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Tuesday, September 29, 2009 

Ion TV Now Running Advertisements For The Sons Of Kobol

I was watching Ion TV last night and was floored when a commercial for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints aired. Taking a play from Rick Warren’s purpose driven playbook, the sons of Kolob are running an advertisement to help folks realize God’s plan for their lives. The Mormon.org website, which features the commercial I saw last night, follows the statement “We all have questions” and seeks to address their visitor’s queries this way:

Why am I? Why am I here? What happens when I die? Explore the purpose of life and discover God’s plan for you through the restored teachings of Jesus Christ. Life’s great questions don't have to go unanswered. You, too, can find answers to your questions

The sad, even if amusing, side of this commercial is that Ion TV started out as a PAX TV. PAX TV was the creation of Lowell W. "Bud" Paxson, who is an outspoken evangelical Christian, as a more wholesome alternative to the “adult” programming of the major TV networks. So what’s the problem with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints running commercials on the former PAX TV, now Ion TV? The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormons, are not Christian!

How can anyone say that Mormons aren’t Christians? It’s easy really once it’s understood that Mormons deny the Triune God as revealed by Scripture, deny that Jesus is God in human flesh, believe that humans can become gods just as their god did, believe that Jesus and Lucifer are spirit brothers, amongst other things that conflict directly with what the historic and catholic church has confessed and taught since Christ ascended to sit at the right hand of God the Father nearly two thousand years ago.

It’s almost depressing that any station founded by an evangelical Christian would run advertising created and paid for a group whose teaching and doctrines are so antithetical to Christ’s church. Seeing the new Mormon commercial makes it clear that Ion TV is definitely not PAX TV. Business is business I guess. It almost makes me wish I tune into the old station with their endless reruns of Who's the Boss?, Designing Women, Mama's Family, and Growing Pains… almost.

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I believe that the devil is pulling out all the stops in his desire to make sure that people do not trust in Christ's sacrifice for us on the cross.

Someone sent me this link recently:


It's pretty good at exposing Mormomism for what it really is.

Gerald R. McDermott, the Jordan-Trexler Professor of Religion at Roanoke College and author, with Robert Millet, of Claiming Christ: A Mormon-Evangelical Debate, addressed the question of whether Latter-day Saints are Christians in an article "Is Mormonism Christian?" published in First Things magazine (October 2008).

By examining Professor McDermott's critique in light of the Bible, one can see that Mormonism differs from historic Christian orthodoxy to the degree that historic Christian orthodoxy diverges from Biblical truths.


Most points where sectarian Christians have problems with LDS doctrine illustrate the departure of sectarianism from the Bible.

If more Christians would have watched the programming that Mr. Paxson provided and what Christians said they wanted then PAX-TV would still be around. Since they didn't Mr. Paxson was forced to sell the Network. Seems that the Christians say they want one thing and then watch something else. Its a shame


Beta, it’s clearly the case that Christians didn’t flock to PAX-TV. I would argue that what PAX was showing wasn’t Christian programming at all but rather moralistic and deistic programming that had more in common with after school specials of old than anything that actually resembled what could legitimately be taught in a church on a Sunday morning.
Most folks who attend megachurchs have about 3 year before they up and leave looking to actually be fed God’s Word instead of what passes itself off as “preaching” at the these large venues. (I’m only picking on the large venues because very few of the smaller ones can afford to actually survey those leaving to find out the reason for their eventual exit) If you look at the largest seeker sensitive congregations that preach sermons on how to have the best possible life and if we only find our purpose we can fulfill God’s plan, it’s easy to see why folks leave. Heck, they can get the same spirituality on Oprah or Dr. Phil!
I think Christians want good meaty stuff to listen to and watch but there just isn’t that much out there. I can’t imagine the ratings being too good on a show that lays out the Biblical argument that we are just poor miserable sinners who can’t in any way save ourselves and require Jesus to do it all for us. That simply offends our American sensibilities!

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