This is the second part in my series on false doctrine, false religion and cults. The current American landscape vastly different than it was in our parents and grandparents time. False religions and doctrines have cropped up all across the America. Among the cults that have grabbed headlines have been the Hale Bop cult, The Peoples Temple and the Branch Davidians. However, other false religions, which have been part of our country for years offer even more of a potential threat. The threat is great because the cloak themselves under Christian terms and present themselves as a true Christian church.
However they couldn’t be further from Jesus. One such cult is the focus of part 2 of this series of articles. That cult is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints sometimes called the LDS and more popularly known as Mormons.
Mormonism: A Correction to Christianity or Non-Christian Cult?
Preface for Mormon Readers
In the spirit of full disclosure I will tell you that I am not and have never been a Mormon. I do not write this because I have some grudge against the church or because they have wronged me in anyway. On the contrary, I have found most Mormons to be kind and loving individuals. Mormons have many great moral characteristics; such as modesty, family values, and abstinence form alcohol. However, being a “good” person does not save us.
It is my hope and my prayer that you will take the time to read the words of your own prophets. Study “Doctrines & Covenants” and “the Pearl of Great Price.” Compare them to the Bible and ask yourself if they measure up. You may not even know many of the doctrines of your own church. Above all, I want you to know that my intent is not to be hurtful or mean spirited. Jesus has commanded us to love and the greatest love I can offer you is the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Preface for Christians
Mormons may not seem like much of a threat when they arrive on your doorstep in their nice suits and name tags. However the threat is not in what they will tell you. The true danger lies in what they do not tell you. In fact, many Mormons don’t even know the doctrines of their church.
What you need to know is that Mormonism is not a Christian church. They deny the very basic doctrines of true Christianity and replace them with doctrines that would seem more at home in a science-fiction novel. What I would encourage you to do is learn what their church truly teaches and, the next time you find them at your door, engage them in a pointed conversation. As Christians we too are called to be evangelist. You will find not greater opportunity than when you have them coming right up to your front door.
The Nature of God
Perhaps one of the most peculiar and outlandish of the Mormon doctrines deals with the very nature of God himself. Within Christianity we believe that God simply always was; He has eternally existed as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Mormonism has a vastly different view.
According to Mormons:
God has not been eternal. In fact He was once a man just like you and I. Like us, the Father had a body of flesh and blood and even a God that He served. It was through obedience to Mormon law that He was elevated to Godhood and given His own planet to continue this great cosmic experiment that we call humanity.
God now lives on a planet in a distant galaxy with his Goddess wife. As a matter of fact, we were all once there with him. You see, we were originally born as spirit children; the result of a physical, sexual encounter between the Father God and Mother Goddess and then sent to earth. At this very moment God is a man, as real as you and I, with a body of flesh and blood. Gods first child with his wife was Jesus. A little later on his brother, Satan was born.
Mormons, much like Oneness also reject the doctrine of the trinity but for very different reason. The reject it not because they believe the trinity to be the belief in three gods. In fact they reject it because we say that the three are one. You see, to the Mormon, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are three Gods.
The Bible and the Book of Mormon
Mormons will tell you that they too believe in the Bible, however that is merely lip service. In fact, according to Mormonism the Book of Mormon is more correct than the Bible itself. What is truly bizarre is the origins of the Book of Mormon.
One day a young Joseph Smith received a visit from an angel named Moroni. Moroni was once an indigenous America, who had somehow became an angel. Moroni had lead him to a hill in New York where a box was buried with golden plates. These golden plates were written in a language that Joseph called “reformed Egyptian.” To this day no such language has ever been identified. The translation of these golden plates became the Book of Mormon. According to Joseph, this plates were returned to Moroni after the translation was completed, thus making it impossible to verify that they ever existed.
The Book of Mormon chronicles the lives of a group of Hebrews who left Israel some 600 years before Jesus’ birth to come to the America. It also tells of a time when Jesus visited these people to teach them the gospel.
There are countless problems with American history according to the Book of Mormon, such as:
1. Throughout the Book of Mormon, we read of horses and chariots. The problem is that horses did not exist on the pre-Columbian American continent. Likewise, ancient Americans did not use the wheel and thus far no such primitive chariot has been found.
2. The Book of Mormon speaks of elephants on the American Continent. The fact is that elephants have never been indigenous to the American continent.
3. Wheat, barley, figs and silk are all mentioned in the Book of Mormon. These grains and linens were first introduced by Europeans after the Columbus expedition.
4. Honey Bee’s are mentioned in the Book of Mormon as being in the America in around 2000 b.c. when they were, in fact introduced by the Spanish explorers in the fifteen century.
5. Joseph Smith claimed that the Book of Mormon was the most perfect book every written and yet nearly 4000 have been made to the text since it was first published in 1830.
Why they go door to door
One of the first things you must understand about why the Mormon is on your doorstep is that according to them, and their prophet Joseph Smith, you are an apostate. It doesn’t matter if you are a Catholic or a Protestant Christian, you have been deceived by a perverted faith and only Mormonism can bring you back to the truth. According Mormon Doctrine, had it not been for Joseph Smith their would be not salvation. Unfortunately that is not the only reason they are arriving door to door.
As I have already stated, Mormonism teaches that God was once a man just as you and I. However Mormonism goes further by stating that following Mormon law, such as door to door evangelism, one may become a god themselves. With this, they will receive their own planet and, along with their goddess wife, can propagate that planet with their spirit children. This is the ultimate goal of Mormon theology.
The Mormon version of salvation differs greatly from Protestant Christianity. Within Mormonism, salvation is earned through obedience to the Mormon laws and ordinances. As a matter of fact, it has been taught within Mormonism that one of the most fallacious of all doctrines is that man is saved by the grace of God alone. Furthermore, it states that Jesus’ sacrifice is not sufficient to cleanse us of all sins, such as murder and repeated adultery.
According to Doctrines of Salvation volume one, page 188, “There is no salvation without accepting Joseph Smith as a prophet of God.”
I have no doubt that many Mormons are wonderful and moral individuals. However, their works based salvation and Joseph Smith manufactured Jesus will not save them. We are only saved by our relationship with the true Jesus Christ, the Lord presented to us in the Bible.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
Mormonism says there are many Gods.
God’s Word says: Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god. Isaiah 44:6, Fear not, nor be afraid; have I not told you from of old and declared it? And you are my witnesses! Is there a God besides me? There is no Rock; I know not any.” Isaiah 44:8
Mormonism says the Book of Mormon is another Testament of Jesus Christ.
God’s Word says: I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book. Revelation 22:18-19
Mormonism says Joseph Smith corrected the error of Christianity.
God’s Word says: But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:8, For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough. 2 Corinthians 11:4
Mormonism says, read the Book of Mormon and pray to see if its correct.
God’s Word says: Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. Acts 17:11
Mormonism says, the sacrifice of Jesus is not enough to cleanse us of our sins.
God’s Word says: He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:2
Mormonism says that God the Father is a glorified man, with a body of flesh and blood.
God’s Word says: God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:24