Posts Tagged "Mormon"

God and Mormonism’s Ultimate ‘Road Map’

Dallin H Oaks of Mormonism’s Twelve Apostles is a lawyer and jurist (North America: legal expert, judge) and the tempered and balanced tone of his profession comes across in his April 2017 conference talk. (See also Ensign magazine, May 2017, pp 100-103) Sans passion, his delivery is measured and reasonable, if emphatic, but is ultimately frustrated by the content of…read more →

‘Living by Faith’ Through Mormon Eyes

The April 2017 first presidency message by Dieter Uchtdorf, second counsellor in the Mormon presidency, is based on Romans 1:17, ‘The just shall live by faith.’ (KJV). He begins with the familiar enough story of the Rabbi and the soap maker that concludes, just as soap must be put to use to make you clean, so faith must be put…read more →

The Mormon Temple – Is It Biblical?

  Five new temples were announced by the Mormon Church president during his Sunday morning address (April 2, 2017) at the church’s 187th annual General Conference. This brings the number of temples worldwide, operating or under construction, to 182 according to the Mormon newsroom. Mormonism teaches these temples are a restoration of biblical temples in the last days before Christ’s…read more →

The Mormon Godhead and ‘Modern Revelation’

Mormonism is a ‘restorationist’ religion with its own peculiar dispensationalist model. It is, therefore, in the nature of Mormon thinking to consider the ‘modern revelation’ of their latter-day prophets as most relevant to our day and age, giving insights for the latest dispensation. From the Bible Code to the Davinci Code, from James Frazer to Von Daniken and Colin Wilson,…read more →

Is the Mormon Testimony Redundant?

Gone Are The Days In an article in the December 2016 Ensign magazine, Mormon apostle Elder Russell M Ballard wrote: ‘As Church education moves forward in the 21st century, our educators need to consider any changes they should make in the way they prepare to teach, how they teach, and what they teach if they are to build unwavering faith…read more →

5 Reasons People Join Cults and Cults are Successful

We are frequently asked why people join cults, often with a tone of incredulity. The truth is no one joins a cult. People find themselves in a cult having joined a community of people with whom they have come to identify, a settled community that seems to have answers not found elsewhere. They have been invited, included, taken seriously, treated…read more →

Mormonism and Dog-Whistle Theology

The Mormon Church has a history of dismissing established truth in order to establish its own. What has history made of the Bible, and how does Mormonism’s attitude compare? ‘I have taught you nothing but God’s holy word, and those lessons that I have taken out of God’s holy book I have come hither to seal with my blood’ (Rowland Taylor, to…read more →

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 →

The Mormon God

The Mormon God has evolved with the thinking of Mormon leaders. The Book of Mormon, the earliest Mormon text, insists there is one God. In a discussion between two characters named Amulek and Zeezrom we read: ‘And Zeezrom said unto him: Thou sayest there is a true and living God? And Amulek said: Yea, there is a true and living…read more →

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