Testing the words of LDS leaders with Biblical Truth:
Young Women Manual 2, Lesson 2: Spiritual Gifts
* Heavenly Father Has Endowed His Children with Spiritual Gifts (page 5):
“Thus one who has never received the gift of the Holy Ghost cannot possibly work miracles by his power. “Now, we know that there is but one way to obtain the gift of the Holy Ghost. That way is through the prescribed ordinances of baptism by immersion for the remission of sins and the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost”.
Test these LDS Words with Biblical Truth:
The Holy Ghost is given through baptism and the laying on of hands. However, that is not the only means in which the Holy Spirit is obtained.
John the Baptist received the Holy Spirit while he was still in his mother’s womb:
Luke 1:15 “For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.”
Many people receive the Holy Ghost simply by reading or hearing the Word of God being spoken (that is how I received the Holy Spirit):
Acts 10:43-46 “To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God.”
Acts 11:12-18 “And the Spirit bade me go with them, nothing doubting. Moreover these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered into the man’s house: And he shewed us how he had seen an angel in his house, which stood and said unto him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter; Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved. And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning. Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost. Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God? When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.”
The Holy Ghost is literally the author of scripture and is called the sword of the Spirit:
Ephesians 6:17 “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints”
Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
If you would like to read how God speaks through His Word, go to this blog Post: “Personal Revelation: God Speaks to me daily!” written January 29, 2009; or, Click here: