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The Evangelicals & the Mormon Church:
Uniting Christ with Belial

By: SR Shearer
July 10, 2012

"What concord hath Christ with Belial? ...
"And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?"

2 Corinthians 6:15-16

INTRODUCTION

An extraordinary convergence of religious communities is occurring – a convergence that involves the evangelical Christian community and the Mormon Church; it is a convergence that has made possible evangelical support for the nomination of Mitt Romney for President on the Republican Party ticket – something that most would have thought impossible not more than twenty years ago, an impossibility that doomed George Romney's (Mitt Romney's father) - attempt to become president in 1968.

It first manifested itself openly in the alliance that the Mormons struck with the evangelical community in the battle over Proposition 8 (the California Marriage Protection Act), a 2008 ballot initiative that added a new provision, Section 7.5 of the Declaration of Rights, to the California Constitution, which provides that "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California." Proponents of the constitutional amendment argued that exclusively heterosexual marriage was "an essential institution of society;" that leaving the constitution unchanged would "result in public schools teaching our kids that gay marriage is okay," and that "gays ... do not have the right to redefine marriage for everyone else."

NOTE: In February of 2012, a federal appeals court in California struck down Proposition 8, ruling that the controversial ballot initiative that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman "singles out same-sex couples for unequal treatment by taking away from them alone the right to marry." [Please see our article, "Proposition 8 - How Will the Church Respond to Its Defeat."]

Concerning the de facto alliance that emerged between the two communities over Proposition 8, Christianity Today was quick to pick up on the fact that evangelicals were extremely appreciative of the financial help that Mormons contributed to the effort - which in some cases involved channeling funds directly into evangelical political organizations. The magazine went on to say that -

"... advocates of Proposition 8 estimate that Mormons contributed at least half of the nearly $40 million raised for the ballot initiative."


NOTE; FROM THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: One sure way to ruffle the feathers of supporters of Proposition 8, the ban on gay marriage, is to say, "Well, you didn't win by that much." They've heard it enough that now, with the final results certified by Secretary of State Debbie Bowen, they've issued a list of boasts about just how broad the margin of victory was:

  • The measure won 52.3% to 47.7%. In raw numbers, 7,001,084 to 6,401,483 – a 600,000-vote margin.

  • Prop. 8 received 2,150,000 more votes than did Arnold Schwarzenegger when he was reelected in 2006.

  • Prop. 8 received nearly 2 million more votes than Dianne Feinstein did when she was reelected to the US Senate in 2006.

  • Prop. 8 received 250,000 more votes than did John Kerry when he carried California in 2004

  • Prop. 8 received 45,000 more votes than did Barbara Boxer in her landslide reelection to the U.S. Senate in 2004.

  • Prop. 8 passed with approximately the same percentage of the vote that Barack Obama received nationally.

THE BATTLE TO SAVE AMERICA
AS A "CHRISTIAN NATION"

Since Proposition 8, the alliance between evangelicals and Mormons has grown and has gradually taken on an eschatological hue; specifically, the role that both communities picture the United States playing in the "end of days."

NOTE: Mormons believe that THE USA IS THE PLACE WHERE THE GARDEN OF EDEN WAS; a place where Christ visited after his resurrection, and the place WHERE CHRIST WILL RETURN TO RULE THE EARTH. Christ's return will take place during a period of great crisis when civil government in the United States "hangs by a thread;" it will be saved by the elders of the Mormon Church who will then establish a theocracy headquartered in Independence, Missouri where Christ will reign for a thousand years.

Mormon Bishop Edward Partridge

According to Mormon eschatology, the site where Christ will return (i.e., "The Temple Lot") is located southwest of the intersection of Lexington Street and River Boulevard in Independence, Missouri. It was here that Joseph Smith said the Garden of Eden had been located. Mormon Bishop Edward Partridge paid $130 in the 1830s for the original 63.27-acre parcel. According to Mormons, just prior to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, a magnificent edifice—the New Jerusalem Temple—will be erected on this location.

Until quite recently, the United States did not particularly play much of a role in evangelical eschatology; this is no longer the case as more and more evangelicals have – willy-nilly – bought into a post-millennial mindset popularized by leaders in the "Latter Rain" Movement that pictures the seizure of earthly (temporal) power by the church as the only means through which the world can be rescued; only after the world has been thus "rescued" can Christ return to "rule and reign." American evangelicals believe that this process will begin when the church gains (or, as evangelicals would say, REgains) control of the united States. Then, using the US as a springboard, the church will gain control over the rest of the world, at which time Christ will return.

THE CHURCH: seizing the world through military conquest.

This kind of thinking is known as "dominionism." Some dominionists see the seizure of the earth by the church as the result of "signs, wonders, and miracles;" others picture it as the result of military and political conquest; most see it as a combination of both. [Please see our article, "The Rise of Dominionism – the Remaking of America as a Christian Nation."]

The "Gospel of the Kingdom" is preached to the whole earth which leads to the conversion of Israel, the conquest of the world.

The basic dominionist model is as follows:

  1. The world is plunged into a time of political and spiritual crisis, one which threatens the world with chaos and the church with destruction.

  2. The Lord brings revival to the church.

  3. This revival results in the end of the church's divisions and the rule of the "apostles and prophets."

  4. The "Gospel of the Kingdom" is preached to the whole earth which leads to the conversion of Israel, the conquest of the world, and the judgment of those who refuse to convert.

  5. The Lord returns. [Please see APPENDIX 1, "The Dominionist Model Verses the Biblical model."]

THE SIMILARITIES BETWEEN MORMON
ESCHATOLOGY
AND EVANGELICAL ESCHOTOLOGY

While there are, of course, many dissimilarities between the Mormon doctrine of "end times" and the doctrine of "end times" that has today been popularized in the evangelical church by such dimwits and naïfs as John Hagee, David Barton and Mike Evans, there are also a great many very pointed similarities, and THESE SIMILARITIES ARE PROFOUND! Consider the following:

FIRST, as we suggested earlier, the importance of the United States in Mormon eschatology and what now passes for evangelical eschatology in countless churches throughout the country.

SECOND, the belief that the U.S. Constitution is a GOD-ORDAINED document that is almost as important as the Bible.

THIRD, that the forces of "Secular-Humanism" - and most especially the "Gay Rights Movement" and Feminism - threaten to destroy the family, the country and Christian Civilization.

FOURTH, that the "Islamic Menace" likewise poses an ominous threat to Christian civilization, and must be confronted and destroyed.

FIFTH, that as a result of the twin threats posed by Islamic fundamentalism and "Secular-Humanism," the United States will pass (is passing) through a period of severe political, cultural and economic chaos which will only come to an end after "God's People" take control of the country.

Glenn Beck speaks during the 30th Annual Night to Honor Israel at Cornerstone Church, Sunday, Oct. 30.

NOTE: Interestingly, the Mormons even have a place in their eschatology -– one that, it seems, is relatively new -– regarding the Jews; specifically, that the Jews in Israel will convert to Mormonism prior to the return of Christ: not much different from the evangelical eschatology which pictures the Jews converting to Christianity – especially when one posits the belief that there is not that much difference between Mormonism and Christianity as more and more evangelicals are coming – willy-nilly – to believe. It is precisely this similarity in eschatology that led John Hagee to invite Glenn Beck (a Mormon) to address his congregation in San Antonio regarding the importance of Israel in their mutual eschatologies. MORE ABOUT THIS IN UPCOMING ARTICLES.

WHAT COMMUNION HATH LIGHT WITH DARKNESS

It us around these five intersections of eschatology (plus their so-called mutual respect for the Jewish people) that the alliance between the Mormons and the evangelical community revolves. BUT IT IS AN ALLIANCE THAT HAS NO COMMONALITY WITH REGARD TO CHRIST; it is exactly the kind of alliance about which the Apostle Paul warned the early church:

"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?" (2 Corinthians 6:14)

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers

And make no mistake about it, from a theological viewpoint, the difference between what the Bible says concerning Christ and what Mormons believe is the difference between light and darkness:

MORMON VIEW OF CHRIST AS
OPPOSED TO THE BIBLE'S VIEW

Take, for example, the Mormon view of Christ as opposed to what the Bible says concerning our Savior:

Mormon View

"When the Virgin Mary conceived the child Jesus, the Father had begotten him in his own likeness. He was not begotten by the Holy Ghost. And who is the Father? He is the first of the human family; and when he took a tabernacle, it was begotten by his Father in heaven, after the same manner as the tabernacles of Cain, Abel, and the rest of the sons and daughters of Adam and Eve"-sermon by President and Prophet Brigham Young, recorded in The Journal of Discourses, Vol. 1, page 50,

"When the time came that his First-born, the Savior, should come into the world and take a tabernacle, the Father came himself and favored that Spirit with a tabernacle instead of letting any other man do it"—Discourses of Brigham Young, selected and arranged by Apostle John A. Widtsoe, page 77, lines 8-11.

"His [Jesus Christ's] unique status in the flesh as the offspring of a mortal mother and of an immortal, or resurrected and glorified, Father"—The Articles of Faith, by Apostle James E. Talmage, 1925 edition, page 472, last line, and 473, lines 1-2. This is a quotation from a statement signed by "The First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 30, 1916."

"NOW, REMEMBER FROM THIS TIME FORTH, AND FOR EVER, THAT JESUS CHRIST WAS NOT BEGOTTEN BY THE HOLY GHOST. I will repeat a little anecdote. I was in conversation with a certain learned professor upon this subject, when I replied to this idea — 'if the Son was begotten by the Holy Ghost, it would be very dangerous to baptize and confirm females, and give the Holy Ghost to them, lest he should beget children to be palmed upon the Elders by the people, bringing the Elders into great difficulties'"— sermon by President and Prophet Brigham Young, recorded in The Journal of Discourses, Vol. 1, page 51, column 1, lines 46-51 and column 2, lines 1-9.

Christian View

"The angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost" Matthew 1:20.

"Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God" Luke 1:34-35.

COMMENT:

Such blasphemy against the Holy Ghost as the utterance quoted last above from Brigham Young, President and Prophet of Mormonism, is astounding and actually indecent. Translated into plain English, Young taught that Jesus Christ was the Son of Adam—the first of the human family—by "the Virgin Mary."

JOSEPH SMITH VERSES CHRIST

Then there is the matter concerning the status of Joseph Smith over and against Christ:

Mormon View

Q. Which is the greatest dispensation?

A. The dispensation of the Fullness of Times, opened through Joseph Smith"—Catechism, by Elder John Jaques, page 73, paragraph 4.

Since the Mormons teach that "the greatest dispensation" is "the dispensation of the Fullness of Times, opened through Joseph Smith," it is fair to conclude that Mormonism regards Joseph Smith as greater than the Lord Jesus Christ. This will be denied by the Mormon church, but the statement from their Catechism disproves the denial.

Christian View

"Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him (the Lord Jesus Christ), and given Him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" Philippians 2:9-1 1.

The Lord Jesus said, "I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last" Revelation 1: 11. (See verse 18 to prove that it is the Lord Jesus speaking in verse 11.)

Since the Mormons teach that "the greatest dispensation" is "the dispensation of the Fullness of Times, opened through Joseph Smith," it is fair to conclude that Mormonism regards Joseph Smith as greater than the Lord Jesus Christ.

MAN BECOMES GOD

Finally, there is the Mormon belief that man can become a god.

Mormon View-Men Must
Learn How to Become Gods

"The couplet given by revelation to President Lorenzo Snow is accepted as doctrine by the entire church: 'As man is, God once was; As God is, man may become" 'Leaflet No. 37, Series B, for use of Ward Teachers in Liberty Stake of Zion, during September 1924.

"You have got to learn how to be Gods yourselves, and to be kings and priests to God, the same as all Gods have done before you"—sermon by the Prophet Joseph Smith, recorded in The Journal of Discourses, Vol. VI, page 4, column 1, lines 7-11.

"Each God, through his wife or wives, raises up a numerous family of sons and daughters; indeed, there will be no end to the increase of his own children; for each father and mother will be in a condition to multiply forever and ever. As soon as each God has begotten many millions of male and female spirits, and his Heavenly inheritance becomes too small to comfortably accommodate his great family, he, in connection with his sons, organizes a new world, after a similar order to the one which we now inhabit, where he sends both the male and female spirits to inhabit tabernacles of flesh and bones." —The Seer, Vol. 1, page 37, column 2, lines 11-27; quotation from Apostle Orson Pratt.

THE GOD DREAM

The belief by Mormons that man can become God is not unique to the Mormon Church. The concept is called "deification." D.R. McConnell explains "deification" in his book. A Different Gospel:

"Deification may be defined as the process whereby men are transformed into gods ... [Proponents of this view believe that] man was created with the divine nature [in Eden], sinned [through the Fall], and was filled with the satanic nature; but through the new birth, he is again infused with the divine nature. To be born again ... is to receive 'the nature and life of God' ..." [And, remember here, we are talking about INTRINSIC oneness.]

This "GOD-DREAM" permeates our legends and myths, and echoes back down through the corridors of time to Camelot and Valhalla. Indeed, for millennia our poets, writers, priests and prophets have been telling and re-telling the legends and myths which swirl like ghostly apparitions around this dream: that there is within man a "divine spark" which longs to be set free in order to ascend to its Originator, God. Man is, therefore, divine and has a god' s role in the universe. This is what the Nazis taught; this is what Nietsche and Schopenhauer taught: that man can ascend to the heavens; that he can become divine in exactly the same fashion that Christ is divine.

How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations

This kind of thinking is LUCIFERIC! - and one would do well to consider the words of the prophet Isaiah before imbibing the waters of this putrid well with the Mormons:

"How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

"For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I WILL EXALT MY THRONE ABOVE THE STARS OF GOD: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

"I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I WILL BE LIKE THE MOST HIGH." (Is. 14:12-14)

This is LUCIFERIC sin, and it will NOT be forgiven! Those who partake in this sin shall someday -

"... be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit." (Is. 14:15)

The Bible says:

"... All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

"And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, IT SHALL NOT BE FORGIVEN HIM, NEITHER IN THIS WORLD, NEITHER IN THE WORLD TO COME." (Matt. 12:31-32)

Christian View - God Did Not Become God

Satan was the first being who was ambitious to become a god. He said, "I will be like the most High." But God said concerning Satan, "Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell" Isaiah 14:14-15.

Satan's first lie to man was, "Ye shall be as gods" Genesis 3:5.

And the Lord Jesus Christ said about Satan, "He is a liar" John 8:44.

"In the beginning God" Genesis 1:1.

"From everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God" Psalm 90:2.

"For I am the LORD, I change not" Malachi 3:6.

"Your Father which is in heaven is perfect" Matthew 5:48.

"Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and forever" Hebrews 13:8.

God is perfect and therefore cannot "progress," as Mormons teach. Christ, too, is changeless because He is God.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE:

KENNETH HAGIN: "That's who we are; WE'RE CHRIST ... In fact, in the Epistles, the Church is called Christ. The Church has not yet realized THAT WE ARE CHRIST"

It is extremely important to note in this connection, that Mormons are NOT alone in embracing the LUCIFERIC notion that man can become God: it is precisely this belief that the adherents of "Latter Rain" embrace; for example, the late Kenneth Hagin (who embraced a parallel belief system known as "Word Faith" – a system which by now is indistinguishable from "Latter Rain") says:

"That's who we are; WE'RE CHRIST ... In fact, in the Epistles, the Church is called Christ. The Church has not yet realized THAT WE ARE CHRIST. When we do, we'll start doing the work we're supposed to do [i.e., subjugate the earth]. Christ is the Head - we are the Body - and the Body of Christ is Christ."

We are Christ? Yes! - that's what Hagin is saying here; and he's saying that the same power that Christ possessed to command nature, we possess too - and not just as supplicants, but as actual POSSESSORS of that power in the same way that Christ possessed that power. That's what James Robison - in whose church Ronald Reagan once said, "You cannot endorse me, but I can endorse you" - also believes. He writes:

"God wants us to see Jesus as MERELY the big brother in a huge family of brothers and sisters who are [intrinsically] like Him ..."

In other words, we are as much "God" as Christ is, and to the same degree that Christ possesses DIVINITY, we possess DIVINITY as well! Robison - again, THE SAME PERSON WHO DID SO MUCH TO LAUNCH RONALD REAGAN'S 1980 CAMPAIGN FOR THE PRESIDENCY - continues:

"As I consider the implications of what God is telling us [i.e., that we as Christ's 'brothers and sisters' are as much 'God' as Christ is] ... my mind almost explodes. I do not believe the Church until this time has ever noticed more than a fleeting glimpse of THIS OVERWHELMING TRUTH [i.e., that we are as much 'God' as Christ is God]."

This kind of thinking is called the "Continuation of the Incarnation," and it is widely held as a belief under different names and different guises in today's church; according to this teaching, the church is the essence of God; His "... on-going incarnation in the world today." The idea here is that, yes, Jesus is Christ, BUT SO IS THE CHURCH AS THE "BODY OF CHRIST." And if the "Body of Christ" is "God," THEN WE TOO ARE "GOD."

Ronald Reagan and James Robison

And it's not just Hagin and Robison who have imbibed deeply of the poisonous waters of this pestilent well (i.e., the belief that man can intrinsically be united with God), and have ipso facto involved themselves in the same great crime that Lucifer involved himself. There are many others.

GEORGE WARNOCK was one of the pioneers who promulgated the belief that Man becomes God. [Please see our article, "A Little Leaven leavens the Whole Lump."]

For example, ALL of the following leaders of the American church have embraced this pernicious doctrine - to one degree or another, by commission or omission, by their positive affirmation of this blasphemy or their silence in opposing it and their refusal to "cut themselves off" from those who affirm it, no matter: Oral Roberts, Richard Roberts, the late John Wimber, C. Peter Wagner, Kenneth Copeland, the late Kenneth Hagin, Jack Hayford, Billy Joe Daugherty, Charles Green, Marilyn Hickey, Karl Strader, Jim Ammerman, Tommy Barnett, Charles Blair, Happy Caldwell, Charles Capps, Morris Ceruillo, Ed Cole, Paul Crouch, Geraldine Derstine, Richard Dortch, Ed Dufresne, Quentin Edwards, Mike Evans, Kenny Foreman, Gerald Frey, John Gimeinez, Ronald Halvorson, James Haynes, Wallace Hickey, Roy Hicks, Charles Hunter, Frances Hunter, Robert Tilton, Larry Tomczak, Casey Treat, Ron Tucker, Tommy Tyson, Dick Iverson, Vicki Jamison-Peterson, G.L. Johnson, Larry Lea, Freda Lindsay, Francis MacNutt, Ralph Mahoney, John Mears, Mike Murdock, Charles Nieman, John Osteen (and his son), Paul Paino, Carlton Pearson, Tommy Reid, Fred Price, Evelyn Roberts, Roy Sapp, Jerry Savelle, Charles Simpson, Carlton Spencer, Stephen Strang, Lester Sumrall, Hilton Sutton, Vinson Synan, Jeff Walker, Bob Weiner, Austin Wilkerson, Ralph Wilkerson.

All this to say nothing of our usual "cast of suspects:" Tim LaHaye, Beverley LaHaye, Ern Baxter, Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Chuck Colson, Robert Stearns, Mike Bickle, Reuven Doron, Che Ahn, Frank Hammond, Cindy Jacobs, Bill Hamon, John Eckhardt, Bobbie Byerly, Dutch Sheets, Jim Goll, John Paul Jackson, Francis Frangipane, James Ryle, Frank Damazio, Ed Silvoso, Carlos Annacondia, Claudio Freidzon, Roger Mitchell, Ted Haggart, Paul Cain, Chuck Pierce, Rick Joyner, Kingsley Fletcher, Jim Laffoon, Barbara Wentroble, ad infinitum, ad nauseum. [We URGE you to see our APPENDIX 2, for a through discussion of our relationship to God as His "sons and daughters."]

This is a virtual Who's Who in American Christianity today – NO WONDER THAT TODAY'S EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANITY NO LONGER FEELS UNEASY IN EMBRACING THE MORMON CHURCH AS ALLIES IN THEIR EFFORT TO "RETURN AMERICA TO CHRIST AND THE CHURCH."

UNITING CHRIST WITH BELIAL

These are but a few of the differences that separate a Bible-based Christianity over and against Mormonism. There are many more – please see APPENDIX 3 for a much more complete list of those beliefs that make Mormonism a system of Belial:

"What concord hath Christ with Belial? o-r what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

"And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?" (2 Corinthians 6:15-16)

What concord hath Christ with Belial?

But in joining with Mormons to "return America to Christ," evangelicals are plainly rejecting this Scripture.

And so it is that we are confronted with an extremely perverse and blasphemous alliance – one that unites Christ with Belial in an attempt to bring the Kingdom of God to earth. The thought is mind-numbing in its stupidity! Nonetheless, this is exactly the path that the evangelical community has chosen to save America as a "beacon of light" to the world.

God bless you all!

S.R. Shearer
Antipas Ministries

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APPENDIX 1

"The Dominionist Model Verses the Biblical model."

"Dominionism" is a militant post-millennial eschatology ("doctrine of end times") which pictures the seizure of earthly (temporal) power by the church as the only means through which the world can be rescued; only after the world has been thus "rescued" can Christ return to "rule and reign." (Some dominionists see the seizure of the earth as the result of "signs, wonders, and miracles;" others picture it as the result of military and political conquest; most see it as a combination of both.)

Dominionists - whether subtly or otherwise - discount altogether the possibility of a rapture. They have rejected pre-millennialism completely - and in doing so, they have not only rejected the possibility of a pre-tribulational rapture of the church, but also the possibility of a mid-tribulational rapture and a post-tribulational rapture. This is post-millennialism - the historic teaching of the Roman Catholic Church.

Al Dager writes, "Some two decades before Pentecostalism found its way into the (mainstream) denominations (i.e., the Episcopalians, the Catholic Church, etc.) as the 'Charismatic Renewal', it experienced a new surge of experience-oriented theology within its own ranks. It was from this neo-Pentecostal experience - what came to be called the 'Latter Rain Movement' - that Charismatic Dominionism sprang. The more prominent leaders of that movement blended Pentecostal fervor with teachings that the Church was on the brink of a worldwide revival. That revival would result in a victorious Church without spot or wrinkle ... (which) would inherit the earth and rule over the nations with a rod of iron." Dager explains that at the core of the dominionist mindset is "a ... premise ... that when Adam sinned, not only did man lose dominion over the earth, but God also lost control of the earth to Satan. Since that time ... God has been on the outside looking in, searching for a 'covenant people' who will be His 'extension' or 'expression' in the earth to take dominion back from Satan ..." [Dager, Vengeance Is Ours, pgs. 43-44. ]

The basic dominionist model is as follows:

  • · The world is plunged into a time of political and spiritual crisis, one which threatens the world with chaos and the church with destruction.

  • · The Lord brings revival to the church.

  • · This revival results in the end of the church's divisions and the rule of the "apostles and prophets."

  • · The "Gospel of the Kingdom" is preached to the whole earth which leads to the conversion of Israel, the conquest of the world, and the judgment of those who refuse to convert.

  • · The Lord returns.

Jewel van der Merwe of Discernment Magazine, elaborates; she writes that the "New Charismatics" are actively pushing a belief system which prophesies that " ... (1) the greatest revival the church has ever known (is about to occur); (2) the greatest baptism of the Spirit the Church has ever experienced (will shortly happen); (3) the greatest army (Joel's Army) distinguished by invincibility, immortality and divinity (will be raised up); (4) the greatest purging ... in the history of the church (will shortly begin); (5) the greatest ministry - the Prize of all Ages (is about to break forth); and (6) the greatest miracles, supernatural signs and wonders far exceeding that of the Apostles and Prophets of old (will shortly take place)."

The dominionist model, however, is at total variance with the older premillennial model. The premillennial model pictures:

  • The world is plunged into a time of spiritual and political crisis.

  • The church is apostatized.

  • The apostatized church unites with the anti-Christ and seizes control of the world.

  • A great tribulation breaks out against those Christians who refuse to become a part of the apostatized church, resulting in their persecution and finally their destruction - after which the anti-Christ, who had at first appeared as the champion of Israel, turns on Israel to destroy her.

  • The rapture occurs for those Christians who "remain," and Christ returns to bring judgment on those who had destroyed Israel and persecuted those Christians who had refused to be apostatized.

[This model is essentially the model of Hal Lindsey's Late Great Planet Earth, with the exception that Lindsey postulates that Christians will be raptured out of the world prior to the beginning of the persecution of the anti-Christ. Premillennialists are divided on the point of the rapture; some argue that the rapture will occur before the tribulation, some say during, and some say afterwards - but the essential elements of the rest of the model remain.]

It should also be noted in this connection that in the dominionist model, the church is the "main player," while in the premillennialist model, Christ is the "main player."

In one way or another Franklin Hall, William Branham, George Hawtin, Percy G. Hunt, Herrick Holt, George Warnock, Bill Britton, Kathryn Kuhlman, Oral Roberts, Ern Baxter, Don Basham, Bob Mumford, Charles Simpson, Derek Prince, D. James Kennedy, William Banks, Marilyn Hickey, Demos Shakarian, Ralph Martin, Steve Clark, Kevin Ranaghan, etc. have all been involved in "Dominionism" and "Latter Rain." [Dager, Vengeance Is Ours, pgs. 49-50.]

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APPENDIX 2

CHRISTIANS AS GOD'S
SONS AND DAUGHTERS

WE ARE ONE WITH GOD BY ADOPTION

Again, we are the "sons and daughters of God" by ADOPTION, and this is how we relate to the Father. The Bible says:

"... ye have received the Spirit of ADOPTION, whereby we cry, Abba, Father." (Rom. 8:15)

And it goes on to say that He has -

"... predestinated us unto the ADOPTION of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will ..." (Eph. 1:5)

The oneness that we enjoy with the Father is a oneness of RELATIONSHIP, not an INTRINSIC oneness that a son by blood enjoys with his father.

WE ARE ONE WITH GOD IN THE SAME MANNER
THAT A HUSBAND IS ONE WITH HIS WIFE

Moreover, the Bible doesn't leave it at that; it goes on to compare the kind of oneness that we enjoy with the Father to the same kind of oneness that an husband enjoys with his wife:

"So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

"For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, EVEN AS THE LORD THE CHURCH:

"FOR WE ARE MEMBERS OF HIS [i.e., CHRIST'S] BODY, OF HIS FLESH, AND OF HIS BONES.

"For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh." (Eph. 5:28-31)

And the Bible goes on to say:

"Wherefore they [i.e., the husband and wife] are no more twain [i.e., two], but one flesh ...." (Matt. 19:6)

But, again, this oneness is NOT an INTRINSIC oneness; IT IS AN ONENESS IN RELATIONSHIP! The husband and wife are one in their relationship, but they are not one in their nature. The man still remains a man, and the woman still remains a woman. They do not meld together and become a strange new creature: a sort of "man-woman." But this is PRECISELY what Hagin et. al. claim happens when we are "born-again:" that we are made INTRINSICALLY one with God.

I warn you, I somberly caution you, to believe such a thing is to set yourself on the road to hell.

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APPENDIX 3

MORMONISM VERSES CHRISTIANITY *

I THE BIBLE

1. Several Books vs. One Book

Mormon View

"We consider the Bible, Book of Mormon, Book of Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price and Sayings of Joseph, the Seer, our guides in faith and doctrine"—A Compendium, by Apostle F. D. Richards and Elder J. A. Little, preface, lines 1-4.

"Thou fool, that shall say, A Bible, we have got a Bible, and we need no more Bible... Wherefore, because that ye have a Bible, ye need not suppose that it contains all my words; neither need ye suppose that I have not caused more to be written"-The Book of Mormon, 2Nephi 29:6, 10.

At the semi-annual Conferences of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the "Mormon" Church), their highest officers were "sustained" as "Prophets, Seers and Revelators" by vote of the Church. The following is quoted from the Official Report of the 95th Annual Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, April 4, 5 and 6, 1925, pages 149 and 150: "President Heber J. Grant presented the General Authorities and the General Officers of the Church; all of whom were sustained in their positions and callings by the unanimous vote of the large assembly, as follows: Heber J. Grant, Prophet, Seer and Revelator.... The Counselors in the First Presidency, the Twelve Apostles, and the Presiding Patriarch as Prophets, Seers and Revelators."

Christian View

"Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it" Deuteronomy 4:2.

"Add thou not unto His words, lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar" Proverbs 30:6.

"For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this Book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this Book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the Book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the Book of Life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this Book" Revelation 22:18-19.

This last book of the Bible, the Revelation, records the events with which the Church Age will close. In it is described the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, His Millennial Reign on the earth and the bringing in of the new heavens and the new earth. Christians believe that this book of the Revelation closed the canon of Scripture for this age—until Christ returns. They believe that the penalties pronounced on those who add to or take away from the book of the Revelation apply to those who add to or take away from the Bible.

COMMENT: There is no prediction in the Bible of any "restoration" of the Gospel or the coming of any true prophet before Christ comes to catch away His redeemed ones according to 1Thessalonians 4:15-17. The only prophets whom Christ said would come in the period between His ascension and second advent are "false prophets." Hear what Christ said: "For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before" Matthew 24:24-25.

2. The Reliability of the Bible

Mormon View

"We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly." No. 8 of the "Mormon" Articles of Faith, quoted in The Articles of Faith, by Apostle James E. Talmage, 1925 edition, page 236, line 1.

"Add all this imperfection to the uncertainty of the translation, and who, in his right mind, could for one moment, suppose the Bible in its present form to be a perfect guide? Who knows that even one verse of the whole Bible has escaped pollution, so as to convey the same sense now that it did in the original?" —Divine Authority of The Book of Mormon, by Apostle Orson Pratt (Section No. 3), page 47, lines 28-32.

But Apostle and Theologian James E. Talmage takes issue with the above utterance of Apostle Orson Pratt: "An impartial investigator has cause to wonder more at the paucity of errors than that mistakes are to be found at all"—The Articles of Faith, by Apostle James E. Talmage, 1925 edition, page 237, lines 3-5.

Apostle Orson Pratt, who died a long while ago, even questions the inspiration of the New Testament writers: "If it be admitted that the apostles and evangelists did write the books of the New Testament, that does not prove of itself that they were divinely inspired at the time they wrote."—Divine Authority of The Book of Mormon, by Apostle Orson Pratt (Section No. 3), page 45, lines 31-33.

Christian View

As to the correctness of the translation of the Scriptures, hear the testimony of Professor Robert Dick Wilson of Princeton Theological Seminary. There is no greater authority on Hebrew and other ancient languages. He says: "You can be absolutely certain that we have the text substantially of the Old Testament that Christ and the Apostles had and that was in existence from the beginning"-The Sunday School Times, June 27, 1925, page 414.

"Thy Word is very pure: therefore Thy servant loveth it" Psalm 119:140.

"Thy Word is true from the beginning" Psalm 119:160.

"Thy Word is truth" John 17:17.

"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness" 2 Timothy 3:16.

"For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost" 2 Peter 1:21.

"But I certify you, brethren, that the Gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ" Galatians 1:11-12

"For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the Word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the Word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe" 1Thessalonians 2:13.

COMMENT: Why should most of the Mormon leaders speak disparagingly of the translation of the Bible? And why should some even question the inspiration of the Bible? Is it not probable that they do this in order to make people feel the need of the revelation the Mormons claim to have received and continue to receive? Are not these aspersions cast upon the reliability of the Bible in order to make people feel they must come to the Mormon "prophets, seers and revelators" to obtain the Word of God, thus bringing them under the power of the Mormon priesthood? And we have seen that there is no justification whatever for regarding the Bible as incorrectly translated or not inspired. Every blessing of so-called "Christian" civilization has come from the Bible. And millions have found the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior by reading or hearing and believing the Bible.

It is tragic indeed that the Mormon people so greatly neglect the Bible. This is because their leaders have undermined the faith of their people in the reliability of the Bible. Mormon missionaries use the Bible only so far as they can get texts from it which they can present in such a way as to appear to agree with Mormon teachings. And they use these Bible texts with those who believe the Bible in order to persuade them to accept Mormonism. For any other purpose the Bible seems to have very little weight with the Mormons. They do not by any means regard it as the final authority in spiritual truth, as do orthodox Christians.

Next, let us consider the contrasting views about God.

II. GOD

1. One God or Many?

Mormon View-Many Gods and Polygamous

Q. Are there more Gods than one?

A. Yes, many. 1 Cor 8:5"—Catechism, by Elder John Jaques, chapter 4, page 13.

"In the Heaven where our spirits were born, there are many Gods, each one of whom has his own wife or wives which were given to him previous to his redemption, while yet in his mortal state"—The Seer, by Apostle Orson Pratt, Vol. 1, March 1853, No. 3, page 37, column 2, paragraph 25, lines 1-6.

"The head God called together the Gods and sat in grand council to bring forth the world."

"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"—sermon by the Prophet Joseph Smith, April 6, 1844, recorded in The Journal of Discourses, Vol. VI, page 5, column 1, lines 9-12; and column 2, lines 18-22.

Christian View-One God

"There is none other God but one. For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many, But to us there is but one God" I Corinthians 8:4-6.

Part of the above Scripture is cited by the Mormon Catechism to prove that there are many Gods. But a careful examination of this passage and its context shows that it means the very opposite of what the Mormons make it out to teach. The apostle Paul was here contrasting the heathen belief in many gods with the Christian revelation that "there is none other God but one."

"For all the gods of the people are idols: but the LORD made the heavens" I Chronicles 16:26.

"Beside Me there is no God" Isaiah 44:6.

"I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside Me" Isaiah 45:5.

"Thou alone art God" I Chronicles 17:26 (Jewish translation of the Bible).

"Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods?" Jeremiah 16:20.

COMMENT: The belief in many gods is fundamental to Mormonism and is in utter contrast with the Bible revelation of but one God. The Mormon "gods" are not only numerous but also polygamous!

2. Was God Once a Man?

Mormon View

"God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted Man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens"—sermon by the Prophet Joseph Smith, April 6, 1844, recorded in The Journal of Discourses, Vol. VI, page 3, column 1, lines 46-48.

— God and Man of Same Race

"Gods, angels and men are all of one species, one race, one great family, widely diffused among the planetary systems, as colonies, kingdoms, nations, etc." —Key to Science of Theology, by Apostle Parley P. Pratt, page 33, lines 19-20.

— Adam Is Our Father and Our God

"Now hear it, O inhabitants of the earth, Jew and Gentile, Saint and sinner! When our father Adam came into the garden of Eden, he came into it with a celestial body, and brought Eve, one of his wives, with him. He helped to make and organize this world. He is Michael, the Archangel, the Ancient of Days! about whom holy men have written and spoken-He is our Father and our God, and the only God with whom we have to do"—sermon by President and Prophet Brigham Young, April 9, 1852, recorded in The Journal of Discourses, Vol. 1, page 50, column 2, lines 9-21.

COMMENT: Here we see that the Mormon Prophets teach that God was once a man and that the man Adam is the God of this world.

Christian View

— God Has Always Been God

"God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent" Numbers 23:19.

"I am God, and not man" Hosea 11:9.

"From everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God" Psalm 90:2.

"The eternal God" Deuteronomy 33:27.

"The first man Adam was made a living soul" 1 Corinthians 15:45.

"In Adam all die" 1 Corinthians 15:22.

"And unto Adam He (God) said ... dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return" Genesis 3:17, 19.

3. Can Men Become Gods?

Mormon View-Men Must Learn How to Become Gods

"The couplet given by revelation to President Lorenzo Snow is accepted as doctrine by the entire church: 'As man is, God once was; As God is, man may become" 'Leaflet No. 37, Series B, for use of Ward Teachers in Liberty Stake of Zion, during September 1924.

"You have got to learn how to be Gods yourselves, and to be kings and priests to God, the same as all Gods have done before you"—sermon by the Prophet Joseph Smith, recorded in The Journal of Discourses, Vol. VI, page 4, column 1, lines 7-11.

"Each God, through his wife or wives, raises up a numerous family of sons and daughters; indeed, there will be no end to the increase of his own children; for each father and mother will be in a condition to multiply forever and ever. As soon as each God has begotten many millions of male and female spirits, and his Heavenly inheritance becomes too small to comfortably accommodate his great family, he, in connection with his sons, organizes a new world, after a similar order to the one which we now inhabit, where he sends both the male and female spirits to inhabit tabernacles of flesh and bones." —The Seer, Vol. 1, page 37, column 2, lines 11-27; quotation from Apostle Orson Pratt.

Christian View-God Did Not Become God

Satan was the first being who was ambitious to become a god. He said, "I will be like the most High." But God said concerning Satan, "Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell" Isaiah 14:14-15.

Satan's first lie to man was, "Ye shall be as gods" Genesis 3:5.

And the Lord Jesus Christ said about Satan, "He is a liar" John 8:44.

"In the beginning God" Genesis 1:1.

"From everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God" Psalm 90:2.

"For I am the LORD, I change not" Malachi 3:6.

"Your Father which is in heaven is perfect" Matthew 5:48.

"Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and forever" Hebrews 13:8.

God is perfect and therefore cannot "progress," as Mormons teach. Christ, too, is changeless because He is God.

COMMENT: Mormons admit that man is a sinner. Then if "God once was" "as man is," the God of Mormonism was once a sinner, and he is not the God of the Bible. For the God of the Bible says, "I am holy" (Leviticus 11:44). Also, He says, "I change not" (Malachi 3:6). There never was a time when the God of the Bible was a sinner, and therefore He was never a man. To regard God as having once been a sinner destroys the realization of the sinfulness of sin and the holiness of God. It also destroys the realization that God, the Creator, is infinitely above man, His finite creature. Man cannot become a god.

4. Does God Have A Body?

Mormon View

"That which is without body, parts and passions is nothing. There is no other God in heaven but that God who has flesh and bones"—A Compendium, by Apostle F.D. Richards and Elder J. A. Little, page 287, lines 39-42.

"The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man's"—Doctrine and Covenants, by the Prophet Joseph Smith, etc., 130:22.

Christian View

"God is a Spirit" John 4:24.

After His resurrection, the Lord Jesus said, "Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself: handle Me, and see; for a spirit ~hath not flesh and bones, as ye see Me have" Luke 24:39.

COMMENT: The Bible uses anthropomorphic terms such as "eyes, "ears," "hands," "feet," etc. to describe to man the actions of God. But the above Bible quotations tell us that "God is a Spirit" and that "a spirit hath not flesh and bones." The Bible also speaks figuratively of God's "wings" (Psalm 17:8) and "feathers" (Psalm 91:4). Therefore, to be logical, those who think God's "hands" and "feet" are literal must believe also that God has actual "wings" and "feathers"! And if God has a physical body, how immense it must be, for He says, "Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD" (Jeremiah 23:24).

Since God the Father has no physical body, in what sense then is it true that "God created man in His own image" (Genesis 1:27)? Is a body all or the main part of a man? Is not the intellectual, volitional, spiritual and self-conscious nature of man superior to the body? All animals, even the tiniest insects, have a body. But it is in thought, will, capacity for fellowship with God and self-consciousness that man was made in the likeness of God. When the Lord Jesus said, "He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father" (John 14:9), He certainly had no thought of physical resemblance between Himself and God. If He meant that God had a body, then any man could say, "He that hath seen me hath seen the Father," for every man has a body! The Lord Jesus also said, "I and My Father are one" (John 10:30). It is because Christ and God the Father are "one" in infinite spiritual nature that He said, "He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father." A body is physical and can be seen, but Christ "is the image of the invisible God" (Colossians 1: 15).

5. What Is Man's Relation to God?

Mormon View

"I wish to be perfectly understood here. Let it be remembered that the Prophet Joseph Smith taught that man, that is, his spirit, is the offspring of Deity; not in any mystical sense, but actually; that man has not only a Father in heaven, but a Mother also"—New Witness for God, by Brigham H. Roberts, Vol. 1, page 461, lines 16-20.

"Spirits are eternal. At the first organization in heaven we were all present, and saw the Saviour chosen and appointed, and the plan of salvation made, and we sanctioned it"—the Prophet Joseph Smith in The Scrap Book of Mormon Literature, Vol. 11, page 10, lines 16-18.

Christian View

"God created man" Genesis 1:27.

By nature man is God's creature, not God's child.

"But as many as received Him (Jesus Christ), to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God" John 1: 12-13.

"Ye must be born again" John 3:7.

Man has been physically born. To be saved he must be "born again," of the Holy Spirit, by personally accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior. To the "born again" ones, God is "the Father of spirits" (Hebrews 12:9).

COMMENT: The Bible does not teach man's pre-existence. God's question to Job—"Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth?" (Job 38:4)—instead of indicating that Job existed when God created the earth, indicates the very opposite, as the context shows. By this sarcastic statement God reminds Job that he is finite and did not exist when God wrought the wonders of creation. Had Job existed when God created the earth, the inference is that Job would have known how God effected the creation. And Job had no such knowledge because he came to be after God created the world.

6. Is God a Creator or Just an Organizer?

Mormon View

"The Creator is an Organizer. God created the earth as an organized sphere; but He certainly did not create, in the sense of bringing into primal existence, the ultimate elements of the materials of which the earth consists, for 'the elements are eternal' (D. & C. 93:33)"—The Articles of Faith, by Apostle James E. Talmadge, 1925 edition, page 466, lines 1-5.

"The Gods, organized and formed the heavens and the earth"—"Book of Abraham,"4:1, in The Pearl of Great Price, by the Prophet Joseph Smith, page 38.

Christian View

"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth" Genesis 1: 1.

"God created man" Genesis 1:27.

"God created and made" Genesis 2:3.

"By the word of the LORD were the heavens made" Psalm 33:6.

"Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and He that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things" Isaiah 44:24.

"For by Him (Jesus Christ) were all things created ... all things were created by Him, and for Him: And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist" Colossians 1:16-17.

COMMENT: The Bible teaches that God both created and made the world. If, as the Mormons teach, God did not bring "into primal existence, the ultimate elements of the materials of which the earth consists," then matter is as eternal as God, and God is not the Creator but merely an artificer. The Mormon view is that God simply shaped the world out of matter He found already existing. Mormonism knows no real Creator, for a Creator is one who brings into existence that which does not exist.

And now let us observe the vast difference between the Mormon and the Christian views of Jesus Christ.

III. JESUS CHRIST

1. Was Jesus Christ Begotten by the Holy Spirit?

Mormon View

"When the Virgin Mary conceived the child Jesus, the Father had begotten him in his own likeness. He was not begotten by the Holy Ghost. And who is the Father? He is the first of the human family; and when he took a tabernacle, it was begotten by his Father in heaven, after the same manner as the tabernacles of Cain, Abel, and the rest of the sons and daughters of Adam and Eve"-sermon by President and Prophet Brigham Young, recorded in The Journal of Discourses, Vol. 1, page 50,

"When the time came that his First-born, the Savior, should come into the world and take a tabernacle, the Father came himself and favored that Spirit with a tabernacle instead of letting any other man do it"—Discourses of Brigham Young, selected and arranged by Apostle John A. Widtsoe, page 77, lines 8-11.

"His [Jesus Christ's] unique status in the flesh as the offspring of a mortal mother and of an immortal, or resurrected and glorified, Father"—The Articles of Faith, by Apostle James E. Talmage, 1925 edition, page 472, last line, and 473, lines 1-2. This is a quotation from a statement signed by "The First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 30, 1916."

"Now, remember from this time forth, and for ever, that Jesus Christ was not begotten by the Holy Ghost. I will repeat a little anecdote. I was in conversation with a certain learned professor upon this subject, when I replied to this idea — 'if the Son was begotten by the Holy Ghost, it would be very dangerous to baptize and confirm females, and give the Holy Ghost to them, lest he should beget children to be palmed upon the Elders by the people, bringing the Elders into great difficulties'"— sermon by President and Prophet Brigham Young, recorded in The Journal of Discourses, Vol. 1, page 51, column 1, lines 46-51 and column 2, lines 1-9.

Christian View

"The angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost" Matthew 1:20.

"Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God" Luke 1:34-35.

COMMENT: Such blasphemy against the Holy Ghost as the utterance quoted last above from Brigham Young, President and Prophet of Mormonism, is astounding and actually indecent. Translated into plain English, Young taught that Jesus Christ was the Son of Adam—the first of the human family—by "the Virgin Mary."

2. Was Jesus Christ Married?

Mormon View

"The Evangelists [writers of the four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John], do not particularly speak of the marriage of Jesus; but this is not to be wondered at, for St. John says: 'There are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written!' (John 21:25). One thing is certain, that there were several holy women that greatly loved Jesus—such as Mary, and Martha her sister, and Mary Magdalene; and Jesus greatly loved them, and associated with them much; and when He arose from the dead, instead of first showing Himself to His chosen witnesses, the Apostles, He appeared first to these women, or at least to one of them—namely, Mary Magdalene. Now, it would be very natural for a husband in the resurrection to appear first to his own dear wives, and afterwards show himself to his other friends. If all the acts of Jesus were written, we no doubt should learn that these beloved women were his wives"—The Seer, by Apostle Orson Pratt, Vol. 1, No. 10, October 1853, page 159, column 2, lines 6-32.

Further teaching along this line by Apostle Orson Pratt in which he clearly and definitively teaches that the Scriptural statements about the "seed," "generation" and "increase" of Christ refer to His having actual physical posterity is found in The Seer, Vol. 1, No. 9, September 1853, page 135, column 1, line 49, to page 136, column 2, line 19.

Christian View

Christians do not believe that Jesus Christ was married at all. His Divine Person (both God and man) and His Mission — coming into the world to be the Divine Sacrifice for the sins of all who will accept Him — are utterly incompatible with the idea of marriage.

The Lord Jesus Christ was and is God incarnate, and the thought of His marriage to a human woman is wholly incongruous.

If Christ had been married, then the silence of the Bible about that important matter is inexcusable. The fact that the Bible is silent about Christ being married is decisive. Christ was not married.

Mormon missionaries do not tell people that they believe Christ was married. That teaching is "strong meat" and is only given to those who are of "full age" in Mormonism. I have heard Mormon missionaries deny that they believed Christ was married. But when I proved that they did teach it, they immediately began to defend this teaching.

Christ's "seed" and "generation" and "increase" are solely spiritual. See Isaiah 53:8, 10.

3. Is Joseph Smith Greater Than Jesus Christ?

Mormon View

Q. Which is the greatest dispensation?

A. The dispensation of the Fullness of Times, opened through Joseph Smith"—Catechism, by Elder John Jaques, page 73, paragraph 4.

Since the Mormons teach that "the greatest dispensation" is "the dispensation of the Fullness of Times, opened through Joseph Smith," it is fair to conclude that Mormonism regards Joseph Smith as greater than the Lord Jesus Christ. This will be denied by the Mormon church, but the statement from their Catechism disproves the denial.

Christian View

"Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him (the Lord Jesus Christ), and given Him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" Philippians 2:9-1 1.

The Lord Jesus said, "I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last" Revelation 1: 11. (See verse 18 to prove that it is the Lord Jesus speaking in verse 11.)

Mormonism has had a great deal of difficulty deciding what to teach about the Holy Spirit. Let us now note what the Mormon church teaches about the third Person of the Holy Trinity.

IV. THE HOLY SPIRIT

1. Is the Holy Spirit a Substance or a Person?

Mormon View

— The Holy Spirit Is a "Substance"

"There are several of these subtle, invisible substances but little understood as yet by man, and their existence is only demonstrated by their effects. Some of them are recognized under the several terms, electricity, galvanism, magnetism, animal magnetism, spiritual magnetism, essence, spirit, etc. The purest, most refined and subtle of all these substances, and the one least understood, or even recognized, by the less informed among mankind, is that substance called the Holy Spirit. This substance, like all others, is one of the elements of material or physical existence, and therefore subject to the necessary laws which govern all matter, as before enumerated"—Key to Science of Theology, by Apostle Parley P. Pratt, page38, lines 27-29, to page 39, lines 1-11.

— The Holy Spirit a "Fluid"

"Jesus Christ, a little babe like all the rest of us have been, grew to be a man, was filled with a divine substance or fluid, called the Holy Spirit"-Key to Science of Theology, by Apostle Parley P. Pratt, page 29, lines 23-25.

— The Personality of the Holy Ghost

"In the light of revelation, we are instructed as to the distinct personality of the Holy Ghost. He is a Being endowed with the attributes and powers of Deity, and not a mere thing, force, or essence"—The Articles of Faith, by Apostle James E. Talmage, 1899 edition, page 164, paragraph 6.

— Distinction Made Between the Holy Ghost and the Spirit of the Lord

"'The Holy Spirit, or Spirit of God,' both of which terms are sometimes used interchangeably with the Holy Ghost, 'is the influence of Deity, the light of Christ, or of Truth which proceeds forth from the presence of God to fill the immensity of space and to quicken the understanding of men.' (Doc. and Cov., 88:6-13.) Prest. Jos. F. Smith. Care should therefore be taken to discriminate between the Holy Ghost and the Spirit of the Lord"-The Scrap Book, Vol. I, page 510, lines 7-14.

Christian View

— The Holy Spirit Is a Person

"Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come" John 16:13.

Seven times in this one passage of Scripture, the Lord Jesus Christ refers to the Holy Spirit by means of personal pronouns. The Holy Spirit is a Divine Person — the Third Person of the Holy Trinity — and He is not a "substance," or a "fluid," as is taught by the Mormons.

The Lord Jesus Christ called the Holy Spirit "another Comforter" (John 14:16), Christ Himself being one Comforter and the Holy Spirit "another Comforter." The Holy Spirit was "another of the same kind" as Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is as truly a person as is Jesus Christ.

— Acts Which Can Be Attributed Only to a Person Are Ascribed to the Holy Spirit:

He knows. I Corinthians 2:1 1.

He wills. I Corinthians 12:11.

He loves. Romans 15:30.

He can be grieved. Ephesians 4:30.

He speaks. Revelation 2:7.

He leads. Romans 8:14.

Personality does not depend upon having a body. That is corporeality. Personality consists of knowledge, will-power, feeling and self-consciousness.

— The Holy Ghost Is God

"But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost ... thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God" Acts 5:3-4.

The Bible teaches, and Christians believe in, the Deity of the Holy Ghost — not merely that the Holy Ghost has "the attributes and powers of Deity," as the Mormons teach. The Holy Ghost is God.

—No Distinction Made Between the Holy Ghost and the Spirit of the Lord

The Hebrew word ruach, translated "spirit," and the Greek word pneuma, translated "spirit" or "ghost," both mean "wind." Sometimes the adjective holy indicates that the Holy Ghost (which is the Holy Spirit) is meant, and sometimes it is shown simply by the context of the verse. Any discrimination between the Holy Ghost and the Spirit of the Lord is utterly foreign to the Bible. Furthermore, such distinction shows ignorance of the text and also of the languages in which the Scriptures were originally written.

2. Is the Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit) Only in One Place at the Same Time?

Mormon View

"The actual person of the Holy Ghost cannot be in more than one place at a time—"The Articles of Faith, by Apostle James E. Talmage, 1925 ed., page 160, lines 16-17.

Christian View

"Whither shall I go from Thy Spirit? or whither shall I flee from Thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, Thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, Thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;

"Even there shall Thy hand lead me, and Thy right hand shall hold me" Psalm139:7-10.

COMMENT: The Holy Ghost (the Holy Spirit) is everywhere at the same time. He is God and is omnipresent.

3. Is "Laying on of Hands" Necessary for Receiving the Holy Spirit?

Mormon View

"After the baptism or birth of water comes the baptism or birth of the spirit. This gift from God is conferred by the laying on of the hands of men called of God and endowed with authority to perform this sacred ordinance"—President and Prophet Charles W. Penrose, quoted in The Scrap Book, Vol. 1, page 217, lines 12-16.

This teaching is simply another attempt to bring people under the power of the Mormon priesthood. A little further on we will examine the Scripturalness of the claims of the Mormon priesthood.

Christian View

"And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father" Galatians 4:6.

The Holy Spirit came into the hearts of the disciples at Pentecost (Acts 2) and on Cornelius and his household at Caesarea (Acts 10) because they had accepted Christ, and no hands were laid upon them. The Holy Spirit comes to dwell in the heart of every one who becomes a son of God by receiving the Son of God as his Savior (see 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19-20; Ephesians 1:13-14, etc.).

4. Are Spirit and Matter Synonymous?

Mormon View

"All spirit is matter, but it is more fine or pure, and can only be discerned by purer eyes"—Doctrine and Covenants, by the Prophet Joseph Smith, etc., 131:7.

"Spirit is matter, and matter is full of spirit"—Key to Science of Theology, by Apostle Parley P. Pratt, page 43, line 28.

Christian View

"The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life" Job 33:4.

"Thou sendest forth Thy Spirit, they are created: and Thou renewest the face of the earth" Psalm 104:30.

God created matter. Spirit and matter are not identical but are distinct one from the other.

We come now to notice the vital contrast between the teachings of Mormionism and Christianity concerning sin.

V. SIN

1.Did God Plan for Man to Fall?

Mormon View

"It will be seen from this, in the first place, that, as we have before stated, God's plan in relation to man was that he should fall"—Mediation and Atonement, by President and Prophet John Taylor, page 187, lines 7-9.

Christian View

Not a line can be adduced from the Bible to show that God planned for man to fall. God plainly warned man of the penalty of disobedience, saying, "in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die" Genesis 2:17.

COMMENT: It is a base slander against God to say that He planned for man to fall. If that were true, which it is not, God would be a party to the sin of man. And if God planned for man to sin and punished man for sinning, God would be utterly unjust. The Bible teaches that God is holy, just and loving and nowhere even implies that He planned for man to fall. God hates sin. How, then, could He plan for man to sin.,

2. Is Sin a Necessity?

Mormon View

Q. Was it necessary that Adam should partake of the forbidden fruit?

A. Yes, unless he had done so he would not have known good and evil here, neither could he have had mortal posterity, and he could not have cleaved to Eve, as he had promised, after her fall"—Catechism, by Elder John Jaques, page 30, paragraph 13.

Christian View

God gave man a simple test of obedience. Man could not have had a character that was positively good until he resisted the temptation to do evil. It was not at all impossible for man to have resisted Satan's temptation. Man did not need to know evil by experience. He needed only to obey God.

3. Is Sin a Cause of Rejoicing?

Mormon View

"Q. Did Adam and Eve lament or rejoice because they had transgressed the commandment and become acquainted with the nature of evil and good?

A. They rejoiced and praised God"—Catechism by Elder John Jaques, page3l, paragraph 14.

"And now, behold, if Adam had not transgressed, he would not have fallen ... And they would have had no children; wherefore they would have remained in a state of innocence, having no joy, for they knew no misery; doing no good, for they knew no sin"—The Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 2:22-23.

Christian View

"And Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard Thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid" Genesis 3:8-10.

"For the wages of sin is death" Romans 6:23.

"For He hath made Him (Christ) to be sin (sin offering) for us" 2 Corinthians 5:2 1.

"And being in an agony He (Christ) prayed more earnestly: and His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground" Luke 22:44.

COMMENT: Sin brought no joy but, rather, is the cause of all the sorrow and sickness, agony and anguish, heartache and hell, tears and trials, grief and groanings, injustice and infamy, with which the world is filled. The sin of man cost the precious life-blood of the sinless Son of God. There is not a line in the whole Bible to indicate that man needed to sin in order to have children or joy or to do good. The logic of Mormonism would make God out to be a sinner, else He could have no joy or do no good. Sin has made an eternal hell of torment necessary and sends men there, if they reject Christ who died for their sin.

Finally, let us consider the great gulf between the Mormon and Bible teachings about salvation.

VI. SALVATION

1. Is Salvation Obtained by Ordinances and Good Works?

Mormon View

"The saving ordinances of the gospel must be administered by men holding the Priesthood, which is the authority of God delegated to man"—Elder Nephi Anderson in The Scrap Book, Vol. 1, page 511, lines 4-6.

"The Gospel of Jesus Christ is called the plan of salvation. It is a system of rules by complying with which salvation may be gained"—Elder E. F. Parry, in The Scrap Book, Vol. 11, page 321, lines 26-28.

"Redemption from personal sins can only be obtained through obedience to the requirements of the Gospel, and a life of good works"—A Compendium, by Apostle F.D. Richards and Elder J. A. Little, page 9, lines 28-3 1.

"Salvation comes to the individual only through obedience"—The Articles of Faith, by Apostle James E. Talmage, 1899 edition, page 93, paragraph 26.

Christian View

"The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" Romans 6: 23.

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast" Ephesians 2:8-9.

"Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour" Titus 3:5-6.

"Christ died for our sins" 1 Corinthians 15:3.

"Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man (Jesus Christ) is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: And by Him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses" Acts 13:38-39.

COMMENT: There is a head-on collision between Mormonism and the Bible as to how salvation is obtained. Mormonism says it is "through obedience to the requirements of the Gospel," and by that they mean the observance of all the rites, forms and ceremonies of the Mormon "revelation" and that with this observance of what they call "saving ordinances," there must be "a life of good works." Thus, Mormonism teaches that man is his own savior by his "obedience." But the Word of God declares that salvation is "the gift of God." A "gift" cannot in any way be earned; otherwise, it is not a "gift." Again and again we are told that salvation is "not of works," ceremonial or of any other sort. In fact, God's Word states that salvation is "not of yourselves," in any sense whatever. All we sinners can do is to reach out the hand of faith and take salvation as the free gift of God in Christ. And the blessed Lord Jesus not only died for Adam's transgressions, but, as Paul says, "Christ died for our sins." And we are told that "by Him all that believe are justified from all things," not merely from our inherited sins or all sins committed before our conversion, but "all things"—past, present and future. When we believe this, we so love God that we never want to sin again. Sin becomes abhorrent to us. We want to wholly obey God.

2. Is "Justification by Faith Alone" a "Pernicious Doctrine"?

Mormon View

"The Sectarian Dogma of justification by Faith alone has exercised an influence for evil since the early days of Christianity"—The Articles of Faith, by Apostle James E. Talmage, 1899 edition, page 120, lines 29-30.

But the above denunciation is not as strong as he makes in his 1925 edition of The Articles of Faith. In the latter, on page 479, lines 33-34, he calls "justification by faith alone": "this pernicious doctrine."

Christian View

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" John 3:16.

"He that believeth on Him (Christ) is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God" John 3:18.

"What must I do to be saved? ... Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved" Acts 16:30-31.

"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" Romans 5:1.

"Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus" Romans 3:24.

COMMENT: Scriptures could be cited in large numbers which show that according to the Word of God, the doctrine of "justification by faith alone" is not "pernicious" but, rather, most precious. Why should it be "pernicious" to Mormonism? Is it because it destroys the claims of the Mormon priesthood? The word freely in Romans 3:24 means "gratuitously"—absolutely free; so are we justified by faith alone in the Lord Jesus. There is no real conflict between the teachings of the apostles Paul and James. One who has true faith in Christ unto salvation will be careful to maintain good works" (Titus 3:8). But he will do "good works" not in order to be saved but because he is saved. There is a world of difference between doing good works to be saved and doing good works because one is saved. A genuine believer in Christ is saved not by what he does for Christ but by what Christ, on Calvary's Cross, did for him.

3. In This Gospel Age Is There Any Human Priesthood Between the Individual Soul and God?

Mormon View

"This people of the last days profess to have the Priesthood of the Almighty, the power to act in the name of God, which power commands respect both on earth and in heaven"—The Articles of Faith, by Apostle James E. Talmage, 1925 edition, page 204, lines 12-15.

"Men who hold the priesthood possess divine authority thus to act for God; and by possessing part of God's power they are in reality part of God; that is, in the sense of being part of the great governing power that extends throughout the universe—"A New Witness for God, by Elder Brigham H. Roberts, Vol. 1, page 187, lines 13-17.

"The saving ordinances of the gospel must be administered by men holding the Priesthood, which is the authority of God delegated to man"—Elder Nephi Anderson in The Scrap Book, Vol. 1, page 511, lines 4-6.

Christian View

"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light" 1Peter 2:9.

"And [Christ] hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen" Revelation 1:6.

"By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name" Hebrews 13:15.

"For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" 1Timothy 2:5.

COMMENT: The Mormons claim to have had restored to them the "Aaronic" and the "Melchizedekan" priesthoods. Not a line from Scripture can be cited to show that any such "priesthood" orders ever existed in the church of Jesus Christ. The "Aaronic" priesthood belonged to the Jews alone. When the Lord Jesus Christ came and died on the cross, fulfilling the types of the Old Testament priesthood and offerings, this priesthood was done away with forever. Such is the teaching of the whole of the epistle to the Hebrews. And as to the priesthood "after the order of Melchisedec" (Hebrews 5:6), the Scriptures show that none ever held it but the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. It was never passed on to anyone. There is a royal priesthood of all true believers in Christ; all are in it, and there is no "greater" or "lesser" priesthood such as Mormonism has. Both Mormonism and Romanism teach that there are many priests—mediators—between God and men. But the Bible teaches that the Lord Jesus Christ is the one and only Mediator (priest) between God and men. Any earthly priesthood that claims to come between the soul and God today is an insult to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Mormons make much of the matter of "proper authority" to preach and perform ordinances. They say they alone have it. They quote, "And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron" (Hebrews 5:4). But Aaron was not called to preach. He was the high priest of Israel. And there was only one high priest at a time! And we have seen that Christ terminated the Aaronic priesthood by His death for us, whereby He became our eternal High Priest. This Scripture has not the remotest reference to "authority." The Mormons simply imitate the Roman Catholics in making priestly assumptions for the sake of priestly power over the people. Every believer in the Lord Jesus Christ is commissioned of Christ to "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen" (Matthew 28:19-20).

To every reconciled one, Christ has committed the ministry of reconciliation. "And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation" (2 Corinthians 5:18). Every true believer in Christ is to be a witness for Christ.

Mormonism claims to be the true church of Christ. President and Prophet Charles W. Penrose, in his leaflet, "Why I am a 'Mormon," page 4, lines 25-26, says, "It is the only religious system that professes to have been established by direct divine authority." But the Word of God says, "And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved" (Acts 2:47). The teaching of the whole New Testament is that every one who is saved by faith in Christ is a member of Christ's true church.

CONCLUSION

From our consideration of the authoritative teachings of Mormonism and the teachings of the Bible, the Word of God, we have seen that these teachings are as different as day and night and as far apart as north is from south.

May God keep you, my dear reader, from this awful snare of Satan if you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. And if you are not saved, accept the Son of God as your Savior immediately. God's Word says, "Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation" (2 Corinthians 6:2). "To day if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts" (Hebrews 3:7-8). "He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?" (Hebrews 10:28-29).

We rejoice that God has brought many precious souls out of the darkness of Mormonism into the light and liberty of the children of God. If you are now entangled in this false faith, may the dear Lord deliver you. Again, God's Word declares, "The entrance of Thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple" (Psalm 119:130). Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life" (John 8:12).

While we have written about the errors of Mormonism in a clear and straightforward manner, nothing but kindness has been in our hearts, for we truly desire to glorify God and to see lost souls come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. We have not discussed Mormonism fully but have presented enough information to show that it is not Christianity at all. Christians ought not to receive Mormon missionaries into their homes. Concerning false teachers, the apostle John writes: "Receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds" (2 John 10-11).

Do not be deceived by claims of miraculous manifestations made in support of Mormonism. The Lord Jesus declared, "Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name have cast out devils? and in Thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity" (Matthew 7:22-23).

Iniquity is any departure from or violation of God's own Word. Christ does not deny that miracles and prophesying were accomplished in His name, but He calls them "iniquity" because they were done by Satan's power to endorse that which was false to Christ's Word. Therefore, He says, "I never knew you."

No matter what "light" is claimed by false teachers, the Word of God declares, "If they speak not according to this Word, it is because there is no light in them" (Isaiah 8:20).

* Taken from a document published by the Fundamental Evangelistic Association.

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