This one continues to baffle me. Even in 2012, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) are still seen as members of some mysterious cult. Really people? Even more disturbing are people who have ongoing relationships with a Mormon(s) and still object to Romney because of his faith.
So let’s expose Mormonism to those of you who are using some other excuse not to vote for Romney when we all know the real reason is prejudice against Mormons.
Naming the church after Jesus Christ. What kind of ruse is that? They end all prayers, “In the name of Thy Son, Jesus Christ, Amen.” When Mormon’s pray, and they pray a lot, they begin the prayer with “Dear Heavenly Father” and get this, they actually THANK God for all of their blessings before asking for anything. Wow, that’s seriously messed up. What other religion does that kind of thing?
Then there are The Articles of Faith, all thirteen of them. This includes:
- We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.
3. We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
6. We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.
11. We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.
13. We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul-We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.
Well no wonder people are suspicious of Mormons. I mean, really, those Articles of Faith are really radical. But it gets even more radical. Case in point, what Mormons believe about Jesus:
“Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and the Son of God. He is our Redeemer. The Holy Bible teaches us that Jesus Christ’s mother was Mary, His father on earth was Joseph, that He was born in Bethlehem and raised in Nazareth, and labored with Joseph as a carpenter. When he turned 30, He began a three-year ministry of teaching, blessing, and healing the people of the Holy Land. He also organized His Church and gave His apostles “power and authority” ( Luke 9:1 ) to assist in His work.”
“But what do we mean when we say He is the Savior of the world? The Redeemer? Each of these titles point to the truth that Jesus Christ is the only way by which we can return to live with our Heavenly Father. Jesus suffered and was crucified for the sins of the world, giving each of God’s children the gift of repentance and forgiveness. Only by His mercy and grace can anyone be saved. His subsequent resurrection prepared the way for every person to overcome physical death as well. These events are called the Atonement. In short, Jesus Christ saves us from sin and death. For that, he is very literally our Savior and Redeemer. In the future Jesus Christ will return to reign on earth in peace for a thousand years. Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and He will be our Lord forever.”
But what about Joseph Smith? What about him? Everyone makes a big deal about the fact that the Church was organized by Joseph Smith in Fayette, NY on April 6, 1830. So let’s talk about Martin Luther and the Lutherans. Does Marty get a pass because he started the Lutheran Church in 1521 instead of 1830? How about John Wesley and the Methodist Church? That was less than a hundred years prior to Joseph Smith’s founding of the Mormon Church. Or John Calvin and the Presbyterian Church in 1707. I could go on, but I think I’ve made my point. No one thinks about how other religions started or who started them because they didn’t start in America. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is uniquely American. Which could explain why Mormons believe that this is a chosen nation and that The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution are divinely inspired documents. Oh, now that is too much – all that and they are incredibly patriotic too?
Yes indeed, those Mormons really bear watching. When someone believes in God, family, Country, service to others, fidelity, self-reliance, taking care of those in need, building churches only when they have saved the money to do so, etc. they really need close-scrutiny. Oh, and one last thing – Mormons DO believe in the Bible and like most Baptists, use The King James Version for teaching and study.
So if you call yourself a Christian and can’t bring yourself to vote for a Mormon because you are grossly ignorant of the history or facts of the Church, then just remember that by default you are voting for a man who is Black Liberation Theologist at best, and sympathetic to Islam and Shariah Law at worst. If you are comfortable with that, then God help us all.