A COMPLETE RESTORATION
of CHRISTIANITY IS NECESSARY
Picking up from previous attempts at Reformation in the 1500s and Restoration in the early 1800s, God has begun again in our time to work among His children to restore corrupted and lost Gospel truths. A complete Restoration is necessary in order to prepare the earth for the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ and provide the required knowledge and ordinances to obtain salvation in His Kingdom. We declare without reservation that the Heavens are open again and that God is continuing His work among us.
But how would you know if God sent a minister of salvation today? What if salvation is not determined by grace alone, by works alone, or even some combination of the two? What if it comes from the ministry of one sent by God to declare salvation? And faith comes by hearing the message like Paul taught (KJV Rom. 10:17)? Paul was expounding a passage from Isaiah (KJV Isa. 53:1), a prophet sent by God. Paul was likewise sent with a message from God. What if the meaning is that in order to receive salvation it is essential that the believer receive a message from a minister actually sent by God with a message for our day and time?
In other words, what if salvation requires the same thing now as when Isaiah preached and prophesied, and when Paul taught, and when Christ ministered to mankind? What if there is a necessary relationship between the sender of a message (God) and the speaker of the message (one sent by God) in order for the message to actually result in salvation for the hearer-believer?
Who has believed our report, indeed? And who, then, has saving faith?
GOD HAS SENT A MESSENGER of salvation IN OUR DAy
"As one who, like the Apostle Paul, has stood in the presence of Christ, and likewise been caught up into heaven and been taught unspeakable things, I know from the Lord’s own voice my standing before Him." ~Denver C. Snuffer, Jr.
In the Fall of 2017, Denver Snuffer gave three talks in the United States to commemorate the Protestant Reformation. An additional five talks addressed to the Christian world were delivered in 2018 and 2019. All eight of these talks addressed Christianity’s troubled history, as well as its present disarray and potential future.
"I have been sent to give these three messages. I do know God. I have been ministered to by Him and He has prepared me to minister to others. Like Paul, who was sent by God, I will also tell you of an unchangeable God, who is the same yesterday, today, and forever. His message requires the same from you today as it did when Jesus Christ first taught in Galilee and Judea." ~Denver C. Snuffer, Jr.
We urge all christians to hear these messages, follow christ, and develop the faith required to obtain salvation
Each of these talks to the Christian world was delivered in a public venue that was free and open to the public, requiring no ticket, rsvp, or reservation, and no donations were solicited. Charity is wasted on hireling clergy, which should be used for the poor. Clergy ought to labor for their support as do other Christians. The sooner we stop paying a professional clergy, the sooner Christianity will lose its animosity and improve in spirit, function, and value.
Anyone who claims to be a “Christian” may be interested in reading or hearing these talks. The talks discuss Christian history, the Reformation, Christianity since the Reformation, the Restoration movement, and Joseph Smith as a Christian thinker and Biblical preacher. Smithsonian Magazine identified Joseph Smith as the most significant religious figure in American history. Yet he remains misunderstood by most Christians, primarily because his legacy has been regarded as Mormon property. In many ways his life mirrors the Apostle Paul. He belongs to the Christian community as much as St. Francis of Assisi, Luther, Tyndale, Wesley, Knox, Williams, and Calvin.
Because of the divisions between denominations, most believers are unwilling to consider the views held by others who practice a very different form of Christianity than themselves. Members of each Christian denomination believe that they practice the only true or correct form of Christianity, of which Jesus Christ approves. However, the divisional creeds of Christianity are largely the result of institutions who maintain loyalty from their parishioners by denouncing every other brand of Christianity as false, incomplete, or devil-inspired. Further, Christians are criticized by leaders of churches when they are willing to consider “heretical” ideas that cross boundaries of Catholic, Protestant, Jehovah’s Witness, Salvation Army, Evangelical, or Mormon. Such present day dynamics ought to lead every Christian into a more open dialogue about the history and present status of Christianity, and also cause them to carefully consider all that claims to be part of the broad expanse of “Christianity.”
Christianity has become the handmaiden of ambitious men who have diverted resources from the poor to serve themselves. The present state of Christianity is not markedly different from Jerusalem at the time of Christ. The Christian leaders today, like the Sadducees and Pharisees, shear the sheep and consume them, but fail to serve them as Christ did. Christianity began with personal worship and devotion in the homes of believers. Christ and His twelve built no cathedrals, chapels or church structures, but did give aid to the poor. Isaiah prophesied that only one kind of building would be built for God by His followers: A Temple or House of God, to be built on the mountaintop in Zion, and another in Jerusalem (KJV Isaiah 2:2-3). Beyond those two structures, all other resources should help the poor, as was once done by early Christians.
Today there are approximately 40,000 different Christian denominations. If you go back only 500 years most of what you regard as Christianity, and in all probability the form of Christianity in which you believe, would not have existed. If you go back earlier still, whatever it is that you hold as your Christian belief –even the current form of Catholicism now practiced - would be regarded as heretical by the Roman Catholic hierarchy itself. Only 500 years ago the only authorized forms of the Bible were printed in Latin and they were the exclusive property of a Catholic clergy that taught in Latin. Christians were a group of people who were told what to do and how to regard Christianity. Unfortunately for almost every one of us the form of Christianity that we hold in our hearts and that we look to in faith, believing that it has the power to save us, would be regarded throughout almost all of Christian history as heresy, as false, as damnable.
Of all the various reformation and restoration thinkers, perhaps Joseph Smith remains the most feared by other Christian denominations, most likely due to the aggressive campaign by the Salt Lake City headquarters of the LDS church to convert other Christians to their organization. The three talks are not an attempt to influence listeners to become members of the Salt Lake City based church, or of any other denomination. I was excommunicated from the LDS Church because of my research and candid writing about the flaws of the Mormon Church and its failure to candidly account for its history.
Whether you are a loyal member of a specific denomination, or a freelance Christian without denominational affiliation, the talks will provide information about Christianity designed to give you a greater reason to believe in Christ. They may also give you a greater reason to try to understand other Christians whose beliefs reckon from very different traditions than your own. It is hoped that Christians everywhere may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (KJV Romans 15:6)."
Denver C. Snuffer, jr.