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Chapter 14: Hastening Family History and Temple Work

During 2016, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter We will evaluate this book regularly, chapter by chapter, by showing interesting quotes and providing an Evangelical Christian take on this manual. The text that is in boldfaced is from the manual, […]

Mormon Missionary Strategy Gone Wrong

By Sharon Lindbloom 21 June 2016 On June 11th (2016) The Salt Lake Tribune reported an odd Mormon-related story. Four LDS missionaries got in trouble with local authorities in Mexico for attempting to baptize three young brothers (a 9-year-old and 11-year-old twins) without their parents’ permission. Even stranger, the boys didn’t want to be baptized. […]

Mormonism 201 (Communion and Baptism): Response to Michael Hickenbotham

Response to Michael Hickenbotham Rejoinder by Tim Martin In order to make this review easier to read, all original quotes from the Mormonism 201 rebuttal are boldfaced and italicized to separate these from the rest of the rejoinder. Rejection of The Seer Chapter 13 of Mormonism 101 begins with a quote from LDS apostle Orson Pratt: “All other […]

Chapter 13: Baptism

Chapter 13: Baptism

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith, (2013), 171–80

During 2014, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith. We will evaluate this book regularly, chapter by chapter, by showing interesting quotes and providing an Evangelical Christian take on this manual. The text that is underlined is from the manual, with our comments following.

1 Peter 3:18-20

1 Peter 3:18–20 says,“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: by which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.”

Colossians 2:12-13

By Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson

Colossians 2:12–13 says, “Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses.”

Romans 6:3-4

By Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson

Romans 6:3–4 says, “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”

Acts 22:16

By Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson

Acts 22:16 says“And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” Is Ananias stressing the act of water baptism in order to wash away a person’s sins? Or is he emphasizing calling on the name of the Lord? In light of the many passages that stress calling on the name of the Lord (see Joel 2:32; Acts 2:21; Rom. 10:13), we must choose the latter interpretation.

John 3:5-6

By Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson

John 3:5–6 says, “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”

We must ask what being “born of water” would have meant to Nicodemus. In his commentary on John, Leon Morris writes: 

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