Mormon Terminology: Heresies

26 July

Mormon Doctrine, p. 251“Heresy … In the true gospel sense, any opinion or doctrine in opposition to the revealed word of the Lord as recorded in the standard works of the Church and as taught by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is an heresy. The issue is not how many people may believe a teaching; it is whether the doctrine is true or false. (2 Pet. 2:1.)

The whole Christian world, in the days of the Prophet, believed falsely that God was a mystical spirit essence that filled the immensity of space and was everywhere and nowhere in particular present — all of which proved only that they were all heretics, that the apostasy was universal. Heresy is false doctrine. …  One of the purposes of this mortal probation is to see how much of the truth men will believe when they walk by faith rather than by sight. There is no salvation in a false doctrine.” – Bruce R. McConkie, 1966

2 Pet. 2:1 “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.”

  1. Referring to the God of the Bible as mystical, is heresy.
  2. God didn’t give us life to see how much of the truth we’ll accept. This too is heresy! Our purpose is to glorify Him as we have a loving relationship with Him.
  3. Heresy means to pull away from God, or to disunite from Him. One expositor stated that heresy is found when we choose to not teach what is found in the Bible.

This is exactly what the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has done by not trusting God’s word, and introducing other gospels like the BoM, and Pearl of Great Price.

The transliteration for heresies is hairesis. Here’s how Strong’s Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary defines it –

“G139, from <G138> (haireomai); properly a choice, i.e. (special) a party or (abstract) disunion :- heresy [which is the Greek word itself], sect”.

Be sure to share this with the Mormon you know, and ask for their opinion. It’s hard to argue with a dictionary definition, but make sure the way you do so is done in love and patience.

With Love in Christ;

Michelle

1 Cor 1:18

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