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Mormonism Obsessed with Christ
First Things ^ | February 14, 2012 | Stephen H. Webb

Posted on 02/14/2012 7:11:25 AM PST by C19fan

Mocking Mormonism is one of the last frontiers of verbal lawlessness to be untouched by the vigilante powers of political correctness. What other group is ridiculed equally by Christians and secularists—and not just any kind of Christian or secularist but the most fervent and hard core? Fervent Christians see in Mormonism a mirror distorting their own faith, reflecting an image strangely recognizable yet recognizably strange. Hard-core secularists think Mormonism is the best example of the strangeness and danger inherent in all religious belief. Deriding Mormonism pulls off the neat trick of making the devout and the godless feel as if they are on the same side.

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To: Da Coyote

If this thread were about which is a greater threat mormonism or islam your point would be well taken.
However, because its not its not.


21 posted on 02/14/2012 8:39:58 AM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
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To: C19fan
Mormonism is obsessed with Christ, and everything that it teaches is meant to awaken, encourage, and expand faith in him. It adds to the plural but coherent portrait of Jesus that emerges from the four gospels in a way, I am convinced, that does not significantly damage or deface that portrait.

It is a different Christ, a false Christ. Jesus Christ and the Father are one. Not one in purpose, but one God, not different gods, as the Mormons teach. Jesus Christ is God manifest in the flesh (1 Timothy 3:16), not a god manifest in the flesh, as Joseph Smith revealed. Jesus Christ is not an exalted man (neither is God the Father an exalted man), but very God, God from everlasting, the Creator, not a creature, not a created being.

Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was not God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD, and beside me their is no saviour. (Isaiah 43:10,11)
And:
Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be on his shoulder: and his name shall be Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

No need to read between the lines to see that Isaiah is revealing the Godhead here.

Without very Christ, Mormons do not have God. (1 John 2:23). And this fact shows in Joseph Smith's authorizing vision where he says he sees the Son and the Father. He says God the Father spoke to him. Jesus Christ himself says

"No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him." (John 1:18)
And Paul writes:
"In whom we have redemption in his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature." (1 Colossians 1:15)

The author's hyper-intellectual philosophical analyses aside, the question remains who did Joseph Smith see and hear. It wasn't God the Father, for he is invisible and a Spirit, not corporal: "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24). The Mormon Christ is a false Christ, and the deceiver wants to take as many souls with him to hell as he can. What better way than to offer a counterfeit, dress it up in the trappings of Christianity.

I'm researching why Mormon's detest the cross! They've gone to great lengths to pervert the atonement account, claiming that Christ's suffering and bleeding in the garden in Gesthemane is what atoned for our sin. (re: Luke 22:44 -- He didn't "bleed"--it's a simile). Game over so soon? Not quite. The sacrificial victim must die first before his blood is used for the purging. (Remember how we are enjoined not to consume the blood of animals, but the life is in the blood?) The Bible says in stark contrast:

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:" (Galatians 3:13)
It is no small difference that Jesus was sacrificed "outside the camp" (not within the city gates -- i.e. Gesthemane).
Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gates. (Hebrews 13:12)

Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. For here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come.

The blood smattered image of Christ is the only true portrait. The other is a fake. (Must end here).

22 posted on 02/14/2012 8:42:04 AM PST by nonsporting
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To: Vigilanteman

I’m also old enough to live in a time where Mormons “hate” Christians. Mormon leaders have the nerve to state that Christian churches are evil and don’t have the truth. Mormons claim that ALL Christians are apostate and can’t advance to the highest level of paradise without accepting the teachings of Mormonism...

How “hateful” of them.....


23 posted on 02/14/2012 8:45:45 AM PST by Turtlepower
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To: Vigilanteman

Who hates mormons? Name names. show post numbers.


24 posted on 02/14/2012 8:46:03 AM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
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To: Da Coyote

“Mormons are not our problem. Muslims are our problem.”

False religions are a problem for Christians. If you excuse yourself, no problem. Your call.

“if you could eliminate Mohammed or Smith from history, which would you pick in order to save millions of lives?”

BOTH will send millions to Hell. Your choice is a false choice, unless again, you only care about the tiny lifespan people spend on earth, which is a false argument of reductionism. I care about both heaven and earth.


25 posted on 02/14/2012 8:47:28 AM PST by aMorePerfectUnion (I wouldn’t vote for Romney for dog catcher if he was in a three way race against Lenin and Marx!)
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To: SkyDancer

You are correct, mormonism will be laid bare.


26 posted on 02/14/2012 8:52:50 AM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
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To: 1malumprohibitum
Some folks can't multitask. Fotunately for souls that maybe lost to either Islam or the LDS there are those of us who can...
27 posted on 02/14/2012 8:59:45 AM PST by ejonesie22 (8/30/10, the day Truth won.)
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To: Vigilanteman

Um, no.


28 posted on 02/14/2012 9:01:43 AM PST by ejonesie22 (8/30/10, the day Truth won.)
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To: Boogieman

We are on the same side on this one so this is not a nasty challenge. God has admonished against adding or taking away from his word throughout the OT & the NT. I think it is a mistake to think that the revelation from Jesus to John was solely for the book of revelation and not a reiteration of a constant theme.

You COULD read it so narrowly as to apply only to the book of revelation but IMO it makes much more sense to apply it to the NT as a whole.


29 posted on 02/14/2012 9:04:01 AM PST by 1malumprohibitum
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To: Boogieman

Galatians 1: 6-12 (specifically verse 8 and 9 )

8 “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”

9 “As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”

* handles islam and mormonism


30 posted on 02/14/2012 9:12:58 AM PST by 1malumprohibitum
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To: nonsporting

It is a different Christ, a false Christ. . . . . . .

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Lets see, the Mormons worship The Christ that was born of Mary in Bethlehem. The one that turned water into wine, the one that was baptized by John, the one that was judged by Pilot and Herod and punished by Pilot. The one that was whipped nearly to death, was made to carry His cross to Golgotha, where he was cruelly crucified but was not killed but where he gave up His Spirit to God from where it came. The same Jesus that was resurrected on Easter Morning and was seen by Mary and then the 12 and eventually seen by over 500 who saw Him ascend into Heaven. The same Jesus Christ is willing to save us all from our sins that would otherwise doom us to everlasting Hell. Thats the Jesus the Mormons worship, you worship a different Jesus?

I know the Mormons have different beliefs but I know also that they worship the same Jesus Christ that I know. Maybe some of their beliefs are wrong, maybe not but they worship Christ. They may not be “traditional Christians” but they follow Christ to the best of their ability. They love The Lord.

My wife is one of them, if she doesn’t love The Lord then nobody does.

The ridicule I see here to me reeks of hate, this odor should never come from Christians.


31 posted on 02/14/2012 9:39:27 AM PST by JAKraig (Surely my religion is at least as good as yours)
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To: JAKraig
The BoM states quite clearly that Christ was born in Jerusalem, Alma 7:10

Although, many mormons will go into all kinds of contortions attempting to explain what the passage "really" means. That Jerusalem, as described in the BoM is comparable to a county and that Bethlehem is a town in said county, therefore, there is no conflict.

Yeah, right. As to the behavior of Christ in the BoM:

3 Nephi 8

3 Nephi 9

I'm not too convinced that the mormon christ as described, is the same as described in the Bible, entirely different behavior upon the resurrection.

Did Christ lie when He stated that upon His return, the whole world would know? Where does it state He would meet in secret with a teenage conman, thief and storyteller?

The mormon christ is only able to "save" after a mormon has gone through all of the rituals in the temple, has accepted and performed all of their callings in an acceptable manner, etc.

AFTER ALL YOU CAN DO. That is the precept that mormonism teaches that is incompatible with the Biblical adomonition found in John 6:28-29. Why then, do the mormons have to take out endowments in the temple using pagan rituals that are not found in either the Bible or the BoM? Why then, is the mormon god exclusionary this way? Why is it acceptable for a woman's fate to be inextricably tied to the whims or desires of her husband? That if he chooses not to call her secret name at the veil, she can be forbidden from entering into the celestial kingdom to dwell in the presence of the mormon god?

Is Jesus a liar, again?

32 posted on 02/14/2012 10:02:19 AM PST by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political party's in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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To: JAKraig

Mormons believe that Jesus is a finite being who was created at some point in time, used to be a man, and had to earn his “divinity”. Mormons don’t believe that Jesus is the one and only God, but instead one of many gods, who happened to be chosen by a council of gods to reign over Earth.

That view is entirely different from Christians who recognize Christ as eternally the one, true God.

Mormons diminish the view of Jesus by ascribing finite attributes to him.


33 posted on 02/14/2012 10:10:33 AM PST by Turtlepower
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To: JAKraig

mormonism teaches a christ that was born because the lds god had sexual intercourse with Mary
mormonism teaches that a christ paid the price in the garden and discount the Cross
mormonism teaches a created christ not an eternal Christ
mormonism teaches that a god was once a man and progressed to godhood not an eternal God
mormonism teaches that a chirst is not sufficient for salvation, salvation must be worked for with no assurance
mormonism does not teach about hell only levels of celestial being
mormonism teaches that man can become gods of their own planets
mormonism teaches that women do not progress to a celestial level without their husbands
mormonism does not in any fashion teach a Biblical Christ


34 posted on 02/14/2012 10:16:25 AM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
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To: JAKraig
Ah the old hate defense...

I see in your list you left off the brother of Satan, born of a physical sex act between god and Mary, sacrifice not being totally sufficient, being one of many gods, etc.

Pretty significant stuff that...

So as a Christian I guess you ignore the guidance to call out false teachers and false Christs. I also would be accurate in stating that you have issues with the call to defend the faith.

To pick and choose. Must be nice.

Well maybe not in the end...

I still do find it interesting that you yourself are not Mormon...

35 posted on 02/14/2012 10:17:31 AM PST by ejonesie22 (8/30/10, the day Truth won.)
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To: JAKraig; Colofornian; Elsie; FastCoyote; svcw; Zakeet; SkyPilot; rightazrain; Tennessee Nana; ...
The ridicule I see here to me reeks of hate, this odor should never come from Christians.

We find it hilarious that you mormon defenders get your underwear in a knot about the posting of factual mormon doctrine from mormon sources by a few dozen FReepers at the same time that your leaders are bragging about the following:

We are grateful for the 52,225 full-time missionaries serving in more than 150 countries.16 The sun never sets on righteous missionaries testifying of the Savior mormon church. Think of the spiritual power of 52,000 missionaries, endowed with the Spirit of the Lord Joseph Smith, boldly declaring that there is “no other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come … , only in and through the name of Christ. mormon church temple rituals

"My young brethren of the priesthood, I testify of the majesty, but most of all, of the certainty of this magnificent event. The Savior lives. He will return to the earth (the Second Coming) . And whether on this side of the veil or the other, you and I will rejoice in His coming and thank the Lord that He sent us to earth at this time to fulfill our sacred duty of helping prepare the world for His return the mormon theocracy

."other people, who may not yield full obedience to his laws, nor be fully instructed in his covenants, will, nevertheless, have to yield full obedience to his government. For it will be the reign of God upon the earth, and he will enforce his laws, and command that obedience from the nations of the world which is legitimately his right” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: John Taylor [2001], 225).

Preparing the World for the Second Coming-LDS.org, April 2011

Anyone who believes that Romney isn't fully immersed in this doctrine and the Law of Consecration is a fool: The Law of Consecration is considered by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to be a "celestial law." That is, people who are living lives dedicated to the service of God, such that at judgment they would be assigned to the Celestial Kingdom, should be able and expected to live the Law of Consecration. The Law of Consecration is that, if necessary or requested, a person would give everything he has for the building up of the Kingdom of God on Earth. He would be willing to wholeheartedly give of his time, talents, and resources. Thus, the person is "consecrating" all his personal resources to the Lord.

“The law of consecration,” said Elder Bruce R. McConkie (1915–85) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “is that we consecrate our time, our talents, and our money and property to the cause of the Church; such are to be available to the extent they are needed to further the Lord’s interests on earth.” Mormon Temple Covenants

So, whine away. The exposure you provide enables us to post more information that many FReepers and lurkers have not seen about the beliefs of mormons, including Romney.

36 posted on 02/14/2012 10:31:31 AM PST by greyfoxx39 (Don't call us bigots! "Bigotry" is 98% of mormons in NV voting for Mitt Romney.)
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To: C19fan

I’m disappointed to see an article like this in First Things. I was a subscriber from the first issue, but I dropped it a year or two after the current editor took over, because regretably it just wasn’t the same.

Mormons are the only religion mocked and scorned by Christians and atheists alike, and there are no objections from the politically correct? Surely the editor must know that the religion most scorned by Christians, atheists, and the politically correct is Catholicism? Not all Christians, of course, but as we see here in the forum there are plenty of Christians who make it a primary business to attack the Church. And as we saw at the recent Grammy show, it’s not Mormons that Hollywood most likes to attack.

The article also is curious because it does a constant shuffle dance. Mormons love Christ. But their Christ is not the same as the Christian Christ. Well, yes.

So what is the point? No, the LDS is not the same kind of problem as Islam, obviously. But it is not Christian. And it shares with Islam a habit of changing the basic facts of the Bible and of history. I hope that Christians can get along with Mormons and work with them against some of the crimes of the secular culture. But we need to recognize our differences, to do so.


37 posted on 02/14/2012 10:42:31 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: C19fan
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Mormons claim to be the "restored church" but look how they dismiss Christ's sacrifice and replace it with personal atonement.

38 posted on 02/14/2012 10:47:15 AM PST by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: JAKraig

“I know the Mormons have different beliefs but I know also that they worship the same Jesus Christ that I know. Maybe some of their beliefs are wrong, maybe not but they worship Christ. They may not be “traditional Christians” but they follow Christ to the best of their ability. They love The Lord.”

So you are saying you also worship a created spirit who later became one of the FOUR Mormon earth gods? One of millions of other Mormon gods?


39 posted on 02/14/2012 10:47:54 AM PST by aMorePerfectUnion (I wouldn’t vote for Romney for dog catcher if he was in a three way race against Lenin and Marx!)
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To: greyfoxx39

Preparing the World for the Second Coming-
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According to Mormon high priest Bruce McConkle, at that time Willard Mitt Romney and the other true believing Mormons will return to polygamy...the faith of Romney’s fathers..

McConkle was the son-in-law to polygamist Moromon prophet Joseph F Smith, the grandson of polygamist Hyrum Smith brother of Joey Smith the inventor of Mormonism..


40 posted on 02/14/2012 10:54:46 AM PST by Tennessee Nana (Happy Valentine's Day)
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