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Are Mormons Christians? Part I

No.

I could waste a lot of time, energy, and space expressing to you the varying opinions of this debate. I could tell you how it’s easy to mistake Mormons for Christians if you don’t know any better. I could spend time listing their good works, but really, why?

If you haven’t already figured this out about me, know this: I HATE, LOATHE, AND DESPISE deception!!! I hate, loathe, and despise ignorance as well. In a world rife with technology, how is it possible that it is also rife with ignorance and deception? Perhaps that answer would depend on the subject matter being specifically discussed. Perhaps people are lazy and apathetic (many are). But regarding this particular discussion, I submit that people simply do not truly 1) know God or 2) their Word like they think they do.

Honestly, my experience in religious debates over the years has demonstrated one glaring issue to me: most of the people who vehemently argue with me and oppose my biblical stances do so because they don’t know the Word of God like they should. And many of them admit this. Whether they’re just a Christian who’s young in the Lord (in which case they should be in a posture of learning, not finger-pointing) or an atheist or some form of non[fully]practicing Christian, they usually admit their ignorance. And this isn’t just in my own experience. I observe this with others who strongly and accurately uphold the Word of God as well. Let’s face it: that is never popular.

Now I have no problem admitting ignorance on my part. If I don’t know something, I’ll be the first to tell you. If I know of someone who has a better understanding on something, I’ll be the first to recommend that person/source to you. And if I think I could learn something from you or you could clarify a matter for me, trust, I’ll ask you to do it. So this is NOT about finger-pointing or making anyone feel bad. It’s simply a matter of truth. And in a world of relativity, 50 shades of grey--literally, we are in desperate need of the truth. Which brings me back to my original, title question: Are Mormons Christians?

And again I say a resounding NO!!!

Now let’s tackle some of the obvious issues with the Mormon faith.

Mormonism Was Birthed in Deception

The very conception of Mormonism is laughable. The shortest version I could give you is a con-man uses divination to create a new cult and claims that it’s Christianity. The shocker is that people actually believed what he said! I could understand, somewhat, how the people could have been swayed in the 1800s, but now that we’re in the 21st century with countless information resources, it amazes me that people who strike me as logical in all other aspects (i.e. Glenn Beck, one of my avowed favourites) believe in the sham that is Mormonism. Allow me to point out a few problematic issues with the birth of this religion.

The Founder of Mormonism, Joseph Smith

1) Joseph Smith Was a Con-Man.

What the available evidence actually indicates is that he spent much of his youth and early adulthood as a petty con artist specializing in treasure-hunting and dowsing scams involving "magic seer stones". He was arrested and tried for these activities in 1826. (Rational Wiki)

Unless you have a “fa real fa real” come-to-Jesus, NOT come-to-Moroni, experience like Jacob did before he became Israel, I don’t want to hear about any con-men becoming religious leaders. The sad truth is that many religious leaders, past and present, got into the “business” of ministry because, frankly, it’s good money. Not much has changed. This is why we must discern those who lead us or in this case, conceptualized the doctrines we live our lives by.

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. (Matthew 7:15-16)
And the Lord said to me, "The prophets prophesy lies in My name. I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, divination, a worthless thing, and the deceit of their heart." (Jeremiah 14:14)

2) The Callings of Joseph Smith and Muhammad are Eerily Similar.

If one is familiar with the Muslim Prophet Muhammad’s call, then you will have a sense of deja vu when you hear about Joseph Smith’s call. This is just one of many copycats and rip-offs seen in Mormonism. This is how the scenario went:

  1. Young man on a search for truth.
  2. Said young man encounters angel/spirit.
  3. Spirit tells the young man all the other religions/denominations are wrong.
  4. Spirit calls the young man to be a prophet of a new religion.

Of course there are difference in the details, but the gist of the stories are the same. I’m not buyin’ it. Are you?

Joseph Smith's so-called encounter with the Angel Moroni.

3) The Angel Moroni was a Fallen Angel of Light.

While we know that humanity is imperfect, full of mistakes, God and His Word are not.

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (II Timothy 3:16-17)

So then, if Scripture is perfect, why would an angel--sent from God--show up and tell this man that he needed to start a new religion and “add to” the Bible with the Book of Mormon (Joe Smith’s father’s name), the Pearl of Great Price, etc.? The answer is, he wouldn’t--not if he was truly sent from God. And therein lies the problem.

The New (and Old) Testament speaks often of deception and false prophets. It speaks of great deceptions and, at the end of time, a great falling away. Yet the Apostle Paul sheds a bit more light on a particular type of deception: angelic deception.

I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. BUT IF WE, OR AN ANGEL FROM HEAVEN, PREACH ANY OTHER GOSPEL TO YOU THAN WHAT WE HAVE PREACHED TO YOU, LET HIM BE ACCURSED. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:6-9 emphasis mine)
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works. (II Corinthians 11:13-15)

We are to try a.k.a. test EVERY spirit that comes to us! Judge every prophetic word that is given to us! Why? Because Satan has studied humanity from our creation. He knows our weaknesses and operates through them as well as any doubts and open doors we have. This age-old angelic deception has been around since Genesis 6. The Book of Jasher (and I believe the Book of Enoch), while not Scripture, aligns with the Bible and expounds upon how these angels came down to teach men wisdom and in doing so, corrupted them. You hear similar tales with those in the New Age and other pagan/neo-pagan religions. You also hear similar discussions regarding extraterrestrials and UFOs. But I won’t go off on that in this post since I already did it here.

Joseph Smith (nor Muhammad) did not test the spirits. They were open to deception and deception came. That is why we *must* TEST THE SPIRITS!!

Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us. Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. (I John 3:24-4:6)

4) Joseph Smith Was a Witch with Family Members Who Also Practiced Witchcraft.

Even if you were genuinely confused about which Heaven Moroni came from, what you do know--because it is widely publicized--is that Joseph Smith practiced divination, a form of witchcraft.

You shall not eat anything with the blood, nor shall you practice divination or soothsaying. (Leviticus 19:26)
And the Lord said to me, "The prophets prophesy lies in My name. I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, divination, a worthless thing, and the deceit of their heart." (Jeremiah 14:14)
There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. (Deuteronomy 18:10-11)

If we, Christ’s children, Jew or Gentile, are commanded NOT to practice any form of witchcraft, then how could a man be trusted who conceived a religion--and its founding documents--based upon divination? Joseph Smith was known to use a seer stone to “divine” his unholy Scriptures. He was also known to use a divining rod which aligns with his history as a conman and treasure hunter.

You cannot get oranges from an apple tree. A dog will not give birth to a cat. Neither will a religion steeped in demonic deceptions and divination produce truth. To further prove this truth, take a glance at the four different stories Joe Smith gave of his visitation of Moroni.

Mormonism Promotes the Queen of Heaven

By definition, exaltation includes the ability to procreate the family unit throughout eternity. This our Father in heaven has the power to do. His marriage partner is our mother in heaven. We are their spirit children, born to them in the bonds of celestial marriage. (Achieving a Celestial Marriage Manual p. 129)
When I leave this frail existence / When I lay this mortal by / Father, Mother, may I meet you / In your royal courts on high? (“Oh My Father,” a Mormon hymn, by Eliza R. Snow)
This doctrine that there is a Mother in Heaven was affirmed in plainness by the First Presidency of the Church (Joseph F. Smith, John R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund)... (Mormon apostle, Bruce McConkie)

Mormons believe that there is a Queen of Heaven, better known as the “Queen Mother” who resides in Heaven. This is blasphemy! There’s no other word for it! The Queen of Heaven is mentioned exactly five times in the Book of Jeremiah, but perhaps you know her better by her other, older name, [the Whore of] Babylon, whose origins go back to Nimrod’s twisted family tree in Genesis 10 and 11. (See Zechariah 5:5-11 and Revelation 17:4-6.) This spirit operates in cooperation with the Spirit of Jezebel and has only gone “under the radar” for so long because she has taken on so very many names over the ages. To the Ancients in Middle-East, she was/is Ishtar, Inanna, and other similar personages. To the Egyptians, she is Isis. To the Greeks, she is Hera. The Romans, Juno. To the Norse, Frigg. To the Celtic Druids, the Mother Goddess a.k.a. Triple Goddess. To the Catholics, Mary; “Our Lady of [fill in the blank].” Wherever you find a religion that has a mother goddess at the head of their pantheon, there is the Queen of Heaven. Here is what the Prophet Jeremiah said of this demonic queen:

The children gather wood, the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven; and they pour out drink offerings to other gods, that they may provoke Me to anger.” (Jeremiah 7:18)

No religion that promotes a queen mother is of God. It is absolutely demonic, through and through.

(See more on the Mormon “Heavenly Mother” here.)

Stay tuned for Part II!