According to Richard J. Mouw, Mormonism is not a Cult. Richard Mouw has had his eyes blinded concerning Mormonism. This is of great concern for the body of Christ and the message of the gospel because Richard J. Mouw is the president of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. The reason why this is a concern is because this message is false and misleading, and many students and teachers will be influenced by Mouw.
Here is a quote from Mouw concerning Mormonism:
“Most scholars who study religious movements have long abandoned the use of the “cult” label with reference to Mormonism. With about 14 million adherents around the world, the church has moved into the religious mainstream. Mormons are outstanding business leaders, world-class academicians, novelists, authors of bestselling leadership manuals, influential members of Congress and much more. Not the kind of community we ordinarily associate with a cult. This is not convincing, though, to my fellow evangelicals who are writing critical emails to me. Yes, they say, Mormonism has become quite sophisticated. But a sophisticated cult is still a cult. I am naive to think otherwise, they tell me. I am urged to read books that will provide me with the truth about Mormonism. have read most of those books, and I have studied and taught about cults for many years. I have also spent the last dozen years meeting with Mormons — scholars and church leaders — to engage in lengthy theological discussions. These dialogues have included several other prominent evangelical Christian leaders. Based on these conversations and my own careful study, I do not believe Mormonism is a cult. However, I am not convinced that Mormon theology deserves to be classified as Christian in the historic sense of that word. I have serious disagreements with my Mormon friends about basic issues of faith that have eternal consequences. These include issues regarding the nature of God, the doctrine of the Trinity and the character of the afterlife. But I have also learned that in some matters we are not quite as far apart as I once thought.” (read the full article here)
Mormonism is a Cult because they adhere to Joseph Smith as being the latter day prophet and without him there is no salvation. (Doctrines of Salvation, 1:189) Mormonism is a Cult because it teaches that all other churches are an abomination to God and that they are the only true church. (Joseph Smith Testimony/ Doctrines and Covenants 1:30) Mormonism is a Cult because it teaches another God, teaches another Jesus, and another gospel. (click here for more info)
The Bible warns us:
|“15 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves…21 “Not everyone who says to Me, `Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22″Many will say to Me on that day, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 “And then I will declare to them, `I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.'” (Matt.7:15 & 21-23 NASB)|
|“2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, 4 and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.” (2 Tim. 4:2-4 NASB)|
There are numerous Scriptures that give clear warnings about being lead astray from the truth of the Gospel. Be on guard against liberalism and deception influencing you. For more information check out our LDS section. (click here)
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