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The Mormons

History

This group is officially known as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. As we shall see, they are neither the Church of Jesus Christ nor are they saints.

The beginnings of the Mormons date back to 1820, with a man named Joseph Smith, Jr. Smith was born in Vermont, but his family moved to New York State when he was still young.

In 1820, when Smith was only fifteen years old, he claimed that as he was praying in the woods, God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him. He tells us that these heavenly visitors told him to not join any church because all churches were wrong and not one church on earth was teaching the truth about God.

In later visions Smith claimed that an angel guided him to certain "golden plates which were buried near his home. Smith further contended that it is from these plates that the Book of Mormom was translated. Unfortunately for those of us interested in seeing these plates Smith tells us that the angel came and took them away after he was through translating them.

The early years of Smith were controversial to say the least. ln 1826, Smith was accused of being a "disorderly person and an imposter", in Bainbridge New York. During his trial, Smith admitted that he was frequently involved in magical arts and hunts for buried go1d. He was found guilty of disturbing the peace.

By the time Smith died in 1844 he had forty eight known wives and possibly twenty more undocumented wives. Smith died in Carthage Illinois. He was killed when a mob stormed the jail in which he was being held for destroying the printing press of an anti-Mormon newspaper. This act can in no way be excused, it was a vicious act of murder. Furthermore such an act only guaranteed Smith’s going dawn in history as a Mormon martyr.

Following this series of events, the Mormon movement was well on its way to becoming one of this country’s famous movements. Soon alter Smith's death, the Mormons were led by Brigham Young to what is now Salt Lake City, Utah (except for a portion of the group who saw the next leader of the movement as being of linear descent from Joseph Smith. This group is known today as The Re-organized Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints. They are not in union with the SaIt Lake Mormons. To this day, their leader is a descendent from Joseph Smith. They are headquartered in Independence, Missouri).

Coupled with this unusual Mormon history, the theology 0f the Monmons is just as peculiar. Their teachings are completely the opposite of Christianity Their doctrines are so garbled and contradictory that they have been commonly referred to as a "maze".

We must understand that it was the Mormons who contended with Orthodoxy. When Joseph Smith claimed that no church teaches the truth about God , he immediately brought to bear the whole might of God’s Truth as contained in the Orthodox Church, upon himself. It is critical to realize that, for the most part, the Mormons are not fully aware of the teachings of the Orthodox Church. When members of this group are confronted with the claims of Orthodoxy they are left without an adequate response. Either they must accept the Truth of Orthodoxy, or they can, because of intense family and church social pressure ignore it. But one thing is certain after a Mormon has been exposed to the Orthodox Church; he or she will never have the same outlook on Church history again. For those Mormons who find it more important to know the Truth, as opposed to the social pressure, they have found their way into the Orthodox Church.

Theology

Among the heretical doctrines of the Mormons are the following: Please note that this is only a partial list of the Mormon deviations. We are here only dealing with the major falsehoods, those which pertain especially to the Orthodox. An attempt to treat all the Mormon teachings would require volumes.

  • 1, There is not only One God - there are many Gods (polytheism.)
  • 2. God is not a Spirit - He has body of flesh and bones.
  • 3. God was once a man - He worked His way to Godhood.
  • 4. Each Mormon male may also work his way to Godhood.
  • 5. Jesus Christ is God - but is another God- separate from God, the Father.
  • 6. Jesus Christ was not conceived by the Holy Spirit - He was conceived through Mary ‘s literal relations with Adam (of Garden of Eden fame), who was by then a god himself.
  • To properly understand Mormon teachings, we should have a basic understanding 0f their sources of authority. In addition to the Bible, the Mormons claim three other books considered equal to, If not greater than, the Bible. These are The Book Of Mormon, The Pearl Of Great Price, and Doctrine and Covenants. The Book Of Mormons is thought by Mormons to be much more accurate than the Bible since, according to Mormon reasoning, the Bible has undergone numerous translations and distortions through the centuries. Therefore, when contradictions occur between the two books, and they do occur regularly, it is at this point where an "incorrect" translation has been rendered. This is no less than mere absurdity. The Mormons hesitate to admit that their own Book Of Mormon has undergone over three thousand alterations since its publication. Add to this the fact that Joseph Smith claimed that an angel took the plates away, from which The Book Of Mormon was allegedly translated and it is apparent that the Mormon suspicion of the Bible is totally without basis. This becomes especially clear when one considers the scholarship which has consistently proven the Bible to be amazingly accurate.

    Also considered authoritative to the Mormons are the words of their President, or "Prophet." Every living Mormon President is considered God’s "Prophet" on earth. He alone Is God’s mouthpiece and by him does God make His will known to man. The "Prophet" can at any time, claim a revelation and whatever he says will be regarded as the unquestionable will of God. If any Mormon "Prophet" claims a revelation which is in contradiction to a previous Presidents revelation, the latest utterance is considered to be the updated will of God.

    There are also a number of Mormon theologians whom the Mormons consider authoritative. Among them, one of the most respected Mormon theologians is Talmage.. Outside of Mormonism, Talmage, who is deceased, enjoys little, if any, exposure.

    Reading some of Talmage's works will enlighten anyone as to why this is so. Concerning the Nicene Creed, Talmage once wrote: "It would be difficult to conceive of a greater number of inconsistancies and contradictions expressed in words as few."

    Now we let Mormonism speak for itself:

    One God

    Mormonism

    "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

    "Gods exist, and we had better strive to prepare to be one with them." Brigham Young

    "Many men say there is one God; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost are only one God! I say this is a strange God anyhow...all are crammed into one God." Joseph Smith

    Orthodox Doctrine

    "Before Me there was no God formed, and there will be none after Me." Isaiah, 43:10.

    I am the first and I am the last, and there is no God besides Me." Isaiah, 44:6.

    "God is the beginning of the whole universe. He Himself is without Beginning; but everything has origin from Him. He, however, is produced of none, but is He who is and who will be." St Cyril of Alexandria, 429 A.D.

    God Is Spirit

    Mormonism

    "The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man's; the Son also, but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones but is a personage of spirit..." Doctrine and Covenants

    "We affirm that to deny the materiality of God's person is to deny God; for a thing without parts has no whole, and an immaterial body cannot exist." Talmage

    "In the first quote, the Holy Spirit is called a "personage of Spirit." Then in the second quote, Talmage says that "an immaterial body cannot exist." Therefore unknowingly, the Mormons define the Holy Spirit out of existence."

    Orthodox Doctrine

    "God is spirit; and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." John, 4:22.

    "And He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God...."Colossians, 1:15.

    "We therfore call God Mimself the indescribable, the unfathomable, the invincible, the incomprehensible...who is invisible to every creature without exception...." St John Chrysostom, 386-387 A.D.

    God Earned His Divinity

    Mormonism

    "As man is, God once was; as God is, man amy become." Lorenzo Snow (former President.)

    "Remember that God our Heavenly Father was perhaps once a child and mortal like we are and rose step by step in the scale of progress, in the school of advancement: has moved forward and overcome until He has arrived at the point where He now is." Orson Hyde

    Orthodox Doctrine

    "Even from everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God." Psalms, 90:2.

    "The Author, therefore, since He is increate, is also certainly unchangeable. And who could this be except God?" St John Damascene, 743 A.D.

    "First let there be laid as a foundation in your soul the doctrine concerning God: that there is one God alone, unbegotten, without beginning, unchangeable, and immovable...who neither began to live in time nor will ever cease to be..." St Cyril of Jerusalem, 350 A.D.

    Mormon Males May Become God

    Mormonism

    "Here then is eternal life- to know the only wise and true God, and you have got to learn to be gods yourselves." Joseph Smith

    "They will continue to increase and multiply to all ages of eternity...to become not only sons of God, but gods themselves." Orson Pratt

    Orthodox Doctrine

    "This point hardly deserves a response seeing that it is only the Mormons who hold to such a bizarre teaching. Suffice it to say, that when the serpent tempted Eve in the garden, it said to her:"....you will be like God..." It was that very sin which expelled us from paradise. Apparently, the Mormons fail to see the folly of thinking they can become God."

    Jesus Christ Is A God Seperate From The Father

    Mormonism

    "Jesus, while on earth...repeatly testified of the unity existing between Himself and the Father, and the Holy Ghost. This cannot rationally be construed to mean that the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost are one in substance...nor that the names represent the same individual under different aspects." Talmage

    "The Trinity - Three personages comprising the great presiding council of the universe have revealed to man...That these three are seperate individuals, physically distinct from each other, is demonstrated by the accepted records of divine dealings with man." Talmage

    Orthodox Doctrine

    "For in Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form." Colossians, 2:9

    "Indeed, He was true God in the flesh." St. Athanasios, 358-362 A.D.

    Jesus Christ Was Conceived By The Literal Relationship Between Mary And Adam

    Mormonism

    "He was not begotten by the Holy Ghost...Jesus our elder brother was begotten in the flesh by the same character who was in the Garder of Eden, who is our father in heaven." Brigham Young

    "Note: Adam went on to become the God of this planet - this is why Brigham Young calls him "our father in heaven."

    "When the Virgin Mary conceived the child Jesus, the Father had begotten him in his own likeness. He was not begotten by the Holy Ghost." Brigham Young

    Orthodox Doctrine

    "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for that which has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit." Matthew, 1:20

    "And the angel answered and said to her, 'The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy offspring shall be called the Son of God." Luke 1:35

    "Believe that this only begotten Son of God...was born of the Holy Virgin and of the Holy Spirit...." St. Cyril of Jerusalem, 350 A.D.

    "But the power of God, coming upon the Virign, overshadowed her, and caused her, while yet a virgin, to conceive." St Justin the Martyr, 148-155 A.D.

    Orthodox Doctrine

    "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for that which has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit." Matthew, 1:20

    "And the angel answered and said to her, 'The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy offspring shall be called the Son of God." Luke 1:35

    "Believe that this only begotten Son of God...was born of the Holy Virgin and of the Holy Spirit...." St. Cyril of Jerusalem, 350 A.D.

    "But the power of God, coming upon the Virign, overshadowed her, and caused her, while yet a virgin, to conceive." St Justin the Martyr, 148-155 A.D.

    Further complicating the Mormon teachings are some rather embarrassing contradictions and inconsistencies within their own sources. included below is a list of certain quotes from Mormon sources which contradict their own beliefs." For example:

    1. Mormons believe that God was a man who gradually attained godhood through his works. But this is what the Book of Mormon says:

  • a) "For do we not read that God is the same yesterday today, and forever, and in him there is no variableness neither shadow of changing?" Mormon 9:9
  • b) "And behold I say unto you he changeth not; if so he would cease to be God" Mormon 9:19
  • c) "For I know that God Is not a partial God, neither a changeable being: but he is unchangeable from all eternity to all eternity." Mormon 8:18
  • 2. Mormons believe In many Gods. But this Is what the Book of Mormon says:

  • a) "Is there more than one God? No." Alma 11:28,29
  • b) "And honor be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, which is one God." The Testimony of the Three Witnesses (located In the front of the Book of Mormons)
  • 3. Mormons believe that God has a body of flesh and bones. But this is what the Book of Mormon says:

  • a) "Believest thou that this Great Spirit who is God, created all things which are in heaven and in the earth? Alma 18:28
  • b) "Is God that Great Spirit that brought our fathers out of the land of Jerusalem?" Alma 22:9
  • 4. Also of very extreme embarrassment to the Mormons is the following quotation from the Book of Mormon. In Alma 7:10 the prophecy of Christ’s birth is recorded: "And behold, he shall be born of Mary, at Jerusalem which is the land of our forefathers." Obviously, even the most basic Sunday School course makes it clear that the Bible relates to us many times that Jesus was born at Bethlehem. Those who would still see the Book of Mormon as greater than the Bible should think again before they question the Bible.

    Needless to say, Orthodox Truth completely denounces the distorted assertions of Mormonism. To call them blasphemous would not be unfounded. At the beginning of this section on Mormonism, It was seen how Joseph Smith claimed Heavenly vision as support for the validity of his new church. It is of interest to note that in Galatians 1:8, St. Paul tells us: "But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed." Also in II Corinthians St. Paul further tells us that "even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light."

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