What is the Mormon Religion and Why is it an Cult?
Also known as the Ladder Day Saints. It was started by Joseph Smith. his early teen life, he was engaged in witchcraft and as a medium in occult practices. And this is all during the time when he supposedly is working on his Book of Mormon. He was involved in what they called money-digging. Joseph Smith was a glass looker (a type of crystal ball), and he could discern for you where there was treasure buried on your property.
There are three books of Scripture: the Book of Mormon; Doctrines and Covenants; and Pearl of Great Price. The books contradict Deuteronomy 18:10-12, where it talks against those “that use divination; or any observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord.” And yet that’s exactly what we have Joseph Smith doing, is using a sorcery type of instrument for what he claims to be scripture.
Methods of discernment if fit for Christians or Not
Who was the founder of this modality or what culture did it come out of?
Joseph Smith, 1830, New York. He was an occultist.
What was his/her spirituality, their god or gods?
He was a member of Christ Community Church. Joseph Smith’s paternal grandfather, Asael, was a Universalist who opposed evangelical religion. The Smith family practiced various forms of folk magic such as using divining rods and seer stones to search for buried treasure. Joseph Smith was visited by a false angel of light. His older brother Hyrum and possibly his father were Freemasons.
By the 1840s, however, Smith and several prominent Latter Day Saint had become Freemasons and founded a lodge in Nauvoo, Illinois, in March 1842. Soon after joining Freemasonry, Smith introduced a temple endowment ceremony including a number of symbolic elements that were very similar to those in Freemasonry. Smith remained a Freemason until his death. In 1842 Joseph Smith became a master Mason.
How does it claim to work and their beliefs in the practice?
God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit are three separate people.
They believe in Poligamy
What is the occult potential?
Satan’s lie has been very consistent because it counters the truth, which is very consistent. And Mormonism is a presentation of this lie. It’s the lie that all the cults have in common.
The Biblical / Christian Evaluation / Scriptures
2nd Corinthians 2:17, “For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God:
but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.”