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The greatest victory in life is the victory over self
This article is not about any one individual Mormon. It is not about whether or not Mormons are good people. This is about a doctrinal statement that is definitely not to be classified as Christian.
In the last thirty or so years there has been a reversal of concept of what a cult really is. A cult is a religious group that differs significantly from those regarded as the normative expressions of religion in our total society. There was a time in America when the "normative expressions of religion" was Biblical Christianity and when a religion was referred to as a cult, it was from a Biblical, Christian view. A cult was defined in relation to fundamental, Biblical Christianity, and those claiming to be "Christian" yet not holding to fundamental, Biblical truth were rightly classified cults. My, how things have changed! Now we have Churches like ours holding to fundamental Bible truth classified as cults. A true cult can be traced back to a founder who has deviated from the normative expressions of religion. For example, the Jehovah's Witness can be traced back to Charles Taze Russell and J.F. Rutherford. Christian Science can be traced back to Mary Baker Eddy Glover Patterson. The Mormons can be traced back to Joseph Smith and Brigham Young. The Unity School of Christianity can be traced back to Charles and Myrtle Fillmore.
Mormons teach that man can become God, and that God was once a man:
"God himself, the Father of us all, is a glorified, exalted immortal resurrected man!" (Bruce McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, pp. 322-23, 517,643) "...God himself was once as we are now and is an exalted man and sits enthroned in yonder heavens..." (Journal of Discourses, V6, P3, 1844)
"As man is, God once was: as God is, man may become." (Lorenzo Snow, quoted in Milton R. Hunter, the Gospel Through the Ages, pp. 105-106)
This is plain and simple heresy. Nowhere does the Bible say or imply that God was ever a man, or that man can become God! Malachi 3:6 says, "For I am the LORD, I change not..." How could this be true if God was once a man? Genesis 1:1 states that God existed "in the beginning" before man was ever created. John 4:24 states that God is a "spirit," and Jesus tells us in John 1:18 that no man has seen God at any time. Numbers 23:19 says that "God is not a man that he should lie; neither the son of man that he should repent." God has always been God, and no one has ever "become" God.
The Deity of Jesus Christ is a fundamental doctrine of Christianity, yet the Mormons deny this truth. Exalting man to "god status" is apparently alright, but Jesus Christ is not acknowledged as the eternal Son of God in the Mormon church. The Mormon Jesus was a preexisting spirit who was exalted, just as Mormon followers hope to be exalted someday.
God is a Trinity (I Jn. 5:7), and the second Member of that Trinity is the Lord Jesus Christ. John 1:1 says that "the Word was God," and John 1:14 tells us that "the Word was made flesh." Jesus Christ is the Word incarnate, and John 1:1 tells us that the Word was God; so Jesus Christ is God.
Jesus allowed Thomas to address Him as "My Lord and my God" in John 20:28. In Isaiah 9:6, He is called "The mighty God" and "The everlasting Father," and we read in Micah 5:2 that Jesus is "from everlasting."
Our Lord allowed people to worship him in John 10:38 and in Matthew 14:33, and since He is "God with us" (Mat. 1:23) He also has power to forgive sins (Mk. 2:5). Jesus Christ is clearly Deity, yet this doctrine is denied by the Mormons. Their teaching is that Jesus is a separate god from the Father (Elohim). He was created as a spirit child by the Father and Mother in heaven, and is the “elder brother” of all men and spirit beings. His body was created through sexual union between Elohim and Mary. Jesus was married. His death on the cross does not provide full atonement for all sin, but does provide everyone with resurrection. I give here a quote from B. R. McConkie an official statement of what they believe about Salvation from an official Mormon publication titled “What The Mormons Think of Christ” by B. R. McConkie: ‘…. All men, by the grace of God, have the power to gain eternal life. This is called salvation by grace coupled with obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel. Hence Nephi was led to write: ‘We labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know it is by grace that we are saved after all we can do’. Christians speak often of the blood of Christ and its cleansing power. Much that is believed and taught on this subject, however, is such utter nonsense and so palpably false that to believe it is to lose one’s salvation. (Can you believe that to believe in salvation through the shed blood of Jesus results in loss of salvation???) Many go so far, for instance, as to pretend and at least, to believe that if we confess Christ with our lips and avow that we accept Him as our personal Saviour, we are thereby saved. (This is exactly what the Bible teaches in numerous places). His blood, without other act than mere belief, they say, makes us clean …. Finally in our day, he has said plainly: ‘My blood shall not cleanse them if they hear me not’ …. Salvation in the kingdom of God is available because of the atoning blood of Christ. But it is received only on condition of faith, repentance, baptism, and enduring to the end in keeping the commandments of God’ (pages 27-33). In other words, salvation from personal sins can only be obtained through the obedience to the requirements of the gospel and a life of good works. They affirm that since the transgression of Adam is infinite in its consequences, those consequences cannot be averted, except through an infinite atonement (cf. James E. Talmage, A Study of the Articles of Faith, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, 42nd edition, 1968, page 479). The doctrine of justification by faith alone is rejected by them for they call it ‘pernicious doctrine’ (Ibid., page 480).
The Mormon Church struggles to pose as “christian” but fails the Bible test on doctrine. Friends, I just touched the tip of the subject. I suggest further study from books like “The Kingdom of The Cults” by Walter Martin, “New Age Cults and Religions” by Texe Marrs and others such as James Melton.
May God bless you as you study God’s word and as Jesus said in John 8:32, “And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”