The other day I mentioned Pastor Robert Jeffress’ comment that the Mormon religion is a cult (versus a Christian religion). I want to expand on that. The Holy Bible is the Christian’s bible. It is meant to teach a Christian everything he or she needs to live a life that is pleasing to God. And it introduces us to our Savior, Jesus, so we can recognize him from all the noise of this world. The Bible is a stand alone, all sufficient book about Christ.
While the Mormons use the Bible, they also use several other books (Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price, and the Book of Mormon). The Book of Mormon is not the Bible. It is more like supplemental reading. Yet the Mormons believe the Book of Mormon (BM) is a more accurate version of the scriptures than the Bible.
The BM also explains that ancient prophets lived in America before Christ and supposedly wrote on golden tablets in an unknown language similar to ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. Supposedly the last of these prophets (Moroni) buried these golden tablets in New York, where Joseph Smith (founder of Mormonism) found them after an angel told him where to dig. Then he translated them into English. But not before losing the first 100 something pages by giving the one and only copy to a neighbor, who’s wife promptly lost them. So the BM isn’t even complete.
The BM also has “sworn” testaments from “witnesses” who saw the gold colored tablets, except only Joseph Smith could read or translate them, so no one can attest to what they actually said.
Maybe it’s just me, but this sounds suspiciously close to what Scientology says about space aliens bringing ancient never before unknown wisdom to L. Ron Hubbard in mystical fashion, etc… But I digress.
The BM puts forth the notion that 600 years before Christ was born, God himself led a group of special people to America (Native Americans) where I guess they became the New World Order’s “chosen” people. (Google “New World order” and “end times prophecy” for more on that) Have you ever seen a Mormon with the slightest bit of pigment in their skin, much less a Native American? There are no historical or archeological records as to the existence of this group of people either.
For me, the biggest red flag in this so-called “another testament to Jesus” is that its doctrine doesn’t mesh with the Bible. And, it adds a bunch of stuff that is not verified or amplified anywhere else in the Bible. One thing that is quite amazing about the Bible is how a question raised in one book of the Bible is always answered somewhere else, if you know your Bible well.
The way the “revelations” were given to Joseph Smith doesn’t fit God’s (or Jesus’) “style” of doing things. Remember how God sent Moses down the mountain with a stone tablet. One He picked up off the ground nearby. And, Jesus was a simple carpenter, not a jeweler. Jesus owned nothing and valued nothing earthly that men value (like gold). Why would this “divine” word be written on golden tablets then? It just doesn’t fit God’s style. It does fit the ancient Egyptians values however – who valued gold so much they were buried with it. The BM is also a pretty thick tome. That much gold shouldn’t be too hard to find (Joseph Smith supposedly reburied them after translating them.)
Ideas put forth in the BM smack of ancient Egyptian mysticism, such as, doing good works will make you immortal both physically and spiritually. Basically, the Mormons believe they can become a deity, like God, and if they do everything right, will be immune from earthly death too.
Oddly, the final account in the BM says the people God led to America fell into an idolatrous state. Which means they were worshipping false idols. Which means they were not worshipping the one true God of the Holy Bible – the one who supposedly led them to America. Which means the BM is telling us one truth for sure – early Mormons were idolaters. Which means Pastor Jeffress is right when he says they are a cult and not Christians.
I also think it is telling that Mormons focus on Abraham as the originator of their special group led by God to America. Most Christians probably assume that’s a good thing, after all Jesus comes from the line of Abraham. God said that Abraham would be the father of many nations. Except most people forget that Abraham had two sons, not just his legitimate heir, Isaac. He had another older illegitimate son named Ishmael. Ishmael was the child born from Abraham’s disobedience – sex with Sarah’s servant, Hagar. Ishmael’s descendents include all Arab peoples of the present day. The BM claims this special remnant led to America, came across the Arabian Peninsula, and then took a boat to America. So Mormons are Arabs. They are Ishmaelites and are not Christians. More evidence that Mormons are using false doctrine.
So is it bad to have a Mormon as a President? I think so. They take a pacifism vow, which means if attacked, they won’t fight back. They think a single person (monarch) should rule society. So when a Mormon takes the vow of office, where they would have to agree to uphold the laws of this country – they would either be lying if they say “yes” or could not make the pledge. The capitalist model of commerce of this land are contrary to what Mormons believe is “righteous.” They believe everyone should have to give as they are able – forced tithing, if you will. Which means the rich have to give more so everyone is equal – that is socialism.
READ: Revelation 22:18-20 (NASB)
I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book. He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
Third Grader Translation: Don’t take stuff out and don’t put stuff in. The Bible is perfect already. If you do, God will make all kinds of bad stuff happen to you.