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Mormon Heresy 101

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Using “Jesus” in your church name doesn’t make it Christian any more than standing in your garage with “Chevy” written on your forehead makes you a car

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It wasn't that long ago that another guy claimed to be God's prophet on Earth.

Jim Jones wasn't the first person to claim to speak for God on earth....

I spent a good part of my life being politically correct (“PC”) about people’s religious beliefs. That’s not because I am a child of the 60s and grew up during the invention of “PC” behavior. It’s because of the way our family viewed religion, which was basically “It’s none of your business.” I was raised to believe that each person’s religious life was their own experience with God and that it was impolite to bring this up by asking someone what church they go to. My, how times have changed since I was a kid.

I have come to realize that by being “PC” about religion, by being polite, the left has allowed the great Social Gospel movement to be co-opted by the religious right. Church activism was popular and rising for causes of the poor (e.g., Mother Theresa) during the 60s and early 70s. By being too politically correct to stand up and state the truth about religion we have allowed it to become corrupted and we have allowed corrupt people to use it like a bludgeon in the political process. By being “PC”, the left has surrendered religion to the right. These days when you think of religion and society, what comes to mind are wedge issues driven by GOP consultants like stakes into the heart of America. Wedge issues are focus-group-tested to see which ones get the most favorable response for your candidate. Instead of religion maintaining its rightful place as an aid to those in need, like it was when Progressives were dominant in religion, now it’s trying to be a political power that works against the common person. The religious right bundles its repressive economic and social agenda with wedge issues to make people want to vote against their own best interests. Even the wedge issues have changed. It used to be “God, guns, and gays”… abortion, gun rights, public school prayer and textbooks, “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, and gay marriage. Now it’s grown to include speaking in tongues, is Obama a secret Muslim, and “mosques” at Ground Zero. It’s not a particularly pretty time in American political discourse.

Thomas Spencer Monson, the top cat at Salt Lake City

.... and Jones won't be the last

The Mormons are one of the most if not the most politically active religious group in America. But you would never know it by their public face, because they wield their tithe-fueled gigantic steel fist behind the scenes. With cynical and mechanical precision they pursued Prop 8, washing $32 million through their front group National Organization for Marriage. NOM ran a homophobic hate campaign in California and got Prop 8 passed. Then they went for a repeat in Maine with Question 1 and got it. With only 6 million Mormons in America, how can a group this small have gotten so powerful?

Here are two questions that every self-identified Christian in America ought to be asking themselves. First, why did Liberty University, the de facto center for Christian conservatism hire Mormon Glenn Beck to deliver the 2010 Commencement speech? Second, how does it happen that Mormon Glenn Beck is standing on the National Mall on 8.28 in front of so-called “Christian leaders” lecturing America on how to shred the First Amendment? It means Christians are largely ignorant of the sharp theological divides between Mormon and Christian beliefs. This is not their fault; Mormons are a secretive, deceptive cult who present themselves with a happy face while hiding the ugly truth about their repressive and heretical organization. Further, religious right pastors now appear to believe that political goals trump theology. In other words, it wouldn’t matter if the Mormons worshiped Satan as long as they want to elect Republicans. Here’s a tidbit of wisdom that applies, even if it is from a cheesy 1999 film: If you dance with the devil, the devil don’t change. The devil changes you.

Turn on the Lights, the Cockroach Party is Over

The purpose of this page is to expose the heresy of Mormon beliefs. Since many people don’t have a lot of time to read web pages, I am going to start with a chart that shows exactly where the Mormon cult is heretical which means they are not Christian, which further means they are a fraud.

Here’s the Heresies Table

Here’s a handy table that you can use to quickly tell the difference between Mormon cult “Xtianity” and Christianity as practiced by legitimate, Bible-based Christian churches. I would highly recommend you print out a couple of copies of this and keep them by the door for the fresh-faced lads who are sure to come knocking.

UPDATE: if you read the comments below, you will see many of the classic Mormon weasel tricks they use to convince people who are uninformed about Mormons that they should become Mormons.

Mormon cult belief Christian belief
God was once a human being, a man, just like you and me God is an eternal spirit, creator and ruler of the universe
Jesus and Satan are twin brothers, both conceived by an act of sex Satan is a fallen angel cast from Heaven
The Bible is just one book of scripture, the Book of Mormon supersedes it and the Doctrines and Covenants supplement it The Bible is the one collective inspired work of God and claiming that any other book has religious authority over it is heresy and blasphemy
The Book of Mormon was written on gold plates by a God named Mormon and revealed to Joe Smith by the angel Moroni. The Book of Mormon contains over 25,000 words plagiarized from the King James Version of the Bible. The last act of the translator (Joe Smith) before he died was to shoot and kill somebody.
There are millions and millions of Gods, because each man can become God in their own universe if they are a good Mormon One God, now and forever
Jesus is not the Son of God but an exalted human just like all good male Mormons will be some day Jesus is the Son of God and the Son of Man
The dead can be baptized If you’re dead and not baptized, it’s too late
“The First Presidency”, the top Mormon leader, speaks for God and is his supreme, unquestionable prophet on Earth Various beliefs. Most Protestants believe that each Christian has a personal relationship with God and they do not require intermediaries or religious pronouncements from a church hierarchy
“The Apostles” (12 top church members) are actually prophets and their word on topics of faith is more important than a regular church member Various. Most Protestant churches have an organizational heirarchy but each person is considered to be mortal, fallible, and not more important in the world of faith than the rank and file members.
Black people are cursed by God (The “curse of Cain” as written by Brigham Young in his attempt to revise the Old Testament) All races are equal in the eyes of God
Joseph Smith was God’s prophet on Earth God’s prophets are named in the Bible. The Bible warns of false prophets
Joe Smith went to recover the gold plates from which the Book of Mormon was translated in the middle of the night, and after digging them up, he ran 3 miles through the woods where he was accosted 3 times by 3 different thieves trying to get the gold. He ran at full speed, jumping over logs, with the plates under one arm, warding off armed attackers with the other. In this process he dislocated his thumb. He hid the plates in an old birch log 3 miles from his home. The gold plates were reported by Smith to be 6 inches by 8 inches and made a stack 6 inches high. A stack of gold sheets sitting for hundreds of years will compress to nearly the same density as solid gold due to the high malleability of gold. As Glenn Beck always asks, “Do the math.” A chunk of gold 6″x6″x8″ has a volume of 288 cubic inches. Gold weighs 0.698 pounds per cubic inch, meaning that just the gold part of the plates weighed in at 201 pounds. Hmmm. Ran through the woods 3 miles carrying 200 pounds under one arm? At “full speed” “jumping over windfall” in the middle of the night? Fought off 3 armed attackers with no weapons? Really?
Brigham Young said the men live on the Sun and that the Civil War would not free the slaves. Those are false prophecies
Joseph Smith said that tall men dressed as Quakers live on the Moon and prophesied that Jesus would return by 1891 Those are false prophecies
Church doctrine directly conflicts with their own scipture, the Book of Mormon. For example, the doctrine of Eternal Progression is directly and explicitly contradicted by Moroni 8:18 and Mormon 9:9. LDS doctrine teaches that men will become Gods. This is contradicted in Alma 11:27-40 There are many disagreements within the thousands of denominations of Christianity on what passages of the Bible actually mean; however, the basic doctrine of Christian churches shares the same dogma for the most part and none of them promote doctrines that are directly in conflict with the Bible (with some notable exceptions)
God is married, flesh and bones, has dozens of wives, and all human spirits were conceived through God having sex with his wives No.
There is no such thing as “grace from God” All humankind can only be saved by grace.

This is just a starter list of heresies that I feel that are in dire need to be presented to the self-proclaimed non-Mormon Religious Right. It is not intended to be a complete list and I reserve the right to augment and edit it as time permits.

If there are any ex-Mormons out there who would like to help me continue building this table, I would love to hear from you. Please comment on this page or write to me at

Thank you very much! Please pass this link out to your Christian friends, please help them understand what Beck is up to with his integration of Mormon cult heresy with right wing religious politics.

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September 5th, 2010 at 1:14 pm

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  1. [...] to you two new articles directly debunking two of Beck’s biggest sticking points. The first, Mormon Heresy 101, focuses on the Mormon cult and provides a handy chart for you to tell the difference between a [...]

  2. Glenn Beck’s theology is based on First Century Christianity, not Fourth Century Creeds. For example, the Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) views on Baptism, Lay Ministry, the Trinity, Theosis, Grace vs. Works, the Divinity of Jesus Christ comport more closely with Early Christianity than any other denomination. And Mormons’ teenagers have been judged to “top the charts” in Christian Characteristics by a UNC-Chapel Hill study. Read about it here:

    At least one-half of your information in the chart is incorrect and most of the rest misleading. For example, Jesus and Satan were not twin brothers. Because we were all spirit children of our Father in Heaven (why do we call Him “Father”?) you, me, and Bill Keller are all “spirit brothers” of Satan.

    Those who would denigrate Glenn Beck’s religion, usually have an ulterior motive. 11 of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were non-Trinitarian Christians. Those who insist on a narrow definition of Christianity are doing our Republic an injustice.

  3. Glenn Beck is a Mormon. If you are a Mormon, you believe the list of utter crap on the left hand side of the chart. How many wives did you claim Jesus had again? Was it 7 or 8 or something? I’ll have to add that to the chart.

    Do not try to muddy the waters with nit-picking arguments over what century you think Beck is thinking from. Do not tell me “at least one-half of your information in the chart is incorrect” and then point to the Mormon belief that Jesus and Satan being brothers as an example of it being incorrect. That is exactly what Mormons teach. If you disagree with that you are a typical weasel-worded Mormon LIAR. And as a postscript to that, you and I have nothing in common, we’re not related, I guarantee it.

    The purpose of this page is to point out to the religious right that they’ve been duped into following a heretic. They had best know that Jerry Falwell Jr. is in on it, too. There can never be a unification of Christianity and Mormon cultism, ever. They are diametrically opposed to each other, and Mormons are fraudulently using the name of Jesus (and the Seven dwarfs, er, wives) to sell themselves to an ignorant world.

    Non-Trinitarian Christians, haha, don’t make me laugh. There were atheists and deists. I can name some of those. Why don’t you list the 11 signers of the Declaration of Independence who were “non-Trinitarian” and prove it. I’ll be waiting.

    Run away, cockroaches, because I’m turning on the light and everybody’s going to see. No ulterior motive here, just one motive, to expose Mormons as a fraudulent cult and make sure that their most well-known follower who claims on national television to speak for God is a fraud, too.

    PS… I went to your website and there’s nothing there but baseless assertions. I guess I’m going to have to give you a few links to chew on, starting here:

    admin(Wexler)No Gravatar

    5 Sep 10 at 3:49 pm

  4. Here ya go, here’s a site with Cleon Skousen’s writings on it, plus some “fascinating” videos-sounds like Glenny has these good “prophets” on memorex… ;) (from one long-time beck-critic, to yet a few more. Boy, it was getting lonely there for awhile!! I live in a VERY small, ultra-conserve town, where every TV is turned to faux at 5pm-including the one in front of my dialysis chair. Long story-been going on for over 2 years. It’s just that being one of just 2-3 Democrat/socialist/Marxist/fascist/communists in town became a bit scary there for awhile. The GOOD NEWS? About 6 local “converts” & numerous “thank you” emails lately-makes it all worth it. :)

    SoloPoconoNo Gravatar

    24 Oct 10 at 3:35 am

  5. PS Here’s a quick one on a few of “spookier dude” David Barton’s claims:

    SoloPoconoNo Gravatar

    24 Oct 10 at 3:38 am

  6. I’m reading Alexander Zaitchek’s book Common Nonsense: The Triumph of Ignorance in America, an apt name for a Beck expose/bio. Yes, he’s a huge Skousen fan, but most of all he’s a Morning Zoo huckster charlatan who is milking his acting ability for every cent he can.

    The dialysis chair story is the height of irony; they remove impurities from your blood while flooding your brain with impurities and rotting garbage. There has to be at least a short story in there somewhere.

    I am glad that you are getting some positive reinforcement where you live, and thanks for being part of the Truth Brigade, aka “the liberal traitors” to Idiot America (another great book, this one by Charles Pierce). No matter how bleak it gets, no matter if your new found friends move away from your town in disgust, please remember that you are not alone. Fox News watchers are NOT a majority of Americans. A majority of Americans think Fox is off the rails. Yes, they claim to have the biggest audiences, blah blah. Beck sells a million books now and then. But there are 300 million of us now, and at least 260 million either don’t know who Beck is or think he’s cracked. So hang in there, regardless of how it looks, WE surround THEM, Big Time. They just have a propaganda machine.

    Thanks for the posts and links. And keep the faith, whatever it is.


    admin(Wexler)No Gravatar

    24 Oct 10 at 5:44 am

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