Posts Tagged ‘Mormons’

18
Mar

Why IRR Invests Internationally

   Posted by: Rob Bowman    in IRR, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormonism

NOTE: This is a special blog entry from Joel B. Groat, the Coordinator for International Ministries for the Institute for Religious Research.

 

Last year I made mission trips to Madagascar and Mexico—diverse countries with significant common denominators: serious social conflict, sacrificial Christian missionary work and successful Mormon proselytizing. Events in the first category are capturing national headlines, and I’m concerned for good friends in the midst of the fray; but it’s the last two that capture my heart.

You see, my parents are Christian missionaries, and I was raised in Venezuela (in South America). Growing up I witnessed firsthand the sacrifices my parents and other missionary “uncles” and “aunts” made to take the living water of salvation “by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus alone” to people who had never heard. So, you’ll understand why the following quotes from the Mormon magazine, Ensign, struck a nerve. The article talked about how the work of Christian missionaries has aided Mormon proselytizing. Read the rest of this entry »

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I mentioned in my previous post that Mormons have offered two similar but incompatible explanations for the fact that a temple was not built in Independence, Missouri, as Joseph Smith had predicted in 1832:

  • The enemies of the Mormons goofed (from the Mormon perspective) by preventing the Mormons from doing what they were supposed to do to bring about the prophecy’s fulfillment.
  • The Mormons goofed by failing to do what they were supposed to do in order to bring about the fulfillment of the prophecy.

From what I have seen in the literature, these two explanations are the most common of those offered by Mormons. Read the rest of this entry »

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23
Jan

Does “Mormon” really spell “un-American”?

   Posted by: Rob Bowman    in ethics, Mormonism

NOTE: This is a special blog entry from Joel B. Groat, the Coordinator for International Ministries for the Institute for Religious Research.

Fox News ran a story last week with the headline, “Tom Hanks Says Mormon Supporters of Proposition 8 ‘Un-American’”. The article quotes Hanks as saying, “the truth is a lot of Mormons gave a lot of money to the church to make Prop-8 happen. There are a lot of people who feel that is un-American, and I am one of them.” Now Tom is one of my favorite actors, right up there with Jimmy Stewart, but is he listening to himself? Read the rest of this entry »

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3
Dec

An Ugly Attack on My Neighbor

   Posted by: Rob Bowman    in Mormonism

NOTE: This is a special blog entry from Joel B. Groat, the Coordinator for International Ministries for the Institute for Religious Research.

In an op-ed yesterday (12-2-08) entitled, “An ugly attack on Mormons,” Jonah Goldberg drew attention to the LDS-church-slamming TV ad that ran on Election Day. The ad, which also ran on YouTube, showed two Mormon missionaries taking wedding rings and a marriage license from a lesbian couple after announcing “We’re here to take away your rights.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Those who have been reading this blog lately know that I am very interested in the question of whether the office of apostle is supposed to be a continuing office in the church—a claim that is central to the religion of the Latter-day Saints, or Mormons. So I was interested in a paper given at ETS last week arguing for the continuation of the office of apostle. Frank Chan, a professor at Nyack College, does not accept the LDS claim that apostles in the sense of revelational spokesmen for Jesus Christ are supposed to be living and leading the church today. According to Chan, both traditional Christians and Mormons are mistaken in defining an apostle in this sense. Read the rest of this entry »

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This is the first in a series of posts examining the LDS doctrine that God has restored the office of apostle in modern times. I will begin by examining the question of whether, or in what sense, the New Testament apostles were “ordained.”

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