Evangelical compromisers and others who are ashamed of the gospel of Christ tell us that it is unloving and controversial to say that Mormonism is anti-Christian. Many even deny it. Controversy aside, is the statement true? Is it true that Mormonism is anti-Christian—directly opposed to the historic Christian faith? Is it true that Mormonism is an anti-Christian cult? Let the writings of the very own founder and leaders of Mormonism to answer these questions and speak for themselves.
The Mormon Church Deems All of Christendom as Anti-Christ
Consider the following statements by the second President of the Mormon religion, Brigham Young:
"I know that Joseph Smith is a Prophet of God, that this is the Gospel of salvation, and if you do not believe it you will be damned, every one of you." — Brigham Young1
"I have taught for thirty years, and still teach, that he that believeth in his heart and confesseth with his mouth that Jesus is the Christ and that Joseph Smith is his Prophet to this generation, is of God; and he that confesseth not that Jesus has come in the flesh and sent Joseph Smith with the fulness of the Gospel to this generation, is not of God, but is anti-christ." — Brigham Young2
According to this prominent Mormon authority, anyone who does not believe in the gospel presented by Joseph Smith is damned. Moreover, Young specifically declared that all who do not confess that Joseph Smith is a prophet from God are anti-christs. Thus, according to Brigham Young—who has been sanctioned and is revered as a prophet of God by the Mormon church—every single denomination of Christianity, every single evangelical Christian, every single non-Mormon is an antichrist.
How is it that the very own authorities of the Mormon church can get away with statements like these, and yet it suddenly becomes contentious and unloving for evangelicals to label Mormonism as non-Christian? How is it that the leaders and founders of Mormonism can get away with condemning all of Christendom, save only those within their own church?
And why is it that the Mormon church masquerades such doctrines and statements as these and attempts to pass itself off as indeed just another legitimate sect of Christianity? Should not the Mormon church be faithful to its founder and leaders, and honest with the rest of the world, and unequivocally express its true beliefs and convictions? Of course it should. But Mormonism has much to hide. Mormonism seeks to blend in. Mormonism has an agenda.
The Mormon Church Knows That It Believes in a Different Jesus
What, then, does Mormonism have to hide? Everything. Mormonism is not Christianity and Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, and all of its leaders know this. Though the Mormon church adamantly considers itself to be Christian, and though it employs similar words, phrases, and terminology as used by those who adhere to traditional Christianity, nevertheless the meanings behind these words differ immensely.
Notable Mormon authorities have, in the past, affirmed as much. With regard to a question concerning whether he believed in the same Jesus Christ as was taught by traditional Christian churches, Gordon Hinckley, the 15th president of the LDS church, responded:
"No, I don't. The traditional Christ of whom they speak is not the Christ of whom I speak." — Gordon Hinckley3
Bernard Brockbank, Assisant to the Quorum of the Twelve (general authority over the Mormon church), admitted:
"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." — Bernard Brockbank4
The Mormon Church Believes in a Different God
Mormons do not believe in or worship the true living God of Scripture—who is infinite, holy, and eternal. No, the god they know and serve is a finite creature himself, whom they say was once a man like us that achieved godhood. This god of theirs has his own goddess wife with whom he copulates to produce spirit offspring, just as physical creatures do on earth. This god is certainly neither infinite nor holy. Mormon theology tells us that he is but a single god in a pantheon of millions who reside in this universe.
"I will go back to the beginning before the world was, to show what kind of being God is. What sort of a being was God in the beginning? … God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens! … I say, if you were to see him today, you would see him like a man in form—like yourselves in all the person, image, and very form as a man…" — Joseph Smith5
Mormonism clearly presents a god that directly contradicts the holy God of the Bible, who most certainly is not a man:
Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent…
1 Samuel 15:29 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for He is not a man, that He should repent.
The Mormon Church Attacks Christianity and Its Doctrines
Mormonism is an anti-Christian cult that is a bastion of heresy, idolatry, and blasphemy. From its inception, Mormonism has always maintained a diabolical focus on attacking and subverting the historic Christian faith. Joseph Smith declared that God told him that the churches of Christendom were "all wrong" and "corrupt," that "all their creeds were an abomination in his sight," and that Christians "were all corrupt."6
Smith's ensuing religion is a false system that has done nothing but blaspheme the living God and His Son Jesus Christ by slandering His churches, His gospel, and by presenting perverse alternate deities with the same names. Here is a pompous statement by Spencer Kimball, the 12th president of the Mormon church:
"One of the most fallacious doctrines originated by Satan and propounded by man is that man is saved alone by the grace of God; that belief in Jesus Christ alone is all that is needed for salvation." — Spencer Kimball7
This former president condemned the precious truth of salvation by grace alone through faith alone as an invention of the devil. These Mormon leaders—who claim to receive direct revelations from God—constantly attack and blaspheme the truths of the gospel and of the historic Christian faith. Yet somehow it is unloving for evangelicals to say that Mormons are not Christians! Enough is enough. Mormonism is most certainly anti-Christian and is by no means compatible with Christianity!
Conclusion and Response
Mormonism presents a false god, a false Christ, and a damnably false gospel. It blasphemes the true God, redefines the true Christ, and launches a vicious yet subtle assault against true Christianity. Mormonism is satanic and sends people to hell.
The typical response of evangelicals to the rising influence and propaganda of Mormonism has been pathetic. The appropriate response of those who know and love the true gospel of Jesus Christ is not to embrace these anti-Christian heretics—like Glenn Beck and Mitt Romney—as brothers or fellow believers. The appropriate response would be the same as it is and always has been to every other false religion: to oppose them, their beliefs, and their religious institution, to reject any kind of fellowship with them, and present the truth to them in love.
Mormons are deceived. They are not Christians—they are unbelievers. They do not need our approval, acceptance, or fellowship. They need us to be forthright with them, to be steadfast in the truth of Scripture, and to be caring enough to unequivocally present to them this truth. They need the gospel of Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 6:14-18 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, "I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate," saith the Lord, "and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters," saith the Lord Almighty.
2 John 1:9-11 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: for he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
Ezra 4:1-3 Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the children of the captivity builded the temple unto the LORD God of Israel; then they came to Zerubbabel, and to the chief of the fathers, and said unto them, "Let us build with you: for we seek your God, as ye do; and we do sacrifice unto him since the days of Esarhaddon king of Assur, which brought us up hither." But Zerubbabel, and Jeshua, and the rest of the chief of the fathers of Israel, said unto them, "Ye have nothing to do with us to build an house unto our God; but we ourselves together will build unto the LORD God of Israel, as king Cyrus the king of Persia hath commanded us."
- ^Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 4:298.
- ^Ibid., 9:312.
- ^Gordon Hinckley, "Crown of gospel is upon our heads," LDS Church News (June 20, 1998).
- ^Bernard Brockbank, The Living Christ.
- ^Joseph Smith, Teachings of Joseph Smith, pp. 345-346.
- ^Joseph Smith, Pearl of Great Price, 2:18-20.
- ^Spencer Kimball, Miracle of Forgiveness, pp. 206-207.