Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel."
- Mark 1:14-15

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Is the God of Mormonism the same God of the Bible?

Let us examine if the God of the LDS or Mormon church is the same God of the Bible by comparing the claims of Joseph Smith with that of the Bible itself.  Joseph Smith taught in his sermon, The King Follett Discourse, that "God himself, who sits enthroned in yonder heaven, is a man like one of you."  He adds, "And you have got to learn how to be Gods yourselves—to be kings and priests to God, the same as all Gods have done—by going from a small degree to another, from grace to grace, from exaltation to exaltation, until you are able to sit in glory as do those who sit enthroned in everlasting power."

Joseph Smith's statement is blasphemy.  Men do not become Gods, for there is only one God.  Isaiah 43:10 says, "Before Me there was no God formed, and there will be none after Me."  God was not a man before He became God, He has always been God; for Malachi 3:6 says, "For I, the LORD, do not change."

The Mormon or LDS church teaches that, "Jesus being the literal son of exalted human gods obviously did not create all things either.  For example, He did not create the planet He was born on as a spirit child (Ibid.; Gospel Principles, 17-20 [1997 edition]; and 27-9)."  (***Note: this quote reference was on the LDS site as of 8:00 am on 7/4/13 but has since been changed.  The quote was from Mormoninfo.org.) 
This is also a direct contradiction with the Bible.  Jesus Christ is God and is not a created being and He did indeed create all things, as shown in John 1:1-3, " In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being."

1 Timothy 4:1-2 warns, "But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron."  We must not be deceived by Joseph Smith and the LDS church who readily admit to lying, for they teach a different God, a different Jesus, and a different gospel.

For more information on this topic, please look at these sites:

The Plain Truth About Mormons
God the Father According to Mormonism

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Mormonism - A False Gospel

Mormonism is considered to be a cult, in that it is a perversion, a distortion of biblical Christianity that rejects the historic teachings of the Christian Church.  The Mormons believe that Joseph Smith saw a vision in which he was told that all Christian denominations were wrong, that their teachings were an abomination, and that all professing Christians were corrupt.  This vision became the basis of the Mormon religion.  

This vision and the entire basis of the Mormon religion is false because it is in direct contradiction with the Bible.  The Mormons will tell you that Joseph Smith became a prophet because the church had failed once Jesus and His 12 disciples left the earth.  Jesus said this in Matthew 16:18: "I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it."  This is the problem: Joseph Smith says the church failed and Jesus said it would not fail.  If two things are in direct contradiction to one another, they cannot both be correct.  We must reject the one and accept the other.  We must believe in either the words of Joseph Smith or of Jesus Christ.

The Mormons will ask you to pray to God about whether Joseph Smith is right or not.  We can pray but God already gives speaks clear instructions to us in His Word.  For example, we can pray about whether or not we should murder someone, but God already tells us that murder is wrong in His Word.  If we do hear a voice telling us it is okay to murder someone, we can know that it is the voice of Satan and not the voice of God. 

The Bible starts in Genesis with the creation of the world and the original sin of Adam and Eve against a holy God and tells us of the righteousness of God in redeeming mankind from the wages of our sin by sending Jesus Christ to die in our place.  The Bible ends in Revelation with Jesus Christ defeating Satan once for all and creating a new heaven and a new earth.  The Bible is God's complete revelation to us and we are warned in Colossians 2:18 about false prophets trying to add to it, especially those who claim to have received visions from God: "Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting in self-abasement and the worship of angels, taking his stand on visions he has seen."

God warns us again at the very end of the Bible in Revelation 22:18-19 about those who would try to add to His Words: "I testify to everyone who hears the words of prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book."

There will be no further revelation from God after what He has already given us through Jesus Christ in the New Testament.  Hebrews 1:1-2 says, "God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world."  We are now in the last days and there will be no other prophets to add to what God's final prophet, Jesus Christ, has already given us in the Bible.  Jude 3 says, "Contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints."  Once for all means the gospel of Jesus was given to us one time for all of time.  That's it, there is no more to add to the true Biblical gospel.

There are no other visions or words of prophecy that we need for salvation, as Paul says in 2 Timothy 3:15, "You have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus," and in Colossians 2:2-4, "Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.  I say this to you so that no one will delude you with persuasive argument."  All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are in Christ and are given to us in the New Testament, and we must not be fooled with the persuasive argument of those preaching a different gospel.

Galatians 1:8-9 warns, “But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!  As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!”

The Mormon gospel is not the same gospel that is preached in the Bible, despite what some Mormons claim.  Listen to Joseph Fielding Smith's (not the same Joseph Smith) blasphemy in Doctrines of Salvation, where he says there is "No salvation without accepting Joseph Smith...No man can reject that testimony without incurring the most dreadful consequences, for he cannot enter the Kingdom of God."  Eternal life comes from repentance from sin and belief in Jesus Christ, not from belief in Joseph Smith!  That is a lie straight from hell.

God's Word strongly contradicts Mormonism's blasphemous claim.  Isaiah 43:11 says, "I, even I, am the LORD, and there is no savior besides Me."  Jonah 2:9 says, "Salvation is from the LORD."  Acts 4:12 says of Jesus, "And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved."  Finally, Jesus says in John 14:6, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me."  Joseph Smith is a deceiver who attempts to add to God's Word, but he is indicted by Proverbs 30:6, "Do not add to His words or He will reprove you, and you will be found a liar."  Joseph Smith is a liar.  We must reject him as a false prophet and we must reject the cult of Mormonism in its attempt to proclaim a false gospel contrary to the Bible.

This is not meant to be the complete and detailed end-all against Mormonism.  There are unfortunately many other errors that I will not go into.  Be award that the Mormons will try to get new converts by introducing them to the Book of Mormon, but the real blasphemous claims are found in other Mormon literature.

I've got one more thing.  If you go to a Mormon site, Mormonthink.com and hover over Doctrine, click on a section called Lying for the Lord in which they admit to lying for the purpose of promoting Mormonism and admit that Joseph Smith today would be considered a "con artist" (Dan Vogel, Joseph Smith: The Making of a Prophet, 82-86)."

If I am a car salesman and if I have to lie to sell my product, that should tell me that the product I am trying to sell is not legitimate, but rather it is most certainly a piece of junk.  It's the same thing with Mormonism.  This shows how utterly seared their consciences are that Mormons would approve of lying to try to convert others.  It is said in John 8:44 of the devil, "Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies."  This is another proof that Mormonism is not of God, but is birthed of Satan, the father of lies.