Pastor Oprah

Acts 4:12 – Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (NKJV; emphasis mine)

For those of you who have read my stuff for very long, you will know that it is only on a rare occasion I address specific people by name. It has come to a point where it is time for Christians to start addressing the religion of Oprah Winfrey by name.

Far from simply being a television celebrity who does interviews of other celebrities, or even a feel-good promoter of moralism (being good is the road to salvation), Oprah now openly engages in evangelizing people into her ear tickling, wishy-washy new age mumbo-jumbo. She is using her substantial fame and fortune to mislead millions of people down a road that leads only to eternal condemnation. Unfortunately many of her followers are nominal and Biblically ignorant Christians, and don’t get mad at me, the majority of those are women.

That is not a slight against women at all, it just happens to be the fact concerning this specific issue of Oprah. So my appeal is to all Christians. It is to Godly men who should understand the dangers involved in this insidious new age garbage that Oprah is preaching. Men should be leading, teaching their families and protecting them from this wolf in sheep’s clothing. My appeal is to the millions of women who hang on every word, and devour every book and piece of information that Oprah Winfrey promotes. And for those millions of women who CASUALLY watch her and are influenced by her “niceness”.

The first thing I would like you to do, is watch this short video:

The Church of Oprah Winfrey exposed

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Consider the following as we contrast what “Oprah feels” versus what “God says”.

  • Oprah feels: there are millions of ways the following God and we all reach the same destination.
  • God says: (Acts 4:12) – Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (NKJV; emphasis mine)

  • Oprah feels: there cannot possibly be just one way to God.
  • God says: (Ephesians 2:8) – For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, (NKJV; emphasis mine)

  • Oprah feels: she can reconcile her “Christianity” with her new religious ideas because she has discovered how “big” God is
  • God says: (2 Samuel 7:22) – Therefore You are great, O Lord God. For there is none like You, nor is there any God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears. (NKJV; emphasis mine)

  • Oprah feels: something is wrong with biblical Christianity because God cannot possibly be a jealous God
  • God says: (Exodus 20:5) – you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, (NKJV; emphasis mine) (others: Ex. 20:5; 34:13, 14; Num. 25:11; Deut. 29:20; 32:16, 21; 1 Kin. 14:22; Psa. 78:58; 79:5; Isa. 30:1, 2; 31:1, 3; Ezek. 16:42; 23:25; 36:5, 6; 38:19; Zeph. 1:18; 3:8; Zech. 1:14; 8:2; 1 Cor. 10:22)

  • Oprah feels: God is a “feeling experience” and not a “believing experience”
  • God says: (Acts 16:31) – So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” (NKJV; emphasis mine)

  • Oprah feels: if God for you is still about a belief, then that is not truly God
  • God says: (Romans 1:16) – For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. (NKJV; emphasis mine)

This is just a little taste of what she is now teaching but it has plenty for any Christian to now understand that Oprah Winfrey has gone from being a talk show host to a promoter of new age religion.

Who are you going to trust with your to eternal destination? The feelings of Oprah Winfrey? Or the divinely inspired and supernaturally delivered Word From the Living God of the Universe?

“Oh, but Brent, that is just your opinion. You have your beliefs and you should let other people have theirs”. No, that is incorrect. I base my beliefs on irrefutable evidence that God exists, and that the Bible is His divinely inspired Word. All other religions place their trust in their “feelings” and personal pride, not definitive evidence. There is a huge difference.

Christianity is about what God has DONE for us. All other religions, including Oprah’s, are about what people can DO for themselves. Christianity is about one single sef-existent God of the universe. All other religions make man their own god because man has to do something to achieve salvation (and with most religions, including Oprah’s, man IS ‘god’, or will become ‘god’).

We live in a dangerous time where there is a lot of social pressure to DENY that there is only one single way to salvation and to be reconciled to the only true God. Think back to Noah. When Noah was building the ark, there were probably about 6 to 8 billion people on the planet (yes, 6 to 8 billion; most people have never really thought about that). Yet only Noah and his family believed the truth about God. The entire rest of the world laughed at them and told them how wrong they were. Even if there were only a few million people, or even a few hundred thousand people, it is still tremendous odds to go against the rest of the world and stand alone for truth.

Today we have a lot of opposition to the truth about salvation, yet we experience nothing close to what Noah had to deal with. Even still, we find millions of people, who know the truth about God, being deceived by the shallow false religious ideas of people like Oprah, and millions more afraid to take a stand for the Truth (even though they know it is the Truth).

Oprah Winfrey has now put herself into the public arena of religion and has set herself up as an evangelist of the New Age. Therefore, it is time for Christians to stand against her, to quit supporting her in every way including watching her shows and reading her books, and to sternly warn and teach all other Christians about the false religion she now promotes. Oprah mesmerizes millions of adoring fans every week with lies straight from the pit of hell.

Time to take a stand.

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Head God, Heart God – Final Thoughts – Part 3

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Mark 9:24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” (NKJV)

Let’s finish talking about this difference between what our head knows about God versus what our heart (emotions) feels when things are at their WORST in our life. To make sure I give credit where it’s due, this series was prompted by Michael Wells book, “Sidetracked in the Wilderness”, particularly chapter four.

Consider some common responses and see if you can identify with any of them. Remember, we are talking about what you feel deep in your heart (emotions) when you are at the very worse points in your life. It takes a lot of personal guts to honestly consider some of this:

  • Head: When I think about being with God I feel joy and love.
  • Heart: When I think about being with God it scares me, or maybe He won’t even show up.

  • Head: When I think about God, I wish I could be there with Him.
  • Heart: When I think about God, I wonder if He really cares, or if He is really there.

  • Head: I really enjoy God when I am in His presence.
  • Heart: I really enjoy God when I’m sure He really forgave me for something.

  • Head: Sometimes I wish God would take away all evil.
  • Heart: Sometimes I wish God would just end my life and take me home now.

  • Head: I can really depend on God to take care of me.
  • Heart: I can really depend on God to be silent when I need Him most.

  • Head: I’m quite sure that God loves me.
  • Heart: I’m quite sure that God is waiting to punish me.

  • Head: I’m not afraid of God, He loves me.
  • Heart: I’m afraid God is going to take away the thing I love most to punish me for sin.

Think about the “heart” responses. Author Michael Wells says that many Christians want a “future faith” because their HEAD knowledge knows that IN THE FUTURE God will make every thing perfect but because of their deepest current emotional concept of God, they aren’t that joyful about “present faith”.

That’s understandable. If God really does scare us, is going to punish us, is going to take what we love and remove all the “fun” from our lives, it’s no wonder that much of our “faith” is lipservice now, and a hope for better things in the future.

Wells calls Christians who think and feel this way “unbelieving Believers”. In other words, they believe in God for salvation LATER, but have not believed what God says about salvation NOW…. redeeming us from the curse of hopelessness, depression, anxiety and insecurity NOW, in this life.

The answer? You have to rebuke emotions and feelings that do not line up with God’s truth, and purposely replace them with emotions that line up with God’s Word. Most people would tell you that they “can’t control their emotions”. That’s hogwash. By a choice of our will, by our words, by our thoughts, and by what we CHOOSE to allow in our minds, we can retrain, discipline and control our emotions. God does not leave us at the mercy of our emotions. This is a fallacy of humanism and modern “mental health” theories.

In the same way a temptation is not sin until we choose to give it “life”, an emotion does not become our reality until we choose to “host” it mentally.

Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (NKJV)

A Christian lives in a constant process of “renewing your mind”. Emotions that aren’t in line with God’s promises… get rid of them by renewing your mind with God’s truth.

God has promised us everything we need to live good and Godly lives (2Pet 1:3). He did not lie. If God is who He says He is and does what He says He will do, then we have no reason to be joyless, defeated, depressed, critical or pessimistic. To the degree that we are, it demonstrates “unbelieving Believers”.

In closing, to be honest, I’m not entirely sure what specific point or lesson I’m trying to communicate. If there is one for you, I pray the Lord will reveal it. I just know this entire idea of how our head knowledge doesn’t always line up with our true emotional concepts of God, really caused me to think alot about what “unbelief” I personally may have deep down. Perhaps you’ll find it as profitable to seriously consider if your emotional manifestation of God (during the WORSE times that life hands out) lines up with your head knowledge of God during the comfortable moments of life.

Our truest concept of God is only as good as the WORSE we think about Him. So it’s very useful in my opinion to seriously consider these things.

Lord God, help us in our unbelief to believe the truth with both our mind, and our emotions. Help us to be believing Believers. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

James 1:22 – But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (NKJV)
  1. What is the most obvious Bible truth you have learned today?
  2. What change in your life needs to be made concerning this truth?
  3. What specific thing will you do today to begin that change?

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Head God, Heart God – Continued – Part 2

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Mark 9:24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” (NKJV)

We continue to look at some interesting questions that reveal the difference between what we know in our head about God, versus what we truly feel in our emotions about Him. Remember, what we are examining is how we feel at OUR WORST, when life is caving in around us and we are in the depths of our greatest unhappiness. During those times, think about your answers to some of these questions and let if reveal how you REALLY feel about God.

When I am forced to trust God, I feel…

Our head would say that we feel secure, or cared for. Maybe we feel peaceful or relaxed because we KNOW God can be trusted. Have you ever felt doubtful? Have you ever wondered if God really cares? When you are forced to trust God, do you feel like this is His chance to “get you” for all your sin and failure? Payback time? Do you wonder if He is looking down and saying “I told you so…” or “you should have thought of me sooner”?

As we discussed yesterday, where do these feelings come from? Logically, they cannot come from God Himself, for He has never failed us in any way. Obviously they come from our own misunderstandings, our own experiences with others, and our own ignorance. That’s the bad news. The good news is that all that can be corrected by simply knowing the truth and informing your emotions.

Find out the truth, and inform your emotions.

I’m sure that someday God will…

The typical answers are: bless me, find me the perfect spouse, help me get out of debt, make me a better Christian. Have you ever felt sure that someday God is going to expose your struggle with that secret sin? Or maybe He is finally going to punish you, or cause you to suffer or take something precious from you?

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. (NKJV)

How can we read that and still feel like God is “going to get us”? One obvious reason is sin that we are tolerating in our life. It causes guilt which in turn causes us to think and feel wrongly about God. That’s a fairly legitimate response, and should not be ignored. If you feel like God is “going to get you”, take a good look for sin you might be ignoring in your life.

We can finish “I’m sure that someday God will…” with dozens of different Bible verses filled with wonderful promise. We need to notify our emotions and live in the joy of those promises. It sounds easy, but examination of the “typical” Christian life and attitude exposes if not the difficulty, the rarity. Another…

When I think about what God tells me to do, I feel…

Overwhelmed? Unable to comply? Constrained? Deprived? Is God a kill-joy? A robber of fun? How does that feeling line up with Scripture?

2 Corinthians 12:9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (NKJV)

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (NKJV)

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. (NKJV)

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Author Michael Wells (Sidetracked in the Wilderness) refers to the contradiction between knowledge and feelings in Christians as “unbelieving Believers”. We believe in the “facts” of God, sincerely, but there is a disconnect in our daily life and how we emotionally manifest the facts we believe.

Does this indicate an absence of true salvation? While I think at times it probably does, that’s not what I’m contemplating in this series. I’m speaking more to the multitudes of Christians who struggle finding joy, peace and security in their relationship with God. These Believers have allowed their deep, deep, deep concepts of God to be distorted by the faults of other humans, their own faults and are very often just simply haven’t learned or recognized this in their life. And yes, I must also include that I think this often caused by the level of worldliness we have become comfortable with.

If we REALLY believe the truth about God, we would never worry, never be depressed, never feel hopeless, never by anxious and never doubt. One aspect to maturing as a Christian is to take what we know and understand in our HEADS, and move it down to live in our HEARTS, where it will be manifested in our choices, actions and attitudes.

A few more tomorrow and we’ll wrap it up.

Lord God, help us in our unbelief to believe the truth with both our mind, and our emotions. Help us to be believing Believers. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

James 1:22 – But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (NKJV)
  1. What is the most obvious Bible truth you have learned today?
  2. What change in your life needs to be made concerning this truth?
  3. What specific thing will you do today to begin that change?

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Head God, Heart God – Part 1

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Mark 9:24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” (NKJV)

I read a book recently and one particular chapter really caught my attention. While my commentary will be my own, the initial questions and contemplation came from reading this chapter, so I wanted to give credit where due. It is pages 57-66 of the book “Sidetracked in the Wilderness” by Michael Wells.

The author brings up the concept of “unbelieving Believers” which are genuine Christians who don’t live like they actually believe what they know to be true in their head. A “test” is presented with some very interesting questions along with some commentary. What the author talks about is very profitable, and I’m not going to rehash his comments here, but it did lead me to really think about my own answers and thoughts in reaction to the list.

Our heart and emotions often don’t believe
what our head says about God.

We have two concepts of God. One is what we believe in our head… the “facts” about God as we know it. Often, these are the facts that we will communicate when asked by others, or when we want to maintain our “spiritual image”. However, in the throes of our emotions and the depths of life’s struggles, we often reveal our true concept of God by our choices, actions and attitudes.

When we are healthy, God is good and takes care of us. When we are sick and not getting better, God isn’t listening and doesn’t really care. When money is not an issue, God is the God of blessing and watches over us… but when the job is lost, the foreclosure is imminent and the bills aren’t paid, God is not paying attention and not taking care of us.

It takes alot of personal courage to sincerely examine what we REALLY FEEL about God, versus what we THINK about God when we are supposed to come up with the “right” answer. It’s not that are feelings are to be trusted, no way. Feelings are terribly unreliable. But when the proverbial muck hits the fan, and the bottom has dropped out of our world, our feelings reveal our genuine concept and belief about God. If there is a disconnect between what our HEAD KNOWS and what our HEART FEELS, we need to get our heart in line.

How? Choice. Feelings follow choice. That is a message I’ve taught for years. Choice is like the engine that powers the train. The engine may turn the “corner of choice” a while before the “caboose of feelings” makes the same turn.

Let’s finish up today with a look at a couple of the questions:

When I Think About Being With God, I Feel…

The “head” will answer that we feel love, care and acceptance, but have you ever FELT that in reality if you were with God you would feel afraid, guilty, nervous or like a stranger. Struggling and defeated Christians routinely answer with those descriptions. I can understand that. If I’m really, genuinely honest, I have to wonder if even now I walked into God’s direct presence, would it be with fear, wondering what level of condemnation awaited me for all the ways I fail Him.

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. (NKJV)

My head knows there is no condemnation for Believers in God’s presence. Why then does that fact struggle to be real emotionally too? Obviously it has to do some with the amount of sin we tolerate and incubate in our life, but in the end, it also comes down to a simple matter of choice: the choice to inform our emotions of the truth, and make the choice to have them conform. Because we battle the sin-cursed flesh, sometimes this is a choice that must be deliberately made every time our feelings don’t completely line up with the truth we know in our heads.

Eventually, as we transform ever more into the image of Christ, and we learn to live in the blessing of the TRUTH, we train and condition our emotions to line up with God’s Word and what we know in our head to be true.

The One Thing I Would Change About Myself So That I Can Be Sure God Really Loves Me Is….

This is a tough one. If we have any answer except “nothing”, it betrays an emotional disconnect to the truth of God’s Word about us, that we are new creatures in the image of Christ (Col 3:10). God loves us so much He gave His only Son.

Yet, how many Believers struggle constantly with believing that if only they would pray more, serve more, give more, sin less, read the Bible more, memorize more Scripture…. if only we would do these things, then we could be sure (emotions) that God is pleased with us, and really loves us.

Think about it. We aren’t talking about the “God loves you” because He wants to save sinners. We know that, and we emotionally get it too. But what about God REALLY loving us, accepting us, and being pleased with us AS BELIEVERS? How much more do you need to do to really feel like God loves YOU? How much better do you need to be? What needs to change about you before God will really accept you?

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It’s interesting to note that as humans we necessarily develop our initial concept of God based on human examples. This is natural and inevitable. When our feelings reveal a less than true concept of God, you can always trace it back to an authority figure who possessed and displayed this false concept. If you feel like God is going to condemn you (I’m talking to Believers), then look back, and you’ll find a condemning authority figure in your past. If you feel like you need to improve or change a bunch of things before God will truly love you, then no doubt you’ll have people in your past who required the same.

Part of the maturing process of Christianity is exchanging our flawed concepts of God derived from flawed humans, and by an act of will, correcting our concept of God by applying His revealed Truth. We CHOOSE to believe what is true, and when our feelings say otherwise, we recognize this discrepancy and rebuke the incorrect feelings.

An unbelieving Believer can change by choosing to believe, and by appealing to God: “help me in my unbelief”.

Lord God, help us in our unbelief to believe the truth with both our mind, and our emotions. Help us to be believing Believers. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

James 1:22 – But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (NKJV)
  1. What is the most obvious Bible truth you have learned today?
  2. What change in your life needs to be made concerning this truth?
  3. What specific thing will you do today to begin that change?

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Defining Christianity

Galatians 1:8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. (NKJV)

2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; (NKJV)

Okay, everytime I address an issue that falls short of excepting anyone as a “Christian” who wants to be called one, I light up a firestorm and lose a bunch of readers. Oh well. My allegiance is to the clear truth of Scripture, not to popularity. So here goes….

America’s Most Popular Pastor recently went on national television yet again, and was unable to give a clear explanation of what constitutes salvation, and chose the easy road of inclusion and ignorance when asked if Mormons are genuine Christians. Keep in mind that America’s Most Popular Pastor teaches, Shepherds and has the trust of countless hundreds of thousands, probably millions, of Christians in America through his church, TV and books. Here is part of the transcript from FOX News Sunday With Chris Wallace:

  • WALLACE: And what about Mitt Romney? And I’ve got to ask you the question, because it is a question whether it should be or not in this campaign, is a Mormon a true Christian?
  • America’s Most Popular Pastor: Well, in my mind they are. Mitt Romney has said that he believes in Christ as his savior, and that’s what I believe, so, you know, I’m not the one to judge the little details of it. So I believe they are. And so, you know, Mitt Romney seems like a man of character and integrity to me, and I don’t think he would – anything would stop me from voting for him if that’s what I felt like.
  • WALLACE: So, for instance, when people start talking about Joseph Smith, the founder of the church, and the golden tablets in upstate New York, and God assumes the shape of a man, do you not get hung up in those theological issues?
  • America’s Most Popular Pastor: I probably don’t get hung up in them because I haven’t really studied them or thought about them. And you know, I just try to let God be the judge of that. I mean, I don’t know. I certainly can’t say that I agree with everything that I’ve heard about it, but from what I’ve heard from Mitt, when he says that Christ is his savior, to me that’s a common bond.

It is sad for those who look to America’s Most Popular Pastor for teaching that he is not even educated on basic questions and differences of major religious cults that compete with Biblical Christianity. I will go on public record to say that it is a dereliction of duty for a preacher, Bible teacher or Shepherd (Pastor) not to take time to study just the basics of what differentiates Biblical Christians from major cults that seek to deceive God’s flock.

  • James 3:1 My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. (NKJV)
  • 2 Timothy 4:2-4 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. (NKJV)

The last 2000 years have been filled with people who claim “Christianity” and yet deny the very core essence of what qualifies one to be a Christian. These heresies and cults have existed from the very earliest days of the Church.

What’s more, we aren’t talking about some unknown kook fringe group with a handful of followers. We’re talking about one of the top religious organizations in the entire world. We’re talking about a group that has gone to great lengths in the past decade or so to remake themselves as “just another flavor of Christianity”. We’re talking about a group who has not changed anything about their core doctrine, but have changed everything about their language and appearance in order to be accepted as Biblical Christianity. We’re talking about a sophisticated, very dedicated, sincerely convinced worldwide organization that teaches “another Gospel” (Gal 1:8-9) that cannot result in eternal salvation, and yet have reached a point where the vast majority of Christians will not simply state with conviction and understanding, “no, Mormons are not true Christians; they will not be saved believing Mormon doctrine”.

The Bible teacher, Pastor or Shepherd who cannot state this and say why, and has no intention of finding out why because it is to uncomfortable or unpopular, has no business leading God’s people. Period. And I make no apologies for that statement. This “feel good, make people happy, don’t offend anyone, never state conclusively that any other person or group is NOT true Christianity” is a worldly, ear-tickling, man-centered, market-driven butchering of genuine Christianity. We are even seing this cowardice concerning Islam now, where every attempt it being made to find “common ground” and accept them into fellowship.

This obviously calls for me to give at least a basic lesson on why Mormonism is not Biblical Christianity since I have the audicity to declare this opinion so bluntly. As you study the points I give, you need to keep in mind what you will hear in response to these truths:

  • That’s not what Mormons believe
  • I’ve been a Mormon all my life, and I’ve never been taught that
  • We believe in Jesus just like you
  • We believe the same Bible you do, but yours was perverted through mistranslation and error
  • You are just repeating lies and rumors about Mormonism
  • You’ve never read the Book of Mormon, you don’t know what you’re talking about
  • All you’ve ever read is “anti-Mormon” teaching, you’ve never heard our side

There is GREAT pressure today to avoid denying that ANYONE is a true Christian if they, or their group simply claim they are. But that doesn’t change reality:

  • The only true Christians in this world are those who have responded to and obeyed the God of the Holy Bible in the way HE says we must respond PLUS NOTHING ELSE.
  • The Bible alone is God’s inerrant, supernaturally delivered, divinely inspired, revealed written Truth AND NOTHING ELSE – not men’s traditions or religious organizations, not the book of Mormon, not the Koran.

It’s time that Christians stopped being embarrased, ashamed or ignorant of what God Almighty declares as true Christianity. Much of it is Biblical ignorance, a good portion of it is politically correct peer pressure, and it’s all glued together by spiritual cowardice fueled by concern for personal reputation or benefit. We don’t want people to call us bigots or intolerant. We don’t want to be called self-righteous or hypocrites. Pastors don’t want to lose their popularity by being intolerant or offensive. Personally, for individual Christians, I think it is has mostly become a simple case of innocent ignorance which Christian leaders much accept much of the blame for.

So, for those of you who can’t answer the “Mormon question” because of simple ignorance, that excuse it about to end. For people like America’s Most Popular Pastor who have built an entire ministry around never talking about sin, and making exhaustive efforts to never offend anyone with truth, I don’t think the truth about Mormonism matters “as long as they say they believe in Jesus” (regardless of how “Jesus” or “believe” is defined).

Listen folks… I have family members and friends who are sincere, devout Mormons. They are probably reading this. It PAINS me to have this matter separate our relationship. There is one of my extended family whom I have the greatest respect for. He is a person of the highest integrity, biggest heart, and wonderful character. We have talked frankly about this issue. He believes I am sincerly mistaken, as I do about him. I have told him that I would be less than loving to beat around the bush and pretend differently if I truly believe his beliefs will not result in salvation. We are DOING NO FAVORS by allowing millions of people to pass out of this world into eternal condemnation because we didn’t want to offend their sincere beliefs, and because we don’t want the discomfort that comes from being “intolerant” of every belief.

I don’t offer this lesson in self righteousness or arrogant condescension. I offer it with the greatest of care for the souls of those who are giving their lives to a false religion, believing a lie they won’t discover until one second after it’s too late to do anything about it. We need to have the courage to love the lost and deceived by speaking the plain truth in love. Not pretending like they are “okay” simply because it saves us from criticism, broken relationships, insults or name calling.

Now, let me close with A FEW reasons why Mormonism is not, and cannot be Christianity, and cannot lead to salvation. These are just the basics, hardly an exhaustive list of reasons. Remember, this is based on the official Mormon Church doctrine and published beliefs. It doesn’t matter if your Mormon friends say “that’s not right, you’re just repeating lies about us”. This is what the Mormons officially teach, regardless of their public efforts to label it “anti-Mormon”:

  • Joseph Smith taught that God was not always God, and was once a man: “I’m going to tell you how God came to be God. We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea and take away the veil so that you may see. It is the first principle of the gospel to know for a certainty the character of God. He was once a man like us, yea that God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth.” (“King Follett Discourse,” Journal of Discourses 6:3-4, also in Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 345-346, and History of the Church, vol. 6, 305-307)

    The Truth? Psalms 90:2; Rev 4:8-9; Romans 1:22-23

  • Mormonism teaches there are many Gods: “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 it….In all congregations when I have preached on the subject of the Deity, it has been the plurality of Gods.” (Joseph Smith, Founder and First Prophet, History of the Church, Vol 6, pp. 308,474)

    The Truth? Deuteronomy 6:4, 32:39; James 2:19; Isaiah 43:10-11, 44:6-8, 45:5-6,18-22

  • Mormonisn teaches that MAN may become God, the basis of all false religion starting with Satan’s rebellion, and the deception of Adam and Eve: “Here then is eternal life…to know the only wise and true God; and you have got to learn how to be Gods yourselves, and to be kings and priests to God, the same as all gods have done before you…To inherit the same power, the same glory and the same exaltation, until you arrive at the station of God.” (Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Vol 6, page 306.)

    The Truth? Genesis 3:1-5; Heb 9:27; reference verses that describe the character of God.

  • Mormonism denies the virgin birth of Christ: “Christ was begotten by an Immortal Father in the same way that mortal men are begotten by mortal fathers…Christ was born into the world as the literal Son of this Holy Being; he was born in the same personal, real and literal sense that any mortal son is born to a mortal father.” (McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, pp. 547, 742.)

    The Truth? Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:23; Luke 1:27, 34

  • Mormonism teaches that Jesus and Satan are brothers: “The appointment of Jesus to be the Savior of the world was contested by one of the other sons of God. He was called Lucifer; this spirit-brother of Jesus desperately tried to become the Savior of mankind.” (Milton R. Hunter, The Gospel Through the Ages, p. 15.; Pearl of Great Price, Moses 4:1-2)

    The Truth? Colossians 1:15-20; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 1:1-13

  • The accuracy, finality, inerrancy and authority of God’s Word is denied: “One of the great heresies of modern Christendom is the unfounded assumption that the Bible contains all of the inspired teachings now extant among men.” (McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, pp. 82,83).

    The Truth? It’s not an “assumption”; it’s a provable fact; 2Timothy 3:16-17; 2Pet 1:3; Rev 22:19

These are specific and direct examples of why Mormonism is completely incompatible with Biblical Christianity. It doesn’t even address the overwhelming problems with their other false teachings, the contradictions and inaccuracies of their “holy books”, and the, quite frankly, bizarre rituals and practices that serious, knowledgeable Mormons engage in.

You’ll hear these examples labeled as lies, misinterpretations, exaggerations, misunderstandings and “anti-Mormon” propaganda. The simple truth is that they are the official doctrines of the Mormon Church. This list is just a few of the basics but more than adequate to declare definitively, and without ambiguity, that Mormonism as officially taught and practiced by the Mormon Church is a false religion and wholly unChristian. Anyone who knows, believes and places their faith in these doctrines cannot be saved. For those Mormons who call themselves “Mormon” but are ignorant of these doctrines, that is for God to judge, not me.

When it is all boiled down, Mormonism is JUST LIKE ALL OTHER FALSE RELIGIONS. It starts with the lie from the Garden of Eden that “man can be like God” and that salvation can be earned.

All false religion is about what man CAN DO.
True Christianity is about what has already BEEN DONE
for man, by God, through Christ
.

Since America’s Most Popular Pastor influences countless numbers of people who are seeking genuine Christianity, do you think he could find time to read just three or four of these points that clearly answer “the Mormon question”? What I really want to know, is whether or not he would speak this truth once he knows it. According to America’s Most Popular Pastor, God has not called him to preach about sin or anything negative, and he has repeatedly passed up the opportunity on nationwide TV to declare the there is only way to salvation, available through Christ alone and no other.

So I’m not placing any bets on America’s Most Popular Pastor declaring that anyone is excluded genuine Christianity for much of any reason. But that’s just me…

As for those of you reading this, will you have the courage to speak the truth in love?

Lord God, help us to learn the Truth, love the Truth, stand up for Truth and speak the Truth in love no matter what others think about it. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

James 1:22 – But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (NKJV)
  1. What is the most obvious Bible truth you have learned today?
  2. What change in your life needs to be made concerning this truth?
  3. What specific thing will you do today to begin that change?

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