The Cream of the Crop!


Written by Danny D. Bunn,B.A. (Born-Again believer in the Lord Jesus Christ)

Chapter 22
Hunting for a Building

Well, the week-end has arrived and Joe gets up to go checking some buildings downtown. He stops at a newspaper machine and gets a paper. Skims through it till he gets to the classified ads. He checks the area that has buildings for rent or lease. One building caught his eye, it was an old skating rink. He jumps back in his car and heads to the street address. He gets there and drives around the building, looks at the area that it is in. Then he stops, prays and gives it to the Lord, asking him to lead in this. He calls the man's number in the paper. The guy answers and tells Joe that he will be right out to let him look it over. Joe hangs the phone up and turns back to his heavenly Father. Joe fervently seeks the Lord on this, he so wants to help others with their needs but he knows that the spiritual needs must be number 1 priority. What good would it do to feed a person everyday of his or her life and then they die and go to hell. Jesus is the bread of life and only he can satisfy for all eternity. The spiritual food must be the top priority.

The man pulls up as Joe is submitting this whole thing to the Lord. He gets out of his car as Joe is getting out of his. They shake hands and introduce themselves. "I'm Phil and you said on the phone that you were Joe, right?" Joe says, "Yea!" "Well, the place is a little run down and it could use some improvements" as he is unlocking the front door. They step inside and Phil turns the lights on. Phil shows him around a little and then asks, "Joe, what are you planning on using it for?" Joe says, "I want to open up a soup kitchen to help the down and out!" Phil turns to Joe with a sort of surprised look! "So, that is a noble idea! Are you a Christian?" Joe says, "Well, yes I am. I was going to ask you about your relationship with Jesus!" Phil nods, "Yes, I am a Christian, a Latter-Day Saint, to be exact!" Joe is thinking, "Mormon!, Clyde told me a little about Mormons, he told me that they were not Christians. Well, I guess this is another subject that I need to study." Phil mentions something out of one of his classes at the ward, "Yea, our heavenly Father cares about them and we need to reach out to our brothers and help them when we can! I'll tell you what I will do, if you use it as a ministry to help the homeless then I will let you lease it for half price. It is paid for and I am not using it so if you think that it will serve your purposes then it's yours." Joe is thinking, 'Well, that sure seems like the hand of God is in that!" He thanks Phil and tells him that he will seek the Lord on it and let him know in a few days. Phil says, "Fine! I'll be expecting your call!" They turn to leave and Joe leaves a tract with Phil. Phil thanks him and they are gone.

Joe turns one more time to look at the building before he drives off. He could see it in his thoughts, "The Heavenly Inn!" Cool! He turns and heads home. Joe jumps out of his car and runs inside and tells Cindy about his day. She is getting a little bit of his excitement rubbing off on her. Joe says, "After we have a bible fellowship with some of the gang tomorrow then we will drive out to where it is at and I will show you." Cindy says, "Sounds good, Joe!" Joe says, "Oh, yea! Cindy, Phil said that he was a Mormon." Cindy nods her head. "Clyde told me that it was a cult and he gave me some of their verses and Bible scriptures that he typed out and told me to read them, even memorize them if necessary. I haven't had the chance to read them, they are in that blue folder on top of the bookcase, Cindy!" Cindy sees them and goes over and picks it up. She opens it up and starts reading a few of them. "Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon apostle and authority, says in his book, Mormon Doctrine on page 513: 'Mormonism is Christianity; Christianity is Mormonism; they are one and the same, and they are not to be distinguished from each other in the minutest detail.' Well, honey from this they are saying that Mormonism and Christianity are one and the same." Cindy looks back down at the folder. She then reads the next verse to Joe. "John Taylor, in Journal of Discourses, Volume 6, page 167, says: 'We talk about Christianity, but it is a perfect pack of nonsense... It is a sounding brass and a tinkling symbol; it is as corrupt as hell: and the devil could not invent a better engine to spread his work than Christianity of the nineteenth century.' Joe that doesn't sound very nice!" Joe nods in agreement and wonders what has he gotten into now.

Cindy continues to read. "'Christianity of the nineteenth century believed the same thing that it does today.' Clyde is telling us that the Christians back then believe as they do today. Well, that is good to know. I sure hope that we don't believe any differently." Joe says, "Yea honey, for sure!" She reads another one. "Orson Pratt in his book, 'The Seer' on page 225, quoting: "'Both Catholics and Protestants are nothing less than the 'whore of Babylon' whom the Lord denounces by the mouth of John the Revelator as having corrupted all the earth by their fornications and wickedness. And any person who shall be so wicked as to receive a holy ordinance of the gospel from the ministers of any of these apostate churches will be sent down to hell with them, unless they repent of the unholy and impious act.'

"Listen to this! Clyde says that they got this one half right. The Roman Catholic church is the whore of Babylon but Protestants are the ones who opposed or protested a Roman Catholic dictatorship.' Sad to say but today it doesn't seem that way, does it Joe?" Joe says in a sad voice, "No Cindy, it seems that so many Christians have fallen to sleep and they quit the fight, they are not laying hold on eternal life. Sad, so very sad!" Cindy stops reading and says, "Joe, let's pray!" They both immediately go before the throne of grace once again and they enjoy it more and more as the time goes on, not less and less. They are so thankful that the Creator of all that exists loved them so very much and he was willing to make his home within them. They lift up the skating rink, Phil, the battles, the fights, the things that they don't even know about yet, they deliver the unknown for them into the Father's hand.