Reason #191: What would a Christian Church have to Change to Become Mormon?

A VERY big unspoken assumption Mormons operate on is that all blessings (except the most general ones of having life itself and “rain on the just and the unjust” and Romans 1:18-20 type things) are only available through the LDS Church organization and priesthood as gatekeepers. I can’t emphasize enough how tied together the idea of eventual reward in heaven, is to membership in the LDS church. A very insightful question was asked by another ex-Mormon to a Mormon once: “What would my congregation have to change in order to be a Mormon congregation?”  The answer is, almost everything they believe about salvation, the identity of God, and what practices are necessary, both in corporate worship and individual lives. LDS believers would...

Reason #189: A Breakthrough about the Eternal God

It’s been 38 years since I left Mormonism. For the first time, today, I thanked God for being eternal, infinite and unmeasurable, by time or any other means. For the first time, I am emotionally grateful that God is not the god of Mormonism. Goodbye, little god.

Reason #189: More about the Eternal God

A Christian friend of mine has an ongoing cyber-discussion with a Mormon. The Mormon recently sent him a chart he’d devised that supposedly contrasted Mormonism to Christianity. I was disheartened, because the Mormon wasn’t honest. He wanted agreement, not definition.  Here’s something I wrote to my Christian friend about the correspondence with the Mormon, whom we’ll call George: I just did an interview yesterday with a Detroit radio station on the Salem network. I talked of the “unbridgeable gap” between LDS and Christian doctrine:  that of the identity of God. (Pardon me if I’m repeating something I told you before, but here goes.)  I am always struck by what happened to the Israelites while Moses was on the...

Two new online articles praise The Mormon Mirage

The furor over a Dallas pastor calling Mormonism “a cult” has led to the release of two new online articles that have nice things to say about my book, The Mormon Mirage.  I’m particularly grateful to see that someone who doesn’t know me personally says that I’m not inclined to “bash” Mormons. Read that article, “Former Mormon Agrees With Baptist Minister that ‘Mormonism is a Cult'”. Also, a podcaster in Great Britain is reading the book. Here are some of his comments. He says that my book scares him. Did it scare you, and if so,...

Reason #188: Because of LDS Teachings about Hell and Sons of Perdition

Who will go to the LDS hell? Very few. Those who go to the Telestial Kingdom will already have suffered from the time of their deaths until the end of the Millennium in the hell of the spirit prison. Mormons say that their suffering, or self-atonement, in the Millennium, will have been as exquisite as the passion of Christ. The final hell, or “outer darkness,” though, will have a sparse human population. Its inhabitants will be resurrected in the second resurrection, along with the inhabitants of the Telestial Kingdom. At that time, the hell of the spirit prison will be cast into the “lake of fire” (Rev. 20:14). (It was, after all, only “eternal” and “everlasting” in the sense that God instituted it.) The lake of fire is the final hell, and the...