You have a distorted view of the Latter-day Saints

by Matt Slick

Email:  Well I'm not going to lash out at you or anything, but I just feel like you have a distorted view towards the Latter Day Saints. I read what you wrote and you started talking about how we believe Christ is merely a member of our church or something like that. I was curious if you have ever been to a Mormon Sacrament meeting during fast and testimony meeting. If you have you would realize that most solid members of our church testify about Christ and he is the one that we "love and most serve" as you put it from the bible. Then you started going on about how we celebrate sin and therefore must be ungodly, which is offending and I don't understand how you would expect people not to get mad about that. I'm not going to try and lash out at you or call you stupid, but would Christ really want you trying to tear someone's religion down? Do you really think you are doing what's right? I mean if you feel that way, fine continue with what you think. But, can't you leave us alone? I mean I have a solid testimony in my Church and in my Prophet Gordon B Hinckley, but my testimony would mean nothing without have the solid believe in Christ that I have. Our church is all about tolerance to other religions and we don't try to tear other people's faiths down. We are good people and just to let you know our foundation of our Church is Jesus Christ, its in the name, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I really hope that you would really think twice before attacking someone's religion and beliefs like that. You say that you are a follower of Christ and I believe you. But I want to ask you a question. If you are trying to live like Christ in every aspect, why attack someone's faith? I can't find a single example of Christ trying to tear down someone's beliefs that are good and virtuous.

Response:   I do not mean to offend you in any way. I can understand why you think I have a distorted view of your church. But I have studied it a great deal over many years. I have also studied the Bible a great deal. 

Yes, I have been to a Mormon sacrament and testimony meeting--several, in fact. I remember them well. The people got up and bore their testimony about Jesus, how they believe that Joseph Smith was a true prophet, the book of Mormon, and that they were in the true church. I was very saddened to hear these testimonies because I knew they were false testimonies.

You think that you serve the same Jesus that is in the Bible. But you do not. Mormonism has redefined who God is and redefined whom Jesus says. Though your church uses the Bible, it has changed the doctrines concerning Christ, God, and salvation. In Mormonism, God came from another planet, has a goddess wife, and has a body of flesh and bones.  It all teaches that Jesus is the brother of the devil. This is not in the Bible, and it is contrary to the Bible. Furthermore, Mormonism teaches that God is only one of many gods in existence. Again, this is contrary to biblical teaching. Therefore, even though the your church uses the same words (Jesus, God, Trinity, Salvation), it does not have the same meanings.

As far as celebrating sin goes, the Mormon Church celebrates the fall of Adam and Eve. Because through the fall, Mormonism teaches that your exultation as possible. This is a further error. You cannot become a god or goddess because the Bible says you cannot.

“You are My witnesses,” declares the Lord, “And My servant whom I have chosen, In order that you may know and believe Me, And understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, And there will be none after Me." (Isaiah 43:10).

Regarding your testimony

We could exchange testimonies, but mine would contradict yours.  Furthermore, I have a very strong testimony ended contradict yours.  What this tells us is that testimonies are not the way to determine truth.  Basically, a testimony is a feeling.  Even though you claim it is from God, there is no guarantee that it is.  If you are praying to a false god, then you will receive a false testimony; and you will believe it.  Since Mormonism denies the true God, I conclude that your testimony is not true.  The final authority on spiritual truth is the Bible. But since your church undermines the authority and reliability of the Bible, like Eve, you will be susceptible to deception.

Why do I write about Mormonism?

The reason I write about Mormonism is that if you die in Mormonism, you will go to hell; and I do not want you or anyone else to go to hell.  Let me eight again. If you die believing in the Mormon God, the Mormon Jesus, and the Mormon gospel, you will not reach exaltation.  You will not reach universal resurrection.  The only destiny you will have is eternal suffering in hellfire.

This is why I expose Mormonism. I certainly am not saying that there are no good Mormons who are nice people. What I am saying is that Mormonism is false, and your faith has been put in a false god and a false church. On the Day of Judgment nothing you say or hope or beg will make any difference. Salvation is found only through Jesus Christ--the Jesus of the Bible who is not the brother of the devil, who does not have a god and goddess mother, etc. 

What is the truth?

Instead, the Bible teaches that there is only one God in all existence in all place and in all time (Isaiah 43:10; 44:6, 8; 45:5, 14, 18, 21, 22). Therefore, Mormonism is wrong about the doctrine of many gods. Furthermore, Jesus is not the brother of the devil--or of you and me--begotten between God and his goddess wife in the preexistence.  Finally, the true gospel is that there is only one God in all places and in all time, that God is a Trinity of persons--not three God (as Mormonism teaches).  Jesus Christ, who is second person of the Trinity in flesh, died on the cross for our sins. In contradiction to this, Mormonism teaches that the atoning work of Christ occurred in the Garden of Gethsemane. This is a blatant denial of the Scriptures that teach us that Christ died on the cross for our sins because that is where he bore our sins (1 Pet. 2:24).

As far as Christ tearing down someone's beliefs goes, then look at the Scriptures where Jesus condemned the Pharisees for their erroneous beliefs about him.


About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.