Tuesday, September 14, 2010

American Ad Campaign

This morning as I was scanning the news I saw this video advertisement... watch below.



This is one video from an ad campaign being shown across the U.S. by the Mormon church.  I read an article that said the Mormon church is trying to recreate their image by using everyday people who lead "normal lives" in their advertisements.  It said they were trying to disassociate the word "weird" from "Mormon."  To read the full article, click HERE.

As Christians, it is important to be aware of what other religions believe and how they are impacting our culture.  Let me share some of the things I read straight off of the Mormon website:

When we accept Jesus Christ’s help we can feel peace in this life and return to Heaven after we die.

We can change our lives for the better when we accept Jesus Christ and His atonement.

He is the Son of God, “The way, the truth and the life,“ and our Savior.

Because Christ took upon Himself our sins, we can be forgiven when we repent.

(Referring to the Holy Ghost),  He is the third member of the Godhead, along with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

Sounds good, right?  If we heard any one of these phrases independently we would assume the person was a Christian and was referring to the true Gospel.  That is why cults are so deceptive because they take part of the truth and add to it.  It's what Satan did in the Garden and it's what he still does today.  The Mormon church takes bits and pieces of the truth so it sounds very familiar, but their core belief could not be farther from the truth.  Here's a few more quotes from their website:

Faith in Jesus Christ isn’t a simple declaration—it is a source of power we must renew every day by studying His words, praying, and by trying harder to follow His example as we interact with the people around us.  

Repentance is the opposite of punishment, then, because it allows us to correct our mistakes and remove the bad feelings that follow our bad decisions.  This process can be difficult and requires a lot of honesty, but the joy and freedom we feel when we turn away from our sins are well worth the effort.

Because Heavenly Father is a fair and loving God, we believe that everyone will have the opportunity to accept Jesus Christ through baptism, if not in this life then in the next.

The Holy Ghost is a Spirit that can dwell in our hearts.  (Emphasis added)

Just as we would not say a person must not be saved since they do not use the accepted religious vocabulary when expressing their faith in Christ Jesus, so we must not be quick to accept someone as a true follower of Christ just because they use the "right" lingo.  When you add or take away from truth, it is not truth at all. 

All About Cults shares what Mormons believe about the nature of Jesus Christ:
The Mormon church views Jesus and Satan as spirit brothers and sons of God. God put forth His plan of salvation for the world, and Satan proposed his own plan. Jesus accepted the Father's plan and offered to implement it as the Savior. The Father chose Jesus, and the spirit of Jesus was given a body through the virgin Mary. He was crucified on a Roman cross, and rose from the dead three days later to establish His deity. The character and life of Jesus is attainable by anyone who performs at such a righteous level. 

Jeremiah 23:25-32:
25 “I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy lies in My name, saying, ‘I have dreamed, I have dreamed!’ 26 How long will this be in the heart of the prophets who prophesy lies? Indeed they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart, 27 who try to make My people forget My name by their dreams which everyone tells his neighbor, as their fathers forgot My name for Baal.
       28 “ The prophet who has a dream, let him tell a dream;
      And he who has My word, let him speak My word faithfully.
      What is the chaff to the wheat?” says the LORD.
       29Is not My word like a fire?” says the LORD,
      “ And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?
30 “Therefore behold, I am against the prophets,” says the LORD, “who steal My words every one from his neighbor. 31 Behold, I am against the prophets,” says the LORD, “who use their tongues and say, ‘He says.’ 32 Behold, I am against those who prophesy false dreams,” says the LORD, “and tell them, and cause My people to err by their lies and by their recklessness. Yet I did not send them or command them; therefore they shall not profit this people at all,” says the LORD.

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