It’s late Saturday morning and you are trying to make progress on your too-long weekend to-do list when your door bell rings. You weren’t expecting company and as you go to the door you glance outside the window and don’t see a car in the driveway. “I wonder who it could be,” you muse.
You open the door and you are greeted by two smiling young men dressed in white shirts and dark ties. And then you glance over their shoulders and see their bicycles. The Mormons are evidently canvasing your neighborhood. You know what’s coming.
They will engage you with pleasantries and literature and attempt to assure you that they are within the realm of orthodoxy. They love Jesus, too, they will strongly assert. They believe in grace and faith, they will affirm. (I’ve even had them attest that they believe in faith and grace alone for salvation.) But John 5 provides another test for them. Do they love and embrace and honor Christ as much as they honor the Father?
“…so that all will honor the Son even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.” (Jn. 5:23)
It is impossible to honor the Father and embrace the Father and claim the Father while rejecting the Son as being one with the Father. They deserve the same reverence because they are One God.
An ancient diagram has pictured it well:
This was the stumbling block to the Pharisees and this remains the stumbling block to those religions that are willing to accept Christ as a prophet without accepting His deity. He and the Father are one, and they deserve equal honor.