Let the Bible Speak

        What does the Bible say about Mormonism? Nothing, because the Bible was written in the 1st Century and Mormonism began in Fayette, New York on April 6, 1830.

        The Bible does claim in 2 Peter 1.3 to give us all things that pertain to life and godliness. 2 Timothy 3.17 insists that the scriptures "fully equip" us with all we need in living she Christian life. Furthermore, we are taught in Galatians 1.8: "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other Gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed." And Revelation 22.18-19 says that those who add to or take away from the scriptures are under the condemnation of God! The Bible further teaches that all men will be judged by the Word of God. (John 12.48, Revelation 20.12.)

        Mormons put The Book of Mormon and Doctrines and Covenants on par with the Bible. Another book in which they have great confidence is The Pearl of Great Price.

        Mormonism has a bizarre history. Its prophet, Joseph Smith, Jr. was born in Vermont but moved at an early age with his family to New York. Due to the poverty of the family, education for the children was almost nonexistent. The family preferred the Presbyterian Church, but Joseph was confused by the disunity and conflict among the denominations that were prominent in the area so he never joined any group.

        In the early spring of 1820, after reading James 1.5, Joseph told of going into the woods to pray for wisdom. While there he claimed to see a vision of two personages whose brightness and glory defied all description. Calling him by name, one said of the other: "This is my beloved son, hear him!" Joseph said he then asked the personages which sect he should join and they said, "None for they were all wrong." He said later that the angel Moroni appeared to him and promised him a book written on gold plates. Also there would be two stones, Urim and Thummim, which would help him translate the plates. In September 1827 he claimed that he was permitted by the angel to take the book from Cumorah, a hill near Palmyra, New York, and translate the "Reformed Egyptian" in which it was supposedly written into English. This book came to be known as The Book of Mormon.

        There are those who claim that The Book of Mormon is a plagiarism of the novel Manuscript Found written by Solomon Spaulding who left the unpublished book with a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania printer to be published but died before the work was completed. Spaulding's book dealt with the 10 lost tribes of Israel and how they migrated to America to become ancestors of the Indians of North and South America. Recent examinations by handwriting experts of parts of the original manuscript of The Book of Mormon seem to indicate that it is in Spaulding's handwriting.

        The Mormon Church was begun with six members. Joseph Smith was designated "a seer, a translator, a prophet, and an Apostle of Jesus Christ," and was made Ruler of the church when he was 24 years old. The church grew rapidly. Persecution came in New York so members fled to Kirtland, Ohio and then on to Independence, Missouri and, afterwards, to Nauvoo, Illinois, a city they built on the Mississippi River. In 1844, Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were imprisoned in Carthage, Illinois for destroying an anti-Mormon printing establishment. While imprisoned, they were killed by a mob which stormed the jail. This became a rallying point for Mormons because they now had a martyr.

        Brigham Young became President of the Mormons and led them to Salt Lake City, Utah. That city is now headquarters for the main body of Latter Day Saints which today claims 4.7 million members.


  1. They believe there are many gods and “as man is now, God once was; as God is now, man may become.” The Bible teaches that there is one God. (Ephesians 4.6.)

  2. They teach the Father has a body of flesh and bones. (Doctrine and Covenants, 130:22.) The Bible teaches that God is a Spirit. (John 4.24.)

  3. They teach that there can be no true church today without living apostles and prophets. The Bible teaches that the gift of prophecy was temporary (1 Corinthians 13.9-10), and no man now living can qualify to be an apostle. (Acts 1.21-22.)

  4. They teach that Adam was Michael, the Archangel, the Ancient of Days, who came to earth with one of his wives. (Doctrine and Covenants, 27:11.) The Bible teaches that Adam and his wife Eve were created by God in the beginning. (Genesis 1.27.)

  5. They teach that new revelations are still being made. (2 Nephi, 29:10.) The Bible teaches that God's final revelation was made through Jesus Christ. (Hebrews 1.1-2.)

  6. They teach that marriages can be contracted for time and also eternity (i.e. “celestial” marriages). Although polygamy is no longer practiced because of U.S. law it is permitted in their sacred writings. The Bible teaches that in heaven there is no marriage, (Matthew 22.30), and that marriage is to involve one man and one woman coming together as one flesh for life. (Matthew 19.5-9.)

  7. They practice baptism for the dead. The Bible teaches that at death a person's destiny becomes fixed. (Hebrews 9.27.)

  8. They teach that the final state includes three realms: The Celestial Kingdom on the glorified earth for all those with celestial marriages; The Terrestial Kingdom on some planet for the morally clean; and The Telestial Kingdom on another planet for all the morally unclean. The Bible teaches that there are just two eternal destinies--heaven or hell. (Matthew 25.46.)

  9. They teach that Jesus was to be born in Jerusalem. (Alma, 7:10.) The Bible teaches that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. (Matthew 2.1-6.)

  10. They teach that darkness was over the land for 3 days after the death of Jesus. (Helaman, 14:20.) The Bible says that darkness covered the land for 3 hours. (Luke 23.44.)

  11. They teach that the church was in existence in 147 B.C. (Mosiah, 18.17.) The Bible teaches that the church had not yet been built just prior to our Lord's crucifixion around 30 A.D. (Matthew 16.18.)

  12. They teach that disciplies were called Christians in 73 B.C. (Alma, 46:15). The Bible teaches that disciples were first called Christians in Antioch around 44 A.D. (Acts 11:26).

  13. They taught for many years that blacks could not participate in the Mormon priesthood. Arthur M. Richardson, a Mormon writer, declared, “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has no call to carry the gospel to the Negro, and it does not do so.” In June of 1978, Mormon President Spencer Kimball announced that by divine revelation the Mormon church is now free to accept the black man into priesthood. The Bible says that in Christ there are no class or racial distinctions, (Galatians 3.27-29), and Christ insisted from the beginning that His followers were to go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16.15.)

The Bible commands us to “believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (1 John 4.1.) It is clear that Mormonism comes, not from God, but from man! Joseph Smith, Jr. was a false prophet and the religious system which he created is a false way.