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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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.
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.
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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 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
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