Monday, February 20, 2012
So here I am on Easter Sunday (April 15, 1979). I have to go to my Mormon ward because I was a Sunday school teacher for 3 year olds. When I walked into the Mormon ward (a ward is a church congregation) I said hi to all my friends and inside felt like crying. I sat through the service and noticed there was not a CROSS anywhere. I'm thinking it's Easter and there is no cross. Why? All they talked about during the Easter service was the exaultation of man and how they were going to be gods. Nothing was said about how Jesus died on the cross for our sins. Nothing was said about salvation. I wanted to cry. I come out of that service and see my maid of honor. She was a sweet girl and I always enjoyed talking to her. I asked my maid of honor, "What would you do if the prophet came to you and your husband and told him to take another wife?" She said that she would just welcome her as a sister wife in the Lord." I could hardly believe my ears and I said to her, "Oh, come on! How could you say that?" Then I walked away from her and again was close to tears. I walked into my Sunday school class with those adorable 3 year olds. One kid always wore this cute little sports jacket. I couldn't teach the lesson. All I did was show them pictures of Jesus and asked them who they thought He is. A few days later I called the bishop and told him to have someone come and pick up my Sunday school stuff because I have lost my testimony. I told him I no longer believe the Mormon Church is true. He was stunned and could hardly believe it. Then the harrassment starts. I was harrassed by constant phone calls (and in 1979 answering machines were not the norm). I was harrassed by Mormons coming to my home. They sent me letters. They seemed to be every where. I finally had to tell them to leave me alone or I would have my attorney tell them to leave me alone. Over time they quit bothering me, but it was a very stressful time.
A couple of months later I met my born-again Christian husband. I met him at a going away party for mutual friends. What I didn't know is that my mother had been praying for me to meet a great born-again Christian guy soon. That was really great. I married him in a Christian ceremony 32 years ago.
God never intended for people to engage in polygamy. He has said numerous times in the Bible that marriage is between one man and one woman. Here are some Scriptures where the Bible says it is so.
"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh." Genesis 2:24
"Haven't you read," he replied, "that at the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female,' and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh?' So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man no separate." Matthew 19:4-6
"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh." Ephesians 5:31
"Jesus replied, "Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God? When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven." Mark 12:24-25 (We are not still married in heaven)
"Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. " Matthew 7:15-20
So both the Old and New Testaments state God's will for marriage. Polygamy is not part of that picture. Marriage is God's creation. People will try to change it and in so doing will go against God. Like the Bible says "watch out for false prophets".
Let's pray: Dear Lord Jesus, I pray for those lost in Mormonism and those lost in other false religions. I pray that their hearts will be softened and that they will hear the Good News of Jesus and His saving grace for them. I pray that many will be saved. I say these things in Jesus' name. Amen.