Bearing False Witness and Doctrine on Whom do Latter-day Saints say Christ is

Probably one of the greatest questions ever asked in human history is that of Jesus Christ. Whom do you say that I am? Actually, He asked two great questions: Whom do men say that I am? and then the former question being directed toward his disciples. This is contained within Matthew 16:13-17:

When Jesus came into the coasts of Cæsarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.  He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. “And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven”

Regarding this passage of scripture, Professor of Religious Education at Brigham Young University – Terry B. Ball, says this:

Peter knew that Jesus of Nazareth was more than a mere man, for he saw Him give sight to the blind, cleanse the leper, cause the lame to walk, and raise the dead (see Matthew 11:4–5; see also John 2:1110:2520:30–31). His logical affirmation that Jesus was the Christ was bolstered by what he learned as he acted upon the Master’s directions. He cast his net as the Savior directed and gathered a great multitude of fishes (see Luke 5:1–9John 21:5–7). When the Savior bid him “come,” he walked on water (see Matthew 14:22–33). And as he passed the meager loaves and fishes to the multitude as the Savior instructed, the miracle of multiplication happened under his very hands (see John 6:1–14).

“Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

“And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 16:16–17).

Whom Say Ye That I Am – Peter’s Witness of Christ

Today, the question is asked in a different manner. One such instance of how this question is proposed is through the lens of a particular Evangelical Christian. His commentary and question is found at Crosswalks Facebook Page

An Evangelical christian has engaged in bearing false witness

According to Gerald Cahoon II, he writes this:

Here is some of the heresies the Mormon Church teaches and I might add that 2 Mormons commenting here have denied. All info is from the official LDS website with links . Mormons teach Jesus Christ was a good man who became a god. … The Mormons teach that Jesus Christ was a man who became a god . Jesus Christ was a man who inherited his powers from GOD is a satanic heresy. I will quote from the official LDS website :

“We believe Jesus is the Son of God the Father and as such inherited powers of godhood and divinity from His Father, including immortality, the capacity to live forever. While He walked the dusty road of Palestine as a man, He possessed the powers of a God and ministered as one having authority, including power over the elements and even power over life and death.”

It appears that Cahoon has subjected himself to a pedestrian strawman argument. Another worthwhile note is that I had responded to him regarding his initial contention (which appears to have been deleted). His mentioning of two Mormons commenting have denied refers to another person and myself. Unfortunately (and which is typical behavior and attitude of an individual mindset), the conversation was deleted to show the bearing of false witness and dishonesty in his commenting. Fortunately, I happened to check my activity log in Facebook and found the conversation that appeared to have been removed (minus his responses to my comments):

Gerald Cahoon II They reject the deity of Christ. That means while he was God’s son he was a good man who became A god. This way they can become gods as well. They teach Jesus and Satan are brothers. To include us as brothers. It’s all there in there official Mormon page. They need the gospel like everyone else or they will spend eternity in the lake of fire. Here one moment and gone the next, never take for granted the air you breathe. Jesus Christ went to cross to pay a penalty we all deserve. He took the judgement for sin, he was our substitute. The moment that Penalty was paid, God the Father now offers a gift of eternal life to all those who simply believe in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ was your substitute for you when he was on the cross he was thinking of you. Do you believe it? It is the most important decision you will ever make. Verses that support this message: 2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 5:8, 1 Peter 2:24, John 3:16, Acts 16:31 11h

Timothy Berman to Gerald Cahoon II:  Your initial statement is false and is a logical fallacy. We do not believe that Christ was a good man who then was exalted to Godhood. Latter-day Saint Christian teachings actually show that Christ is the Son of the Living God and it is through his Infinite atonement we are saved. I have gone rounds and rounds with Evangelical Christian Apologists and have used Biblical foundations to show how they are deceived into believing false teachings and deceptions of the counter-cult ministries. 10h

Timothy Berman to Gerald Cahoon II:  I will do you one better. Check out my articles at https://mormonapologia.org . Feel free to comment on any one of them articles. MORMONAPOLOGIA.ORG Mormon Apologia Mormon Apologia  10h

Timothy Berman to Gerald Cahoon II:  I am not starting the spin. I never denied that such a doctrine isn’t taught either. I responded by actually providing a source that actually addresses this issue. Bearing false witness through false accusations is a bit deceptive and obfuscates the fact that your argument and understanding has adequately been proven false.1) Is it true? Yes.2) Does it diminish Christ’s nature and mission regarding the infinite atonement? No 3) Do Latter day saints hold Christ and the Adversary as Spiritual Equals? No4) Does the Bible actually shed insight on this? Yes, Job 1:6, and many other Old Testament passages that give us an understanding of the Divine council.5) Satan in Hebrew means “The accuser, opposing one”.6) Lucifer is misapplied to as a proper name of Satan, in Greek, the term is Diablos. Or the Evil one.7) Cain and Able and their offerings is a symbolism of the approval of Christ infinite atonement and the disapproval of Satan’s plan. Is your argument false based on sound and reasonable logic? Yes.  · 7h

Timothy Berman to Gerald Cahoon II:  How do you come to the conclusion that what the website states denies Christ’s deity and is a direct attack? He did not inherit anything? So was Paul wrong when he wrote Romans 8:17 and said we are heirs and joint heirs with Christ. What does it mean to be an heir? What does it mean to be joint heirs? If Christ doesn’t stand in need of an inheritance then how are we joint heirs? Again, it appears you are attempting to make a false conclusion and a straw man argument through misinterpretation.  6h

Timothy Berman to Gerald Cahoon II: The issue is, you are not even addressing my responses and keep repeating yourself. Romans 8:17 – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans%208…Now, you falsely accuse me of spin doctoring when it appears this is what you appear to be doing. If you are not open to the possibility of being in error then there is no need to further the conversation. Based on the observed attitude and behavior, it appears there is a sense of indignation, arrogance, and pride. And an unyielding spirit that appears to be above reproof and rebuke. BIBLEGATEWAY.COM Bible Gateway passage: Romans 8 – King James Version Bible Gateway passage: Romans 8 – King James Version

Above is the actual screen capture from my Facebook profile activity log. Next to this image is the actual conversation for the reader to see what my responses were.

As you notice, Cahoon removed his responses to which I had commented on. This conversation had two different topics to contend with. Regardless, his claim that – I might add that 2 Mormons commenting here have denied. This statement is extremely dishonest and establishes the attitude and behavior of the individuals propensity to bear false witness. Not only is it a propensity of being dishonest. Cahoon essentially has shown that he is not only lying, is is displaying an attitude and behavior of hypocrisy and self-deception. Bearing false witness includes any wrongful word or example that would tend to injure. It is the ninth commandment God gave to Moses and it directly involves faithfulness and loyalty in our speech and in our witness for God before men.

Cahoon has display an inability to show any faithful witness in giving an accurate testimony because he appears to declare information as he perceives them or as they give him an advantage. The advantage? An attempt to use this false witnessing and deception to show readers an attempt on his part to witness the truth. When, in reality, his words are untruthful and untrustworthy.

Who does Gerald Cahoon II say Jesus is according to the Latter-day Saint Christian Faith?

From what one gathers – the answer is simple. His perception of the Latter-day Saint Christian Faith belief, on who Jesus Christ, is one he claims as a satanic heresy. According to him – LDS Christians apparently believe that Christ was merely a mortal and created being who became God after his resurrection. His support for this assertion? The following website managed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day SaintsWhat do Latter-day Saints Believe about Jesus Christ? He then quotes the following:

“We believe Jesus is the Son of God the Father and as such inherited powers of godhood and divinity from His Father, including immortality, the capacity to live forever. While He walked the dusty road of Palestine as a man, He possessed the powers of a God and ministered as one having authority, including power over the elements and even power over life and death.”

Let’s take a look at the actual website where this information is gleaned from.

The introduction to the website says this:

The following excerpts are taken from an address to the Harvard Divinity School in March 2001 by Robert L. Millet, former dean of religious education at Brigham Young University. It is offered on Newsroom as a resource.

What follows are ten bullet points of what Latter-day Christians believe concerning who Jesus Christ is. Looking at the source, one discovers that he takes the fourth bullet point and then establishes an argument where he concludes such teaching is Satanic Heresy. Now, keep in mind that we already seen him establish a false witness and false accusation toward myself and another member of the LDS Faith.

As we look at the ten bullet points, one discovers that Cahoon cherry picked this one point out in order to build a false belief.

Cherry picking is a logical fallacy, meaning a flaw in reasoning that weakens the argument or a trick of thought used as a debate tactic, in which someone chooses to focus on the evidence that is in favor of their own position.

It is a commonplace fallacy in situations such as political debates where the debaters always try to make their case stronger and more persuasive to the audience.

Furthermore, it is also known, among other names, as the fallacy of incomplete evidence, argument by selective observation, and the fallacy of exclusion.

What do we observe with this type of attitude and behavior? For one, it is quite unbecoming of a professed Christian, who claims to follow the Real Jesus of the Bible. To use deceptions, lies, and manipulate a conversation in order to win a soul for Christ? It is reprehensible. And it is certainly far from a Christ-like behavior and attitude.

Who do Latter-day Saints Say that Jesus Is?

As a Latter-day Saint Christian, the teachings and belief of who Jesus Christ is mirrors that of Peter’s confession. He is the Son of the Living God.

Here is the Testimony of the Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ on who the Living Christ is:

Here are some teachings from various leaders of the Church who have borne witness and testimony as to the Biblical Christ of the New Testament.

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