A Former Mormon Professor Takes Us Inside Mormonism

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Dr. Brown speaks with Dr. Lynne Wilder, formerly a tenured professor at Brigham Young University, author of the book Unveiled Grace. Mormon, ex-Mormons, and all interested believers are invited to listen and call in to the show. Listen live here 2-4 pm EST, and call into the show at (866) 348 7884 with your questions and comments.

 

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Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: There is a massive world of difference between the cult of Mormonism and the truth of the gospel of Jesus.  That Truth will set you free!

 

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Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: Religion can give you great moral values, it can inspire you to work harder, but it cannot bring you into a living connection with the Living God; that comes only through the cross of Jesus, the Son of God.

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19 Comments
  1. I believe her name is spelled: “Lynn” not “Lynne.”

    Excited for the show. I am a bit curious how mainstream or widespread the belief that humans will actually become gods of their own planet among Mormons as a whole, despite their level of education of Mormonism. Is that something that’s well known and believed? Or is it more of an esoteric type of doctrine within Mormonism?

  2. Have you ever known of a Mormon missionary to get converted to Christianity?
    I haven’t.
    I used to witness to/discuss/argue with Mormon missionaries but I quit. I now think it is counter-productive.

    I think that debating Mormon missionaries serves the purpose of Mormon missions.

    And what is the purpose of Mormon mission? It’s fortifying the faith of the missionaries themselves. The rare success they have in converting someone to Mormonism is a secondary (and very rare!) benefit.

    So, when you argue with a Mormon missionary you are unwittingly being a tool for Mormon missions.

  3. Eric,

    Are you suggesting that most Mormons don’t know about the doctrine of populating planets?

    I always assumed that Mormons know this.

    They don’t readily preach this because it strikes non-Mormons as nutty. But I always assumed they know of it.

  4. Great show.

    I still do the battle Greg and look forward to it… for the sole purpose of… the door knockers a re typcially new converts or young ppl.
    Its not my job to grow the seed…. its my job to sow the seed. I plan on throwing the seed of Gospel on concrete, dirt, a marsh, train tracks, where ever.. because I can not tell what is fertlie soil, only God can. That one bit of truth may grow one day

  5. Re Glenn Beck
    The revival period that we are in I believe that Beck who is a truth seeking intelligent man does not believe his Mormon faith. The Mormonism is flaking off of him as he visits Israel, as he supports Christians united for Israel the truth is too apparent to believe in one of the deceptive religions of the 1800’s. All replacement theologies started in this country Jehovah’s Witnesses, Seventh day Adventist, and Mormon’s all are finding that the theologies that have replaced Israel are false. Truth is apparent in these end times where the G_d of Israel will be revealed to the whole world. I love truth!

  6. You are so right Jon! TRUE seekers of The Truth (Jesus), like Glenn Beck, will certainly be rewarded with The Bread of Life (Jesus), NOT given a stone like this world’s liar (Satan) rewards his followers. A fellow “lover of truth”; but extremely needy of His grace and mercy.

  7. Hi, Jon,
    I wonder about Glenn Beck. He actually uses some hidden Mormon culture vocabulary that cause me to think he is active LDS. For instance he talks about the US Constitution “hanging by a thread.” Those words come directly from prophecy supposedly made by Joseph Smith in the 1830s. Glenn holds a temple recommend and I know he has been to the temple in recent years. I think he knows Mormon doctrine and perhaps is crossing into the Christian world for a reason–to work to help them accept Mormonism as mainstream Christian. I pray Glenn will come to faith in the biblical Jesus. We also pray that Hans Mattsson, a General Authority in the LDS Church who has questioned his faith publicly in the New York Times, will come to know the biblical Jesus. You are right that God is calling many to Him out of false faiths.

  8. Jon,

    Have you heard him publically denounce Mormonism, or are you giving him a free pass because he appears to be responsive to some truths?

    This his exactly how a wolf in sheeps clothing is able to sway others from the truth and appealing to certain groups and individuals. I’ve heard him say many unbecoming statements that would not lead me to believe that he is a Christian at all. You shall know them by their fruit.

  9. Dr. Brown,

    A disciple of Mormanism once tried to pursuade me into asking in prayer, if Joseph Smith was a true prophet, something he said he had done himself, and that God had answered his prayer letting him know the man was indeed a right prophet, though that second part I did not believe, noticing the smug grin on his face as he told me so.

    So I am thinking, if by chance you should have on your program, a follower of Mormanism, would you consider both of you praying together, being serious with God, that you both would agree, that if God would show if we should follow Joseph Smith’s teachings as much as the teachings of scripture, that if he would deal with each of you about that, no matter what he would show concerning what was asked, that each of you would be willing to make the change, whether to follow the teachings of Joseph Smith as much as the Bible, or to follow the teachings of the Bible instead of Joseph Smith’s teachings?

    It seems to me that if we are sincere, that we could ask God about that, and also to ask him to reveal the truth concerning that, in some very plain ways, if God should think it to be of some importance, and that he could show these things in some real tangible ways, and we don’t have to ask him to go easy on us, do we?

    It seems to me that we could do that and then wait and see what happens, if anything at all, and do some follow up later on to see if anything happened.

    I’m thinking that I might do the same should I find the opportunity to talk to some disciples of Mormanism.

  10. RE Brian’s comment below

    Have you heard him publically denounce Mormonism, or are you giving him a free pass because he appears to be responsive to some truths?

    No, not at all. What I am saying that he Glen Beck is an intelligent enough guy to know that the Mormon faith is a false faith. In my church Church in the City we have the ” one new man” congregation Jew and gentile coming together in Messiah. I see and talk to people every week who have come out of false doctrines in the light of the plan that God has for this revival period. I see people come out of Catholicism, Adventism, Muslims worshiping the God of Israel with Jews. What I am saying is that we are going to see more and more denominations coming into truth as Israel is prepared for the second coming. We will all learn much of all the error that we have seen.

  11. Jon,

    I stand with you and am praying that the Lord will open eyes in turning men from the power of darkness to the kingdom of G-d. Some foundational marks of revival are contrition and deep-seated repentance as people come into the truth and knowledge of Yeshua.

  12. This was one of the best shows ever. You can count on Dr. Brown to provide us with the best educational opportunities on the web. Thanks for this great show! What a courageous family. Great facts and truths.

  13. WOW! Lynn says that Mormons don’t believe the atonement was on the cross but in the garden! Scary. And where did they get the idea of 1 of 3 heavens from? I guess their prophet made it up. Sad to think all those people are living without atonenent for their sins. The cross is everything.

    It also sounds like they get to heaven and stay there and they get there by way of their own temple and the works they do according to the rules they’ve laid out for the proper works. Lynn said they “hope” they’re saved by enough works. Would it be that Grace is not a promise from God if you miss something?

  14. Sheila,

    They may have gotten the idea from the following passage, but I am sure that they have invented much about what it means.

    2Co 12:2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.

    Shalom

  15. The Father was once a man! Now I know I have to read her book! I missed that until I accidentally backed up to far.

  16. Bo,

    Right. I guess I’ve thought so long of 2 Cor. 12:2 speaking about the atmosphere above our heads, the universe and then the Heaven of God that I’d not thought of that.

    Thanks! You’re really making way with the young earth thread. I’m not a young earth-er. Doesn’t really matter to me. I’ve always thought God could take a little of this (that’s millions of years old), a little of that (billions of years old) and make something brand new! 🙂

    I just jumped a thread, enough said.

  17. Sheila,

    Thanks for the kind words. YHWH could easily have done that (taking old stuff to make new) if He had wanted to. The problem is that He said that He didn’t do that. I try to simply believe that He did what He said He did when He said He did it…in 6 days about 6000 years ago.

    Shalom

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