In the previous article I pointed out Reason #1 Why Mormons Cannot Be Christians, which was that Mormons embrace the wrong Jesus in their quest for Christian identity.
It was the first argument offered by Mormon apologist Dr. Dan Brown in his editorial defending the Mormon claim that Mormons are every bit as much Christian as the next guy making the same claim.
The second argument that Brown raised in his defense has to do with the family. Mormons are really big on idolizing the family, and believe that it is some kind of prerequisite to eternal salvation, which is complete nonsense.
Brown’s argument is quoted hereafter. Then we’ll watch his argument completely fall apart as it is crushed by the weight of its own deception. We’ll call this
Reason #2: Wrong Salvation-Genealogy and Marriage
2. We are Christians because “we honor our father and our mothers,” our grandparents and all other generations, in the Christian way (Exodus 20:12). In our efforts to unite all generations in the bonds of eternal love, we seek the goal of marriage in our temples for eternity. Our temple ordinances are Christ-centered, and within the church, we have many Christ-oriented programs designed to strengthen the home, the family and each individual.
While it is noble that the Mormon wishes to honor his parents, it is not something that God, Jesus, his apostles, or anyone other than maybe the Mormon Church, has prescribed as the means to redemption with God and the wearing of the title “Christian.”
In fact, if Brown was consistent in his citation of the Mosaic Law, then why did he not start with the first commandment? “You shall have no other gods before me.” That’s right: because the god of Mormonism is not, and cannot be, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Joseph, much less Jesus. We saw evidence of that under Reason #1.
So, Brown conveniently skips anything pertaining to the worship of idols and goes straight for the family, which Mormonism has propped as idol of its own.
Mormonism’s idolatrous worship of the family is particularly seen in its vast effort at genealogical work. Mountains and mountains of genealogical data is culled from the darkest recesses of the earth and preserved by the Mormons in special vaults in Utah for the specific purpose of making necessary connections with the deceased—at least so they believe—so that the family can preserved through occult efforts by the Mormons on earth.
Those occult efforts are actualized through a ritual called Baptism for the Dead, which the Mormons falsely attribute to an obscure statement made by the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:29.
Otherwise, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why then are they baptized for them?
No reputable Christian Bible scholar is exactly sure what Paul is referring to. Yet, the Mormons have seized on its obscurity and built a whole doctrinal edifice upon it, whereby they believe that by engaging in proxy baptism for the deceased—taking on the names of the dead while standing in a baptismal font sitting on the backs of four golden oxen in the basement of a Mormon Temple—they are acting as “saviors.”
The deceased can then decide to accept the invitation of Mormon missionaries preaching the Mormon Gospel in “Spirit-Prison Hell,” be released, and progress on to godhood. Those gods and goddesses are the parents, grandparents, and great grandparents, ad infinitum, that Brown is talking about.
Not only is such teaching completely contrary to what we can know definitively about the afterlife and the means of salvation, but it is something that would cause the apostle Paul to roll in his grave, if he knew about!
But, genealogy and baptism for the dead are not all that Brown and the Mormons have in mind when idolizing the family in their efforts to attain salvation. Brown mentions marriage as well.
To a Mormon who really wants to make his way to the highest or Celestial abode of the gods, he or she must be married.
“[T]he major crowning point of the law [of exaltation or godhood] which man must obey is eternal marriage” (Achieving a Celestial Marriage 1976: 4).
But, that marriage cannot be to just anyone in any place and by just any non-specific religious authority. A Mormon must marry another Mormon in the Mormon Temple under the auspices of the Mormon priesthood.
It is very exclusive, even to the degree where non-Mormon family members are not allowed in the Temple while their Mormon relatives are carrying out the ritual of being “married for time and eternity.”
Prior marriage, though, the Mormon must participate in the Endowment Ceremony, which has changed over the years—something that founder Joseph Smith said could not occur—and is akin in many ways to what one finds in the rituals of another occult organization: Freemasonry.
During the Endowment Ceremony certain obligations and commitments are made, along with the performance of secret handshakes and the bestowal of secret names, all of which are found within the pages of Masonic literature, stolen by Joseph Smith, when he was as Third-Degree Mason, and then revamped to fit his Mormon ideal.
All of this has to do with what Brown is alluding to when he talks about marriage. But as, is usual, he, like most Mormons, will not provide the full picture of just what he means. What he wants is enough of a question to remain the minds of his readers so that they will pick up the phone and call Utah to schedule a pair of missionaries to come over and give their spiel.
Typically all the public sees are images of beautiful brides and handsome grooms standing outside the iconic Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City transformed into happy families minus any of the details or horror stories connected either with the ritualism or religion itself.
Well, now you know differently. The Mormon genealogical effort is fraught with anti-biblical, anti-Christian themes that have been glossed over in what amounts to a contemporary attempt to sanction necromancy—communication with the dead.
It is simply another reason why Mormonism cannot lead anyone to Christianity. Genealogical (1 Tim. 1:4; Tit. 3:9), Necromantic (Isa. 8:19-20; 19:3), and fraternal involvement in the occult (1 Cor. 10:21; 2 Cor. 6:14-16) are not hallmarks of Christianity. They are anti-Christian to the hilt!
Mormonism cannot be Christian because it endorses beliefs and practices, like those seen above, which are clearly anti-Christian.
And since Mormonism is anti-Christian at its core, then once again, just what kind of “Christian” can it possibly produce?
Does a fountain send out from the same opening fresh and poisonous water? Can a fig tree produce olives or a vine produce figs? (James 3:11-12)
Neither can Mormonism produce Christians.