I was listening to the LDS Christmas Devotional. One of the speakers - Elder Todd Christoffersen - said that the LDS church believes that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Father “in the flesh”. Basically that the Father who has a body of flesh and bones came upon Mary and had sexual intercourse with her. Joseph I suppose had no say in the matter, even though he was betrothed to Mary and therefore “married”.
I have known about this doctrine for many years, but had felt that the LDS leadership was backing away from it. But here it was broadcast on the internet. I suppose most people would not pick it up and understand what he was saying.
Here are couple of quotes from LDS leaders - among many!!
“The birth of the Savior was as natural as the births of our children; it was the result of natural action. He partook of flesh and blood‑‑was begotten of his Father, as we were of our fathers.” Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses 8:115
“Christ was Begotten by an immortal Father in the same way that mortal men are begotten by mortal fathers.” Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p. 547, 1966
Are there any alternate meanings to “only begotten in the flesh”? Or is it clear that God had sex with a married woman as the LDS believe?
This is Christmas and the LDS church has mounted an expensive campaign to “sharethegift”. That is good if it was simply about bringing the message of Christ to the world. But of course it is not. It is a recruitment campaign. I wish people also knew exactly what the LDS church believes about Christ, who He is and how he came to be, and what their belief of the Father is.
I live in a mormon community, and see the good they do. But I also see how dangerous they are in their beliefs and how so many people are drawn into their religion.
If only people really knew!!