Cults - Mormonism

7 - Mormonism's False Christ

By Dr. Paul M. Elliott
Mormonism's false "Jesus" is the kind of god that Scripture condemns in Romans 1:23 - "an image made like corruptible man."

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Part 6 of a series. Read part 5.

Mormonism's false "Jesus" is the kind of god that Scripture condemns in Romans 1:23 - "an image made like corruptible man."

In dealing with Mormons, the true Christian will find that it is exceedingly difficult to have a meaningful conversation about their theology. That is because they have redefined the meanings of all the major Biblical terms so that they fit the Mormon mold. If a Bible-believing Christian does not understand this, it will be easy to think that when a Mormon uses a particular Biblical term, he is using that term as the Bible defines it, when in fact a Mormon is not using it in the same way at all.

The way to expose this fact about Mormonism or any other false religion is to ask essential questions, as we are doing in this series. Now that we have seen the monstrosity that Mormonism has put in place of God the Father, we must next ask, "What does Mormonism teach about Jesus Christ?"

Like all cults that falsely claim to be Christian, Mormonism redefines the Bible's terminology. Nowhere is this more the case than in Mormonism's horrible disfigurement of the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. They have invented a pagan substitute for the authentic Jesus.

Mormonism's "Father God" and "Mother God"

As we begin to consider Mormon false teaching about Jesus, we need to understand additional points of Mormon false teaching about God the Father.

In order to understand how they have invented a false Jesus, it is very important, first of all, to understand that Mormonism teaches the existence of both a being it calls the "Father God" and also a being it calls a "Mother God." You heard me correctly: Mormonism teaches both a "Father God" and a "Mother God." Mormon theologian Milton R. Hunter, states:

The stupendous truth for the existence of a Heavenly Mother, as well as a Heavenly Father, became an established fact in Mormon theology.

According to another Mormon writing called the Book of Abraham, the Mormon "Father God" and "Mother God" lived together on or near a planet or star named Kolob. Mormonism teaches that this so-called "Father God" has many wives, not just one. They teach that this "Father God" came to earth with one of his wives, named Eve, to start the human race. In other words, Mormonism teaches that Adam and God are the same person. What a confused and evil theology this is.

It is also instructive to note that this hideous doctrine of a "Father God" and a "Mother God" became a central doctrine of the Mormon church, even though no such doctrine appears in any of the four books they call "scripture." Mormonism has no unchanging source of authority. Their teachings can change on the word of one man, one leader of the church.

The Mormon doctrine of a "Father God" and "Mother God" was invented out of thin air. It is nowhere to be found in the three books they have added to the Bible, or in the authentic Word of God itself. And yet this doctrine of a "Father God" and "Mother God" is a key to understanding the false Mormon doctrine of the person they falsely call Jesus Christ.

Here is the reason why: Mormonism teaches that this same so-called "Father God," a god having many wives, also took Mary as a wife and fathered Jesus in the normal, physical manner. In other words, in Mormon theology there is no virgin birth, and there is no pre-existent Christ, God the Son from all eternity.

The Authentic Account of the Incarnation

Before we go further into the shocking details of Mormonism's pagan distortion of the birth of Jesus, let me remind you of the authentic, Biblical account of the incarnation of Christ.

The doctrine of the virgin birth of the Lord Jesus Christ is an essential doctrine of the Christian faith. In the book of Isaiah chapter seven, verse fourteen, God declares, "Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son and shall call His name Immanuel..." - which in the original language means "God with us."

In the Gospel of Luke chapter one, the angel Gabriel announced the fulfillment of that prophecy to the Virgin Mary. We read in verse thirty-four that

Mary said to the angel, "how can this be, since I do not know a man?" [Notice, dear friends - Mary from the beginning understood the miraculous nature of the doctrine of the virgin birth!] And the angel [Gabriel] answered and said to her, "the Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the Power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore also that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God."

In Philippians chapter two beginning at verse five, we read this:

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:5-11)

When the Apostle Paul under divine inspiration speaks of Jesus "being in the form of God" and "taking the form of a bondservant," he is using words in the Greek that tell us that Jesus took on an outward appearance that was in agreement with an inward nature He already possessed.

The Greek words in the phrase "being in the form of God" in verse six tell us two things. First, Jesus' deity is the outward expression of His inward nature. Second, Jesus' deity is a continuous state - past, present, and future. In other words, He did not empty Himself of, or in any way diminish, His deity when He came into this world in a body of flesh. In taking on the form of a servant, Jesus voluntarily laid aside heavenly privileges and prerogatives in obedience to God the Father, but His deity was not changed or diminished. Jesus was still the God of the universe while in this world.

The phrase "taking the form of a bondservant" in verse seven is in harmony with this. It tells us that servanthood was also an outward expression of Jesus' inward nature. His deity remained intact when He took on the form of a servant. Humanity was the means by which He manifested His servanthood. This passage echoes Jesus' own words in the Gospel of John, chapter six, beginning at verse thirty-eight:

I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day. (John 6:38-40)

The Birth of "Jesus" According to Mormonism

In contrast to this, what does Mormonism teach about the birth of the person they call Jesus Christ? Mormonism teaches that a god (small "g"), who began as a sinful man, became the "Father God," took Mary as a wife, and fathered Jesus in the normal human way. There was no virgin birth. The Holy Spirit was not involved - and that is a plain denial of Scripture. And since Joseph was also Mary's husband, this makes Mary guilty of adultery and polygamy.

Worse yet, Mormonism teaches that Jesus is the brother of Lucifer. It teaches that both Jesus and Lucifer were begotten in the same way, by the act of this false "God the Father" having a physical relationship with one of his wives.

The Mormon "Jesus" was born to two beings who both, according to Mormonism, are sinners. Of course, they believe that Mary was a sinner. But let me remind you that Mormons also teach that the being they call the "Father God" was a sinner. One of Mormonism's leading theologians, a man named Bruce McConkie, wrote this:

The Father is a glorified, perfected resurrected, exalted man who worked out his own salvation by obedience to the same laws he has given to us so that we may do the same. [From A New Witness for the Articles of Faith, page 64]

Notice what Mormons teach about their "Father God." They teach that he "worked out his salvation" and was "resurrected." Think about this for just a moment. According to the authentic Word of God, death is the wages of sin. That makes the Mormon "Father God" a sinner, and in fact Mormon teaching admits that their so-called "Father God" began as a sinful man. Mormonism teaches that their so-called "Father God" was saved by his own works.

Now, Mormons will argue that if their God did sin, he does not do so now. But that is irrelevant. A "god" who sinned at all is not the God of the Bible. The God of the Bible has always been perfect - from all eternity. Psalm 90:2 tells us that He always has been God and never was a mortal man. The God of the Bible is not an exalted man.

A "God" Who Is "An Image Made Like Corruptible Man"

The truth is that Mormonism worships the kind of god that Scripture condemns in Romans 1:23. Truly they have, as the Apostle Paul wrote, "changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man."

Holy Scripture utterly and unequivocally condemns Mormon teaching about their "Father God" and how he begot their "Jesus Christ." It is yet another teaching from ancient paganism - the idea of male gods having intercourse with human women, which in Mormon teaching is possible because all gods were once mortal humans.

The one the Mormons call "Jesus Christ" is not the Christ of Scripture. He is not qualified to be a sinless substitute, because the so-called "god" who fathered him was not eternally holy. He is not the One who said, "I and my Father are one" (John 10:30) - a truth of authentic Scripture that we shall return to when we address Mormon false teaching on the doctrine of the Trinity.

Next: The False Name of a False Church

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