Newsletter 06-29-2010

  • $5 Support - $5 is not much.  Would you please consider a small monthly donation?  It is easy to do.  You just go to https://school.carm.org/amember/signup.php, go down to the green $5 Monthly Recurring Donation button, click it, fill out the form on the page and you're done.  It is a secure server so it is safe.  Also, it is easy to cancel any time.  You just log into your account and cancel it - we can cancel it if you want, too.  So, would you please consider supporting us by taking about 3 minutes of your time?  It really is a huge help.
        Also, you might want to check out "Why Support CARM?"
  • Manti - I went to Manti, UT, with my wife and some friends last week.  Every June, in that city there is a Mormon miracle pageant.  Thousands upon thousands of Mormons attend for a two-week period.  Also, hundreds of Christians from all over the country attend with the purpose of reaching out to the Mormons and sharing the gospel of the true God and true Savior.  As many of you may know, Mormonism teaches that there are many gods, (Mormon Doctrine, p. 163); there is a mother goddess, (Articles of Faith, by James Talmage, p. 443); God used to be a man on another planet, (Mormon Doctrine, p. 321); after you become a good Mormon, you have the potential of becoming a god, (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 345-347, 354); God resides near a star called Kolob, (Pearl of Great Price, pp. 34-35; Mormon Doctrine, p. 428).  As you can see, these are not biblical doctrines and, unfortunately, they lead to eternal damnation.  At the pageant, it was hot, there were lots of mosquitos, but we had countless conversations.  What is so sad is the Mormon people's adamant commitment to Mormonism.  Basically, if you present the facts they are ignored.  If you present Bible verses that contradict Mormonism, they are said to be taken out of context.  But, we are to be faithful to the Lord and present truth matter what the Mormons say.
         At one point during the pageant, there were more than 10,000 people sitting in chairs watching the presentation of Mormonism by actors on a hillside under the Manti, Temple.  My heart went out to them as I envisioned them in the lake of fire, being tormented for eternity because they refuse to believe in the true God and instead choose to follow a false god.
         If you're a Mormon reading this, please understand that I know that you are a good person, and that you sincerely believe that your church is true.  I'm not trying to be insulting or condescending.  But, Mormonism is Christian only in appearance, not in substance.  If you are interested in learning more about it, please go to www.carm.org/mormonism.
  • Thanks for support - For those of you who have been supporting CARM, thank you.  We sincerely appreciate every dollar that comes in.  Again, thank you....really... thank you.
  • CAR - I am asking the newsletter readers if any of you might have a vehicle for sale.  My wife has a car that we have had for many years, but in the past six months we put in about $3000 to keep it going.  Two weeks ago, we found out that the exhaust manifold has a problem.  Gasoline fumes flow into the van while driving and it is extremely uncomfortable...as well as dangerous.  The mechanic says it will cost up to $1000 to have it fixed. So, I'm trying to decide whether to put more money into it or put $1000 into getting another vehicle.
         I'm asking if any of you out there have a vehicle you'd like to sell to us.  I know that $1000 isn't much (we might be able to go a little higher).  We don't have much money to work with, but we are looking at our options -- and going into debt to get another car is not what we want to do.  We need something that is mechanically sound; and, if it isn't too much to ask, doesn't look like it's been tossed around by tornado.  So, if that rings a bell with you, please contact me at [email protected]?  Thanks.
  • Podcast - of Faith and Reason Radio.  If you have Itunes, search for Matt Slick, or CARM, or Faith and Reason Radio, and you can subscribe to the Radio show podcasts for free.  You can also go to the Podcast link.
  • Writers and Researchers - CARM needs your help!  We have hundreds of questions about cult groups and various issues but neither Ryan nor myself has the time to do all the research and writing.  Therefore, CARM is looking for Writers and Researchers.  This would be voluntary, unpaid.
  • Salespeople - We are planning to hire salespeople, commission only, to go to churches and present the CARM online schools -- in book form.  If you are seriously interested, please contact Ken at [email protected] or call him at 208.398.0123.  Again, only serious inquiries, please.
  • Computers - Thanks for the spare computer!  I fixed it up and delivered it to Jay at a local Gym.  He's a Christian who helps people out a lot and does ministry work.   He also holds world records in strong man competitions.  Anyway, he needed a decent computer system for security purposes at the gym.  Last newsletter, I asked for a spare system and someone sent me one.  I cleaned it up and delivered it to Jay.  So, thanks!  And boy, was he blessed.
       I was a computer tech for five years, so fixing and building them is easy and enjoyable.  What I do is get them ready and give them to people who need them:  single moms, kids, etc.  I don't charge, of course.  If you have a spare computer (or spare computer parts) and you would like to donate to CARM, please let us know ([email protected]) and/or send it to CARM, PO BOX 995, Meridian, ID 83680.  We can give you a tax receipt if you need it.  Thanks.
  • Facebook Like Button - If you go to the CARM website, and go to the bottom of the articles, you will notice a Facebook "like" button.  If you see some articles that you particularly enjoy, and you have a Facebook account, you can click on the button at the bottom of the article.  It will help with increasing CARM's popularity.
  • CARM Get Together - We are entertaining the idea of having a CARM get together somewhere in Nebraska or Missouri since that is the center of the U.S.  We have a facebook page for comments.  http://www.facebook.com/carm.org?v=wall&story_fbid=125224147494028
        We are interested in knowing how many would consider attending if we had it say...in St. Louis, Missouri in July or August.  I think that's the best place because it is central, has a large airport (which would mean cheaper airfare), etc.
        To make it worth people's time and money, if we rented a hotel room, I could speak on a topic or two, we could have another speaker (maybe Bill McKeever of mrm.org).  If that sounds like a good idea.  A church would be better if someone knew of one in the area. 

From Ryan Turner

  • I spent the past two weeks down in Manti, Utah, doing Mormon evangelism.  Manti is dead center in the middle of Utah.  It is about 95% Mormon.  Anyhow, each year the Mormon Church hosts a big pageant or play in Manti which recounts the history of the Mormon religion.  The purpose of the play is to encourage the faith of the existing Mormons and share the message of the "restored gospel" to non-Mormons.
        In total, there are about ten to fifteen thousand people that show up each night to watch this play.  This pageant is performed on a hillside with the Manti Temple in the background.  As the play begins at nightfall, the Temple lights up for a beautiful display of lights under the night sky.
        Nevertheless, as these Mormon people show up early, a few hours before nightfall, to watch the play, about 150 Christians gather on the streets surrounding the play to engage these Mormon people in evangelism.
        I had the privilege of having some great conversations with these precious Mormon people.  My approach was generally to ask the Mormons if they believed there was one God or many gods, or if they thought they could become a god.  I would then gently share with them Isaiah 43:10 which says, "Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me," (KJV).  I then would challenge them with "What do you think this passage is saying?"  Some of the Mormon people would be shocked and say that it teaches only one God.  Others would reply that Isaiah 43:10 is talking about other gods of this world.
        If they objected that Isaiah 43:10 was talking about gods of this world, I would then ask them. "Okay, so if there are other gods out there in other worlds or places, does God know about them?"  They would generally reply, "Yes."  I then would take them to Isaiah 44:8 where the LORD is speaking and says, "Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any," (KJV).  I would then ask the Mormon, "If there is a God besides Heavenly Father, does he not know about that God?"  Generally, the Mormon would get the point of the passage and see the point of the Biblical teaching.
        I do specifically remember one conversation with a gentleman named Rob.  Rob was probably in his mid fifties.  He came outside of the pageant to talk to me on the street about Isaiah 43:10.  To make a long story short, he bore his testimony by sharing how he knew the Mormon Church to be the true Church, etc.  However, I then politely shared my testimony regarding how I knew the God who created all things (Is. 44:24), was eternally God (Ps. 90:2), and died for my sins (1 Cor. 15:3b-4) giving me assurance of eternal life with God by faith (1 Jn. 5:13).  I told him how God loves us unconditionally and gives us salvation as a free gift.  Rob seemed quite appreciative of what I was saying and I could see tears in his eyes.  I encouraged him to trust Jesus alone, who was always God (Jn. 1:1), to save him and give him eternal life as a gift.  He thanked me for the conversation and walked away.  Even though he did not appear ready to accept Christ there, I pray that the Holy Spirit will open his eyes to the Gospel and he will place is faith in Jesus Christ alone for his salvation.
        This conversation with Rob was one among dozens of conversations that I was blessed to have with Mormons these past two weeks.  Thank you so much for your prayers and encouragement!  God is working on these Mormon people.

Love and Hate Mail

Love

  • Whats going on Matt Slick?  I just wanted to thank you for your website and your radio show.  They've greatly helped me in my Christian walk.  It also gives great answers to some tough questions.  And I also have the 3 online schools too and they're great.  It must be tough with alot of the hostility you get from people in other religions/cults but I would just like to encourage you to keep doing what you're doing because you are helping a lot of people.
  • After spending some fascinating time a your website this morning, I simply want to thank you for your ministry. Particularly enjoyable was your testimony, Matt, and also the clear and Biblically focused answers you give to questions about cults and other religions.  I have bookmarked your home page and will recommend it to others looking for answers about faith.
  • I just wanted to say how completely proud and grateful I am for this site.  I've always worried about defending my faith, debating with someone of another faith, and witnessing to those of another faith and this website most definitely helps me with that.  You seem to have thought of every religion and ever denomination, (from Baha’i to Pentecostal) pointing out its flaws that I can share and actually reaffirm my faith.  I especially appreciate the Islam section.  As a Middle Eastern Christian, it’s refreshing to know that Americans aren’t so ignorant about the evil ways of Islam.  I’m so glad that you’ve let the world know just how violent, sexist, and false their religion is.  I’m positive you have been flooded with threats from Muslims.  Don’t give in or try to take away the Muslim section.  Continue to reveal the truth.  They can’t hurt you when God’s around.
  • http://www.carm.org/questions/other-questions/if-christian-commits-suicide-he-still-forgiven  We just lost a dear friend to postpartum psychosis (beyond the regular depression phase).  She was giving loving had a wonderful marriage, family friends and new daughter and believed in God.  I could never believe that the God I love would exclude someone out of their right mind, so wrought with pain (that was trying all medical treatment to get better) from the kingdom of heaven.  I don’t know why so many Christians do not understand what it means to be saved.
  • I recently found out about CARM and your ministry in apologetics and defending our faith, and I couldn't be happier.  There's so many falsehoods and outright lies out there and it's nice to find someone dedicated to protecting God's word and explaining what the true Gospel is.  I especially enjoyed your analysis of Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Catholicism.   Pastor Slick, you are truly an amazing man with a great heart for God and I hope to hear and read much more from you in the future.  If there's ever anything I can do for you, please don't hesitate to call me.  I'm a new pastor taking on a new congregation here in Redding, CA for Cornerstone Community Church as our senior pastor just announced his resignation and I could use all the prayers I can get.  I know that God has given me this calling for a reason and I will try my best to bring honor and glory to our Lord.  Thank you again for being a role model to me (and to no doubt countless other Christian leaders in the world).

Hate

  • Dear CARM, I am a wiccan and am upset that you would insinuate that people of my religion associate with demons any more than Christians do.  You are asking me to turn my back on a truly open and loving religion that makes me feel happy and full of life.  You are saying we become attracted to the "darkness" and evil from being a Wiccan.  This contradicts everything our religion is about!  We are about finding the light within a human and using our inherent powers and those of our deities to help humankind.  It is a horrible thing for you to try to convert us with such ignorance and I hope you will no longer accuse us of being evil.  I hope you will reasearch more next time you attempt to convert people online.  I hold no ill will against you, but I wish you to please learn more tolerance.   Blessed Be
  • First off, i am a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and I have found ALOT of fault in your "research."  A large amount of your research is based on opinion, which isnt truth...You also say that "Mormonism is a non-Christian religion"... a Christian is someone who follows Christ... i don't need to elaborate on that point.. you believe that the Christianity has to do with the cross and the trinity.. we believe that the focus should be on the resurrection of Christ instead of the Death of Christ. And as for the the trinity, we believe in the three different beings of the God-head involving God, Christ and the Holy Spirit. how does this makes us non-Christians????????? .... anyways, it was interesting to read your point of view even though i do not agree with it. There will be one day when you will see the truth and I do know you'll understand it fully even though you do not see it now. i SINCERELY know of the truthfullness of the restored doctrine of Jesus Christ, i know this because of sincere faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ.
  • you are an idiot
  • I've been struggling ever since I left my church 2 years ago, struggling with spirituality, the character and heart of God, the importance and reality of love in this world.. Then, (through a series of misleading events) I happened across some of your radio interviews. Well Done. You have truly been working the will of the lord. Note, the lower case l.  You are just another notch in the belt of the misogynistic male dominated FAILING church. Your "theology" is not only flawed at its core - but you blindly cling to your scripture without even the slightest admission that you might be wrong yourself. So ultimately, whether or not you'd ever say (although, you no doubt think it) you are putting your theology (thus, yourself) right up there next to God. How does it feel? You are claiming to know the answers, hold the truth, to be subject the grandest sort of enlightenment.... Your truths are nothing but a meager attempt to further your own life for selfish reasons. How can you love and know the God of love, and treat people like you do?  Why do you think that God would prefer us not to think for ourselves, and ask the hard questions? Theology is not (quote) "best left to theologians" - - - how ignorant you are.  I don't have any answers. Not one. I don't claim to know the absolute truths of the bible - and shove them down people's throats. I believe in God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. I believe in the unconditional love of God...these are my truths. And I believe that it is people like you that Jesus would have scorned. How dare you. HOW DARE YOU. If you can't accept anything else in this e-mail, simply take this away - you have completely turned me off from church, and (your) god. (Again, note the lower case). You. You have. So before you go on your little radio, think of the real people listening, with real problems. And don't play know-it-all, its so juvenile and arrogant. Its time to grow up, spiritually.  

 

 

 

 
 
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