Earlier today I noticed a post on Hot Air that linked to an Olbermann Watch post in which the author seemed all hot under the collar that someone would be allowed to state the very obvious fact that Mitt Romney is not a Christian.
Wednesday night, leftist Ana Marie Cox was his guest, and she proceeded to pass judgment on the Christianity of Mitt Romney.
Hmmm. Mitt Romney is not a Christian. He’s a Mormon. So what’s the big deal? Whether one is Mormon or not or Christian or not isn’t really that important in this case. Mormonism isn’t Christian. Romney is a Mormon. Therefore Romney is not a Christian. So what?
I suggest that confused readers see Is Mormonism Christian? to gain an understanding of the underlying truth.
The reason Mormonism is not Christian is because it denies one or more of the essential doctrines of Christianity. Of the essential doctrines (that there is only one God, Jesus is God in flesh, forgiveness of sins is by grace alone, and Jesus rose from the dead physically, the gospel being the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus), Mormonism denies three of them: how many gods there are, the person of Jesus, and His work of salvation.
And how else does Mormonism differ from Christianity?
Mormon theology teaches that god is only one of countless gods, that he used to be a man on another planet, that he became a god by following the laws and ordinances of that god on that world, and that he brought one of his wives to this world with whom he produces spirit children who then inhabit human bodies at birth. The first spirit child to be born was Jesus. Second was Satan, and then we all followed.
Aside: this sounds suspiciously like Scientology.
But, the Bible says that there is only one God (Isaiah 43:10; 44:6,8; 45:5), that God has eternally been God (Psalm 90:2) — which means he was never a man on another planet. Since the Bible denies the existence of other gods (and goddesses), the idea that Jesus is the product of a god and goddess couple is rejected. The Bible tells us that Jesus The Jesus of Mormonism is definitely not the same Jesus of the Bible. Therefore, faith in the Mormon Jesus, is faith misplaced because the Mormon Jesus doesn’t exist.
And frankly, this would be blasphemous for a Christian:
Mormonism teaches that the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross itself (and receiving it by faith) is not sufficient to bring forgiveness of sins. It teaches that the forgiveness of sins is obtained though a cooperative effort with God; that is, we must be good and follow the laws and ordinances of the Mormon church in order to obtain forgiveness.
I am saved because I have accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior. He died on the cross so that I could be forgiven of my sins. My personal relationship with G-d is all I need. The idea that I have to belong to a church that is less than 200 years old to obtain forgiveness from Him is an idea that’s out of this world. Literally.
Mormons are free to believe what they wish, but conflating Mormonism and Christianity is wrong. Is Buddhism Christian? Is Wicca? No. And neither is polytheistic Mormonism.
Let’s cut to the conclusion:
Why is Mormonism a non Christian religion? It is not Christian because it denies that there is only one God, denies the true Gospel, adds works to salvation, denies that Jesus is the uncreated creator, distorts the biblical teaching of the atonement, and undermines the authority and reliability of the Bible.
Becoming a Christian does not mean belonging to a church, doing good things, or simply believing in God. Being a Christian means that you have trusted in the true God for salvation, in the True Jesus — not the brother of the devil, not the god of Mormonism, not the gospel of Mormonism. Mormonism is false and cannot save anyone.
NOTE: This is not an attack on Mormons, just a simple clarification of the facts. Mormons can be very nice people. They are simply not Christians. And neither is Mitt Romney. And this has little bearing on his fitness for the Presidency anyway. There are many reasons not to support Mittens that have nothing to do with his faith.
Olbermann Watch is free to attack Keith Olbermann all they want. Let’s face it: he deserves it. But the linked post was a ridiculous stretch.
See also: Another Is Mormonism Christian?
Update: A quick overview of Mormon theology. This may surprise you.
Update 2: If you have an hour and would like to delve in deeper, watch this documentary: The Bible vs. The Book of Mormon. It’s very interesting for those who don’t know much about the Mormon faith. The documentary demonstrates that there is ample evidence for The Holy Bible and none for The Book of Mormon. None until Joseph Smith read the golden plates which nobody has ever seen.
I really do pray for my Mormon bretheren, for their false prophet and even they are accursed.
8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
And in John 14:6 the message of Jesus is clear:
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Not surprisingly, Christ says nothing about Joseph Smith, who is obviously a pretender and a false prophet.
Update 3: If you’re in the mood for debunking false religions, you might want to check out a 30 minute documentary on Scientology. It’s a cult, no doubt about it. See Scientology and Me. It’s amazing what some people will believe: really bad science fiction as religion.
Update 4: The Independent Conservative is a little more blunt about it than me: Does Mitt Romney Wear Magic Mormon Underpants?