The Bible & Mormonism
Like all the so-called Christian cults of the world, Mormonism claims to go by the Bible, but an examination of Mormon beliefs in the light of the Bible itself reveals a great amount of deviancy from its teachings. The question is: how can they claim to be in accord with the Bible when the actual teachings of the Bible are so in opposition to Mormonism? The reason is this: Mormonism has an authority wider than just the Bible itself. They also claim to hold to the Book of Mormon as well as some other writings, traditions, and visions by their church leaders. This widening of the authority of the Bible results in a viewing of Holy Scripture in the light of Mormon dogma instead of in the light of the Bible itself, which results in a blindness to and twisting of Holy Scripture; so much so that they can think they are following the Bible even though the Bible is clearly against Mormonism. In the light of the Bible itself, there is no doubt that Mormonism is a cult and false religion of man.
A Wider Authority than the Bible
Perhaps the easiest way to know that any given religion is a cult is whether it actually bases truth on the Bible alone, or whether it bases truth on more than just the Bible. We read in Revelations 22,
For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
This means that any religion that bases truth on anything other than the Bible alone is under the judgment of God, and it should be recognized that they are a false religion. Now because Mormonism bases truth on more than just the Bible, but also bases truth on other writings such as the Book of Mormon, the Book of the Covenants, The Pearl of Great Price as well as the visions of Joseph Smith, it is clear that they are false. This can be said of any so-called Christian religion: If they base religious truth on anything other than the Holy written Scriptures of the Bible, which were completed in about 95 AD with the Book of Revelation, you can be assured that they are a false religion. As the Lord says in Isaiah,
Isa 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
The Visions of Joseph Smith
In 1820 Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, apparently saw a vision of God, the Father, and Jesus Christ. Through this vision Joseph was told to not join any of the churches because they were all false. All their creeds, according to the vision, were an abomination before God, and all who professed them were corrupt. Then, in 1823, Joseph Smith saw a vision of the angel Moroni who instructed him with respect to the next steps for him to take in the founding of the Mormon Church, which would be the only pure and true church of Jesus Christ; all other churches ever since after the 1st century AD were and are to be considered completely false. The angel also revealed to him the location of some golden tablets on which God�s Word was written. After several years and following the counsel of the angel Moroni, Joseph smith supposedly translated from Egyptian-inscribed gold tablets what is now called the Book of Mormon. According to Mormons, it is to be considered the very Word of God; even more so the Word of God than the Bible itself because the Bible had been mistranslated down thorough the centuries and could only be said to be trustworthy in so far as it was translated correctly (for a short history on the founding of the Mormon Church, see
The Birth of Heresy
There are many ways to prove that the Book of Mormon is not the Word of God, but, really, only one need be brought up here. It is not possible for the Book of Mormon to be the Word of God because God's Word was already completed in about 95 AD with the completion of the last book of the Bible, the Book of Revelation. Near the end of the Book of Revelation it states,
Rev. 22:18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
By God having said this, we know that there is nothing more to be added to what was already written in the Bible by the end of the 1st century. This is not simply saying that no more is to be added to the Book of Revelation, but it is saying that no more is to be added to the entire Bible because the Book of Revelation is a cohesive whole with the entire Bible so that to add to the Book of Revelations is the same as adding to the Bible, and to add to any other part of the Bible is the same as adding to the Book of Revelation. Anyone who thinks there is more added to, or to be added to, the Word of God after the 1st century is simply deceived. In fact, this is a very powerful way to realize a false gospel: if it believes in extra-biblical revelation after the 1st century in the form of either writings, visions, dreams, tongues, psychic readings, words of knowledge, or whatever, it is certain to be a false gospel because the Lord has not been giving any form of revelation outside of the Bible ever since the 1st century. Yes, according to Holy Scripture, everything needed to be known from God is complete in the Bible alone ever since about 95 AD, and it is this completed message from God that God's people are to earnestly contend for as stated in Jude 1,
3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
When was the true faith delivered to the saints? It was " once delivered unto the saints," a nd this delivering of the faith took place in the 1st century when this scripture was written. It is not possible that almost 1800 years later that the faith would once again be delivered to the saints in the Book of Mormon. That notion runs completely contrary to Holy Scripture, and so cannot be accepted as truth.
For more of a history on how Mormonism was first founded, see
The Birth of a Heresy
Mormonism is Polytheistic (many gods)
According to Mormon teaching, the doctrine of one God is false. To them, God, the Father, and Jesus, the Son, are two completely separate Gods of many Gods. According to Mormons, the Father had sex with Mary to bring about the birth of Jesus, and on some other planet before this earth was created, some other God had sex with a different woman which brought about the birth of the one who would eventually become God, the Father, of this earth. Mormonism actually believes that every person by following the teachings of the Mormon Church can eventually become Gods themselves to eternally procreate with their wife, or wives, and produce babies to inhabit their very own planets. But before they can become Gods over their own planets, they must each first live as a human being on earth; then after proving themselves as good obedient Mormons, they will be resurrected and judged to become Gods over their very own planets, and will then eternally procreate with their wife, or wives (the more, the better), to produce their own children in order to populate their own planets. This entire process of being born as a spirit, to becoming a human on earth, to proving oneself to be a good obedient Mormon, to being resurrected as a God, to eternally procreating as a God over their own planet is known to them as Eternal Progression (see
The Law of Eternal Progression
But although Mormonism is polytheistic, the Bible is monotheistic as can be seen in the following verses:
From the Old Testament:
De 4:35 Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him.
De 4:39 Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.
De 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
De 32:39 See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.
2Sa 22:32 For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God?
Ps 18:31 For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?
1Ki 8:60 That all the people of the earth may know that the LORD is God, and that there is none else.
2Ki 19:19 Now therefore, O LORD our God, I beseech thee, save thou us out of his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the LORD God, even thou only.
Isa 37:20 Now therefore, O LORD our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the LORD, even thou only.
Isa 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.
Isa 44:6 Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.
Isa 44:8 Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.
Isa 45:5 I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:
Isa 45:6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.
Isa 45:14 Thus saith the LORD, The labour of Egypt, and merchandise of Ethiopia and of the Sabeans, men of stature, shall come over unto thee, and they shall be thine: they shall come after thee; in chains they shall come over, and they shall fall down unto thee, they shall make supplication unto thee, saying, Surely God is in thee; and there is none else, there is no God.
Isa 45:18 For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.
Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
Isa 46:9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me.
From the New Testament :
Joh 5:44 How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?
Ro 3:30Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.
Ro 16:27 To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.
Ro 16:27 To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.
1Co 8:4 As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one.
1Co 8:6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.
Ga 3:20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.
Eph 4:6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
1Ti 1:17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
1Ti 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
Jude 1:25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
Based on a careful examination of the previous verses, there can be no doubt of there being only one God according to the Bible. The Mormon notion of many God's runs completely contrary to the biblical teaching and must be considered false.
Mormonism rejects the Doctrine of the Trinity
The biblical doctrine of the Trinity says this: There are three distinct persons known as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit who are each the one and only same exact God. To Mormons, this is a false doctrine because how can three distinct persons be the same God. According to Mormonism, God, the Father, and God, the Son, are each two distinct separate Gods. The Son was born through the Father having sex with Mary (the virgin birth is therefore denied - see
Was the Virgin Mary really a Virgin?
For biblical proof of the Trinity, see
God is a Trinity
Mormonism teaches God, the Father, to be of Human Flesh and Bones
Mormonism teaches that the Father is flesh and bones, and so he is simply an exalted man. Contrary to this, the Bible teaches that God, the Father, is a spirit and a spirit does not have flesh and bones:
Joh 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Lu 24:39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.
The Mormon Plan of Salvation is One of Works
Mormonism actually believes that every human being existed previous to this life as a spirit being who was born to God, the Father, through one of his many wives. At the council of the Gods, a salvation plan for earth was determined, and, as a result, all spirit beings born of God, the Father, would have their memories practically wiped clean of the preexistent life, and they would be made into human beings to live mortal lives on earth. Their salvation depends on becoming a good Mormon and obeying the teachings and ordinances of the Mormon Church. Those who sufficiently obey Mormonism will eventually attain to eternal Godhood and be given their own planet to rule over while eternally procreating with their wife, or wives, to produce spirit children who will become the inhabitants of their very own planet. Salvation for a Mormon, then, is to attain to being an eternal God, and to rule over one's own world even as God, the Father, has attained to rule over this earth. As the saying goes, " as man is, God once was, as God is, man may become."
In opposition to Mormonism and according to the Bible and true faith of Jesus Christ, salvation is not by works, but it is entirely a gift of God as is clearly stated in Ephesians 2,
And, again, we read in Titus,
Tit 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
Furthermore, one is not saved to become an eternal God to rule over planets, but one is saved from death in order to live forever with the Lord in a new immortal body on a new perfect and eternal earth created from the ashes of this planet after its destruction in judgment by the one and only true God.
For more details on the salvation plan of Mormonism, see the Mormon Official Plan of Salvation.
Just from the few things mentioned previously, it is absolutely clear that Mormonism is nothing but a cult. It worships a completely different God than the Bible reveals by making God just one of many other Gods, and greatly lowering Him into the mold of being nothing more than an exalted man who had a beginning. On the contrary, the Bible is clear that there is only one true God, none came before Him, and none came after Him; He never had a beginning because He has always been and shall always be. He is the alpha and the omega; the beginning and the end; the one and only, forevermore. He, the Father, is not of flesh and blood as Mormons contend, but He is a Spirit.
Furthermore, salvation is not by works as Mormon Dogma contends, but salvation is by the gift of grace alone. It has nothing to do with man, but has everything to do with God. God chooses and saves particular people; He spiritually resurrects them from spiritual death in this life by the regeneration and renewing by the Spirit; He causes them to grow in grace and the knowledge of Jesus Christ in this life; He physically resurrects them from physical death to ultimately give them a new sinless immortal body; and He creates a new heaven and a new earth where upon all His people shall live forevermore with Him at the end of the ages where there is no more sin, but only righteousness. It is all God's work from start to finish!
Finally, we immediately know that Mormonism is false because it is based upon extra-biblical writings and revelations which came after the true faith had already been once and for all delivered to God's people in the 1st century AD. Ever since God's message to mankind was completed in about 95 AD with the Book of Revelation, no more is to be added or taken away from God's message in the Bible. This means that extra-biblical revelation in any form such as in dreams, vision, voices, tongues, words of knowledge, prophecy, writings, and the like are no longer to be deemed messages from God. Anyone who thinks that God is still giving messages apart from the Bible is simply deceived, and all religions based on anything more or less than the Bible alone is a false religion no matter how much it may claim Jesus Christ, for such a Christ that is based upon an authority wider or less than the Bible alone is not the true Christ, but a false one.
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