Mormon view of Christianity

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Mormon view of Christianity

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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L.D.S. VIEW OF CHRISTIANITY

All Other Churches Are Wrong

Christian Denominations Sin by Rejecting Mormonism

There Are Only Two Churches: The Church of God, & the Church of the Devil

Brigham Young’s Challenge to Compare Mormonism to the Bible

IS IT IMPORTANT WHAT A CHURCH TEACHES?

Warning: About another Gospel

Warning: About False Prophets

Warning: About Another Jesus, Gospel, and Satan’s Representatives

Warning: About False Teachers

Jesus’ Words about Believing in Him

Proverbs and A Way Which Seems Right, Yet Results in Death

Joseph Fielding Smith Warns Mormons

Harold B. Lee Challenges L.D.S. to a Defense of Faith

Bruce R. McConkie Reminds L.D.S. of Jesus’ Warning

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L.D.S. VIEW OF CHRISTIANITY

(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)

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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)

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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.

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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)

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IS IT IMPORTANT WHAT A CHURCH TEACHES?

Galatians 1:8-9

  • “8) 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.9) As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which you received, let him be accursed.”
  • Do you think Paul would consider it important what a prophet or anyone else taught? (verses 8 and 9)

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Deuteronomy 13:1-5

  • “1) If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder,
  • and the sign or the wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us serve them.’ 3) you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the LORD your God is testing you to find out if you love the LORD your God will all your heart and with all your soul. 4) You shall follow the LORD your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him. 5) But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has counseled rebellion against the LORD your God who brought you from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, to seduce you from the way in which the LORD your God commanded you to walk. So you shall purge the evil from among you.”
  • What if the prophet can do miracles, but he tells us of other Gods; should we listen to him? (verses 1-3)
  • Does God take the matter of this prophet lightly? (verse 5)
  • If the teachings about God or Jesus are not the same Jesus or God as the Bible tells us about, is this following other gods?

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2 Corinthians 11:3-15

  •  “3) But I am afraid, lest as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds should be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.4) For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully.5) For I consider myself not in the least inferior to the most eminent apostles.6) But even if I am unskilled in speech, yet I am not so in knowledge; in fact, in every way we have made this evident to you in all things.7) Or did I commit a sin in humbling myself that you might be exalted, because I preached the gospel of God to you without charge?8) I robbed other churches, taking wages from them to serve you;9) and when I was present with you and was in need, I was not a burden to anyone; for when the brethren came from Macedonia, they fully supplied my need, and in everything I kept myself from being a burden to you, and will continue to do so.10) As the truth of Christ is in me, this boasting of mine will not be stopped in the regions of Achaia.11) Why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do! 12) But what I am doing, I will continue to do, that I may cut off opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the matter about which they are boasting.13) For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14) And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15) Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their deeds.”
  • Was Paul concerned about teachings of Jesus or the Gospel? (verses 3 and 4)
  • Can these false teachers appear as honest and religious people? (verses 13-15)
  • Why was Paul afraid for the Corinthians? (verse 3)
  • Why would Satan or his servants want to appear as servants of righteousness?

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2 Peter 2:1

  • “But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.”
  • Does Peter think that false teachings are a serious matter?

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John 8:23-25

  • “And He was saying to them, ‘You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. I said therefore to you, that you shall die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you shall die in your sins.’ And so they were saying to Him, ‘Who are you?’ Jesus said to them, ‘What have I been saying to you from the beginning?’”
  • Does Jesus sound as if it might be important to believe correctly about Him?

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Proverbs 14:12

  • “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”
  • Is it wise to trust emotions or what may seem right?

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.

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Joseph Fielding Smith, Gospel Doctrine, pg.325

  • Many of our young people, and some older ones, too, are not familiar with their own religion nor with the beautiful and striking doctrines of the gospel with which it is so laden. This class devote more time to reading useless or sensational books than they do to the study and contemplation of works that would familiarize them with the principles of the gospel. If they were better informed in this line, and understood the saving doctrines and every-day questions of their religion, more than they do, they would not be trapped by false teachings, false leaders, and advocates of cults that are false.” (PDF pg. 345)

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Harold B. Lee, Stand Ye In Holy Places, pg .359

  • The mission of this church is to bear witness of the truths of the gospel and put to flight the false teachings on every side that are causing the restlessness and the aimlessness that threaten all who have not found the straight path and that which could be an anchor to their souls.”

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Bruce R. McConkie, The Mortal Messiah Vol. 2, pgs. 192-193

  • We learned from Jesus as he sat on the Mount of Beatitudes, delivering his incomparable Sermon on the Mount that we should beware of false prophets — of the scribes and Pharisees, of the priests and Levites, who professed to be teachers and leaders and prophets but who were in fact ravening wolves in sheep's clothing. Though they wore the mantle of religious leadership, their false teachings tore apart the spiritual well-being of their flocks.”

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.

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