Cults

LDS Temple Baptism for the Dead

Only Latter-day Saints baptize living people on behalf of the dead. The LDS maintain that temple baptism for the dead is endorsed by the Scriptures and was part of the original Christian faith as established two thousand years ago. However, a study of Christian antiquities reveals that baptism for the dead was not practised by the first followers of Jesus,…read more →

When Jehovah’s Witnesses Worshipped Jesus

Jehovah’s Witnesses worshipped Jesus until 1954, after which they were told such worship was idolatrous. This made them a polytheistic religion for most of their history. The core to religion is God, and to change the God you worship is to change the very essence and basis of the religion. Of the countless alterations in Witness doctrine, the one regarding…read more →

Book of Mormon Evidence

From time to time Mormons come up with what they regard as ‘substantive’ evidence for the Book of Mormon. When ministries inevitably challenge and refute that evidence, Mormons insist that someone can only know the Book of Mormon is true by sincere prayer, citing Moroni’s promise from the end of the book: ‘And when ye shall receive these things, I…read more →

Cults and Messy Church

Cults are controlling in the extreme and rob people of the joy of a messy church. The March Study Edition of the Watchtower magazine carried an article tracing their history of God’s guiding his people: Jehovah Guides His People in the Way of life. Dire warnings are given of peril for those taking any other route, ignoring the warning signs….read more →

Testimony: The Lord’s Message Rang Out From You…

This time, like all times, is a very good one if only we know what to do with it. Our world is ready to hear the gospel. Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Wiccans, Atheists, Agnostics, Satanists, Moonies, Scientologists, etc. are all ready to hear the gospel. You don’t believe it? I understand. It is the nature of Christians to believe we are…read more →

Mormon First Presidency 2016 Easter Message

  One does wonder who exactly writes these public statements from the Mormon First Presidency. Everything has to correlate with everything else these days. Mormon leaders can’t be seen to contradict other Mormon leaders; those days are long gone. The whole exercise must be pretty depressing if your a thinking Mormon, and there are an increasing number of those these…read more →

5 Familiar Watchtower Ideas Not in the Bible

The Watchtower Society make much of the symbols and customs of what they call ‘Christendom’ that they say won’t be found in Scripture. It is true to say that people in glasshouses shouldn’t throw stones and Witnesses certainly need to have a care, “for with the judgement you are judging, you will be judged, and with the measure that you…read more →

Mormons and the Bible

Just as in other churches, Mormons face the question of what to think of the different Bible translations available today. Most churches have a standard text, a pew Bible, but often encourage members to use and explore other translations. Christians have found this very helpful as each translation brings its own strengths and weaknesses. It is also the case that…read more →

What is a cult? Mormonism a Case Study

I rarely get asked if the Watchtower Society is a cult. People seem to know there is something not right there. From a general antipathy because of their blood transfusion policy, through specific questions of Jesus’ identity and the Trinity, folk are guarded, even hostile when it comes to Jehovah’s Witnesses. Mormonism is something else altogether. One big reason for…read more →

Knowing the Mormon Godhead

The January 2016Mormon Ensign magazine features an address by Elder Jeffrey R Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on the subject of the nature of God. He begins with a quote from Joseph Smith, ‘It is the first principle of the gospel to know for a certainty the character of God.’ He goes on to quote the first article…read more →

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