Truth is not only
violated by falsehood;
it may be equally
outraged by silence.
The LDS maintains that the term, “the only begotten Son of God,” indicates that God literally begot Jesus in the flesh, through a physical relationship with Mary. Because of widespread criticism of this doctrine, they generally deny that they’ve ever taught it. But they often deny their exclusive doctrines. Their excuse is that folk aren’t ready for the meat of their teachings yet, so they must be given milk.
Here are some of their teachings:
“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
proclaims that Jesus Christ is the Son of God in the most
literal sense. The body in which He performed His mission
in the flesh was fathered by that same Holy Being we
worship as God, our Eternal Father. Jesus was not the son
of Joseph, nor was He begotten by the Holy Ghost. He is the
Son of the Eternal Father!” (Benson, page 4;
Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Volume 2, page 725, 1992;
The Teachings of [LDS President] Ezra Taft Benson,
“The birth of the Savior was a natural occurrence unattended by any degree of mysticism, and the Father God was the literal parent of Jesus in the flesh as well as in the spirit.” (Religious Truths Defined, Joseph Fielding Smith, page 44).
“These name-titles all signify that our Lord is the only Son of the Father in the flesh. Each of the words is to be understood literally. Only means only; Begotten means begotten; and Son means son. Christ was begotten by an Immortal Father in the same way that mortal men are begotten by mortal fathers.” (Mormon Doctrine, LDS doctrinal writer Bruce R. McConkie, page 546-547)
“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.” (2nd LDS President Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, Volume 1, page 50)
“Thus, God the Father became the literal father of Jesus Christ.” (Gospel Principles, 1997, page 64)
To make sure that Mormons got the point, page 126 of The Family Home Evening Manual, Personal Commitment, 1972, provided a graphic diagram. This illustrated that just as Daddy plus Mommy resulted in you, so our Heavenly Father plus Mary resulted in Jesus.
There are several problems with this blasphemous teaching. Firstly, at the time of her conception Mary was betrothed to Joseph. And in those days a betrothal was as legally binding as a marriage. So if God had sexual relations with Mary, as the LDS insists that He did, this would have entailed adultery.
Furthermore, the Bible makes it clear that Mary’s conception came about solely through Christ’s embryo being miraculously formed inside her womb by the power of the Holy Ghost, thereby bypassing the necessity for fertilization. (See Matthew 1:18-20, Luke 1:34-35.) In other words, it was a true virgin birth.
As a matter of interest, the Book of Mormon supports the Bible in maintaining that Mary’s pregnancy with Christ came about through the power of the Holy Ghost:
“… she being a virgin, a precious and chosen vessel, who shall be overshadowed and conceive by the power of the Holy Ghost, and bring forth a son, yea, even the Son of God.” (BOM, Alma 7:10)
However, the Book of Mormon disagrees with many of the LDS’s teachings. Several years after he had established the LDS church, Joseph Smith began to change his belief system. And Mormonism became an evolving religion.
The following article reveals how far their teachings on Christ differ from those of the Bible, the apostles and the primitive church:
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