I’m proud to be part of the Blog Hop promoting A Time to Speak. This hop is to encourage myself and others to speak out for our passions and against injustice.
It is also to spread the word about Nadine Brandes’s new dystopian novel, A Time to Speak, second in the Out of Time series, and sequel to the award-winning A Time to Die. The ebook is available now, the paperback releasing soon.
Friends, we live in a world where Truth is shrouded in a lie called relativity. This lie is predicated on “tolerance,” an oxymoron in and of itself the way our culture uses it today.
THE TRUTH IS NOT RELATIVE.
Truth is NOT something to one person, and something else to another. Truth does NOT depend on our perspective. Truth is NOT a dress that is white/gold to some and blue/black to others. Truth is NOT something that we get to define. Truth was established by our Creator.
Can you hear my passion? 😉
It makes my heart sad when I hear Christians say, “How do I know that this Mormon/Jehovah’s Witness isn’t really a Christian? I see the things they do and the love they have for others. They say they believe in Jesus. It sounds to me like they’re a Christian.”
Friends, be very careful that in trying to love others that you yourself are not misled! This very problem was something that the early church in Corinth experienced. Paul wrote to them and said,
You happily put up with whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach, or a different kind of Spirit than the one you received, or a different kind of gospel than the one you believed. ~2 Corinthians 11:4
On the surface, Mormon and Jehovah’s Witnesses claim they worship God and Jesus the Son of God. When you dig deeper, you realize that their definitions for Jesus are not the same as God’s.
Mormons believe that Jesus was the first spirit child of the Father and one of his unnamed wives based on Psalm 2:7. “Jesus, as a spirit son, progressed by obedience and devotion to the truth in the spirit world until he became a God. Prior to his incarnation on earth, Jesus was Jehovah of the Old Testament.” (borrowed from The Challenge of the Cults and New Religions by Ron Rhodes)
Jehovah’s Witnesses claim that Jesus is a “son of God” the same way that angels are all “sons of God.” They don’t consider him THE Son of God. In fact, they believe that Jesus and the Archangel Michael are the same person.
For new converts to Mormonism and Jehovah’s Witness, who knows what they believe in their heart of hearts? But they have stepped off the path leading to the one true God. Loving others as you love yourself means sharing the Truth with them.
Remember, the apostle Paul, back when he was still called Saul, was such a zealot for God that he went around finding Christians and having them put to death. He thought what he was doing was FOR God! He thought he was right and upholding the law. Thankfully, God saw his heart and showed him the truth.
If you’re a Christian, stop claiming that Mormons or JW might be right!
Let us agree to speak the truth about God and hold one another accountable. Let us cling strongly to the true gospel and not be clouded in this culture of relativity and tolerance.
There is only one Truth, and His name is Jesus.
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” ~John 14:6
Interested to know how others are #Called2Speak? Check out other stops on the blog hop:
9.28.15 – Gretchen Engel
9.30.15 – Nadine Brandes
10.01.15 – Jason Joyner
10.05.15 – Gretchen Engel (part 2)
10.06.15 – Tricia Mingerink
10.08.15 – Gretchen Engel (Scriblerians)
10.09.15 – Emilie Hendryx
10.11.15 – Janeen Ippolito
10.12.15 – Zachary D Totah
10.14.15 – Brittany Valentine
10.15.15 – Andrew Swearingen
10.17.15 – Megan Besing
10.19.15 – Angel Roman
10.20.15 – Charles Franklin
10.21.15 – Lisa Godfrees
10.27.15 – Natalie Walters
10.29.15 – The Artist Librarian
11.02.15 – Rosalie Valentine
11.17.15 – Amanda Fender
Enter to win a signed copy of A Time to Speak, the book that was the inspiration for this post.
What happens when you live longer than you wanted to?
Parvin Blackwater wanted to die, but now she’s being called to be a leader. The only problem is, no one wants to follow.
The Council uses Jude’s Clock-matching invention to force “new-and-improved” Clocks on the public. Those who can’t afford one are packed into boxcars like cattle and used for the Council’s purposes.
Parvin and Hawke find themselves on a cargo ship of Radicals headed out to sea. What will the Council do to them? And why are people suddenly dying before their Clocks have zeroed-out?
Book Two in the “Out of Time” series. Read about the first book, A Time to Die, here.
NOW YOU: What are you passionate about? If you could speak about anything, what would it be?