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Today, there are over 6 million adherents of Mormonism. Joseph
Smith (1805-44) founded this cult in 1830. The
divided into two major groups: (1) The Church of Jesus Christ of
Saints with headquarters in
In 1820, Smith claimed that he received a vision in
both God the Father and God the Son appeared to him. Again, in 1823 the
he finally uncovered the plates in 1827 in the hill Cumorah
Teachings of Mormonism
Ron Carlson and Ed Decker point out: “The major heresy of Mormonism is summed up in its central theological axiom, the doctrine of the law of eternal progression.” This “law of eternal progression” is a denial of the teachings of the Bible. The Mormons believe that “As man is, God once was, and as God is, man may become.” In other words, God was once a man and man will become God.
The Mormon Jesus
The Mormons do not believe in the Jesus of the Bible. According to Mormon doctrine, Jesus is the elder brother of Satan. Jesus is also our elder brother who points to the way, but is not the Way. The Mormons deny the teachings of the virgin birth as recorded by Luke. In fact, Brigham Young states: “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.” Again, Young writes: “. . . Jesus, our elder brother, was begotten in the flesh by the same character that was in the Garden of Eden, and who is our Father in Heaven.” Another startling revelation from Young is his concept of God: “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 is our FATHER and our GOD, and the only God with whom WE have to do.”
The Mormon God
The Mormons teach that God has a body of flesh and bone as tangible as man’s. This teaching is in contradiction to Holy Scripture. For example, John records the only saying that reveals the nature of God: “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” Again, after the resurrection Jesus appeared to His disciples and said, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? “Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have” (Luke 24:38). Jesus emphatically states that “spirit” does not have “flesh and bones” as advocated by Mormons.
Two months before Joseph Smith was killed in
God was once as we are now, an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens. I say
if you were to see him today you would see him like a man in form like yourselves and all the
person and image of man. I am going to tell you how god came to be God. We have
imagined that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea and take away the veil.
God was once a man like us and dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ did, and you
have got to learn to be as gods yourselves the same as all gods before you. Namely by
going from one small degree to another, from a small capacity to a greater one.
Carlson and Decker also cite The Church News, an official
publication of the
The prophet Joseph Smith also made significant contribution to the world’s limited understanding of the godhead. Perhaps one doctrine that most distinguishes Latter-day Saints from other denominations is the conviction that all worthy men and women can become gods and goddesses.
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