The God Makers

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Harvest House Publishers, 1984 - Mormon Church - 263 pages
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"The God Makers" is an accurate account of the theology, goals, and secrets of Mormonism, told in a popular, readable style.

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Decker says his book is "an accurate account of the theology, goals, and secrets of Mormonism," He is wrong.
Decker is another former Mormon turned anti-Mormon and knows that what he believed when
he was a faithful Mormon isn't anything like the picture he draws in this shameful book.
Almost every page of Decker's salvo at faithful Latter-day Saints contains at least one untruth, and Decker knows it.
If one’s purpose in reading The God Makers is to arrive at a true picture of the doctrines, history, and practices of The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints, one will be roundly disappointed with the pot pourri of printed venom presented in this book.
However, if one's purpose is to learn about prejudice, religious bigotry, religious persecution, especially in the cause of propagating the dark message wider and using it as justification for continuing persecution through lies, then this book is a must.
The writers make the astonishing claim, so popular with anti-Mormons, that:
We have attempted to present carefully and factually the truth about what the Mormon Church really believes and practices (p. 244),
Further that:
Our purpose is not to harm the Latter-day Saints (p. 11).
Yet, having read the book, Christianity Today concludes that they have:
Dedicated their lives to winning Mormons away from the faith (16 July, 1982, p. 32)
The book is written with some flair for the bizarre and in non-objective, inflammatory, and pejorative language. It is a masterful example of how to tell bigger and better lies and hope to get away with them.
Some of its more obvious distortion and lies are subpended.
1. It claims that Latter-day Saints do not believe in the grace of God. They do. They also believe that those who enjoy the grace of God should keep the commandments. Many other Christians also believe this.
2. Latter-day Saints have testimonies of Jesus Christ as the Saviour and Redeemer of the world. Salvation is not through Joseph Smith or any other prophet. The book gives an entirely different understanding. Works do not save, but are the evidence of faith.
3. The book is written in language that has been described as disrespectful, derogatory, and demeaning. These are verbal equivalents of violence. Sadly, anti-Mormons often justify the use of such language because “We are right and Mormons are wrong!” Hardly a Christian response. However, we have to keep in mind that many involved in anti-cult ministries (as they describe themselves) are not Christians, but masquerade behind a mask of convenience that permits them to behave like religious hooligans.
4. God Makers charges that blessings given to comfort and heal the sick are satanic and that a father blessing his sick infant is placing his child in occult bondage (p. 249) and that blessing such as Jacob gave to his children (Gen 49.28), is like fortune-telling (p. 249).
5. References to LDS “magic underwear” with “occult, paganistic [sic] markings” worn to “allegedly give it protective powers” (p. 146). Latter-day Saints’ garments remind the wearers to live lives of purity and remember the covenants made to honour and love God and Jesus Christ. To describe them in such terms is to deliberately and wickedly sully something that is sacred to another.
6. The extent to which the authors are willing to go to paint their horror pictures is probably best demonstrated in the claim that the Saints are restrained in a “Zion Curtain” (p. 7) and that the Church restricts individual freedom with constraints similar to those used behind the “Iron Curtain” (p. 7). Apart from the clever use of rhyme in this phrase, it is entirely without foundation, and Decker, a former Latter-day Saint knows better, but suppresses the truth in favour of his lie.
7. Claims are made that Latter-day Saints are “powerless” (p. 2312), “manipulated” (p. 231), “dishonest” (p. 237), and atheistic” (p. 259), and can not be regarded as “Christian” (p. 246).
8. God Makers (p. 73, 78
 

Review: The God Makers: A Shocking Expose of What the Mormon Church Really Believes

User Review  - Jill Crosby - Goodreads

More of a book on Christian apologetics than an in-depth analysis of the theology of mainstream Mormonism, this book is a repetitive collection of unconnected bits and pieces of LDS dogma, arranged in ... Read full review

Contents

The Mormon Challenge
7
A Fascinating Question
14
The Pagan Connection
22
Copyright

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About the author (1984)

Decker is a freelance writer.

Hunt is an internationally known author and lecturer.

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