Cults & Heresies

Church leader wants people to stop using 'Mormon' and 'LDS' as substitutes for full name

"The faith has the famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir, recently made a documentary about its members called 'Meet the Mormons' and uses 'Mormon' in its official website addresses. But on Thursday, church President Russell M. Nelson said he wants people to stop using 'Mormon,' or 'LDS' as substitutes for the full name of the religion: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." - USA Today

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Review: Leaving Mormonism

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I was sent this book (and another that I must review soon) before Christmas and the publisher, quite understandably wishes me to review it. I am very happy to do so, since this is a fine resource

This book is a great idea. Four former Mormons with academic credentials and a passion for the truth write about why they left Mormonism and add a critique of it from their own perspectives. Each writer communicates clearly. None is mean spirited in their criticism of their former belief, though all are keen to inform readers not only of the errors of the Latter-Day Saints — errors which lead to a particular worldview — but also of the chameleonic nature of Mormon teaching as it seeks to adapt to criticism and exposure.

Corey Miller’s chapter, “In Search of the Good Life” asks whether experiencing the good is objectively possible under Mormon teaching. His answer begins with his personal testimony of being a Mormon with descendants reaching all the way back to acquaintances of Joseph Smith himself. His essay deals with the nature of Mormon testimony and the difficulty of achieving “salvation.” Miller is a philosopher and has provided excellent notes to go with his essay, even briefly outlining Alvin Plantinga’s response to de jure objections to Christian faith in his Warranted Christian Belief (70 n.41).

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Koresh, Bible prophecies and the tragedy of Waco

"The tragedy led to Congressional hearings, creating massive amounts of reference materials -- including recordings of Koresh and others. The "Waco" miniseries also drew inspiration from books by David Thibodeau, a Branch Davidian convert who survived, and Gary Noesner, a key FBI negotiator." Daily Press

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The Shack "may raise some good questions, but avoid its heresies and answers"

"[W]hile The Shack may raise good questions, its answers (and its heresies) will make it just another downhill push for those on the slippery slopes of creating a free-form God out of loose-gripped truths and personal experiences." WORLD

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Eddyism, Commonly Called “Christian Science”

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One of the keenest observers of America has made the remark that “the reason so many new isms are constantly springing up is because the old Gospel is so hard to live.” People are looking for a comfortable life here, and an easy way to heaven. They are scanning earth and sky for a royal road. The fight with sin which the Gospel demands is a fierce and bitter fight; and many men and women are anxiously searching for a way of escape, desiring to be “carried to the skies on flowery beds of ease.”

This desire lies at the basis of Eddyism. Its fundamental principle is that sin and sickness have no real existence. They may be banished by a process of thought. There is no matter; mind is everything. And, in proportion to the progress of the individual in this creed, all disagreeable and unpleasant things vanish.

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Do You Believe a False Teaching? Answer These Questions to Find Out

"A 2014 survey ... reveals that many American evangelicals hold views condemned as heretical by some of the most important councils of the early church. Nearly a quarter of participants believe false teachings about Jesus, and more than half about the Holy Spirit." CT

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