*Side note:

Racism is a charge that has been leveled at the Mormon Church throughout its history by a number of civil rights groups. Naturally, Mormons reject such claims by pointing to a small number of African-Americans and Native-American members. The fact remains, however, that the god of Mormonism elevates “white” races as supreme and has demeaned African-Americans and Native Americans as “unrighteous.”

 

The Mormon’s record claims that Christ visited the American continent, revealed Himself to the Nephites, preached to them the gospel, and instituted both Baptism and Communion- or the “sacrament” as LDS’s call it. The Nephites proved to be no match for the Lamenites, and they were defeated by them and annihilated in a great battle near the hill Cumorah, approximately A.D. 421. The traditional view held by the LDS church is that the hill called Cumorah in The Book of Mormon is the same hill where Joseph Smith dug up the gold plates. This would place the final battle between the Nephites and Lamenites near Palmyra, New York, or near the Smith farm.

 

The Mormons have yet to explain the fact that leading Archeological researchers not only have repudiated the claims of The Book of Mormon as to the existence of these civilizations, but have adduced considerable evidence to show the impossibility of the accounts given in the Mormon Bible.

 

From this Archeological evidence, it is clear that the cities mentioned in The Book of Mormon are imaginary, that elephants never existed on this continent, and that metals described in The Book of Mormon have never been found in any of the areas of contemporary civilizations of the New World. This is not a Theologian attempting to discredit the Mormons on the basis of their theology, but recognized archeological experts challenging The Book of Mormon on the basis of the fact that its accounts are not in keeping with the findings of science.

 

One of the most damaging claims against the archeology of The Book of Mormon was the publication of former Brigham Young University professor Thomas Stuart Ferguson’s paper written in 1975. After 25 years of dedicated Archeological research, Ferguson found nothing to back up the flora, fauna, topography, geography, peoples, coins,  or settlements of the book and, in fact, he called the geography of The Book of Mormon “fictional.”

 

-The Mongoloid Factor:

It is one of the main contentions of Mormon theology that Native Americans are the descendants of the Lamanites and that they were of the Semitic race; in fact, of Jewish origin. There is simply no foundation for the postulation that the Native Americans (Lamanites according to the Mormons) is in any way related to the race to which Nephi (a Semite) allegedly belonged.

 

-Corrections, Contradictions, and Errors:

There is a great wealth of information concerning the material contained in The Book of Mormon and the various plagiarisms, anachronisms, false prophecies, and other unfortunate practices connected with it. Since the publication of The Book of Mormon in 1830, the first edition had undergone extensive “correction” in order to present it in its current form.

 

The former major revision of the Book of Mormon was in 1920. That standard edition is still found in many public libraries and in millions of homes. In the latest revision, 1981, a subtitle was added to the cover: “Another Testament of Jesus Christ,” and no less than 100 verses were changed without consulting the missing golden plates.

 

A careful examination of The Book of Mormon reveals that it contains thousands or words from the King James Bible. In fact, verbatim quotations, some of considerable length, have caused the Mormons no end of embarrassment for many years.

 

The comparison of Moroni 10 with I Corinthians 12:1-11; II Nephi 14 with Isaiah 4; and II Neph12 with Isaiah 2 reveal that Joseph Smith made free use of his Bible to supplement the alleged revelation of the golden plates. The book of Mosiah, chapter 14, in The Book Of Mormons, is a reproduction of the 53rd chapter in Isaiah the prophet, and III Nephi 13 copies Matthew 6 almost word-for-word.

 

-The Theology of Mormonism:

The Mormon Church almost from its inception has claimed what no other church today claims to possess: the priesthoods of Aaron and Melchizedek. The Mormons maintain that Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery received the Aaronic priesthood from the hand of John the Baptist on May 15, 1829, and that the Melchizdek Priesthood was conferred upon Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery through the ministration of Peter, James, and John, shortly after the conferring of the Aaronic order.

 

In the theology of Mormonism, both the Melchizedek and Aaronic orders are considered to be but one priesthood “without beginning of days of end of years” and through the authority of this priesthood alone, they maintain that men speak and act in the name of the Lord for the salvation of humanity. The writer of the book of Hebrews, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, declares that the priesthood of Melchizedek is the peculiar possession of Jesus Christ, not only by virtue of the fact that He is God and possessed of imperishable life, but because it cannot be transferred to another. It consummated the Aaronic priesthood, it terminated the Levitical order; it resides in the Son of God; and by the will of His Father, it cannot be transferred.

There is no escape from the force of these revelations of Scripture, and no exegetical theologian or commentator has ever held otherwise. It is all well and good for the Mormons to claim the priesthoods of Aaron and Melchizedek, but it should be pointed out that they do so by contradicting the expressed teaching of the Word of God that they claim to respect.

 

The priesthood is one of the areas that the Mormons emphasize. They never tire of stating to any and all who will listen, particularly to those who are likely proselytes, “You do not have the priesthood!” To answer this, the alert Christian should point out that the Mormons themselves do not have any priesthood, but that the church of Jesus Christ has always had a priesthood, a priesthood very clearly taught in the New Testament. This priesthood was emphasized by the great reformation theologian Martin Luther, who described it as “the priesthood of all believers.”

1 Peter 2:9-10 says, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.”

 

The fact is that Mormons have no priesthood at all, since their denial of the true deity of Jesus Christ and the nature of God rules out the possibility that they could share in the priesthood of all believers.

 

-Major Deviations From Truth

·        They believe that they restored the true message of the gospel, and that they are the only source of truth.

·        They do not believe in the preservation of Scripture. They believe that the entire Bible has been corrupted.

·        They consider the Book of Mormon as inspired equally with the Bible.

·        Joseph Smith said, “As Man is, God was, As God, is, Man may become.”

·        Men and women are the brothers and sisters of Jesus. Jesus was the firstborn of God’s spirit children. They even believe that Lucifer was Jesus’ brother.

·        The highest level of salvation must come through Joseph Smith. Salvation is through works. All souls will be saved at some level; there is no eternal punishment for sin.

 

-Biblical Response To The Cult

·        There is no verification of the things written in the Book of Mormon. There is no evidence of Christ in the New World, or of ancient Egyptian manuscripts.

·        God promised to preserve both His Word and His church (Matt. 16; Psalm 12).

·        God warns not to add to His words (Prov. 30:5-6).

·        There is only one God (Isa. 43:10).

·        Jesus Christ is the only Way to salvation (John 14:6; Eph. 2:8-9).