Moral, Religious People Are Not Allies Of Christ

The_Moneychangers001When Jesus lived on earth, He often criticized the most religious, most moral group of people in Judaism–the priests, Levites, and Pharisees. He told parables in which they recognized themselves as the people on the wrong side of right. He usurped their authority to clean out moneychangers from the temple. He called them a “brood of vipers” on more than one occasion, and warned them that they stood under God’s wrath, that they were headed for hell (Matt. 23:26). He called them liars and said their father was the devil (John 8:44).

In spite of this example that Jesus set, many Christians today choose to embrace moral, religious people and call them allies. Fine Christian people are more fearful of the immoral, left-leaning liberals than they are of the legalistic religionist. But Jesus never went after the tax collectors or the Roman collaborators or the prostitutes the way He went after the Pharisees. He never called them names or painted them as uncaring cheats in His stories.

Why did Jesus seem so abrasive when He dealt with these Jews who were meticulous about keeping the law, and we twenty-first century Christians wink at the legalism of our new-found moral friends?

I’m referring specifically to Mormons and the Christians who are willing to “look past” their legalism, their false teaching, their lies, their distortion of God’s revelation and of His Person.

How heinous it is that we have a President who embraces abortion and gay rights, who reinterprets the Constitution. But why would we turn to a Mormon instead? Do we not care about the normalization of Mormonism as much as we care about the normalization of homosexuality? Do we think a man who believes in an invented religion with a prophet who has greater authority than the Bible, would actually think twice about reinterpreting the Constitution too?

It seems to me, Mormons have buffaloed Christians … and others, by their moral front. They want very much to be treated as just another Christian denomination, not as the cult that they are. The problem is, their founder’s and prophets’ writings show otherwise. Here are just a few points of Mormon belief many may not realize.

About God and Jesus (source for these excerpts, Truthnet.org):

  • “God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man…”(Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 345)
  • “The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangilble as man’s; the Son also; but the Holy Spirit has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit…” (Doctrine and Covenants, 130:22)
  • “As man is, God once was: as God is, man may become” (Prophet Lorenzo Snow, quotedin Milton R. Hunter, The Gospel Through the Ages, 105-106)
  • Remember that God, our heavenly Father, was perhaps once a child, and mortal like we ourselves, and rose step by step in the scale of progress, in the school of advancement; has moved forward and overcome, until He has arrived at the point where He now is” (Apostle Orson Hyde, Journal of Discourses, 1:123)
  • When our father Adam came into the garden of Eden, he came into it with a celestial body, and brought Eve, one his wives, with him. He helped to make and organized 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” (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 1:50)
  • Jesus is the brother of Satan this is revealed in the Pearl of Great Price, Book of Moses 4:1-4 and affirmed by Brigham Young in the Journal of Discourses, 13:282)

About history in America (source of this quote is Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry):

  • The Book of Mormon is supposed to be the account of people who came from the Middle-East to the Americas. It covers the period of about 600 B.C. to 400 A.D. It tells of the Jaredites, people from the Tower of Babel who came to central America but perished because of their own immorality. It also describes some Jews who fled persecution in Jerusalem and came to America led by a man called Nephi. The Jews divided into two groups known as the Nephites and Lamanites who fought each other. The Nephites were defeated in 428 A.D. The Lamanites continued and are known as the American Indians. The Book of Mormon is the account of the Nephite leader, Mormon, concerning their culture, civilization, and appearance of Jesus to the Americas.

latter day cipher coverFor a more comprehensive look at Mormonism, check out The Mormon Mirage by Latayne Scott. For a look at Mormonism through the personal means of a story, see the murder-mystery Latter-Day Cipher also by former Mormon Latayne Scott.

Published in: on January 30, 2013 at 6:29 pm  Comments (5)  
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  1. I did vote in the Presidential election. However I didn’t like either candidates. I didn”t like what each stood for. I didn’t know how to vote.
    How do you seek wisdom in a situation like this? I felt like whoever I voted for was bad for America. It has brought me to my knees more as I pray for our country. Maybe that what God is trying to do. Let us sink so low that we will eventually see that he is really the only way.

    • James, I voted, too. Like you, I didn’t think there was a good choice. I didn’t want to vote for someone pro-abortion, and Mitt Romney was the only candidate on the ballot who was prolife. I checked all the third-party candidates on the California ballot, because my plan had been to vote for one of them. We are such a blue state that I knew, regardless of my vote, our Electoral College votes were all going to President Obama. I did find a qualified write-in candidate on the Constitution Party who was also pro-life, but in the end, I knew nothing else about him. Might he also be Mormon? I didn’t know. It was the worst list of candidates for President I can remember (do people outside California know that Roseanne Barr ran?!!)

      In the end, I realized that our sovereign God would do what’s best. In reality, even if the choices were good ones, we still can do no better than trust God to do what’s right. He knows when we do not.

      And you’re right about His reasons. For all we know, we (the US) must sink into the miry pit of our own making before we cry out to God and acknowledge Him as sovereign.

      Becky

      • “do people outside California know that Roseanne Barr ran?”

        People in Australia knew this. It is part of your charming weirdness. You have show biz and real life all mixed up together. Which is dominant? It’s an open question.

        Personally I (and most Australians) never doubted that Obama would get back in. There is a limit to insanity, even from Americans. But still, there seems to be no evidence that you can avoid the miry pit. All Empires end up that way. It’s nothing exceptional. It’ll be a long way down, though.

  2. The lesser of two evils is still evil. Thanks, Becky. This is truth.

    • Great point, Lyn. As I was reading Latter-Day Cipher I stopped more than once and thanked God for saving us from the evil that we didn’t know or recognize.

      Now I’m praying for the health of our Supreme Court justices and God’s miraculous saving work in the life of our President.

      Becky


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