As a Mormon, are you willing to stake your eternal destination on the doctrines outlined below? I have taken the basic doctrines that separate Mormonism and orthodox Christianity and made a simple comparison. You deserve to know the facts about the true doctrines of the Mormon Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I Invite you to check out each quotation in its full context.
MORMONISM’S GOD WAS ONCE A MAN
“God himself was one as we are now, and is an exalted man…I say, if you were to see him today, you would see him like a man in form…like yourselves in all the person, image, and very form as a man…He was once a man like us; yea, that God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth.” Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Vol. 6, p. 305.
THE BIBLE; God was never a man. He created man! God has been God from all eternity to all eternity. (Psalm 41:13, 90:2, 102:25-27; Romans 1:22-23)
MORMONISM’S GOD IS LIMITED
“The universe is filled with vast numbers of intelligences, and we further learn that Elohim is God simply because all of these intelligences honor and sustain him as such…if He should ever do anything to violate the confidence or “sense of justice” of these intelligences, they would promptly withdraw their support, and the “power” of God would disintegrateóHe would cease to be God.” W. Cleon Skousen (Former BYU Professor & founder of Mormon-based National Center For Constitutional Studies), The First 2000 Years , p. 355.
“The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as mans,” Doctrine and Covenants, 130:22.
“If God possesses a form, that form is of necessity of definite proportions, and therefore of limited extension and space. It is impossible for Him to occupy at one time more than one space of such limits.” James E. Talmage, Articles of Faith, page 43.
THE BIBLE: God is infinite! Any other “god” is a false god. (2 Chronicles 6:18; Psalm 139:4-8; Jeremiah 23:24)
“In the heaven where our spirits were born, there are many Gods, each of whom has his own wife or wives, which were given to him …while yet in his mortal state.” Orson Pratt (Apostle), The Seer, p. 37. “This doctrine that there is a Mother in Heaven was affirmed in all plainness by the First Presidency of the Church.” Bruce R. McConkie (Apostle), Mormon Doctrine, p. 516.
THE BIBLE: Absolutely no mention of any “wives” of God! (Matthew 22:29,30)
NO VIRGIN BIRTH
“Christ was begotten by an Immortal Father in the same way that mortal men are begotten by mortal fathers…Christ was born into the world as the literal Son of this Holy Being; he was born in the same personal, real and literal sense that any mortal son is born to a mortal father.” McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, pp. 547, 742.
THE BIBLE: Jesus was begotten by the Holy Ghost. Mary was indeed a virgin right up to the Lord’s birth. (Matthew 1:18-23; Luke 1:35)
MORMONISM’S JESUS AND SATAN ARE BROTHERS
“The appointment of Jesus to be the Savior of the world was contested by one of the other sons of God. He was called Lucifer – this spirit-brother of Jesus desperately tried to become the Savior of mankind.” Milton R. Hunter, The Gospel Through the Ages, p. 15.
THE BIBLE: The real JESUS is the only begotten Son and is God the Son (John 1:1-14). Satan was a created angel, not a son of God (Isaiah 14:12). Jesus created all things and in Him the fullness of God dwells! (Colossians 1:15-20; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 1:1-13)
MORMONISM’S JESUS WAS MARRIED
“Jesus was the bridegroom at the marriage of Cana of Galilee. We say it was Jesus Christ who was married…whereby he could see his seed.” Orson Hyde, Apostle, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 2, p. 82.
THE BIBLE: NO! Check out John 2:1-12! This LDS doctrine is generally not taught openly today. However, since marriage in a LDS temple is mandatory to progress to become a god in Mormonism, to fit the theology of Mormonism the LDS “Jesus” has to be married. Otherwise He would only be a ministering servant to those in Mormonism’s heaven who have “celestial marriage.”
AUTHORITY OF THE BIBLE DENIED
“Ignorant translators, careless transcribers, or designing and corrupt priests have committed many errors – many plain and precious things were deleted, in consequence of which error and falsehood poured into the churches. One of the great heresies of modern Christendom is the unfounded assumption that the Bible contains all of the inspired teachings now extant among men.” McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, pp. 82,83.
THE BIBLE: The Bible says of itself that God’s Word therein will stand forever (Isaiah 40:8; I Peter 1:25). Ask the Mormon to show you exactly where the errors exist. Most of these doctrines added by Mormonism are not in the Book of Mormon either (said to contain the “fullness of the everlasting gospel”)!
MORMONISM SAYS ALL OUR CHURCHES ARE FALSE
“I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; and those professors were all corrupt.” Pearl of Great Price, Joseph Smith 2:19.
“This Church is the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth.” Doctrine and Covenants 1:30. “There is no salvation outside the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p. 670. “All other churches are entirely destitute of all authority from God; and any person who receives Baptism or the Lord’s Supper from their hands will highly offend God; for He looks upon them as the most corrupt of all people. Both Catholics and Protestants are nothing less than the whore of Babylon.” Orson Pratt, The Seer, p. 255.
THE BIBLE: The CHURCH is the spiritual body of Christians with Jesus at its head. That is the true church, not an organization! (Ephesians 1:22-23, 4:11-16; I Corinthians 1:2, 12:12; Matthew 16:18).
WHAT JOSEPH SMITH SAID OF HIMSELF
“I have more to boast of than ever any man had. I am the only man that has ever been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam. A large majority of the whole have stood by me. Neither Paul, John, Peter, nor Jesus ever did it. I boast that no man ever did such a work as I. The followers of Jesus ran away from Him; but the Latter-day Saints never ran away from me yet.” Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Vol 6, pp.408,409).
THE BIBLE: No prophet of God ever spoke like that. Yet Mormons are trusting their eternal salvation in a system set up by this man. In Daniel 4:28-33 King Nebuchadnezzar had such pride and was driven out by God to live with the animals . Just one month after delivering the above speech, Joseph Smith was killed by a mob (but only after he had shot and killed two of the mob) History of the Church, Vol. 7, pp. 102,103).
MORMON LEADERS’ VIEW OF THEMSELVES
“When our leaders speak, the thinking as been done. When they point the say, there is no other which is safe. When they give direction, it should mark the end of controversy.” Improvement Era (Official LDS church magazine), June 1945, p. 345.
“The living Prophet is more vital to us than the Standard Works (Bible, Book of Mormon, etc.). The living Prophet is more important to us than a dead prophet (David, Moses, Isaiah, etc.). Those who would remove prophets from politics would take God out of government.” LDS prophet, Ezra Taft Benson, address at Brigham Young University, Feb. 26, 1980.
THE BIBLE: In these last days God speaks through His Son (Hebrews 1:1-2). The authority claimed by the Mormon Church is through an “Aaronic Priesthood,” which cannot be valid since Jesus abolished it, as He took its place (Hebrews 7:11-19, 8:6-13); and a “Melchizedek Priesthood” which never existed as any operative “priesthood.” Jesus is our only High Priest. He alone holds this permanently and no one else! (Hebrews 7:15-28, 9:11-15).
NEGRO WAS CURSED
“Not only was Cain called upon to suffer, but because of his wickedness, he became the father of an inferior race. A curse was placed upon him and that curse has been continued through his lineage and must do so while time endures. Millions of souls have come into this world cursed with a black skin and have been denied the privilege of Priesthood and the fulness of the blessings of the Gospel.” Joseph Fielding Smith (Prophet), The Way To Perfection, p. 102.
“You see some classes of the human family that are black, uncouth, uncomely, disagreeable and low in their habits, wild, and seemingly deprived of nearly all the blessings of the intelligence that is generally bestowed upon mankind.” Brigham Young (Prophet), Journal of Discourses, Vol. 7, p. 290.
“Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man…mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot. This will always be so.” B. Young, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 10, p. 110.
While the LDS god “forgave” blacks in June, 1978, their firm doctrine still is that this whole race of people are “cursed with a black skin” for sins committed by them before they were born.
The new revelation announced that worthy blacks could now receive the privileges of the LDS priesthood and secret temple rites like the whites. May all true Christians flee from such hypocrisy!
COUNCIL IN HEAVEN
“The head God called together the Gods and sat in grand council to bring forth the world…In the beginning, the head of the Gods called a council of the gods; and they came together and concocted a plan to create the world and people it.” (Joseph Smith, Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 348, 349)
“The contention in heaven was…Jesus said there would be certain souls that would not be saved; and the Devil said he could save them all, and laid his plans before the grand council, who gave their vote in favour of Jesus Christ. So the Devil rose up in rebellion against God, and was cast down, with all who put up their heads for him.” (Joseph Smith, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 6, page 8.
JOSEPH SMITH SITS IN JUDGMENT
“No man or woman in this dispensation will ever enter into the celestial kingdom of God without the consent of Joseph Smith. From the day that the Priesthood was taken from the earth to the winding up scene of all things, every man and woman must have the certificate of Joseph Smith, junior, as a passport to their entrance into the mansion where God and Christ are.” (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses,, Vol. 7, p. 289)
“If we get our salvation, we shall have to pass by him; if we enter our glory, it will be through the authority he has received. We cannot get around him.” President George Q. Cannon, quoted in 1988 Melchizedek Priesthood Study Guide, p. 142.
LDS PERFORM RESURRECTIONS
“If we ask who will stand at the head of the resurrection in this last dispensation, the answer is – Joseph Smith, Junior, the Prophet of God. He is the man who will be resurrected and receive the keys of the resurrection, and he will seal this authority upon others, and they will hunt up their friends and resurrect them.” Discourses of Brigham Young, p. 116.
SAVIORS OF THE DEAD
“We are the only people that know how to save our progenitors, how to save ourselves, and how to save our posterity in the celestial kingdom of God; that we are the people God has chosen by whom to establish his kingdom and introduce correct principles into the world; and that we are in fact the saviours of the world…” John Taylor (Prophet), Journal of Discourses, Vol. 6, p. 163.
SUN & MOON INHABITED
“Nearly all the great discoveries of men in the last half century have, in one way or another… contributed to prove Joseph Smith to be a prophet. As far back as 1837, I know that he said the moon was inhabited by men and women the same as this earth, and that they lived to a greater age than we do – that they live generally to near the age of a 1000 years, He described the men as averaging near six feet in height, and dressing quite uniformly in something near the Quaker style.” (O. B. Huntington, Young Women’s Journal, Vol. 3, p. 264, 1892)
“Who can tell us of the inhabitants of this little planet that shines of an evening, called the moon?… So it is with regard to the inhabitants of the sun. Do you think it is inhabited? I rather think it is. Do you think there is any life there? No question of it” (B. Young, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 13, p. 271)
TOTAL PERFECTION DEMANDED
“We also have to forsake the sin and never repeat it, not even in our minds…In order to remain forgiven, we must never commit the sin again.” ( Uniform System for Teaching Families, pp.35,36)
“In other words, If there is one divine law that he does not keep he is barred from participating in the Kingdom, and figuratively guilty of all, since he is denied all.” Joseph Fielding Smith (Prophet), Answers to Gospel Questions, Vol.3, p. 26.
As unbelievable as it may seem, the above information is actual LDS doctrine. The quotations have not been taken out of context. We will send you a copy of the original text of any quotation, upon request. LDS prophets have taught such things and are believed speak for God.
As former Mormons who once sincerely believed in and staked our lives on these doctrines, we assure you that they are accurately stated. This is given to you because you deserve to have the facts. Millions of dollars can create any image through Readers’ Digest ads and slick television commercials, but the doctrines of Mormonism are NOT Christian,
is a counterfeit with:
A different “Jesus”ó
A different “God”ó
A different “Gospel”!
Read what Paul said about different “gospels”, and those who brought them, in Galatians 1:6-9 and 2 Corinthians 11:3-15. Read what God has to say about false prophets in Deuteronomy 13:1-11, 18:20-22; Jeremiah 23:16-22 and what Jesus said in Matthew 7:15-20; 24:3-26.
TO THE MORMON
This information has been given to you in love. We assure you that it is accurate and honest. The programs, and certainly the people, of the Mormon Church are good. However, you can have the greatest organization, and a sincere faith, but if that organization directs your faith to a “god” who is not the one and only true God of the Bible, but rather a false god who cannot save, then after your own death, that organization and that faith will amount to nothing.
Take up the challenge! Dare to question and become a genuine seeker of the truth. Were you given the information on the “meat” of Mormonism, which we have outlined here, during the missionary lessons before you joined the church? Were you asked to make an eternal decision, based upon incomplete and inaccurate information? WE URGE YOU to call out to the One True God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to reveal Himself to you and to ask the One True Jesus to apply His sacrifice on the cross to your sins personally! There is no other God and no other say! Write to us! We will help you understand.