Mormons

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 →

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 →

Moroni’s Promise and (Mis) Understanding Mormonism

Recent years have seen the Mormon Church redouble its efforts at repackaging itself for a new generation. They’re use of Search Engine Optimisation, content marketing, and social media is astonishingly slick and professional. Enter the word ‘Bible’ into your search engine and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will appear on the first page of results. ‘Christ’ gave…read more →

5 Ways Cults Twist Scripture

By What Authority? Ask a cult member about their faith and they will come up with a rote answer, often couched in the language of testimony. This is meant to redirect your attention away from the question, to the claims of the cult thrown in a positive light. Usually someone ‘went back to the Bible,’ ‘had a vision,’ ‘felt led…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 →

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 →

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 →

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