I am a Christian girl who wants to be a voice in this world for Jesus. I don't claim to have all of the answers, but I do know who does :)
Posted 6/5/13 at 12:14 PM | Sally Eagle
Recently, the son of a friend passed away. Eddie was only 26 years only. He suffered a sudden cardiac arrest and after 3 weeks of being in coma, he went home to be with the Lord. He was more than just the son of a friend. He was a state trooper. He was a brother. He was a husband. He was the new father of a four month old. But, most importantly, he was a child of God. Eddie had given his life to Christ and knew that his last breath on this earth, whenever that would be, would be his first in the presence of his Savior. What follows are the words of his brother. RIP Eddie. You will never be far from our hearts.
There are some things in life that hurt you, break you, anger you, and seem to steal your breath away. This type of life event challenges you, makes you question so much, in such a short amount of time, it shocks you, it baffles you, and it makes you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere with nothing but pain and confusion as your companions. My brother’s death was that very thing in my life, that very event that seemed to shatter my world. He was my best-friend, he was the guy that I looked up too, the guy that I would go to in times of trouble, the guy who seemed to set me straight with simple words and short phrases. The guy I shared a love with that won’t be matched by any other. He was God-given and God-ordained, he was my brother, he was Eddie. FULL POST
Posted 3/8/13 at 4:03 PM | Sally Eagle
The term “forbidden fruit” has become a figure of speech in our society to denote something that should not be indulged in. The term, whether people know it or not, is Biblical in origin. In Genesis 3, we are peaking into the once beautiful, now non-existent, Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve, the first man and woman to live upon the Earth, were inhabiting this pristine place. God told them that they were able to eat of every tree, with the exception of the tree that was in the middle of garden, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (Genesis 2:9). Beginning in Genesis 3:1, we see the end of this perfect life and habitation here on Earth, and the beginning of life of dealing with sin and the results thereof.
Satan, in the form of a serpent, went up to Eve. “Has God indeed said , ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?’” Eve replied, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’” Then the serpent responded, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Eve then saw that the “tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise” and she ate the fruit. Then she gave some to her husband, Adam, and he ate. Thus the fall of mankind. (Genesis 3:1-6) FULL POST
Posted 12/10/12 at 4:10 PM | Sally Eagle
I know it is probably something that is so simple, but many have not considered it. It wasn't until someone pointed it out to me did I even realize it was something I can and should do. We are going through a difficult time in our family. One of our members has decided to walk way from their spouse and child. The spouse is now devasted and their child wondering where the other parent is (not old enough to begin grasping the concept).
I encourged my sibling, the spouse left behind, to pray scripture over their significant other. And to see God's Word working within their heart and the heart of the one who left is amazing. God's Word is alive. Its living and breathing. It is sharper than any double-edged sword. It will never pass away. God says that he even honors it above his own name.
Are you struggling with life? Are you in a position where you feel you don't know what to pray? I encourage you to open your Bible. Maybe start through the book of Psalms. As verses pop out at you that have to do with your situation (or even the situation of someone else who you are currently praying for) and pray those verses.
Right now, I am praying Psalm 10 over this loved one. When I read that the wicked's mouth is full of lies, I pray for the person's honesty. When I read that God is far from the mind of the wicked, I pray that this person's mind will only be filled with thoughts of God. It is amazing to see God's Word at work in the hearts and lives of those around me. I hope and pray that you have the blessing to see it too. My gift to you. Merry Christmas.
Posted 9/12/12 at 6:38 PM | Sally Eagle
September 11, 2001. It is our generation’s “Pearl Harbor”. We will all remember where we were when we first found out about the attack on our country. Me? I was asleep when my phone rang. It was one of my best friends asking if I had seen the news. I told him no. He told me to get to the TV right away, our country was under attack. He even said at that point that it was like Pearl Harbor (the events of which were fresh in our minds with the recent movie of the same title just that summer). I ran out into the living room, where my parents and my sister sat glued to the TV. We watched in horror as the buildings fell. I could not help but cry. I could not go to work that day. I was an intern with the local major league baseball team. There would be no baseball that day.
There was a fear that rippled through the country. Many people were afraid to go places where many people would congregate. Could it be that a second wave of attacks were planned. Once the baseball season resumed, I was afraid to go to work. I envisioned escape routes throughout the ballpark in the event something happened. The churches were full that week. Everyone looking for some hope and comfort in the face of an unbearable tragedy. But soon, we moved on with our lives. We went to the mall. We went to the ballgame. Church attendance went back to normal. FULL POST
Posted 7/5/12 at 5:56 PM | Sally Eagle
It amazes me how many people have fallen victim to the lies of Satan that are presented in the crisp, clean façade that is Mormonism. It saddens me that so many are blindly following a doctrine that was warned about thousands of years earlier in the same Bible they claim to value. One only has to read one chapter of the Pearls of Great Price (Joseph Smith—History) in order to see the scary and blatant denial of the Bible and its warnings against a different God, a different Christ and a different gospel.
His story has been documented to have changed several times, but in ready the most current version we have of his visions, the hairs on the back of my neck still stand up at just how blinded Joseph Smith really was to the truth. We must remember that Satan is the master manipulator. We know that he causes us to question the Word of God (Genesis 3:1-5) and that he has the ability to twist Scripture to fit into his plan (Matthew 4:6, Luke 4:10). This is evident throughout this particular chapter in the Pearls of Great Price as Biblical text is used through out in order to further his agenda.
First, Joseph Smith says “While I was laboring under the extreme difficulties caused by the contests of these parties of religionists, I was one day reading the Epistle of James, first chapter and fifth verse, which reads: ‘If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.’” FULL POST
Posted 4/19/12 at 7:44 PM | Sally Eagle
**All passages of Scripture found in the Holy Bible are in the King James Version unless otherwise stated. Any emphasis added at any point is added by the blogger unless otherwise noted.
Ever since Pastor Robert Jeffress introduced Rick Perry as a true Christian, a definite comment in regards to the Mormon faith of Mitt Romney, the debate over whether or not Mormonism is a cult or true Christianity has hit an all time high. Since then, I have begun to delve into the world of Mormon teachings and belief. Call it curiosity. Call it a learning experience. Call it whatever you like, I am getting quite the education. Despite all that I have read to this point (and it has been a lot), I know that I have only scratched the surface of the maze that is Mormonism.
There are many things that have surprised me in my research. MANY things. I want to share just one of those with you today. It is the concept that is summed up in the question…is Christ’s sacrifice enough?
I was recently involved in a respectful conversation with a Mormon regarding the beliefs of the Mormon church. I asked the question “Do you believe that it is grace that saves you or works?” He responded “Grace”. I then quoted from 2 Nephi 2: 25 found in the Book of Mormon (hereafter referred to as BOM). Then end of this verse says “…for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all that we can do.” I asked this man again, are we saved by grace or by works. He still said grace, despite what this verse says. I then asked him what he thought about a particular quote of Joseph Smith’s successor, Brigham Young, of atoning for our own sins. Cue the crickets… because there has yet to be an answer.
Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV says “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” According the Articles of Faith of the Mormon church, “We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly: we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.” From what is available on the official church website , www.lds.org, I don’t see a change in this verse (for those of you who don’t know, there is a Joseph Smith Translation, JST, of the Bible). Another Mormon source, Doctrines & Covenants, hereafter referred to as D&C, states “Nevertheless, he that repents and does the commandments of the Lord shall be forgiven.”
Another statement included in the Articles of Faith states “We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.” Yet Romans 3:20 NKJV says “Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of Him.” I also point out here that I do not see a change of this verse by Joseph Smith, from what is available on the official church website. But, it is expedient that I mention that in Romans 7:22 JST (Joseph Smith Translation), it says “…I am not under the law…” Hhhhmmm.
Do we as mere mortals have the ability to carry out all of the law? Each commandment? It needs to be stated that there are over 400 commandments/laws contained within the Old Testament alone. Coupled with the commandments in the New Testament and that is a lot. Then add to those all that the Mormon church has added to its doctrine through the Book of Mormon and other writings…its mind boggling. 1 Nephi 3:7 of the BOM says “And now it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.” Perfection is not only expected within the Mormon faith, they are taught that it is attainable: “Being perfect means to triumph over sin. This is a mandate from the Lord. He is just and wise and kind. He would never require anything from his children which was not for their benefit or which was not attainable. Perfection therefore is an achievable goal.” (Kimball, Stephen W., Miracle of Forgiveness, pg 209). As far as I know, only God is perfect, and this quote leads into the Mormon teaching of attaining godhood after this life (it is also taught that God was once a man like us and attained His current status). But God is perfect… “He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he. (Deuteronomy 32:4). We cannot be perfect because we are sinful beings, conceived in sin, and have a sinful nature. “They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” (Romans 3:12). “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” (Psalm 51:5) If we break one part of the law, we are guilty of breaking the whole thing (James 2:10). “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (I John 1:8). No matter how hard we try, we cannot keep the law. Romans 7:14-21 says “For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that [it is] good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but [how] to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.” (I do have to say here that what I found on the official church website was a complete change of this passage. If I were a Mormon, I would feel very discouraged in the fact that not even the Apostle Paul, according to Joseph Smith’s work, knows how we all struggle with sin and that no matter how hard we try, perfection cannot be attained as sin reigns in this body, even though Paul refers to himself as the chief of sinner in I Timothy 1:15.)
Why do I make this issue important? This issue of perfection under the law and where our salvation comes from. Romans 5:8 says “…that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” There is no talk in the Bible of having to make ourselves worthy of Christ’s sacrifice. That is the beauty of the cross. It was our sin that put Christ there, but it was His unconditional love for us that kept us there. There is nothing that we have to do, except believe, in order to obtain this precious gift. Yet the Mormon church teaches that we are saved due to obedience. Alma11:37 from the BOM says “And I say to you again that he cannot save them in their sins; for I cannot deny his word, and he hath said that no unclean thing can inherit the kingdom of heaven: therefore, how can ye be saved, except ye inherit the kingdom of heaven? Therefore, ye cannot be saved in your sins.” WOW!!! I must point out here that there is no “correction” to Romans 5:8 as quoted above by Joseph Smith available through the website. How blatant a contradiction is this! How scary and unforgiving is this religion!
In Luke 23:32-43, we see Jesus hanging on the cross. He was crucified between two thieves, both of which ridiculed Jesus. As we continue to read, we see that one of the criminals had a change of heart and asked Jesus to remember him when He entered His kingdom. What were Jesus’ words? “…Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43) The Mormon church teaches a very different response. Spencer W. Kimball, the twelfth president of the Mormon church, stated “The Lord cannot save men in their sins but only from their sins, and that only when they show true repentance. The one thief did show some compassion, whether selfishly with hope we are not sure. He was confessing, but how could he abandon his evil practices when dungeon walls made evil deeds impossible? How could he restore stolen goods when hanging on the cross? How could he, as John the Baptist required, ‘bring forth fruits meet for repentance?’ How could he live the Lord’s commands, attend his meetings, pay his tithing, serve his fellowmen? All these things take time. Time was the one thing he was running out of very rapidly. ‘No unclean thing can enter the kingdom of heaven.’ This though has been repeated throughout the scriptures numerous times and is a basic truth. We may be sure that the Savior’s instructions to the thief on the cross where comparable to his instructions to the woman caught in adultery: ‘Go your way and transform yourself and repent” (Miracle of Forgiveness pg 166). (These “instructions” nor anything like them are shown in the account given in the Book of Luke). This man also said "One of the most fallacious doctrines originated by Satan and propounded by man is that man is saved alone by the grace of God; that belief in Jesus Christ alone is all that is needed for salvation. Along with all the other works necessary for man’s exaltation in the k...ingdom of God this could rule out the need for repentance. It could give license for sin and, since it does not require man to work out his salvation, could accept instead lip service, death-bed 'repentance', and shallow, meaningless confession of sin." (Miracle of Forgiveness, pg 206).
Mormonism also does not teach the forgiveness we find in the Bible. The Bible teaches that God has removed our sins from us as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12); that God casts our sins into the depths of the sea (Micah 7:19); that God casts our sins behind His back (Isaiah 38:17); and that God remembers our sins no more (Jeremiah 31:34). Yet, in D&C 82:7 it says “And now, verily, I say unto you, I, the Lord, will not lay any sin to your charge: you your ways and sin no more; but unto the soul who sinneth shall the former sins return, saith the Lord your God.” Mr. Kimball said, “To return to sin is most destructive to the moral of the individual and gives Satan another hand-hold on his victim. Those that feel that they can sin and be forgiven and then return to sin and be forgiven again and again must straighten out their thinking. Each previously forgiven sin is added to the new one and the whole gets to be a heavy load. Thus when a man has made up his mind to change his life, there must be no turning back.” (Miracle of Forgiveness pg 170). I’m really thinking that the name of that book needs to be changed, because what kind of miracle of forgiveness is it when God is some cosmic being just waiting for you to make a mistake in order to hurl all of your prior sins back on your back. We sin so much there is absolutely no way that we could ever redeem ourselves. There is no way we could every do enough to “transform” ourselves. That is why Christ, the perfect Lamb, without spot or blemish, had to die. Hebrews 9:22 says that without the shedding of blood there can be no remission of sins.
I alluded to a quote by Brigham Young earlier. I was utterly shocked when I read these words. It needs to be remembered as you read the following words, that the president of the Mormon church is held in high regard. Like the pope of the Catholic church, this man is considered to be God’s mouth piece and those things that come from them are coming from God himself.
“Suppose you found your brother in bed with your wife, and you put a javelin through both of them, you would be justified, and they would atone for their sins, and be received into the kingdomof God. I would at once do so in such a case; and under such circumstances, I have no wife whom I love so well that I would not put a javelin through her heart, and I would do it with clean hands…. There is not a man or woman, who violates the covenants made with their God, that will not be required to pay the debt. The blood of Christ will never wipe that out, your own blood must atone for it; and the judgments of the Almighty will come, sooner or later, and every man and woman will have to atone for breaking their covenants….All mankind love themselves, and let these principles be known by an individual, and he would be glad to have his blood shed. I could refer you to plenty of instances where men have been righteously slain, in order to atone for their sins…this is loving our neighbor as ourselves; if he needs help, help him; and if he wants salvation and it is necessary to spill his blood on the earth in order that he be saved, spill it.” (Brigham Young, “Journal of Discourses” 3:247; 4:219-220)
I do not see any miracle of forgiveness with the teachings of the Mormon church. The words of Brigham Young are haunting. Do his words sound like grace to you?
Posted 3/20/12 at 3:20 PM | Sally Eagle
One question I have posed to others, including those reading this very blog, is why is it that a Christian is expected to be tolerant when people aren't tolerant of Christians and their beliefs and thoughts?
This was a question that came to the forefront of my thoughts yet again this morning as Kirk Cameron was on the Today Show. Here is this man, a former atheist, who is on national television to promote his new movie Monumental and yet having to answer questions of his views on social issues. FULL POST
Posted 3/15/12 at 6:37 PM | Sally Eagle
Over the last year or so, I have been online...ALOT. And in doing so, I have become enveloped in the world of commenting. You know what I mean. You read a story and it was okay, but then you scroll down and read the comments that others post. And then sometimes there is a comment that just reels you in, hook, line and sinker. Through many of these, I have engaged in some intellectual conversation about things. Evolution versus Intelligent Design. Theism versus Atheism. Christianity versus Mormonism. The list goes on. I have learned alot and have learned alot about people in general. The part that gets me is seeing how others view me and my brothers and sisters in the faith. With that in mind, I have composed the following "vent" if you will.
Why is it that people don't think that Christians can have an intelligent thought all their own?
Why is it assumed that Christians only believe what they believe because someone else told them to?
Why is it assumed that Christians haven't come to their own conclusions after years of study?
Why is it that if a Christian has come to a logical conclusion, it is not logical based upon the fact that they are a Christian? FULL POST