Are Mormons Christians?

Latter Day Saints, also known as LDS, desperately want to be known as Bible-believing Christians. LDS will tell you that they believe the same gospel as Christians do, and they get highly offended if you tell them they have a different gospel and are not Bible-believing Christians. Sadly, more and more Bible-believing Christians are believing the LDS are in fact Bible-believing Christians just like us. It’s getting to the point that Christians are joining hands with LDS and allowing them to work with them in sharing the gospel of Jesus with non-believers.

Well, here are plenty of quotes from LDS leaders and prophets sharing exactly what they think of the Bible and Christians.  Read them and then tell me, do you honestly believe they are still Bible-believing Christians? And if you do, can you support it from the Bible?  I will break these quotes down into different subjects to make this a little easier to understand.  

What LDS prophets and presidents have said about Christians:
Read 1 Nephi 14:10 “behold there are save two churches only; the one is the church of the lamb of god, and the other is the church of the devil; wherefore, whoso belongeth not to the church of the lamb of god belongeth to that great church, which is the mother of abominations; and she is the whore of all the earth.”

Brigham Young: “with a regard to true theology, a more ignorant people never lived than the present so-called christian world” (Journal of discourses 8:199).

3rd president John Taylor (Brigham young quotes Mr Taylor) “Brother Taylor has just said that the religions of the day were hatched in hell, the eggs were laid in hell, hatched on its borders, and kicked onto the earth” (J.O.D 6:176).

 Heber C. Kimball “Christians-those poor, miserable priests brother Brigham was speaking about-some of them are the biggest whoremasters there are on the earth” (J.O.D 5:89).

Now, let’s think about what these quotes all just said.  LDS want to be known as and called Bible-believing Christians, but a few original LDS prophets and presidents have all clearly stated what they think of Christians, so why would LDS want to be known as Christians?   If these prophets were to come back from the grave and were alive today, then they would not even recognize the LDS church today.

The LDS prophet, Gordon B. Hinckley, stated that LDS do not believe in the same Jesus as we Bible-believing Christians do.

In bearing testimony of Jesus Christ, President [Gordon B.] Hinckley spoke of those outside the [LDS] Church who say Latter-day Saints “do not believe in the traditional Christ.   No, I don’t.   The traditional Christ of whom they speak is not the Christ of whom I speak.   For the Christ of whom I speak has been revealed in this the Dispensation of the Fulness of Times. He, together with His Father, appeared to the boy Joseph Smith in the year 1820, and when Joseph left the grove that day, he knew more of the nature of God than all the learned ministers of the gospel of the ages.” (Church News, June 20, 1998, 7)

“It is true that many of the Christian churches worship a different Jesus Christ than is worshipped by the Mormons or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” (LDS Seventy Bernard P. Brockbank, Ensign, May 1977, p.26 ).

If the prophet claims that he does not believe in the same Jesus as we Bible-believing Christians do, then how can LDS claim to believe that the LDS prophet?  The LDS prophet is the only person who speaks for God in the LSD church, and he says we do not have the same gospel, so why do the LDS claim to believe in the same Jesus as we do?

A tract published by the LDS Church in 1973 says this:

Christians speak often of the blood of Christ and its cleansing power. Much that is believed and taught on this subject, however, is such utter nonsense and so palpably false that to believe it is to lose one’s salvation. For instance, many believe or pretend to believe that if we confess Christ with our lips and avow that we accept Him as our personal Savior, we are thereby saved. They say that His blood, without any other act than mere belief, makes us clean. (What the Mormons Think of Christ, 22)

10th  LDS President Joseph Fielding Smith wrote that “man may commit certain grievous sins–according to his light and knowledge–that will place him beyond the reach of the atoning blood of Christ. If then he would be saved, he must make sacrifice of his own life to atone–so far as in his power lies–for that sin, for the blood of Christ alone under certain circumstances will not avail…. Joseph Smith taught that there were certain sins so grievous that men may commit, that they will place the transgressors beyond the power of the atonement of Christ. If these offenses are committed, then the blood of Christ will not cleanse them from their sins even though they repent” (Doctrines of Salvation 1:134, 135).

LDS at one time taught the blood of Christ cannot cleanse us or save us.  As a Bible-believing Christain, do you agree with that?  If so, we need to talk.  If not, then how can LDS claim to be Christians?

Sadly, many Christians no longer believe the Bible as the Word of God.  If you claim to be a Christian and dont believe the Bible, then I question your salvation.  But that aside, if you believe the Bible to be the Word of God, and you feel LDS are Christians, then read these quotes.

Article eight of the LDS Articles of Faith reads, “We believe the Bible as far as it is translated correctly …”

Joseph Smith, the founder of the LDS Church, declared, “Ignorant translators, careless transcribers, or designing and corrupt priests have committed many errors” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg. 327).

According to the Book of Mormon, only fools believe the Bible is a sufficient spiritual guide.

 2 Nephi 29:6 states, “Thou fool, that shall say: A Bible, we have got a Bible, and we need no more Bible.”

Probably one of the most vocal LDS critics of the Bible was Apostle Orson Pratt. He claimed, “… who in his right mind could for one moment suppose the Bible in its present form to be a perfect guide? Who knows that even one verse of the Bible has escaped pollution, so as to convey the same sense now that it did in the original?” (Divine Authenticity of the Book of Mormon, pg. 47.)

The Book of Mormon states that “when it [i.e., the Bible] proceeded forth from the mouth of a Jew it contained the fulness of the gospel of the Lord” (1 Ne. 13:24), but “after the book hath gone forth through the hands of the great and abominable church, . . . many plain and precious things [are] taken away from the book” (1 Ne. 13:28).

“The words contained in this Bible are merely a history of what is gone by; it was never given to guide the servant of God in the course he should pursue, any more than the words and commandments of God, given to a generation under one set of circumstances, would serve for another generation under another set of circumstances. There must be something to suggest or to draw forth the command to answer the circumstance under which we are placed at the time” (Apostle Orson Hyde, October 6, 1854, Journal of Discourses 2:75).

“…who in his right mind, could for one moment, believe the Bible in its present form to be a perfect guide? Who knows that even one verse has escaped pollution, so as to convey the same sense now that it did in the original?” (Apostle Orson Pratt, Divine Authenticity of the Book of Mormon, p.47.)

“As all informed persons know, the various versions of the Bible do not accurately record or perfectly preserve the words, thoughts, and intents of the original inspired authors” (Apostle Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p.383).

Bible-believing Christians teach and believe that God the Father is eternal, not created, nor did He just come to be, yet LDS teach otherwise.

Milton Hunter from the council of the seventy, gospel through the ages pg 104: “Mormon prophets have CONTINUOSLY taught the sublime truth that God the eternal father was once a mortal man.”

 President Joseph.feilding.Smith, in the improvement era, vol 18 pg 81;
The PROPHET JOSEPH SMITH, teachings, pg 345-346;
Apostle James Talmage, Articles of Faith, pg 430;
Apostle Orson Pratt, The Seer
Presdint lorenzo snow, gospel through the ages, pg 104
Apostle Orson Hyde, Quorum of the twelve; all taught and believed God was once a man.

Galatians 1:8-9 says,  “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.  As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”

According to the Bible, if anyone teaches another gospel, they will be eternally damned.  Mormons teach another gospel.  People who claim to be Christians, but believe Mormons are also Christians, have and are teaching another gospel.