The Briefing: World News and Religion – Christianity, Buddhism, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormonism

I’m Albert Mohler and this is The Briefing, a daily analysis of news and events from a Christian worldview. [display_podcast]HOW SHOULD EVANGELICALS RESPOND TO RUSSIA'S BAN OF JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES AS "EXTREMIST GROUP"? On Thursday of last week, the news came that the Supreme Court of Russia had ruled that the Jehovah’s Witnesses as an organization were to be banned everywhere in the nation of Russia. They were identified by the Supreme Court on the request of the government’s justice minist … [Read more...]

WWUTT: Jesus is the Firstborn of All Creation?

Colossians 1:15 says that: Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. Now, there are many we've interpreted, “firstborn of all creation,” to mean that Jesus is the first being created by God.The Mormons teach He is the literal offspring of “Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother” (also, literally the brother of Satan).The Jehovah's Witnesses believe Jesus is the Archangel Michael.However, the very next verse says: He is the image of the invisible Go … [Read more...]

WWUTT: Jehovah is God’s True Name?

In the film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the title hero must make it past three riddles in order to claim the treasure of the Holy Grail – the cup that Jesus drank from at the Last Supper. In the second of those riddles, Indiana must correctly spell God's true name by stepping on tiles for each letter. One wrong step and he'll fall to his doom. He says that God's true name is Jehovah. Now in the movie, the cave temple holding the Grail had been around for almost a thousand years; but a … [Read more...]

WWUTT: Do Jews, Muslims, Mormons, and Christians Worship the Same God?

It's often said that because Judaism, Islam, Mormonism and Christianity share a common historical heritage in Abraham, they all worship the same God.Right?No, they don't.While Judaism, Islam and Christianity are all monotheistic, Mormonism is not. Mormons believe in many gods and that they will become gods themselves. They might worship a version of Jesus, but he’s like a bad fiction version. He's not the Jesus of the Bible.Separating Christianity from Judaism is a bit d … [Read more...]

Summit Lecture Series: Is Mormonism Christian or a Cult? with Douglas Groothuis part 9

To purchase the entire Summit Lecture Series, Vol. 1 on DVD, go to: summit.org.Biblically, there are two eternal destinies: eternal fellowship with God and His redeemed creatures in the new heaven and new earth; or a place for those who are outside, as Revelation 22:15 puts it: Outside the city are the dogs—the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idol worshipers, and all who love to live a lie. This is a place for the unbelievers, those who deny the Gospel, those who pe … [Read more...]

Summit Lecture Series: Is Mormonism Christian or a Cult? with Douglas Groothuis part 8

Joseph Smith said: “God was once a man like us. God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on Earth, the same as Jesus Christ did.” That is not Biblical and there’s no reason to believe it.You see, a guy (Joseph Smith) goes out seeking God. He supposedly has a vision of God. An angel comes to him and tells him about some tablets and then helps him translate the tablets with the “seer stone”; and then the tablets are taken up into heaven. Then this guy goes around telling us what the “restored … [Read more...]