Who are the Mormons?
When my wife Peggy and I were first looking for a church we considered the Mormon Church. Why? Because they were such nice people and many had strong families and family was important to us. At the time I was not a Christian, yet for some reason I had reservations about Mormonism. Somewhere in the back of my mind were the thoughts, this religious group is off in some way. We ended up attending a religiously liberal Methodist Church in town and attended that church for many years until I became a follower of Jesus Christ; we then came to Emmanuel Faith Community Church in Escondido. My wife Peggy and I have attended either Emmanuel Faith or currently Mission Hills Church for the last 25 years.
When you think of a Mormon what do you think of? Your first thoughts might be a good person or a nice family or a church that takes care of its people. We might think of individuals in white shirts riding their bicycles all over the city. You might even think of Salt Lake City and the Mormon Temple. The Mormon Church has made a great effort to make their religion look attractive, to give people the impression that this is another Christian denomination that cares about the family and cares about you.
These are all reasons why the Mormon Church is one the fastest growing religions in the world. They send missionaries all over the world to continue to add to that number. Are they just another Christian denomination? Or are they a false belief system that is deceiving people with their positive outward appearance?
I have both friends and relatives that are part of the Mormon Church. I truly love my Mormon friends and my focus in this series will be on the teachings and beliefs of Mormonism and not the individuals who are members. Some of my attacks on the teachings will be strong and you who have close friends and relatives that are Mormon might take offense. My purpose is to attack the doctrines of the church and not the individuals.
The series title, “Unmasking the Deception of Mormonism,” reveals the conclusions I have reached based on my research. My objectives are twofold: 1) To equip you to share with the Mormon at your door or anyone caught in the deception of Mormonism and 2) to help protect your family and close friends from joining the church.
Years ago I met with the daughter of a close friend who was dating a Mormon. She at the time professed to be a Christian and was attending the Emmanuel Faith High School Department. I showed her all the false teachings and why she shouldn’t be dating a Mormon. How successful was I? Today she is a baptized Mormon. LOVE TRUMPED THE TRUTH! She wasn’t open to what I had to say, even though when she was at my house she seemed to agree with everything I said.
It is our job as parents and grandparents to protect our children from error by helping them understand what we believe and what the Mormons believe. Does equipping our children guarantee they won’t become Mormon? No; but I believe it does decrease the chances.