Is Mormonism a Christian Denomination? A Penetrating Analysis

Catholic LaneMary Kochan

Excerpts: The Central Question: Who is God?

What Mormons will say they believe about God:

1.We believe in God the Father who is the Father of Jesus Christ. 2.We worship God the Father and pray to him in Jesus’ name. 3.Jesus is our Savior. Why the Mormon God the Father is not the Christian God the Father:

1.“God the Father” to a Mormon is not God the Father, first Person of the Holy Trinity, Whom Christians confess. He is one of many gods (D&C 130: 22-23). 2.The Mormon worships God the Father because He is the god of this planet, but other planets have other gods equal to or even greater than God the Father. (Joseph Smith King Follett Discourse, 1844). 3.The Mormon “God the Father” had a father and was once a man on a planet who worshiped his own Father God. He was subsequently exalted to godhood. He has a physical, human body (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 345). 4.It is the hope of the male Mormon to progress to the point where he too will be a god like God the Father and be ruling over his own planet (Ibid, p. 346,7) 5.The Mormons have a saying: “What man is, God once was; what God is, man may be” (LDS Church President Lorenzo Snow’s summation). This is polytheism. Christian answer:

1.The God of the Bible is the Creator and God of all the universe, of all worlds, not just our planet. He made the heavens and the earth; there is no other God; there never has been any other God, nor will there ever be another (Gn 1:1; Is 43;10; 44:6, 8, 24). 2.God the Father was never a man. 3.You will never be God. 4.True Christianity, like Judaism, is monotheistic. As our creed states “We believe in one God.” Jesus: Brother of Lucifer?

Why the Mormon Jesus is not the Christian Jesus:

1.The Mormon Jesus is the spirit-brother of Lucifer (Satan). They were both born in heaven by God the Father’s union with one of his many spirit wives (Mormon Doctrine pp 192, 516; Ensign Magazine June, 1986, p 25) 2.According to Mormon teaching, when it was time for Jesus to come down to earth, God the Father sent down one of his spirit wives from heaven to be born as a woman, Mary. Then he came down and had physical, marital relations with her in order for her to give birth to a human body inhabited by Jesus coming from heaven. This is a denial of the Virgin Birth (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses 1:50-51; Orson Pratt, The Seer, Oct. 1853, p. 158).

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