This issue looks at Mormonism and the occult.
SINCE YOU ASKED
Recently, many questions have been asked about Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith. The questions become even more significant when we realize that we have two other Mormons in prominent positions in America right now–Glenn Beck and John Huntsman. As a practicing Mormon, each believes the same thing-one day he will become a god and will rule over his own planet. This belief is not some far-fetched aberration. It represents the essence of Mormon theology, which is expressed in the words of Lorenzo Snow, Mormon prophet and fifth president of the LDS church from 1898 to 1901:
“As man is, God once was, and as God is, man may become.”
This is the central core of Mormon teaching-that Mormons will become gods and goddesses of their own planet. While they’re free to believe whatever they want, they open a wide door for criticism when they claim to be Christians. Look at what the Bible says:
“Before Me there was no God formed, and there will be none after Me” (Isaiah 43:10).
“I am the Lord, and there is no other; besides Me there is no God” (Isaiah 45:5).
“There is no other God besides Me, a righteous God and a Savior” (Isaiah 45:21).
God hates polytheism. He rightfully refuses to share His glory with an imposter. Yet, the issue is much more serious that a simple sharing problem. It is, in fact, a matter of participating in the occult.
AS I SEE IT
Robert Jeffress, senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Dallas has come under fire lately for stating that Mitt Romney is in a cult since he is a Mormon. Across the board, commentators are chastising him for his intolerant, hateful, and inappropriate statements (and beliefs). Rick Perry is being told to distance himself from Jeffress so as not to be tainted. What a sad state of affairs when everything can be tolerated but the truth. If anyone in the public light, especially someone running for the highest office in the land, publically identifies himself with a religion or set of beliefs, the American public has every right to know what those beliefs are.
I believe pastor Jeffress’ comments didn’t go far enough. The belief that Mormons will become gods some day (to rule over their own planet) is, by itself, enough to place the religion in the “cult” category, but the problem goes much deeper. The deification of man is also one of the primary characteristics of the occult.The word occult comes from the Latin word occultus (clandestine, hidden, secret), referring to “knowledge of the hidden.” Those who have come out of Mormonism tell of all sorts of occult signs (inverted pentagrams, goat heads, etc.) which are found throughout the Mormon Temple but are hidden from most Mormons as well as all non-Mormons. Don’t take my word for it. Do your own research. Click on “Related Articles” for more evidence and check out Mormon Outreach for an intense look at the symbols.
This brings us back to the issue of a Mormon president. You’ll have to decide for yourself if it would be a good thing or a bad thing. Remember this–a Mormon’s first allegiance is to the LDS Church. The US of A is much further down the list. At least you now know something about what they believe. I’d like to hear your comments. It’s a very important issue.
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
I once worked as a logger, but I couldn’t hack it and got the axe.