Journal of Discourses 1:57; “The Son is called God, and so is the Father, and in some places the Holy Ghost is called God. They are one in power, in wisdom, in knowledge, and in the inheritance of celestial glory; they are one in their works; they possess all things, and all things are subject to them; they act in unison; and if one has power to become the Father of spirits, so has another; if one God can propagate his species, and raise up spirits after his own image and likeness, and call them his sons and daughters, so can all other Gods that become like him, do the same thing; consequently, there will be many Fathers, and there will be many families, and many sons and daughters; and they will be the children of those glorified, celestial beings that are counted worthy to be Gods.” – Orson Pratt, Great Salt Lake City, August 29, 1852
1 John 4:14; “And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.” [emp. mine]
During my study time this past weekend, the words of the Apostle John gave me pause.
‘Sent the Son..’
It caused me to reflect upon all the stuff Mormonism has piled into what it takes to be saved… I wonder…has anyone in the Church stopped to reflect on the three key words in that verse?
I can hear the impassioned tone in John’s statement as if trying to tell readers ‘Look at what God did by sending the Son’! How much more could God do? He gave the very best of what He has – The Son. For all intents and purposes, the answer to my rhetorical question is ‘No, they haven’t, and we see it in their doctrines.
That Orson sure had an imagination… The old saying, ‘give ‘em an inch, and they’ll take a mile’ is always the first thing I think of when I read any of his works. And that goes for his brother Parley as well, who penned ‘Key to Science of Theology’. It seemed the brothers went out of their way to see who could outdo the other with outrageous talk of idolatry, and godless wonders of sex for salvation. The sheer volume of blasphemy they wrote is certainly one for the record books, or as in this case, two.
In addition to the promotion of polytheism, Orson brazenly postulated how Christianity had sunken into an existence of murderers and apostates. This, and other self-endorsed opinions, are found in his notorious 288 page work, ‘The Seer’, a prideful display of true Mormonism at its worst.
Living on this side of salvation, I’m still shocked I didn’t see what God was telling me long beforehand, but one thing is certain. I’m eternally grateful for His undying devotion, and merciful patience!
Please, pray that God will speak to Mormons through His word, and give them a reason to stop and wonder. And when you have a moment, be sure to share what God said through Isaiah!
Isaiah 43:10-11; “Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, And my servant whom I have chosen: That ye may know and believe me, And understand that I am he: Before me there was no God formed, Neither shall there be after me. 11 I, even I, am the Lord; And beside me there is no saviour.”