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Mormonism ≠ Christianity

Updated: Feb 19

A few months ago, I angered a Mormon because I separated Mormonism from Christianity in a list of religions. This is a sore topic at the moment—apparently, the Mormons for many decades distanced themselves from Christians, but in more recent decades have made strenuous efforts to be considered Christians by the Christian denominations, and some of these denominations reject their claims altogether and in vituperative terms.

I’m not a Christian, but I don’t think Mormons are Christian. In the first place, let’s be clear about what a Christian is. A Christian is not just someone who follows Jesus or thinks Jesus was a good man, or even that the resurrection and the miracles took place—the oracle of Hecate said Jesus was a good man in heaven, so reports St. Augustine, but Christians think she was a devil nonetheless.

Christianity is basically Catholicism: it’s the 1,000-year long set of doctrines and organisational structure that was called “Christendom” until Martin Luther came along and started Protestantism. And Protestantism itself just keeps the basic doctrines and structures found in Catholicism—after all, the Church of England calls itself a “Catholic”, i.e. universal, Church too. Protestantism just tries to remove the most egregious examples of corruption or deviation from scripture (in their view).

So Christianity is really the decisions of various Church councils (e.g. Nicaea), the lives of the saints, the writings of the doctors of the Church (e.g. Aquinas and Augustine), the judgements of various popes (successors, in direct line, to the apostle St. Peter, so appointed by Christ), and canon law—oh, and the New Testament and the Old Testament too.

That is what Christianity is.

Until all that coalesced, in about 450 AD, there were many different sects (Arian, Gnostic) that talked about Jesus, some pagans that talked about Jesus—there wasn’t really “Christianity” as we understand it. The things we most associate with Christianity, in its stable sense, were not set down—and the Church really became formalised when it became the official state cult of the Empire, and repressed all other cults.

So why isn’t Mormonism Christian? Because they had a whole other revelation—the Book of Mormon. That is the same as Islam—the Koran recognises Jesus as a prophet of God, offers protection to Christians not available to other faiths as “people of the book”; but the Koran is a whole new revelation from God, with a whole new prophet, Muhammad—and Mormonism is also a whole new revelation, with a whole new prophet, Joseph Smith.

So Mormonism is a new religion which, like Islam, happens to include Jesus and the Christians within its ambit. I mean Smith calls himself a prophet, but, per Christianity, there aren’t any more prophets—why do you need more prophets when the Messiah has come? Per scripture, there are no more prophets if the Messiah has come (I called Augustine “a prophet of God” in another article, but that was just a metaphor for a holy man—he didn’t think he was a prophet).

Indeed, Smith claimed, in one early revelation, to have the same prophetic authority as Moses—now Moses isn’t just some random Hebrew who’s not that important given the later (latter-day) stature of Jesus; he’s really, really important to Christianity—so to claim the same authority as Moses is not a trivial claim at all.

I’m not a Christian, so it doesn’t bother me—there can be more prophets, so far as I’m concerned. However, Christianity doesn’t accept that—and, from the start, Mormonism also propagated ideas, like polygamy, that never existed in Christianity either. Now, the Mormons suppressed polygamy eventually (in their hearts I bet they want to go back), but that doesn’t change the fact they went down that route.

The Christian Churches might be divided, but they agree on the bulk of what was settled when the Roman Catholic Church formed up—what they have relates to disagreements about certain rites, rites like confession, and certain differences over questions like salvation by faith and or by acts. It’s not the Protestant contention, for example, that Martin Luther was a new prophet of God, with a new revelation.

Now, all the interest in anything in life lies in the minor differences, most differences are minor differences—like the fact we share most of our genes with a chimp, or a banana. Small differences, big impact. So those small differences between a Catholic and a Lutheran could contribute to a major bloody religious war.

But Mormonism is more than just “minor differences”—it’s gaping differences, it’s the restoration of the prophets of old, it’s a whole new relation between men and women (remember, per the previous article ‘Christianity and Sex’, Christianity is preoccupied with sex, with sex as the ur-sin—and the Mormons come in and say, as a new revelation, “it’s okay to have lots of wives”, i.e. lots of sex with different women; if you read the Church fathers this is about as anti-Christian as you could be).

Joseph Smith was also involved in magic, occultic scrying techniques (with a hat)—now, I’m not against that…but Christians are; and so, again, Mormonism is in breach with what Christian doctrine has always been. Imagine if you turned up in Rome in 958 AD and said, “Yes, I’ve been using magic to look for treasure (as Joseph Smith did)—and I’ve found some golden tablets, spoke to an angel, and I’ve come up with a whole new revelation about Jesus, have the same authority as Moses, and we can now marry as many women as we please….” <Execute, burn—heretic>.

After all, if you read Augustine, doctor of the Church, if you’ve been discoursing with an “angel of light”, Mr. Joseph Smith, then that is almost certainly the Devil in disguise.

Now, I don’t think that—but it is what Christians think. Selah.

So if the Christians ever accept the Mormons as Christians then they really will have lost the plot; and, besides, in so far as it is possible to be a disinterested observer in these matters, I don’t think Mormonism is objectively a Christian denomination—I think it’s a new religion, like Islam.

My problem with Mormonism is that it’s based on Freemasonry, in part, and that its members serve as the backbone for the US intelligence services—that’s for a practical reason, due to their mandatory missions abroad; so they’re the only group of Americans, real Americans, they’re mostly of English descent, who speak many languages, hence are useful for the intelligence services as trustworthy citizens with rare knowledge. But I also think that the US state is a key component in the system of the AntiChrist, so the religion that sustains that state’s security service is especially malign (plus Freemasonry is also Satanic).

But I’m not a Christian, and not keen on Christianity either.


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