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Why Christians Should Not Vote For Romney

By: George Oliver Doverall Esquire

2012

If you are a Christian, you should not vote for Romney. If youre a Christian and you think you should keep your religious views out of your political decisions, then you should consider this aspect of modern Mormonism. Romney is not keeping religion out of the election; he has specically said he is keeping God in his campaign. The Mormon Church is also not keeping their religion out of politics. Thats because the Mormons actually have a prophecy that the United States will get into great trouble and be hanging by a thread, which Mormon leaders have interpreted to mean near nancial bankruptcy. The prophecy says when the country gets into this great trouble, the Mormons will step in and save the nation; after which all Americans will become enlightened, and Mormonism will be recognized as the one true Christianity in the country.(1)(2) Romney says he wants to save our country from nancial ruin. The Mormons believe he is prophesied to do that.(3)(4) Its not coincidence. The Mormon prophecy is specically about the United States because their founder was alive and in the U.S. when he claimed to become a prophet. If you support Romney, then you are supporting the Mormon prophecy whether you want to or not. And if Romney is in ofce and the economy gets better, they will claim the prophecy fullled. Why should you care if the Mormons claim that Romney fullled their prophecy? Because the Mormons will use that newly fullled prophecy in their missionary work. Theyll claim it as proof that the founder of the Mormon Church, Joseph Smith, is a true prophet of God because his prophecy came true. And if Joseph Smith is a true prophet of God, then theyll claim it as proof that Mormonism is the only true version of Christianity, because that is the foundational premise Mormonism was founded on by Smith. The Mormon church will then use the rst part of the fullled prophecy to verify the second part of that prophecy, which is the U.S. will become a Mormon nation. Thats their prophecy and their plan; it will be their sales pitch for recruitment, too. Even if you dont believe it, you have to admit its a pretty strong sales pitch for religious conversion; Our founder is the new prophet of God, and we can prove it. He prophesied that Mormons would help save the United States, and just like he prophesied, Mormons helped save America. He also said everyone in America will become Mormon. If you want to be a real Christian, you should join our church. Without the proof from the prophecy, this is how Mormons recruit new converts now.(63) Why should that matter to Christians? Because Mormonism claims to be a form of Christianity but is not.(13)(14) Why not? By their own admission, Mormonism is not monotheistic; at least not in the same way as any other form of Christianity.(71)(72) Mormonism teaches that God the Almighty rst had to work to become God and that God is one of a multitude of gods.(66)(67)(76) Mormonism preaches that God himself is an exalted man of esh and bone who lives in an actual physical place near a star or planet named Kolob.(27)(40)(65) This belief structure is polytheistic, and no claim to contrary changes that fact. This belief structure is fundamentally different from any other form of apostolic creedal Christianity, which believes in only one Supreme God and rejects the existence of any other gods. Even the Christian concept of the Trinity is fundamentally different in Mormonism than in any other apostolic tradition of Christian faith.(15)(16) Mormons consider Jesus and God to be separate entities who are both esh and bone and who exist in our physical universe among a host of equal gods.(45)(40) 1

This is not monotheism. Its polytheism by denition. Polytheism only requires the belief in more than one God, not the worship of more than one God. The oldest known extant copy of the book of Isaiah from the Dead Sea Scrolls, as well as the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the original text that Jesus and the apostles frequently used, all say the same thing; before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.(75) Not only does Mormonism teach a clearly non-Christian form of polytheism, but it teaches that men can become exalted equals to God.(30)(22) Contrary to what some have tried to argue, this notion of exaltation is not some variation on the spiritual concept of becoming one with God upon entering Heaven. Mormonism fundamentally teaches that men can become exalted and remain distinct equal beings to the separate beings of God and Jesus in the afterlife.(9)(10)(65) This is exactly how Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism described it in the King Follett Discourse: God was a member of a community of gods;(66) God was a mortal once on another Earth; Mormons can become coequal to God; and Smiths notebook from the sermon says in his writing, Mind of man coequal with God himself.(65) Jesus did not believe God was one of a multitude of gods or that men could become equals to God. Every passage from the Bible the Mormons quote to support the assertion that Jesus said or believed the contrary have been theologically disproven. (73)(74) No other Christian faith preaches or believes any ceremony will allow them to become a distinct god in Heaven who is separate and equal to Jesus Christ or God. All Mormons believe this.(11)(12)(23)(24)(25) (26) They have childrens books that depict Joseph Smith in Heaven as an equal to Christ and God. This religion is not Christianity in any way. It goes further. In Mormonism, once Mormons reach exalted godhood status, they can get a piece of Gods kingdom as their own. Then they can bring their Earthly wife and children to rule over this dominion as a separate but equal god to God.(37)(38)(39) They can even procreate in Heaven and have new spirit children. Although a few other other Christian denominations include a type of spiritual joining with God orthodoxy regarding salvation and the afterlife, the Mormon concept of deication is specically different because it includes the retention of a distinct identity as a god for those who are exalted. The idea that men could become gods is contradictory to the concept of one God and is a direct violation of the First and Primary Commandment from God, thou shalt hold no other gods before me. There is no possible way for a rst century Jew to have believed or preached this type of exaltation or in the ability to join a community of gods. There is no way the Christian Son of God would hold this type of polytheistic belief either, and there is no historic evidence that Jesus said or believed anything like this. It is, by denition, outside the apostolic creedal tradition of Christian faith. All Mormons also believe that their founder, Joseph Smith, was the latest prophet of God,(7) and equal to Moses, Elijah, Peter or Paul.(31)(36)(43)(64) Many Mormons believe church dogma that Joseph Smith is a modern day version of Jesus.(32) Smith himself said an early revelation designated him as the only prophet allowed to issue commandments as Moses.(33)(34) Smith also claimed when he died he would become exalted and be an equal to Jesus in Heaven.(41) (42) Mormons have their own version of the Bible which contains parts edited by Smith that he says were translated incorrectly. Mormons also have their own holy book, which they say is the actual word of Jesus as translated by Smith.(35) When Smith wrote the Book of 2

Mormon 182 years ago, in 1830, it was originally a self-described chronicle of American Indian prophets,(8) which Smith said he found on buried golden plates. He eventually claimed it was another Testament of Jesus Christ from when Jesus was in the New World preaching to the native American Indians.(6) Since then, the ofcial Mormon creation story has changed several times. Currently they teach that Smith was a divine messenger of God from the time he was born, just like Jesus, and the book of Mormon is the new holy extension of the Bible revealed to Smith by angels.(5) Why is that a problem? Because they fundamentally believe and preach that all other sects and creeds of Christianity are an abomination.(5) Thats an exact quote from Joseph Smith. Mormonism ofcially preaches that all the other Christian denominations have been corrupted, and only the word of their founder, Joseph Smith, is the true word of God. The Mormonism doctrine is specically taught as the only true form of Christianity. However, Joseph Smith was a false prophet. In 1835, he purchased two Egyptian scrolls that he then claimed he translated with divine help. He said the scrolls told a story of Abraham, and he went into such great unbelievable detail about it that the Mormon Church still includes the translation as part of the Holy documents of the Mormon faith. After Smith translated them, the scrolls mysteriously disappeared and were said to have been lost in a re, so no one was ever able to check his translation. However, when the original scrolls were located in a vault in 1966 and were translated by real Egyptologists, every single expert agreed that Smith was totally wrong in his translation. The scrolls contained nothing related to Abraham or any religion.(69) This is the exact same thing Smith claimed happened with the golden plates that he said he translated to become the Book of Mormon. According to the Bible, if a single prophecy of a prophet fails, then that person is a false prophet. But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die. You may say in your heart, How will we know the word which the Lord has not spoken? When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.(68) If the translation of the Egyptian scrolls was false, then he was a false prophet. If the translation from the scrolls was not real, there is no reason to believe his story of the golden plates and therefore the foundation of the Mormon religion is false. You cannot create a religion around a false prophet. Even if Mormons call it a form of Christianity, it isnt. Jesus spoke on the Sermon on the Mount: Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheeps clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or gs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the re. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.(77) And from the Olivet Discourse: At that time many will turn away from the faith and will 3

betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands rm to the end will be saved For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect if that were possible. See, I have told you ahead of time.(78) Mormonism is not monotheistic or apostolic creedal Christianity and a prima facie claim is not enough to make Joseph Smith a real prophet. We have incontrovertible proof that Smith was a fraud, but the Mormon Church blatantly denies the facts of the Egyptian scroll translations. Smith claimed the golden plates were retrieved by Angels and therefore no way exists to verify the veracity of the Book of Mormon. Mormonism is built on the word of a false prophet. And just like Jesus warned, false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Mormonism is not Christianity and no amount insistence will change that fact. But thats not why a Christian shouldnt vote for Romney. The reason a Christian should not vote for Romney is because it will help Mormonism at the expense of other Christian faiths.(21) In the United States population, the Mormon church already grows faster than the ten largest traditional Christian denominations, many of whom have shown declines over the same period the Mormon Church has seen dramatic growth.(17)(19)(20) If Mormonism keeps growing at its current rate, it will become a new major religion by the end of the 21st century.(18) Where do you think those new members come from? If youve ever listened to the Mormon sales pitch, they make a big deal about being the next generation of Christianity and they target existing Christians from other faiths.(63) Mormonism takes members from other Christian churches, and they are adept at it.(21) The Mormon Church will use the prophecy to increase their recruitment efforts, and they will grow even faster than they already do, which is twice as fast as the other big Christian faiths. If you vote for Romney, youre helping provide Mormonism with another political tool they will use to take members away from other Christian faiths. Is this the religion you want to help spread? Voting for Romney will do just that even if you dont want it to, or you dont believe in their prophecy. This isnt about who you should vote for. Its about who you should not vote for if you are a Christian. Jesus was a monotheist and believed there was only one Supreme God. Jesus specically warned us not to follow false prophets. Lending political support to a polytheistic religion founded by a false prophet, which preaches how to become a god, all while claiming to be the only true form of Christianity should certainly not be acceptable for an actual Christian. Its your choice. ******************************

Notes from the author: This is not an attack on Mormons. Mormons are patriotic citizens, industrious workers and devout family members. Mormons are free to believe anything they want. In this country, theyre even free to claim theyre Christian. In fact, this is not meant to be an attack, at all. This is an attempt to obey the command of 1 John 4:1, Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. Mormonism does not stand up to even the slightest test of comparison to Christianity. These differences are not small or insignicant details that are not currently believed by Mormons. The Mormon doctrine and beliefs listed in the previous section are current key aspects of Mormonism and are believed by ALL Mormons. The upper church leadership that preaches this false doctrine can only be described as misguided and fundamentally wrong in terms of real Christianity. Thats because the notion that mortal men can become gods equal to Jesus and the fundamental belief that God is a esh and blood entity who is a member of a vast hierarchy of gods are religious concepts that are simply blasphemous and disqualifying for inclusion in Christianity, which is exclusively monotheistic. Christians believe in one Supreme God; period. The fact Mormonism has a prophecy that can, and will, be used politically to weaken Christianity, with the help of other Christians, is both a Biblical test of faith and a point of knowledge fellow Christians need to share and testify to. Christians need to know the truth about Mormonism and the current threat it poses to Christianity by voting for Romney. This threat is here at home and is far more insidious than any outside religious threat because it comes from inside Christianity and is wrapped inside a political machine and movement. You dont have to vote for someone you dont want to vote for. But if youre a Christian, you should not vote for Romney. Abstain if you must, but dont politically help the Mormons spread their polytheistic religion at the expense of Christianity. Jesus would not approve of a religion that preaches you can become a god any more than he believed that God was a member of a community of gods. This is a test of your faith. Your faith should be more powerful than your political desires. George Oliver Doverall Esquire

References: This information is from ofcial Mormon documents, from ofcially recognized books on Mormonism, from government data and records, as well as, personal testimony of Mormons and former Mormons. Unlike the ofcial renunciation of polygamy by Mormons, the above beliefs are the current Mormon doctrine and all Mormons believe them to be true. (1) (2) The White Horse Prophecy, (www.fairlds.org/pubs/whitehorse.pdf) George Cobabe, Foundation for Apologetic Information & Research (2004). Retrieved Oct 15, 2012. The prophecy further predicts that the United States Constitution will one day hang like a thread and will be saved by the efforts of the White Horse. http:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Horse_Prophecy https://plus.google.com/115403856867272859027/posts/V1ywCeho7WR The White Horse Prophecy: A close look at the roots of Romneys -- and the Mormon churchs -- political ambitions. Mitt Romney views the American presidency as a theological ofce. (http://www.salon.com/2012/01/29/ mitt_and_the_white_horse_prophecy//). Joseph Smith, The Prophet Joseph Smiths Testimony, pp. (45). [http://www.lds.org/ library/display/0,4945,104-1-3-4,00.html] Joseph Smith claims that when he was just 15 years old, in 1820, he was in the woods praying to God. Mormons call this place in the woods the Sacred Grove. Smith claims, I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me When the light rested upon me I saw two personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name, and said, pointing to the other This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him! 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 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. The Book of Mormon, was published by founder Joseph Smith, Jr. in 1830. Mormons believe it to be another testament of Jesus Christ and the printed copy has that subtitle as of 1982. Smith claimed that, under divine direction, he translated the Book of Mormon from gold plates he found buried near his home.[Joseph SmithHistory 1:59 - http://www.lds.org/scriptures/pgp/js-h/1.59?lang=eng#58] When pressed to produce the plates, Smith later claimed the plates were retrieved by Angels and were no longer on this world. Afterward, Smith produced a statement signed by eight men as witnesses that that they had seen the plates. This contract is now part of the Mormon religious documents. The introduction in the Book of Mormon says its a history of the American 6

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Indians. However, this printed introduction in the book is not ofcially recognized by the Mormon church as part of the divine canon of scripture. (7) (8) (9) Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith (online) (http://www.boap.org/LDS/JosephSmith/Teachings) History of the Mormon (www.patheos.com/Library/Mormonism/Origins/ Beginnings.html) Church, 4:461. Mormon ofcial doctrine D&C 132 1820 (scriptures.lds.org/dc/132/18-20), LDS Church documents, retrieved Oct 15, 2012.

(10) Mormon ofcial doctrine The Lords Plan for Men and Women (http://www.lds.org/ ensign/1975/10/the-lords-plan-for-men-and-women), LDS Church documents, retrieved Oct 15, 2012. (11) Ludlow, Daniel H., Encyclopedia of Mormonism, New York: Macmillan, p. 479, ISBN 0-02-904040-X (1992), Exaltation, (contentdm.lib.byu.edu/u?/EoM,3667) (12) Bushman, Richard (2008), Mormonism: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-531030-6 (p. 74) (13) 31% of Americans do not consider Mormons to be Christian according to a 2007 poll by the Pew Research Center. See Public Expresses Mixed Views of Islam, Mormonism (pewforum.org/surveys/religionviews07/) (14) Should Lutherans Rebaptize Former Mormons Who Are Joining the Congregation? (https://www.elca.org/Growing-In-Faith/Worship/Learning-Center/ FAQs/HolyBaptism_should-Lutherans-rebaptize.aspx) retrieved Oct 15, 2012 from Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, concluding that the LDS Church beliefs about the Trinity is substantially different from that of orthodox, creedal Christianity (15) Presbyterians and Latter-day Saints, (www.pcusa.org/interfaith/study/lds.htm) retrieved Oct 15, 2012 from the Presbyterian Church USA, stating that Mormonism is a new and emerging religious tradition distinct from the historic apostolic tradition of the Christian Church. (16) General Conference 2000 806-NonDis, (www.gc2000.org/pets/cal/TEXT/c0806.asp) retrieved Oct 15, 2012 from United Methodist Church, announcing that the LDS Church, by self-denition, does not t within the bounds of the historic, apostolic tradition of Christian faith. (17) The Rise of Mormonism; Stark, Rodney (2005). Columbia University Press. ISBN 0-231-13634-X. (http://www.bandung2.co.uk/books/les/religion/the%20rise%20of %20mormonism.pdf)

(18) After 1990, the Mormon Church growth slowed to around 2.5% for 2000 2010. This was still twice the global population growth rate of 1.2% for the same time period. If Mormonisms current trending growth rate of between 30% and 50% per decade continues, Stark predicts it could easily become a new major religion by the end of the 21st century.[18] Currently the Mormon church growth rate in the U. S. is at 1.6%, which is close to the growth rate of the of the U.S. population.[19][20] This is the highest growth rate of the top ten largest Christian denominations. Many other Christian churches have experienced negative growth over the same period.[21] (19) Brooks, Joanna (February 2, 2012), Mormon Numbers Not Adding Up, (www.religiondispatches.org/archive/culture/5611/ mormon_numbers_not_adding_up/) Religion Dispatches (20) Phillips, Rick; Cragun, Ryan T., Mormons in the United States 1990-2008: Sociodemographic Trends and Regional Differences, (commons.trincoll.edu/aris/les/ 2011/12/Mormons2008.pdf) Trinity College (21) Mormons outpace the growth of the top ten mainstream religions in the United States. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/religion/2011-02-16church_growth_15_ST_N.htm (22) Roberts, B. H (1905), History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 4:461 (23) Young, Brigham (1992). Gold Plates. MacMillian. p. 555. Retrieved Oct 15, 2012. Exaltation is the belief that Mormon followers can become gods in the same manner as Jesus. Mormon scripture also refers to this as becoming a joint-heir with Christ. (contentdm.lib.byu.edu/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/ EoM&CISOPTR=3735%7C) (24) Widmer, Kurt (2000 p. 119), Mormonism and the Nature of God: A Theological Evolution, 18301915, Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland. followers who received exaltation could become gods themselves as a coequal with God. (25) Bushman (2005, pp. 45556, 53537) Mormon followers who became exalted gods would become part of a hierarchy of gods in the immortal afterlife. Then they would reign over inferior intelligences for eternal life as equals to God himself. (26) Although records clearly show that Smith originally viewed God as a spirit,[44, 51, 28] he eventually altered his beliefs and began teaching that God was an exalted man,[27, 28, 29] who actually existed as a being in the physical universe and was embodied in time and space.[46, 47] Smith eventually decided both God and Jesus were separate distinct beings with physical bodies of esh and blood, but he dened the Holy Spirit separately as a personage of Spirit.[48] Smith also developed the notion that through the acquisition of knowledge and a ceremony,[49] followers who received exaltation could become gods themselves as a coequal with God.[27] This process by which humans become gods directly implies the existence of a vast multitude and hierarchy of 8

gods but Smith never reconciled this issue.[27, 50] However, in the stated Mormonism orthodoxy, God himself has a father and there can be no other explanation for that except the existence of greater gods than God and Jesus.[50] Mormon followers who became exalted gods would become part of a hierarchy of gods in the immortal afterlife. Then they would reign over inferior intelligences for eternal life as equals to God himself.[50] (27) Bloom, Harold (1992), The American Religion: The Emergence of the Post-Christian Nation (1st ed.), New York: Simon & Schuster, ISBN 978-0-671-67997-2.(p. 101) Smiths God, after all, began as a man, and struggled heroically in and with time and space, rather after the pattern of colonial and revolutionary Americans. (28) Widmer (2000, p. 119) Smith originally viewed God as a spirit. However, he changed and began teaching God was an advanced and exalted man. (29) Alexander, Thomas, The Reconstruction of Mormon Doctrine: From Joseph Smith to Progressive Theology in Bergera (1989, p. 53) Before 1835, Smith preached that God was an absolute personage of spirit. (p. 539) He describes Smiths Mormon doctrine as material anthropomorphism. (30) Widmer (2000, p. 119); The ability of humans to become gods requires a vast multitude of gods. Mormons also believe God himself has a father. (31) Widmer (2000, p. 97); Shipps, Jan (1985), Mormonism: The Story of a New Religious Tradition, Chicago: University of Illinois Press, ISBN 0-252-01417-0. (1985, p. 37) He compares Joseph Smith with Moses (as a divine law-giver), with Joshua (as a commander of the armies of Israel), and with Solomon (as king.) (32) The Truth About Mormonism and Joseph Smith - Church of Christ; David Padeld (p. 5) www.padeld.com/acrobat/sermons/mormonism.pdf Mormons compare Joseph Smith with Jesus Christ: Christ sealed His testimony with His blood at Calvary; Joseph Smith sealed his testimony with his blood at Carthage, Illinois. His birthplace in Vermont has been called the Bethlehem of Mormonism. (33) Bushman, Richard Lyman (2005), Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling, New York: Knopf, ISBN 1-4000-4270-4. (pp. 121, 175) (34) Phelps, W.W., ed. (1833), A Book of Commandments, for the Government of the Church of Christ, Zion: William Wines Phelps & Co., (http://www.irr.org/mit/BOC/ default.html) (p. 67) No one shall be appointed to receive commandments and revelations in this church, excepting my servant Joseph, for he receiveth them even as Moses. (35) Articles Of Faith, #8 - We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God (http://www.lds.org/library/display/0,4945,106-1-2-1,FF.html). 9

(36) Brodie, Fawn M. (1971), No Man Knows My History: The Life of Joseph Smith (2nd ed.), New York: Knopf, ISBN 0-394-46967-4. Brodie (1971, p. vii) in ofcial Mormon biographies he has been made a prophet of greater stature than Moses. (37) Robert L. Millet and Noel B. Reynolds, Do Latter-day Saints believe that men and women can become gods?, Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship (BYU), No. 5, (retrieved Oct 15, 2012 from http://maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/publications/ books/?bookid=45&chapid=534). Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints believe that human beings can grow and progress spiritually until, through the mercy and grace of Christ, they can inherit and possess all that the Father hasthey can become gods. This is taught in revelations given to modern prophets (see D&C 76:58; 132:1920), as well as in sermons delivered by Joseph Smith. [64] (38) Ludlow, Daniel H., Encyclopedia of Mormonism, New York: Mcmillan, pp. 55355, ISBN 0-02-904040-X Godhood, (contentdm.lib.byu.edu/u?/EoM,3734) p. 553: All resurrected and perfected mortals become gods; p. 554: Latter-day Saints believe that those who become gods will have the opportunity to (among other things) add further offspring to the eternal family. They will be able to procreate in Heaven. (39) The principal doctrines and practices of the Mormon Church are strongly outside Christianity. The Mormon plan of salvation includes a pre-mortal life, 3 degrees of heaven, and exaltation to become equal to God. According to these ofcially preached doctrines, every human spirit is a literal child of the Heavenly Father with the potential to eventually achieve eternal life, which Mormons teach is to become one with God, just like Jesus Christ is one with God. This belief allows Mormons to become gods themselves.[52] Mormon literature refers to this as becoming a joint-heir with Christ.[53][56] This process is called exaltation, a doctrine which includes the eternal unication of the mortal family and the ability to have spirit children in the afterlife, as well as, inherit a portion of Gods kingdom.[37, 38] To obtain godhood, the church teaches that followers must participate in ceremonies, which include a celestial marriage. [54][55] The celestial marriage ceremony, called a sealing ceremony, is a unique Mormon belief among all other Christian faiths with respect to families. According to Mormonism, men and women may be sealed in eternal marriage.[57, 58, 59] Children can be sealed to their parents (whether biological or adoptive) to form permanent families, thus allowing all Earthly family relations to endure in Heaven.[60, 61, 62] Mormonism also allows followers to perform ceremonies via proxy for people who have already died, such as baptism for the dead. Ceremonies such as baptisms for the dead, and eternal marriage sealings, are performed in Mormon temples that are built for these purposes only. 98% of ceremonies performed in Mormon temples are for the dead. Only 2% are for the living. Mormon Temples are not churches in any Christian sense. (40) Jesus and God are separate entities and have actual bodies of esh and bone. Doctrine and Covenants 130:22-23 - (lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/130.22-23?lang=eng#21) 22 - The Father has a body of esh and bones as tangible as mans; the Son also; but the 10

Holy Ghost has not a body of esh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit. Were it not so, the Holy Ghost could not dwell in us. 23 - A man may receive the Holy Ghost, and it may descend upon him and not tarry with him. (41) Roberts (1909, pp. 50203) Joseph Smith preached that (other than the eternal sin) no further sin or any type of blasphemy could keep Mormons from their exaltation in Heaven after they have been fully sealed into the Covenant He also claimed he was the only person on Earth who could perform these sealings. (42) Bushman (2005, pp. 49798) the second anointing provided a guarantee that participants would be exalted even if they sinned. (43) Bushman (2005, pp. 88-89) Smith is described as a biblical-style prophetone who spoke for God with the authority of Moses or Isaiah. (44) Bushman (2005, p. 420) Smiths original view was traditionally Christian, but it changed over time. (45) God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are three separate and distinct beings. Doctrine and Covenants 20:28. (lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/20.28?lang=eng#27) (46) Bushman (2005, pp. 421, 455) Joseph redened the nature of God, giving Him a form and a body and locating Him in time and space. Joseph Smith also preached that God had a physical home near a planet or star named Kolob. (47) Bloom (1992, p. 101) Joseph Smiths God is nite Exalted now into the heavens, God necessarily is still subject to the contingencies of time and space. (48) Vogel, Dan (2004, p. 30), Joseph Smith: The Making of a Prophet, Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books, ISBN 1-56085-179-1, Joseph Smiths change in beliefs can clearly be seen in the different accounts he gave of his rst vision. It changed radically over time. (49) Larson (1978, p. 7 of the online version); Larson, Stan (1978), The King Follett Discourse: A Newly Amalgamated Text, BYU Studies 18 (2): 193208. (byustudies.byu.edu/showTitle.aspx?title=5321) (50) Bushman (2005, p. 535, p. 544, pp. 45556, 53537). (51) Vogel, Dan, The Earliest Mormon Conception of God in Bergera (1989, pp. 1733) Smith was originally a modalist preaching that Jesus was a physical manifestation God. However by 1834, Smith changed to a binitarian theology advocated by Sidney Rigdon, which viewed God as a spirit also. (52) Bushman (2008, p. 74) (53) Godhood, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, p. 554, Those who achieve this state of 11

perfection will become joint-heirs with Christ. (contentdm.lib.byu.edu/u?/EoM,3735) (54) Pope, Margaret McConkie (1992), Exaltation, (contentdm.lib.byu.edu/u?/EoM,3667) in Ludlow, Daniel H., Encyclopedia of Mormonism, New York: Macmillan, p. 479, ISBN 0-02-904040-X (All Church ordinances lead to exaltation, and the essential crowning ordinances are the Endowment and the eternal marriage covenant of the temple.). (55) LDS Church (2006), Church Handbook of Instructions: Book 1, Stake Presidencies and Bishoprics, Salt Lake City, Utah: LDS Church, p. 80. (56) Ludlow, Daniel H., Encyclopedia of Mormonism, New York: Mcmillan, p. 554, ISBN 0-02-904040-X; Godhood, p. 554, Those who achieve this state of perfection will become joint-heirs with Christ.; (57) LDS Church (2006), Church Handbook of Instructions, Salt Lake City, Utah: LDS Church, p. 85. There is a commonly held view within Mormonism that plural marriage will exist in Heaven. (58) Penrose, Charles W. (1897), Mormon Doctrine Plain and Simple, or Leaves from the Tree of Life, Salt Lake City, UT, p. 66 (In the case of a man marrying a wife in the everlasting covenant who dies while he continues in the esh and marries another by the same divine law, each wife will come forth in her order and enter with him into his glory.); (59) Smith, Joseph Fielding (195456), McConkie, Bruce R., ed., Doctrines of Salvation: Sermons and Writings of Joseph Fielding Smith, 2, Bookcraft, p. 2 (Smith said of his dead wives: my wives will be mine forever). (60) Ludlow, Daniel H., Encyclopedia of Mormonism, New York: Mcmillan, pp. 1289,1290, ISBN 0-02-904040-X; Sealing: Temple Sealings, (contentdm.lib.byu.edu/u?/EoM, 4177) (61) Ludlow, Daniel H., Encyclopedia of Mormonism, New York: Mcmillan, pp. 2021, ISBN 0-02-904040-X, Adoption of Children, Children born parents whove already been sealed to each other are born in the covenant and do not need to be sealed again to their parents. Their family bond will continue into the afterlife. (contentdm.lib.byu.edu/u?/EoM,5451) (62) Ludlow, Daniel H., Encyclopedia of Mormonism, New York: Macmillan, p. 218, ISBN 0-02-904040-X, Born in the Covenant, (contentdm.lib.byu.edu/u?/EoM,5557) (63) The Truth About Mormonism and Joseph Smith - Church of Christ; David Padeld (p. 1) www.padeld.com/acrobat/sermons/mormonism.pdf. Many of you have heard a knock at the door, and when you opened it you were greeted by two neatly dressed young men who ease their way into your house. They explain that they are from the 12

Church of Jesus Christ, and they wish to share their testimony with you. In a short time you will learn how the ancient inhabitants got to America, and how Christ appeared to them after His resurrection. Next they will tell you that this world is suffering from denominationalism, and ask if you think there needs to be unity in Christianity. They will then tell you how God selected a pure young man by the name of Joseph Smith to be His spokesman, or Prophet, for our age. They will tell you how God told Smith to restore the church which had fallen into apostasyincluding the restoration of the ofces of apostles and prophetsand this restoration was to be aided by the Book of Mormon. (64) Joseph Smith, comp., Lectures on Faith (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1985), 5:3; and Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 346 348. (65) When you become a god, you will be able to converse with God. God was not always a God. God was once a man on another Earth. http://www.boap.org/LDS/Parallel/ 1844/7Apr44.html (66) The King Follett Discourse in the Light of Ancient and Medieval Jewish and Christian Beliefs, The Assembly of the Gods, http://www.fairlds.org/fair-conferences/2004-fairconference/2004-the-king-follett-discourse-in-the-light-of-ancient-and-medieval-jewishand-christian-beliefs; Joseph Smith maintained that there was a council or assembly of the Gods held prior to the creation of the earth. (67) Journal of Discourses 6:5, Smith believed God was a member of a community of Gods. The head God called together the Gods and sat in grand council to bring forth the world. The grand counsellors sat at the head in yonder heavens, and contemplated the creation of the worlds which were created at that time In the beginning, the head of the Gods called a council of the Gods; and they came together and concocted a plan to create the world and people it. (68) Deut. 18:20-22 (20) But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die. (21) You may say in your heart, How will we know the word which the Lord has not spoken? (22) When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him. (biblia.com/bible/nasb95/Deut.%2018.20-22) (69) The Book of Abraham Papyri and Joseph Smith, Matt Slick, retrieved Oct 15, 2012 It should be quite obvious that present scholarship has revealed that Joseph Smith did not translate the Book of Abraham by the power of God as he had claimed. It follows that if he did not translate the Book of Abraham by the power of God, then it would be very easy to conclude that he did not translate the Book of Mormon by the power of God either. When Joseph rst gave his translation, hieroglyphics were undecipherable. Today they are. He was safe in saying anything he wanted to and there would be no way of proving him wrong. But with the resurfacing of the same papyri he used to do his 13

Book of Abraham translation, and the fact that he did not in any way do it correctly, should be proof enough that Joseph Smith lied about his abilities from God. He has been shown to be a false prophet. (http://carm.org/book-abraham-papyri-and-josephsmith) (70) Book of Abraham, A range of articles and resources to assist the investigation of Joseph Smiths controversial claim that he discovered and translated a lost record of the biblical patriarch Abraham. Includes color photos of the surviving Joseph Smith papyri, articles by Mormon and non-Mormon Egyptologists, and free download of a 24-page book that surveys the history of the Book of Abraham controversy. http://mit.irr.org/ category/book-of-abraham (71) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_in_Christianity) (72) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monotheism) (73) Did Jesus advocate that man could become God in John 10:34?, retrieved Oct 15, 2012, Jesus answered a group of Jews and said, Is it not written in your law, I said, you are gods? (John 10:34). Does this mean that humans can become God? New Agers cite this verse to support their doctrine of the deity of man. Mormons also cite it to support their view that humans can become gods. There are many reasons this text should not be used to support such an idea. First, such an interpretation is contrary to the overall context. Jesus in this passage is not speaking to pantheists (who believe that God is everything and everything is God) or polytheists (who believe in many gods). Rather, He is addressing strict Jewish monotheists who believe that only the Creator of the universe is God. So, His statement should not be wrenched out of this monotheistic context and given a pantheistic or polytheistic twist. Second, in context Jesus is alluding to Psalm 82 where human judges are called gods, and His reasoning communicates the following idea: If God even called human judges gods (with a small g), then how much more is it appropriate that I call myself the Son of God. Keep in mind that Christ had just pronounced Himself one with the Father saying, I and My Father are one (10:30). The Jews wanted to stone Him because they thought Christ was blaspheming, making Himself out to be equal with God (vv. 3133). Jesus responded by quoting Psalm 82:6 (a verse dealing with human judges) which says, I said, you are gods. So, Jesus reasoned, if human judges could be called gods (with a small g), then why cant the Son of God be called God. Third, these judges were gods in the sense that they stood in God place, judging over life and death matters. They were not called gods because they were actually divine beings. Indeed, the text Jesus cites (Ps. 82) also goes on to say that these judges were mere men and would die (v. 7). Fourth, it is possible, as many scholars believe, that when the psalmist Asaph said You are gods of the unjust judges in Psalm 82, he was speaking in irony. He indicated to these judges (who had apparently become unjust in their dealings with men), I have called you gods, but in fact you will die like the men that you really are. If this is so, then when Jesus alluded to this psalm in John 10, He was saying that what the Israelite judges were called in irony and in judgment, He is in reality. In any event, it is clear that Jesus in this passage was giving a defense for His own deity, not for the deication of 14

man. (http://home.earthlink.net/~ronrhodes/qmanbecomegod.html) (74) Doesnt Jesus teach that we can become gods in John 10:34?, retrieved Oct 15, 2012, Notice that in this John 10:34 passage Jesus did not afrm the LDS worldview in which we can become gods of our own planets someday as God became a God of this planet and many other worlds. The text refers to individuals being gods here on earth. (http://mormoninfo.org/john10:34) (75) (http://www.christiandefense.org/mor_exaltation.htm) (76) The LDS God is not Eternal, retrieved Oct 15, 2012, In LDS theology God the Father is not the eternal God, rather Mormons teach that God had to become God by obedience to the law, at a certain point in time. Mormon tell us, just as Jesus has a Father, that Father has a Father, and that Father has a Father, etc., thus an innite regression of Fathers. Hence, the hope of the Mormon male is to gain eternal life in the highest degree of the celestial kingdom, where he can become a God of his own planet and have endless sex with his wife or wives; and have spirit children to people his planet. Just as God the Father did and continues to do. (http:// www.christiandefense.org/mor_nat_noteter.htm) (77) Matthew 7:1523 NIV, retrieved Oct 15, 2012, Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheeps clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or gs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the re. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. (http://niv.scripturetext.com/matthew/7.htm) (78) Matthew 24:10-13 NIV, retrieved Oct 15, 2012, At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands rm to the end will be saved. (http://niv.scripturetext.com/ matthew/24.htm)

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