Inasmuch as I am a staunch critic of Mormonism, uninformed people have asked me why I am so opposed to a “perfectly acceptable Christian denomination.” The fact that I have to write this blog to explain why Mormons are absolutely not Christians is demonstrative of the fact that true Christianity has declined considerably in American society. There are so many nominal Christians who are completely theologically illiterate. That’s not surprising considering the popularity of unlettered frauds who care more about money than preaching the truth of the Bible. There is no greater example of this phenomenon than Joel Osteen, who is the “pastor” of the largest church in America—Lakewood Church. He enjoys the status and power of having the largest congregation in America, yet he is squeamish about proclaiming the most basic Christian principles when challenged in secular settings. In a country where flyweights like Joel Osteen are laughably elevated as spiritual and theological heavyweights, it’s not surprising that so many Americans are unwise enough to believe that Mormonism is actually a legitimate Christian sect. Without question, Mormonism is not Christian.
Christianity for Cretins: If You Mention ‘Jesus Christ,’ You’re a Christian!
The principal reason why many are led to believe that Mormonism is a denomination of Christianity is because the official name of the religion is: The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints. In the minds of cretins, any religion with a key figure named “Jesus Christ” is Christian.
Simply believing in something one calls “Jesus Christ” does not necessarily make one a Christian. One needs to believe in the Jesus Christ of Nazareth described in the Holy Bible to be a Christian. Manifestly, Mormons do not believe in Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Rather, Mormons believe in Jesus Christ of Kolob—an imaginary man from an imaginary planet with as much connection to authentic Christian doctrine as Harry Potter, the sparkly Twilight vampires, and Casper the Friendly Ghost. There is no theological, spiritual, or logical difference between Mormonism and a man who buys a goldfish, names it Jesus Christ, builds an altar for it, worships it, and calls himself a Christian under the denomination of Goldfishism.
Clearly, there are theological and doctrinal disagreements between real Christians. Because the Bible has many areas that are up for interpretation, there is plenty of room for sectarian disagreement on non-essential aspects of Christianity. Nevertheless, there needs to be respect for the basics of Christianity. All of the major tenets of Christianity are rejected by the Mormon Church, yet silly people still believe that because Mormons have the name “Jesus Christ” in the official title of their fraudulent church, it must be a legitimate denomination of Christianity.
The Concept of the Trinity: The Key Defining Element of Christendom
Christians believe in one God that eternally exists in three persons, namely, the Father (Yahweh), the Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit (also known as the Holy Ghost). This diagram shows the conventional concept of the Trinity:
Christians do not believe that the Father transforms into the Son and the Holy Spirit. That is a belief known as modalism, which is practiced by Oneness Pentecostals (also known as Apostolic Pentecostals). This, as far as I am concerned, is a false doctrine.
Although I am a Protestant, I am not the kind of Christian who, for example, believes that Catholics are not Christians. Do I disagree with lots of their theology and doctrines? Yes. Do I believe some of their teachings are manifestly extra-biblical? Yes. However, I still consider them to be Christians because they believe the basics.
The concept of the Trinity is so integral to Christian doctrine that nontrinitarianism—the rejection of the doctrine of the Trinity—is enough to classify any group as a theological cult. It’s safe to say that the belief in the Trinity is the most important determining factor between a legitimate Christian denomination and an unscrupulous cult trying to advance by latching onto the Christian name for PR purposes.
The Mormon Church teaches that their god (the fake Elohim*) was once a man. Leaving aside the fact that this one doctrine alone is enough to completely disqualify Mormonism from Christendom, they also believe that all men can become gods of their own planets where they will inherit polygamous wives to have limitless sex with in order to populate these planets. They believe that every person on earth was produced by the fake, man-turned-god Elohim and his countless wives.
The Stunning Logical Incoherence of the Mormon Concept of God
What makes Mormonism so inherently irrational is that the Mormon conception of God is logically incoherent. As explained by Dr. William Lane Craig in his description of the ontological argument for the existence of God in his impressive book Reasonable Faith:
God is the greatest conceivable being. This is true by definition, for if we could conceive of something greater than God, then that would be God. So nothing greater than God can be conceived.
Clearly, something greater than the Mormon god can be conceived since he is a created being. Who created him? Who was God before their fake Elohim took over? The Mormon concept of God is completely illogical, incoherent, and explains nothing.
Belief in the doctrine of the Trinity depends on the belief that God eternally exists. Belief in the Trinity means that one believes that God is the Prime Reality—the One from which all things emanate. Mormons clearly reject this crucial Christian doctrine. This is what the Bible teaches about God in Colossians 1:16:
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Everything cannot be created by and for a created being. It is logically incoherent to suggest that God is a created being. A “created God” is as nonsensical a concept as an “adult baby.” Mormons claim to follow both the Bible and the Book of Mormon, but that is just a ploy to get idiotic “Christians” who can’t be bothered to do the most basic research to find out that the two books are utterly contradictory and cannot both be believed at the same time. Yes, Mormonism and real Christianity are mutually exclusive belief systems.
Frankly, you can name any fundamental Christian doctrine, and you’ll find that the Mormon Church teaches something wholly different. I haven’t even touched the deeply satanic rituals practiced by Mormons such as baptism for the dead and satanic dedications during their wedding ceremonies—as described in the informative book called Can Mitt Romney Serve Two Masters?, written by Tricia Erickson, a Mormon bishop’s daughter.
Joseph Smith was a sexual libertine and a satanic wizard trained in necromancy, who formulated the Mormon religion by cavorting with demons in the dark forests of upstate New York while hallucinating about reading golden tablets. Just because these are inconvenient facts doesn’t make them any less factual.
Essentially, Mormonism is about as Christian as Scientology.
Joel Osteen’s Brand of Christianity Allows the Myth of Mormon Christianity to Flourish
Fundamentally, why theological cults get away with being called Christian denominations is because of the nonsensical brand of Christianity to which so many so-called Christians adhere. “Christian” leaders like Joel Osteen are responsible for fostering an environment where the myth of Mormon Christianity thrives. Osteen recently said that Romney is his brother in Christ. I can’t outright disagree with that comment—provided that the “Christ” being discussed is the fictitious one from Kolob.
If incessantly smiling like a Cheshire cat and repeating shopworn bromides about how happy God wants us to be makes one a theological heavyweight, then Joel Osteen would indisputably be the Apostle Paul of our time. Unfortunately for the simpering simpleton, it doesn’t. Behind Joel Osteen’s Cheshire cat smile and dentist-approved, snow-white teeth are lethal daggers of false doctrine and unadulterated evil. Joel Osteen has proven – over and over again – to be nothing more than a cat’s-paw of Satan. Why Christians continue to buy this man’s platitudinous self-help books is beyond me. If Christians ever start to read real books and support the work of seasoned theologians, motivational-speaking frauds like Joel Osteen will go out of business.
Joel Osteen might as well be a Mormon. His brand of Christianity is just as weak and flimsy. Interestingly, Joel Osteen and Mitt Romney are very similar. They both owe everything they are today to their fathers. Without their prominent fathers, they’d be absolutely nothing. Osteen, a man with no theological training or higher education, inherited a church and became a celebrity because of his father’s effort. Similarly, Romney inherited many millions of dollars—and made millions more by bankrupting businesses for personal profit. They also both happen to be flip-flopping frauds who change with the weather, rather than standing with moral conviction and speaking the truth.
Speak the Truth on Mormonism = YOU’RE A BIGOT!
I am sure that there are some who will read this blog, ignore the facts and logic it contains, and will be reduced to the “YOU’RE A BIGOT!” line that has been so stripped of its meaning via years of abuse. This is to be expected. Any person who says anything even slightly critical of Mormonism is accused of bigotry. Laughably, even pointing out facts about Mormon bigotry against black people is considered to be “bigotry against Mormons.” It’s really stunning.
As I have said before, I have no problem with Mormons. My problem is with Mormonism. It is possible to have Christian love for Mormons while detesting Mormonism. That is not bigotry.
Most of the Mormons I have met have been—at least on the surface—decent, moral people. I know decent, moral atheists, too. Being decent and moral clearly doesn’t make a person a Christian. The only time Mormons tell arrant lies is during theological debates. Mormons are specifically instructed to lie about their church in order to save it from embarrassment. It’s called “Lying for the Lord.”
Real Christians need to be more informed.
*I refer to the Mormon god as “the fake Elohim” to avoid blasphemy. Elohim is a name of the real Christian God that Mormons use for their false, imaginary god.