"Church of Jesus Christ of latter Day Saints" (LDS)
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|What the "Church of Jesus Christ of latter Day Saints" (LDS) Claims||What They Don't Readily Admit|
Reasons why the beliefs of the Mormon church CANNOT be true
When compared to the reasons why the Old and New Testaments of the Bible are accepted as true, the Book of Mormon, and all Mormon literature fails the test.
Proofs of Inspiration - How We Know the Bible was Given By God!
|What about the Book of Mormon?|
Because of Its Unity. Over 40 authors wrote the 66 books of the Bible in different lands (Job in Mesopotamia, Moses in Jordan, Paul in Rome and Greece, John in Turkey, Peter in Babylon), and at different times, covering a period of over 2,100 years (from 2000 B.C. to 95 A.D.), and yet never contradicting each other! Try to duplicate that! No matter what you have been told, none of the writings were “sanctioned” by some church council, or commanded to be written by some church leader. They were all written by the direct inspirational hand of God (2 Tim 3:16), and preserved from any human error, in spite of the fact that myriads of religious efforts were made to destroy both the prophets and their message.
|Because of Its Verifiable Source. The Old Testament was written mainly in the HEBREW language, from 2000 years before the Birth of Christ (BC) to about 350 years BC. The New Testament was written in GREEK from 35 AD to 95 AD (A.D. is a Latin abbreviation for, Year of the Lord starting from Christ’s birth). Through 3,000 years now, God has preserved over 5,000 Greek and Hebrew copies and portions of His word! These copies are what our Bible is translated from. From those copies, God combined His words into ONE Book at around 100 AD, and scattered it into all the major languages, with more and more people even today getting copies of the word of God in their language! The Bible is THE most published and read book in the world, of all time!||There is NO Verifiable SOURCE for the Book of Mormon.|
Because of Its Influence on the World. No other book has so influenced the course of human events like the Bible - it has never been imposed upon a people. No matter what culture a person lives in, one thing has always been true - Religion has always been forced upon people on a collective basis, while Biblical Christianity has always been chosen on an individual basis. This one piece of “literature” has brought about the greatest nations, and greatest freedoms no sword or any other means could! Notice the effect the word of God had upon the people of first century A.D. (Acts 17:6), the people of the Reformation, the Renaissance, and compare those people’s lives with the effects of the Dark Ages (when the Bible was banned from being read or believed), and the effects of Humanism, Stalinism, Marxism, and all other forms of tyrannical dictatorship (all banned the Bible)! Since the Bible’s truths are individual in nature, no dictator, pope or prince can allow it to turn their subjects away from complete devotion to THEM, so they ban it! Don’t let someone take away your access to God’s written word!
Because of Its Supernatural Preservation. As it has already been said, whole kingdoms and religions have sought in vain to destroy the influence of the Scriptures, and yet it still reigns victorious, and indestructible (Matt 24:35). It has, and always will out-last all religions and kingdoms of this world, simply because, it is God’s pure word (Ps 12:6,7)!
Because of Its Fulfilled Prophecy. One of the most important areas of proof that God wrote the Bible involves the fact that almost 3,300 verses of prophecy have been fulfilled to the letter. These prophecies were predictions made hundreds and even thousands of years before their fulfillment (i.e., the prediction in Micah 5:2 of the birthplace of Jesus was made 750 years before the event - see Mt 2:1-6). Not one detail has failed, and there are some 3,000 more verses yet to be fulfilled!!! See Deuteronomy 18:20-22, where God promises that everything that His prophets speak will be fulfilled, and if not, then the prophets were false prophets, and should die!!! No human authored book would dare to make so many predictions, so far in advance, and therefore subject its authenticity to such chance - yet God did!
Because of Its Scientific Accuracy. The Bible describes the earth as a sphere, or circle (Isaiah 40:18,22), suspended in space (Job 26:7) hanging upon nothing. And it told us this without the aid of an orbiting satellite. The Bible expressed this as FACT and not conjecture over 2,200 years before Columbus discovered it was right! The Bible also explains the division of the languages into confusion at the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9). It reveals that there are "paths," or currents in the seas (Psalm 8:8). Again, Columbus “discovered” that this was true when he sailed to the New World on one ocean current, and then back to Spain on another. The Scriptures in Psalm 102:24-27, and Hebrews 1:10-12 declare the Second Law of Thermodynamics (which states that everything wears out)! It also reveals the process by which all of life occurred on this planet (Genesis 1 and 2), and much, much more! You can’t beat the Bible, no matter how much education you obtain - it’s always years ahead of science!
Because of Its Historical Accuracy. Noah's flood (Genesis chpaters 6-9) is attested to by Babylonian tablets written in 650 B.C., as well as in 250 ancient world histories. Most of the places named in the Bible have been identified through archeology, thus validating the historical accuracy of the Bible again and again! The same cannot be said however about other religious books.
Because of the Claims of the Bible Itself. Over 3,800 times the writers of the Bible claim God spoke what they wrote (i.e., "thus saith the Lord"), and that what we hold in our hands is the very words of God (2 Tim 3:15,16; 1 Thes 2:13)
Obviously, the following links are not all that I would like them to be, but the majority show just how devious, and cultic the LDS religion is.
INTERNET SITES AND LISTS OF LINKS
http://www.exmormon.org/goodsite.htm Links to other sites.
http://www.mindspring.com/~engineer_my_dna/mormon/table.htm An alphabetical list, by topic, of Mormon-related links; many articles. Maintained by James David.
http://www.california.com/~rpcman/MAP1.HTM Articles and links.
http://utlm.org/ Many articles by Jerald and Sandra Tanner, especially from their newsletter The Salt Lake City Messenger. Also several complete books are online here, including their complete book The Changing World of Mormonism is online here.
http://members.aol.com/peterelias/thetruth.htm Many early texts on Mormonism and early Mormon publications; also a free on-line magazine (pro-Christian orientation)
http://www.primenet.com/~heuvelc/mormon.htm Text of many early Mormon publications, including the 1830 version of the Book of Mormon and the original Book of Commandments. Curt Van Den Heuvel's site.
http://www.irr.org/mit "Mormons In Transition," sponsored by the Institute for Religious Research, with many articles; pro-Christian orientation; an on-line newsgroup, (MIT-Talk) with evangelical basis
http://www.mrm.org The "Mormon Research Ministry," an evangelical Christian group headed by Bill McKeever; many good articles on Mormonism
http://www.frontiernet.net/~bcmmin/ The "Berean Christian Ministry," headed by John Farkas; many articles, a useful chronology of church history, and a long refutation of a Mormon scholar's attempt to discredit critics of the church.
http://saintsalive.com The "Saints Alive In Jesus" group, an evangelical Christian group headed by Ed Decker
Listed here are only a few "must read" books. There are hundreds of others. If your local library does not own them, your librarian can obtain them for you on interlibrary loan, usually for a very small fee. Most books listed are linked to on-line reviews or order information.
No Man Knows My History: The Life of Joseph Smith by Fawn M. Brodie, 2nd ed., Knopf, New York, 1993. The most authoritative biography of Joseph Smith. Brodie is a well recognized historian.
Mormonism: Shadow or Reality by Gerald and Sandra Tanner, 5th edition, Utah Lighthouse Ministry, 1987, Salt Lake City. The Tanners have done extensive research on early Mormon history and made many rare publications available by publishing photocopies of them at a low price. This book is a good summary of the contradictions and problems of Mormonism. Available from Utah Lighthouse Ministry, where a catalog of their publications is available. Also published in a slightly smaller version as The Changing World of Mormonism, Moody Press, Chicago, 1981 (now online).
Inventing Mormonism: Tradition and the Historical Record by H. Michael Marquardt and Wesley P. Walters, Signature Books, Salt Lake City, 1994. A detailed examination of Mormonism's origins by historians.
The Mormon Murders: A True Story of Greed, Forgery, Deceit, and Death by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, New York, 1988. The gripping account of the Mark Hofmann forgeries and murders, by two reporters. The role of the Mormon church leadership in this scandal is carefully documented here.
For Any Latter-day Saint: One Investigator's Unanswered Questions by Sharon I. Banister, Star Bible Publications, Fort Worth, 1988 (available from the author, Rt 1 Box 20, Ladonia, TX 75449, for $7.00 postpaid). Over 600 problematical questions about Mormon history and doctrine, very clearly presented, with many photographic reproductions of the relevant Mormon books and diaries.
REFERENCES TO SPECIFIC TOPICS
THE "FIRST VISION"
http://www.irr.org/mit/inventbk.html (a review of the book Inventing Mormonism)
http://members.aol.com/peterelias/cltrsndx.htm (Oliver Cowdery's history of the church, an "official history," not mentioning the first vision)
THE NON-EXISTENT 1820 REVIVAL
http://www.xmission/~research/about/index.htm (Michael Marquardt's site)
The following three links are about Marquardt's book Inventing Mormonism, a scholarly investigation into Mormonism's early years:
JOSEPH SMITH AND THE METHODISTS
For Smith's connection with the Methodists, see Inventing Mormonism, pp 54-55, citing Turner, History of Phelp's and Gorham's Purchase, p. 214, which relates that Smith was an informal "exhorter" at Methodist camp meetings before 1822; Pomeroy Tucker, The Origin, Rise and Progress of Mormonism (NY 1867), p 18: Smith joined the "probationary class" of the Methodist church; there was no Methodist church in Palmyra until July 1821 (Inventing Mormonism, p 60 n 41);
JOSEPH SMITH AND "MONEYDIGGING"
http://utlm.org/topicalindexc.htm#Money-Digging and Magic
http://home.sprynet.com/sprynet/chatm/witness.htm (excerpts from E.D. Howe's book Mormonism Unvailed, one of the earliest books exposing Mormonism)
http://members.aol.com/peterelias/1826tryl.htm An account of Joseph Smith's trial in 1826 on a charge of moneydigging.
BOOK OF MORMON "WITNESSES"
http://www.irr.org/mit/address1.html The book by David Whitmer, An Address To All Believers in Christ, testifying that God revealed to him that Joseph Smith is a fallen prophet.
http://www.xmission.com/~research/about/docum4.htm (Martin Harris interview in Tiffany's magazine)
METHOD OF TRANSLATION OF THE BOOK OF MORMON
http://www.irr.org/mit/address1.html or http://members.aol.com/peterelias/whitbom.htm (David Whitmer's Address To All Believers in Christ; see p. 12, 30)
http://utlm.org/topicalindexa.htm#Black Hole The significance of the 116 pages of lost manuscript for testing the authenticity of the book
Martin Harris, Millennial Star 6 Feb 1882, cited in Robert N. Hullinger, Joseph Smith's response to Skepticism, p 9-14, Salt Lake City 1992, said that the plates were not needed, also quoted by John Clark, Gleanings By the Way, 1842, p 228, cited in Hullinger p 11, n 23.
BOOK OF MORMON ARCHAEOLOGY
JEWISH LAW AND THE BOOK OF MORMON
Salt Lake City Messenger, Issue #74, February 1990, available from Utah Lighthouse Ministry
BOOK OF MORMON CHANGES; OTHER CHANGES
http://utlm.org/topicalindexa.htm#Changes Changes made in revelations after their first publication, to reflect Smith's changes in doctrine.
The original texts of the Book of Mormon 1830 edition and the Book of Commandments (predecessor to the Doctrine and Covenants can be found at http://www.primenet.com/~heuvelc/
PRESENT MORMON DOCTRINE CONTRARY TO BOOK OF MORMON
http://www.mrm.org/articles/birth.html On the Virgin Birth, how Jesus was conceived.
http://www.irr.org/mit/CHANGOD.html The changing concept of God.
http://www.frontiernet.net/~bcmmin/bcm2.htm Changing doctrines of Mormonism.
THE 1825 BOOK View of the Hebrews
http://www.irr.org/mit/viewhe1a.html (text of View)
http://www.primenet.com/~heuvelc/voh/voh.htm (text of View)
http://www.primenet.com/~heuvelc/bom/written.htm Could Joseph Smith have written the Book of Mormon?
http://www.california.com/~rpcman/VOH.HTM Parallels between View and the Book of Mormon.
http://www.irr.org/mit/bhrobert.html B. H. Roberts' conclusions.
FAILURES OF GOD-INSPIRED PROJECTS
Failure of the Kirtland Bank:
Gathering of Zion:
Polygamy - see notes at: #POLYGAMY
THE HOFMANN MURDER SCANDAL
The Mormon Murders: A True Story of Greed, Forgery, Deceit, and Death by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, New York, 1988. The role of the Mormon church leadership in this scandal is carefully documented here.
A Gathering of Saints: A True Story of Money, Murder and Deceit by Robert Lindsey, Simon and Schuster, New York, 1988. Another book on the Hofmann scandal.
Salamander: The Story of the Mormon Forgery Murders by Linda Sillitoe and Allen Roberts, 2nd edition, Signature Books, Salt Lake City.
THE MORMON TEMPLE CEREMONY (THE "ENDOWMENT")
Some links contain the actual text of the ceremony in the various forms it has had since the early days of the church.
http://www.mrm.org/articles/garments.html A description of the sacred undergarment which Mormons are required to wear after receiving the endowment.
http://www.nowscape.com/mormon/undrwrmo.htm More on "garments"
http://www.lds-mormon.com/compare.shtml - Compares, side-by-side, the pre- and post-1990 versions
http://members.aol.com/VeilWorker/recommend.html The questions that are asked in the "worthiness interview" to determine whether a member is worthy to receive admission to the temple.
MASONIC INFLUENCE ON MORMONISM
http://utlm.org/onlinebooks/changech4.htm#Joseph Smith's Magic Talisman Joseph Smith's magical talisman
THE "ADAM = GOD" DOCTRINE
http://www.frontiernet.net/~bcmmin/evolut4.htm The changes in the Mormon doctrine about God.
http://www.mrm.org/articles/adam-god.html (Text of Brigham Young's 1852 sermon)
http://www.teleport.com/~packham/byoung.htm#ADAMGOD More statements by Brigham Young
A good discussion, with photocopy of Bruce R. McConkie's private admission that Brigham Young did teach the doctrine, is in Tanner, LDS Apostle Confesses Brigham Young Taught Adam-God Doctrine, available from Utah Lighthouse Ministry. Similar material is in Banister's book For Any Latter- Day Saint
http://www.mrm.org/articles/mcconkies-letter.html The text of McConkie's letter admitting that Brigham Young did teach that Adam was God
See also: Adam is God??? by Chris A. Vlachos, pamphlet available from Utah Lighthouse Ministry
http://www.irr.org/mit/enigma.html A review of Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith, by Linda King Newell and Valene Tippett Avery, University of Illinois Press, 1994; a biography of Joseph Smith's first wife, relating the development of Smith's ideas on polygamy and her opposition to it.
http://www.mindspring.com/~engineer_my_dna/mormon/denpract.htm Smith's public (and untruthful) denials of the rumors about his practice of polygamy.
http://www.mindspring.com/~engineer_my_dna/mormon/menwives.htm Documentation of Smith's seduction of other men's wives.
http://www.xmission.com/~country/reason/clndest2.htm An early and generally unknown revelation about polygamy
Mormon Polygamy: A History by Richard S. Van Wagoner, Signature Books, Salt Lake City. An excellent history of its theory and practice, reviewed at http://www.california.com/~rpcman/POLYGAMY.HTM.
http://www.polygamy.org Home page of Tapestry of Polygamy, a group of formerly polygamous women who are exposing its evils as practiced by some Mormon groups today.
THE "CURSE OF CAIN": THE CHANGING DOCTRINE ON SKIN COLOR
http://www.teleport.com/~packham/byoung.htm#NEGRO Brigham Young's Doctrines on the Black race
THE DOCTRINE OF "BLOOD ATONEMENT" AND THE DANITES ("AVENGING ANGELS")
http://eddy.media.utah.edu/medsol/UCME/l/LEE,JOHN.html Also about Lee.
http://eddy.media.utah.edu/medsol/UCME/r/ROCKWELL,ORIN.html About O. P. Rockwell, a Danite and hit man for Joseph Smith and Brigham Young.
The authoritative work on the Mountain Meadows Massacre is Juanita Brooks, The Mountain Meadows Massacre, Univ. of Oklahoma Press, 1991.
J. F. Gibbs's complete book Mountain Meadows Massacre is online at http://utlm.org/onlinebooks/meadowscontents.htm
THE BOOK OF ABRAHAM
http://www.irr.org/mit/boapage.html The complete book By His Own Hand Upon Papyrus by Charles M. Larson
http://utlm.org/topicalindexb.htm#Book of Abraham
http://www.xmission.com/~research/about/alphabet.htm The text of Smith's so-called Egyptian Alphabet & Grammar
THE "INSPIRED REVISION" OF THE BIBLE
The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (RLDS) has long used the version by Smith.
http://utlm.org/topicalindexc.htm#Inspired Revision of the Bible
THE KINDERHOOK PLATES
JOSEPH SMITH'S PROPHECIES
http://www.teleport.com/~packham/prophet.htm A listing of many of Smith's unfulfilled prophecies
http://www.mrm.org/articles/civilwar.html Joseph Smith's famous prophecy of the Civil War
http://www.california.com/~rpcman/civilwar.htm Another article on the Civil War prophecy
http://utlm.org/onlinebooks/changech13.htm#Rocky Mountain Prophecy Joseph Smith's prophecy about the Mormon move to the Rocky Mountains
For some of Brigham Young's failed prophecies, see:
JOSEPH SMITH'S DEATH
http://members.aol.com/peterelias/expositr.htm The text of the Nauvoo Expositor, the opposition paper which Smith destroyed, thus leading to his imprisonment and death. It contains all the true accusations which Smith wanted suppressed
http://utlm.org/onlinebooks/changech17.htm#Destruction of Expositor The destruction of the Nauvoo Expositor
For a detailed discussion of Smith's political ambitions, his title "king" and his secret government, see the book by D. Michael Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: [Volume 1] The Origins of Power, Signature Books, Salt Lake City, 1994. (Quinn was excommunicated from the Mormon church for his historical researches, but remains a believer)
MORMON FALSIFICATION OF MORMON HISTORY
http://www.xmission.com/~country/reason/mormhist.htm D. Michael Quinn's Talk "On Being A Mormon Historian" in which he urges the church authorities to be more open in telling the entire history of the church, without coloring it. Rather than follow his advice, the church excommunicated him.
http://www.xmission.com/~country/reason/legacy1.htm An evaluation of the propaganda film Legacy, produced by the church.
http://www.frontiernet.net/~bcmmin/persecution.htm An evaluation of the church's claim that it was persecuted.
http://www.xmission.com/~country/reason/dunn.htm The uncovering of the lies told by a high-ranking Mormon official
http://www.xmission.com/~country/reason/mantle.htm A speech by Boyd K. Packer, a high-ranking church official, on how the church justifies its distortion of its history. Also discussed at http://www.exmormon.org/disease.htm
http://www.xmission.com/~country/reason/purge.htm The recent purge of Mormon historians who told too much
http://www.exmormon.org/lying.htm A discussion of speech by Dallin Oaks, a high-ranking church official, on the need for withholding the whole truth.
http://www.teleport.com/~packham/gbh&god.htm The present "prophet" Gordon B. Hinckley lies about church doctrine in two interviews for the news media.
A good example of the church's
distortion of history is its long cover-up of the Mountain Meadows Massacre. See
Juanita Brooks, The
Mountain Meadows Massacre, Univ. of Oklahoma Press, 1991.
Also see J. F. Gibbs's complete book Mountain Meadows Massacre online at http://utlm.org/onlinebooks/meadowscontents.htm
PROHIBITION ON COFFEE, ETC. (THE "WORD OF WISDOM")
http://www.xmission.com/~country/reason/w_wisdom.htm Problems and inconsistencies with this revelation.
http://utlm.org/onlinebooks/mclaims8.htm#The Word of Wisdom
TITHING, CHURCH WEALTH
On the wealth of the church, see: Anson Shupe, Wealth and Power in American Zion, Lewiston NY 1992, or John Heinerman and Anson Shupe, The Mormon Corporate Empire, Beacon, 1988.
OBEDIENCE: "FOLLOW THE BRETHREN"
http://www.xmission.com/~country/reason/cannon.htm Excerpts from Under The Prophet In Utah by Senator Frank J. Cannon, showing how the church leaders exert power over members.
http://www.lds-mormon.com/fourteen.shtml A speech by Ezra Taft Benson, a recent prophet and president, instructing members to obey the prophet without questioning and without checking his advice against scripture.
http://www.california.com/~rpcman/THINKING.HTM A critical article on the church's mind control.
http://www.xmission.com/~country/reason/purge.htm The recent mass excommunications of intellectuals and historians who questioned church authority.
http://www.lds-mormon.com/heresies.shtml Bruce R. McConkie on the heresy of evolution.
POSITION OF WOMEN IN THE CHURCH
Books by two exmormon women describing their difficulties with the church's treatment of women:
Deborah Laake, Secret Ceremonies, Dell, 1993
Sonia Johnson, From Housewife to Heretic, Doubleday, 1981. Johnson was excommunicated for her activism in favor of the Equal Rights Amendment.
http://www.exmormon.org/mormwomn.htm A woman's viewpoint.
http://www.california.com/~rpcman/LYING.HTM How the church misrepresents its stance on the role of women.
PERSONAL STORIES BY FORMER MORMONS
The following site has the personal stories of over a hundred people who left the church and their many different reasons for doing so. http://www.exmormon.com/
For briefer comments from former Mormons, see http://www.teleport.com/~packham/voices1.htm
IS MORMONISM A CULT?
The following links are to checklists and other guidelines, to help you to evaluate whether any group (not just Mormonism) is a "cult."
http://www.shassan.com/ The home page of Steve Hassan, an authority on cults.
http://student.uq.edu.au/~py101663 Jan Groenveld's Cult Awareness Centre