The Continuing Need For Prophets & Apostles

HOME
THE CONTINUING NEED FOR PROPHETS & APOSTLES
ADDING & TAKING AWAY - BIBLE TALK
THE ANTI-MORMONS' FLAW
THE ANTI-MORMON PREDICAMENT
ANTI-MORMON LIES
FIENDISHLY CLEVER!
ANKERBERG & WELDON #1
CROSS-EYED STAR GAZERS
MORMONS & THE HOLY BIBLE
NON-MORMONS & THE HOLY BIBLE
TEXTUAL VARIANTS IN THE BIBLE
2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17
READY ANSWERS 1 PETER 3:15
JOSEPH SMITH PROPHET OF GOD
THE WENTWORTH LETTER
GUEST OP-ED: WHAT'S WRONG WITH THOSE STUPID MORMONS?
UNNAMED 'WITNESSES'
MCELVEEN'S 'UNNAMED '' MORMONS'
ANTI-MORMONS' BOGUS DEGREES
ANTI-MORMON LITERATURE
INVENTING CUMORAH
ANACHRONISMS IN THE BOOK OF MORMON
ALMA 7:10 - SETTLED!
“AND IT CAME TO PASS”
REFORMED EGYPTIAN - AN HEBREW LITERARY PARALLEL
REFORMED EGYPTIAN --- ER, HEBREW!
SALVATION FOR THE DEAD:
BEECHER ON SALVATION FOR THE DEAD
A LUTHERAN BISHOP ON BAPTISM FOR THE DEAD
UNIVERSAL APOSTASY PROPHECIES IN THE HOLY BIBLE
PROPHECIES OF THE COMING APOSTASY
THE APOSTASY - INTERNAL CAUSES
THE PERSECUTED CHURCH OF CHRIST BECOMES A PERSECUTING ANTI-CHURCH
POST APOSTASY NOVELTIES
EXTERNAL CAUSES OF APOSTASY
BAPTISM BY TOTAL IMMERSION ESSENTIAL FOR SALVATION
CORRUPTION OF THE ESSENTIAL RITE OF BAPTISM
PROFESSOR HAROLD J BERRY SPLURGES NONSENSE
IS "DR" JAMES WHITE'S DOCTORATE BOGUS?
FRED PHELPS' DEPRAVITY!
MORMONS AND MOON MEN
PAUL & BAPTISM FOR THE DEAD - WHO ARE 'THEY'?
PAUL AND GENEALOGY
ROT SPEAKS WITH FORKED ONGUE AND THREATENS FORMER DIRECTOR
FROM ANTI-MORMON TO MORMON - MY JOURNEY!
A DIVINE COMEDY
UTAH MISSIONS INC. BATTLES AMONG ITSELF
WORST OF THE ANTI-MORMON WEB #1
ED DECKER LIES - 1
ED DECKER LIES - 2
ED DECKER LIES - 3
ED DECKER LIES - 4
ED DECKER LIES - 5
ED DECKER LIES - 6
ED DECKER LIES - 7
ED DECKER LIES - 8
ED DECKER LIES - 9
ED DECKER LIES - 10
THE BIBLE CALLS THEM "FOOLS"
EGG ON FACES
REACH OUT TRUST [ROT] USES INNUENDO AS A WEAPON
ROT'S FORKED TONGUE
SATANIC INFLUENCE ADMITTED IN ROT JOURNAL
WHAT REACH OUT TRUST DARE NOT REVEAL
REACH OUT TRUST - THE POISONED CHALICE
REACH OUT TRUST EMBRACES DUNGEONS & DRAGONS
THE DEVIL LIES!
IMAGES OF HATE -CHAPTER 1
CHAPTER 2
CHAPTER 3
CHAPTER 4
CHAPTER 5
CHAPTER 6
CHAPTER 7
CHAPTER 8
CHAPTER 9
CHAPTER 10
CHAPTER 11
CHAPTER 12
CHAPTER 13
CHAPTER 14
CHAPTER 15
CHAPTER 16
CHAPTER 17
CHAPTER 18
CHAPTER 19
CHAPTER 20
CHAPTER 21
CHAPTER 22
CHAPTER 23
CHAPTER 24
CHAPTER 25
CHAPTER 26
CHAPTER 27
CHAPTER 28
CHAPTER 29
CHAPTER 30
CHAPTER 31
CHAPTER 32
APPENDIX 'A'
APPENDIX 'B'
APPENDIX 'C'
APPENDIX 'D'
BIBLIOGRAPHY
FOOTNOTES & THE END
MISSING BOOKS OF THE HOLY BIBLE
BIBLE - INERRANT? INFALLIBLE?
CARM.& THE HOLY BIBLE
CARM. THE BIBLE IS NOT THEIR FINAL AUTHORITY
'GOOD WORKS' IN BIBLICAL CHRISTIANITY
WHAT THINK YE OF CHRIST?
IMPOSSIBLE TEXTS
CHRISTOLOGY ACCORDING TO EUSEBIUS
THE MORMON JESUS
WAS JESUS MARRIED?
MORMONS DO NOT SAY ALL NON-LDS CHRISTIANS ARE CORRUPT
MORMONS AND OTHER CHRISTIANS
A PASTOR ASKS A FAIR QUESTION.
CARM 101 - A DISAPPOINTMENT!
MCELVEEN'S DELUSION
SHAFOVALOFF FLUNKS THE 2 NEPHI 25:23 TEST
CARM.& ATONEMENT & SALVATION
CARM ~ MAKES IT UP!
CARM AND THE DEVIL
CARM ~ DOCTRINE OF GOD
CARM ON THE INCARNATION
CARM & THEOSIS
THE HULSES: LYIN' FER JESUS!
ROCKY HULSE
THE TRUTH ABOUT MORMONISM
JOSEPH SMITH
JOSEPH SMITH BY THOSE THAT KNEW HIM
TRUTH IN LOVE TO MORMONS . COM
DON'T SAY YOU LOVE ME IF IT ISN'T TRUE!
PLURAL MARRIAGE COMMANDED BY GOD
PLURAL MARRIAGE IN THE EARLY AND MEDIAEVAL AND LATER CGHRISTIAN CHURCHES
PLURAL MARRIAGE BROUGHT BACK BY EVANGELICALS
LORI MCGREGOR TALKS TWADDLE
CONCERNED CHRISTIANS INC,
JESUS TELLS CHRISTIANS TO FORSAKE THEIR SINS
A STINGING COMPLAINT AGAINST CONCERNED CHRISTIANS
R.O.T.
RENDELL'S DISHONEST CLAIMS
DOUG HARRIS BETRAYER & PROMISE BREAKER
L.O.U.T.
ROT'S SNEAKY FANATICS
ROT TALKS ROT
ROT'S FORKED TONGUE & DOUBLE MINDEDNESS
ROT'S RITUAL FABRICATIOJNJ
UNIVERSALISM TAUGHT - DR HANSON'S THOUGHTS
MINOR IRRITATIONS & PETTY NIGGLES
BOGUS 'DR' JAY DEE NELSON
GB HANCOCK
BOGUS 'DR' WALTER R MARTIN
BOGUS 'DOCTOR' WILLIE DYE
BOGUS 'DR' FALES
FALES' BOGUS DEFENDER
BOGUS RESPONSE TO BOGUS "DR" FALES
BRINKERHOFF'S EGREGIOUS ERROR
BRINKERHOFF'S TREACHERY - 1
BRINKERHOFF'S TREACHERY - 2
IS ANTI-MORMONISM CHRISTIAN ?
DANGEROUS FUNDAMENTALISM
"THE GOD-MAKERS"
GODMAKERS AND THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS - AN EDITORIAL
ERYL DAVIES
IS GOD IMMATERIAL?
THE VISIBLE GOD
EGYPTIAN INFLUENCE IN ANCIENT PALESTINE
EGYPTIAN INFLUENCE ON HEBREW THOUGHT AND LITERATURE
SEPARATING THE WHEAT FROM THE CHAFF
BEECHER ON MORMONS AND THE BIBLE
SALVATION & BAPTISM FOR THE DEAD
JESUS PREACHED IN HELL TO SAVE SOULS
THE JOHANNINE COMMA
EZEKIEL'S STICKS
BOOK OF MORMON
EVIDENCES OF THE BOOK OF MORMON
TEMPLES
JOSEPH SMITH'S OWN STORY
ELDER OAKS AT HARVARD LAW SCHOOL
SOME CHRISTIANS TELL LIES FOR CASH
MISCELLANY
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
THE WALL OF TRUTH & THE WALL OF SHAME
THE PERSECUTION CULTUS
INSANITY AWARDS
DAN CORNER CORNERED & PITCHFORKED!
ISAIAH 29 & THE BOOK OF MORMON
BOM CHANGES
AM I AN ANTI-MORMON?
WHY I AM A MORMON
COMPACT DISCS
THE INSANITY OF ANTI-MORMONISM
A FALSE DICHOTOMY - MORMONISM OR CHRISTIANITY - WHY MUST I CHOOSE WHEN I CAN BE BOTH AT THE SAME TIME?
A MORMON ANSWERS
DEIFICATION - THEOSIS CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE
SALVATION FOR THE DEAD - A BIBLE TEACHING
THE CHRIST OF MORMONISM IS THE CHRIST OF THE HOLY BIBLE
THE BOOK OF ABRAHAM
ON THE HOLY TRINITY
BIBLE TEACHINGS THAT DO NOT SUPPORT THE TRINITY - 01
AN EXAMPLE OF ANTI-MORMON FOOLISHNESS
A CASE STUDY ~ ANTI-MORMON ATTITUDES
JP HOLDING'S BOOK, "THE MORMON DEFENDERS"
ARE YOU PREPARED FOR HIM?
THE STANDARD OF TRUTH
BLACK MUSEUM OF ANTI-MORMONISM
THE SALAMANDER LETTER
DANITES - THE MYTH
I HAD A DREAM - A CAUTIONARY TALE
CARELESS TALK - DR MICHAEL L BROWN
LINKS FOR FURTHER STUDY

Unsubstantiated claims made by Non-LDS Christians that God has changed his mind about appointing divinely commissioned Apostles and Prophets in these last days beggar belief when compared to references made to these essential ministers that were set in the Church of Jesus Christ for specific reasons for a specific duration.

An evangelical Christian correspondent insists that these officers were not required after the advent of Jesus Christ because he enfolded their functions in himself. The Holy Bible disagrees with this premise. 

Jehovah called and commissioned Divinely Inspired Prophets during the times of the Patriarchs and during what has been terms Israel's prophetic Breakthrough to guide the People of God anciently and Jesus called both Prophets and Apostles when he established the Church of Jesus Christ in the Meridian of Time. It is plainly evident from the New Testament record that Prophets and Apostles were intended to remain in the Church of Jesus Christ until certain purposes and criteria were met. That these purposes and criteria have not yet been satisfied is clear from the Bible and from the details of Ecclesiastical History. 

The inspired words of the Apostle Paul remind those that might have forgotten that it is God and Christ that established these holy offices with the specific purpose of drawing all that relied on Christ for their salvation to be made into one body, closing those chapters in which God's People Israel were augmented by Gentile converts and forged into one People. 

But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off [Israelites and Gentiles] are made nigh [brought together into one people] by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity [between Jew and Gentile] thereby:

And came and preached peace to you [Gentiles] which were afar off, and to them that were nigh [Israelites]. For through him we both [Jew and Gentile] have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. --Ephesians 2:13-22 

Clearly, the purpose of Apostles and Prophets was to unite the world's people into the People of God,  Apostles and Prophets being the foundation upon which the Church of Jesus Christ, the vehicle for the Gospel of Jesus Christ, is founded with Jesus Christ identified as the 'Chief Corner Stone' from  which the whole  foundation is trued and maintained correctly and properly according to the will of Almighty God. 

Later in Ephesians, Paul returns to Apostles and Prophets to expand their role in the Church of Jesus Christ and to further delineate their purpose and the duration in which they are intended to remain in the Church of Jesus Christ.

I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with long suffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. --Ephesians 4:1-6

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. --Ephesians 4:11-16

This last passage is essential to our understanding of the reason Apostles and Prophets were instituted as the standing ministry of the Church of Jesus Christ. A brief analysis reveals they were to: 

  

  1. Perfect the members of Christ's Church, called saints.
  2. Be ministers of the Gospel of Christ in the Church of Christ
  3. Edify the Church of Jesus Christ 
  4. Lead all saints into a unified body of one faith
  5. Lead the saints to know that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is a perfect man 
  6. Teach the saints the fulness, brightness, and perfection of Jesus Christ the Son of God
  7. Teach the saints not to  be influenced by false teachers and tossed about like a rudderless ship on a stormy sea by false teachers that seek to drive them from their true course
  8. Help them avoid false doctrines taught by false teachers that troubled the Church and perverted the doctrines and rites of the Church of Jesus Christ 
  9. Aid Church members in avoiding the sleight and cunning craftiness of false teachers that wold come into the Church to deceive the saints and cause them to leave the true path for false  doctrines 
  10. Teach the saints to speak the Truth in Love 
  11. Lead the saints to spiritual maturity as the Lord Jesus Christ is mature and keep them true to the faith until they reach the stature Christ has reached 
  12. Enable them to maintain perfect unity among each other until they are Christlike, appropriately unified and fitted together into a perfect Christlike whole as The Church of Jesus Christ without division, party, or schism in the perfect Love of Jesus Christ so that no power can rend them asunder.

Nothing is as obvious as the ineradicable truth that these conditions have not been reached. Therefore, the divine offices of Apostles and Prophets are not redundant, have not been removed, and are unlikely to be removed until the Christian world moves from its present disunification, its internecine hatred, and self-evident apostasy to fulfilling the many conditions for which Apostles and Prophets were placed in The Church of Jesus Christ by a wise and loving Father two millennia ago.