Questions for Mormon Bishop

 

1.  Why do you think Mormonism, in so many people’s eyes, is considered outside of genuine Christianity?

He is going to say that most people don’t feel that way, but a few people with bad attitudes and axes to grind spread lies about Mormonism.

Documentation:

 

United Methodists claim LDS not really Christian

Idaho Statesman, 5-11-2000, p. A2

 

CLEVELAND—United Methodist Church delegates approved a new policy statement Wednesday declaring that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "by self-definition, does not fit within the bounds of the historic, apostolic tradition of the Christian faith." As a result, Mormon members who become Methodists should be treated as converts from another faith and be re-baptized, the policy said. The United Methodist Church is the nation's third largest religious body, with 8.4 million members, while the Mormon church ranks seventh, with 5 million members.

 

A nine-page paper, passed by the Methodist General Conference without floor discussion, said Mormonism has "some radically differing doctrine on such matters of belief as the nature and being of God; the nature, origin, and purpose of Jesus Christ; and the nature and way of salvation."

 

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and Southern Baptist Convention have issued similar assessments of Mormon doctrine.

 

2.     I’m told that practically any active Latter-day Saint adult can quote the so-called Lorenzo Snow couplet: “As man now is, God once was; as God now is man may become.”  What do you think that means?

Don’t let  him get away with saying that men can become “like” God” that is, perfect and sinless.  The quote has to mean that God used to be a man and that men can become Gods.

 

 

3.     What do you suppose the current President, Seer, and Revelator (The Prophet) of the Mormon Church, Gordon B. Hinckley, meant when he said:

"Those who observe us say that we are moving into the mainstream of religion.  We are not changing. We teach the same doctrine." (Ensign, Nov. 2001, p 5)

 

and

 

"The traditional Christ of whom they (non Mormons) speak is not the Christ of whom I speak." (The church News, June 20, 1998)

 

4.     What do Mormons mean when they speak of the Mormon Church as “the One True Church.”

When he tries to say, “Well, we believe all church contain some good…” Press him to explain what the term One True Church means (it means there ain’t no other!)

 

5.     If a Protestant minister baptizes someone, does God honor that baptism?

 

6.     If a Protestant minister conducts the Lord’s Supper, does God accept that?

 

Five an six flow from the idea that only Mormons have the Priesthood and no ordinance of the Gospel can be conducted without that priesthood.

 

 

7.     If polygamy was given by God as “the new and everlasting covenant,” will it be practiced in heaven?  Will all those early Mormon men who had numerous polygamous wives be the only ones in heaven practicing polygamy, or will you, bishop, get to have more than one wife in the hereafter?

 

Don’t know isn’t good enough because section 132 of the Mormon Scripture “Doctrine and Covenants” says of polygamy

 

(verse 4)

For behold, I reveal unto you a new and an everlasting covenant; and if ye abide not that covenant, then are ye damned; for no one can reject this covenant and be permitted to enter into my glory.

 

(verse 6)

And as pertaining to the  new and everlasting covenant, it was instituted for the fulness of my glory; and  he that receiveth a fulness thereof must and shall abide the law, or he shall be damned, saith the Lord God.

 

8.     Why does an large three-part series on teen suicide in Utah (printed in the Mormon Daily Newspaper The Deseret News begin with these words:

“Every 11 days, a Utah teenager…succeeds in taking his or her own life.  With teen suicide in a leading role as a kill of Utah young people, state officials could be mounting a full-frontal attack on the problem.

In fact, the opposite is true.

Suicide is clearly a taboo subject

(read full series at http://www.mazeministry.com/mormonism/statistics/youthsuicide/april23/april23.html

 

 

9.     Why does Utah lead the nation in antidepressant drug use, and rate very high in child abuse, sex crimes, mortgage fraud, software theft, rape, and divorce and murder.

See statistics at:

http://www.mazeministry.com/mormonism/statistics/statistics.htm