Exposing The Mormons (Part 4)
By: Brian A. Yeager
If you’ve read the first three articles in this series exposing Moronism, you know these folks are nuts. You know they have created a new message and have forged God’s name to their vain errors. While we are certainly expected to hate every false way (Psalms 119:104; 128), the Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints makes that easy. Just wait until you see the errors we will conclude this series of articles with. We’ll begin by talking about their mindset concerning continued revelations.
Mormonism’s Continued Revelation Doctrine
Here is what the Mormons say: “A very encouraging portion of the ninth article of faith we have been considering is its conclusion, ‘We believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.’ Elder Boyd K. Packer, now Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, stated: ‘Revelation is a continuous principle in the Church. In one sense the Church is still being organized. As light and knowledge are given, as prophecies are fulfilled and more intelligence is received, another step forward can be taken’ (The Holy Temple , 137). This Church constantly needs the guidance of its head, the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This was well taught by President George Q. Cannon, formerly a member of the First Presidency: ‘We have the Bible, the Book of Mormon and the Book of Doctrine and Covenants; but all these books, without the living oracles and a constant stream of revelation from the Lord, would not lead any people into the Celestial Kingdom of God. This may seem a strange declaration to make, but strange as it may sound, it is nevertheless true” (Link Here For Reference).
I think it is a bit funny that they admit their ideas may sound strange. I wonder why they don’t stop making these strange statements. Look, we have the complete word of God. If we did not, we could not fully do His will (II Timothy 3:15-17). The Apostles have been long gone. Miracles have long ago ceased since there are no Apostles to give the gift of the Spirit (Acts 8:14-24, Acts 19:1-7, and I Corinthians 12:3-11). We have that which is perfect (I Corinthians 13:8-10), which is the word of God (James 1:21-25). The Mormons, like many false religions, like to claim new revelations so that they can constantly CHANGE what they have previously said. This was true on issues like polygamy, wherein they once said polygamy was authorized and in the light of public scrutiny changed their view. They admit this fact (Link Here For Reference). The truth has been once delivered (Jude 3; cf. Galatians 1:6-12), not over and over again reveled. The doctrine of Christ doesn’t change (Matthew 24:35, James 1:17-18, II John 9, and Revelation 22:18-19). One thing I have on file, which has now been changed on their website, is the view of Adam the Mormons take. They still have plenty though to expose on this subject, but their views are ever changing.
Adam – As Defined By The Mormons
Mormonism says: “On a warm summer day I visited the land of Adam-ondi-Ahman in the state of Missouri. I had looked forward to this visit with keen anticipation, for I had never been there before. The place was beautiful: The fields were green, the hills were rolling, the entire landscape was something to remember. But more impressive than the landscape was the significance of the place, for here Adam lived—and Eve—and their family. The stupendous importance of it all weighed heavily upon me. Here is where the human race began. This we are told by revelation. (See Moses 1:34; D&C 107:53; D&C 84:16.) Adam and Eve knew God personally. They saw him and talked with him. They were taught the gospel of Jesus Christ even in that early time—which was long before the Lord’s earthly ministry, for Jesus had been appointed to be the Savior during our premortal existence. The plan of salvation, therefore, was instituted among these first human beings, Adam and Eve and their children. Angels taught them. The family believed. They were baptized and began to serve God. (See Moses 5.)” (Click Here For Reference).
WOW, right? First off, Adam and Eve did not live on this continent (Genesis 2:8-15). Secondly, the Gospel was not first preached to Adam and Eve (Romans 16:25 and Ephesians 3:1-11). We read clearly that the Gospel of Christ had been hidden from man until after Christ died on the cross (Colossians 1:25-28). The preaching of the Gospel of Christ began in Jerusalem (Luke 24:46-48). The “plan of salvation” was not instituted until after Christ died (Acts 2:37-41). The hope of redemption required first the death of Christ (I Peter 1:3). The prophets and angels desired to know, but did not have knowledge of, the plan of redemption until it was revealed after the death of Christ (I Peter 1:9-12). There is more to say, but there are some other things I desire to expose in this article. Can you imagine what the Mormons say about the Lord’s Supper after some of what you’ve already seen?
Mormonism Perverts The Lord’s Supper
What Scripture says we’re to drink water for the Lord’s Supper? Did you know that the Lord’s Supper is for sinners? These are among the errors of the Mormon Church on this subject. Notice: “On the night before His Crucifixion, Jesus Christ met with His Apostles and instituted the sacrament (see Luke 22:19–20). After His Resurrection, He instituted the sacrament among the Nephites (see 3 Nephi 18:1–11). Today the sacrament is an ordinance in which Church members partake of bread and water in remembrance of Jesus Christ's atoning sacrifice. This ordinance is an essential part of worship and spiritual development. Through this ordinance, Church members renew the covenants they made with God when they were baptized… They do not need to be perfect in order to partake of the sacrament, but they should have a spirit of humility and repentance in their hearts. Every week they strive to prepare for that sacred ordinance with a broken heart and a contrite spirit (see 3 Nephi 9:20)” (Click Here For Reference).
The Mormon’s sited Luke 22:19-20 above. If you check that context, you’ll find they did not use water at the time the Lord’s Supper was instituted. Here is what they drank: “And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come” (Luke 22:17-18). When partaking of the Lord’s Supper, we should have already examined ourselves and have corrected any errors in our lives. We are not supposed to partake of the Lord’s Supper if we are unworthy (I Corinthians 11:23-32). We should not only be perfect to partake of the Lord’s Supper, but in all manner of our lives (Matthew 5:48, II Corinthians 7:1, II Corinthians 13:11, I Timothy 6:13-14, Hebrews 6:1-3, James 1:3-4, James 1:26-27, I Peter 1:13-16, and II Peter 3:10-14). Yet, if you’re part of an erring cult like the Mormon Church I suppose you would embrace imperfection and run from the truth.
What about this idea of renewing covenants during the Lord’s Supper that you made during baptism? If you are renewing a covenant with God, what does that mean you’ve been doing? That would mean that you’ve spent the week breaking that covenant, right? As noted above, the Lord’s Supper is not a time to get it right. We need to have our lives right before we partake. Moreover, the breaking of a covenant with God means His wrath will come upon you (Romans 1:18-32). Nowhere in the word of God do we read about the idea of renewing covenants during the partaking of the Lord’s Supper. Are you surprised that they’ve added this doctrine? The Mormons are good at adding to God’s word.
More Weird Stuff
Before concluding, consider this as a potpourri of sorts. Did you know that America is God’s chosen land? Notice: “Behold, says the revelation, ‘this [America] is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ’ (Ether 2:12)” (Click Here For The Reference). The only “chosen land” in the Bible was Jerusalem (Zechariah 2:12). The time in which God had a physical holy land has passed. God’s “chosen land” is now spiritual, made up of His people (John 18:36, Hebrews 12:22-23, and I Peter 2:9).
Mormonism also condemns great men like the Apostle Paul. How? Well, Paul was once a murderer (Acts 8:1-3, Acts 9:1, I Corinthians 15:9, etc.). The Mormons teach this: “And now, behold, I speak unto the church. Thou shalt not kill; and he that kills shall not have forgiveness in this world, nor in the world to come” (Doctrines and Covenants 42:18; Click Here For Reference). Ignorance abounds in this, doesn’t it? The Jews that killed Christ, like Paul, were able to repent and be converted (Acts 3:12-19).
The Scriptures teach us how to be a family. Picking one day to be a family is certainly understating the way a godly family should be (Proverbs 22:6, Ephesians 5:22-6:4, and Titus 2:1-8). Mormonism has surprisingly understated time for families: “Church leaders have instructed members to set aside Monday night as ‘family home evening.’ This is a time for families to study the gospel together and to do other activities that strengthen the family spiritually, create family memories, and increase unity and love” (Click Here For Reference).
The core of Mormonism exists on the false premise that salvation was not possible on earth until Joseph Smith restored the truth (Click Here For Reference). Listen, the kingdom and the truth never ceased nor will cease in the future since the days of the Apostles (Hebrews 12:28 and I Peter 1:23-25). Mormonism is not the restoration of the truth! Mormonism is a whole other doctrine as they openly admit!
Let’s continue to expose this and all other false religions on this earth. Mormons are truly nuts, but they are no worse or better than other denominations that exist without God’s authority. Our next series of articles will expose the errors of the Baptist Church.
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