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Part 8 of a series. Read part 7.
The Mormon church's official name - "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints" - is itself a falsehood and a blasphemy.
The Mormon church in no sense deserves to be called "Church of Jesus Christ" because, as we have seen, the "Christ" of Mormonism is a false Christ, a Satanic counterfiet.
Jesus a Son of Adam?
Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, and did not have a human father, because he could not be the perfect substitute for sinners if he inherited Adam's sin nature. But Mormonism openly denies the virgin birth of Jesus Christ, and teaches that the one they call "God the Father" was a man born with a sin nature.
Mormon leader Brigham Young, in a book called Journal of Discourses, stated this:
When the Virgin Mary conceived the child Jesus, the Father had begotten him in his own likeness. He was not begotten by the Holy Ghost. And who was God the Father? He is the first of the human family... Jesus, our elder brother, was begotten in the flesh by the same character that was in the garden of Eden, and who is our Father in heaven.
Now, what exactly did Brigham Young mean by this? Well, he makes it clear, when he says this:
When our father Adam came into the garden of Eden, he came into it with a celestial body, and brought Eve, one of his wives, with him.... He is our FATHER and our GOD...
In other words, Jesus is a son of Adam in Mormon theology.
We have already seen that Mormon theology is inherently polytheistic. Not only are there many gods in Mormon theology, they are polygamous gods. They take many wives, have physical intercourse with them, and produce children. Mormonism actually teaches that "Jesus Christ" - or the one they mistakenly call Jesus Christ - was the product of intercourse between the pagan deity they speak of as the "Father God" and Mary, who became one of his wives.
Brigham Young, in the same book that I quoted a few moments ago, emphasizes this. He says that "the Father came Himself... Instead of letting any other man do it..." Note that carefully - "any other man." The Mormon so-called "Father God" is merely an elevated man. Brigham Young also said that the birth of Jesus "was as natural as are the births of our children; it was the result of natural action... [Jesus Christ] was begotten of his father, as we are of our fathers."
The writings of the Mormon leader Ezra Taft Benson echo this blasphemy. Mr. Benson was the most well-known Mormon of his day. During the 1950s, he served as Secretary of Agriculture in the cabinet of President Dwight Eisenhower. Ezra Taft Benson was also a Mormon prophet; in other words, his theological pronouncements essentially had the authority of "scripture" in the Mormon view. Benson served as the president of the Mormon church worldwide from 1985 to 1994.
In 2003, the Mormon church republished Mr. Benson's Sermons and Writings. In them, Benson reaffirmed what Brigham Young had falsely taught about Jesus Christ over 100 years earlier. Mormon prophet Benson said this:
The church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints proclaims that Jesus Christ is the son of God in the most literal sense. The body in which he performed his mission in the flesh was sired by that same holy being we worship as God, our eternal Father.
This is utter blasphemy of both God the Father and God the Son. Mormon theology effectively rewrites the first chapter of Matthew to read like this:
Now the birth of Jesus Christ happened in this way: a "Father God", a god of flesh and bones, a god who began as a sinful man, a god who has many wives, came into the world and took a woman named Mary as one of his wives, impregnated her in the natural human way, and she bore a being who had never existed before, named Jesus.
That is not what Scripture tells us. Matthew by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit declares the truth which Mormonism has no right to contradict:
Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins." (Matthew 1:18-21)
And then Matthew quotes the prophecy of the virgin birth of Christ from Isaiah chapter 7, and recounts its fulfillment:
So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us." Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus. (Matthew 1:22-25)
Mormons Try to Deny Their Own Teachers - But Cannot
If you speak with a Mormon church member or a Mormon missionary, that person will probably deny that Mormon teaching is what it is. Mormons deny that their religion teaches a pagan fiction concerning the nature of the birth of Jesus Christ. But when they are faced with Brigham Young's own statements from his Journal of Discourses, and with other statements by Mormon leaders of the middle 1800s, and with the statements of a president and prophet of the Mormon church over 100 years later, Mormons are forced to admit that this grotesque account of the conception and birth of Christ is the long-standing teaching of their church. They are forced to admit the nature of the false "Jesus" they worship.
Another Throwback to Ancient Paganism
The false Mormon account of the birth of Jesus Christ is yet another blasphemy that we find repeatedly in ancient pagan religions - the idea of a pagan god coming and having physical intercourse with a woman in order to produce a child-god.
Once again, the words of the Apostle Paul in Second Corinthians chapter six sound a warning to us. We are to have no fellowship with those who believe such things, because they have no spiritual relationship with the one true and living God.
Mormon theology is blind to a central truth of God's eternal plan of salvation: the necessity of the death of Christ, who is God from all eternity, as a sinless substitute for sinful human beings. Second Corinthians 5:21 and other passages clearly teach that Jesus "knew no sin" and did nothing worthy of death. He lived a perfect life.
The Authentic Savior
The sins that Jesus Christ paid for on the cross were not His own, or those of His Father! He did not have to "work out his own salvation" like the so-called "God" of Mormonism. Jesus lived the perfect life we could not live, and He died the death that we deserved to die, in order to pay the penalty for our sins. Jesus' death was not a down-payment for sins as Mormonism teaches. We do not add our works to Christ's death, as Mormonism teaches. Jesus shouted from the cross, "It is finished" - the word in the Greek of the New Testament is tetelestai, which means "paid in full."
Next: Mormon Confusion About the Holy Spirit
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