Much has been made the past few days about some interviews that Robert Jeffress has given in which he has stated that Mormons are not Christians and that Mormanism is a cult. The fact of the matter is that Pastor Jeffress is 100% correct in this matter. Mormonism has long been held by Christian theologians to be a religion regarded as unorthodox or spurious; a cult. What makes Mormonism a cult of Christianity?
1. Mormons are Polytheists, believing in more than one God. The Bible clearly says, “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord”. This is found in Deuteronomy 6:4. A belief in more than one God is a direct assault on the person of God Himself which is the very foundation of the Christian faith. A Christian could not believe such thing as this belief makes one a non-Christian and a cultist.
2. Mormons deny the virgin birth of Jesus which is central to Christianity. God takes great measures to let us know that the incarnation of Jesus was the product of God, who is a spirit, placing the incarnate Christ within Mary’s womb. Let me reference Matthew 1:18 and Matthew 1:23 respectively.
Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Matthew 1:18
Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Matthew 1:23
Mary was a virgin until after the birth of our Lord and Savior. Any deviance from this is non-Christian in substance and is a lie from the pit of Hell itself. Again, a Christian could not believe such a thing and the Mormon belief that our god was a man on another planet is not just extra biblical, but is anti biblical. In Morman belief, our god followed the laws of that planet’s god and became a god himself, then took with him a goddess from that other planet and had spirit children of whom Jesus was the first and Satan was the second. We are then all spirit children of this god and are just floating around waiting for a body. Again this is anti Biblical and is from the very pit of Hell. Again a Christian would not and could not believe that Jesus was the product of a sexual relationship between god the father and some goddess. This teaching is simply anti Biblical.
3. Mormons teach that the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross is not suffecient in and of itself to save a person. The 3rd Article of the Mormon faith reads,
We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
I am trying to be kind here, but either you believe in Christ’s atoning death, or you believe that we are atoned by our obedience to laws and ordinances. To believe in both is an impossibility and the 3rd Article of Faith of the Mormon Church is an oxymoron in that atonement by Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross and atonement by good works are contradictory. If a person puts his or her faith totally and completely, as is needed for salvation, in what Jesus did at the cross then there is no room for salvation by works. If a person puts any credence in salvation by works then the blood of Jesus is trampled upon and made less important or not important at all.
There are denominations and independant churches that meet the criteria for orthodoxy who teach a works based salvation. What sets the Mormon Church aside from these churches and denominations and classifies Mormonism as a cult is the belief in many gods and the denial of the virgin birth of Jesus.
What is saddening to me is that many theologians lack the courage or the fortitude to,
earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered to the saints.
This faith, as Jude writes to saints in 67 – 70 AD, we are to contend for, is the faith which was once delivered. The faith had been delivered. Jude was not looking for the prophet Joseph Smith to complete the faith. The faith was once delivered. The faith was delivered not by prophets or angels or crack pots with divining rods, but the faith was delivered by Jesus Christ.
Earnestly contend is to defend as with a punch or a hit. Literally we are to defend our faith so ably as to hit or punch verbally. This doesn’t mean to belittle the person to whom you are talking. It does, however mean, that we do not change what the scripture says to get along with society. Mormonism has long been thought of as a cult and this recent longing of “evangelicals” to include Mormons and their doctrine under the umbrella of Christianity does nothing to advance the cause of Christ, shows an unwillingness to contend for the faith, and will ultimately water down the true Gospel of Christ.
Pastor Jeffress is to be applauded for his unabashed defense of Christ and his cross, scripture, and the faith once and for all delivered.
Some pundits and politicians alike are asking Rick Perry to disavow or repudiate Pastor Jeffress.
In the first place, Rick Perry is not a member of Dallas First Baptist Church and Jeffress is not his pastor.
Second, Pastor Jeffress was asked a theological question which Mitt Romney, John Huntsman, Bill Bennett among others, have politicized.
Romney asked for the repudiation of Pastor Jeffress, meanwhile he will not repudiate his Mormonism while claiming to be a Christian.
John Hunstsman called Jeffress a moron, while Bill Bennett called the good pastor a bigot. Since when did John Hunstsman, the RINO from Utah become smart enough to call anyone a moron?
Bill Bennett should know better as he used to be an actual conservative. Evidentally he never received the memo ten years ago that he is no longer significant in any way politically and is certainly not thought to be a religious leader.
Exit Thought: In America today we need less talking heads with nothing leaking from their head but hot air. In America today, especially in Christ’s church, we need more people with discernment and less attacking of those who are courageous enough to speak on evil and goodness and more encouragment instead. Keep up the good work Pastor Jeffress. Many in American churches thank God for you and those like you daily in our prayers.
Please see the link below to a message written by my father in the early 1970s concerning the Mormon Church. This writing was used as a folded pamphlet that Dad would hand to people who had questions about the Mormon Church.