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Is Mormonism Christian or Cult?

THE PURPOSE OF THIS INFORMATION

Mormonism claims to be one of the fastest growing religions of the world! They are staking their eternal destination on the doctrine outlined below. The following is information that is not made available to the general public. You deserve to know the facts about the doctrine of the Mormon Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It's complied by ex-Mormons! Those who care for Mormon's and that's their motive for writing. Quotations are from Mormon leaders as published by the church and sold in their book stores. You are invited to check out each quotation in its full context. You deserve to know the truth...


IN MORMONISM THERE ARE MANY GODS

In the beginning, the head of the Gods called a council of the Gods, and they came together and concocted a plan to create the world and people it - in all congregations when I have preached on the subject of the Deity, it has been the plurality of Gods." Joseph Smith, (Founder and First Prophet), History of the Church, Vol6, pp. 308 & 474.
THE BIBLE: There was and is and always will be only ONE GOD! (Isa.43:10-11,44:6-8, 45:5-6, 18-22,Deut.6:4, 32:39, Jas.2:19)


MORMONISM'S GOD WAS ONCE A MAN

"God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man- I say, if you were to see him today, you would see him like a man in form - like yourselves in all the person, image, and very form as a man - He was once a man like us; yea, that God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth." Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Vol. 6, p. 305.
THE BIBLE: God was never a man. He created man! God has been God from all eternity to all eternity. (Psa.41:13, 90:2, 102:25-27, Rom.1:22-23)


MORMONISM'S GOD IS LIMITED

"The universe is filled with vast numbers of intelligences, and we further learn that Elohim is God simply because all of these intelligences honor and sustain him as such - if He should ever do anything to violate the confidence or 'sense of justice' of these intelligences, they would promptly withdraw their support, and the 'power' of God would disintegrate - He would cease to be God." W. Cleon Skousen (BYU Professor & Founder of Mormon-based Freemen Institute), The First 2000 Years, p. 355. "The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man's." Doctrine and Covenants, 130:22. "If God possesses a form, that form is of necessity of definite proportions, and therefore of limited extension and space. It is impossible for Him to occupy at one time more than one space of such limits." James E. Talmage, Articles of Faith, p.43.
THE BIBLE: God is infinite! Any other "god" is a false "god". (2 Chr.6:18, Psalm 139:4-8; Jer.23:24)


MORMONISM SAYS MAN MAY BECOME GOD

"Here then is eternal life - to know the only wise and true God, and you have got to learn how to be gods yourselves, and to be kings and priests to God, the same as all gods have done before you - To inherit the same power, the same glory and the same exaltation, until you arrive at the station of God." Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Vol 6, p. 306.
THE BIBLE: The sin of Satan from the beginning was that man may become a god! (Gen.3:1-5; Isa.14:12-15; Ez.28:1-10)


MRS. GOD?

"In the heaven where our spirits were born, there are many Gods, each of whom has his own wife or wives, which were given to him previous to his redemption while yet in his mortal state." Orson Pratt (Apostle), The Seer, p. 37. "This doctrine that there is a Mother in Heaven was affirmed in all plainness by the First Presidency of the Church." Bruce R. McConkie (Apostle), Mormon Doctrine, p. 516.
THE BIBLE: Absolutely no mention of any "wives" of God! (Mt.22:29,30)


MORMONISM DENIES VIRGIN BIRTH

"Christ was begotten by an immortal Father in the same way that mortal men are begotten by mortal fathers - Christ was born into the world as the literal Son of this Holy Being; he was born in the same personal, real and literal sense that any mortal son is born to a mortal father." Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p. 742.
THE BIBLE: Jesus was begotten by the Holy Ghost. Mary was indeed a virgin. (Mt.1:18-23; Lk.1:35)


MORMONISM'S JESUS AND SATAN ARE BROTHERS

"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 - this spirit-brother of Jesus desperately tried to become the Savior of mankind." Milton R. Hunter (First Council of Seventy), The Gospel Through the Ages, p.15.
THE BIBLE: The real JESUS is the only begotten Son and is God the Son (Jn.1:1-14). Satan was created angel - not a son of God (Isa.14:12). Jesus created all things and in Him the fullness of God dwells! (Col.1:15.20; Phil.2:5-11; Heb.1:1-13)


MORMONISM'S JESUS WAS MARRIED

"Jesus was the bridegroom at the marriage of Cana of Galilee. We say it was Jesus Christ who was married, to be brought into relation whereby he could see his seed." Orson Hyde (Apostle), Journal of Discourses, Vol. 2, p. 82.
THE BIBLE: NO! Check out Jn.2:1-12. This doctrine generally is not taught today. However, since marriage in a Mormon temple is mandatory to progress to become a god in Mormonism, to fit the theology of Mormonism the Mormon "Jesus" had to be married. Otherwise He would only be a ministering servant to those in Mormonism's heaven who have "celestial marriage."


THE AUTHORITY OF THE BIBLE DENIED

"Ignorant translators, careless transcribers, or designing and corrupt priests have committed many errors - many plain and precious things were deleted, in consequence of which error and falsehood poured into the various churches. One of the great heresies of modern Christendom is the unfounded assumption that the Bible contains all of the inspired teachings now extant among men." Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, pp. 82,83.
THE BIBLE: The Bible says of itself that God's Word therein will stand forever (Isa.40:8; I Pe.1:25). Ask the Mormon to show you exactly where the errors exist. Since most of the doctrines added by Mormonism are not in the Book of Mormon either (which is claimed to contain the "fullness of the everlasting gospel"), the "plain and precious things" did not make it in there either!


MORMONISM SAYS ALL OTHER CHURCHES FALSE

"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, and those professors were all corrupt." Pearl of Great Price, Joseph Smith 2:19. "This Church is the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth." Doctrine and Covenants 1:30. "There is no salvation outside the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p. 670. "All other churches are entirely destitute of all authority from God; and any person who receives Baptism or the Lord's Supper from their hands will highly offend God, for He looks upon them as the most corrupt of all people. Both Catholics and Protestants are nothing less than the whore of Babylon." Orson Pratt, The Seer, p. 255.
THE BIBLE: The Church is the spiritual body of Christian believers with Jesus at its head. That is the true church - not an organization! (Eph.1:22-23, 4:11-16; I Cor.1:2, 12:12, Mt.16:18).


MORMON LEADERS' VIEW OF THEMSELVES

"When our leaders speak, the thinking has been done. When they point the way there is no other which is safe. When they give direction, it should mark the end of controversy." Improvement Era (Official church magazine), June 1945, p. 345. "The living Prophet is more vital to us than the Standard Works (Bible, Book of Mormon, etc.). The living Prophet is more important to us than a dead prophet (David, Moses, Isaiah, etc.). Those who would remove prophets from politics would take God out of Government." Ezra Taft Benson (Next in line to be Prophet), address at Brigham Young University, Feb. 26, 1980.
THE BIBLE: In these last days God speaks through His Son (Heb.1:1-2). The authority claimed by the Mormon Church is through an "Aaronic Priesthood," which cannot be valid since Jesus abolished it, as He took its place (Heb.7:11-19, 8:6.13) and a "Melchizedek Priesthood" which never existed as any "priesthood." Jesus is our High Priest in the likeness of Melchizedek - He holds this permanently and no one else! (Heb.7:15-28)


 WHAT JOSEPH SMITH SAID OF HIMSELF

"I have more to boast of than ever any man had. I am the only man that has ever been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam. A large majority of the whole have stood by me. Neither Paul, John, Peter, nor Jesus ever did it, I boast that no man ever did such work as I. The followers of Jesus ran away from Him; but the Latter-day Saints never ran away from me yet." Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Vol.6. p.408, 409.
THE BIBLE: No prophet of God ever spoke like that. Yet the Mormon people are trusting their eternal salvation in a system set up by him. See Daniel 4:28-33, King Nebuchadnezzar had such pride and was driven out to live with the animals by God. Just one month after delivering the above quoted speech, Joseph Smith was killed by a mob (but only after he had shot and killed two of the mob himself, History of the Church, Vol. 7, pp 102,103).


SOUND DIFFERENT?

The above information, as unbelievable as it may seem to some, is Mormon doctrine. The quotations have NOT been taken out of context. Mormon leaders have said such things and mean what they have said. Former Mormons who once sincerely believed - and staked their lives on them assure you that the quotes are accurate. You deserve to have the facts. Millions of dollars can create any image through "Readers Digest" and television specials, but the doctrines of Mormonism are NOT Christian. They are: A different "Jesus" - A different "God" - A different "Gospel"!

Read what Paul said about different "gospels," and those who brought them, in Gal.1:6-9 and 2 Cor.11:3-15. Read what God has to say about false prophets in Deut.13:1-11, 18:20-22; Jer.23:16-22 and what Jesus said in Mt.7:15-20; 24:3-26.


IF YOU ARE A MORMON:

Some of the above quotations may not sound like the Mormon Church you know and love. The Church is filled with beautiful and sincere people. We know, because we were there. We love you and care for your eternal destiny - but must stand against the system that teaches such doctrine. If you add up the years we have spent in the Church, there would be thousands. We cry out to you: The "God" and "Jesus" of Mormonism will not save you. We did not leave the Church to simply join another organization. We left after realizing that JESUS is THE WAY and THE TRUTH and THE LIFE. The real Jesus who died for you personally said in Revelation 3:20 that if you open the door of your heart, He will come in. There is something better than Mormonism - There is a personal day by day relationship with the only Jesus that has the power to give you eternal life! "Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)


 MISSIONARIES AT YOUR DOOR:

In 1977 the California Arcadia Mission sent out a directive to the Mormon missionaries entitled - "THE BAPTIZE NOW PLAN - Teach to commit - Don't make the people think too much - Baptism must be our prime goal!!!!!!

We know the missionary strategy well. Many of us were formerly missionaries for the Mormon Church. When they come to your door, asking to help you start a "Family Home Evening" or to tell you about their Church, ash them to give you the real "meat of the gospel!" as above; not just the "milk" that sounds appealing but is designed to make you doubt your current faith and lead you into their system.

They will constantly repeat a "testimony of the truthfulness of the Church" and ask you to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it to receive your own "testimony" - What they want is a feeling, or a "Burning in the bosom." If you ignore the facts, Satan can cause you to experience feelings and sensations. Why not do as recorded in Acts 17:11 and check the "meat" of Mormonism out with God's Word, the Bible! Why pray about the Book of Mormon?

Ask them why it doesn't even contain most foundational teachings of Mormonism! Nowhere does it teach on the plurality of gods, that God was once a man, that man can become a god, that Jesus and Satan are brothers, that you must have celestial marriage and temple endowments, that there are three heavenly kingdoms, a heavenly mother, eternal progression, pre-existent spirits, baptism for the dead, etc. Check an original Book of Mormon and Book of Commandments against today's versions and you will find thousands of material changes.


HOW YOU CAN HELP IF YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN

Care and pray for the Mormons. Tell them what it means to have the power and joy of the true Holy Spirit guiding your life daily. Tell them of the assurance of knowing that, if you were to die today, you will have eternal life in the very presence of God. Tell them of the freedom of knowing Jesus Christ -not "knowing of Him," but knowing Him!

Mormonism is spreading throughout the world. The Christian Church must realise this and boldly stand and share the real Jesus revealed in the Bible. Right now there are approximately 330 Mormon missionaries here in New Zealand, 150 in Hawaii, 200 in the Samoan islands, 250 in Tonga, and the list goes on. They are building temples in Sydney, Tahiti, Western Samoa, and Tonga. Pray that a Christian cross will be on the Steeple of every Mormon church and they will be filled with Christians praising Him!! Pray in the power of the Holy Spirit that Mormons may be released from the bondage of the spirit of Mormonism. That's all we can ask of you - to pray and share.


HOW YOU CAN BE A CHRISTIAN:

Any person, right where they are, can have a personal relationship with the living God through Jesus Christ, and the assurance of eternal life, through prayer to the real God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (the God of the Bible).
 1) Admit that (on your own) you are separated from God by sin, unable to save yourself (Rom.3:23; Isa.64:6).
 2) Be willing to turn from sin, to let Him change your life (Acts 26:20).
 3) Believe that the real Jesus Christ died to pay the penalty of your personal sins and will take them away (Rom.5:8,9). Accept this in faith as a gift from God (Eph.2:8,9).
 4) Invite Jesus Christ into your life to be your personal Lord and Savior (Rev.3:20, Jn.1:12; 1 Jn.5:11.13).
 5) Read God's Word (the Bible) daily and allow Him to take over the management of your life. Let His Holy Spirit fill you and lead you daily. Seek out a Christian church of believers who stand on God's Word and it alone.

If you need to talk with someone for prayer and counseling on becoming a Christian and walking daily to victory with the Lord, email me mpp@xtra.co.nz


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