– We have spent many years in various Leadership positions of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We have found many of the most fundamental teachings of the LDS Church to be completely out of harmony with the Lord’s teachings in the Bible. As a former Mormon Bishop and member who had served that Church for over 32 years and as one who researched and documented what I have learned, I have come to know the true Lord Jesus Christ and His Grace.Read Lee’s Full Story out of Mormonism.
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.
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...?”
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.
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?
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?
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?
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.”
“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)
“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.”
“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 ChristAlone 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.