Misguided by Mormonism

Misguided by Mormonism with Former Mormon Bishop Lee and Kathy Baker teaches Christians how to share their Christian beliefs with Mormons by contrasting the teachings of Mormonism with Biblical Christianity.

MG-19 – No Need for a Restored Bible

Did you know that Mormons believe that the Bible that Christians read today is not accurate?  The Mormon Church's 8th Article of Faith states, “We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly.”  So convinced was Joseph Smith that the Bible had been incorrectly “translated,” that he created his own translation of the Bible called the “Inspired Version” or “Joseph Smith Translation” where he added and revised whole sections of the Bible without any support from the ancient manuscripts.

One change Joseph Smith made to his version of the Bible is at Genesis chapter 17 where God makes a covenant with Abraham, requiring circumcision at “eight days” old. Although this covenant was performed for centuries by all Biblical prophets up through the time of Christ, Joseph Smith changed it from “eight days” to “eight years” and this change forms the basis of the Mormon practice of baptism at “eight years,” even though the context of the passage speaks of circumcision, and not baptism.

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MG-18 – No Need for Baptism for the Dead

Have you ever been baptized for your dead relatives?

A Christian can't answer this question because baptism for the dead is not something that is practiced within the churches of Christianity, but in over 150 Mormon temples worldwide, faithful Mormons are being baptized vicariously for their dead relatives in the hopes of increasing their chances of salvation in the next life.  But is Baptism for the Dead a Biblical practice? What about 1 Corinthians 15:29 where the Apostle Paul says, “Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead...?”

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MG-17 - No Need for Restored Temples

Have you ever wondered why the Mormon Church, builds temples throughout the world? What exactly do the Mormons do in their temples?  Mormons believe that they must perform secret temple rituals in order to gain eternal life. These rituals include temple workers washing and anointing specific body parts of the person going through the temple, the giving of secret names, handshakes, and temple garments which Mormons are expected to wear under their clothing for the rest of their lives.

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MG-16 - No Need for a Restored Priesthood

Does Mormonism restore the Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthoods mentioned in the Bible?  Joseph Smith claimed that he was ordained to the Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthoods through a special visitation of the Biblical patriarchs who gave him these Priesthoods to be passed down to the male members of the Church through ordination.

When I (Lee Baker) was ordained as a Bishop of the Mormon Church, I took pride in the fact that my Priesthood Line of Authority went back to the former Mormon Prophet Thomas S. Monson with only one man between me and him! What I did not realize was that it was all a lie. No man in the Bible ever held both Priesthoods, and I wasn't even qualified, under Biblical standards, to hold these Priesthoods. Even Jesus Himself was not qualified to hold the Aaronic Priesthood. So how could I claim to hold something that Jesus could not hold?

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MG-15 - No Need for a Restoration of Gospel Authority

By what authority do you or your Christian pastor perform Gospel ordinances, such as baptizing new believers or laying hands on someone to receive the Holy Spirit? Mormons often challenge Christians with this question because they believe that Gospel “authority” was lost when the Apostles died and that it had to be “restored” through their Prophet Joseph Smith. But what does the Bible say?

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MG-14 - No Need for a Restored Gospel

What is the Gospel or Good News? 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 says that the Gospel consists of belief in Jesus Christ's death for our sins, His burial and His Resurrection. But did you know that most Mormons today think that this simple Gospel taught in the Bible is incomplete?  The Mormon Church claims that when the first-century Christian Apostles died, many “plain and most precious” truths of the gospel were lost and that Joseph Smith was called by God to “restore” what was missing in the Christian Gospel.  So what exactly makes the Mormon “restored” gospel different from the Biblical Gospel?

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MG-13 - No Need for a Prophet Today

Have you ever wondered why the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, that is, the Mormon Church, has a living prophet leading their church while Bible-believing Christian churches do not?   Quoting the Bible at Amos 3:7 which says: “Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets,” leaders of the Mormon Church teach that “the Lord keeps a channel of communication open to His children through” their living prophet and that by “sustaining” their church leaders, “the Lord will never” allow their church members “to be led astray.” (See October 1994, General Conference talk, Heed the Prophet’s Voice at lds.org)

Is it true that without the revelations of a modern-day prophet, God's people would be led astray?  No! The Bible says in Hebrews chapter one “God... spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son.” Likewise, Luke 16:16 states: “The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.”

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MG-12 - To The Glory of God Alone

Soli Deo Gloria” which is Latin for “To the Glory of God Alone” is an essential teaching of the Christian faith that Mormonism distorts. Christians live for the glory of God alone, and not for building themselves up or exalting their own kingdoms as Mormonism teaches.  The Apostle Paul said at Galatians 6:14: “...may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ...”

Yet, Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, boasted that he did more than Jesus. Joseph Smith said: “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... 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.” (History of the Church, May 26, 1844, Vol. 6, pp. 408-409

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MG-11 - By Scripture Alone

Sola Scriptura” which is Latin for “Scripture alone” is a fundamental doctrine of the historic Christian faith that is completely rejected by the Mormon Church. “Scripture Alone” means that Christians regard the teachings of the Bible as the final authority for determining the doctrines and practices of the Christian faith. The Bible says at 2 Timothy 3:16 that “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine... for instruction in righteousness.” But the Book of Mormon rejects this truth when it mocks Christians who trust in the Bible Alone, saying at 2 Nephi 29:6: “Thou fool, that shall say: A Bible, we have got a Bible, and we need no more Bible.”  

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MG-10 - In Christ Alone

Solus Christus” which is Latin for “In Christ Alone” is another essential doctrine of the Christian faith that is completely rejected by the Mormon Church. “In Christ Alone” means that Christians trust in Jesus Christ Alone for salvation and do not put faith in any other person to stand between them and God. The Bible teaches at 1 Timothy 2:5, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” But the Mormon Church rejects this truth when they add their prophet Joseph Smith to the redemption plan of Christ.

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MG-09 - By Faith Alone

“Sola Fide” (Sola Fe-day), “By Faith Alone” is one of the essential doctrines of the Christian faith that cannot be found within the Mormon Church. To a Christian, “By Faith Alone” means that you are saved by your belief in the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ Alone, excluding any works of your own for your salvation.

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MG-08 – By Grace Alone

“Sola Gratia” which is Latin for “By Grace Alone,” is one of the Five Solas, or five essential doctrines, of the Historic Christian faith that is completely distorted within Mormonism.

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MG-07-Did Jesus Teach That Men Can Become Gods

In the Mormon Church Gospel Topic Essay on “Becoming like God” they  claim that Jesus taught that humans are in the process of becoming gods when Jesus quoted Psalm 82:6 at John 10:34 saying: “Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?”

As with most Scriptures the Mormon Church quotes to support their blasphemous doctrine of men becoming gods, they fail to consider the context of these statements.

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MG-06 - Does Genesis Teach the Mormon Belief that God's Image is Human?

The Mormon Church claims in their Gospel Topic Essay on “Becoming like God” that this doctrine is taught in the first chapter of Genesis where “God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” (Genesis 1:26-27). But every Mormon needs to consider the irrationality of that argument.

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MG-05 – Is the Book of Mormon Against Mormonism?

Did you know the Book of Mormon which Joseph Smith claimed is the "most correct of any book of earth" and the "keystone" of the Mormon religion does not contain any of the unique doctrines of Mormonism?

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MG-04 - Do Mormons Believe They Can Become Gods?

Do Mormons Believe they can become "Gods" like God, the Father of this Universe?  The Headquarters of the Mormon Church has just issued an Official statement in their "Becoming Like God" Gospel Topic Essay on their church website that describes how you can become a God… with a Big “G”.

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MG-03 - Does Mormonism Teach that God was Once a Man?

Mormons often wonder why anyone would feel the need to question if Mormons are Christian when even the name of their Church reflects their belief in Jesus Christ as members of "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." Yet, at its core, Mormonism teaches a different Jesus Christ. To the Mormons, Jesus Christ is our Elder Brother and the Brother of Satan. He is truly and literally the Son of God, but not the God of the Bible.

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MG-02 - Is Black Skin a Curse in the Book of Mormon?

Did you know that the Book of Mormon, that is in print today, and given away free by the Mormon Missionaries, is the most Racist set of Scriptures of any Religion in the World?

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MG-01 - Witnessing to Mormons Using Their Own Church History

Have you ever considered sharing your Christian Faith with a Mormon friend, coworker or neighbor? For the first time in the History of the Mormon Church, authentic and realistic Mormon Doctrine and History are now available to you and the Mormon People on the Gospel Topics' section of the Mormon Church's official website.

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