Double-standards of Mormons make for deficiencies in Presidential Candidates
by: Timothy Lee Unrine September 10, 2012
Matthew 7:1 is a typical Mormon defensive tactic towards any challenge against Mormonism. Which seems hypocritical of Mormons since Mormons judge non-Mormons who believe in Christianity as an abomination; a Mormon attitude developed by Joseph Smith himself:
Mormons love to partially quote scripture and take it out of context. Even the serpent knows and uses the words of God to lead people astray, just like he bequiled Eve in the garden.
If we look at Matthew 7:1 in light of challenging Mormons:
Do not challenge another Christians faith, or your own faith may be challenged. For in the way that you apply the Holy Bible, it will be likewise applied to you. And how you rate someone's Christianity, your's will be rate too.
A majority of Christian faith do follow and adhere to this Gospel principle. Penecostals do not condemn Baptists as not being Christians. Baptists do not condemn Lutherans as not being Christians. Methodists don't condemn Catholics as not being Christians. HOWEVER, the Mormons condemn all Christians faiths that do not embrace Joseph Smith and Mormonism abomination.
Mormons go so far as to call Christians the anti-Christ for not following Joseph Smith:
Brigham Young, Mormonism's "prophet," says if us Christians, us Baptists, us Calvanists, us Lutherans, us Catholics, us Penecostals - all Christian faiths - if us Christians don't believe in our hearts, and confess with our mouths that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God - then we are the anti-Christ.
That is the very attitude carried by Mormons today. They believe that their religion is the only true religion, ours are of the anti-Christ; and we must accept Joseph Smith. However, Mormons don't believe that to be judging, nor attacking Christianity - because a Mormon is doing it - so a different set of rules apply.
Let me repeat the opening paragraph:
Matthew 7:1 is a typical Mormon defensive tactic towards any challenge against Mormonism. Which seems hypocritical of Mormons since Mormons judge non-Mormons who believe in Christianity as an abomination.
Mormons love to attempt to stop counter-challenges to Mormonism. Between judge not, you're a bigot, to being called an anti-Mormon (as if that one title is actually a bad name), all in a vain attempt to get a Christian to say "Oh, I'm so sorry that I offended you; please continue to call my faith anti-Christ."
Why should Christians bother though? First, the main target of recruitment for Mormons is Christians - Mormonism has developed it's language around Christian terms, but have assigned different meanings to them. Mormons have a Christ that was conceived by the Mormon god having physical sex with Mary, versus the Christian Christ being conceived by the Holy Spirt and born of the Virgin Mary.
The theological differences are too lengthly to discuss here, but those are some examples.
So we are commanded to protect our fellow Christians from false gospels, false teachers, false profits that entice weaker members of the Christian faith with tales and myths of Mormonism, disquised as Christianity.
For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instruct to seek their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
They will turn their ears away from truth and turn aside to myths.
(2 Timothy 4:2-4 NIV)
When we are challenging Mormons, whether at our door, on the internet, or at work (if they bring up Mormonism first - otherwise religion in the workplace is not recommended), what is it that Christians are doing when they challenge Mormonism? REBUKE!
What is REBUKE? "To scold sharply." (Websters, 269)
Where in the New Testament are we given examples of REBUKE?
But when he saw many of the Pharisees and the Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?
"Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.
"And do not think you can say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' I tell you that out of these stones of God can raise up children of Abraham.
"The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce ggood fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire." (Matthew 3:7-10 NIV)
Two examples of John the Baptist giving two very strong rebukes. The first was to King Herod and the type of relationship that Herod had with her current wife; the other directly challenging the religious leaders of the city. Is John the Baptist judging or rebuking? Or does the example show that Christians should REBUKE when Christianity is 'insulted' by false teachers (Pharisees, Sadducees), or even REBUKE rulers when they living conditions aren't in tune with the scriptures?
What about Jesus though? He Jesus ever demonstrate rebuke? We are asked to emulate Christ in our lives afterall.
"It is written," he said to them, "My house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a 'den of robbers.'" (Matthew 21:12-13 NIV)
Rebuking the money changers and scolding them, correcting them inthe process, teaching the purpose of the temple is to be a house of prayer.
As I have demonstrated 'judge not' is not a sufficient challenge to stop a Christian from challenging Mormonism. As Mormons approach Christians to convert them, the Christians are told their priests are properly ordained, their baptisms are therefore invalid, and their church is false - only the Mormons have the true church.
Baptists do not judge Methodists, or Methodist might judge Baptists.
Mormons are judging Christians, therefore Christians can judge Mormons.
Christians must not cease the rebuke of Mormons; we have a Christian duty to defend our faith, as well as a duty to save souls. Without saving Christians from Mormonism, we are condemning our fellow Christians.
As shown, if we don't reach out to correct Mormons of their misconceptions, we have condemned them. So we must reach out to those who the Mormons are trying to convert, as well as the Mormons themselves. Our Christ welcomes back any lost sheep, at any time.
"Mormonism." Contender Ministries. http://contenderministries.org. accessed 7/12/2012.
Webster's New Pocket Dictionary. 2000. Edited by Jonathan L Goldman. Cleveland: Wiley Publishers, Inc.
Scriptures taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.