MARCH 2016

From the Prez

—by Ed Havaich, Pres., CRC

Dear supporters,

CRC is a counter-cult ministry dedicated to bringing the gospel to those lost in false doctrine. Throughout the year CRC is actively engaging in outreaches to those who tenaciously cling to a religious hope but deny central Christian doctrine.

CRC is like Tarzan...

...ready to swing from any vine. What I mean by that is we are active in reaching out to a variety of false religions—Christadelphians, Jehovah’s Witnesses, devotees of Hare Krishna and Mormons to name just a few. Our commitment is to lovingly meet with those who sincerely cling to religious supposition but deny the central teachings of historic Christianity, particularly the perversion of the person, nature and work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

  Past President, Randy Gavin, and CRC Missionary, Laurel Shoemaker, witnessing to an LDS pageant visitor

Our biggest outreach of the year...

 is the Hill Cumorah Pageant, held every July in Palmyra, NY.  For Mormons, Palmyra is somewhat like Mecca is to Muslims, although the pilgrimage is voluntary.  Many make the trek from all over the country to see the story of the “restoration” of Christianity re-enacted; a story of a young boy of 14 years of age who, allegedly commissioned by God, brought the “Church” our of darkness, out of obscurity, and laid the foundation of the Church all over again. Yes, you read that right—the foundation of every sect of Mormonism is that the Church that Jesus established, through apostasy crumbled, disappeared and had to be restored again. Joseph Smith Jr. even boasted that he was able to do what Jesus could not and that was to keep a whole church together.  Smith succeeded (he said) where Jesus failed.  (History of the Church Vol. 6, p. 408-409

More vines to swing from

There are different factions of Mormonism and the pageant attacts them as well.  The Hill Cumorah Pageant is a proselyting tool of the LDS Church. It is designed to positively impact people with the false assertion that a restoration was necessary.  For seven nights over a two week period, over 800 performers bring to life the Book of Mormon. The story tells of how the foundation that Christ laid supposedly crumbled, decayed and had to be restored by Joseph Smith Jr.

You can help!

Your support makes it possible for CRC to be there every night handing out literature warning uninformed visitors about the deceptive trap they are walking into. We are also there to meet and challenge the false assertions they make that Smith did what Jesus could not.  We lovingly and firmly contend that no restoration was ever needed because the Church that Jesus established never failed, nor fell into a total and complete apostasy.

Forced to make hay

while the sun doesn't shine

This year we are facing the usual challenge. Funds are low and, during the slowest period of the year for charitable giving,  we need your help in getting the sign truck from Utah to New York. The truck is emblazoned with the message that reads, “WhatMormonsDontTell.com”. The truck is driven all over the Palmyra area during the pageant and also acts as ground zero for the CRC pageant workers. We have the back of the truck loaded with our canopies, tracts and items necessary to carry the outreach forward.  The impact the sign truck makes cannot ignored.

Those who can't go on this mission trip

can send those who can!

We need your help getting the truck to New York and then back again to Utah. Please consider a generous gift to get this vital outreach tool to us so we can, again, take the gospel to people who are literally being “destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6).

From the Mission Field

Be Ready In Season and Out of Season

by Calvin Arnt, Vice President, CRC

I have had some good witnessing opportunities recently, and it's reminded me the importance of always being ready to to give an answer to those who ask (1 Peter 3:15). It all started in December when I went to my staff Christmas party. Previously unknown to me, I found out there was a staff member at my school who is LDS. I was engaging in regular friendly conversation at this social event, and when I got talking to him, some of the things he said, the way he said them, made me suspect he might be Mormon. I asked him if he is, and he confirmed it. From that point, my wife and I stuck with him the rest of the night and with the exception of a few minutes here and there, she and I witnessed to him about genuine Christianity versus what the LDS church teaches. He was surprized at how much the two of us knew, yet we were gentle enough to never offend him, nor make him suspect that we are "anti-Mormons." A few days later, I left him a copy of Adam's Road latest CD, Immeasurable, and hope that he will find opportunity to play it, and that it will speak to him. Unfortunately, he was transferred to a different school in February, so it will be rare that I see him again. I hope the seeds we planted in him that night will yield some fruit, and that the music I gave him will compliment that. I know that if I do, I will have many things  about which to continue our dialogue.

The very next morning, we got a knock on our door from some Jehovah's Witnesses. It was a husband/wife tandem, and we  found out later that they had been witnessed to extensively, for over a year, by friends of ours who also have been on the Palmyra outreach with us in the past. I have met with them since this time about half a dozen times, though the wife no longer comes. Instead, the man now brings one of the elders from his church. We've had good exchanges, and they have given me information that I've worked through and responded to, and likewise, in our most recent meeting, gave them a big package of information for them to work through. We will meet again once they have completed that task. All of our visits have involved good conversations for about an hour each time, so I hope to continue having more.

What a wonderful 24 hours that first day was, and it has led to on-going witnessing chances for me, and I can only pray God is using me. I encourage you to also be prepared and ready for opportunities like this. It could make an eternal difference in people's lives.

Prepare to Give an Answer

Answering the new Mormon witnessing tactic: “We have the Biblical God, and evangelicals do NOT”

by Sue Grape, Secretary, CRC

This has been growing in use, and it can be answered by walking through the several passages they use to support this claim starting with the “God eternally progressed to godhood, and we can too” verses, Psalm 82:1-2 and John 10:30-39.

Biblical theme about other gods

From Genesis to Revelation countless judgments condemned the idea of more than one God and false gods; whether they were graven idols, or gods in the heavens (Exodus 20:1-3; 1 Chron 16:26). Thus, Jews—the writers of the Bible, absolutely believe/d that there was/is only one God, who they call the “King of the UNIVERSE” (not King this earth). So ingrained was that belief, they recited Deuteronomy 6:4 while dying during the Spanish Inquisitions (they mistakenly thought the Trinity promoted more than one God). Their monotheistic belief was/is based on these Biblical passages:

There is no one like god

ISAIAH 46:5, 9: “To whom will ye liken me? ...there is none like me” (cf. 2 Samuel 7:22).

PSALM 89: 5-6: No one, not mankind, or beings in heaven can be “compared” to or “likened” unto Yahweh/Jehovah (cf. Romans 1:22; Hosea 11:9; 1 Sam. 15:29; 1 Tim. 1:17).

Therefore…

There is only one god of the universe

DEUT. 4:39: The LORD (Yahweh) who is God (Elohim) is the only God of heaven and earth (cf. 4:15-18).

1 CHRON 16:26: The LORD (Yahweh) made the heavens; other gods are idols (cf. 1 Cor. 8:4-6).

ISAIAH 45:5-6: There is no other God (Elohim) beside the LORD (Yahweh) (cf. 45:14, 18, 21-24).

ISAIAH 43:10-12: “BEFORE me there was no god formed, neither shall there be AFTER me”.

ISAIAH 44:6-8: “…beside me there is no God [Elohim]…I KNOW NOT ANY.”

So, we reconcile these scriptures with the words “ye are gods” found in Psalm 82:1-2 and John 10:30-39 by searching the Bible for more insight. Clearly, there are no verses where God knows or approves of other gods, but there are verses that mention some who desired godhood, or to be like God.

Lucifer strove to “be like the Most High” (Isaiah 14:12-15). His judgment along with 1/3 of the angels was a casting out of heaven (Rev. 12:4, & 9).

Eve, (while sinless) fell for the lie that she could become “like god” (Genesis 3:1-6). Adam’s agreement with Eve brought sin and death to all mankind (Genesis 2:17; 3:16-24; Romans 5:11-21).

The King of Tyre was described as Lucifer, and was cast to the ground for exalting himself as a god (Ezekiel 28:12-18).

This brings us to Psalm 82, which is another pronouncement of condemnation. These men were called “gods” (Hebrew: mighty ones) because they abused their authority by judging the congregation UNRIGHTEOUSLY. Therefore, they would “die like men, and fall like one of the princes” (v. 6).

When Jesus quoted that verse in John 10, the Pharisees were irate. They knew Jesus was judging them as unjust gods—mighty ones, for they (like those in Psalm 82) falsely judged Jesus, and took up stones to kill Him because he claimed he was the “Son of God” (i.e. “God”, v. 31).

The Bible teaches that there is one true God (John 17:3), and evangelical Christians believe in this Biblical God. It is Mormonism’s gods (“personages”, exalted men) that are not in agreement with the Bible, and thus are in error which leads to outer darkness, from which there is no return.

Announcement

by Brad Grape, Treasurer, CRC

I would like to introduce myself. My name is Brad Grape and I am the newest board member at CRC. I have taken the position of treasurer and am looking forward to serving the Lord in this capacity. If you have any questions, you can contact me via my email: at brad.g@crcmin.org

Reminder

All CRC board members and missionaries are volunteers. No one is supported financially from the precious donated funds from CRC supporters. 100% of your donations go to directly to outreach material and logistic expenses.

So — we would ask that you take CRC before the Lord and ask if He wants you to help us in spreading the good news to Mormons and protection to non-Mormons and, thus, provide you with the ability to do so.

With regular partners like you we can

do so much more for the Kingdom!

 

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