The Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, & Holy Spirit of Romney's Mormon Faith v.s. Biblical Christianity.
Well it seems that Mitt Romney has made a “Christian” sounding profession of faith from his statements below;
“I think people who are people of faith believe that there’s a purpose greater than themselves. For me, there’s no question. I believe in a Heavenly Father, I believe in his Son Jesus Christ, I believe in the Holy Ghost. These are features that are part of many people’s faith in this country; other folks have differing views”
While this may seem like a “Christian” statement of beliefs to the average everyday non-discerning Christian. It is really far from any type of a biblical Christian belief at all. This profession might even get some people thinking that Mormonism maybe a branch of Christianity. Which is never the case, Mormonism is NOT Christian nor will it ever be Christian. For it to become Christian it would have to deny the very tenants that make Mormonism, Mormonism, thus making the faith no longer organic in its nature. So Mormonism will stay Mormonism just as the sky will stay blue. As always when dealing with any matters of apologetics and faith, especially when dealing with non Christian cults, one of the first things we must do is to make sure that we have our terms defined correctly before proceeding to confirm or dismiss someone’s statements about their faith . As in the case of Romney’s statement we must do the same. While his statement may sound “Christian” enough there are meaning to the words Heavenly Father, Son Jesus Christ, and The Holy Spirit statement that have totally different meaning in Mormonism compared to mainstream biblical Christianity. Just saying that you believe in The Father, The Son Jesus Christ, and The Holy Spirit doesn’t automatically make you a born-again bible believing Christian or does it mean you are following the Christ of the bible.
To understand what Romney is really meaning when he says he believes in the Heavenly Father, Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit we must look at what those terms mean to the Mormon in the Mormon speak. The terms that Mormons use a lot of the times while sounding the same as Christian terms have double meanings and secret meaning that are hidden in plain sight. To the Mormon these words mean one thing while having a totally different meaning to a Christian. You will be surprised if not shocked by what they really mean when you compare their meanings to biblical Christianity.
First of all, let’s look at when Romney says he believes in the Heavenly Father, most people will think that when he says Heavenly Father he is talking about belief in the Heavenly Father of the bible, the one true God taught about in the bible for over 2000 years. This is far from the case, In Mormonism the term heavenly father is not referring to the biblical God of the bible, but instead the Mormon god or Father that use to be a man on another planet according to Mormon Doctrine, p. 321; Joseph Smith, Times and Seasons, vol. 5, p. 613-614; Orson Pratt, Journal of Discourses, vol. 2, p. 345; Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, vol. 7, p. 333 and the Doctrine &Covenants states on page 130:22;"The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as mans." They also believe that the Father is not the only God of the universe according to Mormon Doctrine, p. 163; there are many gods. As one can see, when a Mormon says the Word Heavenly Father is for surely not talking about the Heavenly Father as described in the Christian Bible. In short the "Heavenly Father" of this universe is just that the Father of this universe, meaning that there are other "Heavenly Fathers" of different universes not just one Heavenly Father over all creation.
Now that we looked at the difference in the phraseology and meaning of the term Heavenly Father in its comparative normative of what the Mormons define the phrase to as compared to Biblical Christianity. Let us see who they define Jesus Christ as and the difference in the Mormon “jesus christ” from the real Jesus Christ of the Bible? To answer this question let us take a look how the Mormons define who Jesus Christ is exactly. In James Talmage’s Articles of Faith on p. 38 he says the following about who Christ is;
"Therefore we know that both the Father and the Son are in form and stature perfect men; each of them possesses a tangible body . . . of flesh and bones,"
We see here that the Mormon’s teach and believe that both the Father and the Son (Jesus Christ) are nothing more than perfect men who became gods’. Therefore they are denying the pure Holiness of God the Father and the sinless nature of Christ. Also according to the Journal of Discourses, vol 8 on p. 115 they described Jesus Christ as the following;
"The birth of the Saviour was as natural as are the births of our children; it was the result of natural action. He partook of flesh and blood - was begotten of his Father, as we were of our fathers,"
This description makes Christ’s birth out to be nothing more than normal child’s birth totally denying His virgin birth and the fulfillment of biblical prophecy. It also makes it possible that Christ himself could have been born with a sin nature, which goes totally against what is taught in the bible (2 Cor 5:21.) Furthermore the Journal of Discourse at its roots is denying the salvific power of Jesus Christ atoning work on the cross rending the atonement of Christ useless. In another description of Jesus Christ the Mormons make a good case for almost being followers of Oneness theology. The First Presidency and Council of the Twelve in 1916, wrote in God the Father, compiled by Gordon Allred, p. 150 the following;
"Elohim is literally the Father of the spirit of Jesus Christ and also of the body in which Jesus Christ performed His mission in the flesh ..."
Seems also like what some of the non-Christian cults teach today like the Oneness groups and preachers like T.D.Jakes. It is strange sometimes how heresies run parallels with in cults. Mormonism and Oneness teachings have very similar threads of heresy running through them.
As you can see the Mormon “jesus christ” is nothing like the biblical Christ of the bible. Our Jesus Christ was and is not an exalted man, nor one of three different gods. Neither is the biblical Jesus Christ born of regular human means of reproduction, but instead of a virgin birth thus not carrying the sin nature that the Mormon “jesus” would carry thus making himself unholy.
Now that we have established the differences in who the Mormon’s Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ is let’s look lastly at what the Mormons teach about who the Holy Spirit andcompare it to the Holy Spirit of Christianity. In the book A Marvelous Work and a Wonder, Le Grand Richards, Salt Lake City, 1956, p. 118 and the Journal of Discourses, vol. 5, p. 179 state the following about who the Holy Spirit is;
“The Holy Ghost is a male personage”.
According to Mormon Doctrine the Holy Spirit is separate from the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is a 3rd personage in the Godhead or three separate gods. The Holy Spirit is the presence of God. According to John A. Widtsoe and Franklin S. Harris, Jr., Seven Claims of the Book of Mormon, pp.157-158;
“The Holy Spirit: But according to the Book of Mormon, as well as other Scripture, there is also a Holy Spirit, sometimes called the Holy Ghost, which is not a person, but rather a divine essence, a force, or fluid—for want of a better term—which permeates all that exists.”
As we can see “Holy Spirit” is in Mormonism is not who the Holy Spirit is of biblical Christianity. The Holy Spirit of biblical Christianity is not an “essences or a force” but the third person of the Trinity.
After looking at what Romney really means in light of correctly defined terms and meaning we can truly understand what is behind the double speak when he says;
“I think people who are people of faith believe that there’s a purpose greater than themselves. For me, there’s no question. I believe in a Heavenly Father, I believe in his Son Jesus Christ, I believe in the Holy Ghost. These are features that are part of many people’s faith in this country; other folks have differing views.”
We can see that the "Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit" of Romney’s Mormonism are not the same as biblical Christianity. We can also see that while Romney to the average person and unlearned Christian may sound “biblical” because he says all the right words to make it appear that his Mormonism is “Christian”, it’s really not Christian at all . Mormonism still is a cult and will be a cult no matter how many Christian terms they try to adopt and redefine.
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