Friday, December 23, 2011

MMM Sermons: "The Way"



by Saint Mark (bio)

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints call them "talks," but most (non)Christians call them sermons. This is a series of sermons that many Latter-day Saints love and believe. I hope these sermons promote and perfect your faith as they do mine.

Watch or read the talk here.

I am always fascinated and frustrated by those who believe that members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are not Christians. I guess it is true that we are not "Christians" by way of the Nicene Creed, but we are Christians by way of following Jesus Christ, by believing the Holy Bible to be the word of God as long as it is translated correctly, and that there is no other way to salvation but through and by Jesus Christ, our Lord and Master. The fact that there are individuals out there who try to speak authoritatively for all of Christianity and falsely claim that members of the LDS Church are not Christians feels extremely arrogant and misinformed (see this video, for example) It would be akin to my being an American and stating that people who look, think and talk like me are Americans but those people who don't are not Americans. How proud and ridiculous would I be to make such a remark, to even think that I speak for America regarding who is an American? If the Ku Klux Klan can validly claim that they are a Christian group, then unequivocally members of the LDS Church are Christians.

In the October 2008 General Conference, Elder Lawrence E. Corbridge of the Seventy laid it out and left no doubt to detractors that the LDS Church is a Christian church.

Here is a snippet of Elder Corbridge's powerful sermon:
Jesus Christ is the Way. He is Light and Life, Bread and Water, the Beginning and the End, the Resurrection and the Life, the Savior of the world, the Truth, and the Way.

There is only one way to happiness and fulfillment. He is the Way. Every other way, any other way, whatever other way, is foolishness.

He offers a well of living water. Either we drink and never thirst more, or we don’t and foolishly remain thirsty still.

He is the Bread of Life. Either we eat and hunger no more, or we don’t and foolishly remain weak and hungry still.

He is the Light of the World. Either we follow Him and see clearly, or we don’t and foolishly remain blind and in darkness still.

He is the Resurrection and the Life. He said, “The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” 8 Either we learn of Him and have life more abundantly, 9 or we don’t and foolishly remain dead still.

He is the Savior of the world. Either we accept the blessings of His Atonement and are made clean and pure, worthy to have His Spirit, or we don’t and foolishly remain alone and filthy still.

He is the Way.

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