An Enthusiastic Desire to Share the Gospel: What Christ Taught—at “BeYePerfect.org”

I found it sad reading the Relief Society Lesson, chapter 12 of Teachings of Presidents of the Church. President George Albert Smith taught “There is a real famine in the world for the words of the Lord.” Then he had the audacity to claim what is being taught by Christian Ministers around the world. I wonder if he ever even attended a church service that wasn’t LDS. He certainly isn’t describing any Pastors’ messages that I have heard.

In speaking about Christian Ministers, he claims:

“These good men, not understanding the gospel and the necessity for the ordinances of the same, confine their teachings very largely to moral lessons and to reading the psalms to their congregations. Isolated passages of scripture are chosen as texts for addresses on virtue, honesty, etc., all of which are helpful and uplifting, but few sermons are preached explaining the requirements made of every soul before we can enter the kingdom of heaven. It is this information of which the world is most in need.

Few ministers have a message for their congregations that inspires in them the belief in the divinity of Jesus Christ and the necessity of partaking of the ordinances of the gospel prescribed by him.” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: George Albert Smith, Chapter 12: An Enthusiastic Desire to Share the Gospel, p. 125)

The Ministers at my church follow the example of Jesus Christ. He Preached a wonderful sermon called the Sermon on the Mount. Here, Jesus preached about many commands that God requires each of us to obey. His most difficult “requirement made of every soul before we can enter the kingdom of heaven” is to be as perfect as our Heavenly Father:

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48)

I belong to a church called “Cross of Christ”. Our “ministers have a message… that inspires in (us) the belief in the divinity of Jesus Christ.” That message is about our Substitute Savior Jesus Christ, Who was perfect for us–in our place! It is only through faith in Him that we meet God’s requirements for eternal life. It’s knowing all that our Savior God has done for us, which inspires us to live our lives for Him.

My church website explains the basic message that will be shared in each sermon:

“At Cross of Christ our messages reflect these basic truths:

1.) We have sinned against God and deserve his punishment. (To show how we have sinned, our Pastor teaches something that God requires of us in His law, which leads us to see that once again we have sinned.)

2.) God’s mercy is infinitely greater than our sin, and He has freely forgiven our sins by taking our punishment for us and crediting us with His holiness and perfection (through faith).

3.) As we Christians apply these first two truths to our lives, we are motivated to give thanks to God and love him in return for his love shown to us in Jesus. God teaches us very practical ways to live for Him every day. God also gives us incredible promises and special comforts to guide and bless us in our daily tasks.

All these points are shared each week in practical messages for all people.”

Despite what President Smith claimed, Christian ministers do teach what God requires of us. We must be as perfect as God Himself! Christians are taught every Sunday that that’s why they need a Savior: Because of what God truly requires of us, we know we have failed and are hopelessly lost. Christians are people who honestly look at themselves and know that they can never meet God’s demands. We sin all the time. That’s why we place our trust for eternal life solely in Christ. “He has freely forgiven our sins by taking our punishment for us and crediting us with His holiness and perfection through faith.”

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4 Comments

  1. choosethechrist said,

    July 7, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    George Albert Smith sure never attended service at my church. Each message given on Sunday is always tied into how we receive salvation through Jesus Christ. Jesus IS the ONLY requirement made of EVERY soul before we can enter the kingdom of heaven. Thank You Jesus!

  2. July 10, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    To be perfect is to be complete in Christ, not perfected on our own, an impossible task.

  3. linenandleaf said,

    July 25, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    I just got some of your spam and I was Appalled. First it assumed my household was LDS. It then assumed that pain was not a natural and important part of living. That pain was some magic alarm that something was wrong in your life – tell that to Job or Christ.

    It then dissed obedience. While I don’t dig blindly following, Christ and the prophets have taught – since Adam and Eve left the garden – that they needed to obey the words of God.

    And then you dissing the LDS church for one man who put down other faiths . . . classic hypocrisy.

    EPOCH FAIL.

  4. latterdaysaintwoman said,

    July 25, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    linenandleaf,

    I know that I am not the best writer, so I guess that must be why you misunderstood the entire point of my Post. I am very sorry for the mixup, so please let me try to explain it better.

    The most important message I wanted to get across, is that Christian Ministers do not “diss[ed] obedience” or “the need to obey the words of God“! In fact, they do exactly the opposite! Which, unfortunately is what the LDS Prophet George Albert Smith was erroneously teaching every adult member of the LDS church. In no way was I “dissing the LDS church for one man who put down other faiths.” What I was saying is that he would have had no knowledge of what was being taught in the worship services of other faiths.

    The basic message taught by Christian Ministers is that we are required to obey every command of God. And, it’s because no one can do what we are asked that our Savior came and did it for us–in our place. If you would like to know for yourself, I will invite you to my church :)

    The entire point of my Post was that Christian Ministers do preach that we are expected to be obedient! In fact, Jesus taught us that our standard for perfection is Heavenly Father Himself! (Matthew 5:48) Sadly, no matter how much I try to do what God requires of me–I fail over and over again. But I still believe that “the need to obey the words of God” is the the most important thing we must do. That’s why we need to be reminded of this every Sunday. And, at the Christian church I attend, we are.

    Amazingly, it is being reminded of what God requires of me that humbles me and brings me to my knees. Immediately I then turn to my Savior in thankfulness for doing for me what I could never do for myself:

    By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all… For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” (Hebrews 10:10-14)

    Sorry for the missunderstanding. Hope this helps to clarify.

    Becki


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