By Mike S. Adams
Clash Daily Guest Contributor
Many Mormon readers were simply “outraged” at my recent suggestion that they are not Christians. I have hundreds of nasty emails to prove it. Yet Mormons have always asserted a right to declare that all “other” Christian denominations are not just wrong but abominations advanced by corrupt teachers. These assertions do not come from fringe members of the Mormon faith. In fact, they come from Mormon scripture.
In the LDS scripture, The Pearl of Great Price, we find passages in which Joseph Smith recounts his alleged “first vision” of God and Jesus Christ who are two separate beings and therefore, according to Mormon teaching, two separate Gods. Smith’s account gives us an early idea of what Mormons think about “other” Christians – a view never renounced by the Mormon Church:
“My object in going to inquire of the Lord was to know which of all the sects was right, that I might know which to join. No sooner, therefore, did I get possession of myself, so as to be able to speak, than I asked the Personages who stood above me in the light, which of all the sects was right (for at this time it had never entered into my heart that all were wrong)—and which I should join. I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt.”
Did you catch all that? All Christian denominations are wrong. Their creeds are an abomination. Their teachers are all corrupt. Mormons assert a right to teach these things about “other” Christians. But Christians are not allowed to suggest that Mormons – having said Christians are wrong about everything, literally “all their creeds” – just might be teaching a religion other than Christianity.
It is a bizarre account indeed. As young Joseph Smith looked at God – two different physical personages – he was able to accomplish something pretty amazing. It is a feat that seems to contradict the Holy Bible; he actually looked God in the face. I once heard an elder in the Mormon Church – who did not look old enough to shave – explain how Smith was able to look God in the face. The young elder explained, “He was transfigured, just like Jesus.”
Comparing Joseph Smith to Jesus is bold stuff. Where did that come from? It came from Mormon scripture, of course. Christians believe that Jesus came to earth to restore His Kingdom – a Kingdom that could not be shaken. But, according to Joseph Smith and the Mormons, Jesus was wrong. Here is Smith in his own words:
“I have more to boast of than ever any man had. I am the only man that has ever been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam. A large majority of the whole have stood by me. Neither Paul, John, Peter, nor Jesus ever did it. I boast that no man ever did such a work as I. The followers of Jesus ran away from Him; but the Latter-day Saints never ran away from me yet.”
This explains why Mormons keep writing me to say that God has abandoned all Christian churches except the Mormon Church. It also explains why Mormons try to baptize people after they are dead. They still believe that the gospel was not available between the time of the death of the Apostles and the visions of Joseph Smith. That’s nearly 1800 years of dead people who thought they were Christians but really weren’t.