Correcting Mormons and Their Dreadful Doctrines
By Mike Robinson
… There are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed (Galatians 1:7-8).
In our postmodern culture, anyone who confronts and corrects others is labeled intolerant and prejudiced. But real love tells people the truth, even if it may be unpleasant and it might hurt. Christians must speak the truth in love or we are derelict in our duty. The Christian church in all biblical denominations rejected the aggressive and militant Mormon Gospel because it attacks the nature of God as it aims to lift man to godhood. The Mormons attempt to dazzle the culture by marketing a “Christian” image through high powered Madison Avenue makeover firms. Why all the subterfuge and the smokescreens? The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints should tell the world about all its unique beliefs. Many of the LDS folks are nice, sincere and friendly. But the reality: Mormonism is a completely different religion than historic Christianity.
Biblical Christians do not delight in bringing correction to obstinate allotheists. We do not want to be derisive or churlish to anybody. We hold to the presupposition that truth is a moral, pragmatic, and philosophical requisition. We are called to cast down “imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God.” We urge all Mormons to turn from their error and reject the fancies and fairy tales of the young glass-looker, Joseph Smith. The Mormons teach that God the Father was once a sinful man and is now a physical man who ascended into godhood through following Mormon imperatives. Additionally, they declare that Jesus is the spirit brother of Lucifer, and that faithful Mormons can one day become a god or goddess. This means they are henotheists, which is a subcategory of polytheism and places the LDS outside of Christian orthodoxy. These hideous doctrines are what vexes the Christian community and precludes the LDS from being a Christian denomination. The Bible states over and over that there is only one God. All biblical Christians believe in an absolute, uncompromised, ontological monotheism. Many Mormon leaders have taught that there is a plurality of gods. Mormon leader Spencer Kimball once said, “I suppose all 225,000 of you may become gods.” LDS Prophet Joseph F. Smith said, “Men are gods in embryo.”
A False Christ
Confounded Mormons seek comfort in the false notion that they believe in Jesus Christ too. But they believe in another Christ, a different Jesus. For example, I have a different car than you do. It shares some features that your car has: they both have tires, doors, and a gas engine. But my car doesn’t have a stereo, yours has one; my car is red, but yours is blue; mine has leather interior, and yours has cloth. My car is not your car. My house and your house have roofs, front doors, windows and carpet. But I have French doors, you do not. I have tan carpet, you have pink. I have a pool and you do not. We have different cars and different houses. And Mormons have a different Christ than Christians do. A different house, car, and Christ—they have some things in common but are different. LDS President, Gordon Hinckley, conceded that Mormons “do not believe in the traditional Christ. The traditional Christ of whom they speak is not the Christ of whom I speak.”
The LDS Jesus is according to Mormon doctrine:
• The Spirit brother of Lucifer
• One of many gods
• Mutable: progressed into godhood
• Once imperfect
Biblical Jesus is:
• Not the Spirit brother of Lucifer
• Always God
• Creator of all things: The same yesterday, today, and forever (Col. 1:16)
• Immutably perfect
• Not married.
Blasphemy is Immoral
You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain (Exodus 20:4-7).
Contemporary culture doesn’t consider blasphemy immoral. When Joseph Smith propagated his deviant doctrines, that generation took slander against God very seriously. People in America have been prosecuted by the judicial system for blasphemy and using the Lord’s name in vain all the way up to 1968. Christian children in the nineteenth century were taught the Westminster Catechism or something similar. The Catechism asks: “What is God? Answer: God is a Spirit, Whose being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth are infinite, eternal, and unchangeable.” The antithesis of that creed is the couplet every dedicated Mormon child learns: “As man is, God once was; as God is, man may become.” The biblical Christian doesn’t look at this as just a unlettered motto, but it is an affront to God’s holy name. Confronting religious heresy is an unpleasant task that wins no friends. Yet God is righteousness and He calls His followers to stand up for righteousness even if it means doing the unpopular and tough assignment of correcting religious error.
Many Christians in the nineteenth century brought correction to the LDS church, but this novel sect failed to demonstrate wisdom by rejecting the rebuke in order to protect its pagan presuppositions and sexual anomalies. The LDS church has defended the right to break the commandments of God as they chastise Christians for the audacity of bringing reproof and correction to self-professed prophets. The Mormons have taught their members to break the first three commandments–they are accountable to the holy and immutable God of heaven.
In our tender culture, anyone who confronts and corrects is labeled intolerant and mean-spirited. But real love tells people the truth, even if it may be difficult and it might cause a little emotional hurt. Christians must speak the truth in love or we are derelict in our duty. The Christian church in all biblical denominations rejected the aggressive and militant Mormon Gospel because it attacks the nature of God as it attempts to lift man to godhood. Quine admits that “a naturalized epistemology itself” is “fallible and corrigible.” Latter-day Saint theology can only offer naturalized foundation for knowledge (epistemology). Thus it is fallible and corrigible. Christian theism is the truth and the foundation for all truth.
It’s easy to notice that Americans increasingly have a deep contempt for sharing the tough things about sin and hell with lost people. Many LDS members have complained about the use of the words “hell” and “repent.” Frequently they are repulsed by such words. They do not have much of a problem with the mush of the ultra-tolerant, decaffeinated, warm, and fuzzy modern religion, but they get very upset by a believer who warns them about the wrath to come. They tell me that it is distasteful to use fear as a way to motivate people to become Christians. Mormons genuinely dislike non-soft witnessing. The LDS often ask me: “Why are you telling me to repent?” And I usually answer: “Because I do not want you to go to hell forever.” The Mormon suppresses the truth in unrighteousness and hopes hell will just go away. He lives and moves in fear of hell, yet pretends his flawed righteousness will keep him from its confines. Hell is real and so is heaven. Everyone will spend eternity in one of those two places. We should patiently attempt to get the Mormon to the place that Christian philosopher Kelly James Clark describes: “Desperately seeking forgiveness, we accept the embrace of God in Jesus Christ.” Henry Buckle wrote: “If immortality be untrue, it matters little whether anything else be true or not.” That is how important eternity is. If there is eternal life, then that actuality is one of the most important issues with which people must ponder.
Abraham… Isaac… and Jacob… sit upon thrones… not as angels but are gods (Doctrine and Covenants 132:37).
As the acorn becomes the oak, the mortal man becomes a god (LDS prophet and President Spencer W. Kimball).
…[O]ur Father in heaven at one time passed through a life and death and is an exalted man… our Father had a father and so on… (LDS Prophet Joseph Fielding Smith).
Gods exist, and we better strive to prepare to be one with them (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 7:238).
Come to the True Jesus for Complete Pardon
And he believed in the LORD; and He accounted it to him for righteousness (Genesis 15:6).
If you are LDS, another cultist, or a non-Christian, I urge you to cast your whole soul upon Jesus Christ; He is and has always been God. Flee to His mercy, love, and truth. He will not only forgive you, but He will secure you since He will never leave you nor forsake you. Jesus is not related to Satan. Moreover, Jesus died on the cross for sinners and rose from the grave: Come to Christ and find pardon, hope, joy, and love.
So when Peter saw it, he responded … “The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified His Servant Jesus, whom you delivered up … But you denied the Holy One and the Just … and killed the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses. … But those things which God foretold by the mouth of all His prophets, that the Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled. Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:12-19).
- W.V. Quine, Pursuit of Truth (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1992), p. 21.
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