- God has a father who was married (and probably to many wifes)
- God has one or more wifes
- God has a primordially begotten spirit son
- God has a physically begotten son with Mary
- Faithful temple covenant LDS will become gods in eternity
All future Gods will perpetuate the linear pattern of creating new gods
Some of these points are affirmed points of Mormon doctrine or at least they are an officially declared and cherished LDS belief. Other points are left open to interpretation and regarded somewhat speculative. As late as 2016 the belief in Heavenly parents / a mother was officially declared from the pulpit in the LDS general Conference. And the LDS website sustains the points I make at least in part, but NOT THE CONCLUSION. Check out …
Nevertheless me labelling Mormonism as polytheistic does not mean equalling it with paganism in the classical sense of ancient fertility cults which where based on simultaneously worshipped multiple pre-Abrahamic historic deities and rejected by Judaism. The only way I could say NO, Mormons are not polytheistic is if I was to narrowly define polytheism as a strictly pre-abrahamic form of non linear pagan fertility based theism. Mormonism is very distinct from that, for example it does not accept temple prostitution while it does centre on Jesus Christ and the bible, just from a Mormon angle based on additional extra-biblical contradictory revelations. Mormon polytheism follows a lineage reaching from pre-mortal eternity to post mortal eternity.
Do I believe in one God only that may answer the prayers of those who pray to the wrong God or have a perception of God that is totally wrong (Mormons, Muslims, and their Heresy, Blasphemy). -YES
Can Mormons be Christians that qualify for heaven if their hearts and conduct is right and their feelings are cantered on Christ, Grace and the Holy Spirit in spite of them accepting heretical doctrines in their articles of faith ? –YES from me, who am I to be their judge. Do I share the historical gospel with them ? YES, but conviction is the work of the Holy Spirit.
Tearing up a Mormons faith before they are ready to receive our witness can be dangerous. Mere persuasion based on historical facts can demolish faith and will not automatically make converts as their new skills in critical inquiry will be unleashed on Christianity as well. This approach can be dangerous with a significant risk of total loss of faith in Jesus Christ. Hence the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the process is paramount.
Is Mormonism Polytheistic and hence a religion distinct from classical Christianity ?