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I Testify To You… – Vintage

  • That there is one true and eternal God, unchangeable, unique, all-powerful.1
  • That this one true God created all things; there is nothing that exists anywhere that He did not bring into existence.2
  • That this one true God is spirit, and is not limited to time and space, both of which He himself created.3
  • That man is the creation of God, and God should not be thought of as an exalted man.4
  • That Jesus Christ has eternally existed as God.5
  • That Jesus Christ created all things.6
  • That the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses from all sin.7
  • That man is spiritually dead, enslaved to sin, unable to come to Christ outside of the Father’s enablement.8
  • That full and complete salvation is the work of God’s grace.9
  • That the Bible is God’s inerrant, authoritative, and sufficient revelation to man, in need of no supplements.10

This is my testimony, one that I believe is given to me by the Holy Spirit of God. The Bible says the Spirit of God witnesses to our spirits that we are the children of God (Romans 8:16) and that He leads His people into all truth (John 16:13).

I share this testimony with you because I believe the issues mentioned above define the gospel itself. The gospel requires that we know the one true God (John 17:3); a false god cannot save us. The gospel requires that we know the true Jesus Christ, for a false Christ cannot save (John 8:24, 2 Corinthians 11:4). And the true gospel alone can bring salvation, which is why we are warned about those who would preach a false gospel (Galatians 1:6-9).

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, however, denies every single one of the beliefs I shared with you above. Every one.* It is because of this that I share this literature with you. If you are LDS, I sincerely wish to warn you that you have been misled. If you are not LDS, I wish to inform you of the great differences that exist between Christianity and Mormonism at the most fundamental levels. While we often use the same words, we fill those words with very different meanings.

If you are LDS: I have given you my testimony. Doubtless you may say you have your own. The two testimonies contradict each other, however. What can we do now? The difference between us, my friend, is just this: my testimony does not determine truth. My testimony is a wonderful and precious thing, but it is not how I know the truth. My testimony must be subjected to a higher authority: the Bible. No matter how strongly I may “feel” about something, I must submit my feelings to the correction of the Word of God. So while you and I may have testimonies that conflict, I can take my testimony to the Word of God and demonstrate how it is consistent not only with some of the Bible, but with all of the Bible. My beliefs come from the Bible, and I would be glad to demonstrate this to you.

If you are not LDS: Christianity claims to be God’s truth. As such, there is no room, nor reason, for compromising on the essential elements of the faith. Mormonism is a fundamentally different religion, for Mormonism openly proclaims a “plurality of Gods” (see the Doctrine and Covenants 132:19-20, 37, Book of Abraham chapters 4-5, Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith pp. 345ff). Christianity is unalterably monotheistic: we believe in only one true and eternal God. Mormonism presents a different God, a different Christ, and a different gospel. Because we love God, honor His truth, and desire others to know Him, we share this information with you.

 

(1) Deut. 6:4; Isa. 43:10, 44:5-8; Psalm 90:2, 96:5; Mal. 3:6; James 1:17. (2) Isa. 40:22, 41:4, 44:24; Jer. 10:10-11; (3) 2 Chron. 6:18; Jer. 23:24; John 4:24. (4) Zech 12:1; Psalm 50:21; Isa 29:16; Hosea 11:9. (5) John 1:1, Phil. 2:5-6; Heb 1:10. (6) John 1:3; Col. 1:15-17; Heb. 1:1-3. (7) Col. 1:19-20, 2:13-14; 1 Pet. 1:18-19; 1 John 1:7. (8) John 6:44, 65; Eph. 2:1-5. (9) Eph. 2:8-10. (10) 2 Tim. 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21.

What DID Christ Teach? – A Response to an LDS Tract – Vintage

You’ve got to give him credit: he’s consistent. Craig Ray, the self-proclaimed President (and sole member) of the “Alpha and Omega Watchdog Committee,” has been trying to provide an answer to the evangelical claims of our ministry amongst Mormons for years now. From the first time I received a letter from Craig (with Magic Marker A&O Watchdog Committee letterhead), he’s been doing his best to provide some kind of response to the materials we distribute at the LDS Easter Pageant each year. This year is no exception.

But does Mr. Ray provide a meaningful, biblically-based response? Unfortunately, he does not. Mr. Ray, as dedicated as he may be, is not a student of Scripture. Most of our volunteers recall with amazement the rather loud encounter we had with Craig a number of years back regarding the phrase “the LORD the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts” at Isaiah 44:6. Mr. Ray absolutely and loudly insisted to a group of our volunteers that we clearly see here two persons: the King of Israel, and the King’s redeemer. No amount of explaining the passage had any impact: Craig was sure there were two “gods” mentioned here, and every time I would point out the simple fact that the word LORD means “Yahweh” in Hebrew, and hence the passage reads, “Yahweh, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, Yahweh of hosts,” it made no difference. Mr. Ray simply would not see that the passage is talking about the one true God, describing Him as the King and Redeemer of Israel.

In Mr. Ray’s most recent offering, titled “What DID Christ Teach?” we are provided with more examples of a-contextual proof-texting, the use of Bible passages without any concern for the context in which those passages are found. The tract has a picture on the front of the Lord Jesus laying hands upon the head of someone, ostensibly illustrating one of the passages cited inside the tract, Mark 3:14, which reads, “And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach.” Many LDS, including Mr. Ray, assume that the KJV’s use of the term “ordain” refers to religious ordination to a priesthood as in Mormonism. The Greek term does not refer, however, to some kind of religious ordination to a priesthood, but simply refers to appointment or choosing. Christ chose His own twelve apostles. This says nothing about ordination to priesthood duties.

Craig begins by observing that the Church is built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets with the Lord Jesus as the chief cornerstone, and he cites Ephesians 2:19-20 as proof. In this he is quite correct, though we must immediately ask, “If the Church is founded upon a foundation of Christ and the apostles, why do you continue to keep laying the foundation over and over again?” Mormonism, with its concept of continuing apostleship (which has produced, so far, about 103 “apostles” since the founding of the LDS church), keeps laying the foundation over and over and over again. How can you build a house if you only lay foundations on top of each other?

Next Craig cites Ephesians 4:11-14, and says that the apostles and prophets were important in bringing about a unity of the faith. Again, this is correct, as far as it goes. However, the passage does not speak of apostles and prophets in the modern LDS sense at all. Paul had no concept of a single prophet, a “First Presidency,” a “Council of the Twelve,” a “Seventy,” and so forth. These are modern innovations of Mormonism.

Then, it is noted that Paul warned against false teachers in Galatians 1:6-8. This is quite true. But Mr. Ray fails to note that false teachers were already in the Church, and even having living Apostles did not keep these false teachers from drawing men away after themselves. Paul likewise warned Timothy that this would happen. Note his words:

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

As we shall see in a moment, it is important to note the specific wording of this passage. Paul does not say that all will depart from the faith (the Greek term is avposth,sontai,, the future form of the word from which we get “to apostatize”). There is no “universal apostasy” in Paul’s writings anywhere. Instead, he says that some will depart from the faith, not all. This will be important in examining the rest of Craig’s claims.

Next we read Mr. Ray say, “Paul want on to charge the saints to hold fast to the truth for he told them that a time would come when sound doctrine would not endure.” The reference given is “Tim. 4:3-4.” We assume he means 2 Timothy, for he goes on to cite this passage. Note Paul’s words:

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; [4] And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Notice that Paul does not say, “sound doctrine will not endure” as Mr. Ray does. Instead, Paul says that “they will not endure sound doctrine.” There is a huge difference. Mormons will not “endure” the sound doctrine that there is only one true God: that doesn’t mean that the truth itself disappears just because they will not “endure” it. Mr. Ray needs to realize that the term translated “endure” in the KJV means “to put up with” (as in the NIV). Paul is saying that men will not put up with sound doctrine, but will instead look for something to replace it. And surely, Mormonism is one of the greatest fulfillments of this very prophecy. Paul says they will turn away from the truth and will turn to myths—myths like Joseph’s Smith’s “God is a man from another planet” theology, or the Book of Mormon, etc. But Paul is not saying that all believers will do this, as we saw above. And in fact, he contrasts these “others” in verses 3 and 4 with Timothy in verse 5:

But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

The KJV translation is not overly clear: the NASB brings out the contrast better:

But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

In contrast with “those” who turn away from the truth, Paul says, “But you,” Timothy, stand firm in the faith and the ministry. There will always be, by God’s grace, those Timothy’s who stand firm and do not go along with the crowd. There is simply no universal apostasy here.

The next passage that Mr. Ray attempts to present is from Acts 20:29-30. Here Craig claims, “Paul, upon leaving Ephesus (sic) told the saints that the church there would fall away.” But is that what Paul really said? Hardly:

For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. [30] Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

Paul warns the Ephesians elders of the dangers ahead, but where does he say that the entire church at Ephesus would fall away? He doesn’t. Not a word is said that is even remotely close to such a sweeping conclusion. That this is not the case is brought out in what follows:

Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears. [32] And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.

Paul exhorts them to watchfulness—why, if their work is doomed? He commends them to God and the word of His grace, which, Paul says, is able to build them up. Why do this, if in fact what he has just said is that theirs is a lost cause? But, Paul hasn’t told them it is a lost cause, for he has only warned them that the Church will always suffer false teachers and the trials caused by false teaching: he has not uttered a word about a universal apostasy. Instead, he taught just the opposite:

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, [21] Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)

Notice that Paul teaches that God the Father will receive glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, and that because of the great power that works within Christians (v. 20). Mormonism teaches that the Church did not exist for almost 1700 years. How then, was God the Father being glorified by it, if it didn’t exist?

Then Craig Ray cites 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4, and its reference to a “falling away.” Unfortunately, Mr. Ray, like most LDS commentators, does not deal with the fact that Paul does not just talk about the falling away; he says, “for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.” The falling away predicted is connected with the revelation of the man of sin. Has the man of sin been revealed, the anti-Christ who sits in the place of God (v. 4)? In any case, saying there will be a falling away is not the same as saying there will be a universal apostasy. There have always been apostates: hence, there has always been a “falling away.” There are former Mormons, too, who have left the fellowship of the Mormon Church. Does that make the Mormon Church apostate? No, it doesn’t. Hence, just because there are defections from the Christian faith, that doesn’t amount to a universal and full apostasy in the Church as a whole.

Next we read, “In foretelling of the falling away of the Church the apostle Peter left the saints with the hope of a restoration when he spoke of a restitution of all things.” Then Acts 3:19-21 is cited:

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; [20] And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.

The problem is, Peter nowhere speaks of a falling away, or an apostasy, anywhere in this sermon. This is a complete misrepresentation of the context of the passage. Peter is preaching to Jews about Christ; he says nothing about the Church falling away. What is more, the “restitution of all things” has to do with the restitution of the Davidic kingdom promises, not with the Church at all. The Church was a mystery hidden from the previous ages, as Paul says (Colossians 1:26-27). This kind of “lets make an assertion without any basis in the context of the passage at all” exegesis continues in the next citation from Revelation 14:6-7, where Mr. Ray tells us that here we find a portrayal of the “restoration of the gospel.” Again, this is little more than wishful thinking on his part.

Hence, Mr. Ray fails—utterly—to establish the need for the “restoration” proclaimed by Mormonism. Hence, if the Church would indeed last, as Jesus promised (Matthew 16:18), there is no need for a “restoration” under the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith.


But Mr. Ray continues on to give us some guidelines by which we are supposed to judge which of the churches is the true Church of Jesus Christ. He writes, “What did Christ teach? What Church today teaches of:: (sic)” and then provides a list of beliefs. We shall briefly look at each of these beliefs as they are listed.

  • Mr. Ray claims: “A pre-existence, -Job 38:4-7, Jer. 1:4-5”

But the Bible says: Man is the creation of God, not a pre-existence spirit-being begotten by an exalted man from another planet. Job 38 is talking about angels, not men, and Jeremiah 1 speaks of God’s choosing and ordaining of Jeremiah, not that Jeremiah pre-existed his physical life. Jeremiah makes this plain by paralleling the Hebrew terms ^yTi[.d;y> (“I knew you”) and ^yTiv.D;q.hi (“I consecrated you”), so that the one is defined in terms of the other. God is not saying, “You have a spiritual pre-existence during which time I had knowledge of who you were.” He is saying that before Jeremiah was born, God chose him and ordained him to the task of a prophet. Hence, no “pre-existence” in either passage, therefore, we must conclude that the real Church would not teach such a false doctrine.

  • Mr. Ray claims: “A Personal God, -Heb 1:1-3, Rom. 6:9-10, Acts 1:9-11”

We confess we don’t know what Mr. Ray means. Certainly God is personal. Does he mean that God has a physical body, as Mormonism teaches? Is limited in time and space? We can’t tell, so we do not wish to offer a response without knowing what his intention is.

  • Mr. Ray claims: “The Divinity of Christ, -John 14:6”

We certainly agree, though we do not in any way believe that the divinity offered by Mormonism to Jesus—one in which He is merely one god amongst many gods, is in any way sufficient. The deity of Christ proclaimed in Scripture is of a completely different order than that presented by Mormonism. The Christ of the Bible is man’s creator, not man’s spirit brother (Colossians 1:15-17, Zechariah 12:1).

Next, Mr. Ray speaks of a physical resurrection, the Lord’s Supper, and baptism by immersion, all issues upon which we have no differences at all.

  • Mr. Ray claims: “Living Prophets, – Eph 4:11-14”

In the context in which Paul offered these words, we certainly agree. Unfortunately, what Paul meant by “prophets” in this passage is a far cry from the LDS concept of a prophet as the leader of the Church.

  • Mr. Ray claims: “Continuous Revelation, – Amos 3:7”

Here we have the citation of an Old Testament passage about the functioning of the nation of Israel that says, “Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.” It’s interesting that Mr. Ray must go to the Old Testament for such a passage. He must, for the New Testament doesn’t contain anything like it. Why? Luke 16:16 and Hebrews 1:1-2 explain:

(Luke 16:16) The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.

(Heb 1:1-2) God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, [2] Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

Luke 16:16 explains that a new era has entered in, and the “prophets” as Amos used the term were only “until John.” Since then, the kingdom of God is preached. In the same way, Hebrews 1:1-2 explains that while in the old times God spoke by prophets, now He has spoken by Christ. To go back to the old kind of “prophets” is to go back from the fullness of Christ. And surely this is exactly what we see in Mormonism.

Next Mr. Ray cites the non-original passage in Mark 16:16-18 under the rubric of “Tne (sic) Gifts of the Holy Spirit.” If he could perhaps provide us with an actual passage from the canonical Scriptures we could possibly address whatever issue it is he is raising.

  • Mr. Ray claims: “New Scripture Ezk. 37:16-17”

The passage cited nowhere mentions new Scriptures at all. Instead, this is one of the few passages that Mormonism attempts to twist into something upon which to base prophecies of the Book of Mormon. Ignoring the context, and the plain interpretation of the passage provided in the text itself (vs. 18-28), Mr. Ray expands this simple text into a basis for “New Scripture”! The reader is invited to read the passage, and ponder how such a meaning can possibly be derived therefrom.

  • Mr. Ray claims: “Baptism for the Dead, – 1 Cor. 15:29”

This single reference to “baptism for the dead” is hardly an element by which the Church is defined anywhere in Scripture. Whatever Paul is referring to, he is certainly not referring to the LDS concept of baptism for the dead, for the following elements are missing from Paul’s theology that are required to come up with Mr. Ray’s view: 1) temples, 2) priesthoods, 3) the concept that baptism, as an act, is necessary to bring about salvation. Hence, no matter which of the various interpretations of this passage that have been offered by Christian scholars one follows, certainty attaches to this: the LDS viewpoint is not one of the possible options.

  • Mr. Ray claims: “The Gospel Preached to the Dead, – 1 Peter 3:18-18 (sic), 4:6″

Since Mormonism does not understand man’s deadness in sin (Romans 3:10-18, John 6:44, Ephesians 2:1-5, etc.), it is easy to understand how “the dead” could be understood a tad bit too literally. But in either case, the Lord’s descent into the realm of the dead to proclaim (not preach) His victory over the spirits who are in prison (not people) is hardly basis for saying the Church itself is to be marked by an activity nowhere even once mentioned as a part of her mission.

Mr. Ray then mentions “The State of the Soul after the Resurrection,” citing 1 Corinthians 15:40-42, but makes no further comment. If he is referring to “levels of heaven” and the like in LDS theology, such concepts are easily refuted from Scripture. But since he doesn’t tell us, we won’t hazard a guess.

  • Mr. Ray claims: “A Lay Clergy?, (sic) – Matt 10:8″

We would invite Mr. Ray to explain to us Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 9:1-14.


Recently, we overheard Craig Ray speaking to a missionary. Referring to James White’s book, Letters to a Mormon Elder, Mr. Ray said, “Go ahead and take it, and then call me, and I’ll give you the answers to it.” Also, when passing out the tract noted above, Mr. Ray showed a particular passage to someone and said, “This is one of the passages they don’t want you to see.” We can assure Craig Ray that there is no passage in the Bible that we wish to “hide” from anyone. But if his answers are no more substantive than those presented above, we truly hope he will reconsider his course, and take the time to learn the truth of God’s Word that he is so sadly lacking.

Temples Made With Hands – Vintage

Many of the world’s religions focus their worship upon a temple, or temples. Often the deity that is worshipped is said to be physically present in the temple, while at other times the deity, though dwelling somewhere else, visits with the people at the temple.

Under the Old Covenant , the one true God of Israel, Jehovah, allowed His people to build a single temple, located in Jerusalem. The first temple was built by Solomon, and was destroyed in 586 B.C. by the invading Babylonians. The second temple was built by Zerubbabel, and was expanded greatly by Herod in the years prior to Christ’s ministry. This temple was destroyed by Titus and the Roman legions in A.D. 70. Never did God allow His people to build multiple temples such as those of the pagan religions that surrounded Israel.

Further, the temple in Israel had one primary function: the worship of God through the offering of sacrifices. There were no secret ceremonies, no endowments, so sealings in the temple in Jerusalem. The highest act of worship took place on the day of Atonement, when the one high priest* offered the sacrifice for the sins of the people. The high Priest would, on that day, go through the veil into the Holy of Holies, and there offer the blood of the sacrifice before God.

All of the actions of the priests in the temple, including the one high priest , were mer shadows of the reality that God provided in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. The epistle to the Hebrews in the New Testament makes it very plain that the Old Covenant, including its temple ritual and its priesthood, pointed away from itself to a greater reality in Jesus Christ (Hebrews 10:1).

The early Christians did not seek to build a temple in Jerusalem, or anywhere else, for that matter. Christians have never built temples. Why? The reasons are to be found in Scripture.

1) Jesus Christ fulfilled the law, including both the priesthood, as well as the function of the temple in Jerusalem. When Jesus Christ died, the veil, through which the high priest entered into the Holy of Holies once a year, was torn from top to bottom (Matt. 27:51). The way was opened, forever, for the people of God to approach the throne of grace, not through a mediating priesthood, as in the Old Covenant, but through the shed blood of Jesus Christ (Heb. 9:6-15, 10: 19-22). Since it was the function of the priesthood to offer sacrifices and since there is no more sacrifice for sin (Heb. 10:18), the priesthood has been fulfilled in Christ. Since it was the main function of the temple to be the place where these sacrifices were offered, its role in God’s plan, too, has been fulfilled. This is why Christians have no “enduring city,” and are able to continually offer sacrifices, not of blood for the covering of sin, but of praise, through the confession of the name of Christ (Heb. 13:13-14).

2) The “temple” of the Christian Church is the body of believers, both collectively and individually. The Bible says, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” (1 Cor. 6:19). The body of believers is God’s temple, indwelt by His Spirit, just as the body of the individual believer is the temple of God. “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” (1Cor. 6:19).Christians do not seek to build temples made by hands, because they have temples made by His Spirit, just as the Lord Jesus had promised (John 14:23).

In the Old Testament God spoke of His Name being in the temple (1Kings 8:29, etc.) Today, God’s people offer the sacrifice of praise to God, “Giving thanks to his name,” (Heb. 13:15) not in a temple made with hands, but in the living body of Christ, the Church.

Do not be led astray by those who would direct you back to the old ways. God will not be worshipped in ways that are contrary to his revealed truth. Christians worship God in all places, not in temples made with hands. Rather than engaging in rituals, or endowments, that supposedly bestow authority or power, Christians worship God in spirit, and in truth (John 4:21-24).

 

*There was only one high Priest at a time under the law, and only one High Priest today, Jesus Christ. Heb. 7:24-8:6

Quotations from Mormon Leaders on the Christian Faith – Vintage

We hear it over and over again. “We never put down other churches. That’s not Christian.” Or, a variant on this theme is, “You have strengthened my testimony, because you are persecuting the Church!” Often LDS people interpret any disagreement with their beliefs as “persecution” or “bashing,” and claim that their Church would never do that!

Yet, in reality, disagreement and refutation is not persecution. If it is, then Paul was “persecuting” the Judaizers in Galatia when he wrote such a strong letter denouncing their beliefs (the book of Galatians). Christians are to stand for the truth, and “refute those who contradict” (Titus 1:9). In fact, it is an act of love to speak the truth (see our on-site e-tract, Why Do You Do This?).

But there is another reason LDS people should not cry “Foul!” when encountering strong disagreement with LDS beliefs. It’s a matter of simple consistency. As the following quotations show, Mormon leaders, and even Mormon scripture, denounce the Christian faith! Why is it fair for Joseph Smith to say all other churches are “corrupt,” yet Christians cannot reply by saying Joseph Smith was in error?

“Behold there are save two churches only; the one is the Church of the Lamb of God and the other is the church of the devil; wherefore whoso belongeth not to the church of the lamb of God belongeth to that great church; which is the mother of abominations; and she is the whore of all the earth.” (The Book of Mormon, 1 Nephi 14:10)

“Nothing less than a complete apostasy from the Christian religion would warrant the establishment of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” (Documentary History of the Church, Introduction, xl)

I was answered that I must join none of them (Christian Churches), for they were all wrong…that all their creeds were an abomination in His sight” (Joseph Smith History 1:19).

“…orthodox Christian views of God are Pagan rather than Christian.” (Mormon Doctrine of Deity by B.H. Roberts, p.116)

“…the God whom the ‘Christians’ worship is a being of their own creation…” (Apostle Charles W. Penrose, JD 23:243)

“The Christian world, so called, are heathens as to their knowledge of the salvation of God.” (Brigham Young, JD 8:171)

“We may very properly say that the sectarian world do not know anything correctly, so far as pertains to salvation. Ask them where heaven is?- where they are going to when they die?-where Paradise is! -and there is not a priest in the world that can answer your questions. Ask them what kind of a being our Heavenly Father is, and they cannot tell you so much as Balaam’s ass told him. They are more ignorant than children.” (Brigham Young, JD 5:229).

“The Christian world, I discovered, was like the captain and crew of a vessel on the ocean without a compass, and tossed to and fro whithersoever the wind listed to blow them. When the light came to me, I saw that all the so-called Christian world was grovelling in darkness.” (Brigham Young, JD 5:73).

“What! Are Christians ignorant? Yes, as ignorant of the things of God as the brute best.” (John Taylor, JD 13:225)

“What does the Christian world know about God? Nothing…Why so far as the things of God are concerned, they are the veriest fools; they know neither God nor the things of God.” (John Taylor, JI) 13:225)

“Believers in the doctrines of modern Christendom will reap damnation to their souls (Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p.177)

“I have learned for myself that Presbyterianism is not true.” (Joseph Smith, DHC 1:6)

“I spoke of the impropriety of turning away from the truth, and going after a people so destitute of righteousness as the Methodists.” (Joseph Smith, DHC 2:319)

“…brother Joseph B. Nobles once told a Methodist priest, after hearing him describe his god, that the god they worshiped was the “Mormon’s” Devil-a being without a body, whereas our God has a body, parts and passions.” (Brigham Young, JD 5:331)

“…brother Heber C. Kimball was beset by a number of Baptist priests who had been attending a conference. He read them all down out of the New Testament….With regard to true theology, a more ignorant people never lived than the present so-called Christian world.” (Brigham Young, JD 8:199).

“The Roman Catholic, Greek, and Protestant church, is the great corrupt, ecclesiastical power, represented by great Babylon….” (Orson Pratt, Orson Pratt, Writings of an Apostle, “Divine Authenticity,” no.6, p.84).

“…all the priests who adhere to the sectarian religions of the day with all their followers, without one exception, receive their portion with the devil and his angels.” (The Elders Journal, Joseph Smith Jr., editor, vol.1, no.4, p.60)

“And any person who shall be so wicked as to receive a holy ordinance of the gospel from the ministers of any of these apostate churches will be sent down to hell with them, unless they repent of the unholy and impious act.” (Orson Pratt, OP-WA, “The Kingdom of God,” no.2, p.6)

“…all other churches are entirely destitute of all authority from God; and any person who recieves baptism or the Lord’s supper from their hands will highly offend God, for he looks upon them as the most corrupt people.” (Orson Pratt, The Seer, pg. 255)

“…the great apostate church as the anti-christ…This great antichrist…is the church of the devil.” (Apostle Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine p.40)

“Both Catholics and Protestants are nothing less than the “whore of Babylon” whom the lord denounces by the mouth of John the Revelator as having corrupted all the earth by their fornications and wickedness.” (Pratt, The Seer, p.255)

“Brother Taylor has just said that the religions of the day were hatched in hell. The eggs were laid in hell, hatched on its borders, and then kicked on to the earth.” (Brigham Young, JD 6:176)

“Evil spirits control much of the so-called religious worship in the world; for instance, the great creeds of Christendom were formulated so as to conform to their whispered promptings.” (Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p.246)

“After the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized, there were only two churches upon the earth. They were known respectively as the Church of the Lamb of God and Babylon. The various organizations which are called churches throughout Christiandom, though differing in their creeds and organizations, have one common orgin. They belong to Babylon.” (George Q. Cannon, Gospel Truth, p.324)

Finally, note the views of Mormon Prophet Brigham Young regarding the Christian view of Jesus Christ:

“You may hear the divines of the day extol the character of the Saviour, undertake to exhibit his true character before the people, and give an account of his origin…I have frequently thought of mules, which you know are half horse and half ass, when reflecting upon the representations made by those divines. I have heard sectarian priests undertake to tell the character of the Son of God, and they make him half of one species and half of another, and I could not avoid thinking at once of the mule, which is the most hateful creature that ever was made, I believe. You will excuse me, but I have thus thought many a time” (Journal of Discourses 4:217).

Why Do You Do This? – Vintage

Below we provide the text of a tract we distribute to those who ask us, “Why do you do this?” while we are passing out tracts and witnessing to people in Salt Lake City, Mesa, Arizona, or other places.

You have asked why I would be taking my time to share God’s truth with you. Many people do not understand what would motivate me to pass out tracts and share with those who already clam a religious, and in fact, specifically Christian, faith. Let me explain.

1) My motivation is love; first and foremost for God, and because of this, for those I honestly believe to be in need of God’s truth. I believe God is glorified when His truth is proclaimed, and since I love Him, I do desire to see Him glorified. As the Scripture says, ” Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31)

2) I honestly believe that the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are false; so much so that to believe in those teachings is to deny God’s truth, and to reject the Gospel. This is not merely my “feeling,” but is the result of comparing Mormon teachings with the clear truths of the Bible. You may disagree with my conclusion, but the important thing to remember is that I honestly believe Mormonism to be a false system that cannot give true salvation to anyone.

3) I believe that if you care for someone, you will seek what is best for them. If I see someone in physical danger, I must seek to help them, In the same way, if I see someone in spiritual danger I must warn them and try to be of assistance to them. And so it is with Mormon people. I believe that the Latter-day Saints have been deceived, and are in grave spiritual danger.

If I love the LDS people, how can I sit by in silence? I must warn them of the dangers of following the teachings of false prophets such as Joseph Smith and Brigham Young. I must warn them that Mormonism preaches a false God, a false Christ and a false Gospel.

I realize that many people will reject my message and my offer to help though my proclamation and discussion of the truth of God. I realize that many people will be angry with me for even trying! But again, if I care I will put up with the insults and the anger, for my Lord put up with far more because of His love for me.

So I ask you to hear me out as one who cares for you. I am here because “the love of Christ compels me” to share with you (2Cor. 5:14). And if my words are not enough, will you heed some wise counsel from one of your own leaders, Brigham Young? He said, “I say to the whole world, receive truth, no matter who presents it to you. Take up the Bible, compare the religion of the Latter-day Saints with it, and see if it will stand the test.” 

Please feel free to contact us: 

Alpha and Omega Ministries, P.O. Box 37106, Phoenix, AZ 85069