Category Archives: The Holy Spirit

Crash Course Mormonism: Holy Ghost

By Eric Johnson According to Mormonism, the Holy Ghost is a child of God from the preexistence who does not have a body of flesh and bones, as does Heavenly Father and Jesus. He is the third member of the Godhead who is sometimes described as the Holy Spirit and other times described as distinct from the Holy Spirit. […]

Evangelicals’ Favorite Heresies

The November 2014 Christianity Today (CT) magazine described a poll of Evangelical Christians and their beliefs about essential teachings of Christianity. Topics include the nature of Jesus and the Holy Spirit as well as issues involving salvation. What do Evangelical Christians believe about these teachings? Could heresy be creeping into the church? 

Chapter 14: The Gift of the Holy Ghost

Chapter 14: The Gift of the Holy Ghost Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith, (2013), 181–90 During 2014, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith. We will evaluate this book regularly, chapter by chapter, by showing interesting quotes […]

Matthew 18:19-20: Two or Three Gathered

Christian leaders have sometimes quoted this verse in worship services to emphasize how the Spirit of Jesus is present whenever two or three Christians are gathered together. To determine if this is true, the context of the passage must be considered. In Matthew 18, church discipline is the topic. Jesus promised in verse 17 that […]

Chapter 4: Strengthened by the Power of the Holy Ghost

In his first general conference address as President of the Church, Lorenzo Snow taught, “We are dependent upon the Spirit of the Lord to aid us and to manifest to us from time to time what is necessary for us to accomplish under the peculiar circumstances that may surround us.”

To a Latter-day Saint who reads this very first paragraph, something important must be stressed. The assumption is that the “Spirit of the Lord” can be made available to those clinging to the LDS gospel. If Mormonism is a “false gospel,” as Paul warned the Galatians about in chapter 1, then it is impossible that they can expect manifestations of the Holy Spirit. If the gospel is false, the Holy Spirit cannot be a factor.

Does Genesis 1:26, 27 Prove God Has a Physical Body?

By Bill McKeever

According to Doctrine and Covenants 130:3, “The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s.” A common proof text used by Mormons to support Smith’s claim is Genesis 1:26, 27. These passages state:

26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.