The Problem with Mormonism: Their god/gods
|Mormons are lost in a maze of false doctrine and darkness|
God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens... I am going to tell you how God came to be God. We have imagined and have supposed that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea... (Mormon prophet Joseph Smith). Remember that God, our heavenly Father, was perhaps once a child, and mortal like we ourselves, and rose step by step in the scale of progress (Mormon Apostle).1 Mormonism Denies That God alone is Eternal The Gods, organized and formed [not created] the heavens and the earth (Abraham 4:1). Mormonism asserts that the universe, men, and gods are all eternal. If man has always been, and some men have always been progressing into godhood: What came first, a god or a man? If a man was first, who made the man? A god? If a god came first, then from what did he progress in this eternal progression of gods? It’s easy to see that not only do the false doctrines of Mormonism have no scriptural support; they are philosophically mistaken as well. The LORD is righteous in all His ways, gracious in all His works. The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth (Psalms 145:17-18). Questions for Mormons As man is, God once was, as God is, man may become (Mormon Apostle Lorenzo Snow). • If the result of faith and a godly life is godhood as Mormonism claims, why did Moroni change from a man to an angel and not a god? • In LDS theology: How did the Holy Spirit become a God without a resurrected physical body of flesh and bones? • According to Mormon doctrine, at what point in time did Jesus Christ become a God? • When do Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost receive planets to be Lord over within the religious system of Mormonism? Polytheism: Many gods I wish to declare: I have always and in all congregations when I have preached on the subject of the Deity, it has been the plurality of Gods (Joseph Smith). Gods exist, and we better strive to prepare to be one with them (Brigham Young).2 The Gods, organized and formed the heavens and the earth (Abraham 4:1). Joseph Fielding Smith expelled the following out of his begrimed soul: “I will preach a plurality of Gods... I have always declared God to be a distinct personage, Jesus Christ a separate and distinct personage from God the Father, and that the Holy Ghost was a distinct personage of Spirit: and these three constitute three distinct personages and Gods... God the Father had a Father, you may suppose that he had a Father also.” In contrast, Cornelius Van Til councils that polytheism leads to vanity and emptiness because “men have felt a lack in the gods that are made with man’s hands and according to men’s imaginations” (IST). Only the Most high God can bless men with joy, peace, fulfillment, and hope (Romans 15:13). A multitude of insignificant spurious gods cannot offer any true hope. Idols can only bring despair. The LDS take on polytheism (most Mormons will not admit that they are polytheists—they usually profess to only worship the god of this world and no other gods) has many problems. They do not have an unchanging foundation for unity (all the LDS deities change and progress) so that they cannot arbitrate any conflict or disagreement between themselves. If this were true this would result in wide chaos and disorder, yet our universe runs in precision. Our Father in heaven at one time passed through a life and death and is an exalted man... our Father had a father and so on (LDS Prophet Joseph Fielding Smith). An Insurmountable Problem I will cry out to God Most High, to God who performs all things for me (Psalms 57:2). If God the Father has a god, as Smith and other LDS prophets taught, and this god has a god, and his god has a god, how can one claim to worship the Most High God? The true and living God is the Most High. The Latter-day Saint god is not the Most High God, consequently, he is not God. The Problem with Mormonism: Their god/gods Gods exist, and we better strive to prepare to be one with them (Brigham Young).3 Mormonism cannot provide the required a priori essentials for immutable universals (the laws of logic, mathematical truths, moral law, etc.) because their god is limited to time and space, and wasn’t always a god. The LDS god/gods change and lack universal power so they lack the capacity to account for immutable universals. The Lord God revealed in the Bible is the basis for the laws of logic. The laws of logic are unchanging, transcendent, universal, and immaterial and only the Most High God who is unchanging, transcendent, universal in reach, and immaterial can provide the mandatory truth conditions for laws of logic. Thus, it’s impossible for Mormonism to be true. Van Til remarked that “God is absolute. He is autonomous” (IST). People cannot be autonomous (not subject to the rule or authority of another) and the LDS notion of their god cannot be autonomous. For strict autonomy one must have aseity, self-rule, and supreme sovereignty which only the true God has. Much of mankind has rebelled against the authority of God and that rebellion is culminated in LDS eternal progression theology. Men seek the crowning glory that is only due God. Van Til comments: “The natural man virtually attributes to himself that which true Christian theology attributes to the self-contained God” (IST). Those who puff out their chests pinned with little black badges will never become a god, and lacking repentance, their destiny is bleak. Christians must speak the truth in love and tear off the masks of pride and self-sufficiency of LDS members and other nonbelievers. We must do this with patience, respect, hard truth, and compassion. If it were not for God’s grace, the Christian could also be stuck in a system that blasphemes the thrice holy God. Contend for the Truth Additionally, many Mormons have a persecution complex that can rise up when a Christian discusses the errors of their faith. The Christian should seek to speak the truth in love, but speak the truth even if it hurts the feelings of the Mormon. Gentleness and patience yes, but remember, unlike most faiths the LDS religion propagates sheer blasphemy (men can become gods; God the Father was once a sinful man; etc.). They will perish, but You will endure; yes, they will all grow old like a garment; like a cloak You will change them, and they will be changed. But You are the same, and Your years will have no end (Psalms 102:26-27). Van Til’s elucidation that with “the self-contained ontological Trinity we have the foundational concept of a Christian theory of being, of knowledge, and action. Christians are interested in showing to those who believe in no God or in a God, a beyond, some ultimate or absolute, that it is this God in whom they must believe lest all meaning should disappear” summarizes the proper goal of the Christian witnessing to a Mormon.