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Unmasking the Deception of Mormonism Part 1 Who are the Mormons?

Who are the Mormons?

When my wife Peggy and I were first looking for a church we considered the Mormon Church.  Why?  Because they were such nice people and many had strong families and family was important to us.  At the time I was not a Christian, yet for some reason I had reservations about Mormonism.  Somewhere in the back of my mind were the thoughts, this religious group is off in some way.  We ended up attending a religiously liberal Methodist Church in town and attended that church for many years until I became a follower of Jesus Christ. We then began attending Emmanuel Faith Community Church in Escondido.  My wife Peggy and I have been attending either Emmanuel Faith or currently Mission Hills Church for the last 25 years.

When you think of a Mormon what do you think of?  Your first thoughts might be a good person or a nice family or a church that takes care of its people.  We might think of individuals in white shirts riding their bicycles all over the city.  You might even think of Salt Lake City and the Mormon Temple.  The Mormon Church has made a great effort to make their religion look attractive, to give people the impression that this is another Christian denomination that cares about the family and cares about you.

These are all reasons why the Mormon Church is one the fastest growing religions in the world.  They send missionaries all over the world to continue to add to that number.  Are they just another Christian denomination?  Or are they a false belief system that is deceiving people with their positive outward appearance?

I have both friends and relatives that are part of the Mormon Church.  I truly love my Mormon friends and my focus in this series will be on the teachings and beliefs of Mormonism and not the individuals who are members.  Some of my attacks on the teachings will be strong and you who have close friends and relatives that are Mormon might take offense.  My purpose is to attack the doctrines of the church and not the individuals.

The series title, “Unmasking the Deception of Mormonism,” reveals the conclusions I have reached based on my research.  My objectives are twofold: 1) To equip you to share with the Mormon at your door or anyone caught in the deception of Mormonism and 2) to help protect your family and close friends from joining the church.

Years ago I met with the daughter of a close friend who was dating a Mormon.  She at the time professed to be a Christian and was attending the Emmanuel Faith High School Department.  I showed her all the false teachings and why she shouldn’t be dating a Mormon.  How successful was I?  Today she is a baptized Mormon.  LOVE TRUMPED THE TRUTH!  She wasn’t open to what I had to say, even though when she was at my house she seemed to agree with everything I said.

It is our job as parents and grandparents to protect our children from error by helping them understand what we believe and what the Mormons believe.  Does equipping our children guarantee they won’t become Mormon?  No; but I believe it does decrease the chances.

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  • Tom Wright August 9, 2010, 8:47 pm

    Steve;
    Aren’t all the “false teachings” false from your viewpoint? What about the rest of the world?
    Also, why do we have the right to protect anyone, including family, from the religion they follow, since it is an intensely personal matter?
    I’m really interested in the mystery of Mormonism and how the debates with your visitors go….In fact, I’d like to sit in and “audit” the class if possible.
    Tom

  • Steve August 22, 2010, 5:14 pm

    Tom,
    You said, “Aren’t all the “false teachings” false from your viewpoint?” Everyone has a viewpoint and any view that disagrees with you is false. You disagree with what I believe, so I am not sure what the problem is here. What is my evidence the Mormon viewpoint is false? This entire series will be posted to show objective evidence against Mormon beliefs. Anyone can evaluate my case and either agree or disagree with my conclusions. If someone disagrees he or she has to provide why my reasoning is wrong. I invite any Mormon who reads this, to stand against my viewpoint and show me where I am wrong. This is the normal process of argumentation. I don’t just announce I believe they are wrong; I submit evidence to support my conclusions. The rest of the world is invited in on this dialogue and can chime in and show me where I am wrong.

    You ask why protect someone? If Christianity is true then there are dire eternal consequences for false beliefs. I warned this young lady because her eternal destiny rides on her beliefs. If I am right, when she dies, she will spend eternity in hell. By warning her or anyone else I am doing the most loving thing I can do.

    Your problem lies with your atheistic worldview. According to your beliefs all religions are manmade and are equally valid myths. In your view there is no afterlife, so when we die we all go into the ground and eventually become dust; end of story. What I am asking you to do is to leave your viewpoint and see mine. I believe in an afterlife, death does not end the story; it begins a new one. Either a person is in heaven or in hell for all eternity. Only through believing that Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins can I experience forgiveness and when I die I’ll be with Jesus. However, a person cannot believe in the fictional Jesus of Joseph Smith; this is akin to idol worship and the Bible condemns the practice of worshipping idols. Believing in a false Jesus saves no one. This is why I write.

  • Rob December 12, 2010, 4:54 pm

    It is scripturally valid and important that the world be warned of counterfeit forms of Christianity.

    Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through ME.” John 14:6

    “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

    “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

    I AM THE DOOR: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:1;9-10.

    Jesus himself declared, that He alone is the door – the way, the truth and the life. The fundamental problem with Mormonism is that it is in direct conflict with that very basic and most important fact. The LDS Church, while using Christ’s name and keeping him somewhere in the mix, declares that the LDS Church is the way, the truth and the life and that no man can attain eternal life in the Father’s kingdom but by and through the LDS Church. (Though the church will currently equivocate publicly from such blunt statements, ask any faith LDS church member if they truly believe that they, or anyone else, can reach the Celestial Kingdom without strict adherence to each and every church ordinance, doctrine and command. Without question, the LDS Church teaches, and the members believe, that it is only in and through the LDS Church that Eternal Life can be had.)

    Christ and his disciples warned of false prophets, apostles and doctrines:
    “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” Matthew 7:15

    “[B]ut there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:7-8

    “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.” 2 Corinthians 11: 3-4

    “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 11:13

    Neither Jesus nor His apostles hesitated to warn of and call out false and counterfeit doctrines when they appeared (yet neither He nor they imposed the Gospel on or forced anyone to believe in or to follow Christ). Yes, I think that we would be amiss not to warn our families, friends, the church and the world (and even the Mormon people)of the deception that is Mormonism. That is not (and should not be) a mean-spirited thing, if done with love and genuine concern for the truth and for the welfare of souls.

    Every man and woman must ultimately make their own decisions to believe or not believe as they see fit. Speaking the truth in love and with respect does not, and should not, infringe on anyone’s rights.

    I was a faithful LDS member for 39 years and I thank God for those who had the courage to stand up and speak the truth. When I had come to the point where I needed to know the truth, I did not feel imposed upon by any and all sides of the arguments (and before that point I never would have even looked at anything that contradicted the LDS church, even if it were placed right in front of my face with flashing lights). When knowing the truth meant more to me than just clinging on to what I wanted to be true, I tried to listen to all sides (and everything that I could get my hands on). Each and every side played a part in enabling me to make a real choice. Ultimately, the truth did make me free.

    God bless you and your ministry.

  • Steve December 17, 2010, 5:21 pm

    Rob,
    Thanks for sharing your passion for helping Mormons find the one true Jesus. I checked out your web site at: truthshallsetufree.com and I liked what I saw. I hope Mormons come to your site with an open heart and mind. May the Lord draw them to Himself through your ministry.

    Steve

  • Hollin May 6, 2011, 9:47 am

    I stumbled across your site while working on a lit paper. I debated at first on commenting but I just wanted to thank you. Recently I’ve been having trouble with accepting the fact that I can’t seem to believe in any religion, and I’m only 17 so i still haven’t told my parents. They are very devout so I’ve pretended to believe mainly for them but I wasn’t too sure how much longer I could hide. I’ve given this a lot of thought. I was confused by your passion at first but now I kind of understand why people need to have such faith. You’ve made me doubt quite a few things I was very certain of just a bit ago. You should be proud. So I guess the least I could do was be grateful.

  • Steve May 8, 2011, 10:41 am

    Hollin,
    Thanks for writing and being so honest. Are your parents Mormon? If you need more information on Mormonism, my 4 part MP3 series in the audio teaching section (Unmasking the Deception of Mormonism) would be very helpful.

    Whatever belief you arrive at needs to be one that best demonstrates the truth. Christianity is a historical religion that can stand up in the world of ideas. I have multiple articles that can help you to arrive at the truth. Don’t hesitate to ask questions; I’d love to help you in your spiritual journey.

    Steve

  • john September 3, 2011, 9:30 pm

    AFter about 5 years excomunicated, and inteviewed overseas by lds authority,
    found worthy for re-baptism, and then awaiting final approval by first presidency, my work contract finished shortly after that, being 2 years
    in that country. In returning to my own country, a new bishop was called
    arrogant and a lawer by profession, bringing the courtroom into everyone
    of his meetings and presentations, and private inteviews. This man was
    surely a dicator, power freak who went onto stake president.

    He called me into his office after I just settled into the ward location
    got a house and committed a life with family there, tells me by revelation
    that the spirit said I had to leave, terminated from attending just like that.

    The stake president at the time said that my manic depression illness
    was not welcomed in the ward. NOthing knew to me, as had it for most of
    my life, no threat to anyone, just when I fast became very sick and can
    display a painful negitive encountance.

    My fast cost me to this day, another 6 years into the future, still no
    approval to return, my family and marrige lost all because of an arrogant
    western australian Perth Dianella bishop named Tim Masson to this day
    remains just as arrogant with no remorse to what he did.

    The lds church would not listen to my cry for help. The lost sheep as I
    was not gone after, even as that messege was preached by Tim Masson, he
    rejected me into his ward/stake to this day.

    Such a church is brutal, evil and cultish.
    Cannot return even if given permission later.

    I found the real jesus afterward, of true christianity.
    We enter into christ rightousness and deny our own filthy rags of rightousness.

    The lds church ruined my life, almost led me to take my own life. Its hideous and dangerous as hell. I wouldnt even recomend my dog to join it. Animals are better than the dogma humans that rule and lead in that church all tarred with the same ugly brush of power hungury control and manipulation over the people even if they dont know it sometimes, its a fithy self-rightous desease
    that runs wild with ego, a false humility, and false relegion, maybe worse than any other modern new age relegion on earth, where priesthood raizes its ugly head of domination on our planet so called restored, all those ugly levitical laws and oaths of the temple. The very same levities then and today
    walk past a wounded man lieing in a ditch as I was, throw salt on his wounds
    yet a good samariton stops to help me was the greater example and even jesus
    said that in the bible..

    mormonism is defenetly not christian no matter what they claim but a self-rightous stuck up god making relegion to the extreme, and one world govenment
    jesuit, free masonary slaughter house of mind control apon this planet.
    [email protected]

  • Cynthia May 9, 2012, 2:22 pm

    As a former Episcopalian, then Evangelical, now Christian agnostic, I find the whole evangelical Christianity versus Mormonism sometimes comical, sometimes alarming.

    According to my own definition of Christianity (belief that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior; A personal relationship with Jesus as God’s only begotten son is required for salvation in Heaven; Rejection of him results in an eternity in Hell), Mormons aren’t Christians. Their cosmology is far too kind for that. In Mormonism, nobody good or kind winds up in a lake of fire…forever. Anne Frank and Ghandi are not perpetually tortured in Hell while God (presumably) looks on impassively. I, who has never murdered, raped, or tortured anyone, and, who rarely lies, don’t end up sharing a cell in Hell with Hitler or Stalin or Ghenghis Khan. True, only sealed Mormons make it to the top “Celestial” heaven, but others, including this agnostic, get to spend eternity in the Telestial Sphere, kind of like a downscale Holiday Inn version of Heaven. Theologically, Mormonism is far kinder to non-believers than evangelical Christianity (although the relatives of Jews who’ve died and then been baptized into the Mormon faith may differ on that point).

    But, the point in living in these United States is that individual religious groups don’t get to hold a monopoly on their faith’s name (unless they’ve they’ve taken the time to trademark it???). That’s why evangelical Christians have been able to start messianic “Jewish” congregations who worship Jesus (and, boy, oh boy, are traditional Jews upset with evangelicals’ use of the term “Judiasm”); and congregations in which women lead prayer sessions from the Koran in mosques in Brooklyn can call themselves “Muslim.”

    Mormons are free to call themselves Christians: they just have a different definition of what Christianity is. They’re able to do that because, by law, we Americans have no religious authority in this country with the legal authority to force them to do otherwise.

    Ironically, Mormons have the same problem with polygymous fundamentalist groups calling themselves “Mormon.” “They’re not Mormons!” they say.

    Personally, I think that if Mormons stopped calling themselves “Christians,” they would experience far less aminosity from evangelicals, who seem to be the most jealous of that term. Perhaps if Mormons used the expression “Followers of Jesus,” they would be deemed far more acceptable.

    My own opinion is that Mormonism is the fourth major Abrahamic religion: Judiasm, Christianity, Islam, and Mormonism. Others may, of course, disagree.

  • [email protected] October 21, 2012, 12:10 pm

    Hey im mormon and i have a testimony that the church is true from prayer, feelings in other churches compared to mine, and straight up the spirt. how do you account for the spirt? the devil cant play around with the spirt because it is the tool that only god can use.

  • Steve October 22, 2012, 7:02 am

    Dear Richard,
    How do you know prayer in the spirit is a tool only God can use? Where in the Bible is that taught? Please don’t quote James 1:5. It teaches about praying for wisdom during trials. James 1:2-6 (KJV) “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. 5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.” James says you must ask in faith. If a person has a false faith then this prayer is useless. That means you have to show you have the correct faith. Do you have evidence (outside of prayer) that your beliefs are true? I have given evidence for why Mormonism is a false faith. Can you refute what I have written?

    Steve

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