.
Most of the LDS books we are quoting from are still available, and many, as Journal of Discourses (26-volumes), are also on the Internet…
On our website we have a list of some of the topics found in those Journals that are mostly recording conference talks of LDS General Authorities from 1840’s till the turn of the century. That topic-list is called “Adam-god Doctrine and other man elevating doctrines as recorded in the Journal of Discourses and in personal journals in chronological order“. You might like to sample some of them…If you have questions or need more information, please write. God bless you! – Rauni Higley
Another former Mormon wrote:
“Rauni, I have made the decision to leave the Mormon Church, to get my name as well as my husband’s, and children’s names stricken from their records. I will not enter a temple that has a pentagram on it! I have only been to one temple, and have never really looked closely at them. Seeing that pentagram (on Salt Lake Temple) really freaked me out! I started crying, because I feel so angry that I was deceived like that! I am angry because the people who go to the church here are really wonderful people, but like I said, I will not enter a temple that has a pentagram on it. If they were true temples of God’s, they would not have a pentagrams on them! … I am also angry, because I have taught my children that they could become gods! The prophet of the Mormon Church is the false prophet that will rise up with the anti-Christ, isn’t he? And guess what? George Bush, the president was a Mason also! I have heard the term “Masonry” in the church, but I never knew what they were talking about. Now I know! I have a question. Why must we have our names stricken from their records? Why cant we just ignore them and join another church?
P.S. I thought the temple ceremonies were really weird, especially the weird clothes you had to put on! …So will you please tell me about what the Christians believe on baptism and the Holy Ghost. You know what is funny? I never thought that the Christian religion was false. I always thought that any religion that believed in Jesus Christ was a good church, but that the Mormon Church was the only true church. Praise God that people like you have opened my eyes! By the way, I don’t live in Utah, I live in _____T___. “
Thank you. (Take your Bible and check all scriptures as I give them, below, so I do not need to type them out for you.) I assume that you checked our website and there read about Masonry, pentagrams, sun-stones, moon-stones etc. All of them are used in the Occult – and are forbidden by God. Exodus 20:4 says that we must not make any images of what is in heaven above – that, of course, means sun, moon and stars, and angels! From thousands of years ago pagans and people worshiping false gods have done just that – and are still doing it. Mormon temple in Salt Lake City is decorated, inside and outside, with them – and their new Nauvoo temple has 40 sun-faces around the temple (face of sun-god Baal, talked about in 1 Kings 18:18-40 and also elsewhere) and 40 pentagrams just above them, in addition to many other symbols as moon-stones etc. Our website has explanations for them. (Go to http://www.hismin.com and look under Occult symbols, explanations are after the pictures). Mormon Church believes and teaches the Satan’s lie in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:5). They believe they will become gods! It was Satan who wanted to be like God, and he was cast out of heaven for that. (Read Isa. 14:12-14 and Ezekiel 28:13-17.) Mormons worship gods, who they say, were once mortal men and progressed/evolved into godhood. God says that there were no Gods before Him, nor will there be after Him. (Isa. 43:10; 44:6, 8.) God has been God“from everlasting to everlasting” (Ps. 90:2.) Jesus of Mormonism is likewise a created being, Lucifer’s brother, and not born of a virgin! BUT Jesus of the Bible is“God with us”, as Isa. 7:14, Matt. 1:23 and John 1:1, 14 say! President Ezra Taft Benson (LDS prophet, mid 1980’s) wrote a book “Come unto Christ” (his “Christ”). On page 4 he says that Jesus was not begotten by the Holy Ghost, as Matt. 1:18-23 says, but He was “sired” by this exalted god-man they worship as their God. Mormon Doctrine, pp. 546-547 says that Jesus was begotten, conceived by this exalted god-man “same way mortal men are conceived by their mortal fathers“. That denies, of course, the virgin birth!
We recommend that you remove your names from the records of the Mormon Church. As long as you leave your names there, they count you in – and you are additional numbers in their statistics of how many members they have.
And yes, many Christians are even Masons! It is a sad account of how Biblically ignorant people are. They do not seem to know that God forbids taking oaths – as Mormons and Masons do! Joseph Smith was a Mason, his brother Hyrum, had been a Mason since mid-1820’s and about 1500 other Mormon men in Nauvoo were also Masons.
As what Christians believe about baptism – evangelical Christians believe that baptism is important, but it is not a saving ordinance. We are saved by faith alone – not by any works, not even baptism! Only Jesus saves, no act of ours adds to our salvation. We are saved when we confess with our mouth and believe in our heart that Jesus died for our sins, and was buried and rose again from the dead. (See: Romans 10:9-10; Eph. 2:8-9.) Jesus alone saves, as John 14:6 and Acts 4:12 say.
Baptism is our identification with Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection (Romans 6:3-4). Our baptism is our witness to others that we are believers, born of the Spirit as Jesus said we must (John 3:7.) We must go before God in prayer, confessing that we are hopeless sinners without His payment for our sins. Then we ask Him to come into our hearts and lives, and as we study His Word, the Bible, He will direct our lives. (2 Tim. 2:15; 3:16) We can know that we are saved as 1 John 5:11-13 promises. We KNOW that, because God has said it, and we can trust God’s Word totally and completely.
True Christianity is not a “religion”, but a personal relationship with Jesus. He is our Savior and Friend! We talk to Him, we read His Words daily – and learn from Him. Our salvation does not come from any church, or organization, but only from Jesus. Seek out a good Bible teaching church where you can fellowship with others who have also been born from above. Most of the Baptist churches are perhaps safest in that respect. Many Evangelical Free Churches and Calvary Chapels are also very good Bible-teaching churches.
Print our paper from our website, called “What is the Truth about Mormonism“. It might help you, and make information handy for you, because Mormons for sure will try to argue with you and try to convince you not to leave. All doctrinal points in it are documented from authentic Mormon sources and they, if they check them out, cannot argue against them. If you have further questions, please write.
In Christ, Rauni
Question from a non-Mormon:
“Can you give me something on archaeology and the Book of Mormon? I need something very solid. A young man believes in the Book of Mormon and sent me to a website that didn’t prove anything. I would like something solid. Thanks,____”
There has been nothing “solid” found that can be connected to “Book of Mormon-archaeology”. The Book of Mormon archaeology simply does not exist. Some, as FARMS (BYU’s apologists), often present things as “this might be an evidence for the BoM” or “this is possibly from the BoM era“, etc. They do that to keep people in a “wishful thinking-mode” and so that they do not give up on the BoM and leave the church. As long as someone from BYU says, “this could be it“,they keep on believing and hoping, and be bound to Mormonism.
If something tangible actually could be somehow connected to the Book of Mormon story, you can be absolutely sure that the leaders of the LDS church would announce it, and loudly. They have made no statements about the archaeology and the Book of Mormon. They only say that members must read it and pray about it. I recall one of their prophets, Spencer W. Kimball, in the mid 1970’s, saying, that there is no archaeological proof for the Book of Mormon, and that Mormons must accept it by faith alone. That is how they have accepted it all along. There is no proof. They have no maps in the back of the Book of Mormon, as there is in the Bible – there is no location that they can say: this is it. Thanks for asking. Rauni Higley (Website: http://www.hismin.com)
An LDS man wrote:
“I just wish to state that I feel bad for you. If you went on a mission and also married in the temple, then you did it all for the wrong reason. I attended a Christian church ONCE (NON LDS) and asked why my grandmother was able to see my grandfather AFTER he already passed away. The pastor said he wasn’t sure because the bible does NOT support that and it’s not possible. He then said “The lord can do as he wishes, I am not going to put him in a bottle and say he can’t do it, because he can do anything he wants.” Now, if this is true, who says that EVERYTHING must match the bible. There is one thing that this world doesn’t understand, and that is, the Bible does not run this world, nor does any book for that matter, GOD DOES! Hence meaning, he can do as he pleases. Prayer works. Sincerely, D—-“
I thank you for your letter, but please don’t feel bad for us. Actually our life became so happy and wonderful after we found the real Jesus of the Bible that we feel bad for all those, as you, who have not found Him yet. Jesus of Mormonism is not the Jesus of traditional Christianity, who was revealed to us by all New Testament writers, who were eyewitnesses of His Glory, as Peter wrote in 2 Pet. 1:16. They walked with Him, lived with Him, saw Him die, be buried, resurrected and ascend to heaven.Jesus of the Bible is God with us. He is God and He has always been God. (John 1:1, 14; Matt. 1:23.) He is not a created being as is Jesus of Mormonism, who is Lucifer’s brother also. This Jesus of Mormonism, regardless of claims, does not exist. Jesus of the Bible created all things, including Lucifer, and thus could not be his brother. (John 1:1-3; Col. 1:16.)
What any person, including Christian pastors, know, depends on their own personal studies. I have met hundreds of Mormons who do not know much about Mormonism either – and that group includes bishops, stake presidents, regional representatives and even General Authorities. [The LDS President Hinckley, in one of his interviews, when asked if the Mormon Church teaches and believes that God was once a man, and that men can become Gods, said “I don’t know that we teach it. I don’t know that we emphasize it…I understand the philosophical background behind it, but I don’t know a lot about it, and I don’t think others know a lot about it.” He was not telling the truth. When he said that, then current LDS Priesthood lesson manual had a whole chapter (#4) about that very teaching that God was once a man and men may become Gods.]
The Bible is the truth. (Ps. 119:160; John 17:17.) Jesus’ title is the Word, the Truth. The Bible has answers to all things pertaining to life and salvation, but one must study it to know..
By the way, the Bible forbids having anything to do with “familiar spirits“, it is an abomination to God. (See Deut. 18:10-12; 2 Kings 23:24 etc.) “Familiar spirits” are demons pretending to be someone “familiar”, as a dead relative. The dead do not come back.
God says that the entire Bible is given by Him for our instruction so that we will not be fooled. (Read: 2 Tim. 3:16; 2:15; 1 Thess. 5:21; 1 John 4:1.) Simple reason why we must test all things is that there will be those who preach “another Jesus”, “another gospel” and have “another spirit” and if we do not know what the truth of God is, we can be fooled and even accept a counterfeit Jesus and gospel brought by false spirits testifying, giving feelings that it is true when it is a lie. (See 2 Cor. 11:4; 13-15; Gal. 1:8.)
“Faith, as well intentioned as it might be, must be built on facts, not fiction – faith in fiction is a damnable false hope.” (Thomas Edison) If you want to know the truth, let’s talk more.
Rauni Higley – website: http://www.hismin.com
In addition to our “normal” ministry work with people (answering letters, calls and meeting with them), we have been teaching an “Understanding Mormonism”- class (again) at Calvary Chapel of Salt Lake City. We have a very full class. (104 registered in this class.) Most, if not all of them, have been there every Sunday, rain or snow or otherwise bad whether has not kept them away. We have been going on nine weeks now and many more to come.
On Easter Sunday four of our class members were baptized, which was such a blessing to Dennis and myself. We have witnessed their spiritual growth, as well as many others also. The entire class has been an inspiration and encouragement to us in this work.
We have added more information to our class and it has kept us in additional research for the last several months.
We want to thank you for your prayers, and for your support in letters and help in our expenses. It has greatly encouraged us. We do depend on God’s own to help us so that we can continue to give the precious and liberating Gospel message to people in Utah, around the nation and overseas. Your help has been another confirmation to us that the Lord does answer prayer. He knows our needs and He will continue to guide, assist and encourage us through you. He gives us the grace we need to fulfill the ministry He has entrusted to us. As our ministry has grown, so have our expenses, but our God has supplied all our needs in the past, and we trust that through your prayers and assistance, He will continue to do so in the future.
May God be with you and yours.
In Christ Jesus,
Rauni and Dennis Higley
2890 E Willow Bend Dr.
Sandy, Utah 84093
[Reformatted to fit & Reprinted by Permission]