Young Women Lesson 3: Building the Kingdom of God

Testing the words of LDS leaders with Biblical Truth:

January 2010

Young Women Manual 2

* The LDS Church is the kingdom of God upon the earth (page 9):

Explain that as daughters of God, young women are given the responsibility to help build up the kingdom of God upon the earth. The kingdom of God is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At times this responsibility may require them to make great sacrifices.

Test these LDS Words with Biblical Truth:

The Young Women are taught that the LDS Church is “The kingdom of God“. If this were true, its teachings would agree with what God has already revealed in the Bible. The LDS Church claims to be the kingdom of God and yet its teachings about the kingdom of Heaven are in complete disagreement with what God has revealed in the Bible. LDS leaders teach that nearly all people will spend eternity in one of the three “Kingdoms of Heaven” which are all kingdoms of glory. Gospel Principles explains the LDS belief regarding who will go to the Telestial kingdom:

“Telestial: These people did not receive the gospel or the testimony of Jesus either on earth or in the spirit world. They will suffer for their own sins in hell until after the Millennium, when they will be resurrected. “These are they who are liars, and sorcerers, and adulterers, and whoremongers, and whosoever loves and makes a lie.” These people are as numerous as the stars in heaven and the sand on the seashore. They will be visited by the Holy Ghost but not by the Father or the Son.” (pages 272-273)

Test these words with the words of Jesus:
“For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Mt 5:20

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Mt 7:21-23

“And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Mt 18:2-3

To read about God’s truth of who will spend eternity in Hell with Satan, go to this Post: “Have LDS Prophets Changed God’s Definition of Hell?” written May 29, 2009; or, Click here:
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* We are saved from physical death by Christ’s resurrection, we are saved from our sins by our works (LDS process of repentance) (page10):

Jesus set the perfect example of sacrifice when he willingly gave his life so that we could be saved from physical death by the resurrection and from our sins by repentance.

Test these LDS Words with Biblical Truth:

Jesus willingly gave His life and saved us from physical death and from our sins:

“And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood” Re 1:5

The Apostle Peter testified how we receive the forgiveness of sins:
“To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.” Ac 10:43. Believe it, and receive it!

To read about how Christ saved us from both physical and spiritual death, go to this blog Post: “Gospel Doctrine Lesson 42, “This Is My Gospel?” written November 16, 2008; or, Click here:
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* We become like Heavenly Father and Jesus by personal sacrifice (page 10):

• What are some ways in which we are asked to sacrifice? (Giving our time and energy to Church callings, overcoming fear so that we can share the gospel, paying tithing to the Lord, taking time to read the scriptures and serve our neighbors, giving up the praise of our friends when we do not go along with worldly fashions and habits.) Point out that it is only by building the kingdom of God through our personal dedication and sacrifice that we can become like our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

Test these LDS Words with Biblical Truth:

No one can become like Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ through personal dedication and sacrifice. The dilemma, though, is that we are commanded to be as perfect as our Father in Heaven (Matthew 5:48). Amazingly, there is a way to obey this command and that’s through faith!

We become like Christ when we are credited with righteousness through faith. Through the sacrifice of Christ’s body we are declared as perfect as both Heavenly Father and Jesus:

“By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” Heb 10:10-14

To read more about being perfect through Christ, go to this blog Post: “Are You Worthy?” written December 11, 2009; or, Click here:
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*We covenant to keep commands, in return God promises eternal life (page 11):

We have covenanted in the waters of baptism to love and serve [the Lord], to keep his commandments, and to put first in our lives the things of his kingdom. In return he has promised us eternal life in his Father’s kingdom. … “The law of sacrifice is that we are willing to sacrifice all that we have for the truth’s sake—our character and reputation; our honor and applause; our good name among men; our houses, lands, and families: all things, even our very lives if need be.

Test these LDS Words with Biblical Truth:

If gaining eternal life depends upon our ability to keep his commandments then all are doomed. In truth, we cannot add even one of our works to the equation of living eternally with Heavenly Father. The Prophet Isaiah testified:
“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

To read more about adding works to your faith go to this blog Post:
Can You Be Saved by Faith and Works?” written May 8, 2009; or, Click here:

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