I see that I have been accused of being in league with the devil himself - and why? Because I have not preached the blood of Jesus. Would you also say that the Emancipation Proclamation was inspired by Lucifer because it doesn't mention this??? How about the Constitution? Was that penned by the devil because it does not mention your favorite doctrines?
In the scriptures, the blood is a symbol of life, and being saved by the blood of Jesus is, in reality, being saved by the life of Jesus. If we are one with Christ and his life is within us, then we are "saved" or delivered from the lower man and enter into a created spiritual life.
Paul distorted the true meaning of salvation and the blood of Christ. The words of Jesus himself in the Bible are much more accurate. Notice the criteria stated by the Master himself (And yes, Blayne, when I speak of the Master I speak of Christ):
Matt 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
Matt 25:35 For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
Matt 25:36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
Matt 25:37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
Matt 25:38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
Matt 25:39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
Matt 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my
brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Matt 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
Matt 25:42 For I was an hungered, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
Matt 25:43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
Matt 25:44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
Matt 25:45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you,
Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
Matt 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
Notice that Jesus said nothing about baptism, belief in him or salvation by blood; but the main criteria, for the inhabitants of the kingdom of heaven, is simply how well we treat our fellow men and woman. Now does that not make sense? Who would you rather live with in the kingdom of God? Some fanatic who preaches the blood of Jesus but does not lift a finger to show forth the true love of Christ or good and decent human beings who are willing to give the shirt off their back to help you?
Since I was fingered as an agent of evil by a Mormon, I will herewith quote from the Book or Mormon the criteria for judging a teaching as being good or evil.
"But he that believeth these things which I have spoken, him will I visit with the manifestations of my Spirit, and he shall know and bear record. For because of my Spirit he shall know that these things are true; for it persuadeth men to do good.
"And whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do good is of me; for good cometh of none save it be of me. I am the same that leadeth men to all good; he that will not believe my words will not believe me?that I am; and he that will not believe me will not believe the Father who sent me. For behold, I am the Father, I am the light, and the life, and the truth of the world.
"Come unto me, O ye Gentiles, and I will show unto you the greater things, the knowledge which is hid up because of unbelief.
"Come unto me, O ye house of Israel, and it shall be made manifest unto you how great things the Father hath laid up for you, from the foundation of the world; and it hath not come unto you, because of unbelief.
"Behold, when ye shall rend that veil of unbelief which doth cause you to remain in your awful state of wickedness, and hardness of heart, and blindness of mind, then shall the great and marvelous things which have been hid up from the foundation of the world from you?yea, when ye shall call upon the Father in my name, with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, then shall ye know that the Father hath remembered the covenant which he made unto your fathers, O house of Israel." (Ether 4:11-15)
The time is at hand to have revealed "knowledge which is hid up because of unbelief." One of these this is the Molecular Relationship which came by way of revelation from the Christ. All my teachings persuade men "to do good," "and whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do good is of me..."
On the other hand, let us look at an antiChrist such as Hitler. Did his writings persuade men to do good? Historians were amazed after the war was over and they studied all his speeches and writings. They discovered that in almost all the evils that he promoted, he did exactly what he had previously written and spoken about. The question they ask is, "Why did the world not simply read his speeches and writings before the war?" If they had, they would have known that a potential antiChrist was in the making.
I challenge all, who suspect I may be in league with any evil of any kind, to find even one thing that I teach that persuades men to do anything other than good. If you cannot do that then believe your own scriptures and at least accept me as a friend in Christ.
I apologize to many of you who have not had their questions answered. I hope to tackle them tomorrow.
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