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Are We All Heavenly Father's Children or Not?

September 24, 2008

This question, posed by a former Mormon over on Runtu’s Rincon, is one I have mulled over in my mind related to Mormonism. I was never taught from the Bible that we are all God’s children prior to becoming born again (John 3). As this ex-Mormon blogger was pointing out, this teaching introduces confusion related to the significance of Christ’s sacrifice. If we are all God’s children, why would Christ need to die?

I know Mormons cite a NT Scripture that says God is the “Father of our spirits” (Hebrews 12:9), but when you look at this verse in context it is referring to those who have received Christ by faith.

The Pharisees and Sadducees were very concerned about keeping an external appearance of good works and they even added requirements to the law in their efforts to make themselves righteous before God, but was Jesus impressed with their efforts to “do their best” to follow the teachings of Heavenly Father? Not at all. He told them “Ye are of your father the devil” (John 8:44) Why did Jesus say this? Jesus told them “because ye cannot hear my word” (John 8:43).

If Mormons are relying on “modern revelation” for this belief that we are all Heavenly Father’s children, are they really hearing Christ’s words that say we are not?

One of the major components of the gospel, according to the Bible, is that all human beings are sinners. We are dead in trespasses and sins before coming to faith in Jesus Christ for salvation. Before we are born again, our father is the devil. So, why are Mormon missionaries asking people who are dead in sin, whose father is the devil, to pray to their father about whether the Book of Mormon is true?

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  1. lvberean permalink
    September 30, 2008 4:49 am

    No, the only people that are the children of God are those that accept Him. Look at John 1:12.

    “But as many as RECEIVED HIM, to them gave he power TO BECOME the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”

    Mormons say that everyone is a child of God. Why do we have “to become” something we already are? John 8:42 says:

    “Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.”

    As Jessica has already noted in verse 44 of this same chapter Jesus goes on to state of the majority of people in the world, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.”

    Another reference verse is 1 John 3:1 where it says:

    “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the SONS OF GOD: therefore THE WORLD KNOWETH US NOT, BECAUSE IT KNEW HIM NOT.”

    The Book of Mormon supports this idea as well ironically enough:

    Moroni 7:26 – “And after that he came men also were saved by faith in his name; and by faith, THEY BECAME THE SONS OF GOD.”

    LDS latter-day revelation once again conflicts with already revealed scripture. The LDS manual “Preparing for Exaltation” states on page 85:

    “God will never give personal revelation that contradicts what has already been revealed in the scriptures.”

    With Mormonism teaching that everyone in the world are all God’s children isn’t Christian – it’s universalism blended in with theosophy. If you want to be a child of God you have to receive him by faith and that alone. There is nothing you can do on your own to earn favor with Almighty God. Your efforts and labors to gain merit and perfection apart from the perfection that Christ has already given to you (Hebrews 10:14) through the atonement (Hebrews 10:10)will be burned up in His sight.

    Come to Christ today – the real Christ – not the Mormon Jesus who is another Jesus (2 Cor 11:4) who cannot save you and give you salvation and eternal life in Him.

  2. October 13, 2008 8:09 pm

    You are spot on, blogger. I posted a piece on whether or not all humans are children of God and you can view it here: http://defendingcontending.com/2008/08/27/bible-reference-notes-children-of-god-and-children-of-the-devil/

    We also have many posts on Mormonism here:
    http://defendingcontending.com/category/mormonism/

    Sincerely:
    – The Pilgrim
    http://www.DefendingContending.com

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