This may seem like a strange title, but after my comments on an article that I read this week on FoxNews, I think you will see the dilemma I am in.
However, before I continue with my comments on the article, I want to say that there are many who will take umbrage and be offended at what I will say here today. You see, we have become a nation of wishy-washy, whatever-floats-your-boat, don’t-offend-anybody, and don’t-judge-me church goers. Sadly, the transition was so gradual that most people never even noticed the shift.
There was a time that you would walk through an airport and knew exactly who the followers of Sun Myung Moon (also known as Moonies or members of the Unification Church) were and what they were trying to peddle. For those who have not looked recently, they are still around (normally older couples though) but they no longer wear their hair long in a braid. They do not have a shaved head, nor do they wear saffron-colored robes. Today, they are very much a modern organization that is still looking to attract followers to its mantra of global peace, defense of religious organizations, and extravagant marriage ceremonies around the world.
However, they are still a cult and those who choose to follow the teachings of Sun Myung Moon are NOT Christians. In fact, those who choose to follow this sinful man who THINKS he is the embodiment and the Second Coming of Christ will find themselves judged by the True God of heaven one day if they do not place their faith in Jesus Christ alone. Part of the problem though is that, like many other religious establishments, they learned that to make inroads into “evangelical America” they had to become a shape-shifting chameleon.
Let’s move to another organization that has written the manual on how to be a shape-shifting chameleon. This is the Mormon establishment, that self-styles itself as being “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.” Since its inception at the hands of an open soothsayer and serial adulterer, Joseph Smith, this religious cult has continued to be defined, NOT just by what it claims in its doctrine, but also, by what it continues to change in order to take more unsuspecting people under its umbrella and place them in bondage to false teaching.
This brings us back to the article that I mentioned at the beginning. Please note that this article COULD have been written by many self-seeking, seeker-sensitive pastors and churches today, BUT IT WAS NOT. It COULD have been written by many who claim that they know and love the Lord Jesus Christ and say they believe in the essential doctrines known as the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, BUT IT WAS NOT.
This article was written by an adherent to the Mormon religion, also known as a cult.
The author touts what his community accomplishes before launching into an illustration of somebody approaching some children and handing them a gospel tract. The evangelist asks them if they love Jesus and a short conversation ensues. The author knows this situation because it was his children that were confronted by this individual seeking to “win them to Christ.”
And here is where the problem starts that MOST in evangelical churches today will NOT have one single issue with the author of the news article, but will probably be angry with me.
The author immediately jumps to a one paragraph notation about how Christians around the world are being persecuted, and at this point, MOST will stand and say, “Yes, of course, those poor Christians, we MUST stand with them.” He alludes to some of the travesties and murders that have taken place in countries like in Syria and Iraq (under ISIS) and in Egypt with the beheadings of Coptic believers.
Then, he makes this statement — “If we’re being threatened, dared and diminished, why aren’t all Christians standing together? Because we differ on some pieces of the faith puzzle?” (Emphasis is mine.)
“Amen and Amen,” shout all the churches and pastors who want to be ALL things to all people. Rephrased, “Why can’t we all just get along? We are supposed to be loving one another, not being judgmental because, after all, the Bible says, ‘DO NOT JUDGE!'”
“Wow”, you might interject at this point. “Mark, how could you POSSIBLY NOT agree with such a statement?”
I am soooooo glad you asked because the author does not stop to make a statement to try and join Christians as bands of brothers in arms against a common enemy – those nasty ISIS types. No, he boldly lays out his colors, girds on his sword, and marches into the fray with a doctrinal inclusion that could not have been done better by Joseph Smith himself.
Three times, the author of the article begins three separate paragraphs with the words, “FELLOW CHRISTIANS…”
Before we go one more step, I want you to consider that this is being written from a man, who just a few short years ago would have been ex-communicated from the LDS cult for such a statement. The power players in the LDS system have long claimed that “Mormons are NOT Christians.” However, I digress. Back to the article at hand. Let’s look at the three statements.
- “Fellow Christians, we do not have to agree on everything to believe that we are literally children of God. And that he loves us.”
- “Fellow Christians, we do not have to agree on everything to agree that he sent his son, Jesus Christ, to live, minister, bleed and die for us. For all of us.”
- “Fellow Christians, we do not have to agree on everything to agree that there is something waiting on the other side. We may differ on how it might look, but can we acknowledge there is something more for every single one of us who strives to live as a disciple of Christ?”
“But…but…but…Mark, surely, you CANNOT be disagreeing with these statements?”
Yes, I can already hear the storm clouds gathering. For the record, without a shadow of a doubt, with the Word of God as my witness and guide, I hereby declare that ALL 3 statements are FALSE and will take you to hell if you believe what the author of this article wants you to believe about him and the teachings of his “church.”
This man is NOT a fellow Christian. Sadly, he has been greatly deceived and my heart breaks for him and all who have swallowed these lies. Let me explain.
A. The LDS system of religion believes that EVERY man and woman in the world is LITERALLY a child of God. This is because they teach that “Father God” is on a planet called Kolob having eternal and glorious sex with his harem of wives. Each wife has the “privilege” of giving birth to as many spirit babies as she can for the rest of eternity and then that spirit baby gets sent to earth to inhabit a human body. Each male baby can then grow up and hope for the rest of his life that he will one day be good enough and do enough works to get to establish his own planet called Kolob 479 or Kolob 480 or whatever the next number is that has not been taken already. Each female baby has the “privilege” of growing up with the soul-wrenching knowledge that she will be confined to a birthing chamber for all of eternity popping out spirit babies to inhabit another earth-like planet somewhere. Yes, the Mormons believe that we are ALL literally a child of God, but for this reason and this reason alone.
Does that sound Biblical to you?
B. The LDS religion does NOT believe that Jesus Christ came to be the substitionary atonement for sins. They do NOT believe that Jesus is the ONLY begotten Son of God. They believe that “Father God” came down to earth and had literal sexual relations with one of his own spirit daughters (become human) named Mary and out of this incestuous relationship came just another spirit baby who became Jesus Christ, who in turn offered a “plan of salvation” to “Father God” for the acceptance of humanity. This was fortunately accepted and all who believe such a system and are ultimately approved by the founder of the LDS religion, Joseph Smith, will be one day, possibly, maybe, we-can-only-hope be granted access into one of the better levels of heaven and be able to start our own little planet having eternal sex. As for dying on the cross, the cross is offensive to the LDS religion because of what it stands for.
Does that sound Biblical to you?
C. Final point – The Roman Catholic church believes that purgatory is waiting on the other side. Does that mean we are fellow Christians and that just because we don’t believe in purgatory that we can still acknowledge that there is something to hope for? The Mormon religion believes there is a Kolob planet for all the faithful to inhabit. So, does that REALLY make them fellow Christians?
Does that sound Biblical to you?
There are many who “strive to live as a disciple of Christ” but on the day of judgment, Christ will say them, “Depart from me, for I never knew you! You are a worker of iniquity.” Acknowledging that something called purgatory, nirvana, the great pumpkin patch in the sky, or Kolob is available for anybody who works hard enough demeans the cross of Christ. It demeans what Christ set out to accomplish and paid for with His precious blood.
This poor man concludes with some of the following statements —
“I also understand there are doctrinal differences across the spectrum of Christianity.”
“But love is greater than these differences, isn’t it?”
“Christ is greater than all of this, isn’t he?”
Oh, my dear friends, if you think that the LDS teaching is JUST another branch of true Christianity, you are duped and will one day be judged for your unbelief in the true Christ of the Bible.
If you are a pastor or seeker-sensitive church that strives to be all things to all people and just strive to love everybody and sing “Kumbaya” together at the expense of the gospel, then yours will be the greater judgment!
This is NOT about “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.” That is poor theology at best, and damning at worst. John 3:36 makes it clear that if you do not believe, then the wrath of God STILL REMAINS upon you.
The apostle Paul told the Galatians that if ANY MAN or ANY ANGEL preach a different gospel, they were to be accursed. The Unification Church of Sun Myung Moon and the Mormons are NOT Christians. We have no right standing with them in any fight for the fight is one of spiritual and eternal consequences. Having said all of this though, we have a responsibility to share with true Christian love that Christ came to die for sinners, of whom we are the chief ones. There is nothing in our hands we can bring to find acceptance in Christ. Our salvation comes by grace through faith alone in Christ alone and to believe otherwise will reap the consequences of separation from the presence of God in heaven forever.
TRUE fellow believers, we must stand for the truth. The ranks of these false religions are filling up with people who do not know their Bibles. They are being duped by the moralistic teachings of a system that hates everything about the true Jesus Christ, who is the ONLY begotten Son of God. He who is very God.