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having sexual relations with Mary, as Brigham Young

cal Christianity. From its inception the Christian faith,

asserted,7 contrary to the clear teachings of the Bible (see

like Judaism, has been rigidly monotheistic. One cannot

Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18 and Luke 1:34–35)? Does God the

be a true Christian and believe that a pantheon of gods

Father really have a body of flesh and bones, just as we

and goddesses exists–nor that we can become gods our-

have (see Jesus’ comments in John 4:24 and Luke 24:39)?

selves! The Bible is absolutely clear on this. In the shema,

Was Jesus a polygamist married to Mary, Martha, and

the foundation stone of the Jewish faith, God tells His

“the other Mary”?9 The biblical answer to each of these

people, “Hear, O Israel, The LORD our God, the LORD is

questions is an unequivocal “No!”

one” (Deuteronomy 6:4). God repeats this in numerous

Much more could be said about false and blasphemous

Scriptures, with great emphasis: “‘You are my witnesses,’

Mormon doctrines, but these must suffice. Christians

declares the LORD, ‘and my servant whom I have chosen,

are warned repeatedly to reject all counterfeit gospels,

that you may know and believe me and understand that

even if they are brought by “an angel from heaven”

I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be

(Galatians 1:8–9).10 Let us love and respect all men and

any after me’” (Isaiah 43:10—emphasis added; see also

women, and care enough about them to share the one true

Isaiah 44:6,8; 45:5,22; 1 Corinthians 8:4–6; 1 Timothy 2:5).

and never-changing gospel of Jesus Christ with them!

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The Jesus of Mormonism Like Jesus, the Apostle Paul warns us “that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons” (1 Timothy 4:1). Elsewhere

Joseph Smith’s Testimony, 5-6; 2Documentary History of the Church

(DHOTC), 6:308; 3DHOTC, 6:305; 4Journal of Discourses (JOD), 1:50; 5JOD, 6:3-4; 6 JOD, 13.282, et al; 7JOD, 1:50-51; 8Doctrine and Covenants, Section 130; 9

JOD, 4:259; 10Joseph Smith claimed the angel Moroni told him where to look

for golden plates from which came the Book of Mormon.

he warns of false prophets who will come and preach “a different gospel” and “another Jesus than the one we proclaimed” (2 Corinthians 11:4). Is Jesus actually the “spirit brother of Lucifer”?6 Was Jesus really conceived by Adam coming down and

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Mormon polytheism completely separates it from bibli-

Mormonism and the

gospel


Mormonism or the Bible: Which Is True?

their creeds were an abomination in His sight. He again forbade

God Himself was once as we are now and is an

me to join with any of them” (emphasis added).

exalted man.3 —Joseph Smith

“Judge not, that you be not judged” (Matthew 7:1). This verse

Thus the Mormon Church, from its very beginning, has de-

When our father Adam came into the Garden of

is invariably cited whenever a Christian says anything

clared that all of Christianity is false and that the true Gospel

Eden, he came into it with a celestial body and

negative about Mormon teachings. But Jesus also warned His followers to “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:15–16).

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was lost and only restored 1800 years later by its founder and prophet, Joseph Smith. This is a belief Mormons normally do not like to discuss with non-Mormons.

It is obvious that Jesus desired that we do not blindly ac-

So in addressing Mormon beliefs we are not attacking indi-

cept new teachings and beliefs. The Apostle Paul echoed

viduals but defending historic biblical Christianity, earnestly

this when he said “the spiritual person judges all things”

contending “for the faith that was once for all delivered to the

(1 Corinthians 2:15). So, in light of this, how does the Mor-

saints” (Jude 3).

brought Eve, one of his celestial wives with him. . . . HE is our FATHER and our GOD and the only God with whom WE have to do.4 —Brigham Young Perhaps the most blatant teaching of Mormon polytheism (belief in many gods) is found in a speech Joseph Smith gave in 1844 in Carthage, Illinois: God himself was once as we are now, and is an

mon faith compare with what God has told us in the Bible?

The Gods of Mormonism

exalted Man, and sits enthroned in yonder heav-

A critical Mormon teaching that most people are unaware of is

how God came to become God. We have imagined

their ardent polytheism, that is, they believe that many gods

and supposed that God was God from all eternity,

exist and that Mormons can become gods and rule over their

I will refute that idea…God himself, the Father of

asserted that both God the Father and Jesus appeared to him

own worlds after this life is over (the doctrine of “exaltation”).

us all, dwelt on an earth the same as Jesus Christ

and denounced all Christian denominations as detestable!

Consider these quotes from Joseph Smith and Brigham Young:

The Beliefs of Mormonism First of all, concerning judgment, how many people are aware of what Joseph Smith claimed that God told him about Christianity and Christians? In Joseph Smith’s Testimony he

“I asked the Personages who stood above me in the light,

ens. That is the great secret…I am going to tell you

himself did….Here, then, is eternal life–to know the only wise and true God; and you have got to

which of all the sects was right and which I should join. I

In the beginning the head of the Gods called a council of

learn how to be Gods yourselves, and to be kings

was answered that I must join none of them, for they were

the Gods and they came together and conducted a plan

and priests to God, the same as all Gods have done

all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all

to create the world and populate it. —Joseph Smith

before you.5

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Young asserted,7 contrary to the clear teachings of the Bible (see Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18 and Luke 1:34–35)? Does God the Father really have a body of flesh and bones, just as we have (see Jesus’ comments in John 4:24 and Luke 24:39)?8 Was Jesus a polygamist married to Mary, Martha, and “the other Mary”?9 The biblical answer to each of these questions is an unequivocal “No!” Much more could be said about false and blasphemous Mormon doctrines, but these must suffice. Christians are warned repeatedly to reject all counterfeit gospels, even if they are brought by “an angel from heaven” (Galatians 1:8–9).10 Let us love and respect all men and women, and care enough about them to share the one true and never-changing gospel of Jesus Christ with them! 1

Joseph Smith’s Testimony, 5-6; 2Documentary History of the Church

(DHOTC), 6:308; 3DHOTC, 6:305; 4Journal of Discourses (JOD), 1:50; 5JOD, 6:3-4; 6 JOD, 13.282, et al; 7JOD, 1:50-51; 8Doctrine and Covenants, Section 130; 9JOD, 4:259; 10Joseph Smith claimed the angel Moroni told him where to look for golden plates from which came the Book of Mormon.

Good News Tracts Mormonism and the Gospel This tract evaluates some of the foundational differences between Christianity and Mormonism. Bible references: ESV. Package contains 25 tracts.

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