(Genesis 1:27; Galatians 3:28)
***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, I have a question regarding fasting. What if you told
God you would fast from something until that thing came true in your life. God had already answered prayers in that certain situation but then you realize you only fasted out of desperation and for selfish reasons to get your way. Should you stop that fast repent and move forward or would God see that as you being weak and not keeping your word?
ANSWER: Fasting is not a game or endurance event. It is a way for followers of Christ to get closer to the Lord by forgoing a meal or whatever you choose to fast, in order to spend that time with the Lord. Please read my Devotional on this issue:
After the story in USA Today about Ann Romney, I felt it was an issue that needed to be dealt with today. This has nothing to do with women who work versus those who stay at home, but the real issue women should have with Ann Romney. As a member of the satanic Mormon cult, Ann and all Mormon women truly believe that in the “afterlife,” they will be nothing more than eternal incubators for “spirit babies.” Rather than this foolish discussion about whether she stayed home to raise her children versus having a career, THIS is the real issue that she should be responding to!
What is the difference between the roles of women who follow Christ, versus women who follow the Mormon cult? I have to laugh when I hear people who are clearly Biblically illiterate state the Bible demeans women, that God’s Word teaches women are inferior to men, or that Paul was a male chauvinist. Paul was a revolutionary in his day, teaching God’s Word that men and women were equal when in his culture women were little more than property. People who make such statements are 100% wrong about what the Bible teaches regarding women and their roles. Let me say right up front that according to God’s Word a man and a woman are 100% equal, they simply have different roles to play.
In God’s account of creation found in the first chapter of Genesis, the Bible states, “And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Paul, in writing to the church at Galatia states, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” The Bible CLEARLY and without any question teaches that God created men and women as equals. The only difference is in the specific roles each has been assigned.
This is NOT SO in many cults and false religions, specifically in the Mormon cult. I guess if a person was operating in the flesh, it is understandable why a man would buy into the lies of the racist, pedophile, polygamist, murdering founder of the Mormon cult, Joseph Smith. This satanically inspired “religion” that has led millions of souls to hell, with millions more around the world alive today who are on that conveyor belt to eternal punishment for believing their lies, is designed for and geared towards men. Women are less than men in every way in the Mormon cult.
Again, I guess I see why some men would be attracted to these false beliefs. After all, it sounds nice that you die and become the god of your own planet with an unlimited number of women waiting to have sex with you to create “spirit babies” as the Mormon cult teaches. The Bible actually teaches that there will be no marriage in Heaven, no physical bodies which of course means no sex. Again, satan the father of lies has perverted God’s wonderful gift of sex designed for a husband and wife in this life and used it as a motivation for men to follow a false faith that will lead their souls to hell.
Note: I can only imagine the sheer horror of those who followed the lies of Smith, when upon their death they realized as they stood before God their Creator that they were not and never would be a “god,” and instead of a planet full of women to make “spirit babies” with, there are the eternal flames and torment of hell.
Something I have never been able to understand is why a woman would want anything to do with the Mormon cult. In this cult, woman are unequal to men and really little more than the property of men, no different than a slave. The Mormon position on women has changed little since the early 1800’s, when the official view was that “woman’s primary place is in the home, where she is to rear children and abide by the righteous counsel of her husband” (McConkie 844). This attitude, coupled with the doctrine of polygamy and the absolute power claimed by the men of the church, created a legacy of profound sexism which modern Mormonism continues to foster.
Mormonism has created an ingenious system of oppression, in which opposition towards men is tantamount to arguing with God. At age twelve, boys become members of the Aaronic, or lesser priesthood, and at nineteen become eligible for the Melchezedek, or higher priesthood. Members of either priesthood are higher authorities on everything than are non-members. Women are, of course, excluded from the priesthood. This practice in effect says that a woman’s prepubescent son is more qualified to advise her than she is to advise him.
The most notorious example of Mormon treatment of women is, of course, the practice of polygamy. Polygamous marriage is basically essential to Mormon theology. Mormon Doctrine states that God was once a human man, and “He is now a glorified, resurrected Personage having a tangible body of flesh and bones” (250). As a matter of fact, “all gods first existed as spirits, came to an earth to receive bodies, and then, after having passed through a period of probation on the aforesaid earth, were advanced to the exalted position they now enjoy” (Hoekema 38). After death, a good Mormon man who has followed a few certain rules is catapulted to this same status and receives his own planet to populate and rule over (Fife 103). To receive this honor, a man must be “married for eternity” in the Mormon temple. This special marriage is binding after death as well as until it.
“Celestial” marriage, as this eternal marriage is often called, is essential for Mormon women. Without being celestially married to a holder of the priesthood, a woman cannot be “saved” (Green 154). In the temple marriage ceremony, women are given secret names known only to their husbands, for identification purposes, so their husbands can pull them through to “the other side” after death. After death, while their husbands are creating and ruling over planets, the women have the questionable honor of bearing his “spirit children” for eternity.
Because of the doctrine of celestial marriage, it is very difficult for Mormon women to obtain divorces in the church. Women are told that “divorce is usually the result of one or both not living the gospel”, and that a woman who wants a divorce is “untrue to the covenants she has made in the house of the Lord” A Mormon woman has the joy of looking forward to an eternity of being pregnant!
I love you and care about you so much Why a woman would want to be part of the Mormon cult is beyond me. They are believed to be inferior to men and little more than slaves who exist for the benefit of men and in their version of the “afterlife,” are little more than eternal incubators!
I have no clue why any woman would want to be part of this lie from the pits of hell, especially when you know the TRUTH about women as God tell us in His Word. All throughout the Bible, women have played an incredible role in the plan of God. We see women being used by God in incredible ways, helping to fulfill His Divine plan. Women have always played a key role in God’s work, and I want to make sure we never lose sight of how important they are in the Kingdom of God.
THE LIE OF SATAN THROUGH THE TEACHINGS OF A CULT LIKE MORMONISM IS THAT WOMEN ARE INFERIOR TO MEN. THE TRUTH OF GOD’S WORD TEACHES THAT MEN AND WOMEN ARE EQUAL!!!
I want to encourage women who are following the lies of Mormonism that you are NOT inferior to a man. God made you EQUAL with men. He loves you, has a special plan and purpose for your life, and wants the best for you. The fact is a large percentage of women in Mormonism did not choose these beliefs or make a conscience decision to commit their lives to them, they were born or married into them. You cannot be born or married into Christianity. It is a choice, a decision you have to make to give your heart and life to Jesus. He loves you and wants to have an everlasting relationship with you. You don’t need your parents or a man or anyone else to know Jesus as your personal Savior. It is a relationship you enter into by faith.
The fact is that all of us, men and women, are born with the sin of Adam in addition to those sins we commit during our life. It is our sin that separates us from God our Creator. But God loved us so much, He sent Jesus to die for our sins. That is why it is faith in Jesus alone, not the false jesus of Joey Smith and the Mormon cult, but the Jesus of the Bible who is GOD that will save your soul. It is not too late. You can turn from the lies of Mormonism today and ask Jesus into your heart and life by faith and He will. Take a moment, pray, and ask God to open your heart, read the words and watch the video clip: http://www.liveprayer.com/plan.cfm
*A special thank you to Jessica Longaker, for her wonderful article, “The Role of Women in Mormonism” that helped me with some of the specific content on Mormon women.
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
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