Some time ago I heard about CNN’s conservative guy Glenn Beck. I watched him a couple of times and laughed. I figured he was sort of like Bill O’Reilly’s counterpart. I even bought his book, An Inconvenient Book, because I loved the name. And while reading the book, I discovered that he is a Mormon.
Way back in high school, I dated a guy who was a Mormon. I’ll never forget the night he took me to a high school dance. Rather than going out to dinner, his family turned their home into a fine dining establishment. (We lived in a very small town where the only ‘fine dining’ to be had was El Chico’s!) His father dressed up in a tuxedo and served us filet mignon. It was a very sweet dinner, and he was a nice guy. Although we drifted apart, I have always been struck by how nice the family was and how courteously they treated me, a self-described Christian who attended a local Protestant church.
Now what was all that about Glenn Beck? I write about him today because he is a Mormon who steadfastly believes that Mormons are Christians, and because he called Mike Huckabee the “one-eyed Mullah Huckabee.” Beck was incensed because of a comment Huckabee had made about Mormon beliefs (in an effort to show how little he knows about them), saying,
“don’t they believe Jesus and Satan are brothers?”
Hmmm. Well, that bothered me a lot. In my last post I exhorted all of you to do what the Scriptures say, and test everything.
So I did. And I was astounded at the information I uncovered — from the LDS’s own website’s question and answer section — about the Mormon beliefs about the relationship between Lucifer and Jesus. Here is what I found:
Jess L. Christensen, Institute of Religion director at Utah State University, Logan, Utah. On first hearing, the doctrine that Lucifer and our Lord, Jesus Christ, are brothers may seem surprising to some—especially to those unacquainted with latter-day revelations. But both the scriptures and the prophets affirm that Jesus Christ and Lucifer are indeed offspring of our Heavenly Father and, therefore, spirit brothers. Jesus Christ was with the Father from the beginning. Lucifer, too, was an angel “who was in authority in the presence of God,” a “son of the morning.” (See Isa. 14:12; D&C 76:25–27.) Both Jesus and Lucifer were strong leaders with great knowledge and influence. But as the Firstborn of the Father, Jesus was Lucifer’s older brother. (See Col. 1:15; D&C 93:21.)
The above quote references Colossians 1:15. As you can see below in context, Jesus was NOT firstborn OF the father. No, he was the prototokos pas ktisis — firstborn every, each, all act-of-creating, founding, establishing. Notice there is no preposition in the Greek. The NIV says “firstborn over all creation.” The KJV says “firstborn of every creature.” The English translators substitute the words “of” or “over” — but there was no such word in the Greek.
15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.
Looking at verse 16 helps us see what verse 15 is talking about. By Christ and through Christ, all things were created. It says it again: all things were created by him and for him. He was not, as the LDS quote from above states, an “offspring” as we see our own offspring. No, the Greek words show that Christ was the first Creator. Which leads us to the Trinity — God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is another one of those mysteries I wrote about earlier.
Back to the issue at hand: do Mormons believe Jesus and Lucifer are spirit brothers? Yes they do! Does Glenn Beck not know the tenets of his faith? I read that Huckabee later apologized to Mitt Romney (and later to Glenn Beck) for his comments. My question is this: Why? Hear this, Huckabee, you were right! Speaking the truth does not mean you are standing in judgment. Unfortunately, our politically correct society has whittled “truth” down to falsehood in an attempt to make secular humanism the main religion. “You can have your truth, and I’ll have my truth,” they claim. I stand on the Bible as my Truth-o-Meter.
For the record, here is what the Bible teaches us about Lucifer from Isaiah 14:
12 How you have fallen from heaven,
O morning star, son of the dawn!
You have been cast down to the earth,
you who once laid low the nations!
13 You said in your heart,
“I will ascend to heaven;
I will raise my throne
above the stars of God;
I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly,
on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. [a]
14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.”
15 But you are brought down to the grave,
to the depths of the pit.
Nowhere does it say that Lucifer was God’s son. “Son of the dawn,” in the original Hebrew, is ben shachar. It literally means the son of the dawn. The name Lucifer means “morning star.”
There are other tenets of the Mormon faith that, when “tested” by Scripture (both the Old and New Testaments), show that they have been led astray. This does not mean that I think Mormons are bad people. As I said before, I have known wonderful people who belong to the LDS church. They follow many of Jesus’ commandments. But I believe, and apparently Mike Huckabee agrees with me, they have been deceived.
It all goes back to this:
Test everything. Hold on to the good.
1 Thessalonians 5:21
And the good news is this: that Christ died for our sins. There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus! (Romans 8:1).
No condemnation. I’ll have to write about that another time…