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Are Mormons Christians?

A couple days ago, I was sitting in the car at the Arboretum in Madison, WI, preparing for my talk at the Spring Green Community Church about  our ministry in Romania.  In the midst of my work, two smiling people approached me.  It was only after they were close that I noticed the name tags that clearly identified them as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons).

Well, I never like to miss an opportunity to share the gospel, and I figure it’s better for me to keep a Mormon missionary occupied than to let him talk to others, people who might be persuaded to believe him.  Plus, I have always enjoyed conversations about religion, even when I was an atheist.  So, naturally, I decided my preparations for  Sunday could wait.

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Religion Kills Twice, part 2: The Yeast of Pharisees

Religion-Kills-JB

    But the disciples had forgotten to bring any food. They
had only one loaf of bread with them in the boat. As they 
were crossing the lake, Jesus warned them, "Watch out! 
Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and of Herod."
    At this, they began to argue with each other because 
they hadn't brought any bread.
    Jesus knew what they were saying, so he said, "Why are 
you arguing about having no bread?  Don't you know or 
understand even yet? Are your hearts too hard to take it in?
                                    Mark 8:14-17

I know I’m probably confusing at least half my readers with my title.  You’re saying right now, “But… aren’t you into religion?  You’re a missionary in Romania, after all…  What do you mean ‘religion kills’?”  So, if you’re totally confused right now, just bear with me as I look at part two in this series on the dangers of religion.  (For part one, visit  The Yeast of Herod.)

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Religion Kills Twice, part 1: The Yeast of Herod

Religion-Kills-JB

    But the disciples had forgotten to bring any food. They
had only one loaf of bread with them in the boat. As they 
were crossing the lake, Jesus warned them, "Watch out! 
Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and of Herod."
    At this, they began to argue with each other because 
they hadn't brought any bread.
    Jesus knew what they were saying, so he said, "Why are 
you arguing about having no bread?  Don't you know or 
understand even yet? Are your hearts too hard to take it in?
                                    Mark 8:14-17

Now, I know a third of you will read my title and think, “Awesome!  I hate God, too.”  And another third will read it and say, “What the–?!?!  I thought you were a Christian…”  And the final third will say, “Huh…?,” scratch their heads, and then move right back to looking at pictures of kittens on Facebook.

So, bear with me.  Or you can always go laugh at another cat trying to catch a laser.

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Worship and Devotion

Earlier this week, I went to Unirii and was surprised to find thousands of people standing in a massive line while the air reverberated with chanting in Romanian.  Later, I learned that the protector of Bucharest, Saint Dimitrie the New, is remembered every year during the week of his martyrdom (October 26).  I don’t know much about Saint Dimitrie, but seeing so many people gathered in his honor was both inspiring and upsetting to me.

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