Another Jesus

Over the years we have observed a wide variety of groups who outright reject the Jesus of Scripture but somehow feel the need to attach His name to their group or cause in order to give them an air of legitimacy. It happens with world religions, cults, social causes and politics. Some years ago we took a group on a tour through a Hindu temple. One of our group, not familiar with Hinduism, thought he … Continue reading

Missionaries To America?

(This originally appeared in the Winter 1999 edition of the MCOI Journal) When we think of missionaries, we tend to think in terms of PLACE. Missionaries go places, like foreign lands, don’t they? We call them mission fields. They exist in exotic faraway places like Zaire, Ghana, and today, even rather amazing (to those of us raised in the cold-war decades) new places like Russia and Romania; “fields” which traditionally have been closed to missionary … Continue reading

The Mormon View of Salvation

by Dave Johnson (This originally appeared in the July/August 1998 edition of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 10) There has been much public discussion in recent months, both inside and outside of Bible-believing churches, as to whether The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly known as Mormons) should be considered part of the Christian community. Is it just another Christian denomination? The vigorous and highly visible public relations campaign being presented by … Continue reading

Not the 144,000 but maybe the 110?

When we think of missionaries, we tend to think in terms of PLACE. Missionaries go places, like foreign lands, don’t they? We call them “mission fields”. They exist in exotic faraway places like Zaire, Ghana, Bolivia and many other “mission fields.” But still, they all revolve around PLACE — a country or, maybe, a continent. “He’s a missionary to Africa,” we might say, or “She has been called to Botswana.” These were the opening words … Continue reading

Intimidation

Intimidation comes at us on a variety of fronts and sometimes in subtle ways. It might come from the political arena or religious groups. Sometimes it is family or work associates. In some cases intimidation can be a good thing but is most it can be destructive and is used to manipulate. “Where can it be good?” you might wonder. During the Cold War era the U.S. and Russia instituted MAD or Mutually Assured Destruction. … Continue reading

The Twightlight Saga: Your Soul for Immortality

(Originally printed in the Spring 2010 MCOI Journal) The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer has sold over 85-million copies in 50 countries.1 Movies have come out based on the first two books, Twilight and New Moon, and movies are due to come out on the last two books of the series, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn. Eager fans have stood in line to get the first copies of each succeeding book and have excitedly queued up … Continue reading