Constantine in making Christianity the state religion of Rome, adopted pagan holidays to make popular. John saw arisal of "Mother of Harlots".
Calling and Election Made Sure:
5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: (2 Pet 1:5-7,10) This exhortation by Peter gives the lie to modern apostate Christianity's false doctrine of "once saved always saved" and attendant claptrap.
"Contend earnestly for the like precious faith with the Apostle Peter, "and add to your faith virtue," knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, charity; "for if these things be in you...neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." Another point, after having all these qualifications, he lays this injunction upon the people "to make your calling and election sure." He is emphatic upon this subject-after adding all this virtue, knowledge, &c., "Make your calling and election sure." What is the secret-the starting point? "According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness." How did he obtain all things? Through the knowledge of him who hath called him. There could not anything be given, pertaining to life and godliness, without knowledge. Woe! woe! woe to Christendom!-especially the divines and priests if this be true. (HC 5:402-3.) (Joseph Smith, Discourses of the Prophet Joseph Smith, compiled by Alma P. Burton, p.150)
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