Let’s get something out of the way I’m sure my Mormon readers are dreading.
Okay, bottom line, the LDS church at this time does not practice polygamy, nor do they endorse it. Some Mormons do, but the “church” of Latter Day Saints in Salt Lake City has spoken against the practice, and indeed routinely excommunicates any Mormon who openly practices it.
Did Joseph Smith practice and advocate it? Yes. Did Brigham Young do so? Yes – but only after being ordered to do so by Joseph Smith, and very reluctantly. Is polygamy wrong? Yes it is. And the LDS “church” routinely condemns it when anyone brings it up.
Are there other sects of mormonism which advocate it, and disagree with the LDS “church”? Yes. I am not dealing with those groups at this time. Let’s just say that everything I’ve discussed about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon all apply to them as well.
So, there. We’re done with that topic.
Let’s get back to talking about doctrine.
There’s a lot of confusion in Mormonism about what they are. For starters, they believe that if they are sealed in a Temple ceremony, they will become gods themselves. Let me ask the parenthetical question at this time: Is Joseph Smith now a “god”? If it requires a Temple ceremony, and membership in good standing… how is he a “god”? The Temple was built long after Smith died.
That means there’s a lot of confusion in mormonism about what a god is, and WHO God is! I’ve dealt with that at length – if you missed it, go back a dozen or so posts and start reading from the beginning. I notice my Mormon reader who has undertaken to attempt to debate me has backed off from THAT issue!
And finally, what do Mormons consider themselves? It’s noted with some amusement by Jews worldwide that Mormons consider everyone who is not a Mormon to be a “Gentile”. I ask – does that mean they consider themselves to be Jews?
Yesterday, I quoted from 2 Nephi 29 that according to the Book of Mormon, God spoke to ALL nations as He spoke to the Jews.
The Bible, of course, says differently…
1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. Genesis 12:1-3 (KJV)
12 Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth; 13 O ye seed of Israel his servant, ye children of Jacob, his chosen ones. 1 Chronicles 16:12-13 (KJV)
1 What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? 2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God. Romans 3:1-2 (KJV)
11 And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle. Exodus 33:11 (KJV)
God committed unto Israel the delegated task of being a people set apart, a peculiar nation, separated unto God. Israel alone was spoken to in this manner. Israel alone was chosen.
Now, it is true God has spoken to every man that has ever lived, offering them salvation, and amazingly, refusing them.
But speaking to nations collectively as He did to the Jewish people, which is what 2 Nephi is implying is again contradicting the Bible. This again was why I listed all of the areas of theology one must study and need to know before one pastors.
Do I believe Joseph Smith was a prophet? Yes… a false one. A wolf in sheep’s clothing. I do see the signs in him of one who, if he’d been saved, could have become a mighty pastor for God, if he’d bothered to get some simple doctrinal training. Could he have done it on his own? Yes! Did he? No! For him to have turned, twisted and topsied the King James Bible so badly into thinking it meant something COMPLETELY contradictory to the plain sense meaning of Scripture is beyond me.
And of course, Smith somehow fell into the trap of many cults, the false belief that his new group somehow replaced Israel.
Whenever you believe your church or group replaces Israel, you have elevated yourself into the place of God, and are trying to supercede His writings and authority, as God makes it clear that the Jewish people remain the chosen ones for all perpetuity.
While many Calvinists in their arrogance claim themselves to be “israel” or “spiritual Jews”, Mormons take it another step forward, and actually claim to be Jews, to the point where they refer to Jews as Gentiles.
In this manner they again reveal the true source of their teachings, as Satan has long hated the Jewish people for their dedication to God. The Bible even states that God has not cast away the Jews, something which Calvinists often overlook – and apparently, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons as well.
1 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, Romans 11:1-2 (KJV)
bottom line – God chose the Jewish people to be a peculiar people, a chosen people whom He is not done with, as we see in Revelation. The churches dissapear from the Bible, as the atttention of God returns to the Jewish People for the final act on this earth.
So, again, a cardinal doctrine of Mormonism is put aside as unBiblical.