I have wanted to tackle this subject for a while now. Normally other religions do not interest me, but Mormonism peaked my interest. I found out that they refer to themselves as Christians.
Wait, what? So is Mormonism another denomination then? Heck, they even accept the Holy Bible as truth.
According to them, only the King James version is the most correct version. I ended up researching Mormonism for a few solid months before taking a break, which included speaking to a couple of Mormon missionaries and reading Mormon message boards. I had planned a five-part series for this religion, but I came across a few verses that seem to single-handedly make Mormonism unnecessary.
Now before I get into this, let me give you a quick run down of Mormonism. They believe after Jesus died, He returned to earth and visited America. Afterwards, the church spoken about in the gospels and in Acts is destroyed by–I do not know by who actually. I asked the Mormon missionaries many times and they would just not answer the question.
So, a little under 1,800 years later, a man named Joseph Smith prayed in a forest, located in New York, to God about which church is the correct one. Here is what he recorded about God and Jesus’ visit to him eighteen years later (Pearl of Great Price: Joseph Smith History 1:1-26):
“Thick darkness gathered around me, and it seemed to me for a time as if I were doomed to sudden destruction.
But, exerting all my powers to call upon God to deliver me out of the power of this enemy which had seized upon me, and at the very moment when I was ready to sink into despair and abandon myself to destruction—not to an imaginary ruin, but to the power of some actual being from the unseen world, who had such marvelous power as I had never before felt in any being—just at this moment of great alarm, I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me.”
Mind you, we are going to ignore a few things here or this would drag on forever. We are ignoring how Jesus has now made a second visit to earth, but it is in no way how the Bible describes it will happen, nor has anything that was said to precede Jesus’ coming again has actually happened either.
Also, we are ignoring my personal theories about Joseph actually being visited by Satan and being lied to by him. After all, 2 Corinthians 11:14 talks about how Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Furthermore, we all know how he lies as talked about in John 8:44.
What we are going to look at is Matthew 16:16-18:
“Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
Your immediate thoughts may have matched mine when I read this. “Well, doesn’t that make their whole premise of there being no correct church for almost 1,800 years wrong?”. To that I say, “Yes.” However, we need to look at how the Church of Latter Day Saints interprets these verses.
From my interactions with them, they have said that Jesus is speaking about God giving Peter a revelation. That only a church with ongoing revelations can be the correct one. When in fact, the church is built on Jesus Christ as the cornerstone and not ongoing revelations.
As we all know, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8) and we know He is sinless (Hebrews 4:15, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Peter 2:22, 1 John 3:5). This means of course He couldn’t have lied since that is a sin (Ephesians 20:16, Proverbs 12:22). So was Jesus just mistaken then? If the church did indeed fall then why wasn’t Jesus told this would happen by God?
Actually, Jesus is God. There is relationship in the trinity: the Son (Jesus) is obedient to the Father (Luke 22:42); the Holy Spirit is sent by the Father and the Son (John 16:15). So the three persons of the trinity are the same God, but they are each distinct.
Why do I mention all of this? The Mormon church changes its stance on things, such as marriage (polygamy was okay via revelation in 1843, but was changed to not okay in 1890), throughout the years due to revelations they are receiving. But if God never changes, why is He telling the Mormon church that something is correct and then later taking it back and changing it? Especially since He established marriage is between one man and one woman and not one man and many women (Matthew 19:4, Mark 10:6-8).
To conclude all of this, no, they are not another denomination of Christianity. Mormonism is a separate religion that despite including the Bible into their doctrine, end up contradicting the very Bible they accept as truth. I do recognize that this article is not very in depth on the religion as a whole. It is meant to only show you that Mormonism is made unnecessary by just a handful of verses in the Bible that both Christians and Mormons accept as fact.
Update: To learn all that there is know about Mormonism then I do recommend CARM. They are a dedicated apologetics site and they do a splendid job. Check them out HERE.
Here are also some other contradictions Mormonism has with with the Bible that I noticed.
Jesus says how He loves the church as much as a husband loves his wife. He promised that He would be with His people to the very end. (Matthew 28:20). Are we saying Jesus breaks His promises then?
Also if God is a man, which Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, and the D&C section 130 verse 22 say God the Father has a body of flesh and bone as tangible as man’s, then why does the Bible say that is false? John 4:22-24, Luke 24:37-40, Matthew 16:16-17, Numbers 23:19, and Hosea 11:9. Heck, it is not like God ever changes either. Malachi 3:6 and Psalm 90:2. Romans 1:22-23, 25 also talks about making God into a mortal man.
Also God is the ONLY God. There are no others. Isaiah 44:6 and Isaiah 44:8 says how there is no other God but God. Then that continues with Isaiah 45:5, 45:14, 45:21, 45:22, 46:9.
Isaiah 43:10 “Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.” KJV
Galatians 1:8 says “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” KJV
All bible verses and anything from Pearl of Great Price, Doctrines & Covenants can be found on lds.org
Do you have any questions about Mormonism? Maybe you want to know more about it. Let me know in the comments.
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