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THE CULTS 2. The Mormons. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The Deception of Mormonism. Study Outline. Mormon History Mormonism and the Word of God Mormonism and the Being of God Mormonism and the Works of God Mormonism and Man Mormonism and the Person of Christ

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the cults 2

THE CULTS 2

The Mormons

Clogher Valley Bible Class

church of jesus christ of latter day saints

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

The Deception of Mormonism

Clogher Valley Bible Class

study outline
Study Outline
  • Mormon History
  • Mormonism and the Word of God
  • Mormonism and the Being of God
  • Mormonism and the Works of God
  • Mormonism and Man
  • Mormonism and the Person of Christ
  • Mormonism and Salvation
  • Mormonism and the Church
  • Mormonism and the Sacraments
  • Mormonism and the Eternal State
study outline1
Study Outline
  • Mormon History
  • Mormonism and the Word of God
  • Mormonism and the Being of God
  • Mormonism and the Works of God
  • Mormonism and Man
  • Mormonism and the Person of Christ
  • Mormonism and Salvation
  • Mormonism and the Church
  • Mormonism and the Sacraments
  • Mormonism and the Eternal State
mormon history

Mormon History

The Life of Joseph Smith

Clogher Valley Bible Class

in the woods spring of 1820
In the Woods – Spring of 1820
  • Born in 1805 and raised in New York State
  • In the woods praying he encountered 2 “personages”.
  • One was the “Beloved Son”.
  • He was told that the creeds of all denominations were abominable”
in bed september 1823
In Bed – September 1823
  • A “personage” appeared beside his bed.
  • His name was “Moroni”.
  • He was told of a Book written on Golden Plates and of 2 stones fastened to a Breastplate to help with the translation.
  • This Book told the history of the North American Continent and contained “the fullness of the everlasting gospel.”
smith s marriage january 18 th 1827
Smith’s Marriage – January 18th 1827
  • Emma Hale’s father refused to allow his daughter to marry Smith.
  • The Mormons claim this was persecution against his new religious awakenings.
  • There is evidence that the real reason was Smith’s preoccupation with digging for money with the help of a “peepstone”.
  • Therefore the couple eloped in order to wed.
  • This detail gives us an insight into an unstable and rather disturbed young man.
receiving the plates september 1827
Receiving the Plates – September 1827
  • Although in 1823 he was guided to the location of the plates on the hill Cumorah he was prevented from removing them.
  • Finally the “heavenly messenger” granted him the plates with instructions to keep them safe until he was called.
translating the plates
Translating The Plates
  • Smith teamed up with a farmer called Martin Harris who agreed to finance the publication of the translation.
  • Smith’s autobiography claims that a Professor Anthon confirmed that the writing was “Reformed Egyptian” and that the translation was accurate.
priests and witnesses
Priests and Witnesses
  • In 1829 Smith and Oliver Cowdery were given the priesthood of Aaron and then that of Melchizedek by “John the Baptist”
  • Smith was only to show the plates to 3 witnesses appointed by God – Oliver Cowdrey, David Whitmer and Martin Harris were chosen.
the book of mormon
The Book of Mormon
  • In March 1830 the Book of Mormon went on sale.
  • On April 6th 1830 the “Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints” was formed in New York with 6 members.
  • Smith and Cowdery ordained each other as elders.
  • Within a month the number has risen to 40.
what s the book about
What’s the Book About?
  • 2 waves of immigrations to the Americas.
  • The first took place in 2,250 BC from the region around the Tower of Babel. The people known as Jaredites eventually were wiped out by civil war.
  • In 600 BC Lehi a Jewish prophet of Manasseh allegedly left Israel and obeyed God in sailing to South America.
  • The records were written by Moroni whose Father was Mormon.
is it genuine
Is It Genuine?
  • There is no other history or archaeology to verify the accuracy of the record.
  • Reformed Egyptian is unknown unlike other ancient languages.
  • There are no manuscripts available to examine, unlike the Bible.
  • The Golden Plates were given back to Moroni.
  • What says the evidence, the confused babblings of a madman or the Word of God?
smith s sudden death
Smith’s Sudden Death
  • As the result of persecution the Mormons travelled west in search of a place to establish a community.
  • On the Mississippi he established a community called Nauvoo.
  • When he came under fire from a critical paper he ordered the destruction of the printing press.
  • He was imprisoned only to be killed by a mob who attacked the prison.
the move westward
The Move Westward
  • Brigham Young succeeded Smith a President.
  • In February 1846 they took their wagon train on journey which took them to Salt Lake, Utah in July 1847.
  • He established Salt Lake City.
  • The nearest railroad was Iowa City , 1300 miles away.
  • By 1877, the year of Young’s death there were 140,000 Mormons.
dramatic growth
Dramatic Growth

1962

  • World Membership –

1,965,786.

  • American Membership –

1,713,322

1990

  • Membership in top 10 countries – 8,218,000
  • American Membership – 4,900,000

At What rate has the true Church grown?

What a challenge to seek Holy Ghost power?

May we have a vision of these lost and deceived souls?

study outline2
Study Outline
  • Mormon History
  • Mormonism and the Word of God
  • Mormonism and the Being of God
  • Mormonism and the Works of God
  • Mormonism and Man
  • Mormonism and the Person of Christ
  • Mormonism and Salvation
  • Mormonism and the Church
  • Mormonism and the Sacraments
  • Mormonism and the Eternal State
they consider the bible to be a flawed book
They Consider the Bible to be a Flawed Book
  • The Mormon sacred writings are more trustworthy than the Bible.
  • Joseph Smith worked on a revision of the AV which was never completed.
  • Interestingly the Mormons will not publish this work.
  • Is it not reliable or would it be unfamiliar to potential converts?
the bible says
The Bible Says

Rev 22:18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

Rev 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

study outline3
Study Outline
  • Mormon History
  • Mormonism and the Word of God
  • Mormonism and the Being of God
  • Mormonism and the Works of God
  • Mormonism and Man
  • Mormonism and the Person of Christ
  • Mormonism and Salvation
  • Mormonism and the Church
  • Mormonism and the Sacraments
  • Mormonism and the Eternal State
one god among many
One God Among Many
  • Only matter is eternal.
  • God has a physical body as we do.
  • Human beings may eventually become gods.
  • God too was a man at one time.
  • Therefore there are many gods.
the bible says1
The Bible Says

Isa 42:8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

study outline4
Study Outline
  • Mormon History
  • Mormonism and the Word of God
  • Mormonism and the Being of God
  • Mormonism and the Works of God
  • Mormonism and Man
  • Mormonism and the Person of Christ
  • Mormonism and Salvation
  • Mormonism and the Church
  • Mormonism and the Sacraments
  • Mormonism and the Eternal State
an organiser not a creator
An Organiser Not A Creator

As matter existed before God all

he did was reorganise that matter

into the universe.

the bible says2
The Bible Says

Joh 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

study outline5
Study Outline
  • Mormon History
  • Mormonism and the Word of God
  • Mormonism and the Being of God
  • Mormonism and the Works of God
  • Mormonism and Man
  • Mormonism and the Person of Christ
  • Mormonism and Salvation
  • Mormonism and the Church
  • Mormonism and the Sacraments
  • Mormonism and the Eternal State
spirit children
Spirit Children
  • All men existed as Spirits before they were born.
  • The birth of children allows the Spirits to become embodied.
  • The fall was good in that it enabled man to reproduce and embody spirits.
  • Children are born sinless; there is no Original Sin.
the bible says3
The Bible Says

Psa 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Rom 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

study outline6
Study Outline
  • Mormon History
  • Mormonism and the Word of God
  • Mormonism and the Being of God
  • Mormonism and the Works of God
  • Mormonism and Man
  • Mormonism and the Person of Christ
  • Mormonism and Salvation
  • Mormonism and the Church
  • Mormonism and the Sacraments
  • Mormonism and the Eternal State
horrible blasphemy
Horrible Blasphemy
  • Christ was the First spirit child born of God.
  • He was conceived as the result of union between God and Mary.
  • Christ was married to Mary, Martha and the other Mary.
the bible says4
The Bible Says

Luk 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

the extent of the atonement
The Extent of the Atonement

1: General Salvation

Christ died to raise all people from the

dead but that does not mean everyone will be saved beyond the resurrection.

2: Individual Salvation

Given to those who know and obey

deceiving words
Deceiving Words
  • They say the atonement was necessary because of Adam’s Fall. Yet they also believe that the Fall was a good thing. CONFUSED!!!
  • They will say that Christ died for everyone yet the General Salvation is meaningless.
  • The Individual Salvation is dependent upon works, not grace.
the bible says5
The Bible Says

Rom 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

Rom 3:25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

Rom 3:26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

Rom 3:27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.

study outline7
Study Outline
  • Mormon History
  • Mormonism and the Word of God
  • Mormonism and the Being of God
  • Mormonism and the Works of God
  • Mormonism and Man
  • Mormonism and the Person of Christ
  • Mormonism and Salvation
  • Mormonism and the Church
  • Mormonism and the Sacraments
  • Mormonism and the Eternal State
gaining eternal life
Gaining Eternal Life
  • Salvation has degrees, the highest being eternal life or exaltation where the person becomes a god.
  • The ordinances one must partake of are Faith in Christ, Repentance, Baptism by immersion and laying on of hands for the gift of the Spirit.
the bible says6
The Bible Says

Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Eph 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

celestial marriage
Celestial Marriage
  • To receive the highest form of exaltation one must be married.
  • Marriage for time is conducted outside a Mormon Temple and is dissolved in death.
  • Celestial Marriage is performed inside a Mormon Temple and is eternal.
  • Those who enjoy Celestial Marriage will go through eternity producing spirit children which will in time become human.
  • Those who are married for time or who are single will be single in the afterlife.
the bible says7
The Bible Says

Luk 20:34 And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage:

Luk 20:35 But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:

Luk 20:36 Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.

study outline8
Study Outline
  • Mormon History
  • Mormonism and the Word of God
  • Mormonism and the Being of God
  • Mormonism and the Works of God
  • Mormonism and Man
  • Mormonism and the Person of Christ
  • Mormonism and Salvation
  • Mormonism and the Church
  • Mormonism and the Sacraments
  • Mormonism and the Eternal State
the mormons the only true church
The Mormons – The Only True Church

“Every spirit that does not confess that God

has sent Joseph Smith, and revealed the

everlasting gospel through and to him, is of

Antichrist”.

Brigham Young

the bible says8
The Bible Says

Mat 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

  • Christ not Joseph Smith is the Church Builder
  • The Church was always in existence and God did not have to wait for Joseph Smith to do the building
study outline9
Study Outline
  • Mormon History
  • Mormonism and the Word of God
  • Mormonism and the Being of God
  • Mormonism and the Works of God
  • Mormonism and Man
  • Mormonism and the Person of Christ
  • Mormonism and Salvation
  • Mormonism and the Church
  • Mormonism and the Sacraments
  • Mormonism and the Eternal State
baptism
Baptism
  • They believe in baptismal regeneration.
  • They define the mode as immersion.
  • Joseph Smith in his revision of the AV even inserted a passage about the baptism of Adam!!!
the bible says9
The Bible Says

Mar 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

baptism for the dead
Baptism For The Dead
  • Between 1841 and 1842 Smith received “revelations” concerning this practice from Malachi 4:5-6.
  • He insisted there had to be a welding link between the father’s and the children for the curse to be removed.
  • Rather imaginatively and without scriptural basis he introduced Baptism for the Dead.
how are the dead baptised
How Are The Dead Baptised?
  • Mormons are expected to work for the Baptism of their dead relatives going back as far as records will allow.
  • It is carried out in a tank built below the ground in a temple, the place simulates the graves of the deceased.
  • The names of the dead baptised are recorded and there must be at least 3 witnesses.
  • The Spirits of the dead must accept this baptism by proxy for it to be valid.
the bible says10
The Bible Says

Heb 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

the lord s supper
The Lord’s Supper
  • It is performed weekly and all can partake who are 8 years old and upward.
  • Water, not wine, is taken because the angel apparently told Joseph Smith not to touch strong drink.
  • It is not a way of salvation but a means whereby the gift of the Holy Ghost is maintained.
the bible says11
The Bible Says

1Co 11:24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

1Co 11:25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

study outline10
Study Outline
  • Mormon History
  • Mormonism and the Word of God
  • Mormonism and the Being of God
  • Mormonism and the Works of God
  • Mormonism and Man
  • Mormonism and the Person of Christ
  • Mormonism and Salvation
  • Mormonism and the Church
  • Mormonism and the Sacraments
  • Mormonism and the Future
the gatherings
The Gatherings

1: The Gathering of Ephraim

This is ongoing as the Mormons believe that they are mostly of Ephraim.

2: The Gathering of the Jews (or Judah)

This is ongoing in the Holy Land but they will not accept Christ until his return.

3: The Gathering of the Lost Ten Tribes

The 10 tribes located in the north will be gathering to Zion and will receive the “crowned blessings from Ephraim” – putting the Mormons in the driving seat!!

the bible says12
The Bible Says

Rom 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

Rom 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

the millennium
The Millennium
  • Christ will reign personally for 1,000 years
  • When he returns the believing dead will be raised and the living saints will receive new bodies to enjoy this era of peace
  • The spirits of the wicked will remain in a prison house and given time to repent.
  • Non Mormons who lived good lives will be able to enjoy this time.
  • The work of the Millennium will be baptism for the dead for all those who have lived.
  • At the end the wicked will be raised in the second resurrection
the bible says13
The Bible Says

2Th 1:7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,

2Th 1:8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:

2Th 1:9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

2Th 1:10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.

the eternal state
The Eternal State
  • The world will be dissolved and resurrected into an exalted state.
  • The Celestial Kingdom will be established in the new earth for the faithful who will be married and propagate.
  • The Terrestrial Kingdom will be established outside earth for good people who were not Mormons, for those who never had opportunity or who embraced faith in the Spirit world.
  • The Telestial Kingdom will be in another earth (planet!!!) for those who were punished in Hell during the millennium and who are given another opportunity to do good
promotion
Promotion

There will be opportunities to make progress within the Kingdoms and people may even be promoted from one Kingdom to the other

the sons of perdition
The Sons of Perdition

A The Devil and His Angels

Lucifer a brother of Christ rebelled against

God with a company of Spirits. They are

denied any opportunity of salvation

B Human Sons of Perdition

Those who had the power of God but who

rebelled against it therefore committing the

unpardonable sin.

This is the only group who suffer eternal damnation

And they consist of a very small part of humanity

the bible says14
The Bible Says

Rev 21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

Rev 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

Rev 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.