THE CHRISTIAN WALK
|Wednesday, April 3, 2019|
Cameron, Texas, USA
"Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you will know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God…"--- I John 4:1-2
or those that have been following our series on false Christian sects and demon-energized religious organizations we began three weeks ago and which we shall continue in the next three months, you will notice three eerily itchy commonalities among them. Like the Celestial Church sect which we treated last week founded by Mr. Samuel Bilewu Joseph Oshoffa inspired by a demon known as Luli to establish that white garment organization-not worthy to be called a church-and luring millions of undiscerning adherents across the world to hell; the same with the founder of another sect that we will talk about in this column this week. The name of the sect is so-called Church of Latter Day Saints known around the world as Mormon. Its founder; Joseph Smith was also inspired by another demon known as Moroni. The three smuts of false prophets as we shall see in these series are; vague and clever denial of the Deity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as the Only Way-not one of the several ways to heaven, but the Only Way to heaven and salvation; disguised subordination of the Holy Bible as the inerrant Word of the True Lord God Almighty to another clever dubiously-invented book; and lastly the libidinous way and bacchanalian lifestyle of their so-called founders/priests while alive and their tragic ends. SBJ Oshoffa for instance died in a ghastly auto accident in which everyone traveling with him along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway perished without a lone survivor. His body was covered and eaten by termites when it was found on Tuesday September 10, 1985.
I was a staff writer with the defunct National Concord Newspapers in Nigeria during this period which we extensively covered. Like Oshoffa, Joseph Smith was assassinated by mobsters in Carthage, Illinois where his band of sect members relocated to from Ohio on Thursday June 27, 1844 alongside his brother, Hyrum awaiting trial as a felon. The 200 mobsters first shot Hyrum in the face and massed round the second-story building Joseph Smith hid shooting sporadically to defend himself until one of his sect members pushed him down while bleeding from several gunshot wounds from the mobsters until he died. Like Oshoffa who had "official" 14 wives and consorted unrestrained with his sect members; Joseph Smith also had 49 "official" wives-while many of the sect members freely gave themselves to him as their priest. If you look at the lifestyles and mannerisms of their members today, they follow the same degrading, unenviable and lecherous lifestyles of their demon-inspired founders. As Apostle Paul told the newly-converted brethren in Corinth during his time: "Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ" (I Corinthians 11:1).
The sad and most pathetic thing is that members of this sect will argue blindly and shout hoarse when educated on the despicable and immoral lifestyles of their founders which also permeate in their hierarchy today. No wonder, the Word of Life lamented thusy: "…my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge…" (Hosea 4:6). It is not enough to be innocent and zealous for the things of the Lord God Almighty, because one can innocently perish as a result of ignorant zeal that will ultimately lead precious souls to the nether gloom. That is the reason the Word of Life admonished us in Proverbs 4:6-9: "Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you. She will give you a garland to grace your head and present you with a glorious crown." There is nothing blissful about ignorance when matters of eternity are involved. This is serious folks; you, me and indeed every human soul on this earth and those that will ever walk on this planet earth has only one shot; there is no re-do and once a person misses it, that is the end and eternity beckons forever and forever. Don't just join any church or sect; investigate its origin, study and watch the lifestyle of those presiding over the place and study; I repeat again, study what they teach and align it with the revealed Word of the Living God; the Holy Bible and ask the Holy Spirit to open your spiritual eyes, illuminate your heart and give you understanding. This is about eternal life; it is worth all efforts to get it right. That was what the Holy Bible meant in Philippians 2:12b: "… continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling."
How did I know all these? I joined this sect while in Nigeria in the 1980s. I was serving in the mandatory National Youth Service Corps-NYSC- during this period and three of the sect members invited me to their place of worship in Ijebu-Ode Ogun State for worship. When people ask me which state I served the NYSC, I normally tell them I served in both Kwara and Ogun States. At the Church of Latter Day Saints in Ijebu-Ode, two couples from here in the United States were visiting missionaries and were being assisted by three young Nigerian proselytizers. Then they gave me a copy of the Book of Mormon and being a voracious reader, I read the book from cover-to-cover in few weeks. The more I read, the more I discovered strange dreams and visions from the spiritual entities and funny names contained in the book. Much later after my spiritual conversion and redemption in 1997 when the Lord Jesus Christ appeared to him, He instructed me to ditch that so-called Book of Mormon, because He-the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ- didn't inspire that demonic book. The entity known as Moroni was a demon speaking to Mr. Joseph Smith.
Now let's examine the manner and atmosphere the so-called spiritual inspiration of Mr. Joseph Smith came about in Manchester, New York in 1820. He said two entities first visited him in the wooded area of his parent's farm and identified themselves as God Almighty and Jesus Christ. That is not Biblical. In the New Testament, the True Lord God Almighty appeared to His children as our Lord Jesus Christ. That was why our Lord Jesus Christ told Philip in John 14:9: "Jesus answered: "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'?" Yes, Three Angels appeared to Papa Abraham, but they didn't identify themselves as God Almighty and Jesus Christ, because God the Father and God the Son are One; just as our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ truly disclosed: "I and my Father are One" (John 10:30). Apostle Paul later explicated on this Deity and Amity of the Father and Son in his Hebraic treatise when he disclosed that: "The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven" (Hebrews 1:3). Again, Apostle Paul harped more on this spiritual truth in his letter to the believers in Colossae and by extension to all believers on the earth today that: "The Lord Jesus Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, For in Him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities. All things were created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together." (Colossians 1:15-17). You cannot spin this eternal truth; although you can deny it, but you cannot interpret otherwise. To separate the Father from the Son and the Son from the Father is to deny the Deity of both and you cannot claim to belong to the True Lord God Almighty. Apostle John made this perfectly clear, unambiguous and off-pat in I John 2:23: "No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also." No one has the right to disclaim spiritual visitation to any human being; after all, I myself has disclosed legionary times in my column here that I was visited by the Lord Jesus Christ. So it is not the spiritual visitation that should be analyzed and scrutinized rather, the messages purportedly delivered by that spiritual entity that visited in such spiritual encounter. Are we to imbibe hook, line and sinker every spiritual encounter that religious racketeers and charlatans pass onto to us as from the True Lord God Almighty? Definitely not! That was the reason the Holy Bible warned us genuine believers thus: "Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you will know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God…"-(I John 4:1-2).
Mr. Joseph Smith said the two entities that first appeared before him in 1820 told him to deliver another gospel to the world. The gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is one gospel and there is no other gospel. Here is the eternal gospel brought by the Son, the Only-Begotten Son of the Living God, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to wit: Adam and Eve disobeyed the True Lord God Almighty in the Garden of Eden and consequently, the power, authority and dominion that the Almighty God gave to the human race were stolen by Satan and his demons who proceeded to set up their illegal and illegitimate government on earth known as the world. To remove this illegal and illegitimate government of Satan and his fiendish forces from the earth and restored the human race back to our pre-Adamic Fall, someone must take the rap and fall for the disobedience of Adam and Eve; our First Parents, who were driven out of the Garden of Eden. Blood must be shed in order to satisfy the righteous requirement of a Holy and Righteous God that without the shedding of blood there will not be forgiveness of sin (Hebrews 9:22). Angels could not have come to die for the sins of humanity; it must take a member of the human race to pay the price for our spiritual freedom from the stranglehold of Satan and his accomplices; consequently, God Almighty Himself had to come in the likeliness of the human race in our Lord Jesus Christ to pay the penalty of the sin or disobedience of the human race through Adam and Eve by shedding His Blood on Calvary as atonement on our behalf for He had no sin, but made Him our sin offering (2 Corinthians 5:21). On the third day, He came back to life and resurrected because it was and still is impossible for death to hold Him-Jesus Christ- (Acts of Apostle 2:24). Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ paid it all; no sin remains for those of us who have put our faith, trust and eternity in His Hands through His finished work on Calvary, Hallelujah! This is the gospel, the real gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and as Apostle Paul cursed; "But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God's curse! As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you embraced, let him be under a divine curse!…" (Galatians 1:8-9). Folks, may your eyes never see evil; all members of the so-called Church of Latter Day Saints a.k.a Mormon are worshipping Satan, period! But there is more.
On January 6, 1842, Smith married a widow; 31-year old Agnes Moulton Coolbrith whose husband was Smith-not related to Joseph Smith-; on February 8, 1842 Smith consorted with another married woman; 23-year old Sylvia Porter Sessions (nee Lyon) a devotee; another 23-year member/convert; Mary Elizabeth Rollins formerly married to Mr. Lightner warmed Smith's Mormon bed on January 17, 1842 followed by 47-year old Patty Bartlett who was formerly married to Mr. Sessions on March 9, 1842. In April 1842 Marinda Nancy Johnson left her husband, Mr. Hyde who she had married for 11 years at the age of 16 to become part of Joseph Smith's harem at the age of 27 followed by yet another married woman; 50-year old Elizabeth Davis who was formerly married to Brackenbury Durfee to become Joseph Smith's wife in May 1842; and that same year, Sally Ann Fuller moved in as Smith's wife. Other wives of this demon-possessed church founder were: 53-year old Sarah Maryetta Kingsley formerly married to Mr. Howe Cleveland married to Smith on June 29, 1842; Delcena Johnson (nee Sherman) who at 37 years old joined the harem in July 1842; a single 38-year old Eliza Roxcy Snow who became another wife on June 29, 1842; 37-year old Martha McBride (nee Knight) married to Joseph Smith in August 1842; Ruth D. Vose, formerly married to Mr. Sayers but consorted with Smith in February 1843 when she was 34 years old; one Sarah Bapson in 1842; a single 30-year old Almera Woodward Johnson who he married in August 1843; 29-year old Hannah Elis in 1843; another 29-year old Elvira Annie Cowles who was formerly married to Mr. Holmes but joined the sect and joined Smith's harem on June 1, 1843; a single 58-year old Rhoda Richards who became another wife of Smith on June 12, 1843; a single 32-year old Miss Desdemona Wadsworth Fullmer who he married in July 1843; a single 27-year old Olive Grey Frost in summer 1843 and a divorced 34-year old Mary Ann Frost (formerly Mrs. Pratt) in summer 1843; 19-year old Melissa Lott on September 20, 1843; 56-year old Fanny Young on November 2, 1843; 19-year old Clarissa Reed Hancock on March 29, 1833; and seven women in quick succession in 1844 alone; Mary Houston, Vienna Jacques, Sophia Sanburn, Olive Andrews, Sarah Scott, and Phoebe Watrous (nee Woodworth). Others were former Mrs. Edward Blossom who ran away from her husband to join the cult and as usual joined Smith's harem; Ms Cordelia Calista Morley, Nancy Maria Smith and Ms. Sophia Woodman. We do not have the time and space to bore readers with the children and grandchildren of this harbinger of Satan and his deceptive demons. Do you see the commonality between him and Oshoffa, the founder of the white garment Celestial Church of Christ as exposed in this column last week? Indeed, as we proceed further in these series on Satanically-inspired and demon-energized religions and sects, you will be perturbed at this defining commonality.
DENIAL OF THE INERRANCY OF THE HOLY BIBLE: - Mr. Joseph Smith gave another book apart from the Book of Life to his beguiled and blind followers. He said angel Moroni directed him to a cave in New York for ancient manuscripts needed for his new gospel. Nowhere in the entire Holy Bible of the True Lord God Almighty did an angel name Moroni appear. There were only three angels mentioned in the entire Holy Bible from Genesis to Revelation namely: Lucifer heretofore an archangel who fell as a result of pride and became Satan (Isaiah 14:12; Revelation 12:9); Michael, the archangel who defeated Satan and his rebellious renegades during their rebellion in heaven(Daniel 12:1, Jude .9, & Revelation 12:7); and the Chief of Staff to the True Lord God Almighty, the great archangel Gabriel (Luke 1:19, Daniel 9:21 & Luke 1:26). Moroni was and still is a demon talking to Smith and gave him instructions to unearth irrelevant archival materials, because if any spiritually discerning mind and anyone imbued with Godly wisdom reads that so-called Book of Mormon, just as I have done, you will discover slews of jeremiads, argosies of hocus-pocus; legionary illogicalities and nonsensical heresies. Like the Jehovah Witnesses that we exposed two weeks ago in this column go about proselytizing people with their sect's literature instead of using the Holy Bible, so also the Mormon go about with their useless Book of Mormon deceiving the unwary. Brethren, please stand in the gap right now for millions of souls that are in this sect today. Pray the True Lord God Almighty to open the spiritual eyes of the members in this satanic cult that are chained and manacled by demons so they can escape from the snares of Satan and his hirelings.
As this young man began his sexual escapades and perversions, especially cavorting with biological sisters, the alarmed residents of Manchester and environs, NY frowned on such immoral lifestyle. Joseph Smith realized his lecherous and libidinous activities would not stand and hiding under the guise of religious persecution fled to Kirkland in Lake County Ohio in 1831. Here too they were not welcomed which compelled him and his sick and demented sect members to flee once again to Missouri in 1838. Once again, the highly puritanical locals in Independence in Jackson County, Missouri would not entertain the sexual deviance of this man and showed him the way in 1839. There was no rest for this obviously sick puppy who called himself a prophet and is being lionized by members of the Mormon Movement around the world today, until finally Smith settled in Nauvoo in Hancock County between the Mississippi River and Iowa. To legitimize his satanic calling and demonic lifestyle, he ran for office and became the deputy Mayor of Nauvoo, Illinois on May 19, 1842. It was in Nauvoo that his Satanic activities blossomed in full gear forcing the rural folks to rise against him and his members once and for all leading to his assassination in 1844.
Next Week:Another religious sect which masquerade as Christ's followers is another white garment church movement that is spreading around the world today. They are a diabolical variant of the Celestial Church Movement and I was once a member. You will see the deception and Satanic content of the sect next week as we proceed on our series on Satanic churches and demon-inspired sects around the world.