Old Testament Lesson 5: “If Thou Doest Well, Thou Shalt Be Accepted”

Testing the words of LDS leaders with Biblical Truth:

February 2010

Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual

* The entire city of Enoch became so righteous they were taken from earth to dwell with God (page 20):

• What ultimately happened to Enoch and the people of his city? (See Moses 7:19–21, 69.) [69 And Enoch and all his people walked with God, and he dwelt in the midst of Zion; and it came to pass that Zion was not, for God received it up into his own bosom; and from thence went forth the saying, Zion is Fled.]

…Enoch chose to follow the Lord. As a result of Enoch’s choice to be obedient and teach the gospel to all who would listen, an entire city became so righteous that they were removed from the earth to dwell with God. Testify that the choices we make to follow Jesus Christ will help draw us closer to him and lead us to liberty, happiness, and eternal life.

Test these LDS Words with Biblical Truth:

One thing that I have learned both from experience and from studying the Bible—it is impossible for the inhabitants of an entire city to become righteous through obedience!! Whenever I read something written by an LDS leader that “whitewashes” man, I know that what has been said is false.

The Prophet Isaiah claimed this about our own righteousnesses:

“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” Isaiah 64:6-8

There is only one way to be found righteous in God’s sight and that is through faith and faith alone, in Jesus. Through faith, we are credited with Christ’s righteousness. The Prophet Isaiah also speaks of this righteousness:

“I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.” Isaiah 61:10

The Eleventh chapter of Hebrews is often called the “Heroes” of faith—not because these people were obedient, but because of their faith!! It is there that we read the truth about Enoch:

Hebrews 11:4-6 “5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

To read more about faith, go to this blog Post: “The Testimony of Three Witnesses: Faith Without Works is Dead!” written December 20, 2008; or, Click here:

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