Mike Thomas

LDS General Conference October 2016: Only Believe

As we listen in on the 2016 semi-annual General Conference of the Mormon Church we remember how Mormons sound like us but believe very differently. When you are listening in on a group to which you don’t belong it is important you hear what group members hear. The temptation is to import the language of their world into your own,…read more →

Adam God: Was the Mormon God Adam?

We have looked at how the Mormon concept of God has moved from modalism through henotheism to the deliberately vague idea of God in modern Mormonism. In the King Follett Discourse Joseph Smith famously preached that ‘God became God.’ Here we look at how Brigham Young carried forward this idea with the Adam/God doctrine. The Mormon Church refers today to…read more →

Mormon Conference Oct. 2015: Faith and Works

General Conference October 2015: Saturday Morning Session The Mormon Church held their semi-annual General Conference this past October and I want to pick up on what was said during the Saturday morning session. If you know what to look for it is a very revealing session. I am a great believer in a robust Christianity, sustained by a strong discipleship…read more →

5 Things to Know About Cult Converts

There is an understandable caution in most Christians meeting cult members. It can seem like playing with fire. It is true that speaking to a Jehovah’s Witness, or a Mormon, is not like speaking to someone indifferent to spiritual things. The cult member has a faith, a world-view, and carefully structured arguments. Reachout Trust exists to equip Christians to meet…read more →

The Right Way Up In An ∩dsᴉpǝ-poʍu World

What do you think of when your hear the word ‘sanctified?’ Paul’s first letter to Christians in Thessalonica is best summed up in verse one of chapter four, ‘How to live in order to please God.’ The context is very important if we are to appreciate its application today. Paul was writing to a church living in what was a hostile…read more →

Are We Mormons a Cult?

In the United States Mormonism is something of an enigma. The Mormon Church is still distinctive enough in its core beliefs to draw suspicion in mainstream churches but, unlike other aberrant groups, it plays a full and active role in American society, culture, and politics. The struggle is on to square that circle, to reconcile these dichotomous elements of this…read more →

5 Steps to Winning on Your Doorstep

When we think about the obstacles to faith faced by the cult member we might think of the pressure from the group to ‘stay faithful,’ the reminder of covenant promises that will be broken if they leave, the threat of rewards forfeited if they walk away, blessings lost, a life wasted, an eternity of regret. Our ministry is, in large…read more →

The Name: It Isn’t Jehovah

It is popularly believed among Jehovah’s Witnesses that God’s name has been increasingly, and deliberately, removed from modern Bible translations. What marks them out, in their own thinking, is their faithfulness to God’s name. They include it in their own Bible, The New World Translation, even in places where it is not to be found in any manuscripts. This, they…read more →

LDS Conference April 2015: Mormons, Gays and…the Easter Story?

Easter this year (2015) fell on the weekend of 5th April. This was also the weekend of the Mormon Annual General Conference so you might expect a special theme to run through this conference weekend. A theme did emerge, one that has coloured the whole conference, although not one you might expect. Look at the themes running through the conference:…read more →

Defining ‘Cult’

CULT! It seems such a pejorative word and certainly in ministry it is not intended as a compliment. But is it an insult? Is its use an example of disagreeing while being disagreeable? To listen to many there is no excuse for using it. Especially when what people see as sensible alternatives are available such as sect, or the more…read more →

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