The major heresy of Mormonism is summed up in its central theological axiom, the doctrine of The Law of Eternal Progression. It is as follows: “As Man is, God once was, and as God is, man may become.”
Basically, it says that the god of Mormonism was once a man who was born to human parents on another planet, grew to manhood, lived out his life being obedient to the laws and ordinances of the gospel presented by the god of that world. Upon his death and resurrection, he was judged (by his god) as being worthy for godhood.
The Mormon god was raised to his godhood and sent with many goddess wives to a planet near the great star, Kolob, somewhere in our present galaxy. There, this god and his wives began ‘procreating’ or physically begetting “spirit” children. We here on this planet are each the offspring of this god and one of his goddesses in this pre-existent Mormon world.
Amazing? Yes, it is! But even more disparate is the position of Christ in all this. Mormonism teaches that when their god decided it was time to populate this earth with his spirit children, the Head of All The Gods called a great council meeting to decide the method. The Mormon god asked his two eldest sons, Jesus and Lucifer, to both prepare plans for presentation to the council. They chose the plan of Jesus.
Lucifer rebelled and led one-third of the children to revolt against god and in a great battle, was defeated by Christ and the two-thirds who were “valiant.” Lucifer and those who fought with him were cast to earth without bodies and became the devil and his demons. Those others who were less than valiant became the black race and the very valiant became the “white and delightsome” race.
Mormonism teaches that if Mormons are faithful, pay their tithing, obey all the laws and ordinances of the (Mormon) gospel, do their genealogy and go to the temple for secret, sacred rituals for both the living and their dead, they too can become gods and goddesses as all gods have done before them.
To the Mormon, Jesus is our elder brother, who pointed the way, but isn’t The Way, as we Christians understand. To the Mormon, Jesus was the god of the Old Testament, but once he took his physical form, justified his own spiritual salvation through his works while in the flesh, just as each of us must.
Mormonism teaches that Jesus suffered for our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane, providing personal salvation (which may mean exaltation to godhood) conditional upon our obedience to the laws and ordinances of the LDS gospel. His death on the cross provided a general salvation, whereby all mankind is resurrected to be judged for our works, using the secret keys, hand grips and passwords learned only in the Mormon temple by worthy Mormons.
What I have just shared is just the tip of a dark and dangerous iceberg, filled with spiritual death for its unsuspecting victims. Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Were the scriptures ever more direct in such a matter?
The Mormon people are like those of whom Paul spoke in Romans 10, “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God… is that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal for God, but not according to Knowledge. For they, being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.”
There is a real zeal to serve God manifest in the lives and actions of the Mormon people. It is my prayer that you will have the opportunity to share that true Joy of Christ‘s righteousness and love with your Mormon friends and loved ones! Let them know that there is only one God and He is not one born of man, One savior and He took all the laws and ordinances that were against us and moved them out of the way, nailing them to His Cross (Col 2:13-15).
It is the message of the Cross and its reality that will free the Mormon from the bondage of trying to earn salvation through his/her own works. We new creatures in Christ do good works because we are saved, not to earn salvation, much less our own godhood. The Bible say there is one God and only one God. The job is already taken and there will be no openings.