Testing the words of LDS leaders with Biblical Truth:
Young Women Manual 2
OBJECTIVE: Each young woman will seek to be a peacemaker in her home.
* What is the spiritual result of anger? (page 34):
Ask the young women to briefly describe the feelings they have when they begin to get angry. Elder Theodore M. Burton described what happens when we become angry: “Whenever you get red in the face, whenever you raise your voice, whenever you get ‘hot under the collar,’ or angry, rebellious, or negative in spirit, then know that the Spirit of God is leaving you and the spirit of Satan is beginning to take over.”
• What is the spiritual result of anger? (Loss of the Holy Ghost, falling under Satan’s power.) Point out that an angry person brings a spirit of disharmony to a family, but a peacemaker can bring a spirit of peace.
Test these LDS Words with Biblical Truth:
First, I want to focus on the question: “What is the spiritual result of anger? (Loss of the Holy Ghost, falling under Satan’s power.)”
Do you realize that the “spiritual result”, the eternal consequence for the sin of anger, is spiritual death?
According to Jesus, the sin of anger puts a person in danger of the judgment! The true “spiritual result of anger” is separation from God and spiritual death:
“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.”
“Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.”
“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.”
“But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”
“The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”
To read more about the consequence of even one sin, go to this blog Post: “Have LDS Prophets Changed God’s Definition of Hell?” written May 29, 2009; or, Click here:
* What must we do to enjoy the peace that surpasseth all understanding? (page 36):
Read the following description of some of the blessings that peacemakers enjoy: “The blessed part of being a peacemaker is that those who are peacemakers and who live the gospel principles receive a testimony borne of the Holy Ghost. They enjoy the peace that surpasseth all understanding, relief from inner tensions, joy and happiness, contentment, growth, and development.”
Test these LDS Words with Biblical Truth:
The “peace of God that surpasseth all understanding” comes first and foremost from trusting in God for everything–including the complete forgiveness for all of your sins. This peace comes from the sure knowledge that in spite of how many times you sin, you have been reconciled to Heavenly Father through Christ.
With His blood, Jesus made peace between God and man—we have been reconciled through the Atonement:
“For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled”
“In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;” (Colossians 1:19-23) [Not listed in LDS KJV Topical Guide under Peace or Peace of God]
Knowing we have been reconciled, we can live daily with full assurance of God’s approval and love. Each day that you truly give all your worries and cares to Jesus, you will live in “the peace of God, which passeth all understanding” and that peace “shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
“Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4-7)
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:” (Isaiah 26:3-4)
It is only after we have been brought to faith that we can do anything to please God. Even then, it is God who works in our hearts and entices us to do His will:
“Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (Hebrews 13:20-21( [Not listed in LDS KJV Topical Guide under Peace or Peace of God]
Through the sure knowledge that God has you held in His capable hands, you are at peace. As a member of the LDS Church, I never felt peace because I knew my eternal life hung in the balance of my obedience to God. I lived for 36 years without peace. It wasn’t until I learned that all my sins were forgiven that I personally knew the “peace of God that transcends all understanding”.
Being a peacemaker is a fruit of faith–it comes as a result of the comfort and love you feel from God. God’s dear children do enjoy “the peace that surpasseth all understanding” that comes from faithful living. But they also know that if their eternal life hangs in the balance of their faithfulness, they would be doomed to spend eternity in Hell with Satan.
To read more about all that Jesus accomplished through His Atonement, go to this Post: “Through Christ’s Atonement You Have Been Reconciled To God!” from April 17, 2009. Click here for a link to this Post: