MORMONISM: IT'S BELIEFS AND HOW TO RESPOND TO THEM
The basic tenet of the Mormon faith regarding Christianity is that shortly after the time of the disciples, the Christian church apostatized, and was not restored until Joseph Smith's heavenly vision in 1820. If this is true, then the foundation that the Mormon church is built on is that which Joseph Smith laid in restoration of the church of Jesus Christ.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE FOUNDING OF THE MORMON CHURCH
It is said that Joseph was 15 when he became confused over the strife and the division between various denominations of the Christian church. He determined to privately seek God as to which of the denominations was the true one. He went into a secluded place in the woods, and kneeled down and began to ask God this question. By his own account, he wrote:
"…I had scarcely done so, when immediately I was seized upon by some power which entirely overcame me, and had such an astonishing influence over me as to bind my tongue so that I could not speak. Thick darkness gathered around me, and it seemed to me for a time as though 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…just at this moment of great alarm, I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head above the rightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me. It no sooner appeared when I found myself delivered from the enemy which held me bound. When the light rested upon me, I saw two Personages whose brightness and glory defy all description standing above me in the air. One of them spoke unto me, calling me by name, and said, pointing to the other -"THIS IS MY BELOVED SON. HEAR HIM".
Once he recovered from his fright, he asked the Personages who stood above him which of all the sects were right, and which one he should join. He writes:
"I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong, and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt; that: 'they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof.' He again forbade me to join with any of them: and many other things did he say…"
The Biblical response to this is that Jesus promised that the gates of hell would not prevail against His church.
Mat 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
ASK: IF THE CHURCH HAD APOSTATIZED 1500 YEARS BEFORE JOSEPH SMITH RECIEVED HIS REVELATION, WHAT DID JESUS MEAN WHEN HE SAID THAT THE GATES OF HELL WOULD NOT PREVAIL AGAINST HIS CHURCH?
Understanding that Jesus Christ's Words are true, we can believe Him and His promises. Had the church been as utterly apostatized as Joseph Smith claimed, then the Truth of Jesus' words would have been lost. In effect, through their doctrine that teaches the gates of hell had prevailed over the church for close to 1500 years, Mormons teach that Jesus Christ was either a liar or deceived when He made that statement. Jesus promised His followers:
Mat 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
ASK: WHAT DOES MATT 24:35 MEAN?
DOES THAT INCLUDE WHAT HE SAID IN MATT 16:18?
Not only did He say that His words would not pass away, He also said that He would be with His disciples always and forever:
Mat 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
ASK: IN THE LIGHT OF WHAT JESUS PROMISED BY SAYING "LO, I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS, EVEN UNTO THE END OF THE WORLD", HOW CAN YOU RECONCILE THIS WITH THE MORMON POSITION THAT THE CHURCH HAD APOSTATIZED FOR 1500 YEARS?
God made a provision for the church until Jesus' return. He promised that He would never leave His church, nor would He forsake it:
Heb 13:5 Let your conversation
be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he
hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.
9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.
ASK: IF JESUS TOLD JOSEPH SMITH NOT TO GO TO ANY OF THE DENOMINATIONS OF THE CRISTIAN CHURCH THAT WAS IN EXISTENCE AT THE TIME, DIDN'T HE FORSAKE THE CHURCH, DESPITE THE FACT THAT HE SAID HE WOULD NEVER LEAVE OR FORSAKE HIS PEOPLE?
The Word of God speaks of those who would have rule over the body of Christ, and whose faith they were to follow. He warns the Christians not to be carried away with various strange doctrines that are contrary to the Words of Jesus, Whose Truth is the same yesterday, as it is today, and will be forever. If the church had apostatized 1500 years ago, then there would have been no one to be our example to follow their faith.
If it was the God of the Bible who told Joseph Smith not to be a part of to any of the denominations of that day, then He would have been contradicting His Word, which says in Heb 10:25 that we are not to forsake the assembling (episunagoge: epi= on or at; sunagoge= synagogue, a building where people gather to worship; going to church) of ourselves together, like some people do.
Heb 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
The body of Christ, the church, was counseled to get together in a place of worship in order to exhort one another, and so much the more, as they see the Day approaching!
ASK: IF, AS JOSEPH SMITH CLAIMED, THE CHURCH HAD APOSTATIZED, THEN HOW COULD THEY ASSEMBLE TOGETHER AND ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER?
Joseph Smith says that God contradicted His Word and told Him not to "episunagoge".
Ephesians 3:21 promises that God would be glorified by Jesus Christ in the church throughout all ages. Those ages would appear to include the 1500 or 1600 years that, according to Joseph Smith, the church had been utterly apostate. If the church is utterly apostate, how will God be glorified?
Eph 3:20 Now unto him that
is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according
to the power that worketh in us,
21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
The Christian who is Born again has the privilege of being a citizen in the Kingdom of God (John 3:3), which was firmly established by Jesus Christ when He came to this world, and planted His Church.
Whether it was in A.D. 300 or 2003, all who have been Born Again by the Spirit of God becomes a part of the Kingdom of God. We are told that this Kingdom cannot be moved.
Heb 12:28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
Because of the Kingdom of God having been established, we have attained unto righteousness, which is of faith in Jesus Christ, and not in our own works. So Jesus was more than able to keep His Church on the earth, as much as Satan would love to destroy it.
Rom 9:29 And as Isaiah
said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as
Sodom, and been made like unto Gomorrah.
30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.
Num 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
The Born Again Christian, in whatever time he or she lives is the recipient of God's Grace, and is a beneficiary of that grace. The Work that Jesus Christ does in our lives and our hearts is a work that cannot be destroyed by the enemy of our soul.
If God has established His Kingdom in our lives, no one can tear down that Kingdom.
Satan doesn't have the power to thwart God's work.
But what he can do is foster false doctrines in the minds and the hearts of men in an attempt to keep them from the Truth that is in Jesus Christ. Satan whispers to those who embrace false doctrine such as the Mormon teaching, and asks: "Yea, has God really said that the gates of hell will not prevail against His church?" Then he will point out the glaring error of those who have either obviously departed from the faith while maintaining that they are Christians, or those who have fallen into sin, and he will whisper and say, "See? The Christian church is full of hypocrites. The truth no longer is in the Church. I have a better doctrine for you to consider."
Jo 5:4 For whatsoever
is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh
the world, even our faith.
5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
THE FOUNDATION OF THE CHRISTIAN Church is Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ alone.
1Co 3:10 According to
the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid
the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed
how he buildeth thereupon.
11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
To the unsuspecting person, the Mormon's theology may seem very much like that of the Christian faith. They even have terminology that seems to show that Mormons are Christians. We will look at some of their Articles of Faith and see what they say and what they really mean.
ARTICLE 1 We believe in God, the eternal Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost
Although this may seem to be a statement that teaches that the Mormon church believes in the Trinity, the fact is that Mormons do not believe in the Trinity, but actually believe in a plurality of gods.
THE FATHER: MORMONS TEACH THAT WE WILL ALL ONE DAY BE GODS
God is not a man, that He should lie, yet the Mormon church puts God in the same place as man, even to the point of declaring that as man is, God once was, and as God is, man will be. This is a doctrine that has been taught to man from the very beginning, when the serpent whispered his lie to Eve:
Gen 3:4 And the serpent
said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
Mormon doctrine teaches that those who are part of the Mormon religion are destined to become gods, ruling a planet of their own. Once they die, a husband and wife become gods and beget spiritual children, who come to earth and take upon themselves fleshly bodies in order to work out their salvation, whereby they may also become gods, begetting spiritual children, and so on and so on.
Doctrine and Covenants 130:22 says "The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man's: the Son also; but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of spirit."
This is in contradiction to what Jesus said concerning God:
Joh 4:21 Jesus saith unto
her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain,
nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
1Ti 1:17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glo ry forever and ever. Amen.
It is important for Mormons to believe that what Joseph Smith and Brigham Young said are true, and that Jesus was in error when He said that God is a spirit because a central tenet of their faith is formed around that very idea. Mormons believe that God the Father had physical sexual relations with Mary, because they believe that God has a body of flesh and bones just like we do. So they don't accept the fact that a virgin conceived by the Power of the Holy Spirit.
ADAM - OUR GOD?
A little known fact is that Mormons believe that Adam is the man who became the God that rules over this earth. Brigham Young, in a speech in a sermon delivered in the tabernacle in Salt Lake City, April 9, 1852 preached this doctrine:
"My next sermon will be to both Saint and sinner. One thing has remained a mystery in this kingdom up to this day. It is in regard to the character of the well-beloved Son of God, upon which subject the Elders of Israel have conflicting views. Our God and Father in heaven, is a being of tabernacle, or, in other words, He has a body, with parts the same as you and I have; and is capable of showing forth His works to organized beings, as, for instance, in the world in which we live, it is the result of the knowledge and infinite wisdom that dwell in His organized body. His son Jesus Christ has become a personage of tabernacle, and has a body like his father. The Holy Ghost is the Spirit of the Lord, and issues forth from Himself, and may properly be called God's minister to execute His will in immensity; being called to govern by His influence and power; but He is not a person of tabernacle as we are, and as our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ are. The question has been, and is often, asked, who it was that begat the Son of the Virgin Mary. The infidel world have concluded that if what the Apostles wrote about his father and mother be true, and the present marriage discipline acknowledged by Christendom be correct, then Christians must believe that God is the father of an illegitimate son, in the person of Jesus Christ! The infidel fraternity teach that to their disciples. I will tell you how it is. Our Father in Heaven begat all the spirits that ever were, or ever will be, upon this earth; and they were born spirits in the eternal world. Then the Lord by His power and wisdom organized the mortal tabernacle of man. We were made first spiritual, and afterwards temporal. Now hear it, O inhabitants of the earth, Jew and Gentile, Saint and sinner! When our father Adam came into the garden of Eden, he came into it with a celestial body, and brought Eve, one of his wives, with him. He helped to make and organize this world. He is MICHAEL, the Archangel, the ANCIENT OF DAYS! about whom holy men have written and spoken-He is our FATHER and our GOD, and the only God with whom WE have to do. Every man upon the earth, professing Christians or non-professing, must hear it, and will know it sooner or later. They came here, organized the raw material, and arranged in their order the herbs of the field, the trees, the apple, the peach, the plum, the pear, and every other fruit that is desirable and good for man; the seed was brought from another sphere, and planted in this earth. The thistle, the thorn, the brier, and the obnoxious weed did not appear until after the earth was cursed. When Adam and Eve had eaten of the forbidden fruit, their bodies became mortal from its effects, and therefore their offspring were mortal. When the Virgin Mary conceived the child Jesus, the Father had begotten him in his own likeness. He was not begotten by the Holy Ghost. And who is the Father? He is the first of the human family; and when he took a tabernacle, it was begotten by his Father in heaven, after the same manner as the tabernacles of Cain, Abel, and the rest of the sons and daughters of Adam and Eve; from the fruits of the earth, the first earthly tabernacles were originated by the Father, and so on in succession. I could tell you much more about this; but were I to tell you the whole truth, blasphemy would be nothing to it, in the estimation of the superstitious and over-righteous of mankind. However, I have told you the truth as far as I have gone. I have heard men preach upon the divinity of Christ, and exhaust all the wisdom they possessed. All Scripturalists, and approved theologians who were considered exemplary for piety and education, have undertaken to expound on this subject, in every age of the Christian era; and after they have done all, they are obliged to conclude by exclaiming" great is the mystery of godliness," and tell nothing. It is true that the earth was organized by three distinct characters, namely, Eloheim, Yahovah, and Michael, these three forming a quorum, as in all heavenly bodies, and in organizing element, perfectly represented in the Deity, as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
In the later years of its existence, the Mormon church had to cover up this doctrine because of its absurdity. After all, according to Mormon theology, every spirit child must go through the existence of life in the flesh, before he can rule over a planet. And when he rules over a planet, it's not the one that they go through their test in, because their "Father" is the one who rules that one.
Taken to its logical conclusion, if a person embraced the Adam-God doctrine, one would have to believe that GOD became flesh, made himself a woman from his side, told Himself that he couldn't eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, and then was duped by the serpent's lies to his wife to believe that he was wrong about the tree, and that if he ate the fruit, he could become a god….But why go through all that? If he was God, why strive to be God?
Most Mormon missionaries will deny the Adam-God doctrine. But if a person diligently presses the point, the Mormon will eventually have to concede that it is a Mormon doctrine. The Mormon's standard bible dictionary says this about Adam:
The name Adam is given to the first man of the human family on this earth as cited in the account of the creation in the books of Genesis, Moses, and Abraham, and in many instances in the New Testament, Book of Mormon, and Doctrine and Covenants. From these scriptures we learn that Adam is the father and patriarch of the human race on the earth. The aggregate of the scriptures certifies that his transgression in the garden of Eden, although designated as a "fall," was necessary to the advancement and spiritual progress of humanity on this earth, and Adam rightly should be honored, not denigrated. Adam is the Ancient of Days and is also known as Michael. He is the archangel and will come again to the earth in power and glory as the patriarch of the human family, preparatory to the second coming of Jesus Christ (Dan. 7: 9-14; D&C 116; HC 3: 385-387; HC 4: 207-8). From latter-day revelation we learn that Adam had a pure and perfect language that was both written and spoken (Moses 6: 5-6); that he was taught the gospel of Jesus Christ (Moses 6: 51-63); that he was baptized in water and received the Holy Ghost (Moses 6: 64-68); and that he was visited personally by the Lord (D&C 107: 55-56). Other references to Adam include Luke 3: 38; Rom. 5: 12-21; 1 Cor. 11: 9; 1 Cor. 15: 20-22, 45-49; 1 Tim. 2: 13; 2 Ne. 2: 20-26; Mosiah 3: 11, 16; D&C 29: 34-44; D&C 107: 41-57; Moses 2 - 6.
This standard work says that Adam was the Ancient of Days. Looking in the Word of God, we can see that the Ancient of Days is a Title attributed to God Almighty.
Dan 7:9 I beheld till
the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment
was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne
was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.
10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.
11 I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spoke: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame.
12 As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.
13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.
15 I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me.
16 I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things.
Dan 7:21 I beheld, and
the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;
22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.
Taken to its logical conclusion, the entry in the standard Mormon Bible dictionary itself points to the doctrine that Adam is the God of this world, because of his title as the Ancient of Days. If the Ancient of Days is Adam, as Mormons teach, then all one could conclude is that Adam must be God.
In Daniel 7:9, he has a throne.
In verse 10, we see that multitudes minister unto him. He sits in his throne to judge.
Jesus is brought before him, and he gives Jesus dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all people, nations and languages should serve him.
Because Mormonism teaches that we were made first spiritual, and afterwards temporal, and that we were begotten by our parent gods to inhabit our fleshly bodies, Brigham Young and Joseph Smith felt like they had to point to who our heavenly parent is, so they built a doctrine around the Adam God heresy.
Contrary to what Mormon doctrine teaches, the Bible teaches us that the natural body is first, and after that, the spiritual:
1Co 15:46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
The Bible also teaches that there is only ONE God, not many, as Mormons teach, and that there was no God before Him, and that there will be none after Him.
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.
11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no savior.
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.
7 And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? and the things that are coming, and shall come, let them show unto them.
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:
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.
There is a possibility that the Mormon who is confronted with these scriptures will try to interpret the word "BESIDE" as describing God's positional being, instead of His relational existence, so they may attempt to shrug these scriptures off by saying that the God of this particular world has no other gods that sit, stand, or work beside him.
But in truth, the Hebrew word translated as "Beside" in these passages of Isaiah means "except."
H1107 BDB Definition: 1) apart from, except, without, besides
At any rate, there is no logical way a person can get around Isaiah 43:10, which declares plainly that there were no gods before Him and after Him there shall be no gods.
ASK: DO YOU BELIEVE YOU WILL BE A GOD?
ASK: WHAT DOES ISAIAH 43:10 MEAN TO YOU?
ASK: DO YOU BELIEVE WE WERE SPIRIT CHILDREN BEFORE WE WERE HUMANS?
ASK: WHAT DOES 1 COR 15:46 MEAN TO YOU?
Of course, as it is with all cults, there is always a safeguard for them to fall back on if they find a verse that unequivocally refutes their doctrine, and there is no exception in this case.
Article VIII of the Mormon's Articles of Faith says: "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the Word of God."
All a Mormon has to do with any passage of scripture that seems to contradict their false doctrine is to lean on Article VIII and declare that this is a case where the bible wasn't translated correctly. The Mormon doctrine that teaches that all who are faithful Mormons will eventually become gods like the God we serve, each ruling their own planet, is called polytheism, or the belief in many gods.
Mormons commonly refer to Jesus as their elder brother. According to Mormon teaching, Jesus was begotten as the first spirit-child of the Father (Elohim) and one of his wives ("Heavenly Mother"). Jesus was the first and highest of all the spirit children. According to Mormon logic, Because we are also spirit children of the same heavenly parents, Jesus is our elder brother. Lucifer, too, is the spirit brother of Jesus.
What this means is that Jesus is not really unique. The only real difference is that He was the firstborn of Elohim's children, and we were "born" spiritually later.
Mormon theologian Bruce McConkie said "Christ was begotten by an immortal Father in the same way that mortal men are begotten by mortal fathers." Mormon Doctrine pp 546-47.
This denies a virgin birth and the doctrine that Mary conceived by the Holy Ghost.
Isa 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Heb 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
HEB 1:2 Shows that Jesus was with God before the creation of the worlds.
Col 1:13-17 shows us that it was Jesus Who created all things.
Col 1:13 Who hath delivered
us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of
his dear Son:
14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
John 1:1-14 shows us that the Word that was God (Jn 1:1) became flesh and dwelt among us. John 1:12 teaches us that we are not children of God until we receive Him.
Joh 1:12 But as many as
received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them
that believe on his name:
13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
When we receive Him, we are adopted by God as His children.
Gal 4:5 To redeem them
that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Lucifer and the angels are created beings. Jesus is much higher than the angels, because he is not an angel, but God's Only Begotten Son.
Hebrews chapter one is a very good tool to refute all kinds of cultic doctrines that deny the Lordship and deity of Jesus Christ.
Heb 1:1 God who at sundry
times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
6 And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.
7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.
8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of thy kingdom.
9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:
11 They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;
12 And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.
13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?
14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
Heb 1:4 is not speaking of God's creative work in Jesus when it says "Being made so much better than the angels"… This is speaking of the natural status of Who He is positionally as the Son of God. See how the same Greek word is used elsewhere:
Mat 8:16 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:
Luk 13:4 Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?
Jesus created Lucifer the fallen angel. He wasn't his elder brother.
Isa 14:12 How art thou
fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to
the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
Ask: What does Heb 1:4-6 mean to you?
The biggest challenge that the Christian worker faces when dealing with people who are ensnared in false doctrine is to ask thought provoking questions that may eventually open their eyes to the Truth.
Ask: Do you believe that Jesus and Lucifer are brothers?
Ask: If Jesus is your elder brother, and Lucifer, or Satan is Jesus' brother, then does that mean that Satan is your brother as well?
That question should stir up some thoughts in the Mormon's mind. Even if they won't want to go that far, they will have to acknowledge that he is their brother.
Ask: What did Jesus mean when He told the Pharisees that they were of their father, the devil? Why didn't He say "of your brother the devil"?
Joh 8:41 Ye do the deeds
of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have
one Father, even God.
42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.
43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Ask: Why is there no place in the Bible where it says that Satan or the devil, or Lucifer is the brother of Jesus? Why is he spoken of as the father of those who are not follwers of the One True God?
Mat 13:38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
1Jo 3:8 He that committeth
sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose
the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil...
1Jo 3:10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
Act 13:10 And said, O full of all subtlety and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?
Eph 2:2 Wherein in time
past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince
of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
Eph 5:5 For this ye know,
that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater,
hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
Article VIII: "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the Word of God."
ANOTHER GOSPEL, PREACHED BY ANGELS
In September of 1823, Joseph Smith received another revelation, this time from the angel Moroni, concerning the existence of some golden plates that were purported to tell about a people (allegedly the other sheep that Jesus spoke of in John 10:16) who were a tribe of Jewish people known as "Nephites" who migrated to America thousands of years ago.
The angel Moroni had been one of those Nephites before he had become an angel. In 1827 Joseph Smith claimed to have been led to a hill called Cumorah near Palmyra, New York where some golden plates were buried. These plates are said to be the plates from which the Book of Mormon is written. The writing on the gold plates were said to be "Reformed Egyptian" hieroglyphics, which Joseph Smith was enabled to translate through the use of the "Urim and Thummim", a pair of supernatural spectacles that the angel Moroni provided for him.
Only five people professed to see the actual plates before they were taken away again by the angel once they were translated. In translating the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith would put a "seer stone" into a hat, and bury his face therein, and dictate the translation of the plates to select scribes for them to record.
Over the following years, Joseph Smith claimed to receive revelations concerning the church he was to establish; not only from the Father and the Son, but also from James, John the Baptist, Peter, and many other people who had died. The Bible warns against consulting those who have died…it is called necromancy, and Joseph Smith was guilty of practicing necromancy.
Deu 18:10 There shall
not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass
through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an
enchanter, or a witch,
11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.
NECROMANCY, n. [Gr. Dead, and divination.]mn 1. The art of revealing future events by means of a pretended communication with the dead. This imposture is prohibited. Deu 18.
Concerning the book of Mormon that Joseph Smith said came from the angel Moroni, the Bible says:
Gal 1:6 I marvel that
ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto
7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
8 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.
9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
SAY: It is interesting that in television commercials, the Book of Mormon has been advertised as "the other gospel of Jesus Christ".
ASK: IN THE LIGHT OF ALL WE HAVE DISCUSSED, WHAT DOES GALATIANS 1:7 MEAN TO YOU? IF YOU ARE PREACHING ANOTHER GOSPEL, THE BIBLE SAYS YOU ARE ACCURSED.
ARTICLE III We believe that through the Atonement of Christ all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
THE MORMON DOCTRINE OF ATONEMENT IS A WORKS-ORIENTED DOCTRINE, teaching that it is by works that we are saved.
THE DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS SECTION 4 Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to his father, Joseph Smith, Sen., at Harmony, Pennsylvania, February 1829. HC 1: 28. 1-4, Valiant service saves the Lord's ministers;
1 NOW behold, a marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men. 2 Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day. 3 Therefore, if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work; 4 For behold the field is white already to harvest; and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul; .
SECTION 11 Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to his brother Hyrum Smith, at Harmony, Pennsylvania, May 1829. HC 1: 39-46. This revelation was received through the Urim and Thummim in answer to Joseph's supplication and inquiry. "History of the Church" suggests that this revelation was received after the restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood. 1-6, Laborers in the vineyard will gain salvation;
1 A GREAT and marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men. 2 Behold, I am God; give heed to my word, which is quick and powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword, to the dividing asunder of both joints and marrow; therefore give heed unto my word. 3 Behold, the field is white already to harvest; therefore, whoso desireth to reap let him thrust in his sickle with his might, and reap while the day lasts, that he may treasure up for his soul everlasting salvation in the kingdom of God. 4 Yea, whosoever will thrust in his sickle and reap, the same is called of God.
There are several other sections of the Doctrine and Covenants that allude to one working for his salvation. This is quite different from the Truth that is found in the Bible, which teaches us that our works cannot possibly atone for our sins:
Eph 2:8 For by grace are
ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Rom 5:6 For when we were
yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
ASK: ACCORDING TO YOUR DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS, SALVATION COMES AS A RESULT OF THE WORK YOU DO FOR GOD. ACCORDING TO EPHESIANS 2:8&9, HOW ARE WE SAVED?
ASK: ACCORDING TO ROMANS 5:9, HOW ARE WE JUSTIFIED IN THE SIGHT OF GOD? WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE ARE JUSTIFIED?
ARE WE LIVING IN THE LAST DAYS?
WHY DOES CHRISTIANITY PROFESS TO BE THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN?
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