You have probably heard or read about the Mormons and their Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter day Saints. In this article I will give you a very brief background of how their church came about, and what they teach about Jesus Christ. You will see that the Mormon Jesus, and the Jesus of TRUTH, are not the same Jesus!
I will be quoting from a book that I bought many years ago, (probably out of print) entitled “Counterfeits At Your Door” by James Bjornstad. That book covers both the counterfeit group known as the “Jehovah’s Witnesses” and the counterfeit group known as the “Mormons.”
“Mormonism traces its lineage back to Jesus Christ Himself, and beyond that to the true Jewish (Old Testament) religion. Within this history, Mormonism claims that churches had been existing outside the “true” faith for centuries until Joseph Smith Jr whom Mormons revere as a prophet of God, restored the one true church of Christ. Mormonism claims to be the one true church.” [Counterfeits At Your Door, James Bjornstad page 100, Regal Books 1979]
I find this very interesting because the Roman Catholic Church also makes the claim that they are the “one true Church” and many follow her and her false doctrines. I truly believe that many are swayed because of the largeness of that system and somehow think that they cannot be wrong. So here we have the claim made by the Mormons that they are the one true church also.
“On September 21, 1823, while Joseph Smith, Jr was in prayer in his room, the angel Moroni appeared to him and told him of some gold plates. Moroni claimed they contained “the fullness of the Gospel” as revealed by Jesus Christ to earlier inhabitants of this continent” [Counterfeits At Your Door, James Bjornstad page 101, Regal Books 1979]
“In June, 1829, the work of translating the plates was completed and soon the first edition of the Book of Mormon was ready. It should be noted that the plates are no longer in existence, Joseph Smith having claimed he returned them to the angel Moroni when the translation was complete.”
“At a formal meeting in the home of Peter Whitmer, Sr, in Fayette, New York on April 6, 1830, the one true church was organized in the State of New York. The Church of Christ (later named the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) came into existence.” [Counterfeits At Your Door, James Bjornstad page 102, Regal Books 1979]
‘Keep in mind that there are several groups which are called Mormon . . . There have been, perhaps, as many as a 100 off-shoots from the original church. These groups have all have two things in common: They accept Joseph Smith Jr. as a prophet of God and the book of Mormon as the word of God-hence they are called Mormons. However, each group claims to be the only true church, rejecting all the others as apostates, and each one has some differences in doctrine and practice from the others.’
“Keep in mind that the material presented in this section is that of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints whose headquarters is in Salt Lake City, Utah. This is the largest group of Mormons and the fifth largest religious group in the United States.”[Counterfeits At Your Door, James Bjornstad page 104, Regal Books 1979]
“From the very beginning, Mormons said the Bible is unreliable, even though it is used by them and they lay claim to being biblical. The eighth Article of Faith in Mormonism states, “We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly.” Mormonism, in reality needs an unreliable Bible because the Bible contradicts almost all of Mormonism’s doctrines and practices. Mormons are taught that the Catholic Church corrupted the texts so that the Bible cannot always be trusted. This means that when you share your faith with Mormons, whenever a passage from the Bible contradicts their belief, they will think that passage is one of the places in which the text of the Bible has been corrupted.” [Counterfeits At Your Door, James Bjornstad page 104-105, Regal Books 1979]
Mormonism has a lot in common with the false religious system of Roman Catholicism from which the Lord delivered me. The Mormons have their “Book of Mormon” while the Roman Catholic Church has their man-made tradition along with the Magisterium, which is the teaching office of the church. They are the ones who the church depend on for the interpretation of the scriptures. They put their own man-made tradition on an equal level with the scriptures, and they claim that their own tradition, the Magisterium, and the Bible work together. I thank God for the true Christian reformers who stood against Rome, and made it possible for the common man to have the scriptures in their hand. Many millions have come to be born again of the Spirit, the true Biblical way, because they were able to read the scriptures for themselves without the interpretation of a Roman Catholic Magisterium. I am happy to say that I one of those many millions.
The Mormon Jesus: The Spirit Child
“According to the Mormons, Jesus Christ is a created being. He is the “First born Spirit Child of a long line of children who were sexually conceived in spirit form by a Heavenly Father who is the God of this universe, and a Heavenly Mother. In fact, all people-Jesus, Lucifer, we and others who have lived and will live on earth-were first born in spirit form in heaven. Jesus being the first born is our eldest brother.”
” . . . Jesus was conceived by the Heavenly Father, a god of flesh and bones, through sexual relations with Mary, an earthly woman. The only difference between Jesus and any other human is that his Heavenly Father (Father God who has a body) was literally his earthly father, who conceived him in the physical world as well.” [Counterfeits At Your Door, James Bjornstad page 110-111, Regal Books 1979]
If you are a true born again, Bible believing Christian, you may be shaking your head in disbelief at the teachings of the Mormons. I find it absolutely incredible that people believe those doctrines, and I find it still more amazing that many “Christian” leaders do not seem to have a problem with their teachings. Many “Christian” leaders, and other false unity ministers, use cute little sayings (which were birthed in Hell) such as this “We agree to disagree” or “We take different roads, but we will all end up in the same place, Heaven” Can you imagine Jesus telling the devil that they would simply agree to disagree?
The truth of the matter is this. If you are following a counterfeit Jesus, then it is impossible for you to enter Heaven. You most certainly will not be there. The Jesus of the Mormons is a counterfeit Jesus, and he does not exist at all. The real Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, and He has always existed. The apostle John described Him this way:
The Bible: The REAL Jesus Christ
Here are some scriptures from the Bible (Word of God) that reveal to us the REAL Jesus Christ. These same scriptures can be used to refute other cults such as the “Jehovah’s Witnesses” and others. These same scriptures can be used to refute false religious systems such as Islam, who do not even believe that God has a Son!
In the beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with GOD, and the WORD was GOD. The same was in the beginning with God. ALL THINGS were MADE by HIM; and without HIM was not any thing made that was made. (John 1:1-3)
The real Jesus Christ did not attain unto “godhood” through his consistent effort as the Mormons also teach their followers. Jesus Christ is God. The scripture passage above makes it so clear that the Word was with God and that the Word was God! The Word is describing Jesus Christ the eternal Son of God! So how do we know that the Word is talking about Christ?
And the WORD was made FLESH, and DWELT AMONG US, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)
The Word (Jesus Christ) became FLESH (born of the virgin) and He partook of our humanity so that we might be SAVED! The following verses of scripture (Hebrews 2:9,14) show us the very REASON why the WORD (Jesus Christ) was made flesh! Do not miss these verses of scripture, and meditate on what they are saying!
But we see JESUS, who was made a little lower than the angels for the SUFFERING of DEATH, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. (Hebrews 2:9)
Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that THROUGH DEATH he might destroy him that had the POWER OF DEATH, that is, THE DEVIL; (Hebrews 2:14)
The real Jesus Christ is part of the eternal triune Godhead, and He came to this earth, being born through the womb of a Jewish virgin named Mary.
And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the LORD is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the SON of the Highest: and the LORD GOD shall give unto him THE THRONE of his FATHER DAVID: And HE SHALL REIGN over the house of Jacob FOR EVER; and of HIS KINGDOM there shall be NO END. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the SON OF GOD. (Luke 1:28-35)
You can get a good glimpse of the eternal triune Godhead in the following scripture verse from the prophet Isaiah, which was written hundreds of years before Christ came to this earth:
Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, THERE AM I: and now the LORD GOD (YHWH ELOHIYM), and his SPIRIT, hath sent ME. (Isaiah 48:16)
The real Jesus Christ declared Himself to be the First and the Last, in the first chapter of Revelation:
And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I AM the FIRST and the LAST: I AM HE that LIVETH, and was DEAD; and, behold, I am ALIVE for EVERMORE, Amen; and have the keys of HELL and of DEATH. (Revelation 1:17-18)
Did you notice that this First and the Last declared that He was DEAD at one point in time? Who do you think that is talking about? Jesus Christ of course! That same First and Last is now alive for evermore.
Isaiah the prophet also spoke about the First and the Last:
Thus saith the LORD the KING OF ISRAEL, and his REDEEMER the LORD of hosts; I AM the FIRST, and I AM the LAST; and BESIDE ME there is NO GOD. (Isaiah 44:6)
Not only does the First and Last describe Himself as the King of Israel, Redeemer and the Lord of hosts, but He declares that there is NO god beside Him! To reject Jesus Christ as God is to call God a liar! We all know that Christ is the one who came to redeem us from our sins.
Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not REDEEMED with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of CHRIST, as of a LAMB without blemish and without spot: (1 Peter 1:18-19)
This same First and Last is also the Alpha and Omega:
” . . . I AM ALPHA and OMEGA, the FIRST and the LAST . . . (Revelation 1:11)
The Alpha and Omega is also called the Almighty:
I am ALPHA and OMEGA, the BEGINNING and the ENDING, saith the LORD, which IS, and which WAS, and which IS TO COME, the ALMIGHTY. (Revelation 1:8)
The real Jesus Christ of the scriptures describes the Jesus that every living human being in this world needs in order to be saved. The Mormons are not alone in their false doctrines concerning Jesus Christ. The people of Islam (the Muslims) believe that Jesus Christ is nothing more than a prophet, and they do not even believe that God has a Son. They too, need to repent and believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (Mark 1:15) The Jewish people do not believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Messiah who was sent into this world. They too must repent and believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ or they will never see Heaven. This obviously only touches on a small portion of the false doctrines of Mormonism but there is enough here to make anyone take notice.
Here are two ACTUAL QUOTES from Jesus Christ after He rose from the dead!
” . . . ALL POWER is given unto ME in HEAVEN and in EARTH. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the FATHER, and of the SON, and of the HOLY GHOST: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I AM with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Matthew 28:18-20)
” . . . Go ye into all the world, and PREACH THE GOSPEL to every creature. He that BELIEVETH and is baptized shall be SAVED; but he that BELIEVETH NOT shall be DAMNED.” (Mark 16:15-16)