- Politics and Social Issues
I’ve noticed, sadly, a very disturbing trend in our nation – and I firmly believe it will eventually lead to the destruction of our glorious land if this trend continues.
The trend began – or at least I saw it manifest itself openly – during the Clinton administration. Many Christians believe we should not become active in politics. I believe it is sin if we do not call sin a sin when we see it and do our best to stop its cancerous spread.
If you are an atheist – time to stop reading. If you know there is a God, then you may find my observations useful. I’ll use the latest illustration of this dangerous and destructive trend by using the example of the painting “On Nation Under God.”
I received at least three emails with the forward to this man’s painting – and I’m not going to include the link because I refuse to further enable people to give him money to advance his theology.
It is in fact, probably one of the most beautiful, moving paintings I’ve seen since Thomas Blackshear’s “Forgiven”. Blackshear’s painting affected me physically when I first laid eyes on it. I had a distinct visceral reaction and I wept, right there in the store and TRUST me, I NEVER like to cry in public or anywhere for that matter.
While my first glimpse of this “One Nation Under God” painting definitely caused a reaction, it wasn’t nearly that strong, but strong enough that I considered buying a print.
At first though – my gut reaction was, “Gee, Jesus looks lily white…that’s a tad odd…” I know that when Jesus walked the earth he couldn’t have had alabaster white skin in those historic days or he would have been viewed as a freak. He was a Jew – in a harsh, unforgiving climate, he would have had darkened if not black skin.
So before I hit “place into your cart” button, I did a bit of research – I typed in, “One Nation Under God” and the word “Mormon.”
I then immediately, politely “replied to all” and said that while the painting is undeniably beautiful at first blush – a Mormon painted it. I know the sender to be a devout Christian and it was a pretty safe bet those on the list he sent the painting link to were also Christians.
I received one answer back – presumably (I can’t be certain because I don’t actually know everyone on the forwarded list of the person who sent me the email) a Christian. Her reply essentially said, “No offense, but I doubt God would be offended by who painted it, I think he’d be happy that in this painting he is celebrated as the center of our American way of life”.
And I will grant you – that would appear to be what the painting would depict – Jesus in the center with many historical greats gathered around him.
This is where the “trend” part comes in.
We have set aside moral beliefs, we have looked the other way, we have made excuses – be damned our Judeo/Christian values and beliefs – all in the name of Patriotism. The phrase from our Pledge of Allegiance is “One Nation Under God”.
Which is clearly – one nation in agreement that we are all God-made, God fearing, and He is ABOVE us as our God. We do not make our country our god setting aside our values all in the name of attempting to protect it.
As a Christian – and as not only an educated Christian but a Christian who once was a member of a religious cult – (another long story for another Hub), I know that the Mormon Church is the only cult in American History to have mainstreamed itself into our American culture.
I’ve studied cults for over 15 years – I had to know why – a college educated feisty former New Yorker--was able to get lured into one so easily. I had to get to the bottom of how I was able to become so brainwashed. And I was indeed completely and utterly brainwashed for the six years while I was in the cult and for two years subsequent to leaving the cult. And I hadn’t attended even one cult function for those two years. Yet I adhered to the cult doctrine two years after walking away from the religious cult I was in.
Dr. Margaret Thaler Singer’s book “Cults in our Midst” is still an excellent resource about cults. She clearly explains why people who are brainwashed don’t walk around like zombies. They act as normal and anyone.
So it is with Mormons. Their doctrine however is what I am here to warn about. Mormons believe that their church is the only “true” Christian church founded by Joseph Smith in the late 1800’s. Mormon doctrine is taught to the young in hours long Sunday school classes where they learn primarily about the former Mormon leadership and the Book of Mormon. Mormons, young and old must recite their “testimony” monthly after “fast and testimony” meetings but also after Sunday School lessons (which go on for hours and hours every single Sunday) and other gatherings. It is taught to children who must recite it before the congregation throughout a Mormon’s life.
"I'd like to bear my testimony. I know this church is true. I know ____________(insert current prophet here) is a true prophet of God. I know that Book of Mormon is true (can be used even if never read, as in case of 3-year olds whose parent's whisper to them)."
Adults say a variation of this.
That’s just a small glimpse into their brainwashing techniques.
Orthodox Historical Christianity has believed in one God and only one God. The concept of the Trinity is also – without exception – a fundamental basic belief of the Historical Christian Church and always has been – based on numerous scriptures – explained -- although only partially explained -- in John Chapter 1.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Then verse 14:
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelled among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
This is a core belief of all legitimate Christian denominations. There is no argument for this. The Trinity is a Christian – and exclusively Christian -- fundamental belief.
In our country, people are free to worship what they wish to worship. Personally, it’s not my business.
But when a religion comes along in the late 1800’s and trashes my faith, it’s my business. Joseph Smith taught that because all the other Christian religions were corrupt there was a need for him – Joseph Smith – to start his own "perfected" Christian faith. He also taught that because the Bible had become so corrupted, there was a need for the Book of Mormon (BOM). Throughout the history of the LDS Church, they have attacked my faith. Here is a quote from Orson Pratt – a Mormon Apostle:
“The European nations with the United States come more particularly under the dominion of the "great and abominable church," which includes all the churches of apostate christendom, both Catholic and Protestant.” (The Seer, Vol.2, No.4, p.246).
And other proclamations:
“Brother Taylor has just said that the religions of the day were hatched in hell. The eggs were laid in hell, hatched on its borders, and kicked on to the earth.” Brigham Young (Journal of Discourses, Vol 6, pg 176).
There are many, many more such quotes by Mormon leadership. This and the
fact the Mormon leadership had the audacity to also proclaim that the Mormon
Church is the only true Christian Church is why I must speak out. People can worship how they wish, but trash my faith, come along and say all other Christian denominations are (essentially) from Satan - then you challenge me to stand up and contend for my 2000 year old Christian beliefs. This becomes very much my
business as it should become the business of all Christians. I am
I am merely defending my faith as all Christians are called to do.
Part II will go into a bit more detail about the strange and bizarre beliefs of Mormonism and how this, a painting by a Mormon, the slow decline of our country, and how they all relate.