There is no casting out of devils in the Book
of Mormon. I don't recall if this was ever recorded in
even the other LDS scriptures.
The ultimate punishment of Satan and his
underlings is eternal separation from Heavenly Father with
no possibility of forgiveness (page 20).
But in Mormon theology, every one who does not progress into
becoming a god or goddess suffers
punishment because they are eternally separated from living with
Heavenly Father. These punishment
people go to the two lower celestial kingdoms, the terrestrial kingdom, and
the telestial kingdom.
Satan uses all means - some garishly
blatant, others profoundly subtle - to deceive mankind. He hints
that disobedience of God's laws is freedom, even a pathway to godhood
Interestingly, the LDS Church teaches (in a profoundly subtle way)
that disobedience to God's law in
the Garden of Eden set Adam and Eve on a pathway to progression to
godhood. They were not able
to progress without the Fall.
Satan and the evil spirits that follow him
suffer constantly from a grinding awareness of their loss
The author did not provide a scriptural reference.
During the thousand-year reign (known as the
Millennium) of Christ before the final judgment, Satan
will be bound by the righteousness of human beings on the earth
A similar teaching is found on page 284 of the 1998 edition of
Gospel Principles. "Because of the
righteousness of his (God’s) people, Satan has no power; wherefore he cannot be loosed."
However, the Bible says an angel cast Satan into the bottomless pit
and he had no power thereafter.
It was not because of the righteousness of God’s people that Satan had no power. It
the angel cast him into the pit and sealed it (Rev. 20:3).
Chapter 3 - Adam and Eve
God the Father worked
through Jesus Christ to create the earth, and together they created
This is not in line with what the LDS Church teaches.
Religion 430-431 – Doctrines of the Gospel Student Manual says, “We know that Jehovah-Christ,
assisted by many of the noble and great ones did in fact create the earth and all forms of plant and
animal life. But when it came to placing man on earth, there was a change in Creators. That is, the
Father himself became personally involved” (p. 18).
After the fall, God would not allow Adam and
Eve to eat of the fruit of the tree of life because they
would then live forever in a state of transgression (page 23).
There is much contradictory information in LDS theology as to
whether the Fall was a sin. See the
section on Original Sin.
After eating of the tree, they lost their
innocence, felt shame in nakedness, and were cast out of the
Garden of Eden (page 25).
Chapter 6 of the 1998 edition of Gospel Principles says that great
blessings resulted on account of
After being cast out of the Garden, Eve
conceived their firstborn son, Cain (page 25).
The Book of Mormon and the Pearl of Great Price say that Adam and
Eve gained the ability to
procreate after the Fall. That was one of their blessings according to the
In the first three chapters of Genesis, God
is referred to as "Lord God." Thereafter, God is referred
as "Lord." It is the Lord God [God the Father] who
speaks directly to Adam and Eve in the Garden.
It is the Lord [Jesus] who speaks to them outside
the Garden (page 27).
Genesis 4:6 - And the Lord [Jesus Christ
as denoted by the use of "Lord" only] said unto Cain,
thou wroth? and why is they countenance fallen? (page 27).
It seems that the Lord God is a reference to
Interestingly, the Book of Mormon says that
Jesus is the Lord God in 2 Nephi 6:9 - "Nevertheless, the
Lord has shown unto me that they should return again. And he also has shown unto me that the Lord
God, the Holy One of Israel, should manifest himself unto them in the flesh; and after he should
manifest himself they should scourge him and crucify him, according to the words of the angel who
spake it unto me."
Another place in the Book of Mormon has Jesus
[Lord God] speaking. "But behold, thus saith the Lord
God: When the day cometh that they shall believe in me, that I am
Christ, then have I covenanted
with their fathers that they shall be restored in the flesh, upon the
earth, unto the lands of their
inheritance" (2 Nephi 10:7).
Had he not made this
choice [Adam chose to eat of the forbidden tree], he
would have remained
alone in the Garden, separated from Eve (page 28).
Adam would not have remained alone. He was
He [Adam] would
have been incapable of producing offspring, and therefore unable to
first commandment [to be fruitful and multiply] (page 28).
But the animals were given the same blessing.
They did not have to disobey God to get their
Mormons speculate that God would not have
created a new woman for Adam. If it were me, I
would have preferred to have been separated from Eve and joined to God.
Adam chose mortality
and with it offspring (page 28).
The author speculates here. The Mormon
version of Adam did not know he would gain the powers
Adam and Eve took their
first steps in fulfilling Heavenly Father's plan of salvation. They
compelled in this: they willingly accepted their roles in the plan
In LDS theology, the devil should also be
congratulated for him accepting his role in the plan.
Without disobedience, the plan of the Mormon Heavenly Father would have been
Spiritual death is
separation from God (page 28).
Those in the two lower divisions of the
celestial kingdom, and those in the terrestrial and telestial
kingdoms also suffer spiritual death because they are separated from
The Fall was part of
Heavenly Father's plan of salvation (page 28).
The Mormon Heavenly Father needed Adam and
Eve to fall, otherwise his plan would have been
frustrated. That is why some Mormons do not regard the Fall as
Adam and Eve are
accountable for their transgression and the Fall; their offspring are
However, their offspring do inherit the consequences of the Fall, including all
the blessings and
hardships of mortality (page 28).
The Book of Mormon refers to these
consequences as a punishment (Alma 42:1-22).
Chapter 4 - God the Father
Every mortal human
being has a biological father and mother, and through them
body of flesh and bones. As the sons (and daughters) of God (Hosea 1:10),
the spirits of men
and women were created by God the Father in heaven through a process that
The author does not mention that the LDS
Church teaches that in the premortal life on earth,
men and women were procreated with spirit bodies to a Heavenly
Father and a Heavenly Mother
(who have physical bodies of flesh and bones). One could say
that these spirit children had a
biological father and mother in heaven too. Also, Hosea 1:10 does not imply a
God's body is physical
(Genesis 9:6), although perfected and glorified beyond all human
hension (Hebrews 1:1-3) (page 30).
Genesis 9:6 does not imply God's body is
The LDS training manual Religion 430-431 - Doctrines of the Gospel Student
"Three glorified, exalted, and perfected personages comprise the Godhead or supreme
presidency of the universe. . . . They are: God the Father; God the Son; God the Holy
(chapter 3, p. 8).
But Latter-day Saints do not attribute a physical body to the Holy
God the Son, Jesus, and God the Father have
form and substance and are both seen by
I wonder if the LDS sons and daughters of Heavenly Mother and
Father were visible or invisible
to each other when they are said to have spirit bodies in the
premortal life? Did they have any
form or substance as spirits?
That which can be seen or shown directly to
the senses must have form and substance (page
Seems like spirits have form and substance too.
God provides for his children the experiences
needed to reach their full potential as his sons
and daughters (page 33).
The LDS God wanted Adam and Eve to disobey him in the Garden of
Eden so they could begin
to reach their full potential (to become gods and goddesses).
Despite God's admonition that the Israelites
should marry their own, Samson was led to marry
a Philistine to fulfil God's purposes (page 35).
I would say Samson was allowed by God, not led by God.
The importance of family is reflected in the
emphasis on order of birth and lineage throughout
the Bible (page 35).
The author omitted mention of his family (Heavenly Mother and
Father) in the premortal life.
Also, the tribe of Ephraim takes the pre-eminent stage in Mormon
theology. The LDS training
manual Religion 430-431 - Doctrines of the Gospel Student Manual
teaches "It is Ephraim, today,
who holds the priesthood. It is with Ephraim that the Lord has made covenant and has revealed
the fulness of the everlasting gospel. It is Ephraim who is building temples and performing the
ordinances in them for both the living and for the dead ... The great majority of those who have
come into the Church are Ephraimites. It is the exception to find one of any other tribe, unless
it is of Manasseh" (chapter 24, page 66).
God the Father, who is a divine personage ...
Jesus Christ, who is a divine personage with ...
The Holy Ghost, who is a personage of spirit ... (pages 35-36).
For some reason the author did not refer to the Holy Ghost as a
Adversity, joy, suffering, and death are
encountered in mortality (page 36).
I wonder if spirit bodies had joy in their premortal state before
the LDS Church says they came
His [God's] purpose is for men and women, by
their own choice, to progress towards perfection
The Mormon version of Adam and Eve could not progress without
disobeying God first.
God the Father ... is willing to bequeath the
power of eternal increase (eternal progression) to
those of his children who are willing to pass through the trials
necessary to become worthy of
this power (page 36).
The author should have clarified this term a little further. In LDS
theology, eternal increase means
you and your wife (as both god and goddess) will be able to procreate
your own spirit child on
some other planet. Apparently they will then designate their own
Jesus, Adam, Eve, and Lucifer
on this world and the cycle will repeat again.
Chapter 5 - Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is not the firstborn in the
flesh (that would be Adam), but he is the firstborn of
every creature of every creature, meaning the firstborn spirit
offspring of God the Father (page
Notice how the author uses the context of firstborn incorrectly
even though using the same
word to apply to both Jesus and Adam. Adam is considered firstborn
without being created
through the involvement of a mother, but Jesus is.
It should be worth noting that Israel, David, and Ephraim were called the firstborn (Ex. 4:22;
Jer. 31:9; Ps. 89:27). They were not first born, nor created
first. The author did not mention
these biblical passages because he was not willing to entertain the
thought that the LDS
Church has created a false Jesus by using a false context. A
procreated Jesus who progressed
to being a god is not the Jesus of the Bible.
God the Son (Jesus Christ), acting on
direction from ... the Father, created the earth and worlds
without end (page 38).
The Mormon prophet Joseph Smith taught Jesus created other worlds:
"That by him, and
through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are
begotten sons and daughters unto God” (Doctrine and Covenants 76:24).
Would you believe in the "extraterrestrial" Jesus if you lived on these other worlds?
The Atonement began in the Garden of
Gethsemane. His sweat became as drops of blood (page
More clarification is given in the 1998 edition of Gospel
Principles on page 67. "In the Garden of
Gethsemane Jesus bled blood at every pore."
But Jesus was sweating in Gethsemane–he wasn’t bleeding.
"And being in an agony he prayed
more earnestly, and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the
He [Jesus] told them that a spirit did not
have flesh and bones as he did (page 41).
This would mean that the Mormon Jesus, as the first spirit child of
Heavenly Father and Mother,
was not created in the image of the Father because this Father is said
to have a body of flesh
He [Jesus] also shares names that are usually
reserved for the Father. The choice of names or
labels for Jesus is usually based on delegation. Names, then, can also
signify function or esteem
In the Book of Mormon, Jesus is called both the Father and the Son.
Jesus was called the Son
because he dwelt in the flesh (Mosiah 15:2-4).
Without his Atonement ... no man or woman
could return from mortality to the presence of God
the Father (page 45).
In Mormon theology, only those humans who become gods and goddesses
will return to the
presence of the Father.
In that moment, at his ninth hour upon the
cross, Jesus sensed what it was like to die a
spiritual death, to be separated from God (page 47).
This is an interesting thing the author teaches. Being separated
from God is equated to a
spiritual death. This means that all Mormons who don't become
gods will suffer spiritual death
because only gods will be in the presence of God.
Joseph Smith taught similarly.
"Therefore, I must gather together my people, according to the parable of the wheat and the
tares, that the wheat may be secured in the garners to possess eternal life, and be crowned
with celestial glory, when I shall come in the kingdom of my Father to reward every man
according as his work shall be; While the tares shall be bound in bundles, and their bands
strong, that they may be burned with unquenchable fire" (D&C 101:65-66).
The tares (those who don’t inherit eternal life–who don’t become gods) will be burned.
One finds a similar teaching in the Book of Mormon.
Alma 5:21 says, “no man can be saved except his garments are washed white; yea, his
garments must be purified until they are cleansed from all stain, through the blood of him of
whom it has been spoken by our fathers, who should come to redeem his people from their
In verse 24, we see that the saved people “have a place to sit down in the kingdom of
with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob, and also all the holy prophets, whose garments
are cleansed and are spotless, pure and white” (see also Alma 7:21, 25). These people
in the highest division of the celestial kingdom with God because they have reached godhood
(D&C 132:30, 37).
If one doesn’t have a place in the kingdom of heaven with Abraham and Jacob, “they shall
be cast out for they are the children of the kingdom of the devil” (Alma 5:25). “Behold
must prepare quickly; for the kingdom of heaven is soon at hand, and such an one hath not
eternal life” (v. 28).
If you don’t have eternal life in the kingdom of heaven with God,
your kingdom is of the devil.
There are only two choices: eternal life or eternal death (2 Nephi 2:27-29)–“Wherefore, men
are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto
And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life ... or to choose captivity and death,
according to the captivity and power of the devil ... look to the great Mediator ... be faithful
unto his words, and choose eternal life ... and not choose eternal death ... which giveth the
spirit of the devil power to captivate, to bring you down to hell, that he may reign over
his own kingdom.”
Those who don’t choose eternal life and become gods end up choosing eternal death–to go
to hell and to remain miserable with the devil in his kingdom (vv. 18, 27-29).
During the three days before his
Resurrection, his spirit entered the spirit world to organize
and commence the teaching of his gospel to those who had died before
him and would die
in the future without the gospel (1 Peter
3:18-20) (page 47).
But when did Jesus actually preach to the spirits in prison?
There is a better explanation from
"Which sometime were disobedient when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of
Noah, while the ark was a-preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved
(1 Pet. 3:20).
The answer is given by the word "when."
The spirits of those men, to whom Noah had preached, were in prison because they had
rejected his message. They were awaiting judgment–they were lost. But Christ did not preach
to them after he died on the cross. He preached through Noah “when once the longsuffering
of God waited in the days of Noah.”
Noah had preached the Word of God for 120 years. He saved his family and no one else. It
was the Spirit of God (of Christ) who spoke through Noah in those days.
Following his Resurrection, Jesus appeared to
many individuals and groups, including his
apostles in Jerusalem and people in the Americas, who were his other
sheep (John 10:16)
There is no biblical support that this refers to Nephites or
Lamanites in the Americas.
"And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall
hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd."
These other sheep most likely refers to Gentiles. The Jews and
Gentiles will one day be united
as one fold.
Chapter 6 - Holy Ghost
Unlike the other two personages of the
Godhead, he does not occupy a glorified physical body
"Three glorified, exalted, and perfected personages comprise the Godhead or supreme
presidency of the universe. . . . They are: God the Father; God the Son; God the Holy Ghost"
(Religion 430-431 - Doctrines of the Gospel Student Manual, chapter 3, p. 8).
I suppose you could say the LDS version of the Holy Ghost has a
glorified spiritual body.
Satan is the great deceiver, he offers
counterfeit gifts of the spirit that may seem divine in
nature but arise from the powers of darkness to fool and entrap the
children of God to their
destruction (Exodus 7:11-12, 20-22) (page 54).
I'm not sure why the author choose Exodus 7 to prove his point. The
magicians of Pharaoh
were only confronting Moses and Aaron. They were not trying to fool
and entrap the children
of God to their destruction.
Insulting deity, showing a lack of reverence
for sacred things, or false claiming to possess
the attributes of deity is blasphemy (page 55).
This is an interesting teaching.
A magazine published by the LDS Church says, “Relief Society helps each sister learn that ...
she has a divine nature” (“Emphasizing the Divine Worth of Each
Sister," Ensign, April 2006,
p. 64). “Man has in himself the seeds of godhood, which can germinate and grow and develop.
As the acorn becomes the oak, the mortal man becomes a god” (Spencer W. Kimball, Doctrines
of the Gospel, 1986, p. 52).
The Mormon Jesus and Heavenly Father "acorns" became
A former president of the LDS Church taught, “We are gods in embryo, and thus have an
unlimited potential for progress and attainment ... I want an America which cherishes
of celestial fire–freedom, faith, conscience–which has been planted in the heart of every one of
us” (Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, pp. 21, 584).
Sounds blasphemous to me.
The gift of the Holy Ghost–his constant
companionship–is available only to those who have
been baptized and confirmed in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints by the authority
of the priesthood of God. Confirmation can take place immediately
following baptism, later the
same day, or a few days later (page 56).
Its odd that you don't find the ordinance of confirmation in the
Bible or Book of Mormon or that
confirmation must follow baptism.
The Mormon Church teaches that it is the only true church on the
The Gifts of the Spirit include: ... the Gift
of Knowing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God ... Satan
has his own imitations of these gifts, usually exaggerations, and
hopes to use these imitations
to deceive the children of God (page 56).
I wonder how Satan imitates the gift of knowing that Jesus Christ
is the Son of God to deceive
the children of God?
Interestingly enough, Joseph Smith revealed that all members of The Church of Jesus
Latter-day Saints do not know Jesus is the Son of God: “I would that ye should always remember,
and always retain in your minds what those gifts are, that are given unto
the church. To some it is
given by the Holy Ghost to know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God” (Doctrine
Chapter 7 - The Godhead
Nowhere is God described in this testament as
the mystical union of three divine persons or
personalities in a single divine being (page 58).
"I have always declared God to be a distinct personage, Jesus Christ a separate and distinct
personage from God the Father, and the Holy Ghost was a distinct personage and a
these three constitute three distinct personages and three Gods” (Teachings of Presidents of
the Church – Joseph Smith, 2008, pp. 41-42).
Nowhere in the Bible is there 3 Gods.
"Many men say there is one God; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost are only one God! I
say that is a strange God anyhow–three in one, and one in three! … He would be
big God–he would be a giant or a monster" (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 1938,
The Book of Mormon even says Father, Son, and Holy Ghost is one
God, not 3 Gods. Apparently
this God is a monster to Joseph Smith.
One God - The oneness shared by the Godhead
... one in purpose ... This perfect oneness is
described by Jesus ... that his disciples would be one just as he
(Jesus) and God the Father
are one (page 61).
Take careful note here. According to the author, one God = oneness
= one in purpose =
disciples being one = just as Father and Son are one.
The disciples were not "one God" when they were
one in purpose with Jesus and the Father.
They were not members of the Godhead.
Jesus was with God in the beginning, was and
is in perfect purpose with God, and can be called
God (page 61).
Jesus is God.
Jesus Christ was the firstborn spirit offspring of God the Father
The author omits Heavenly Mother again.
The council majority came up with a
compromise conception, declaring that there were indeed
persons - Father, Son, and Holy Ghost - but that these persons were
not separate entitles, not
persons in the usual sense, but instead persons who were without
substance, essence, or
individual existence. These newly defined persons combined to form
one essence, the Triune
God (the Trinity) ... Because of this abundance of unambiguous
biblical evidence for the divine
individuality of God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost,
Latter-day Saints cannot
accept the findings of the Council of Nicaea (page 74).
"The Council of Nicea took place in 325 A.D. by the order of the Roman Emperor
Constantine. Nicea was located in Asia Minor, east of Constantinople. At the Council of Nicea,
Emperor Constantine presided over a group of Church bishops and leaders with the purpose of
defining the true God for all of Christianity and eliminating all the confusion, controversy, and
contention within Christ’s church. The Council of Nicea affirmed the deity of Jesus Christ and
established an official definition of the Trinity—the deity of The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit under
one Godhead, in three co-equal and co-eternal Persons
"The main purpose of the council was to attempt to heal the schism in the church provoked by
Arianism." See http://mb-soft.com/believe/txc/nicaea.htm for more
Arius proposed the heretical teaching that Jesus was a created
being. This heresy still exists
in the Mormon Church today.
The author failed to mention these important points.
Chapter 8 - Mary
Mary bore testimony of
Jesus Christ and his celestial commission (see Luke 1:46-55),
her prophetic faith (page 76).
The word celestial has special significance to Latter-day Saints.
The book of Genesis contains the earliest
prophetic scriptural reference to Mary. I will put enmity
between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed [Jesus].
The seed of the
woman is Jesus (page 78).
If the woman is Mary and Jesus is her seed, then why did the author
fail to mention who the seed
of the devil is? Does he use two different contexts?
Didn't the devil put enmity between his seed and Eve's seed or did
he wait thousands of years
until Mary arrived on the scene?
Thus, God the Father became the father of
Jesus, bringing him into mortality through the body of
Mary by processes not disclosed in scripture (page 79).
There have been a range of opinions on how Jesus was conceived in Mary’s womb but all seem to
attest she was a virgin before Christ was born.
A few notable Mormon teachings follow:
"His unique status in the flesh as the offspring of a mortal mother and of an immortal, or resurrected
and glorified, Father. Jesus Christ is the Son of Elohim both as spiritual and bodily offspring; that is
to say, Elohim is literally the Father of the spirit of Jesus Christ and also of the body in which
Christ performed His mission in the flesh" (Teachings of Presidents of the Church – Joseph F.
This seems to imply Heavenly Father had some form of sexual relations with Mary to conceive Jesus’
physical body; as it is believed by some that he had some form of sexual union with Heavenly
Mother to produce the spiritual body of Christ.
The Mormon god probably needed to get married to Mary otherwise he would have committed
adultery. But afterwards he needed to divorce Mary so she could marry Joseph. If true,
Father committed incest with his own daughter Mary–since Mormons believe all humans on this
planet are his offspring.
"That Child to be born of Mary was begotten of Elohim, the
Eternal Father, not in violation of
natural law but in accordance with a higher manifestation thereof; and, the offspring
association of supreme sanctity, celestial Sireship, and pure through mortal maternity, was of
right to be called the Son of the Highest” (Religion 430-431 – Doctrines of the
Manual, p. 9).
This teaching seems to have its roots in the Book of Mormon
where an angel is reported to have
said, “Behold, the virgin whom thou seest is the mother of the Son of God, after the
manner of the
flesh” (1 Nephi 11:14-18; Alma 5:48).
“The condescension of God, of which the scriptures speak, means that the Immortal Father–the
glorified, exalted, enthroned ruler of the universe–came down from his station
of dominion and
power to become the Father of a Son who would be born of Mary, after the manner of the fl
(Bruce R. McConkie, A New Witness for the Articles of Faith).
Latter-day Saints must ponder that the Mormon god (believed
by some to have a body of flesh
and bones) needed to come down from his station to earth to become the father of Jesus
Chapter 9 - Scripture
Ezekiel foretells of the stick of Judah (the
Bible) and the stick of Ephraim (the book of Mormon)
coming together to become one stick or one in thine hand
(Ezekiel 37:15-20) (page 83).
This is a doctrinal error.
The Bible says the two sticks are representative of two nations: “And join them one to another
into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand. And I will make them one nation in the
land upon the mountains of Israel [not in America]; and one king shall be king to them all: and
they shall be no more two nations [not two books], neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms
any more at all” (Ezekiel 37:17, 22).
Notice that the author stopped at verse 20, so he does not
understand the true meaning.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints uses the King James Version of the Bible without
content editing or revision of any kind (page 87).
This needs to be qualified by what the author says on page 88.
The Pearl of Great Price ... The writings of
Joseph Smith include a portion of Joseph Smith's inspired
translation of the Bible.
These writings of Joseph Smith are included as footnotes in the
King James Version of the Bible
that they print. His writings on certain New Testament passages DO
contain content editing and
revision from the KJV.
Mormons revere the Bible as they do the Book
of Mormon (page 87).
I don't believe this is entirely accurate. The eight article
of faith of The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints states, "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
Notice the disclaimer attached to the Bible but not to the Book of
The Book of Mormon testifies of the Bible,
and the Bible testifies of the Book of Mormon (page 87).
See "Comparing the Bible and the Book of Mormon - do they have the same divine author?"
The subtitle of the Book of Mormon stresses
that it is Another Testament of Jesus Christ
The caption “Another Testament of Jesus Christ” has not always been in the Book of Mormon.
You can verify this by looking for editions dating pre-1981. This was probably done to make it
appear more Christian and to boost its acceptance in the mainstream population.
The prophet Joseph Smith translated the Book
of Mormon into English from the original
reformed Egyptian text on these gold plates (page 87).
Into King James English I might add.
The way Joseph Smith did the translation is not clearly taught in
their Gospel Principles training
The Pearl of Great Price ... It contains
insights and information on the Creation ... and the nature
of God (page 88).
The Book of Abraham says the Gods created the earth and then they rested on the seventh
day (Abraham 4:9-10).
Sincere scholars and clerics study
painstakingly and write prolifically on matters of interpretation.
They often reach far different conclusions from the same evidence
That is why we can safely say that Mormon scholars and clerics are
sincerely wrong in some of
The best ancient manuscript is no match for
the still small voice of the Spirit or the teachings of
a living prophet (page 91).
The 2008 version of Teachings of Presidents of the Church - Joseph Smith reveals some startling
things when it comes to the acceptance of scriptures in LDS theology:
"We are differently situated from any other people that ever existed upon the earth; consequently
those former revelations cannot be suited to our conditions."
At a meeting in Kirtland, Ohio, Joseph Smith said, “Brother Brigham, I want you to take the stand
and tell us your views with regard to the [living] oracles and the written word of God." Brigham
Young said, "When compared with the living oracles those books [the previous revelations] are
nothing to me; those books do not convey the word of God direct to us now, as do the words of a
Prophet or a man bearing the Holy Priesthood in our day and generation. I would rather have the
living oracles than all the writings in the books."
Joseph Smith said to the congregation, “Brother Brigham has told you the word of the Lord, and he
has told you the truth" (Teachings of Presidents of the Church - Joseph Smith, chapter 16, 2008,
If the Lord tarries, I suppose even the Book of Mormon will become irrelevant
to Mormons in a
few hundred years since it cannot be suited to their conditions.
Chapter 10 - Apostasy and Restoration
The author wrote a lot in this chapter but he never proves a total
apostasy. But of course,
there was some apostasy.
He told the Thessalonians that before the
Second Coming there would be a falling away (2
Thessalonians 2:3) (page 94).
Again, the author stops short and does not read the rest of the
“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering
together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by
by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive
you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away
first, and that
man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition” (2 Thess. 2:1-3).
This man of sin has not been revealed yet.
“Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that
he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (v. 4). The
man of sin
has not set himself up showing that he is God yet.
“For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be
taken out of the way” (v. 7). This is indicative of when the restraining power of the Holy Spirit
will be taken away and then the man of sin will be revealed.
“And then shall that wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his
mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming. Even him, whose coming
the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders. And with all deceivableness
of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that
they might be saved” (vv. 8-10).
The man of sin will begin a series of events that will result in the culmination of the great
apostasy. Latter-day Saints may argue that this is not a literal temple, but what of the one
which is planned for Jackson County, Missouri? Will it be a literal or figurative temple? I
admonish you to carefully interpret the scriptures and not to mold them to fit your own
The Bible reassures its readers that this
apostasy would be followed by a restoration and
that the everlasting gospel would be brought to all the people of the
earth (Revelation 14:6)
A similar teaching is found on page 267 of the 1998 edition of
"Prophets of old foretold the restoration of the gospel. The Apostle John saw that the gospel
would be restored by an angel (Revelation 14:6-7). In fulfillment of this prophecy, the angel
Moroni and other heavenly visitors brought the gospel of Jesus Christ to Joseph
Read the passage carefully.
The angel Moroni did not fly in the midst of heaven preaching to those which dwell on the
earth. The angel is preaching a message of “Fear God, and give glory to Him” and that
judgment is coming, not a restoration of the gospel. Also, five other angels followed this one.
They do not bring the gospel to Joseph Smith. They are bringing judgment instead
Again, the author does not understand the correct context of
The Catholic Church, the largest Christian
sect that has endured since the Ascension of
Christ (page 101).
There was no Catholic Church in the days of Christ.
It was upon continuous revelation from God the Father and the Lord
Jesus Christ that the
Church of Jesus Christ would be built (page 101).
This is incorrect. Please study the passage.
He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art
the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou,
Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the
gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
The church is founded on the fact that Jesus is the Christ, not on
continuous revelation to
Peter. After all, he had only received this one key revelation.
Chapter 11 - Revelation and Prophets
According to his will and purpose, he
communicates directly to individuals, or through the
scriptures, or through prophets and others he has chosen (page
God will not leave men in darkness; he will
always send his prophets (plural) because he
desires clarity over confusion and peace over strife among his people
But the Mormon Church teaches there was a total apostasy from the
first century until
1820 ... since they believe God did not send any prophets.
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints ... are blessed to be led by living
prophets - inspired men called to speak for the Lord (page
In Mormon theology, women are not prophets.
The author fails
to consider the biblical teachings. There were female prophets in the Old
Testament (Exodus 15:20, Judges 4:4, 2 Kings 22:14, 2 Chronicles 34:22, Nehemiah 6:14,
Isaiah. 8:3). We find a similar thing in the New Testament. Anna was a prophet (Luke 2:36).
Philip had four unmarried daughters who prophesied (Acts 21:7-9). And women prayed and
prophesied (1 Corinthians 11:5)
Modern prophets have made important
predictions about his Second Coming (page 110).
I am not
aware of any modern Mormon prophet predictions.
of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints address the world
annual conferences, regular firesides, weekly appearances across the
world, and through a
wide variety of official Church publications (page 110).
LDS president Spencer W. Kimball taught Eve was not literally
created from Adam’s rib. He
said, “The story of the rib, of course, is figurative” (Religion 327 – Pearl of Great Price
Student Manual, p. 11; “The Blessings and Responsibilities of Womanhood,” Ensign, March
1976, p. 71).
This official Church publication shows a teaching error.
President of the Church is the presiding high priest. Only he holds
the keys to the
kingdom with the power to loose or bind in all temporal and spiritual
matters of the Church
(Matthew 16:19) (page 111).
The office of high priest was not
held by the apostles. This was an office of the Levitical
But Jesus gave these keys to all the disciples. Let’s look at
Matthew 18:1-18 very closely:
“Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever ye shall
loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Jesus is addressing the disciples that were
present, not just Peter.
The Lord has established a
pattern in which the most senior member of the Quorum of
the Twelve becomes the prophet of the Church upon the death of the
This was not the pattern of the early church.
Plus, the early church did not have a quorum.
does not leave his people to stumble blindly through empty and
But the Mormon Church teaches there was a total apostasy
from the first century until
1820 ... thus the people stumbled blindly for centuries.
Chapter 12 - Joseph Smith
The author went to great lengths in
an attempt to show that it makes sense to view Joseph
Smith as a prophet.
He has a section called Angels
Appear and Speak. Another is called Angels
But other men also claimed to have seen and
interacted with angels, or to be have called by
God to establish the true church. William Miller went on to
establish the Seventh Day
Adventist, while Charles Taze Russel would found the Jehovah's
The Lord is never
pleased with sin - he detests it and abhors the transgressions of men
in all their wickedness (page 119).
But the Mormon god
blessed Adam and Eve for their transgression in the Garden of Eden.
Smith used the Urim and Thummim. The Urim and Thummim is
described in the
Old Testament as a combination of objects used for spiritual purposes
by priests, prophets,
and other men called of God (page 121).
The apostles did not
use the Urim and Thummim. It was reserved for use by high priests
of the Levitical priesthood. And don't you find it interesting
that the Urim and Thummim
made its way from Israel to America?
accounts show that Joseph Smith wore some form of spectacles to
translate the Book of Mormon. Others have him staring into a dark hat
with some peep
Joseph Smith had a message. He talked
like a prophet ... suffered like a prophet, and died
like a prophet (page 123).
Joseph Smith was not killed for
his faith in Christ. He was killed by a mob. Apparently they
were angry that Smith had destroyed a printing press which published
an article which
criticized him. Also, the men of the town were getting angry that
Joseph Smith and other
Mormons were getting involved in polygamous relationships with their
Joseph Smith - like Noah, Moses,
Ezekiel, Isaiah, Peter, Paul, and others ... was a prophet
of God (page 125).
Joseph Smith is highly praised by
Latter-day Saints, despite the fact that no bonafide
miracle was ever performed by him.
asked them [Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ] which of the churches
competing for his devotion he should join. He was instructed to join
none of them (page
The churches must have been pretty pathetic if they wanted the
devotion of a 14-year
In regards to this purported vision, some clarification is
warranted. Mormons claim that in
this visitation, Heavenly Father (or Jesus) told Joseph that he must
not join any of them
because ALL their creeds were an abomination.
... at age fourteen to the time of his martyrdom at age thirty-eight,
Joseph Smith was
rigorously engaged in the work assigned to him by Heavenly Father and
Jesus Christ. This
work included the mundane and the miraculous (page 127).
(said to be like Moses) performed no miracles.
anti-Mormon forces hoped that the Mormon Church would die with the
prophet. But the Church did not die, nor did it fade away; indeed, it
surged ahead with
renewed vigor. This is a reminder of the counsel given by Gamaliel to
the Jewish leaders
to leave the Christian movement alone because "if it be of God,
ye cannot overthrow it;
lest haply ye be found even to fight against God" (Acts
5:34-34-39) (page 128).
Gamaliel's context was not Latter-day
Saints, but of the early Christian church. This
church is not the Mormon Church.
I can understand that the author
wants to take Gamaliel's words and apply it to his
church, but then so will Seventh Day Adventists and Jehovah's
Witnesses. In fact,
the organization of Jehovah's Witnesses is younger than Mormonism and
yet it has more
members - JWs have comparatively more vigour than Mormons.
religious groups can also take Gamaliel's counsel to apply it to them
too - Muslims
for example. Mormonism has only grown to 13 million in about 190
years. Islam has
grown to over 1 billion in about 1400 years. And notice the
ratio of converts per year.
then and now, take the persecution and martyrdom of the prophet
Joseph and the persecution and murder of other Church members over the
powerful evidence for Joseph (page 129).
and Seventh Day Adventists do exactly the same thing. But, being
persecuted does not mean that you are being persecuted for the
truth. And besides, it
is still debatable that Joseph Smith died a martyr. He was not
killed for his faith in
Christ and he was not in jail for his faith in Christ (whom he
believed was the first spirit
child of Heavenly Mother and Father ... and spirit brother of
Saints do not believe Joseph Smith was a god (page 129).
are some excerpts from an LDS hymn #27, called "Praise to the Man". It was in
the 1997 version of Gospel Principles, but all the hymns are now removed from the 2009
Stanza 3 says "Great is his glory and endless his priesthood, Ever and ever the keys he
Stanza 4 says "Earth must atone for the death of that man."
I would say Jesus atoned for the earth, but the earth will not atone for Joseph Smith,
The chorus says:
"Hail to the Prophet, ascended to heaven!
Traitors and tyrants now fight him in vain.
Mingling with Gods, he can plan for his brethren;
Death cannot conquer the hero again."
Joseph Smith mingling with Gods? Which Gods?
Seems like too much praise for Mr. Smith. Apart from the
praise Roman Catholics bestow on
Mary, I am not aware of any other religious group that bestows this much praise
on one of
I wonder if the Catholic doctrine of Mary's assumption had any bearing on this part of the
song. In Catholic theology, she is viewed as co-mediatrix.
Chapter 13 - Priesthood
is the power and authority of God. God has delegated this power and
authority to certain men at certain times (page 130).
women do not have this power and authority because they are not
The priesthood was well established
during the time of the apostles. Peter spoke of a "holy
priesthood" (1 Peter 2:5) and a "royal priesthood"
(1 Peter 2:9) (page 131).
Yes he did. Christians believe men
and women are priests offering spiritual sacrifices to God.
Mormons do not believe this.
ordination and setting apart of a priesthood holder is accomplished by
the laying on of
hands by those in authority (Numbers 27:18-19). Christ and his
apostles continued this
method of ordination and setting apart (page 133).
author did not provide one biblical reference, or even one from his
very own Book of
Mormon, to show that Jesus ordained or set apart a person by laying
his hand on him.
The author also fails to mention the way Aaron and
his sons were anointed and consecrated.
See Exodus chapter 29. They were anointed with oil and they wore
holy garments (vv. 7, 29).
However, young male priesthood holders in the Mormon Church do not wear any special
they are worthy enough to participate in the Temple Endowment Ceremony.
Also, it should be noted that there were several garments worn by the
Aaronic priests (Leviticus
6:10-11). They had to eat certain food and there were seven days
of consecration (Numbers 27:
33-35; Leviticus 8:33).
If you look at the record of Jesus and the
disciples, they did not wear special garments ... for
this is not applicable to the Royal Priesthood of believers (including
men and women). That is
why orthodox Christians do not wear any special garments in or outside
of the church.
Acting for the Lord on earth,
priesthood holders cast out devils and lay hands upon the
sick to heal (page 134).
There is no record in the Doctrine
and Covenants (said to be modern day revelations and
history of the Mormon Church) of any miraculous healings.
There is in the New Testament.
I could not find one reference in the Book of Mormon describing a
believer in Christ
casting out a demon. Not in Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price
One does not even find an equivalent of a Mormon Day of
Pentecost verified by non-
Priesthood authority is required to
perform ordinances such as baptism, confirmation,
blessing and passing the sacrament ... (page 136).
women are not allowed to baptize people.
Levitical priesthood was passed on by lineage to members of the tribe
Despite Joseph Smith not being a Levite, he was said to
have been ordained into the
Christ established the
Royal Priesthood, which came to be known as the Melchizedek
Priesthood (page 136).
I have seen no official Mormon
teaching about this, so it appears to be the author's
The Royal Priesthood includes both men and women.
with the Melchizedek Priesthood include elder, high priest, patriarch
seventy and apostle (page 137).
In Christian churches, all
women are called to be evangelists.
In the early church, there was
no office called seventy, high priest, or quorum.
[the priesthood] is not passed on as a birthright or by lineage
Despite what the author says, the LDS Church places
great importance on birthright and
lineage. Gospel Fundamentals (another training manual)
even has some peculiar teachings
about the priesthood.
All of Jacob’s sons are said to have had the priesthood (p. 90).
You can give the Aaronic
priesthood to others (p. 108). The Bible says the Aaronic priesthood was based on lineage.
A deacon in the LDS Church (an ordained worthy male at least 12 years of age) is not
allowed to preach the gospel or baptize anyone (pp. 108-109). How different this
the Bible. A Mormon priest (at least 16 years of age) is only allowed to baptize with the
permission of a bishop or branch president (p. 112). One does not find this
seeking in the Bible.
In regards to lineage, Doctrine and Covenants 86:8 says, “Therefore, thus
saith the Lord
unto you, with whom the priesthood hath continued through the lineage of your fathers.”
Joseph Smith said about the priesthood, “He had reference
to those whom God should
call in the last days, who should hold the power of priesthood ... and to put on her strength
is to put on the authority of the priesthood, which she, Zion, has a right to by
(D&C 113:8). Priesthood holders are literally the lawful heirs according “to the flesh”
Since Latter-day Saints are believed to come from Abraham and
what lineage of Zion has a right to this priesthood? Zion is said to have the power and the
authority of the priesthood but this new definition of Zion excludes women (and excluded
negro males before 1978).
From http://scriptures.lds.org/en/gs/e/28, it appears the LDS
Church attaches the
possession of the birthright to having the priesthood. In addition, she elevates Ephraim
above all tribes.
“The tribe of Ephraim: Ephraim was given the birthright in
Israel (1 Chr. 5: 1-2; Jer. 31: 9).
In the last days their privilege and responsibility is to bear the priesthood, take the message
of the restored gospel to the world, and raise an ensign to gather scattered Israel (Isa.
11:12-13; 2 Nephi 21:12-13). The children of Ephraim will crown with glory those from the
north countries who return in the last days (D&C 133:26-34).”
The Bible reveals the birthright was given unto the sons of
Joseph, not only to one son
(1 Chr. 5:1-2).
If Latter-day Saints believe the priesthood has anything to do with the birthright, they
should consider verse 2: “For Judah prevailed above his brethren, and of him came the
chief ruler, but the birthright was Joseph’s.” Ephraim did not prevail over Judah.
see the blessing of Israel on his son Judah.
"Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall
praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of
thine enemies; thy father's children shall bow down before thee. Judah is a lion's whelp:
from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as
an old lion; who shall rouse him up? The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver
from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be"
Like was stated before ... Ephraim
did not prevail over Judah.
But the Mormon Church continues to put the pre-eminence on Ephraim.
"The great majority of those who have come into the Church
are Ephraimites. It is the
exception to find one of any other tribe, unless it is of Manasseh. It is Ephraim, today, who
holds the priesthood. It is Ephraim who is building temples” (Religion
430-431 – Doctrines of
the Gospel Student Manual, p. 66). "Temples are not new. Whenever the Lord has had a
people on the earth who will obey his word, they have been commanded to build temples”
(“Young Adults and the Temple,” Ensign, February 2006, p. 12).
Seems like all Latter-day Saints are only from two tribes
according to this. But it is unclear
why only Ephraim is considered to be God’s people and building temples.
Chapter 14 - Church Organization
was a priesthood that ministered in bread and wine ... and managed
tithing in the
time of Abraham (Genesis 14:18-20) (page 138).
I read the
passage of Genesis. Bread and wine was brought, but there is no
of a religious ceremony. It was most likely for food and drink as
nourishment. This is the
only record of Abraham paying tithes, and there is no indication that
it was ongoing between
him and Melchizedek.
Men could not reach their
full spiritual potential through the Levitical Priesthood alone
Only the tribe of Levi in the Old Testament had the Levitical
Priesthood. And besides that,
there were female prophets in the Old and New Testaments.
early apostles of Christ held the priesthood. Peter wrote of a royal
and hold priesthood
during his public ministry (1 Peter 2:5,9) (page 138).
was not the Levitical nor the Melchizedek priesthood.
[Jesus] set the ecclesiastical example for all men to be ordained to
Priesthood (Hebrews 5:1) (page 139).
"For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God,
that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins."
The was only one
high priest at a time in the Old Testament. There were no high priests
the New Testament church. Jesus is the only high priest.
ordination and setting apart of a priesthood holder is accomplished by
the laying on of
hands by those in authority (Numbers 27:18-19) (page 139).
will quote verse 20 too as the author failed to mention it.
"And the LORD said unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the
spirit, and lay thine hand upon him; And set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all
the congregation; and give him a charge in their sight. And thou shalt put some of thine
honour upon him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient."
that? No ordination. Also, he laid his hand on him, not
hands. I have never seen
any LDS literature that speaks about putting some of one's honour on
Jesus ordained twelve apostles.
It was important that there be twelve (page 139).
15 apostles in the LDS Church, not 12. At the 178th General Conference, the
current LDS President (Thomas S. Monson) said,
"On Saturday, February 2, 2008, funeral services for President Hinckley were
held in this magnificent Conference Center—a building which will ever stand
as a monument to his foresight and vision. During the funeral, beautiful and
loving tributes were paid to this man of God.
The following day, all 14 ordained Apostles living on the earth assembled in
an upper room of the Salt Lake Temple. We met in a spirit of fasting and
prayer. During that solemn and sacred gathering, the Presidency of the Church
was reorganized in accordance with well-established precedent, after the
pattern which the Lord Himself put in place." (Looking Back and Moving
When Mr. Hinckley was alive, he was one of the 15 apostles.
appointed a Quorum of the Seventy to go out among the people to
and administer in the affairs of the church (Luke 10:1,17). This
quorum was subordinate
to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and was responsible for the small
area where the Lord conducted his public ministry (page 139).
"After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two
before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. And the seventy
returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy
A few things here.
The were not subordinate to the twelve
apostles. They had not gone into an area where
Jesus had conducted a ministry. They were sent to prepare the way when
eventually go. They did not administer in the affairs of the church.
There was no church
where these seventy went.
It would help tremendously if the author
gets the context right.
The eight quorum was
established in April 2005 (page 139).
There were no quorums
(with seventy in each group) in the New Testament church.
commitment of the Church to restoring and maintaining the same
structure as that which existed during the time of Christ on earth is
stated in the sixth
article of faith (page 141). The
Church has ... the same organizational structure as the
early church (page 142).
The Institute of Religious Research
has produced several documents that fully address
this LDS error (Church Organization and Apostasy
/ Restoration and the LDS Church).
Church is often referred to as "the Mormon Church" or
"the LDS (Latter-day Saint)
Church" ... Church members are counselled to use the full name of
the Church ... "Latter-
day Saint" is likewise formally preferred, but "Mormon"
is commonly used today, even
among members of the Church (page 145).
Odd. You would think
"Christian" would be preferable to "Latter-day
Christ and his apostles did not
accept financial compensation for their ministry, and
neither did their followers (page 143).
But they did accept
financial donations for help in the ministry.
global leadership of the Church consists of ... a total of 575
ministers. All qualify
for a modest stipend for living expenses (page 144).
what the author said before. he now admits they are paid (ie. they
financial compensation for this service. You say toe-mah-toe (tomato),
I say toe-may-toe.
The Church employs and provides monetary
compensation to a number of people in
non-ecclesiastical roles (page 144).
This is what we call Mormon
double-speak. Saying one thing and then attempting
to give it a different meaning. Compensation = some form of payment or
you really look at it.
Chapter 15 - Church Practices
is to abstain from food and drink for a specified purpose and usually
for a specified
time (see Nehemiah 9:1, 1:4; Jonah 3:5; Zechariah 7:5; Joel 2:12,15)
I checked those passages but it does not instruct the
people of God to fast for a certain
number of days.
The Sabbath - New Testament
... The apostles observed the Sabbath during their public
ministry (Acts 13:44) (page 146). After
the Ascension of Jesus, the Sabbath day was
observed by his followers (page 147).
early priests of Israel were admonished to refrain from drinking
alcohol in order to
keep themselves clean in the service of God (Leviticus 10:9-10)
The early Latter-day Saints drank wine in their
sacrament meetings (Doctrine and
Covenants 20:75). According to D&C 27:2-3, the Mormon Jesus told
the Latter-day Saints
that it didn't matter what they ate and drank during the
sacrament. Wine was not
prohibited by Jesus. According to the introductory notes of
Doctrine and Covenants 89,
"As a consequence of the early brethren using tobacco in their meetings, the Prophet was
led to ponder upon the matter; consequently he inquired of the Lord concerning
Imagine that. Smoking or chewing tobacco in
their meetings. Apparently they were not
aware of the Levitical teaching.
Giving to the
Lord ten percent of one's time and substance is an eternal principle
The author did not clarify whether this is 10% of the gross or
net. Also, he did not
give an example of how one would tithe 10% of his time. Is this
10% of 24 hours each
day or %10 of your free time.
A biblical test
of favor in the Lord is whether the work of a man or a church bears
fruits (page 152).
The author does not mention whether he
considers false doctrine as false fruit.
least one Sunday of each month, the Saints fast (page 153).
bible does not designate Sunday as a fast day.
Saints observe the Sabbath on Sundays (page 154).
church observed the Sabbath on Saturday.
the early Christian church, the Sabbath today is also observed by
as a remembrance of the Atonement of Christ (page 154).
In the early church, Saturday was the Sabbath.
the Sabbath is given for these purposes, Latter-day Saints do not buy,
labor for profit on this day (page 154).
football players are excluded from his law because they work for their
salary on Sundays.
"Our prophets have told us that we should not shop, hunt, fish, attend sports events, or
participate in similar activities on that day" (Gospel Principles,
2009, chapter 24). I wonder
how many Mormons watch football and baseball on television that day.
family can be exalted in heaven and endure forever in the eternities.
The key purpose
of the Church is to assist families in achieving this goal
Getting someone saved in the kingdom of God is not the
key purpose of the Mormon Church.
Instead, her key purpose is to assist its members to become gods and
goddesses so that
they can live as celestial families with the ability to have spirit
children and populate their
own worlds. This is called "eternal increase."
Chapter 16 - Missionary Work
called and set apart his missionaries to go out two-by-two to harvest
the souls of
the ripened field and exercise dominion over unclean spirits (Luke
10:1-2; Mark 6:7) (page
One time I was talking with Mormon missionaries and 3 (maybe
4) came to my house once.
I don't think Jesus would view it as sinful if you preached the gospel
alone or with more
than 2 missionaries.
The author seems to want to lock in a special
significance of the number 2. He also does not
reference other verses in this passage that Jesus gave as an example
of the way these 70
were to go 2 by 2.
"Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the
way" (verse 4).
Do Latter-day Saints really follow this
"And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the
labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house" (verse 7).
Mormon missionaries go from house to house. If they do stay in a
home for food, they
normally leave afterwards. The passage that Jesus talks about is
an extended stay.
"And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh
unto you" (verse 9).
There is no record of these healings in the modern
day revelations of the LDS Church. There
are in the New Testament church.
Let's look at the 70 when they
"And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us
through thy name" (verse 17).
There is no record of casting out demons
in the modern day revelations of the LDS Church.
Let's look at
reference to Mark chapter 6 that the author made. Again, the
author misses some
"And they went out, and preached that men should repent.
And they cast out many devils, and
anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them" (vv. 12-13).
is no record of casting out devils or healings in the modern day
revelations of the LDS
All followers of Christ are called to
assist in the missionary effort. Just as he was sent by the
Father, Jesus sends all his followers to teach and give service
(John 20:21) (page 159).
The 1997 Gospel Principles teaches
similarly - "The missionaries are given the responsibility to
preach the gospel to all people, to baptize them, and to teach them to do all things that the
Lord has commanded (see Matthew 28:19–20) (chapter 33, page 213).
female LDS missionaries are NOT allowed to baptize anyone because they
don't have the
priesthood according to the Mormon Church.
work is the work of men and angels and is not geographically limited
14:6) (page 159).
Wait a moment. Isn't missionary work the
work of women too, even if they are not allowed
to baptize people into the Mormon Church?
Also, the missionary role
of the 70 was geographically limited to the cities that Jesus would
I looked at Revelation 14:6 and only ONE angel is
mentioned. Where does the author see
Missionaries are commissioned to baptize
the repentant "in the name of the Father, and of
the Son, and of the Holy Ghost" (Acts 2:38; Matthew 28:19)
Mormon female missionaries are NOT commissioned to baptize anyone
because they do not
hold the priesthood. "We must have priesthood authority to act in the name of God
performing the sacred ordinances of the gospel, such as
baptism, confirmation, administration
of the sacrament, and temple marriage. If a man does not have the priesthood, even
he may be sincere, the Lord will not recognize ordinances he performs"
1997, chapter 13, page 81).
In fact, Mormon males holding the Aaronic offices of
"Deacon" and "Teacher" are not allowed
to baptize. Only when they become an Aaronic "Priest"
are they allowed to baptize (see
Gospel Principles, chapter 14, pages 88-89). And the office of
"Bishop" tells a priest to
baptize (page 87).
Missionaries spend much of their time
proselyting door-to-door or in public venues (page
Since the author likes to follow the example of two-by-two in his
reference to the seventy
of Luke 10, why not follow the example of not going door to
door. The seventy did not go
door to door (when I looked at those passages). They did not
preach in public venues
The main proselyting missionary effort is
carried out by two cooperating groups of people:
> Full-time missionaries who serve for eighteen to twenty-four
months in places typically
far away from where they live and
> Church members in local communities who prepare family and
friends to receive the full-
Working together, the full-time missionaries
and local Church members work in the same
structured and methodical way as written about in the New Testament
In the New Testament, all believers are considered
missionaries. There was no structured
and methodical way in the New Testament that describes local members
preparing their friends so that full-time missionaries could visit
their home. After all,
all believers have the ability to teach and baptize people in the body
We recognize the good in all churches. We say
to everyone: live the teachings which you
have received from your church (page 165).
It seems like the author is not willing to acknowledge how the LDS
According to Joseph Smith, the Mormon Jesus told him that all the
creeds of the Christian
churches were an abomination to Him. The true church of Jesus
Christ would never tell
people to live abominable teachings that you have received from your
Chapter 17 - Ordinances and Covenants
In Mormonism, an ordinance is a formal
ritualistic act ... performed by the authority of the
priesthood (page 166).
LDS women do not perform many acts
because they do not have the priesthood in the
Confirmation, receiving the gift
of the Holy Spirit, follows baptism. A confirmation is carried
out through the laying on of hands (Acts 8:17; 9:17) by those in
authority holding the
Melchizedek Priesthood (Acts 8:18-20).
The author omits any
mention of Peter's visit with Cornelius and his group. They
the Holy Ghost before baptism and without anyone laying hands on
them. See Acts 10.
Jesus often demonstrated the ordinance of the
healing of the sick, typically by the laying
on of hands (page 172).
The author seems fixated on the theme
of the "laying on of hands." He omits mention of
Jesus healing those without even touching them. There was even an
example of a woman
being healing when she touched him instead.
gave the authority of the priesthood to his apostles who then went
forth to perform
the ordinance of the healing of the sick (Matthew 10:8; Mark 6:13,
Acts 28:8). The apostles
passed on the authority to perform this ordinance, each time by the
laying on of hands
Let's examine the passages the author uses in his text.
"Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received,
freely give" (Matthew 10:8)
is no record of cleansing lepers, raising the dead, casting out devils, or healings in the
revelations of the LDS Church.
"And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed
There is no mention of the apostles passing on the
authority to perform the ordinance of
healing by laying on of hands. Also, there is no mention of these
specific healings occurring
through the laying on of hands.
"And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux: to
whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laid his hands on him, and healed
him" (Acts 28:8).
True, but people brought their sick into the
streets for healing in the shadow of Peter (see
Acts 5:15). No laying on of hands.
The author also omitted
some special miracles wrought by God through Paul.
"And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:
So that from his body were brought
unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil
spirits went out of them" (Acts 19:11-12). No laying on of hands.
loved children and instituted the ordinance of blessing them
Apart from this event, I do not recall any time in the
Bible or any of the Mormon scriptures
where infants are blessed through some ritualistic act.
laid hands upon Joshua to ordain him to the Aaronic Priesthood
"And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands
upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as the Lord commanded
Joshua could not hold the Aaronic Priesthood because he was from
In the Book of Numbers, I don't see an ordination,
but rather some kind of change in
leadership. "And the Lord said unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in
whom is the spirit, and lay thine hand upon him; And set him before Eleazar the priest, and
before all the congregation; and give him a charge in their sight. And thou shalt put some
of thine honour upon him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be
(Numbers 27:18-20). He laid his hand on him, not hands.
Joshua was not made a priest.
The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints accepts the biblical teaching that
ordinances are required for exaltation (entry into the Kingdom of God)
This is an odd statement for the author to make, for if
true, then only those who reach
exaltation (godhood) can enter the Kingdom of God.
to the example set by the Savior, the sacrament is usually received
According to the Bible, Jesus did not set the pattern of
once a week on Sunday for the
Latter-day children must wait until age eight
to be baptized. At that age, they are considered
capable of repentance and of making a free and informed choice to be
baptized (page 178).
There is no set age in evangelical churches because children mature
at different rates. There
may be cases where a child is mature enough to make an informed choice
when six years
Doctrine and Covenants 29:47 says, "Wherefore, they cannot
sin, for power is not given unto
Satan to tempt little children, until they begin to become accountable before
So if a child is informed enough to kill someone or steal something
at the age of six, this is
not regarded as a sin. Apparently the number 8 is critical.
There is no biblical teaching on the age of accountability being
Bishop is the highest office in the Aaron
Priesthood; bishops also hold the Melchizedek
Priesthood (page 178).
So, in Mormon theology, a person can hold two priesthoods at the
Among the most sacred and important of all
ordinances are those administered in the temples
of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These include washing
and anointing, the
endowment, and the sealing of families for
eternity. These ordinances are also performed
vicariously for the dead (page 178).
The author failed to mention the temple ordinance of baptism for
the dead in this passage.
His book discusses these four "most sacred"
ordinances a few pages back so let's discuss
them further. I will add emphasis with the bold font.
Baptisms for the Dead [a temple
Paul refers to baptism for the dead in his
dissertation to the Corinthians (1 Cor. 15:29).
This biblical passage has nothing to do with a temple
ordinance. The early church did not
baptize living or dead people in the
temple in Jerusalem.
I'll refer you to two articles that explain this doctrine more
- Did Jesus Establish Baptism for The Dead?
- Does the Bible Teach Salvation for the Dead?
The molten sea upon the twelve oxen that Latter-day Saints use to baptize for their dead
was really used in the Old Testament Temple as a ceremonial washing basin for the priests
and not something to baptize living or dead people in (see 1 Kings 7:23-26; 2 Chronicles
Washing and Anointing
[a temple ordinance]
The ordinances of washing and anointing (or
purification) ... continued in the New Testament
both before and after the Ascension of Jesus (John 13:5; Acts 21:26;
24:17-18) (page 174)
This biblical passage has nothing to do with a temple
ordinance. Jesus did not wash his disciples
feet in the temple. The
disciples did not even wash each other's feet in the temple.
When the authors mention purification, I wonder if they ever
consider the teachings in Leviticus
15:18,24,32. Men and women who had engaged in sexual activity
were unclean for a certain
time and were not permitted to enter the tabernacle. The penalty
for defiling the tabernacle in
this way was death (v. 31). I wonder if Mormon men and women
consider this when they go to
their wards and temples throughout the week. I would say they
Endowment [a temple ordinance]
And, behold, I send the promise of my Father
upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem,
until ye be endowed with power from on high (page 175).
This biblical passage has nothing to do with a temple
ordinance. The endowment happened in
house where the disciples
had gathered. See Acts 2:2.
If you look at page 79 of the October 2010 edition of the church's magazine
called Ensign, it
speaks about the endowment in the question and answer section.
"When should I receive my endowment?
Most likely you will receive your endowment shortly before you
serve a full-time mission or before you are married in the temple.
Single members in their late teens or early twenties who have not
received a mission call and are not engaged to be married in the temple
are generally not recommended to receive their own endowment.
New members wait at least one year after their baptism and confirmation
before receiving their endowment. Receiving your own endowment is an
important matter. Discuss it with your bishop. Pray and ponder to know
when you are ready."
As you can see, this teaching on the "endowment" is an invention of
the Mormon Church,
without a biblical foundation.
Sealing [a temple ordinance]
crowning ordinance of the sealing of families comes through the power
of the priesthood
to bind on earth and in heaven as given by Christ to Peter and his
successors (Matthew 16:19)
A few notable things to mention here.
passage has nothing to do with a temple ordinance. Jesus gave the
binding and loosing to his disciples, not just one person (see
Matthew 18:1-2, 18).
Jesus did not give these "keys" to the
disciples in the temple. Jesus spoke the words of
Matthew 16:19 while at the coasts of Caesarea Philippi (verse
13). There was no temple
there. Assuming Matthew 18 is an immediate continuation of
chapter 17, this mention of
the giving of the keys was in Capernaum. There was no temple there.
author seems to infer "sealing" with eternal marriage, but
this is not the context of the
biblical passages he is using. There is no context of a temple
These are just 4 major examples of how the author commits
eisegesis in just one chapter.
There are more examples spread throughout his book.
And ... which of the 4 so-called temple ordinances are
performed vicariously for the dead?
Baptisms? Washing and anointing? Endowment? Sealing? Or was this
an inadvertent error
by the author?
I don't recall any LDS literature where dead people are washed for,
where dead people go
through a temple endowment ceremony like the living do, or where dead
people are sealed
in a "forever-family." While I cannot find an accurate
source, it is rumoured that living LDS
women were sealed to Brigham Young so that they could be married to
him in the resurrection.
It is rumoured that he had fifty wives.
Chapter 18 - Faith, Grace, Works
By exercising faith through works, men and
women are saved through the Atonement of
Christ (page 180).
The May 1998 edition of Ensign magazine reveals six different meanings for the word
I will discuss some of the main definitions.
(a) Salvation is the free gift of resurrection that Christ’s atonement provides to everyone
(whether atheist, Christian, or Muslim, etc) so that they may have their souls (spirits) and
bodies reunited to appear before God for judgment.
(b) Salvation means escaping the punishment in the spirit world to inherit some degree of glory
in God’s lesser kingdoms.
(c) Salvation is one’s exaltation to godhood (with eternal life). This is the context of the
prophet in 2 Nephi 25:23 – "For we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all
The children of God are judged on earth and
in the afterlife for their works in mortality (page
But the author, earlier, said that the 4 sacred temple ordinances
washings, and sealings) vicariously performed for the dead (i.e. they
are not living in a mortal
state) can help them get saved.
While salvation (immortality) is assured
through acceptance of the Atonement of Christ, the Lord
records works in the book of life (page 189).
This would cover definition A and B above. Even someone who rejects
Christ in mortality will
attain salvation (immortality as the author defines it).
The rewards that flow from rendering good
works in the glory of God include ... becoming a
"ruler over many things" (Matthew 25:21) (page 190).
In Mormonism, the ultimate reward is eternal life (i.e. living life
as a god or goddess). In the
Bible, eternal life is a gift.
Latter-day Saints disentangle from this
either-or construct and embrace faith, works, and grace
as a perfect unity. In this unity, a new life in Christ becomes
possible, and fear of damnation is
replaced with the joy of divine labour under the protection of grace
In Mormon theology, those who don't become gods or goddesses are
considered damned. They
will experience misery because they will never live in the Kingdom of
God with Heavenly Father.
See the section "Who is saved? Should Latter-day Saints be afraid?
in What is Salvation? If I
were a Mormon, I would be afraid.
Latter-day Saints are seekers. They ... trust
the grace of God through the Atonement of Jesus
Christ will erase whatever deficit may remain (page 192).
Mormon theology, Mormons are taught that they must pay Jesus back for
their debt. See
A Free Gift Or A Debt To Repay?
Chapter 19 - Temples
Before the public ministry of Jesus, temples
were built as houses of worship and dwelling places
of the Lord (page 193).
God directed the building of only one temple. This was in
These same temples were defended and cleansed
by Jesus (Mark 11:15-17; Matthew 21:12-
13) and preached in by his apostles following his Ascension
(Acts 2:46-47) (page 194).
Jesus only cleansed one temple. There was only one temple
designated by God in the Bible.
The apostles did not preach in temples.
Jesus commenced the preach of the gospel to
the dead (1 Peter 4:6) (page 196).
This was discussed in a previous chapter.
There is no giving or taking of marriage in
heaven (Matthew 22:30-32), but rather all such matters
related to marriage upon the earth (page 198).
And in the spirit world ... if you factor in the proxied
work. According to LDS theology, those in
the spirit world must accept the sealing ordinance done for/to them voluntarily.
Ordinances are associated with temples
This was discussed in a previous chapter. There is no
biblical teaching in the New Testament.
In ancient times there were porters at the
gates of the temple to check the worthiness of
patrons before they entered (2 Chronicles 23:19) (page 199).
Yes. These porters were of the tribe of Levi (1 Chronicles
9:17-26). They had watch over the
gates of the temple (one) in Jerusalem. You don't have Levites
monitoring the gates (east,
west, north, and south) of Mormon temples. There were no temple
recommends in the Old
The followers of Jesus Christ are called to
by holy ... in order to ... enter into the temple of the
Lord (page 199).
Peter and Paul did not have temple recommends enabling them to
enter the temple in
In the days of Moses, the priests were given specific garments to
wear (page 200).
Yes. Only the Levites were priests. They were visible garments, no
undergarments. It is
interesting to note that male priests who have not received the Temple
Endowment do NOT
wear these special garments. On the other hand, women who have
received the Temple
Endowment (who do NOT hold the priesthood) do wear the special
During the millennial reign of Christ,
temples upon the earth will be filled day and night for
the glory of God (Revelation 7:15; 11:1; 15:8) (page 201).
These passages reference one temple, not more.
Latter-day Saints are a temple-building
people (page 202).
Correction. Only the tribe of Ephraim is the LDS group building
temples. "It is Ephraim, today,
who holds the priesthood. It is with Ephraim that the Lord has made covenant and has revealed
the fulness of the everlasting gospel. It is Ephraim who is building temples and performing the
ordinances in them for both the living and for the dead. When the "lost tribes" come — and it
will be a most wonderful sight and a marvelous thing when they do come to Zion — in fulfilment
of the promises made through Isaiah and Jeremiah, they will have to receive the crowning
blessings from their brother Ephraim, the "firstborn" in Israel" (Smith, Doctrines of Salvation,
252–53; Religion 430-431 - Doctrines of the Gospel Student Manual,
Because moral agency is an eternal
principle, the deceased are completely free in the spirit
world to accept or reject a baptism, confirmation, or another other
temple ordinance performed
on their behalf (page 203).
Theoretically, a person in the
spirit world may not even show up to one of these supposed
proxy baptisms and the living person on earth would never even know
about the absenteeism.
This reminds me of Catholic purgatory. Faithful Catholics could spend
their entire lives paying for
masses to ease one's suffering in purgatory not even knowing if the
person left purgatory one
week after entering.
The endowment is an
ordinance in which the participant learns about the Creation, Heavenly
Father's plan of salvation, and the sacred covenants necessary to
fulfill this plan (page 203).
This is definitely not the
endowment described in the Bible. See a previous chapter.
Church members who hold temple recommends may enter the temple
This is not the biblical teaching.
is determined through two brief interviews (page 204).
is not the biblical teaching.
Some clarification is warranted
here. In the interview, the candidate is examined to see if he
or she follows these 7 things:
(1) Have faith and a testimony of God the Eternal Father, his
Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy
Ghost. Have a firm testimony of the restored gospel.
(2) Sustain the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the Prophet,
Seer, and Revelator. Recognize him as the only person on earth authorized to exercise all
(3) Live the law of chastity.
(4) Pay a full tithe.
(5) Keep the Word of Wisdom. You cannot drink coffee, tea, or smoke.
(6) Be honest in your dealings with others.
(7) Strive to keep the covenants you have made, to attend your sacrament and priesthood
meetings, and to keep your life in harmony with the laws and commandments of the
(Source: Gospel Principles, 1997, page 245).
temple recommend last two years for adults and one year for youth if
sustained (page 204).
This is not the biblical teaching.
was no segregation between Christians. All were allowed to meet
in the temple. They
even met in homes -- without being separated based on whether one had
a piece of paper or
Endowed members of the Church covenant to
wear a special temple garment night and day
for the rest of their lives. These garments are in the form of
comfortable underclothing that
bears simple symbols of the covenants made in the endowment
Peter, Paul, and the other disciples did not wear temple garments.
In the Old Testament, only
the Levites wore garments, and they were not undergarments.
Interestingly enough, the symbols that appear on garments worn by
Mormons in some temple
ceremonies have their origins in Freemasonry. The undergarment
worn in the Creation story
(based on accounts of former Mormons) are in the form of "fig
leaf aprons" ... remember them?
... the very thing God rejected in the Garden of Eden. Mormons
wear what God has rejected
instead of the animal skins that God replaced them with. Its
amazing that Mormons don't
understand this symbolism.
The entire October 2010 edition of the church's magazine (Ensign)
is devoted to the topic of
"Why is symbolism used in the temple?
During His earthly ministry, the Savior often taught in parables
to represent eternal truths symbolically. He has directed that we
be taught in a similar way in the temple. There is symbolism in the
temple ordinances and covenants, their presentation, the physical
setting, and the clothing worn" (page 80).
Jesus and the disciples did not wear any special clothing when they
went to the temple. In
fact, most, with the exception of a few, of Christ's teachings and presentations happened
outside of the temple.
It should be noted that some symbols and ceremonial words/gestures used in the
temples have their origins in Freemasonry.
This is not surprising when you consider that
several key members in the early Mormon Church were Freemasons (including Joseph Smith).
The Ensign article counsels members to avoid discussing the temple ordinances
The article states, "However, temple covenants and ordinances, including the words
too sacred to be discussed in detail outside the temple. By avoiding discussion of these sacred
things outside the temple, we protect them from mocking, ridicule, or
But this is the way that Freemasonry works in their masonic lodges.
The LDS Church does
not want its members to know about this connection.
There is a book called, "Sacred, Not Secret." It was written apparently
by a former Mormon. It
contains a word by word re-enactment of some temple ceremonies and an indication of how
they have changed over the years.
Chapter 20 - The Afterlife
When Saul sought the help of a sorceress, it
was revealed through a visitation by Samuel
that those who who have passed into the spirit world are in adult form
and dwell (as spirits)
upon the earth (1 Samuel 28:13-15) (page 207).
The sorceress talks about an old man coming up, but she doesn't say
all are in adult form.
Besides, how could a ten-year old child who dies be regarded as an
adult in the spirit
Isaiah and Peter called the more perilous
level of the spirit world a "prison," where both
punishments for the wicked and preaching to the open-hearted take
place (Isaiah 24:21-22;
1 Peter 3:19-20) (page 208).
According to Doctrine and Covenants 138:18-19, those in the LDS
version of "paradise"
have the gospel preached to them by Jesus.
Doctrine and Covenants
138:35 says, " And so it was made known among the dead,
small and great, the unrighteous as well as the faithful, that
redemption had been wrought
through the sacrifice of the Son of God upon the cross."
unclear why those in the Mormon version of paradise need to re-learn
was made possible by the cross of Christ.
prophesied of the opening of the spirit prison (John 5:25) where the
hear the gospel and by proxy have the opportunity to be redeemed in
Christ (1 Peter 4:6)
John 5:25 does not specifically focus on those in some
form of "spirit prison" as opposed
to "paradise." 1 Peter 4:6 does not mention proxy
Jesus revealed that there is a great
gulf between those in paradise and this in spirit
prison (page 208).
Yes. The parable also teaches that
people cannot travel between these two divisions.
But Doctrine and Covenants 138:58 says, "I beheld that the faithful
elders of this
dispensation, when they depart from mortal life, continue their labors in the
of the gospel of repentance and redemption, through the sacrifice of the Only Begotten
Son of God, among those who are in darkness and under the bondage of sin in the great
world of the spirits of the dead."
LDS theology says that the righteous
spirits can preach among (after traveling to) those
spirits residing in darkness. They bridge this gulf, ignoring
the teaching of Christ's parable.
of the temporary "hell" that exists in the spirit prison
where souls are left only
for a time and have the opportunity for life in the eternities (Acts
2:25-31) (page 209).
According to the Book of Mormon, the
dead cannot be saved after they have died. There is
no second chance after death (1 Nephi 10:21, 2 Nephi 2:27-29, 2 Nephi 9:38, Alma
35, Alma 40:11-14, Helaman 13:38).
souls in this hell [spirit prison] will be delivered up at the Final
20:13-14) (pages 208-209).
"And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and
and hell delivered up the dead
which were in them: and they
were judged every man according to their works. And
and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second
They are delivered for judgment -- their judgment is the second death.
seems like the author mistakenly interprets these verses to mean that those in
delivered (that is, saved) from the lake of fire and thus an empty
"death" and an "empty" hell are cast into the lake of fire.
"But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and
murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters,
and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth
with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."
To me, it looks like the author does not agree with Revelation
Isaiah and Ezekiel describe the earth as
becoming like the Garden of Eden during
this thousand-year period (Isaiah 51:3; Ezekiel 36:35) (page
Taking a look at those 2 references does not mention that it
occurs during the
Millennial period. The passage in Ezekiel for instance is not
talking about the
Earth, but rather Israel. The author should have read a few
verses before and
after v. 35.
will be three kingdoms (2 Corinthians 12:2) (page 214).
are 5 kingdoms in LDS theology. Three of them of a celestial
terrestrial, and the telestial.
It will be
those, even a few, who will journey the narrow path ... (in the
greatest place, the celestial place) in the kingdom of heaven
The author should have clarified things here. In LDS
theology, the greatest
place is technical only in one division of the celestial kingdom
believe they will live as gods and goddesses with Jesus and Heavenly
Interestingly enough, those in the two lower divisions of the
will never live with Heavenly Father. Also, the LDS Church
teaches Jesus will
visit those in the terrestrial kingdom, but they too will never live
Father either (Doctrine and Covenants 76:77).
Joseph Smith referred
to this as the damnation of the mind, a great misery for
all these "saved" people to endure.
"God has decreed that all who will not obey His voice shall not escape
the damnation of hell. What is the damnation of hell? To go with that
society who have not obeyed His commands ... A man is his own
tormentor and his own condemner. Hence the saying, They shall go
into the lake that burns with fire and brimstone [see Revelation 21:8].
The torment of disappointment in the mind of man is as exquisite as
a lake burning with fire and brimstone. I say, so is the torment of man
... Some shall rise to the everlasting burnings of God, for God dwells in
everlasting burnings, and some shall rise to the damnation of their
own filthiness, which is as exquisite a torment as the lake of fire and
brimstone” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church – Joseph Smith,
2008, p. 224).
Exaltation, or becoming exalted, comes to
those who keep the Lord's way
The author seems shy to reveal the true meaning of
exaltation in LDS
theology - becoming a god or goddess (a deity).
"like Christ," or like a god, was introduced early in the
LDS theology teaches that some will become gods, not
just "like" a god.
Paul wrote to the
Galatians that man is a son of God (page 219).
But this does
not mean that man is a "god in embryo." Also remember
Jesus referred to some as being the sons of the devil.
one-third of the host of heaven who joined Satan in rebellion against
kept not their first estate (rejected their life with the Father in
realm) and were cast to the earth (page 221).
I have never
seen any teaching by the LDS Church where they state that 1/3
of God's spirit children did not want to live with him before coming
After all, weren't they cast out of earth for solely accepting
Lucifer's way of how
agency would be carried out?
Certain work can
only be accomplished in mortality. Other work can only be
accomplished in the afterlife (page 221).
Jesus did not teach
that you can proxy save someone.
spirits in paradise and the spirits in spirit prison who are not
temporary hell learn and work to prepare for the first resurrection
This is contradicted by the Book of Mormon.
Second Coming and the First Resurrection
the morning of the first resurrection will come up those assigned
bodies. In the afternoon of the first resurrection will come up those
terrestrial bodies (page 223).
second resurrection is sometimes called the resurrection of the
since this resurrection includes spirits out of Spirit Prison and the
sons of perdition
Please note that the second death has no power over
those in the first
resurrection (Revelation 20:5-6).
The author fails to mention from
which resurrection those of a telestial order come
out of. Maybe he believes in a third one?
who will enter into the telestial kingdom are those who made a free
fully informed choice on earth and in the spirit world to reject
plan of salvation and the Atonement of Christ but whose rejection and
do not warrant consignment to outer darkness (page 227).
LDS training manual speaks about these telestials:
"These people did not receive the gospel or the testimony of Jesus
either on earth or in the spirit world. They will suffer for their own
sins in hell until after the Millennium. These are they who are liars,
sorcerers, adulterers, whoremongers, and whosoever loves and
makes a lie." (Gospel Principles, 1997, page 298).
Compare this with what the Bible has to say: “But the fearful, and unbelieving,
and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and
idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire
and brimstone: which is the second death” (Rev. 21:8). This is the same place
where the devil is (Rev. 20:10).
The LDS Church calls the telestial kingdom a place of glory
whereas the Bible
calls it a place of everlasting torment.
The sons of
perdition will dwell in outer darkness and have no hope of
forgiveness. They are eternally separated from God. They are made
of this separation, and this awareness causes them great suffering
Oddly enough, those in the two lower sections of the
celestial kingdom, those
in the terrestrial kingdom, and those in the telestial kingdom will
eternally separated from Heavenly Father. I would say this causes them
great suffering too. The Mormon prophet Joseph Smith referred to
this as a
torment of the mind, as exquisite as hell.
Chapter 21 - Plural Marriage
The Bible recognizes plural marriage and
regulates it, but neither encourages
nor discourages it (page 228).
I think the fact that God made
only one woman for Adam shows that God's
way for a marriage relationship is monogamy.
David, ... was admonished for his sin of adultery and murder, but not
taking multiple wives (page 228).
I'm not sure on what point
the author is attempting to make. God did not
praise David for taking multiple wives either.
The teaching about
plural marriage is found in Doctrine and Covenants, chapter
“Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you my servant Joseph,
that inasmuch as you have inquired of my hand to know
and understand wherein I, the Lord, justifi ed my servants
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as also Moses, David and
Solomon, my servants, as touching the principle and doctrine
of their having many wives and concubines” (D&C 132:1).
This is called the new and everlasting covenant of marriage. Joseph Smith said,
“In the celestial glory there are three heavens or degrees.” You must enter
into this covenant to obtain the highest place there (D&C 131:1-4; 132:4).
Joseph Smith revealed Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and many others were justified
by God to take many wives and concubines. All people to whom God reveals this
law must obey the same (vv. 3, 37-38).
The Bible teaches monogamy is God’s standard since Adam
and Eve. The doctrine
of multiple wives and concubines is revealed to be a new and everlasting covenant
because The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes the gospel was
restored, and this particular doctrine also needed to be restored–thus it would
appear to be new to people who never had it before. It should be worth noting that
a monogamous marriage has always been the standard.
You are damned if you reject the covenant of polygamy. It is
unclear how many
wives Joseph Smith was married to. Some put the number at over thirty. Brigham
Young was sealed to more. The purpose of a man taking many wives and
concubines was so God could give him many blessings (vv. 4-6).
The prophets also had the keys of this power–the power to
take either wives or
concubines, or the power to solemnize polygamous marriages (v. 7).