Mormons will not tell you these things before you join the church, and probably never will, unless you ask the right questions.
The founder of Mormonism was Joseph Smith. He was thought of as a Prophet by the Mormon people. To be a Mormon you have to accept him as being a true prophet of God.
Here is a statement by Joseph Smith and what he thought of himself:
"I have more to boast of than any man had. I am the only man that has been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam. A large majority of the whole have stood by me. Neither Paul, John, Peter nor Jesus ever did it. I boast that no man ever did such a work as I. The followers of Jesus ran away from him, but the Latter-day Saints never ran away from me yet." ("History of the Church", Vol. 6, pp. 408-409, 1884).
MORMONISM ISN'T CHRISTIAN
In recent years the Mormon Church and its members, the Latter-day Saints (or LDS), has attempted to convince the public that this church is a legitimate Christian organization, I am no expert, but the literature abounds to support the claim I post here that Mormonism absolutely is NOT Christian. The reason it is important to continue to expose the reality of this organization is that the Mormon Church has been highly successful in deceiving the public into believing that Mormonism is Christian.
Today, many people believe this organization to be just like any other main stream Christian religion. However, quite the opposite is true. When the true beliefs of Mormonism are listed, there is little doubt that this organization is far from being Christian.
Following are the things Mormon missionaries WON'T tell you when they come to your door:
1) Listed in their first "Articles of Faith," the claim is: "We believe in God the eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost," this is not the whole truth.
What they do not say is that their belief is these are THREE SEPARATE gods. Christians believe in ONE God, in three persons.
2) Mormonism teaches that if a Mormon couple "seals" themselves in a Mormon, pagan, ritualistic ceremony, they too can someday become gods. They will rule over their own planet, and the wife, the "goddess" will have spirit babies that will populate this planet for all eternity. Mormonism believes that there are billions and billions of gods ruling over billions of planets in the universe.
3) The LDS believe that God was once an imperfect man who attained godhood, was given his own planet to rule over, earth, and now resides near the star KOLOB.
4) Mormonism teaches that the Bible is unreliable, missing parts, and is poorly translated. Yet Mormon scriptures, The Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants and The Pearl of Great Price, are all God's perfect, pure word. Mormons believe that because the Bible is imperfect, there was the need for the Book of Mormon (BOM) that was supposedly given to the "prophet" Joseph Smith by an angel called " Moroni ." Mormons believe Smith put a stone in his hat, and translated this book from gold plates, by reading sentences through this stone. No one has ever laid eyes on these plates.
There is absolutely not one shred of proof that any of the places in the Book of Mormon, or any of the tribes or battles told of, ever existed on earth, no less in America . There is zero archaeological proof to support anything in the BOM. The Bible warns us of false prophets and tells us how we can test them.
One test is to see if the prophet's revelations or prophecies come true. (Deuteronomy 13 and 18:20-22, Jeremiah 28:7-9,16). Smith's revelations always failed. Also, the Bible forbids another gospel of Christ, yet the Mormons claim the Book of Mormon is an additional gospel of Jesus Christ. (Galatians 1:6-9, 2 Corinthians 11:2-5, 13-15). Smith is a false prophet, therefore his Book of Mormon, based on what the Bible says, must be false.
5) Mormons believe, contrary to what the Bible says, that Jesus is not only Lucifer's BROTHER, but that He was conceived by God who came in the flesh to Mary, and when they had physical relations, Mary conceived Jesus. The Bible says that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit.
There is absolutely no doubt that Mormonism is a false religion, and probably one of the largest cults ever. Following is more information concerning the true teachings of Mormonism and why it couldn't possibly be a Christian organization:
Taken from "Angels of Deceit --The Masterminds Behind Religious Deception," by Richard Lee and Ed Hindson.
Mormon Theology : Mormons believe that the Bible is God's revelation to the Jews and the East, while the Book of Mormon is His revelation to the Americans and the West.
Unfortunately, there is no scientific, historical, or archaeological evidence to support the claims of the BOM. Over 25,000 words and phrases from the King James Bible appear verbatim in scattered sections of the BOM, including several from the New Testament. References to advanced civilizations, two million Jaredites, steel implements, and a compass all represent gross historical blunders made by the naive Smith as he "dictated" the book to Oliver Cowdery.
Smith's prophecies were false, including one where he proclaimed that he would possess the house he built in Nauvoo "forever and ever" and that his seed would live there after him "from generation to generation." But the house was destroyed after his death and his descendants moved to Independence , Missouri . The Bible tells us that it takes only one false prophecy to know a prophet is not from God. The theology taught in Smith's books and "revelations" include the following concepts:
1) Plurality of gods : Smith said, " The doctrine of the plurality of gods is as prominent in the Bible as any other doctrine. It is all over the face of the Bible."
Mormons basically believe that God the Father had a father, and so on. They also believe that the gods were once men. In Smith's famous sermon at the funeral of Elder King Follett in 1844, he said, "God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens!" Lorenzo Snow, fifth president of the Mormon Church, put it this way: "As man is, God once was; as God is, man may become."
2) Humanity of God : Smith taught that God has a " body of flesh and bones" as tangible as a man's body. He also believed humans could become male and female gods. "Here then is eternal life," he said, "to know the only wise and true God; and you have got to learn how to be gods yourselves... from exaltation to exaltation, until you attain the resurrection of the dead... and sit in glory." Brigham Young taught that Adam was God.
3) Sexuality of God : Mormons identify Christ with Jehovah, the first born of Elohim's (God's) children. Thus, they distinguish two separate persons from the names of God. Jesus Christ, they believe, was the product of the physical union of God (Elohim) and the Virgin Mary. In turn, they believe Jesus was polygamously married to Mary, Martha & the other Mary at the wedding at Cana . Since Mormons teach that only those whose marriages are sealed for eternity can ever become gods, it was virtually "necessary" for them to believe Jesus was married. Unmarried people can only hope to become angels.
4) Salvation by works : Mormons reject the doctrine of justification by faith. Mormons teach that four elements are necessary for one's salvation: (1) faith, (2) repentance, (3) baptism, and (4) laying on of hands. Mormons believe that one must be baptized by immersion by the Mormon Church in order to be saved. All others will be lost.
5) Celestial marriage : Full exaltation -- the highest Mormon heaven -- requires that a married couple be sealed to each other for both time and eternity in a temple ceremony. Those who have been so sealed will live together forever with their children and will continue to have sex and procreate more children for all eternity. In their original teachings, Mormons also believed men could be married to several wives for all eternity.
6) Exclusivity of salvation : Joseph Smith believed that the "everlasting gospel" had been revealed to him alone in the Book of Mormon.
Revelation 22:18-19 "For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book."
As quoted from a Mormon advertisement: "The Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ."
This church is not Christian, nor is their Book of Mormon "another testament" of Christ because the Bible forbids this.
In the revealing film, "The God Makers II," there are some important revelations about the Mormon church that everyone, Christian, and non-Christian, should know. This church is a very, very powerful financial institution, and is influential worldwide because of its mass resources and monetary worth.
It is estimated that the church is the second largest financial institution west of the Mississippi . It is an organization that must be closely examined, to determine if the claims they make are true.
Recently, the Mormon Church claims to be Christian. Yet in its history it has taught that polygamy is the only way to Mormon heaven (see Doctrine and Covenants Section 132 verse 4), that Jesus was begotten through a sexual relationship between God the Father and Mary; that Jesus and Lucifer are brothers; that Mormons will become "gods and goddesses" and enjoy the eternal pleasure of celestial sex; and Mormon doctrine still justifies the evil practices of blood atonement.
There are an estimated 25-30 thousand polygamist Mormons today. Those who take Mormonism seriously must be polygamist because it is taught in Mormon scripture.
"For behold, I reveal unto you a new and EVERLASTING covenant and if ye abide not that covenant; then ye are damned; for no one can reject this covenant and be permitted to enter into my glory... (verse 37) Abraham received concubines, and they bore him children; and it was accounted unto him for righteousness, because they were given unto him, and he abode in my law... (verse 38) David also received many wives and concubines... (verse 61) And again, as pertaining to the law of the priesthood -- if any man espouse a virgin, and desire to espouse another, and the first give her consent, and if he espouse the second, and they are virgins, and have vowed to no other man, then is he justified; he cannot commit adultery for they are given unto him; for he cannot commit adultery with that that belongeth unto him and to no one else. (Verse 63) But if one or either of the ten virgins, after she is espoused, shall be with another man, she has committed adultery, and shall be destroyed; for they are given unto him to multiply and replenish the earth, according to my commandment, and to fulfill the promise which was given by my Father before the foundation of the world, and for their exaltation in the eternal worlds..." (Doctrine and Covenants Sec. 132).
There is an interview with William Schnoebelen from "The God Makers II," an author who had 12 years experience with witchcraft and Satanism as a high priest before joining the Mormon Church. He was astounded at the level of similarity in the Mormon temple ceremony and Satanism. The handshakes, grips involved -- the secret tokens of the Aaronic and Melchisedec priesthood are in fact right out of witchcraft and Satanism according to Schnoebelen.
In Utah , there are occultic symbols on every LDS building. Not one single Christian symbol can be found. In fact, the film shows above the Salt Lake City temple, an inverted pentagram which has been used for centuries in devil and Satan worship. This symbol was seen very clearly above the front door in the video.
As was stated, in the video, "The God Makers II," there was clearly shown an inverted pentagram above the front doors of the Salt Lake City Mormon Temple . William Schnoebelen, an ex-Satanist and ex-Mormon says in the video that for centuries in devil and Satan worship, this symbol has been used. The main function of this symbol in the inverted form is to "call down the kingdom of Satan into manifestation on earth." This same symbol, the inverted pentagram, sits above the doors of the Salt Lake City Mormon temple.
When a Mormon stands at the veil during a Mormon temple ceremony and says, "Power and the Priesthood be upon me and upon my posterity throughout all generations of time and eternity..." the Mormon puts the curse of Satan upon themself and their children and future generations of children.
Why Mormonism is a Pseudo-Christian Cult!
What the Mormon missionaries
WON'T tell you BEFORE they baptize you!!!
Founded by Joseph Smith in the early 1800's, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (more commonly known as the Mormons) is one of the fastest growing churches in North America today (note that "Mormon" = "LDS" = "Latter-day Saint").
Unfortunately, what most people "know" about the Mormon Church and its teachings is generally through what they see on television (their "wholesome" pro-family advertising) or through the clean-cut missionaries that come to their door.
HOWEVER, it is impossible to understand the true teachings of the Mormon Church just from these sources. What you see on television and what the missionaries present to you is the "sanitized version" of Mormonism.
The television ads as a rule tend to present Mormonism as just another "Christian denomination" that has the standard Christian beliefs. Although, they do refer to "families being together for eternity" in one particular ad - a veiled reference to the Mormon "Plan of Eternal Progression" (which basically says that God was once a man and that good Mormons can become God, too, and rule over their own planet).
As for the Mormon missionaries, they will spoon-fed you a carefully orchestrated series of six "discussions" that will not include any of their more precious "truths" -- they will say, if asked, that it is a matter of "milk before meat" or they may call it "lying for the Lord." Their objective, of course, is to make "converts" no matter what the cost. Call it what you like, it is still just plain lying!
Some of the more "precious" truths that they omit are:
The Adam/God doctrine (basically this says that Adam was God); secret signs, handshakes, and passwords which are necessary to reach the highest level of heaven (where you too may become a "god" in your own right -- otherwise known as "eternal progression"); sacred underwear (known as generally as "garments" but officially as "the Garment of the Holy Priesthood"); Jesus born of a "physical" relationship between Mary and God (NO virgin birth); Jesus was married and had kids (nowhere is this evident in the Bible); blood atonement (basically this dates from early church teachings that say that if you commit "murder," then Christ's atonement on the cross is not sufficient to "cover" this... that you need to have your "own" blood shed before it is possible for you to be "forgiven" and go to heaven); plural marriage (polygamy); etc.
Don't you think that these things should be disclosed
BEFORE you join the Mormon church????
A Corrupt Gospel Presented
The Mormon Church has taken the simple Gospel message of Jesus Christ and corrupted it with the works and teachings of man. (The Mormon Church is a "cult" because it is devoted to the works... of its founder, Joseph Smith).
One of the ways it has done this is by teaching "salvation by works." A direct quote from their Book of Mormon (written by Joseph Smith) says "...for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, AFTER all we can do." (2 Nephi 25:23, pg 100) (emphasis is mine). We can do nothing! The Bible tells us that there is no one good, not one of us and that all our works are as filthy rags.
"But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness' are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away." (Isaiah 64:6).
We can never EARN salvation -- it is a precious gift of grace and mercy from our Heavenly Father.
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9).
God extends the hand of salvation towards us and we either accept or reject it. This gift is free to us because someone else -- Jesus, God's only Son -- paid that price for us. He suffered and shed His blood for us on the cross of Calvary . That is how much He loved us -- He died for us!
"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8).
If you look at some of the early Christians, the Galatians in particular, Paul was incredibly frustrated with them. After he preached the simple Gospel of Christ to them, they ended up adding the "Law of Moses" to it and contaminated the Gospel message. Can you imagine how upset he was when he asked them:
"O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?" (Galatians 3:1-3).
I wonder what Paul would say to the leaders of the Mormon Church today? They have done the same things as the Galatians did: they have added to the Gospel! Some of the things that they have added are: additional scriptures, allegiance to Joseph Smith, the endowment (temple ceremony) where you are taught secret signs and passwords which according to Mormonism are necessary to reach the highest level of heaven, the wearing of garments (sacred underwear), baptism for the dead, genealogy, etc. Would Paul say, "O foolish Mormons..."?
Is Mormonism a Pseudo-Christian Cult?
We have just seen how Mormonism has corrupted the Gospel of Jesus Christ by the teachings of man. Now let us see if Mormonism is a cult.
Let us separate the term "cult" from "pseudo-Christian" for just a moment for it is very much possible to have a cult totally unrelated to Christianity... the two do not necessarily go hand-in-hand.
The definition of the word "pseudo" is "false, pretended, not real" (also "imitation"). The Mormon church is "pseudo-Christian" because it has the veneer or surface trappings of Christianity while at the same time, it denies some of the very basic tenets of Christianity: the virgin birth of Christ, the Trinity, the doctrine of grace (salvation is through faith and not works, Christ's atonement on the cross, etc.
Through its name (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), its similar terminology, and its own assertion that it is Christian, the Mormon Church has deceived many into believing and accepting them as fellow Christians.
If you look at the "Terminology of Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses," you will find the different definitions that Christians and Mormons place on the same word. One quick example from that document is "atonement":
LDS - The sacrifice of Christ that made resurrection possible along with the possibility of our earning forgiveness of sins.
Bible - The substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus on our behalf. He died for our sins. (1 Peter 2:24; 1 John 2:2).
As you can see the meanings differ but the word is the same. When you "talk" to a Mormon, you can carry out an entire conversation and end up thinking that your beliefs are similar, IF you are unaware of the terminology differences.
Also, "Mormon Terminology" explains other terms that Mormons use that you may not be familiar with: eternal progression, celestial kingdom, exaltation, general conference, pre-existence, etc.
Mormonism "looks" Christian but it is not!
On to the second point: the Mormon Church is a "cult" because it is devoted to the works, theories, teachings, and person of its founder, Joseph Smith.
The Book of Mormon and the Doctrine & Covenants, both written by Joseph Smith, are the primary "scriptures" of the Mormons. They do pay "lip service" to the Bible as they do include the King James Version of the Bible as part of their Scriptures, HOWEVER, they don't consider it to be "correctly translated." So when the Bible disagrees with the Book of Mormon, etc., the Bible is cast aside.
Joseph Smith (the "founder" of Mormonism) boasted that he did more than Jesus. "...I have more to boast of than ever any man had. I am the only man that has ever been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam. A large majority of the whole have stood by me. Neither Paul, John, Peter, nor Jesus ever did it. I boast that no man ever did such a work as I. The followers of Jesus ran away from Him; but the Latter-day Saints never ran away from me yet..." (History of the Church, Vol. 6, pp. 408-409).
Brigham Young (the second "prophet" of the Mormon church) said you can't get to the highest heaven without Joseph Smith's consent. "...no man or woman in this dispensation will ever enter into the celestial kingdom of God without the consent of Joseph Smith." (Journal of Discourses, Vol. 7, p. 289).
Again, as you can see, Mormonism is focused on a man (Joseph Smith) and his teachings and works.... not on Jesus Christ! It is a cult!!!
Is Mormonism a pseudo-Christian cult? YES!!!
Is Mormonism Christian? NO!!!