ED DECKER'S NEWSLETTER FOR MARCH 2009
A note from Ed
It is been a tough month or two in a lot of ways. Two of our dear ministry friends have gone on to be with the Lord and both Carol and I have sisters in advanced stage four Cancer. Our families are so focused on their care and well being. It seems like each day brings another crisis.
So many of the prayer requests that have come in lately deal with serious illnesses, loss of jobs, loss of or the refinancing of homes and the list goes on. And of course, as always, the cry of your hearts for your unsaved loved ones.
I want you to know that we are praying with a fervor for each of your requests. This is not a time to become prayer lazy.
Please remember that every prayer request ends up on my personal desk and I do pray for each one personally. Don’t you give up because I sure won’t stop.
I will be doing a series of new studies on Mormonism over the next 6 months or so. This month I will be giving you a look at the greatest of all the LDS heresies, The Mormon Doctrine of Earned Godhood. Please take the time to read it fully. It will give you an in-depth understanding of why Mormonism is a cult.
Next month I will be sharing the details of the death grip of Freemasonry within the core of Mormon Doctrines and Secret Rituals. I will reveal the soul ties of the Satanic Enochian keys that bind Mormonism and Freemasonry and the reason Joseph Smith called himself Enoch.
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Your Brother in Christ,
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In Memory of Donald A. J. Meyers
December 24, 1920 – February 21 2009
It was probably 30 years ago when I met Don Meyers in Ogden Utah, during one of my first missionary trips through that State. His wife, Gwen, a life long Mormon, was saved at one of my early meetings in Salt Lake. Don and Gwen had an immediate passion for the lost and dedicated their lives to the calling of reaching out to the LDS community by sharing the Word of God as presented in the Bible.
Don lived the Great Commission of Matthew 28:19-20 and spent his time sharing his passion with everyone he met about salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. Anyone who ever met him knew where Don stood with his faith within minutes of meeting him.
Don was always coming up with new ideas to evangelize the lost and had great success over the years in souls saved. I had the privilege of speaking with him on February 20th. The next day he went to heaven, into the arms of his Lord and Savoir, Jesus Christ, surrounded by family and friends..
Don was truly one of the Lord’s Mighty Men of Valor. He was faithful to his calling from the first day through his last hour. Our sincerest prayers are with his wife, Gwen and the rest of the family. Don [and Gwen] had 9 children, 27 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. His friends are far too numerous to count.
In Memory of Clifford Van Spring
February 2, 1922 - January 19, 2009
Another great man of God and a dear friend of our ministry passed away just recently. Cliff and Betty were among the very first people to begin praying for and financially supporting Saints Alive. They were always here for us, never far away. They were just plain “faithful.”
Cliff and Don Meyers would have been great buddies had they lived near each other. Cliff had that same boldness and ability to share Jesus with anyone who would listen to him, no matter where they met him. He was a true family man, loving his wife, children, brothers, sons-in-law, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren and all the nieces and nephews. His last words were “Tell everyone I love them.”
Betty and family, we send our love and prayers. He, too, was one of the Lord’s Mighty men of valor.
Goes to the Temple
Those who watch the HBO series, Big Love were treated to an insider look at the LDS Temple Ritual, on March 15th.
While there were a few technical errors, this Temple Episode, gave non-temple Mormons and the rest of the world a quick look at a strange and bizarre ritual. The same material is far more accurately covered in our DVD, The Temple of the God Makers, but this show was seen by many millions .and the impact is still being felt. Even before the airing, The Brethren were letting it be known that they were very unhappy.
HBO, Mormons square off over airing of sacred rite
By JENNIFER DOBNER, Associated Press Writer Wed Mar 11, 3:42 AM PDT [in part]
"Certainly church members are offended when their most sacred practices are misrepresented or presented without context or understanding," the church statement said.
“Only church members in good standing can enter temples to perform or witness sacred ceremonies. The ceremonies are centered on religious teachings and re-enactments of Bible stories to help Mormons prepare an eternal place for themselves -- and others by proxy -- in heaven.”
Members take a vow not to discuss the rituals outside temple walls, although details of the ceremonies are widely available on the Internet.
The dramatization of the ceremony was vetted for accuracy by an adviser familiar with temple ceremonies who was on set during filming, said series creators and executives producers Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer.
"In approaching the dramatization of the endowment ceremony, we knew we had a responsibility to be completely accurate and to show the ceremony in the proper context and with respect," Olsen and Scheffer said in a separate statement issued through HBO. "We therefore took great pains to depict the ceremony with the dignity and reverence it is due.
The Fastest Growing Church in America? Not!
According to the latest edition of the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. published by the National Council of Churches, an ecumenical group based in New York.
Among the 25 largest churches in the U.S., four are growing, the yearbook found: the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or the Mormon church (up 1.6 percent), the Assemblies of God (up nearly 1 percent), Jehovah's Witnesses (up 2 percent), and the Church of God of Cleveland, Tenn. (up 2 percent).
The next time the Mormons tell you their church must be true because it is the fastest growing church in America, tell them that the Jehovah’s Witnesses much be truer since they are growing faster than the Mormon Church.
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Letters and E-Mails
Dear Ed: I am a Mormon and have been for almost 30 years. Have been "married and sealed" in the temple. It wasn't until about 2 years ago that I started questioning everything that I felt and knew. My mother died and all of a sudden I couldn't understand all of my "teachings", they just didn't feel right.
I was very active in the LDS church, in various callings from the stake down to my ward level. I was always in leadership callings. And now I didn't believe anymore!
I went inactive and went on a quest to find out what was going on inside of me. I love the Lord and I knew Heavenly Father, but why was life so confussing now. I"ve tried to pull away but I think I've been a "member" too long.
The members don't care about one another, they don't go out looking for "lost sheep". They only care about getting their poor children on missions and to the "sacred castle in the sky", the temple. None of my 4 children go to church, even though they were all raised in the church. None of them have been on missions or to the temple.
It was hell watching other "proud" parents send off or marry off their prosterity, and then bare "testimony" of how good they were as parents or as a family. I've been a failure in the church since I joined in 1981. We were never quite good enough, because we didn't go on a mission or we weren't generational.
I can't pull myself from the church, I don't know how to live without it. I don't believe the gospel the way other churches teach it, I understand it the way the church teaches it and I love the stories in the BOM. So, sadly, I go only to sacrament every other Sunday, if I feel like it, and I will not ever go back to the temple as long as I live. And I will not pay tithes or accept a calling. I am miserable.
Dear Ed: I just recently finished re-reading The GodMakers. (about the fifth time through) I tremble for those still in this horrible web of deceit, like all my extended family. I am so glad you are happy in letting the world know how wrong and evil Mormonism and Masonry are, because that is also very close to my heart. I, like you, lived under it's (Mormonism's) dark shadow way too long.
Dear Ed: I feel the need to tell you how much your organization has help my life. In January of 1987 my wife was pregnant with our oldest child. We were faithful members of the local ward. All was right with the world, just not right with the spirit. I was in the Navy and a buddy was listening to a local Christian station when Walter Martin came on talking about his book "Kingdom of the Cults" I was irate.
I was going to become the next great Mormon apologist, so I went to the local book store and bought his book along with "God Makers". As I read them both, it took all of 3 days I began to realize that I had lived a lie.
I went to my local bishop and we sat down to talk I had 27 handwritten legal pad pages of questions. After the first one which he differed any answer and asked "what else I wanted to know" I knew this was going to end poorly. After the third question he asked to see my pad I handed it over and he didn't even get through the first page before he asked when I could be available for an ex-communication hearing.
I left there feeling giddy but unsure what to do next. I called the number in the back of your book and was led to a relationship with the real Christ over the phone. While life since then was difficult at times it was rewarding.
The long and the short of it is that now I am the Senior Pastor of a Christian Church and have been blessed to have been used since my ordination in 2001 to lead the lost to Christ and baptize 172 souls. While I know it is the Spirit of God that call all men to Christ I feel that without your following of the Spirit's guidance all those years back I may have been lost to God as well. Pastor Chuck
I've also been very worried about how the discussion of this issue would affect my relationship with my brother and sister in law. However, after calling your office last Friday, I called my brother and brought up the subject.
I feel somewhat relieved after talking with him about it - he seems to feel that my sister in law doesn't have much interest in the church; however, I think he may be underestimating her interest, based on comments she has made to me.
What I am trying to find out is what specific steps are required in order to carry out this "baptism". I am assuming that they need specific birth and death dates, but I'm not sure where else to go to find out exactly what the process is.
To be blunt about it, if my sister in law intends to do this, I want to do anything I can to prevent it. I have read that some Mormons consider "redeeming the dead" to be one of their greatest missions. Maybe I'm misunderstanding that, but I take it to mean that they would like to "baptize" everyone who's ever been born!
I don't know how you feel about this ritual, being a former Mormon, but I consider it to be a mockery of baptism, and feel that it's sacrilegious. If I ever learned that any of my deceased relatives had been added to the Mormon rolls, I would have demand they undo it - but I would like to prevent it from happening in the first place, if I can.
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