Monday, July 03, 2006
Mormon President on the Doctrine of God
The latest issue of the official Latter-day Saint magazine Ensign (July 2006) included an incredibly important First Presidency Message by Gordon B. Hinckley: "In These Three I Believe." In the introduction, Hinckley says:

I recall reading a tract some years ago written by a critic, an enemy of the Church whose desire was to undermine the faith of the weak and the unknowing. The tract repeated fallacies that had been parroted for a century and more. It purported to set forth what you and I, as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, believe.

Without wishing to argue with any of our friends of other faiths, many of whom I know and for whom I have the highest regard, I take this opportunity to set forth my position on this most important of all theological subjects.

The position of the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the doctrine of God is significant indeed! I am holding back from responding to this piece because I am simply overwhelmed right now with family, work, church, and school responsibilities. I hope other evangelicals will reply to Hinckley; maybe I will in the future. Regardless, this message is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand and interact with Mormons.
posted at 9:00 AM  
Comments (8)

At 2:03 PM, Blogger Aaron Shafovaloff said...

What a dissapointing article! I thought for once he'd be clear on something pertaining to the Lorenzo Snow couplet's theology. Instead, he just repeated the normal stuff. Didn't even mention the "repeated fallacies"!

At 10:04 PM, Blogger Arthur Sido said...

As is usual with Hinckley, it is more noteworthy what he DOESN'T say. No mention of God the Father being a created being and no mention of the physical procreative act of God impregnating Mary. I would have a lot more respect for him if he would just stand up and ay what the mormon church teaches instead of trying to hide behind pseudo-evangelical speak.

At 8:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a life... criticizing everyone. Doesn't the Lord teach tolerance?

"Love thy neighbor as thyself."

At 10:09 AM, Blogger Arthur Sido said...

Thanks for your comment, oh brave anonymous one.

Three quick points...

>>Doesn't the Lord teach tolerance? <<

Well, no He doesn't. A couple of examples.

You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell? Mat 23:33

"Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person's enemies will be those of his own household. Mat 10:34-36

Hardly the model of ecumenism!

>>"Love thy neighbor as thyself."<<

This is why you need context. The full quote in Ye Olde King James English is...

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Mat 22:37-39

Two points. We are commanded to love God first, and we don't show love to God by letting Him be defamed by false teachers. Second, when someone is teaching in error, it is not loving to leave them in their error.


>> What a life... criticizing everyone.<<

The mormon church teaches that all other churches, including mine, are false...

I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt; that: “they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof.” The Pearl of Great Price, Joseph Smith History 1:19

I know of what I speak as a former temple "worthy" mormon for five years. Mormonism is founded on a lie and it's false prophets propagate that lie. We are commanded to contend earnestly for the faith, and to oppose false prophets and teachers. To do otherwise is to deny Christ.

At 8:06 PM, Blogger Mark said...

I was a Mormon for ten years and have been a born-again Christian for 28 years. I want to thank you for bringing this article to our attention. In the last decade or so, I've noticed a pretty clear attempt by the LDS church to deemphasize their 'peculiar' beliefs and affrim the areas of their theology that can be portrayed as similar to basic Protestantism. I wonder if others have seen this too? This should encourage those of us who are familiar with what the LDS chruch teaches about these basic things to be ready to graciously and lovingly present the differences between Christianity and Mormonism.

At 2:20 PM, Blogger anonintx said...

Yes, please do keep speaking out on these things. The fact is that Mormons have become very careful to say that they believe
"everything you do" when you as a Christian try to question them. it is very confusing to those of us who know in our hearts that we don't agree on doctrine, but we don't know how to get past their denials. I know that they use most of the same terminology as we do, but they assign different meanings into the words. So it is a sort of doublespeak when they claim to agree with us. If they agree on Christian doctrine then why are they going door to door to convince people? And why then can't they just attend any non-LDS church?And if everybody can go to heaven, why are they going door to door? it doesn't make any sense.

At 6:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mormonism is the only one true church on earth ,I am from Brazil, my Grandfather is a baptist Pastor and thank God I became a Mormon with all my family , wife and children.
I hope the church continue to grow in my country so we call teach these white protestants truth and tolerance , by the way, are you going to kill Bush , Did´t you protestants did with Lincon , Kenedy and etc....

At 7:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So all these FUCKRES were tought to worship joseph smith at the mormons church HUUMMM
Liars Mother Fuckers, the church did not preaches that .


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