The Mormons claim to be the only true church. Furthermore we are told all Christian denominations at the time of Joseph Smith were an abomination to the Lord. Was God’s church really gone from the face of the earth and restored through Joseph Smith as the Mormons claim? Well we will let the facts speak for themselves.
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Mormonism VS Christianity
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(Joseph Smith’s first vision)
Joseph Smith History 1:18-19 (also called Joseph Smith 2 and Pearl of Great Price)
“18) My object in going to inquire of the Lord was to know which of all the sects was right, that I might know which to join. No sooner, therefore, did I get possession of myself, so as to be able to speak, than I asked the Personages who stood above me in the light, which of all the sects was right (for at this time it had never entered into my heart that all were wrong) — and which I should join.
“19) 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; that those professors were all corrupt; that: ‘they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof.’” (PDF-L.D.S-Scripture pg. 919)
Discourses of Brigham Young, p.319 - p.320
(Mormon Prophet 1847-1877)
“There are, doubtless, millions of just as honest people among the several religious denominations as are amongst the professedly Latter-day Saints. But they have not the Gospel, they are in darkness with regard to the plan of salvation, and their teachers are blind guides, totally unable to give the people the living word, the way of life. If they live up to the best light and knowledge they have and can get, they are safe, and in a saved condition. What is the sin of the ministry and people of the present Christian denominations? It is that light has come to them and they reject it. The condemnation of the Jewish nation was that light had come into the world, but they chose darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil; so says the Savior. The same Gospel that Jesus taught to those who rejected him is entrusted to us to preach to the whole world with the same consequences which must reach them at some time, in some condition. 17:262.” (PDF pg. 510)
1 Nephi 14:10 (Book of Mormon)
"And he said unto me: ‘Behold there are save two churches only; the one is the church of the Lamb of God, and the other is the church of the devil; wherefore, whoso belongeth not to the church of the Lamb of God belongeth to that great church, which is the mother of abominations; and she is the whore of all the earth.’" (PDF LDS Scripture pg. 46)
As you have just read, the Mormon Church teaches that the various denominations that compose historic Christianity are all wrong, in sin, and of the devil. In fact all other churches are an abomination.
Furthermore, previous L.D.S. authorities have given us the challenge to examine Mormonism in light of the Bible and show them where there is any error.
By Brigham Young "Take up the Bible, compare the religion of the Latter-Day Saints with it and see if it will stand the test." (Journal of Discourses, V16 pg. 46, 1873) (PDF pg. 54)
By Brigham Young "No man can disprove a truth...Why not rather every man rise up and say, ‘Let God be true, let the truth remain and let me know the truth. That is what I want —I will submit to it; and let every false theory and principle fall, to rise up no more.’"
(Journal of Discourses, V8 pg. 132, 1860) (PDF pg. 140)
By Orson Pratt "If we cannot convince you by reason nor by the word of God, that your religion is wrong, we will not persecute you...we ask you the same generosity...convince us of our errors of doctrine, if we have any, by reason, by logical arguments, or by the word of God and we will be forever grateful for the information."
(The Seer, pg.15) (PDF pg. 15)
IS IT IMPORTANT WHAT A CHURCH TEACHES?
2 Corinthians 11:3-15
2 Peter 2:1
After reading these verses, have you reached a conclusion as to whether or not it is important what a church teaches? Why do you suppose Satan would want to introduce false prophets or false teachings about who God or Jesus is? Do you believe that it important to know what the Bible says concerning who God or Jesus is? If the teachings of a church about who God or Jesus is are different than those of the Bible, should you attend and support that church? If the teachings of a church about the Gospel are different than that which we find in the New Testament, should you attend and support that church?
Following are some quotes, from L.D.S. writers, that you may also want to consider.
Joseph Fielding Smith, Gospel Doctrine, pg.325
Harold B. Lee, Stand Ye In Holy Places, pg .359
Bruce R. McConkie, The Mortal Messiah Vol. 2, pgs. 192-193
There are many L.D.S. doctrines that can be proven to be in error when contrasted with the Bible. However, there are some issues that are more important than others. One example is pre-existence and salvation. What difference does it make if someone believes in pre-existence or not, if they are lost because of a belief in a false Christ and a false Gospel? Obviously salvation is more important. I believe that the key issues should be the focal point before the minor issues when engaging in conversation concerning Mormon Doctrine.
The key issues are:
If the Mormon Church is in fact the one true church as they claim; they should be able to stand a little examination.