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Mormonism – Another Jesus

November 14, 2010

Paris, France – In a surprising admission during last month’s three nation European speaking trip, Mormon president Gordon B. Hinckley stated that the Christ he believes in is not the same Christ as the one followed by those outside the LDS Church. Hinckley quoted unnamed critics of the LDS Church who claim that Mormons do not believe in the traditional Christ and then he agreed with them. The LDS Church News reported: “In bearing testimony of Jesus Christ, President Hinckley spoke of those outside the Church who say Latter-day Saints ‘do not believe in the traditional Christ. No, I don’t. The traditional Christ of whom they speak is not the Christ of whom I speak. For the Christ of whom I speak has been revealed in this the Dispensation of the Fulness [sic] of Times'” (June 20, 1998, ). Despite this major difference on a pivotal doctrine of the Christian faith, Hinckley maintains that he is a Christian. “Am I Christian?” Hinckley asked rhetorically, “Of course I am. I believe in Christ. I talk of Christ. I pray through Christ. I’m trying to follow Him and live His gospel in my life” (Ibid.). Christians should ask, “Which Christ?” The Bible warns of false teachers who promote “another Jesus whom we have not preached” (2 Corinthians 11:4). The Apostle Paul warned the Corinthians not to believe everyone who preached “Jesus.” The true Jesus was based on the tradition of apostolic preaching – the Jesus “we preached.” Paul compared the preaching another Christ outside of that tradition with the deception of the serpent in the Garden of Eden (2 Corinthians 11:4, Genesis 3 1:4-5). In the same context, Paul warned the Church to beware of “.false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:13).

 

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Jospeh Smith’s Attack on the Sufficiency of the Bible

November 2, 2009

I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.

Joseph Smith, DHC 4:461; also TPJS, 194.

Joseph Smith  (had been given) “power from on high…to translate the Book of Mormon; which contains a record of a fallen people, and the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles and to the Jews also.”

D&C 20:8-9

This attacks the doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture since it implies that the gospel is not fully made known in the New Testament. It strongly implies that to get really near to God you can’t rely on the Bible’s doctrine but need also the book of Mormon.

Our Lord’s true Church is established and founded upon revelation. Its identity as the true Church continues as long as revelation is received to direct its affairs

October 3, 2009

Our Lord’s true Church is established and founded upon revelation. Its identity as the true Church continues as long as revelation is received to direct its affairs…. without revelation there would be no legal administrators to perform the ordinances of salvation with binding effect on earth and in heaven…. Since The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord’s true Church; and since the Lord’s Church must be guided by continuous revelation if it is to maintain divine approval;… we could safely conclude… that the Church today is guided by revelation…. the Spirit is giving direct and daily revelation to the presiding Brethren in the administration of the affairs of the Church…. The presence of revelation in the Church is positive proof that it is the kingdom of God on earth…. For those who reject these revelations there awaits the damnation of hell.

Bruce McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, 1979, pages 646, 647 and 650

1. The LDS (Mormons) claim to be the ‘true church’ – all others are apostate (NB Joseph Smith’s claim that the angel told him this)

2. Its denial of Sola Scriptura and the belief in ongoing revelation through ‘the presiding Brethren’ of the LDS.

3. Any denial of the extraordinary claims of the LDS is to face eternal damnation (cf. the claims of Romanism at the Council of Trent where it pronounces anathaemas on those who hold to the Scriptural teaching of justification by grace through faith alone).