Samuel E. WestSenior elder in the Kingdom of Godsamuel270@aol.com
The Apostle Paul advised us “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” (Rom. 1:16) There is only one gospel of Christ. All others preach doctrines invented my man as happened even during the life of Jesus. “But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” (Matt. 15:9) Paul also told us “8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed… 12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (Gal. 1) Where revelation does not exist, true Christianity cannot exist.In 1820, Joseph Smith was 15 years old. He had a keen interest in religion. There was a great excitement over religion where he lived--each claiming to be right. He was determined to find out which was true. After reading the Epistle of James “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God,” Joseph decided to take the matter to God in prayer. He went into the woods where he could be alone and poured out his heart to God. Two personages appeared to him and one of them said, “This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!” He was told: “they were all wrong and their creeds were an abomination in his sight… they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof.” They forbade him from joining any of them. “I had now, got my mind satisfied so far as the sectarian world was concerned.”In 1823, after intense prayer, an angel of the Lord appeared to him and told him of a book that was deposited on a hill near him containing the record of ancient inhabitants of the land that were a branch of the House of Israel and was given a vision of where they were deposited. This Moroni (son of Mormon) visited him two more times and quoted him many things from scripture. He went to where the plates were deposited and opened them. The angel told him it would be four years before he could take them.In 1827, the plates of the book were entrusted to his care. In 1829, he commenced translating them. Only a part were translated. It became the Book of Mormon published in 1830. This was the first time that a correct knowledge of God and Jesus was restored to the earth.In May, 1829, he went into the woods with his scribe, Oliver Cowdery, to pray over the priesthood they had learned about in the book. The angel appeared to them and instructed them how to be baptized. Next, they were instructed how to be ordained to the Aaronic Priesthood—the same priesthood held by John the Baptist.In June, 1929, Joseph was ordained a Prophet and Lawgiver like Moses and many other prophets of God. Those who ordained him held the Melchisedec Priesthood in life. Since that priesthood had been lost shortly after the Apostles, it could only be restored through angelic administration like Jesus. The priesthood of God and the gospel were once again restored to the earth. The Church of Jesus Christ was organized on April 6, 1830. The gate into the kingdom of God was opened. Joseph received many revelations on the will and laws of God. They were first published in 1830 and the official edition was published as the Doctrine and Covenants in 1835. It contained two parts: Part One was on Faith and Part Two was revelations.On December 30, 1842, Joseph Smith commented, “If any person should ask me if I were a prophet, I should not deny it, as that would give me the lie; for, according to John, the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy [Rev. 19:10]; therefore, if I profess to be a witness or teacher, and have not the spirit of prophecy, which is the testimony of Jesus, I must be a false witness; but if I be a true teacher and witness, I must possess the spirit of prophecy, and that constitutes a prophet; and any man who says he is a teacher or a preacher of righteousness, and denies the spirit of prophecy, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”He taught of the same true and living God and in Jesus Christ as taught in the Bible. “We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. “Joseph Smith opposes vice and error, and supports his positions from revelation: no odds whether there be two, three, or ‘Gods many.’ The Father, and the Son are persons of Tabernacle [have a physical body]; and the Holy Ghost a spirit, besides the sons of God: for the scriptures say: ‘Ye are Gods.’” (Times and Seasons, Vol. 3, p. 926)“We believe a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying of hands, by those who are in authority to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof. We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, viz., apostles prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelist, etc. We believe in the Bible as far as it is translated correctly.” “4. And no man taketh this honour [of the priesthood] unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron [Aaron was called by a revelation given to Moses]. 5. So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he [the Father] that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee… 10. Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.” (Heb. 5:10)He taught the same gospel as Jesus and the Apostles. “We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel. We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.”Joseph Smith taught of the same gifts given to the latter day saints (including visitation of angels, healings, miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost) which the former day saints enjoyed. “We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.” The official History of the Church records these were present among the latter day saints. Joseph Smith taught that it was necessary to not only believe in God and honor Jesus as our Savior; but that we must live by the will and law of God. “We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul--We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.”Saints of God of God are to enjoy many blessings. “And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection.” (Heb. 11:32-35 read all) “Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick.” (James 5:14-15)John Wesley, one of the founders of Methodism, wrote concerning the loss of spiritual gifts of the Holy Ghost and of Christians returning to paganism. "The cause of this was not, as has been supposed, because there was no more occasion for them, because all the world was become Christians. This is a miserable mistake; not a twentieth part of it was then nominally Christian. The real cause of it was that the love of man, almost all Christians, so-called, was waxed cold. The Christians had no more of the spirit of Christ than the other heathens. The Son of Man, when He came to examine His Church, could hardly find faith upon earth. This was the real cause why the extraordinary gifts of the Holy Ghost were no longer to be found in the Christian church— because the Christians were turned heathens again, and only had a dead form left." (John Wesley's Works, Vol. VII, 89:26-27)When Luther rebelled against the pope, he and John Calvin invented a new religion; salvation by faith alone. They could not teach the gospel of Christ as they had never been called or ordained as ministers of God. They claimed the laws of God were nailed to the cross. What say you Jesus? “One jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” (Matt. 5:18) And you John? “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life.” (Rev. 22:14) The Bible from end to end teaches the necessity of following the laws of God. Can any deny the gospel is not a requirement for salvation? Jesus is to return “in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thess. 1:8, 9) John Calvin did neither.“Calvin left no place for works in his definition of justification by faith, declaring that the righteousness of Christ is imputed to believers, not making them forever free from sin but reckoning them as righteous in God’s sight. Calvin asserted that believers cannot be justified by both faith and works, since even a particle of works for righteousness gives cause for boasting.” (Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion, p. 74)The saints gathered to Independence, Missouri, on the very frontier. The life of the latter day saints conflicted directly with those on the frontier. The governor of Missouri issued an extermination order demanding they either forsake their religion, move out of the state, or be killed. Some were killed and other beaten. The saints were driven out of Missouri where they had gathered for years because their life style conflicted with that of ruffians on the border of civilization. They migrated to Nauvoo, Illinois, where they built one of the largest and certainly the most law-abiding city in the west.The Bible foretold of two prophets and two works that would come forth in the latter days (one of the tribe of Joseph and one of the tribe of Judah. "Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph [Book of Mormon], which is in the hand of Ephraim [Joseph Smith], and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah [the Book of the Law of the Lord translated by James J. Strang of the tribe of Judah], and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand." (Ezek. 37:19)Joseph received four revelations from God that that he would die in office—the first only a year after the church was organized. In the event of his impending death, he was to appoint “another” in his place and that successor would have to be ordained under the hands of angels like himself. “4 But verily, verily, I say unto you, that none else shall be appointed unto this gift except it be through him; for if it be taken from him he shall not have power except to appoint another in his stead. 5 And this shall be a law unto you, that ye receive not the teachings of any that shall come before you as revelations or commandments; 6 And this I give unto you that you may not be deceived, that you may know they are not of me. 7 For verily I say unto you, that he that is ordained of me shall come in at the gate and be ordained as I have told you before, to teach those revelations which you have received and shall receive through him whom I have appointed.” (Doctrine and Covenants, Section 43, Feb. 1841, Utah Edition)On June 13, 1844, a mob of 300 gathered at Nauvoo. On June 17, with a mob from Missouri joining them, a mob of 1500 gathered.On June 18, 1844, nine days before his death, Joseph Smith wrote (in fulfillment of the law) a Letter of Appointment to James J. Strang in Burlington, Wisconsin. It was mailed the next day. He noted “I have long felt that my present work was almost done, and that I should soon be called to rule a mighty host, but something whispers me it will be in the land of spirits, where the wicked cease from troubling and the bands of the prisoner fall off… The wolves are upon the scent, and I am waiting to be offered up, if such be the will of God… The Almighty came from his throne of rest. He clothed himself with light as with a garment. He appeared, and moon and stars went out. The earth dissolved in space. I trod on air, and was borne on wings of Cherubims. The sweetest strains of heavenly music thrilled in my ear, but the notes were low and sad as though they sounded the requiem of martyred Prophets… And now behold my servant James J. Strang hath come to thee from far for truth when he knew it not, and hath not rejected it, but had faith in thee, the Shepherd and Stone of Israel, and to him shall the gathering of the people be, for he shall plant a stake of Zion in Wisconsin… And now I command my servants, the Apostles and Priests and Elders of the church of the Saints, that they communicate and proclaim this my word to all the Saints of God in all the world, that they may be gathered unto and round about my city of Voree… So spake the Almighty God of heaven. Thy duty is made plain, and if thou lackest wisdom, ask of God, in whose hands I trust thee, and he shall give thee unsparingly; for if evil befall me, thou shalt lead the flock to pleasant pastures. God sustain thee. Joseph Smith.”On June 20th, Joseph Smith wrote all twelve Apostles to return at once to Nauvoo. Ten of the Twelve were away from Nauvoo. On June 24th, eighteen persons, including Joseph Smith and Hyrum Smith were taken by warrant of Governor Ford to Carthage Illinois. The next morning Governor Ford pledged the faith of the State that they should be protected. Their hearing was continued until June 29th. On the morning of June 27th, the Governor disbanded the troops (so Joseph could be killed) and left Joseph Smith and associates to be guarded by eight men at the jail.On June 27th, at about six o’clock in the afternoon the guard was surprised by an armed mob of from 150 to 250 men painted red, black, and yellow. They surrounded the jail and murdered both Joseph and Hyrum Smith; both being shot four times. This under the sworn protection of (Illinois) Governor Ford. Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were murdered in cold blood.
Samuel E. WestSenior elder in the Kingdom of Godsamuel270@aol.com
James J. Strang
Samuel E. WestSenior elder in the Kingdom of Godsamuel270@aol.com
What was Brigham’s fruits?
He invented a new god. Jesus told us: “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” (John 17:3) Brigham introduced a new God and a false doctrine called eternal progression. That is, God was once a man like us and we can progress and become a god like Him. “And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he.” (Mark 12:32)On Oct. 8, 1854, he stated, "... so we had a grandfather or we would have had no father, and our grandfather had a father and grandfather and great-great-great- grandfather so far back there is no beginning - They always existed on some world - and when this world was made - our God who is Adam came and commenced the peopling of it - Though he is God and had lived and died and had been resurrected on some other planet - and obtained his exaltation and begat the Spirits of children enough to people this world." (John Pulsipher account of same discourse. Quoted from The Teachings of President Brigham Young, Vol. 3, 1852 - 1854, Comp. and Ed. by Fred D. Collier, Collier's Publishing Co., October 1987, p. 369)On June 23, 1875, Wilford Woodruff stated, "... and whoever goes back into the presence of God our Eternal Father will find that he is a noble God... they will also learn that he has placed us here that we may pass through a state of probation and experience, the same as he himself did in his days of mortality." (JD, 15:319) On Jan. 10, 1886, Apostle Lorenzo Snow stated, "As man now is, God once was." (JD, 26:368)It is evident that Brigham Young and the Utah church have taught that God was once a man like ourselves. This doctrine was continued in 1886, by Apostle Lorenzo Snow; 1913, by President Joseph F. Smith; 1969, by Hyrum L. Andrus; and in 1975, by Wilford Woodruff.He also taught a false Adam-God doctrine: that Adam was the eternal heavenly Father. "... you believe Adam was made of the dust of this earth. This I do not believe." (Journal of Discourses, 2:6) "Brother Pratt... could not believe that Adam was our God or the Father of Jesus Christ. President Young said that He was that he came from another world & made this brought Eve with him." (WWJ, Sept. 17, 1854)On Oct. 8, 1854, Brigham Young stated, "... Adam is the Father of our spirits... and Adam obeyed his Master the Lord, and probably many of his wives did the same, and they did the same, and they lived, and died upon an earth, and then were resurrected again to Immortality and Eternal Life." (Brigham Young, Oct. 8, 1854, Afternoon Session of the General Conference, Church Archives. Quoted from Craig L. Tholson, Adam-God, Publishment, Payson, Utah, 1991, p. 60)He also taught the false doctrine of spiritual wifery. He taught there was a Mr. God and Mrs. God who begat our spirits and that those who are married in his church will, after the resurrection, beget spirits for other creations. Newsweek on September 1, 1980 published an article entitled “What Mormons Believe.” This applies only to the church founded by Brigham Young in Utah. “At the center of that theology is the belief that God is literally a procreating father and that he is married to a Mrs. God, or divine mother… In the [Utah] Mormon view of human destiny, progression toward godhood continues after death. Joined together for all eternity in heaven, devout Mormon couples advance in knowledge and power, purify their lives, and eventually, spawn spirit children of their own. As father and mother gods in their own right, they will ultimately ‘organize’ new planets for their children, thus repeating an endless cycle of reproduction.”What does the Bible teach? Jesus is the father of everything in this creation--in liaison with the Father. His spirit was organized by God and Jesus organized our spirits. “1 In the beginning [of this creation] was the Word [Jesus], and the Word was with God [the Father], and the Word was God [of this creation]. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 all things were made by him [not a Mr. and Mrs. God]; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” (John 1; Col. 1:16) “And God said, Let [God and Jesus] us make man in our image, after our likeness.” (Gen. 1:26)God is the supreme over the Universe. He alone possesses eternal perfections. God is without change. He has been and will remain the same from eternity to eternity. “I am the Lord, I change not.” (Mal. 3:6). “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” (James 1:17) If God was to change, He would be untrustworthy and we could trust and faith in Him.God alone hath immortality. “Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.” (1 Tim. 6:16)God alone hath omniscience. God alone is all-knowing with perfect knowledge of past, present, and future. “9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning , and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.” (Isa. 46)God alone has omnipotence. He alone is the supreme power in the Universe. Even Jesus is subject to God. “Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.” (John 14:28)God alone is omnipresent. His presence fills the immensity of space as a point. There is not a place in the Universe where He is not present through His ministers. His speed is unmatched as His thought is even faster than angels.God alone is one. There are choirs of angels, hosts of spirits, and multitudes of men; but God has no fellow.Jesus advised us: “20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. 21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” (Matt. 7) Brigham did not believe in the God of the Bible.One of the great laws of God is the Sabbath. It was given by God after creation. “And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.” (Gen. 2:3) This is one of the great laws in the Ten Commandments. “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy… the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God.” (Ex. 20:8, 10) “It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.” (Ex. 31:17)The seventh day is kept throughout the Bible; and was honored by Jesus and the Apostles. Some think the law of God changed with Jesus. No so! There is no difference between Jew and gentile in the eyes of God. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Gal. 3:28) This sacred law is to be kept forever. Jesus noted. “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” (Matt. 5:18)How did Sunday come to be honored? It was the unbaptized, pagan Roman Emperor Constantine that changed the day to honor the sun god. He was not a Christian but honored the sun god all his life. “As seen in Constantine’s originating piety, that supreme deity would have been associated with the sun, and pagans would have recognized, with reason, their own solar cult in such Christian practices as orienting churches to the east, worshipping of ‘sun day,’ and celebrating the birth of the deity at the winter solstice.” (James Carroll, Constantine’s Sword, p. 183) He made the “venerable day of the sun” the new rest day for Christians. The Jews never accepted this change. It is not the Sabbath. There is only one Sabbath. Those who honor the sun god have no right to being called people of God.Joseph Smith honored the seventh day—Saturday—as the Sabbath. "Brethren in the Lord, good advice is like springs in the wilderness; you may drink at one and drink at another, and pure water always tastes agreeable. Never plan your business on Saturday so that it might interfere with the solemn duties of the Sabbath, for the Lord will not hold you guiltless if you do. His sacred command is: observe the Sabbath day to keep it holy. (Evening and Morning Star [official church journal], October, 1832, Vol. 1, No. 5)Brigham Young honored the seventh day Sabbath until after Joseph’s death in 1844. On a Saturday in May, 1845, Brigham noted: "So let it be, O Lord Almighty. This is the seventh day of the week or the Jewish Sabbath. It is the day on which the Almighty finished his work and rested from his labors; we have finished the walls of the temple, and we may rest today from our labors." (History of the Church, VOL. 7, p. 418) He and his followers have honored “the venerable day of the sun.” His doctrines are contrary to the Bible and to Joseph Smith’s teachings.One of the duties of a true prophet of God is to provide association with God through revelations--providing guidance from God like all Prophets in the Bible. They are Seers and Revelators. In 1906, Joseph F. Smith [a successor of Brigham] appeared before the United States Senate. Here is what this man-made prophet declared:“Senator Hoar. Is the doctrine of the inspiration of the head of the church and revelations given to him one of the fundamental or non-fundamental doctrines of Mormonism?Mr. Smith. The principles of revelation is a fundamental principles of the Church.Senator Hoar. I speak of the revelations given to the head of the Church.Mr. Smith. Yes, sir.Senator Hoar. Does or does not a person who does not believe that a revelation given through the head of the Church comes from God reject a fundamental principle of Mormonism?Mr. Smith. He does; always if the revelation is a divine revelation from God.Senator Hoar. It always is, is it not? It comes through the head of the Church?Mr. Smith. When it is divine, it always is; when it is divine, most decidedly.The Chairman. I do not quite understand that – ‘when it is divine.’ You have revelations do you not?Mr. Smith. I have never pretended to nor do I profess to have received revelations. I never said I had a revelation except so far as God has shown to me that so-called Mormonism is God’s divine truth; that is all.”Called by revelation from God? No. He became their man-made prophet by the vote of his followers. When their prophets die, their senior apostle, also called by the voice of man becomes their new man-made prophet. Kind of like calling the pope. The voice of the people is not the voice of God. The voice of man “cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him.” (Luke 23:21)“Senator Bailey. I understand that. As a matter of fact, the apostles nominate the president and the church elects him. Do I understand that to be the case?“Mr. Smith. Well, yes, sir; that has been the case. And then, again, the senior apostle, through custom of the church since the death of Joseph Smith, has been recognized on the death of the president as the legitimate successor to the president.”Brigham and his successors are prophets that have prophesied nothing, seers that have seen nothing, revelators that revealed nothing, and translators that translated nothing. They are nothing in the sight of God. The last revelation recorded in the book of Doctrine and Covenants was by Joseph. “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” (Isa. 8:20) Jesus spoke of such: “In vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” (Matt. 15:9) “I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matt. 7:23)James labored with Brigham for about two years to take his proper place in the kingdom to no avail. Finally, he called a trial by the High Council; which cut him and his followers off from the kingdom. Neither he nor his followers have a legitimate claim as even members of the kingdom.There is a horrible desolation on our doorstep. People on the earth were first baptized with water without repentance. Soon there will be a baptism of fire without repentance. “21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake [Israel] those days shall be shortened.” (Jesus, Matt. 24) “For the day is near, even the day of the Lord is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time [destruction] of the heathen [gentile].” (Ezek. 30:3) “Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.” (Isa. 24:6)We are told when Jesus returns it will be “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.” (2 Thess. 1:8, 9)We have been blessed to have a remnant of the Melchisedec Priesthood today. The office of Elder holds authority to administer all of the ordinances of the gospel. The gate into the Kingdom of God is still open. Jesus advised us: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matt. 6:33)“13 Enter ye in at the strait gate [authorized priesthood]: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way [laws of God], which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Jesus, Matt. 7)You can be among those few. The greatest blessing available to man is to enter the Kingdom of God in mortal life; as it opens the gate to rise in the first resurrection and inherit the earth with Jesus and the saints of God. “5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection.” (Rev. 20)I have a legitimate claim to the Melchisedec Priesthood—the priesthood of God. James J. Strang ordained L. D. Hickey one of the Twelve Apostles, who ordained Samuel Martin a High Priest, who ordained Lloyd Flanders a High Priest, who ordained Samuel E. West an Elder on July 8, 1956.The gate into the kingdom of God is still open. Jesus told us to “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness [obey its laws]; and all these things [including salvation] shall be added unto you.” (Matt. 6:33) “14 Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matt. 7)
Samuel E. WestSenior elder in the Kingdom of Godsamuel270@aol.com
Samuel E. WestSenior elder in the Kingdom of Godsamuel270@aol.com