I have had the privilege of knowing and working closely with a very large number of Mormons over the years. Undoubtedly you’ve probably met and interacted with many as well and would agree that they are some of the kindest and most gracious people you’ll ever have the pleasure of meeting. However after coming to know Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord my relationships with many them was the catalyst to study and learn the differences between our faiths.
A few days ago one of my Facebook friends shared an article titled: “My Lifelong Wrestle with Mormonism.” My heart just broke as a read the list of 13 basic rules and the additional 70 rules that were the vital and “secret” ingredients to the author’s proclaimed success, joy and peace. If you read the lists, much of what is contained are very noble pursuits and many are things that a true Spirit-filled Christian would and should also strive for, however my heart breaks because I know that the “christ” of the Mormon faith is quite different from the Christ of the Bible.
This is a subject matter that requires volumes of books to fully document, and many have been written that do. This article is not intended to be an exhaustive list of documentation contrasting Mormon and Christian doctrine, but merely a way to highlight some of the points that came up in my discussion with someone whom I believe is living in the dangerous spiritual deception of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
The basic assertion I made is that the reason many “wrestle” with Mormonism, is that it is a belief system based on a lie. This lie states:
- Joseph Smith was visited by an angel of God in the 1820s and told that the modern Church was corrupt
- He was given direct revelation (via magical gold plates) to restore the gospel of Jesus Christ.
When you consider that both in the Old Testament (Psalm 12:7, Isaiah 40:8) and the recorded words of Jesus in the New Testament (Matthew 24:35; Mark 13:31; Luke 21:33) profess the preservation of God’s word, and also that archaeological discoveries such as the Dead Sea Scrolls prove that He in fact has preserved it, the basic claim that true doctrine of Jesus Christ became corrupted shortly after His death seems quite preposterous.
It is arrogant and naive for someone like Joseph Smith to come along and claim God directly revealed something to him that totally uproots thousands of years of Church history, especially when all of his “proof” is a few alleged “witnesses” to his magical plates. This all defies common sense. In fact we have robust evidence of Church history and the refutation of other similar psuedo-christian heresies in the early Church to prove the fallacy of this notion that there was no true Church and understanding of proper doctrine in the early 1800s.
We have evidence showing what the early church believed and didn’t believe that can be traced back to writings of the first apostles who actually penned our modern Bible under the influence of the Holy Spirit. The notion that all of this was lost and corrupted in the 1820s, when historical evidence proves otherwise, makes it a wonder how the Mormon church got any traction at all.
Another very disheartening point is that when confronted with evidence proving Joseph Smith was a false prophet, many refuse to “entertain literature against their beliefs.” To any Mormons reading this I would point out that this is a very insecure position to stand on. I have no problem reading arguments against the claims of biblical Christianity, because I know Christianity can stand up to logical and philosophical arguments as well as historical and archaeological data. Saying that I wouldn’t entertain such information would express an internal fear about the validity of my beliefs actually being true. It’s impossible to discover the truth if you are unwilling to consider that you might not currently be acquainted with it.
The most nefarious lies are the ones that contain elements of truth, like Satan’s slight alteration of God’s truth in Genesis 3, and this is what makes the Mormon church so dangerous. When you get to the contrast between the claims in the LDS cannon of scripture and the Bible itself, some simple application of proper hermeneutics and logical/philosophical reasoning will show that the true gospel of Jesus Christ and the gospel of the Mormon church have a chasm separating them as big as the universe itself.
What did the Apostle Paul say of any person or angel who proclaims a gospel different from the one he himself proclaimed?
“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.” – Galatians 1:8
LET HIM BE ACCURSED. Harsh words, but ones we should all consider. Anyone teaching doctrine of any sort claiming to be from God best be sure what they are saying is true.
Don’t be deceived, the gospel of the Mormon church is definitely a “different gospel.” The bottom line is to believe in Mormon doctrine you have to believe the Bible has errors. The Bible has stood up to scrutiny and has proofs of its divine authorship as validated by archaeology and history, the book of Mormon does not.
Joseph’s Smiths claims are easily proven false and the lack of evidence backing up the writings of the Book of Mormon is also staggering. Simply put, God doesn’t contradict Himself. Yet the list of contradictions between the Book of Mormon and the Bible, and also the Mormon scriptures contradictions of itself, is quite extensive. (See here, here and here.)
The easiest way to very easily show Joseph Smith was a false prophet is through the basic principle of whether or not he gave prophecies that didn’t come to pass. He gave a LOT of them that were proven false. According to scripture Joseph Smith was a false prophet:
“When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.” – Deuteronomy 18:22
When our time on earth is done and we meet Jesus Christ face to face, no one wants to hear Him say “I never knew you, Depart from Me!” (Matthew 7:21-23) Yet one of the most concerning beliefs of the Mormon church itself, is that Christ’s shed blood on the cross simply wasn’t enough. I can’t think of something more offensive to say to Christ Himself, than that He and what He did at Calvary was not sufficient.
“Joseph Smith taught that there were certain sins so grievous that man may commit, that they will place the transgressor beyond the power of the atonement of Christ. If these offenses are committed, then the blood of Christ will not cleanse them from their sins even though they repent. Therefore their only hope is to have their own blood shed to atone, as far as possible, in their behalf.” (Doctrines of Salvation 1:133–138)
A couple of simple questions that members of the Mormon church must ask themselves:
- How can I put my faith into a belief system that not only contradicts itself, but is ridden with doctrines of questionable morality? (i.e. racism & polygamy)
- How can I claim to love and believe in Jesus Christ and yet profess that His atonement on the cross was not sufficient?
For anyone interested in more on this subject, I recommend the books “Mormonism, Mama & Me” & “Mormonism – Shadow or Reality?” Also the video below is a great tool to share with Mormons that beautifully contrasts the differences between the God of the Bible and the god of the Mormon church.