There are many very well-intentioned Mormons in the world, but while much of their lives could be seen as highly disciplined, moral and “godly” by all appearances, can they be considered “Christian” in terms of commonly acceptable Christian doctrine? Some Mormons may know the intricacies of their faith but many are not exactly clear on their doctrines.
Here is an excellent article describing the possible conflicts that we can find.
MORMONISM: CHRISTIAN OR CULT?
By Ed Decker
I am sure you have seen the rash of ads For the Mormon Church in Reader’s Digest and in TV Guide lately. Coupled with their very effective “Family” Public Service spots on TV, the Mormons are blitzing the nation with “name familiarity”. A Mormon source indicated a few years ago that between the free PSA TV ads, their paid regional Newspaper inserts and National Magazine advertising, they utilized over $100,000,000.00 in advertising costs to get multiple messages of their faith into every American home in just 1990 alone.
This would be exciting, earth shaking news if that message was one of true Christian substance, but sadly, that is unfortunately not the case. In order to understand Mormonism from the historic Christian perspective, we have to step beyond the highly professional facade that is presented to us in the LDS ads. They show us only what the Mormon church wants us to see, a caring, sensitive church with Christ centered families, all working together for the furthering of Christ’s work on earth.
Some of it is true! These are committed, loving people and they are NOT the enemies of Christ. They think they serve Him and his final message of end times instructions. They are not our enemies either, but victims of a deception as clever as anything thrown at the world since the days of Adam.
Yes, it all looks great, but, what is behind that Madison Avenue image? What is really wrong with Mormonism? Let me peel back the veneer and look at just a few quick key issues.
The major heresy of Mormonism is summed up in its central theological axiom, the doctrine of The Law of Eternal Progression. It is stated as follows: As Man is, God once was, and as God is, man may become.”
Basically, it says that the god of Mormonism was once a man who was born to human parents on another planet, grew to manhood, lived out his life being obedient to the laws and ordinances of the gospel presented by the god of that world. Upon his death and resurrection, he was judged (by his god) as being worthy for godhood.
The Mormon god was raised to his godhood and sent with many goddess wives to a planet near the great star, Kolob, somewhere in our present galaxy. There, this god and his wives began ëprocreating’ or physically begetting “spirit” children. We here on this planet are each the offspring of this god and one of his goddesses in this pre-existent Mormon world.
Amazing? Yes, it is! But even more disparate is the position of Christ in all this. Mormonism teaches that when their god decided it was time to populate this earth with his spirit children, the Head of All The Gods called a great council meeting to decide the method. The Mormon god asked his two eldest sons, Jesus and Lucifer, to both prepare plans for presentation to the council. They chose the plan of Jesus.
Lucifer rebelled and led one-third of the “children” to revolt against god and in a great battle, was defeated by Christ and the two-thirds who were “valiant.” Lucifer and those who fought with him were cast to earth without bodies and became the devil and his demons. Those others who were less than valiant became the black race and the very valiant became the “white and delightsome” race.
Mormonism teaches that if Mormons are faithful, pay their tithing, obey all the laws and ordinances of the (Mormon) gospel, do their genealogy and go to the temple for secret, sacred rituals for both the living and their dead, they too can become gods and goddesses as “all gods have done before them.”
To the Mormon, Jesus was our elder brother, who pointed the way, but isn’t The Way, as we Christians understand. To the Mormon, Jesus was the god of the Old Testament, but once he took his physical form, justified his own spiritual salvation through his works while in the flesh, just as each of us must.
Mormonism teaches that Jesus suffered for our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane, providing personal salvation (which may mean exaltation to godhood) conditional upon our obedience to the laws and ordinances of the LDS gospel. His death on the cross provided a general salvation, whereby all mankind is resurrected to be judged for our works.
He is the LDS savior in the sense that his death gives the Mormon the means of returning to the god of this world, using the secret keys, hand grips and passwords learned only in the Mormon temple, that will ensure safe passage.
What I have just shared is just the tip of a dark and dangerous iceberg, filled with death for its unsuspecting victims. Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Were the scriptures ever more direct in such a matter?
The Mormon people are like those of whom Paul spoke in Romans 10, “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God… is that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal for God, but not according to Knowledge. For they, being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.”
There is a real zeal to serve God manifest in the lives and actions of the Mormon people. It is my prayer that you will have the opportunity to share that true Joy of Christës righteousness and love with your Mormon friends and loved ones! Let them know that there is only one God and He is not one born of man, One saviour and He took all the laws and ordinances that were against us and moved them out of the way, nailing them to His Cross (Col2:13-15).
The following is information that is not available to the general public. We feel you deserve to know the facts about the true doctrine of the Mormon Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
We, as Ex-Mormons for Jesus, love the Mormon people! They are our people. It is our only motive for publishing this. We realize that many Mormons see this as an “attack” on their church.
The Mormons will say, “Why are you persecuting us?” We are not! We are only quoting their own “divinely inspired” leaders from books published by the church and sold in their book stores. We are also quoting the Bible. We invite you to check out each quotation in its full context. If these kinds of sources are “anti-Mormon,” then “so be it.”
We feel you deserve to know the truth… Mormonism is far from Christian Orthodoxy. It is a dangerous counterfeit!
IN MORMONISM THERE ARE MANY GODS
“In the beginning, the head of the Gods called a council of the Gods; and they came together and concocted a plan to create the world and people it….In all congregations when I have preached on the subject of the Deity, it has been the plurality of Gods.” Joseph Smith, (Founder and First Prophet), History of the Church, Vol 6, pp. 308,474.
THE BIBLE: There was and is and always will be only ONE GOD! (Isaiah 43:10-11, 44:6-8, 45:5-6,18-22; Deuteronomy 6:4, 32:39; James 2:19)
MORMONISM’S GOD WAS ONCE A MAN
“God himself was one as we are now, and is an exalted man…I say, if you were to see him today, you would see him like a man in form…like yourselves in all the person, image, and very form as a man…He was once a man like us; yea, that God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth.” Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Vol. 6, p. 305.
THE BIBLE; God was never a man. He created man! God has been God from all eternity to all eternity. (Psalm 41:13, 90:2, 102:25-27; Romans 1:22-23)