Galatians 1:8, “But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.”
Joseph Smith, in 1820, involved in using a “peepstone” used in the occults, who was also a treasure hunter, said he went out into the woods to pray and that he was seized upon by some powerful being of the unseen world. He said that thick darkness gathered around him. His tongue was held bound so that he could not speak and he was sinking into despair, ready to succumb to this being from the unseen world with great powers, when, all of a sudden, there appeared over his head a pillar of light in which two personages appeared. He asked them which Christian church was right.
He said, “I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all of their creeds were an abomination in his sight, and that all their teachers were corrupt.”
This was the beginning of a new religion taking foundational principles from the Bible. They teach that about 600 years before Jesus was born jews came to America and established a new civilization. They became the ancestors of the Indians. They built large cities of concrete. Their prophets recorded everything on gold plates.
After Jesus rose from the dead He came to America to teach this other Jewish nation about Himself. Then in the early 1800’s a man named Joseph Smith was given these golden tablets from God along with a prophet named Moroni, Mormon’s son who had come back to life. God gave Smith the power to translate these ancient writings and then took the gold plates back to heaven with Him. There are eleven witnesses who say that they saw the gold places, each having very little reputation for reliability.
This religion? The Church of Latter Day Saints, the Mormons. Their major recognized truth is called “The Law of Eternal Progression” which says, As man is, God once was, and as God is, man may become.
Here is the problem. In the very introduction of their book of Mormon it refers to their book as “another gospel.” As in the scripture above, Paul said not to believe it. Therefore, I can not believe it.
I do not believe in bashing other Christian groups, followers of the teachings of Christ, but can we accept the teachings of another gospel when we were warned over 1,900 years ago not to? Here are some of the frustrations which Mormon scholars face:
- No Book of Mormon cities have been located.
- No Book of Mormon names have been found in New World inscription.
- No genuine inscriptions have been found in Hebrew in America.
- No genuine inscriptions have been found in America in Egyptian or anything similar to Egyptian, which could correspond to Joseph Smith’s “reformed Egyptian.”
- No ancient copies of Book of Mormon scriptures have been found.
- No ancient inscriptions of any kind in America, which indicate that the ancient inhabitants had Hebrew or Christian beliefs, have been found.
- No mention of Book of Mormon persons, nations, or places have been found.
- No artifact of any kind, which demonstrates the Book of Mormon is true, has been found.
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