Aberrant "Christian" Theology

What determines Christian theology?

This section consists of discussions of groups that espouse theology that deviates from what the Bible declares is the Word of God. Some groups have distorted basic Christian theology to such a degree that the group can no longer be considered Christian. Other groups profess the basics of biblical theology, but distort certain non-critical doctrines. The Bible advises us to correct distorted or heretical teachings, hence this page.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons)

The purpose of this page is not to bash members of the LDS church or imply that they are bad. However, they have some beliefs that are quite different from orthodox Christianity and the teachings of the Bible. For example:

The following information is presented to show that Mormon doctrines are not supported by the Bible, or even the officially-recognized Mormon scriptures. I have purposefully chosen to present only scriptural and scientific errors in the Mormon doctrines and not attack Mormon leadership or actions from the past. The LDS church attacked Christianity first, so this is merely a defense against LDS claims of Christian apostasy. If you find any errors in any of this information, please let me know.

LDS Theology

Scientific/scriptural errors in LDS "Standard Works"Unveiling Grace: The Story of How We Found Our Way out of the Mormon Church

The Smithsonian's statement is available directly from them by writing the address listed on the statement. A mere mention of the Book of Mormon will cause them to send the statement to you. This Internet copy is a nearly exact reproduction of the original - if you have Courier font installed and use the standard settings for font sizes.

Download Mormon PapersDownload the zip file of all 12 Mormon papers:


Jehovah's Witnesses and the Watchtower Society

Like Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses are basically good people. However, many have been indoctrinated into the idea that all information from non-Watchtower sources is from Satan. Because of this idea, they tend to avoid reading any material which contradicts their beliefs. For this reason, these pages consist almost solely of scripture, which they are free to interpret any way they wish (although the conclusions are rather obvious). Although Jehovah's Witnesses claim to be Christian, there are major differences in theology, which they attribute to apostasy. However, the doctrines of the Christian church are clear from the Bible and the writings of the early church fathers. The apostasy is a result of the Jehovah's Witnesses interpretation of the Bible.

Download jw.zipDownload the zip file (Jehovah's Witnesses papers in MS Word format 214 KB) of all 25 Jehovah's Witnesses papers in Microsoft Word 2000/2003 MS Word File Format format. Don't have Microsoft Word? Get the Microsoft Word Viewer from the Resources Page


New Age

New Age beliefs are not technically an aberrant form of Christianity, although some aspects of New Age beliefs borrow from Christian ideas.

New Age Spirituality - An Examination of Beliefs

Other bad ideas


Eastern Religions

Challenging Eastern Worldviews by Robin Collins


Christian Groups with some aberrant theology

Seventh Day Adventism


Roman Catholicism


King James Onlyism


Young earth creationism


Open Theism

Openness Theology (also known as "Open Theism" or "Free Will Theism") holds that God is not really omniscient, but has only "dynamic omniscience," in that the future is only partly known by Him.

The Apocrypha

The Apocrypha consists of 15 books of Jewish literature written during the intertestamental period. They lack inspiration of God, have questionable authorship, and often contradict scripture.


Additional Resources:

The Kingdom of the CultsThe Kingdom of the Cults by Walter Martin

Reasoning from the Scriptures With the Jehovah's WitnessesReasoning from the Scriptures With the Jehovah's Witnesses by Ron Rhodes


http://www.godandscience.org/cults/
Last Modified Janary 21, 2014

 

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