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Rocky Hulse Editor                                                    Issue No. 54  July 2013

Comparing the Claims of Mormonism “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” I Thess 5:21


TEN REASONS WHY I CANNOT BE A MORMON

     I was looking at some old tracts about Mormonism and I came across one titled “Ten Reasons Why I Cannot Be A Mormon (Latter-Day Saint),” written by Rev. John Hornok, published by Utah Bible Mission, Inc. It is well written and I would like to borrow the 10 reasons and then add more information on those points:

1. MORMONISM DOES NOT TEACH THAT THE BIBLE IS THE INFALLIBLE WORD OF GOD.
     “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” (Articles of Faith, No.8).    
     As Christians we believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God breathed (Matt. 5:18; 2 Tim 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21).

2. MORMONISM TEACHES THAT GOD IS AN EXALTED MAN AND HAS A PHYSICAL BODY.
     “God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg. 345). “The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s…” (Doc. & Cov., 130:22).
     The Bible  says, “God is not a man…” (Num. 23:19). “God is a Spirit; and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in Truth” (John 4:24). “A spirit hath not flesh and bones…” (Luke 24:39).

3. MORMONISM TEACHES THAT CHRIST AND THE DEVIL ARE BROTHERS.
     “…that Lucifer, the son of the morning, is our elder brother and the brother of Jesus Christ” (Mormon Doctrine, pp. 163-164).
     “The appointment of Jesus to be the Savior of the world was contested by one of the other sons of God. He was called Lucifer, son of the morning. Haughty, ambitious, and covetous of power and glory, this spirit-brother of Jesus desperately tried to become the Savior of mankind” (The Gospel through the Ages, pg. 15).    
     The Bible says the devil is a created being, created by God. “Thou was perfect in thy ways from the day that thou was created, till iniquity was found in thee” (Ezek. 28:15). “For by Him (Christ) were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in the earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers; all things were created by Him and for Him…” (Col. 1:15-17).
4. MORMONISM TEACHES THAT JESUS CHRIST MARRIED AND THAT HE IS POLYGAMOUS.
     “…Jesus was the bridegroom at the marriage of Cana of Galilee…” (Apostle Orson Hyde, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 2, pg 82). “…the Son followed the example of his Father, and became the great Bridegroom to whom kings daughters and many honorable Wives were to be married.  We have also proved that both God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ inherit their wives in eternity as well as in time;…” (Apostle Orson Pratt, The Seer, pg.  172).
     The Bible says, “In the beginning was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God: …The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us…” (John 1:1, 14). There is no Biblical text that even intimates that Jesus or the Father are/were married.

5. MORMONISM TEACHES THAT THE TRUE CHURCH CEASED TO EXIST UNTIL IT WAS RESTORED TO JOSEPH SMITH.
    The church (LDS) was restored April 6, 1830 by Joseph Smith (Doc. & Cov., 20:1).
     Jesus Christ said, “I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:18). “For other foundation can no man lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 3:11). “…And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone” (Eph. 2:20).

6. MORMONISM TEACHES ANOTHER (PERVERTED) GOSPEL THAN THAT OF BIBLE.
     “The gospel of Jesus Christ is the plan of salvation. It embraces all of the laws, principles, doctrines, rites, ordinances, acts, powers, authorities, and keys necessary to save and exalt men in the highest heaven hereafter….In the broadest sense, all truth is part of the gospel; for all truth is known to, is ordained by, and comes from Deity; and all truth is aidful to progression and advancement. But in the high spiritual sense in which the term is used in the revelations, the gospel is concerned with those particular religious truths by conformity to which men can sanctify and cleanse their own souls, thus gaining for themselves salvation in the eternal worlds” (Mormon Doctrine, pp. 331-332).
     The Bible says “Moreover brethren, I declare unto you the gospel…how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” (1 Cor. 15: 1, 3-4). “If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed” (Gal. 1: 9).

7. MORMONISM TEACHES SALVATION FOR THE DEAD BY PROXY WATER BAPTISM.
     “Based on the eternal principle of vicarious service, the Lord has ordained baptism for the dead as the means whereby all his worthy children of all ages can become heirs of salvation in his kingdom” (Mormon Doctrine, pg. 73).
     This doctrine is based on one misunderstood Scripture: “Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead?” (1 Cor. 15:29).
     Paul did not practice baptism for the dead. He excluded himself by using the pronoun “they” rather than “we” or “ye”. He is asking a question rather than making a statement. If we look at the context of this chapter, Paul was chastising those Corinthians who did not believe in the resurrection by pointing to a local non-Christian religion, essentially saying: “Look, even the non-believers believe in resurrection. You have the gospel of Jesus Christ, if there is no resurrection, then why are these non-believers baptizing with a belief in an afterlife?”

8. MORMONISM TEACHES GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH FOR THE DEAD.
     “Let us, therefore, as a church and a people, and as Latter-day Saints, offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness; and let us present in his holy temple, when it is finished, a book containing the records of our dead, which shall be worthy of all acceptation” (Doc. & Cov., 128:24).
     The Bible says, “Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies” (1 Tim 1:4). “But avoid foolish questions and genealogies…” (Titus 3:9).

9.  MORMONISM TEACHES THERE ARE MODERN DAY PROPHETS AND MODERN DAY REVELATIONS FROM GOD.
     “Although the Church has many men who serve as ‘General Authorities,’ only the First Presidency and the members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles are sustained as prophets, seers, and revelators” (Teachings of the Living Prophets, Student Manual Religion 333, Published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Salt Lake City, Utah, 1982) pg. 6).
     “It should be in the mind that some of the General Authorities have had assigned to them a special calling; they possess a special gift; they are sustained as prophets, seers, and revelators, which gives them a special spiritual endowment in connection with their teaching the people. They have the right, the power, and authority to declare the mind and will of God to his people” (Teachings of the Living Prophets, Student Manual Religion 333, Published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Salt Lake City, Utah, 1982) pg. 9).
     “President George Q. Cannon (1827-1901) of the First Presidency taught: ‘This Church from the day of its organization up to the present time has never been one hour, yea, I may say, one moment without revelation, without having a man in our midst who can tell us as a people the mind and will of God, who can point out to us that which we should do, who can teach us the doctrines of Christ, who can point out to us that which is false and incorrect, and who can, upon all matters that come within the range of our experience, and that are necessary for us to attend to give us the necessary counsel and instruction. This has been the case always” (Teachings of the Living Prophets, Student Manual Religion 333, Published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Salt Lake City, Utah, 2010) pg. 8).
      The Bible says, “God…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. 1:1-2). The test of a prophet is given in Deut. 18:20-21. Joseph Smith, founder of Mormonism, failed that test.

10. MORMONISM TEACHES THAT SALVATION DEPENDS UPON GOOD WORKS & ACCEPTANCE OF JOSEPH SMITH.
“No man who rejects the testimony of Joseph Smith can enter the kingdom of God” (Doctrines of Salvation, Vol. 1, pg. 190). “From the day that the Priesthood was taken from the earth to the winding-up scene of all things, every man and woman must have the certification of Joseph Smith, junior, as a passport to their entrance into the mansion where God and Christ are—I with you and you with me” (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses Vol 7, pg. 289, October 9, 1859). “Men have work to do if they would obtain salvation” (Doctrines of Salvation, Vol. 3, pg. 91). “For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do” (2 Nephi 25:23). “Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind, and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you” (Moroni 10:32).

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