This issue answers the question How Christian is Glenn Beck”s Mormonism?
SINCE YOU ASKED
In previous editions, I have attempted to disprove Glenn Beck”s claim that Mormons are Christians (Post 86 & Post 92). I would like to provide more evidence to support my case. Let me reiterate that I am still a Glenn Beck fan. To my Mormon readers, I have no malice in my heart, only a desire for the truth.
The roots of Mormonism really began in 1820 when Joseph Smith claimed that he
had received a heavenly vision. He claimed that he went into the woods near his home to pray and ask God which of the Christian churches
was the right one that he may join. He recorded this event which is now considered Scripture by the Mormon Church. It is part of what is called The Pearl of Great Price:
“I knelt down and began to offer up the desire of my heart to God. I had scarcely done so when immediately I was seized upon by some power which entirely overcame me as to bind my tongue so that I could not speak. Thick darkness gathered around me and it seemed to me for a time as if I were doomed to sudden destruction. But exerting all my powers to call upon God to deliver me out of the power of this enemy which had seized upon me and at the very moment when I was ready to sink into despair and abandon myself to destruction, not to imaginary ruin, but to the power of some actual being from the unseen world, who had such marvelous powers as I never before felt in any being, just at this moment of great alarm, I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me.
It no sooner appeared than I found myself delivered from the enemy which held me bound. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all descriptions, standing above me in the air. One of them spoke unto me, calling me by name and said pointing to the other, “This is my beloved son, hear him.””
Joseph Smith then wrote that he asked the “personages” what Christian church was right and which he should join.
“I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all of their creeds were an abomination in his sight, and that all their teachers were corrupt” (The pearl of Great Price, chapter II verses 15-19).
And he said unto me: Behold there are save two churches only; the one is the church of the Lamb of God, and the other is the church of the devil; wherefore, whoso belongeth not to the church of the Lamb of God belongeth to that great church, which is the mother of abominations; and she is the whore of all the earth (I Nephi 14:10).
AS I SEE IT
Think about this conversation that took place. This “personage of light” told Joseph Smith that the Trinity, the deity of Christ, the blood atonement, and salvation by grace through faith were all an abomination. All of these are pillars upon which the Christian faith was built. According to Mormon theology, Christ was wrong when He said in Matthew 16:18 that the gates of Hades would not overpower His church. If Joseph Smith was correct, Hades did prevail and Joseph Smith was chosen to save mankind. Does this sound like Christianity to you? Read more.
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE