Cults - Mormonism

6 - Mormonism's 'Father God' - A Pagan Monstrosity

By Dr. Paul M. Elliott
Mimicking many ancient pagan religions, Mormonism teaches that God the Father is not God from eternity, but was a human being who became God.

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Part 6 of a series. Read part 5.

Mimicking many ancient pagan religions, Mormonism teaches that God the Father is not God from eternity, but was a human being who became God.

In our last article we said that Mormonism's doctrine of "gods" (not the one true and living God) is essentially polytheistic and pagan. We also observed that one of the reasons Mormonism has gained acceptance even among some self-described evangelicals is that, with few and precious exceptions, the doctrine of the Trinity is either under-taught or poorly taught - and in some cases even denied - in the nominally evangelical church today. We said that in order to demonstrate that Mormonism's "God" is a pagan falsehood, we must first make sure that each of us fully understands what the Bible actually says about the nature of God. We begin today with God the Father.

The Biblical Doctrine of God the Father

The doctrine of God the Father is a large subject. Faithful men have written many chapters, and even entire books, on this one aspect of Bible doctrine. The doctrine of God the Father is far more than we can completely cover in a a brief series of articles. Therefore I intend to focus our attention on three essential elements of the Biblical doctrine of God the Father that are completely denied by Mormonism.

First of all, Scripture speaks of Him as "the eternal God" in Deuteronomy 33:27 and elsewhere. He is a God of no beginning and no ending, a God who has always been God and will always be God (e.g., Psalm 90:2 and 102:12; 1 Kings 8:27).

Secondly, Scripture tells us repeatedly that God is not and never has been a man (e.g., Genesis 19:31, Numbers 23:19, 1 Samuel 15:29, Job 9:32).

Thirdly, Scripture tells us that God is and has always been a perfect and self-contained unity. He is absolutely holy, absolutely complete, absolutely self-sufficient, absolutely omniscient, and absolutely sovereign. God possesses all knowledge from eternity. God never learns anything. He is not bound by, or controlled by, time or events. God has never changed and will never change in any sense. God does not grow in any sense. God did not have to achieve His present status by some process of trial and learning. (See, for example, Psalm 102:25-27, 139:4, and 147:4-5; Isaiah 6:3, 40:13-14, and 40:28; Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8; Hebrews 4:13; James 1:17; I John 1:5; Revelation 2:23 and 4:8.)

What Does Mormonism Teach About God the Father?

This is a very brief and partial picture of some of the essential elements of the Biblical doctrine of God the Father. Later in this series, as we move on to the doctrine of Jesus Christ, we are going to take up some additional elements of Mormon false teaching about God the Father. We will need to do this because in Mormon theology, false teaching about God the Son and false teaching about God the Father often go hand-in-hand.

But with even this partial picture in mind - the three points stated above - we now have a standard of comparison. We can now ask the question: Is the person that Mormonism calls "God the Father" really the God of the Bible?

For the answer, let me quote passages from Mormon writers that reveal to us the utterly pagan nature of Mormon theology about God the Father. In these Mormon teachings, we find denial of the doctrine that God is eternal. We find denial of the doctrine that God is not and never has been a man. And, we find denial of the eternal perfection of God, the eternal holiness of God, the eternal completeness of God, the eternal self-sufficiency of God, and the eternal omniscience of God. Mormon theology audaciously contradicts all of these essential attributes of God the Father.

First of all, let me call your attention to a passage from the Mormon book called The Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Smith gives this twisted version of the role of the being he calls "God the Father" in the Genesis creation account:

In the Beginning, the head of the Gods called a council of the Gods; and they came together and concocted a plan to create the world and people in it.

Notice that Joseph Smith depicts God the Father as "the head of the Gods" - like Zeus among the Greek gods or Jupiter among the Roman gods. Clearly, this is a pagan misrepresentation of God the Father.

Later in the same book, Joseph Smith states that "God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man..." Another Mormon prophet named Lorenzo Snow echoed this when he said, "As Man is, God once was: as God is, man may become."

Mormon "Apostle" Orson Hyde says this:

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, and the school of advancement; has moved forward and overcome, until He has arrived at the point where He now is.

A Mormon book called The Gospel Through the Ages states that:

God the Eternal Father was once a mortal man who passed through a school of Earth life similar to that through which we are now passing. He became God - an exalted being - through obedience to the same eternal Gospel truths that we are given opportunity today to obey.

A Pagan Monstrosity

Mormon teaching about the being which this cult erroneously calls "God the Father" is the same kind of teaching that is found in pagan religions from the oldest antiquity onward. Pagan religions frequently invent "gods" who were once men, and who arrived at a so-called state of deity by passing through some process of learning and testing that led eventually to god status.

The pharaohs of Egypt were treated as gods in this way. Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon demanded worship as a god. The pagan gods of Greece and Rome were often depicted as having once been men and women. The Roman emperors declared themselves to be gods and demanded worship.

Mormonism sets forth this same kind of pagan god, and pagan pantheon, in place of the one true and living God. Ancient paganism is alive and active in present-day Mormonism. When a Mormon candidate for political office says, "God bless America," he is not speaking of the God of the Bible-believing Christian. When a well-known Mormon radio and television talk show host says, "God is the answer to America's problems," he is not speaking of the one true and living God of the Bible. Understand what these men are really saying. They are speaking not of the God of the Bible, but of the pagan deity of Mormonism.

A World of Difference

Do you see why it was such a great evil for men who call themselves Evangelical leaders to stand on the platform of a rally that was led by a Mormon, attended by half a million people, and viewed by millions of others on television, and to say with Mormon leaders that "God is the answer" and that Evangelicals must work together with Mormons to preach "God" to the nation?

When a Mormon speaks of "God" he speaks of a being who was once a man and became a god, and is one of many gods in Mormon theology. When a true Christian speaks of God, he speaks of the one true and living God of the Bible, the one eternally existent God revealed in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

There is a world of difference between the Mormon "God" and the Christian God. Indeed, it is the difference between Satan and God. It is the difference between Hell and Heaven. It is the difference between eternal death and eternal life. Listen to the words that the Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian church - the church that had embraced inclusivism and was putting up with paganism. He wrote this, in Second Corinthians chapter 6, beginning at verse 14:

Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers... What communion has light with darkness?... [W]hat part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols?...Therefore, come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord...

The true believer in Jesus Christ individually, and the true church of Jesus Christ as a body, can have no fellowship, no communion, no partnership, with pagan Mormonism and its monstrous counterfeit doctrine of "God the Father".

As we continue this series we shall see this picture of paganism in Mormon teaching unfold even further. Mormon theology concerning Jesus Christ is equally horrible and equally pagan. We need to understand that the "Jesus" they teach is not the authentic Christ of the Bible.

Next: Mormonism's False Christ

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