In the realm of Christianity today, we see so many denominations that have been developed since the first church we see documented in the book of Acts. Within each denomination, there are various beliefs and systems that have been implemented to separate each apart from one another. By the way of sacraments, constitution and even church polity play a key essential role for each modern church and the churches that have passed from past history. There is one aspect that centers each denomination or even religions, is their view on Jesus Christ. They each have developed their own personal view on who this Jesus Christ truly is.
Many of the different religions and denominations have built their foundations just on that very point, who is Jesus Christ. Time does not allow, as weeks and even years discussing each religion’s view and how it differs from what the Word of God, the Bible, specifically communicates to us about the true Jesus Christ. One of the most tragic beliefs that exist today, is the Mormon Church or aptly known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints (LDS). The Mormon Church has taken the Word of God so far out of context and even supplement God’s Word with a book that was published by Joseph White in 1830 to add to their own self-made religion supporting their flawed views and values.
Besides having a plethora of fallible and unsound doctrines, the Mormons had distorted many of the major doctrines of the Bible pertaining to soteriology, eschatology, and theology proper. Their most absurd view and teachings is that of Jesus Christ. It is their view of Jesus Christ that is the foundation of their skewed view of Christianity. It is the person of Jesus Christ that they have re-created to fit their heretical religion. The Jesus Christ of the Bible is a complete stranger to them. It is in their belief system that Jesus is not who the Word of God tells us He is.
ERROR OF VIRGIN BIRTH
Their flawed view begins at the very beginning with the birth of Jesus Christ. The Bible documents the “virgin birth” of Jesus Christ. This birth was prophesied in the Old Testament by the prophet Isaiah, “Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel (Isa. 7:14). Jesus Christ was also spoken of in Genesis as the one who would crush the serpent’s head (Gen. 3:15) in order to fulfill the plan of redemption over fallen humanity by God. Jesus Christ was to come for a specific reason, at a specific time to fulfill the specific will of the Father but most importantly Jesus came by a specific birth. The virgin birth was specific but also was the ancestry of Jesus which came by the way of the lineage of David of whom God has made the Davidic Covenant with (2 Sam. 7:12-16).
From the line of David, a King would be born and it can be observed in the New Testament account in Matthew 1:1-18 where the genealogy of Jesus is stated. In Matthew’s gospel account, it states that Mary was found pregnant before Joseph and she came together (Matt. 1:18). Jesus was of the Holy Spirit as He was conceived in Mary without relations with Joseph (Matt. 1:20). Matthew then documents the prophecy of Isaiah that the “virgin will bear a child” (Matt. 1:23).
The Mormon Church believes in the virgin birth but believes that Mary did have relations with God. The conception was not from the Holy Spirit but of God in a physical act of intercourse. They still hold that Mary maintained her virginity because she did not have relations with any mortal man but was impregnated by an immortal man Elohim. Bruce McConkie was a member of the First Seventy of the LDS Church who published many works associated with Mormon Doctrine. McConkie redefines the term virgin in Mary’s case to mean that she conceived and delivered her first-born Son because the Father was an immortal person.
The second prophet on the Mormon organization, Brigham Young, had stated “The birth of the Savior was as natural as are the births of our children; it was the result of natural action. He partook of flesh and blood—was begotten of his Father, as we were of our fathers,” (Journal of Discourses Vol. 8). Young in his various entries in the Journal of Discourses continues his view of the birth of Christ as not being of the Holy Spirit as Young stated “Now, remember from this time forth, and forever, that Jesus Christ was not begotten by the Holy Ghost,” (Journal of Discourses, vol. 1, p. 51). Young’s understanding is not from the Bible but of what is also stated in the Book of Mormon. This distorted and damnable view has no truth of what God has revealed to us in Scripture.
The virgin birth, in the eyes of the Mormon Church, is in agreement with the Bible only concerning Mary and her virginity but not in the way of conception. The Mormons accept the New Testament as scripture and add additional validation to the concept of virgin conception in their other scriptural records. The Book of Mormon, which is another testament of Jesus Christ, offers the testimony of Nephi, an ancient prophet, who heard an angel declare, “Behold, the virgin whom thou seest is the mother of the Son of God, after the manner of the flesh” found in the book of Nephi in the Book of Mormon.. Additionally, Nephi rendered Isaiah’s prophecy the same way Matthew did: “Therefore, the Lord himself shall give you a sign–Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and shall bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (2 Nephi 2:17). The Book of Mormon prophet Alma testified that Jesus “shall be born of Mary, at Jerusalem which is the land of our forefathers, she being a virgin, a precious and chosen vessel, who shall be overshadowed and conceive by the power of the Holy Ghost, and bring forth a son, yea, even the Son of God” (Alma 7:10).
The Hebrew term for virgin is “almah” which refers to a woman who has not had relations with a man (Gen. 24:43). The significance of the virgin birth is crucial to the Gospel. It holds all prophetic requirements for Jesus Christ to be the Messiah. The eternal Son coming in the fullness of a man through the mortal virgin and the work of the Holy Spirit fulfills Scripture. The New Testament explains the conception of Jesus as it was by the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35). His incarnation allows Christ to be the God-man, one person with two natures. Joseph Smith said that Christ is not the Son of the Holy Spirit but of God. Brigham Young, in speaking about the virgin birth stated “that Mary was impregnated by God the Father to produce Jesus in the same way Brigham’s mother and father had sired him. Dan Vogel, another Mormon who published many works, views the Father as when Jesus is called the Father. Making it more complex to the understanding, Vogel says that the Father decides when Jesus can represent Him. Jesus is just a representative by the role of the Father and might be called by humans the Father but in reality, the LDS use the term God as there Heavenly Father.
ERROR OF CHRIST’S RELATIONSHIP
The influence of the Book of Mormon over their understanding and interpretation of Scripture has tarnished their ability to come to a total belief in God’s Word and truth about the virgin birth. In their view, they have created another Jesus that is not in full agreement of the Jesus of the Bible. The heresy in the aforementioned shows the development of Jesus as a heavenly created being by physical means. They teach that Jesus was a spirit child of a heavenly mother and father who also had heavenly or spirit brothers including Lucifer. They use Scripture to support this claim of Lucifer being His brother in Colossians as one of their “proof texts,” because it says that “Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.” (Col. 1:15). Their justification is that Lucifer was the second born of God where Christ was the first. They ignore or just bypass verse 16, where we see that “By Christ, all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth. All things; thrones, dominions or powers. This line of teaching continues as they believe that the heavenly Father was once a man who became God. They believe by obedience, they too can become God.
The Bible states that Jesus had always existed from eternity past. The Gospel writer John documents what Jesus says, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am” (Jn. 8:58). In the first chapter of the Gospel of John, John writes that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (Jn. 1:1). The deity of Jesus is plainly seen here as He always is. In Heaven and in eternity past, He always was with the Father. From this, we can see that they have no understanding of the Trinity where Christ is in union with the Spirit and the Father, the three persons making up the one essence of God.
Jesus Christ was not a created being as Scripture tells us. The preexistence of Christ in eternity past shows that He always was. Jesus was never born, especially in the manner of which the Mormon Church believes. Jesus came down from His eternal Haven where He existed. In the Gospel account of John, there are many verses that specify and support this point. The ever so famous verse John 3:16 says “that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.” His home is in Heaven with the Heavenly Father where He existed ruling from above in Heaven. John 3:31 tells us this very truth as Jesus said: “that He who comes from heaven is above all”. Since Christ has existed in Heaven with the Father, this supports the truth of the Trinity. Jesus existed before the world was created, the Father existed before the world was created and the Holy Spirit existed before the world was created and all are eternal in this relationship know as the Trinity. This is essential to show how Jesus was not created in a heavenly conception as the Mormon Church teaches. Scripture shows us that Jesus existed before the foundations of the world as He chose us for redemption (Eph. 1:3-4).
The Mormon Church rejects the Trinity because they do not believe that Jesus was the only Son of God, but that God had many sons. Jesus is considered “a” son of God as it is stated in the Book of Mormon (Alma 36:17). The Mormon Church, as stated previously, believe that another son of God was Lucifer, and this is well documented in their teaching materials. The Mormon founder, Joseph Smith, rejected the Trinity as he states “Many men say there is one God; the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit are only one God. I say this is a strange God all crammed into one God according to the Christian faith…. He would be a giant monster” James Talmage, who wrote the “Articles of Faith”, a Mormon publication that published the articles formed by Joseph Smith, where it states the denial of the Trinity. Talmage believes that the Athanasian Creed is inconsistent and contradictory. He states “ It would be difficult to conceive a greater number of inconsistencies and contradictions in so few words.” Gordon Hinkley, the 15th president of the LDS Church stated that their belief is that there is the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but they are not one person in one essence as Christianity believes but three different and separate gods. The Mormon Church does not follow Biblical truth concerning the Trinity.
It is not beyond any imagination to see that in their establishment of who Jesus Christ is in their system that they can continue to develop more heretical teachings. In their relationship of who Christ is to the Father alone, derails the truth of Scripture. It is the understanding of who Christ is and that He has been an eternal being since eternity past, that effects the whole understanding of the Bible. Joseph Smith’s view on the Trinity is viewed as a Godhead. This Godhead is defined as consisting of two “personages” (the Father and the Son) united by a single mind, the Holy Spirit. Smith held to the view that the Father and Son had physical bodies and the Holy Ghost did not have a body but were in the form of a personage. Before his death, Smith stated that Father, Son and Holy Spirit were three Gods. Christ does not even come into the realm of their view of the Trinity, just an offspring who was created not God. The Mormon Church has failed to understand the foundational point that Jesus is God.
The relationship between the Father and Son is a relationship of equality. Jesus says that the Father and He are one (Jn. 10:30). He is not claiming that He is a lesser God but equal to the Father and was with the Father as John states that the Logos was with God in the beginning and all things were created by Him (Jn. 1:1-3). Looking at the relationship that the Mormons believe Christ had with Satan is absolute insanity. How could this possibly be if Christ created all, even Satan? Christ is Deity as the fullness of the Godhead dwells in Him (Col. 2:9). It is at this juncture that the Mormon Church does not claim Jesus Christ to be God. Denial of His virgin birth, preexistence, and relationship to the Father, the Mormon Church cannot embrace the truth of Scripture as it pertains to Christ.
The Mormon Church has developed a heretical view of Christ Jesus. Their erroneous theology was a man-made system that has been changed over time. The teachings of Joseph Smith have been altered from its original meanings to cater to what other leaders have deemed appropriate for the Mormon Church. The issue at hand is the clear breakdown of the language of the Bible and the additional writings of Smith, The Book of Mormon. It is clear for anyone who has the simplest biblical understanding that this system of the LDS Church is not adhering to God’s Word and the truth that God has revealed to man.
Within the context of who Jesus is and His virgin birth alone, shows major changes in what God has told us about His Son. This leads to a plethora of faulty teachings and beliefs that historically and presently being taught within the Mormon organization. Looking at the errors of the virgin birth we see that this error also causes the relationship of the Father and the Son and even to the Holy Spirit. In the degradation of the truth by the horrific translations of the Bible, the Mormons have supplemented God’s Word with man’s word through the imagination of Joseph Smith. The darkness of the lies continues as one would study in a deeper context of The Book of Mormon finding that their view does not associate itself with anything that the true interpretation of the Bible truly illuminates to those faithful students of God’s Word. This is just one of many heretical systems of religion that plague the earth. This is all done just by the simple misinterpretation of God’s Word.
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