In the 1920’s and 30’s the cutting edge of technology was wireless telegraphy, better known today as radio. Herbert W. Armstrong, an Adventist evangelist, saw the potential of this medium and used it to his advantage. He began broadcasting his unique views of the Bible in 1933. His abilities as a speaker won the minds and hearts of thousands of listeners. Thus was born the Radio Church of God, a religious organization that initially consisted almost completely of a radio audience. Eventually Armstrong’s following grew to become the Worldwide Church of God.[i]
The progression from a small radio broadcast to an on-air “church” to an organized religious body demonstrates the power of electronic media to effectively propagate a message and develop a committed group of adherents. Thus, Armstrongism serves as a prime example of how cults can, and often do, effectively use technology and media to spread their own versions of the gospel. Continue reading →
I was talking with a long-time friend on the phone the other day. He lives in Massachusetts; I am in Virginia. Emails and phone calls are our friendship vehicles. Thank the Lord for technology. It was good to hear his voice, to catch up on news, to reminisce from events from 35+ years ago. In our conversation he mentioned that he is friends with some Oneness Pentecostals. (This is a unitarian cult.) He commented that even though they do not believe in the orthodox faith of the Bible, they still experience many healings and miracles. There is definitely a supernatural element in their churches. This got me to thinking. Continue reading →
This is a common question. Many Christians think that the Latter-day Saint Church is simply another denomination, just like Southern Baptists or United Methodists. It is simply one branch of the Christian tree. This is not surprising. The LDS Church has spent a lot of money in the past several decades to promote this idea. They changed their logo to emphasize the words “Jesus Christ.” They promote the Book of Mormon as “Another Testament of Jesus Christ.” They have TV ads and promotional materials that present Mormons as clean cut, family-oriented, conservative Christians. And their marketing campaign has worked. Many, if not most, people think that Mormons are Christians. Continue reading →
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) is building temples with increasing frequency. They will be dedicating new temples in Colorado and Wyoming later this month (October 2016). They will be dedicating a temple in Connecticut in November. Temples are currently under construction in Rome, Paris, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, South Africa, Congo and Portugal. They just recently dedicated a new temple in Philadelphia. Continue reading →
Through the years quite a number of people writing about Mormonism have noted similarities between Islam and the LDS Church. As early as 1831 critics of Joseph Smith compared him to Muhammad. Smith himself was known to make the same comparison. In the midst of the so-called “Mormon War” of 1838 Joseph defied his enemies by declaring: “I will be to this generation a second Mohammed, whose motto in treating for peace was ‘the Alcoran [Koran] or the Sword.’ So shall it eventually be with us — ‘Joseph Smith or the Sword!’ ”
In light of this, we have prepared a chart listing some of the similarities between Islam and Mormonism. We hope you will find this interesting and informative. Just click here to view the chart of Similarities Between Islam and LDS.