In one last dash attempt to validate the claim that Mormons are Christians, Dr. Dan Brown basically rehashes his previous misleading, if not downright erroneous, apologetic.
Therefore, this final entry rebutting his arguments will be somewhat repetitive, but only because Dr. Brown, like so many Mormons, ran out of steam and so ended his defense spinning in a circle.
Dr. Brown wrote,
Clearly, Jesus Christ is the central figure in the doctrine and practice of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is the Redeemer. He is the prototype of all saved beings, the standard of salvation. Jesus explained that “no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” We worship him in that we look to him for deliverance and redemption, and although we fully acknowledge our human frailties, we earnestly seek to emulate his matchless life. As one Book of Mormon prophet proclaimed, “We talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ…that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins” (2 Nephi 25:26).
Again, Jesus Christ is not the central figure in Mormonism, nor could he be. That position belongs to Joseph Smith, whom the Mormons have had drilled into them constantly his greatness, wonder, and splendor. This is perhaps best captured in a song especially written about him entitled “Praise to the Man.”
While Jesus is the Redeemer in orthodox Christianity, as already emphasized earlier, Mormons are not orthodox, and they are proud of it. Yet, such pride only betrays them, since to be orthodox simply means to “think right” (Gr. orthos = “right” and dokein = “to think”).
Since Mormons are almost giddy about being unorthodox, then to say that Jesus is the Redeemer is shallow, if not misleading when a Mormon utters the statement.
Moreover, when one considers that Mormons must merit or earn their redemption via their own good deeds, then it logically follows that whatever they have to say about Jesus and redemption is loaded with extraneous commentary that has absolutely nothing to do with Jesus redeeming anything, and everything to do with the sinner attempting to redeem himself.
So, in reality what the Mormon should say is: “I am my own Redeemer; Jesus is my afterthought.”
To say that Jesus is “the prototype of all saved beings” is outright blasphemy. What it implies is that Jesus sinned and needed to be forgiven and then spiritually regenerated himself.
Yet, when one considers that Mormonism teaches that Jesus was a created being, who came into existence from a pool of nebulous “intelligences,” when a male and female deity had cosmic sexual intercourse, then it is no wonder that Dr. Brown would imply that he was a sinner that ended up being a “prototype of all saved beings.”
While Jesus did say that no man could come to the Father except through him, it was Brigham Young who said,
Joseph Smith holds the keys of this last dispensation, and is now engaged behind the vail [sic] in the great work of the last days…that no man or woman in this dispensation will ever enter into the celestial kingdom of God without the consent of Joseph Smith. From the day that the Priesthood was taken from the earth to the winding-up scene of all things, every man and woman must have the certificate of Joseph Smith, junior, as a passport to their entrance into the mansion where God and Christ are—I with you and you with me. I cannot go there without his consent (Journal of Discourses, 7:289).
So, either Jesus was telling the truth and Joseph was not OR Joseph was telling the truth and Jesus was not OR neither one was telling the truth.
Whichever way a person goes, Jesus and Joseph Smith were diametrically opposed to one another in terms of who determines the eternal destiny of the deceased. There is no reconciliation between them. It is either Jesus or Joseph, but it cannot be both.
Finally, Mormons do not worship Christ, because they can’t. As already noted, Joseph Smith gets in the way of any kind of true worship of Jesus.
Mormons may talk and preach about Christ, but given all the false statements they make about him, then their talk and commentary is reminiscent of what Jesus will say to the “Many [who] will say to Me on that day [of Judgment], ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophecy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?”
“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (Matt. 7:22-23).
And Mormons cannot rejoice in Christ, mainly because the main focus of their redemption is in themselves. If they do not do their part “to perfect their lives,” as Spencer W. Kimball once wrote, in this lifetime, by keeping all the commandments of God in legalistic fashion, then the only joy a Mormon can experience is superficial at best.
There will always be this haunting doubt hanging above their heads, as their doubting consciences eat away at their very internal being, always wondering if he or she has done enough to appease Humanly Father.
So, with Dr. Brown’s last ditch effort to make a positive case for Mormons being Christians we close this critique.
Over the past seven articles it was shown that Mormons cannot be Christians for a variety of reasons: wrong Jesus, wrong salvation, wrong atonement, misguided works, and so on and so forth.
Now, some will take exception to what has been written, but it is to be expected that none of the counterarguments will have anything to do with the points put forward which prove that beyond the shadow of a doubt that Mormonism is not Christian, therefore the individual subscribing to the anti-Christian nature of Mormonism cannot be Christian either.
Nevertheless, the challenge is always open. If anyone can actually rebut anything put forth as evidence that Mormons cannot be Christians, based on Dr. Dan Brown’s arguments, then they are welcome to do so. In fact, a public apology will be offered and this writer will run down to the local ward and be baptized a Mormon if he can be proved otherwise.
But, that will never happen. The biblical evidence is not on the Mormon’s side, and if the biblical evidence is lacking, which is the Christian’s guide to faith and practice, then just what kind of Christian could the Mormon be? The answer is, he would not be a Christian at all!