Truth is not only
violated by falsehood;
it may be equally
outraged by silence.
The LDS church has always been secretive about their beliefs. But once the Internet became popular, former Mormons had a public forum where they could openly discuss LDS teachings. This led to a growing barrage of criticism about the heretical nature of LDS doctrines.
In an effort to change their image the LDS began an aggressive publicity campaign depicting themselves as a denomination of the Christian church. But prior to this the opposite had been the case. When the editor was a member of the LDS (many years ago) we were regularly instructed from the pulpit never, ever to call ourselves Christians. The reason they gave was that Christianity was an abomination in the sight of God (c/f Joseph Smith — History 1:19).
Until their amazing turnabout, the LDS had always taken great care to distance themselves from the Christian church.
Sadly, their decision to start calling themselves Christians wasn’t made because they had recognized their doctrinal error. It was merely damage control. Mormonism is based on and interwoven with deception. Their past President, Gordon Hinckley stated:
“We are not changing. The world’s perception of us is changing. We teach the same doctrine.” (“Living in the Fullness of Times,” Ensign (Conference Edition), November 2001, p.5)
But the sole reason that the world’s perception of the LDS church is changing, is because they have created the impression that they are being victimized by not being accepted as a Christian denomination. This in spite of the fact there is no logical reason why they should be classified as Christian, and every reason why they should not. Their doctrines are neither biblical nor Christian. (Articles revealing the differences between the various Mormon doctrines and those of the Bible can be accessed by clicking on the Home button at the bottom of this page).
The following extracts are from an article entitled Are Mormons Christians? (January, 2008, by Michael Otterson, Director of Media Relations for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). It was posted on the official LDS country web site of the United Kingdom:
“… When a Mormon says he or she is Christian,
they are not trying to minimize differences or fudge the
issues. Mormons are well aware of the many deep doctrinal
differences with other Christians.
…But for Mormons, these belief differences have nothing to do with whether or not they are Christian in the true meaning of the word. Mormons believe in the Jesus of the Bible, the same that was born at Bethlehem, grew up in Nazareth, preached His gospel in Galilee and Judea, healed the sick, raised the dead, and finally offered Himself as a sinless ransom for the sins of the world. They believe that Jesus Christ was literally resurrected, that He lives today, and that He is the only name under heaven by which mankind can be saved .… ”
This article is thoroughly misleading.
When it comes to claiming that Mormons believe in the same biblical Jesus as do Christian denominations, they neglect to mention that they only believe some of the things the Bible says about Christ, but not all of them. They have a completely different belief system about who Jesus is. And their extra-biblical beliefs clearly reveal that the Jesus whom they follow is most definitely not the Christ of the Bible.
“ … the Christ followed by the Mormons is not the Christ followed by traditional Christianity.” (Elder Bernard P. Brockbank, of the First Quorum of the Seventy, The Living Christ, Ensign, May, 1977, pages 26 and 27.)
There is a link to an article on the Mormon Jesus at the end of the page.
The last line in the LDS article under discussion says that Mormons believe that Christ’s is the only name under heaven by which mankind can be saved. But it doesn’t explain that even if you believe in Christ and spend your life serving Him, you cannot be saved unless you become an active member of the LDS church and all that goes with it. Nor does it reveal that what they call being “saved” bears no resemblance whatsoever to biblical salvation. Telling only half the truth can be very convincing, much more so than an outright lie.
Mormonism has two different types of salvation, neither of which is biblical. They teach that Christ’s atonement only guarantees universal resurrection. But it does open the door to our earning the right to forgiveness of our own personal sins through obedience to LDS laws and ordinances. And their idea of eternal life is a married existence perpetually begetting offspring. Consequently one cannot attain eternal life without participating in a Mormon temple marriage for time and eternity. These are not Christian beliefs. They were not taught by Christ, the apostles or the primitive church.
Christians could use the same tactics as the LDS does. They could say that Christians also believe that Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem and that He performed many miracles, etc., so this means that they are Mormons too. They could go on to say that whilst it is true that they have deep doctrinal differences, they nevertheless have so much in common with Mormons that it hurts them deeply when they are told by the LDS that they are not Mormons.
Does that sound familiar? It’s the sort of twisted logic we hear from the LDS constantly. It’s what is known as spin, a tactic frequently used by spokespersons for politicians. Their aim is to obscure the real issues, muddy the waters, and make things seem to be what they are not.
The LDS is pulling out all the stops in an attempt to disassociate themselves from the label of “cult” by convincing the world that they are a Christian denomination. And in this pursuit they have used half-truths, misrepresentation and the like, in a sophisticated and deceptive manner.
The following articles have a bearing on what we have been discussing:
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