Monday, September 10, 2012

Mormons call Christians anti-Christs; but if a Christian challenges a Mormon is bigotry?

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:

Do not judge, or you to will be judged. For in the same way you judges others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. (Matt 7:1 NIV)
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.
But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning, you minds may somehow be lead astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. (2 Cor 11:3 NIV)
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.
The fact is, proving Mormonismm to be false is not an attack but a defense of the Christian faith. Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism make the first attack by claiming that all Christian denominations are an abomination in God's sight. (Mormonism, para 2).
Mormons go so far as to call Christians the anti-Christ for not following Joseph Smith:
. . . I have taught for thirty years, and still teach, that he that believeth in his heart and confesseth with his mouth that Jesus is the Christ and that Joseph Smith is his Prophet to this generation, is not of God, but is anti-Christ. (Brigham Young. Journal of Discourses Volume 9, page 312, July 13, 1862).
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.
Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, and encourage - with great patience and careful instruction.
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 John rebuked Herob the tetrach because of Herodias, his brother's wife, and all the other evil things he had done. (Luke 3:19 NIV)
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.
Jesus entered the Temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.
"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.
If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned. (1 Galatians 1:9 NIV)
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.

References:

"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.

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