CARM Newsletter 06-14-06

Welcome to the June 14, 2006 Newsletter

Welcome to the CARM newsletter.  The past couple of weeks have been very busy.  That is a good sign.

 

Sacramento Mormon Temple Opening

During the week of August 13th to the 19th I should be in Sacramento for the Mormon Temple opening.  I will be assisting another Ministry, www.mrm.org, in distributing literature that exposes the errors of Mormonism.

The Mormon Church uses these newly built temples as an evangelistic outreach.  For several weeks they allow non-Mormons to go through the temple before it is dedicated.  Afterwards, it is then open only to Mormons.  But during those several weeks thousands upon thousands of people gather to check out the temple and this is when many are introduced to Mormonism.  So, myself and others will be there to pass out information exposing Mormonism as a non-Christian religion.

Please pray for us out there since there are Mormons who become aggressive.  In one of the last temple openings a Christian worker was beat up by three Mormons.  This is the only time I've ever heard of it happening, but it isn't surprising.  Tempers do flare up since the Mormons do not like what we do.  But, God does not call us to evangelize only in comfortable and safe situations.  He calls us to follow him.  Please pray for us out there.

Now, if the above paragraph has not discouraged you too much and if you are interested in helping us distribute literature, then please contact me at matt@carm.org.  We need lots of people.

 

  • Love mail:

    • I just wanted to tell you that I absolutely LOVE your website!  It is SO full of great and useful information that I've never been able to find all in one place.  After searching the web all morning, and many other times before, I have finally found the references I've needed to witness to and share with others.  Thank you so much!  Jerri

    • CARM has been my main source of information in regards to other religions and Christianity as well.  If the Lord had not brought me to your website I would be lost in a sea of confusion.  In college I was challenged in my faith many times, and when it seemed I just could not find the answer, CARM had the answers to questions I had.  When I was bagered by fanatics of other religious sects and I did not have the response for them, CARM gave it to me.  CARM has truly helped me equip myself so that I am prepared to defend my faith.  Xavier

    • I have a very demanding job which leaves me little time for study.  Your CARM site has been a wonderful blessing to me.  Through CARM, I have a portable framework for supporting my Bible studies.  As long as I have my Bible and a web browser, I can work.  May our Lord continue to bless your efforts to help us become stronger disciples for Him.  Mark

    • About two weeks ago I tuned into your program for the first time.  Not five minutes into it I hear you say Catholicism is not Christianity.  My jaw dropped, for two reasons.  One, you are the first person I’ve heard to voice what I believe is true on the matter.  Secondly, you do so publicly and unapologetically with scripture and truth backing your reasoning.  I applaud you and what you do for True Christianity.  I look forward to your program everyday after work.  I am grateful that you hold true to your mission to bring truth amongst the torrents of deception I see all around.  Your words and insight bring joy to my heart.  Zach

  • Hate mail:

    • You are a Pharisee from the quick to the core. You are a massive hypocrite blaspheming the God of Israel. If you were the true church you would not be attacking other religions. You cannot find an LDS web site that attacks other religions.  You are under severe condemnation and an instrument of the devil. I call you to repentance warn you for the last time to cease and desist attacking the Mormons and to get that stuff off your web site.   Jerry

    • YOU GET 1ST PLACE FOR SATANS HELPERS FRONT ROW IN HELL.   BADDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD SITE

    • I want this site burned right now.  Everything you quote is of man, not the only Son of God.

    • You don’t see the light since you don’t listen to the Holy Ghost. You don’t know how to worship like I do.  I’m plainly a Christian and profess to be a Mormon too. I do not believe you since you don’t listen to the Lord the way he would have you listen. Your documentations toward all of the faiths listed are nothing more than mere fables.  Anti-Christ is not what I’m here. I’m a Born-Again Mormon! Go get that one on tape for your next sermon. I converted to the Christian lifestyle through the God of Israel’s Book on the earth that we NOW have: The Book of Mormon

Devotional:  Dying with Christ

Here is a trick question.  Have you died yet?  I am not talking about a near death experience.  I am talking about a theological statement made in the Bible and what it means.  In short, if you are a Christian, you have died.  Please consider the following scriptures:  "Now if we have died with Christ..." (Rom. 6:8); "If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world..." (Col. 2:20); "For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God," (Col. 3:3); "It is a trustworthy statement: For if we died with Him, we shall also live with Him," (2 Tim. 2:11).

Our death in Christ is a death to the old self, the old ways, the sinful life.  It is a reality and a hope.  It is truth as well as life.  Jesus so completely represented us on the cross, that when He died, it is said that we died.  This is why Paul says in Col. 3:5, "Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry."  You are to mentally reckon, intellectually acknowledge, meditate on, think in such a way as to consider yourselves dead to sin.

Of course, we Christians know that we struggle with sin, that it is not dead in us, that we fail, and continually come to the Lord Jesus and ask for forgiveness.  We Christians, know what we are inside.  We know we are not perfect and that many of the thoughts of our mind would terribly embarrass and shame us if they were publicly spoken.  Such is the reality of our fallen selves.  Yet, we are to consider ourselves dead to sin.  We are to think of ourselves as dead to sin.

The reason we can do this is because of Jesus and what He did on the cross.  Only through Jesus can we be delivered from sin.  Only through the shed blood of God the Son, can our lives be made right before God the Father.  The reality of the crucifixion and of Jesus' bearing our sins, all of them, in His body, is realized in the acknowledgement of our deadness to sin.  This is an important truth that God wants us to understand.  But, understanding it isn't enough.  You must practice it.  This does not mean, however, that you ignore your sins, or say you have none, or claim perfection.  Rather, it is an admission that you are saved by the sacrifice of Jesus and that you are "in Christ" and reckoned as dead to sin because of Jesus.  Your mind is an important battleground in the war of sanctification and it begins with your own death.  If you are a Christian, then you have died to sin because of your relationship with Jesus.  Therefore, consider yourselves dead to sin and alive in Christ.  Turn from the deeds of the flesh and seek Jesus.

 
 

About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.