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.”