Straight Answers from a Mormon

Today many Mormons in the public eye answer theological questions using phrases that sound evangelical.  Such as referring to Jesus using phrases like “personal  Saviour” as Mormon presidential candidate Mitt Romney did in a recent press conference.  This has caused at least one uninformed mega-church leader, Joel Osteen, to say he accepts Mormons as Christians.  The scariest part about Osteen is the massive influence he has.  Language used like this just seems to be a way of hiding one’s true beliefs whether intentional or not.

When researching the faith of Mormons some common objections are their belief about who God is. Some of the most common questions are about who God (Father, Son & Holy Spirit) is and about Jesus and Lucifer being spirit brothers.  IMO, we don’t often get straight answers as seen with Romney and some of his defenders.

I came across a reply to Christian apologist Dr. Rob Bowman by a Mormon.  BTW, Dr. Bowman has some great recent articles on Mormonism at the Reclaiming the Mind blog.

I found some straight answers from an LDS blog which I quote below.

We reject the Nicaean Creed and the non-biblical concept of the Trinity (non-biblical word) as a 4th-century fabrication. We do believe in the Bible’s teaching of the God Head which is comprised of God the Father and The Son Jesus Christ; both with tangible, perfect, glorified, bodies of flesh and bone (no blood), parts, and righteous passions. The Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit whose image is in the likeness of a man which is in the express image and likeness of God. These 3 beings are 1 in purpose, but we only pray to and worship God the Father in the name of Jesus Christ. We do not pray to or worship Jesus and we do not pray to or worship the Holy Ghost. We interpret the “God is spirit” verse figuratively because the Bible speaks of God’s corporeal nature in nearly every other instance.

We do not believe that God the Father and Satan are brothers. We believe that Jehovah (Jesus Christ, the Son of God) and Lucifer were spirit brothers. Lucifer (son of the morning) is our spirit brother who fell from heaven for rebellion at the grand heavenly council, where we were present and “shouted for joy” and overcame Satan by our love, faith, and testimony for Christ.

I really appreciate this type of straight forwardness.  I understand it’s not easy to be this bold.  I do wish we all would be more bold, Mormons, Christians and religions in general.  This would make interfaith apologetic dialogue much more fruitful.

Now if we could just get our politicians to follow suit.

Mark

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1 TREVOR July 18, 2011 at 12:11 am

I don’t believe that Joel Osteen agrees that Mormons are Christians. They are cults. Joel can never say or imply such a hypocricy. I say Mormons are a Cultic Movement. and that it is not a Christian institution.

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