“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)
Romans 4:5, says, “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”
As previously noted, the Mormon Church has several definitions of salvation and several degrees of glory. However, the Bible has only one definition of salvation and that is receiving by faith, God’s grace, apart from a man’s works. The true Gospel is recorded in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4:
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”
True Christians believe that the real Jesus Christ is the only way a man can receive forgiveness of sin and eternal life. The Mormon Church rejects God’s truth and substitutes another Jesus who does not exist and cannot save. The Bible teaches that those who put their trust in a false Christ will be eternally lost.
Here is what the Bible tells us:
“For there shall arise false Christ, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” (Matthew24:24)
“Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”(Acts 4:10-12)
One of the most egregious teachings of the Mormon Church concerns the “marriage” of Jesus Christ. Although it does not appear to be the Mormon Church’s official doctrine that Jesus Christ was married and practiced polygamy, it was apparently taught by church officials and believed by the Mormon people. For example, the following quotes by certain Mormon Church officials clearly show that the Mormon god and Jesus Christ are not the God and Jesus Christ that Christians believe in.
Jedediah M. Grant, Second Counselor to Brigham Young the Second Prophet of the Mormon Church: “Celsus was a heathen philosopher; and what does he say upon the subject of Christ and his Apostles, and their belief? He says, the ‘grand reason why the Gentiles and philosophers of his school persecuted Jesus Christ, was because He had so many wives; there were Elizabeth, and Mary, and a host of others that followed Him.’ After Jesus went from the stage of action, the Apostles followed the example of their master. . . The grand reason of the burst of public sentiment in anathemas upon Christ and his disciples, casing his crucifixion, was evidently based on polygamy,. . .a belief in the doctrine of plurality of wives caused the persecution of Jesus, and his followers. We might almost think they were ‘Mormons’ ” (Journal of Discourses, Vol 1. ppl 345-346)
Mormon Apostle Orson Hyde made these statements:
“It will be borne in mind that once on a time, there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; . . .no less a person than Jesus Christ was married on that occasion. If he was never married, his intimacy with Mary and Martha, and the other Mary also whom Jesus loved, must have been highly unbecoming and improper to say the least of it.”
“I will venture to say that if Jesus Christ were now to pass thought the most pious countries in Christendom with a train of women, such as used to follow him, . . .he would be mobbed, tarred, and feathered, and rode, not on as ass, but on a rail.”
“At this doctrine the long-faced hypocrite and the sanctimonious bigot will probably cry, blasphemy! . . . Object not, therefore, too strongly against the marriage of Christ.” (All the above statements: Journal of Discourses, Vol. 4, pages 259-260)
“When Mary of old came to the sepulcher. . .she saw two angels in white. and they said unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She said unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, OR HUSBAND, and I know not where they have laid him.” (Journal of Discourses, Vol. 2, page 210)
Statement by Brigham Young, second prophet of the Mormon Church:
“The Scripture says that He, the Lord, came walking in the Temple, with “HIS TRAIN; I do not know who they were, unless his wives and children;” (Journal of Discourses, Vol. 13. page 309)
The Mormon Apostle Orson Pratt:
“…it will be seen that the GREAT MESSIAH who was the founder of the Christian religion, WAS A POLYGAMIST, . . .the MESSIAH chose. . .by marrying honorable wives himself, show to all future generations that HE approbated the plurality of wives under the Christian dispensation, as well as under the dispensation in which His polygamist ancestors lived. . . .We have now clearly shown that God the Father had a plurality of wives. . .” (The Seer, page 172)
The above quotes from the writings of Mormon officials exemplify their teachings and belief that Jesus was married to Mary, Martha and the other Mary and that God was once a man and now lives in heaven practicing polygamy.
Additionally, according to Mormon teachings, to obtain the celestial glory, which means to obtain godhood, a couple must have a temple marriage referred to as the sealing ceremony or endowments. This marriage is referred to as for all time and eternity and means an eternal marriage. In answering the question about Mormon couples who are not married in the temple, Joseph Fielding Smith gave this answer, “Unless young people who marry outside the temple speedily repent, they cut them-selves off from exaltation in the celestial kingdom of God. If they should prove themselves worthy, notwithstanding that great error, to enter into the celestial kingdom, they go in that kingdom as servants. [Joseph Fielding Smith, Answers to Gospel Questions, 4 vols. (Salt Lake: Deseret Books, 1957-66), p. 196.]
As ridiculous as it may seem the above teachings suggest that unless Jesus Christ was married he would not be allowed to go the Celestial Heaven nor could he become a god. Based on my research as presented in the previous parts to this article, there is absolutely no credible evidence to conclude that Mormons are “Christians” as God defines in His Word and I believe that Willard Mitt Romney is selling a “bill of goods” especially to Christian conservatives in a frail attempt to capture their support, but that’s just my take.
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