Posted by: conservativecritic | October 14, 2011

What is Mormonism? What do Mormons believe?

 The recent Republican field of potential candidates included two professing Mormons – both claiming to be Christians and conservative – yet challenged by both the media and religious leaders as to the “christian” aspect of their religion.

Mormonism has never been considered an orthodox Christian religion but has gradually morphed(read “changed the record”) its background into one which is more palatable than that of a half century or more ago where polygamy and a wide range of cultish activities took place in the open.  Now, these occult activities take place inside secured temples where outsiders cannot view these activities…basically, nothing has changed, except the outward activites of the church to become “christian”.

I get a lot of questions along this line and  so here is a short tutorial on the subject – hopefully clearing up  some of the smoke and mirrors that is prevalent on both sides of this important  spiritual issue.

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The Mormon religion (Mormonism), whose followers are known as Mormons and Latter Day Saints (LDS), was founded less than two hundred years ago by a man named Joseph Smith. He claimed to have received a personal visit from God the Father and Jesus Christ who told him that all churches and their creeds were an abomination. Joseph Smith then set out to begin a brand-new religion that claims to be the “only true church on earth.”

Typical Mormon temple – this in Salt Lake City, UT.

The primary problem with Mormonism is that it contradicts, modifies, and expands on the Bible.  

True Christians have no reason to believe that the Bible is not true and adequate. To truly believe in and trust God means to believe in His Word, and all Scripture is inspired by God, which means it comes from Him (2 Timothy 3:16). Beliefs otherwise are not considered Christian doctrine.

Mormons believe that there are in fact four(4) sources of divinely inspired words, not just one:

1) The Bible “as far as it is translated correctly.” Which verses are considered incorrectly translated is not always made clear.

2) The Book of Mormon, which was “translated” by Smith and published in 1830. Smith claimed it is the “most correct book” on earth and that a person can get closer to God by following its precepts “than by any other book.”

3) The Doctrine and Covenants, containing a collection of modern revelations regarding the “Church of Jesus Christ as it has been restored.”

4) The Pearl of the Great Price, which is considered by Mormons to “clarify” doctrines and teachings that were lost from the Bible and adds its own information about the earth’s creation.

This is a keystone of the difference between orthodox Christianity and Mormonism, as described above and those who adhere to the above need to be reminded of the following:

Revelation 22:18-19
For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

What is God saying here?

You do not have to be a genius to understand these words. God says:

“This is the End. Don’t tamper with it. The Word of God is now complete. No more messages from God are to be expected. This is the last message from God to the last of the Apostles just before he died. No more prophecies from God will be added.”

Paraphrased,God says very plainly in Revelation 22:18, 

“If anyone comes to you claiming that he or she has a new message from God, which has come to that person in a dream, or in a vision, or in an angel visitation, or in a tongue, or even if not a word was spoken but that person saw a comforting light somewhere in the middle of the night, or saw any other supernatural manifestation from God, then know that this person is lying, for God will not give any more Divine revelations or messages; that person is a false prophet, and I have not send them, and he or she deserves to be tormented in the Lake of Fire, so that the smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever and ever”. 

Therefore if anyone comes to you claiming that he or she has a new message from God, that person has added to the Word of God, the Bible, for the Bible is this One Book that God mentions in Revelation 22:18. 

Here, on the last page of the Bible, God gave a last warning that the Bible is now complete; no one should add words to it, and neither will God add any more words to it. We must realize that the Bible portrays the image of God, and whosoever has additional Divine revelations has added to the words of the Bible, and is guilty of tampering with the image of God. Moreover, if any man shall take away from the words of the Book of this prophecy, God shall deny him entrance to the New Jerusalem, for he or she has also tampered with the image of God. 

Mormons believe the following about God:

He has not always been the Supreme Being of the universe, but attained that status through righteous living and persistent effort!!. They believe God the Father has a “body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s.”

Though abandoned by modern Mormon leaders, Brigham Young taught that Adam actually was God and the father of Jesus Christ. In contrast, Christians know this about God: there is only one true God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10; 44:6-8), He always has existed and always will exist (Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalm 90:2; 1 Timothy 1:17), and He was not created but is the Creator (Genesis 1; Psalm 24:1; Isaiah 37:16). He is perfect, and no one else is equal to Him (Psalm 86:8; Isaiah 40:25). God the Father is not a man, nor was He ever (Numbers 23:19; 1 Samuel 15:29; Hosea 11:9). He is Spirit (John 4:24), and Spirit is not made of flesh and bone (Luke 24:39).

Mormons believe that there are different levels or kingdoms in the afterlife: the celestial kingdom, the terrestrial kingdom, the telestial kingdom, and outer darkness. Where mankind will end up depends on what they believe and do in this life. In contrast, the Bible tells us that after death, we go to heaven or hell based on whether or not we had faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

To be absent from our bodies means, as believers, we are with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:6-8). Unbelievers are sent to hell or the place of the dead (Luke 16:22-23). When Jesus comes the second time, we will receive new bodies (1 Corinthians 15:50-54). There will be a new heaven and new earth for believers (Revelation 21:1), and unbelievers will be thrown into an everlasting lake of fire (Revelation 20:11-15). There is no second chance for redemption after death (Hebrews 9:27).

Mormon leaders have taught that Jesus’ incarnation was the result of a physical relationship between God the Father and Mary!  Mormons believe Jesus is a god, but that any human can also become a god. Mormonism teaches that salvation can be earned by a combination of faith and good works. Contrary to this, Christians historically have taught that no one can achieve the status of God—only He is holy (1 Samuel 2:2). We can only be made holy in God’s sight through faith in Him (1 Corinthians 1:2). Jesus is the only begotten Son of God (John 3:16), is the only one ever to have lived a sinless, blameless life, and now has the highest place of honor in heaven (Hebrews 7:26). Jesus and God are one in essence, Jesus being the only One existing before physical birth (John 1:1-8; 8:56).

Jesus gave Himself to us as a sacrifice, God raised Him from the dead, and one day everyone will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Philippians 2:6-11). Jesus tells us it is impossible to get to heaven by our own works and that only by faith in Him is it possible (Matthew 19:26). We all deserve eternal punishment for our sins, but God’s infinite love and grace have allowed us a way out. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

Clearly, there is only one way to receive salvation and that is to know God and His Son, Jesus (John 17:3). It is not done by works, but by faith (Romans 1:17; 3:28). We can receive this gift no matter who we are or what we have done (Romans 3:22). “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Although Mormons are usually friendly, loving, and kind people, they are deceived by a false religion that distorts the nature of God, the Person of Jesus Christ, and the means of salvation.

It is good to know that there is truth and strength in the Orthodox Christian belief and that those who would add to, detract from or constantly modify to do “damage control” as things change around them are in for a serious shock in the near future.

For more details on the Mormon Church, what it believed in the past, how it has changed after many of its innermost cult-like secrets have been exposed, read The God Makers; after you read that, read The God Makers II to see how the church has subtly engaged in massive damage control as a result of The God Makers

You may not find  your Mormon friend or associate amenable to this discussion – you can find out why, specifically, by reading the two paperback books above.

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Mormon Myths Exposed 

Myth #1: Reading the Book of Mormon will tell you all about Mormon doctrine.

The Book of Mormon fails to teach the unique doctrine Latter-day Saints feel is necessary to believe and practice in order to become gods.

Myth #2: The book of Mormon has been proven by archaeology.

To date, nothing has been found to verify Book of Mormon sites. In fact, many within the Mormon Church are beginning to abandon the idea that the Book of Mormon is a book of verifiable history. No credible archaeologist outside of the Mormon Church considers the book to have any New World archaeological value.

Myth #3: Brigham Young never taught Adam was God.

Not only did Brigham Young teach that Adam was Michael the Archangel, the Ancient of Days, he also taught that Adam was “our Father and our God, and the only God with whom we have to do.”

He finished this message by saying, “Now, let all who may hear these doctrines, pause before they make light of them, or treat them with indifference, for they will prove their salvation or damnation.” (Journal of Discourses 1:50,51). Notice Young called this teaching a “doctrine,” not a “theory” as most Mormons like to refer to it today

Myth #4: All of Joseph Smith’s prophecies came to pass.

If that was true, Jesus would have returned in 1891 (Documentary History of the Church (DHC) 2:182), the Civil War would have poured out upon all nations (Doctrines & Covenants 1:87:1-3); the wicked of Smith’s generation would have been swept from off the face of the land (DHC 1:315); and a temple would have been built in Independence, Missouri by the generation living in 1832 (D&C 84:4,5).

Myth #5: Joseph Smith died as a “lamb led to the slaughter.”

The fact is, Joseph Smith died in a gun battle using a pistol that was smuggled to him while incarcerated at Carthage jail. According to the DHC, Joseph Smith pulled this six-shooter from his pocket and “snapped the pistol six successive times; only three of the barrels, however, were discharged. I afterwards understood that two or three were wounded by these discharges, two of whom, I am informed, died” (John Taylor, Volume 7, pp. 102-103).

Myth #6: Polygamy was necessary in early Utah because there were more women than men.

The fact is there were more men than women in early Utah when polygamy was being practiced. Mormon Apostle John Widtsoe wrote on pages 390-91 of his book entitled Evidences and Reconciliations: “The most common of these conjectures is that the Church, through plural marriage, sought to provide husbands for its large surplus of female members. The applied assumption in this theory, that there have been more females than male members in the Church, is not supported by existing evidence. On the contrary, there seem always to have been more males than females in the Church… The theory that plural marriage was a consequence of a surplus of female church members fails from lack of evidence.”

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