Mormonism seeks to blend in as just another variation of Christianity among the other mainstream denominations. Many evangelicals, who are either ashamed or completely ignorant of the gospel, receive Mormons as brothers and fellow believers. However, despite the growing ambiguity and the push for Mormonism to be considered Christian, the leaders of the Mormon church are fully aware of the difference between the organization founded by Joseph Smith and historic, biblical Christianity that has existed for over 2000 years. In this day of political-correctness and so-called tolerance, it is only by searching through archives and aged documents that one will find Mormon authorities forthrightly and emphatically admitting the truth of these vast differences. Not only will these authorities note that Mormonism is indeed different from traditional Christianity, but they will go so far as to attack the churches of Christ which adhere to the historic Christian faith, and blaspheme the God and Christ whom they worship.
Bernard Brockbank, Assisant to the Quorum of the Twelve (general authority of the Mormon church), declared the following:
"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. For example, from the Church of England's Articles of Religion, article one, I quote: 'There is but one living God, everlasting, without body, parts, or passions.' The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints worships a God and a Jesus Christ with bodies, with parts, and with passions. We also believe that the trinity of the Godhead is made up of three separate personages—God, the Eternal Father; Jesus Christ, the Son of God—our Savior; and the Holy Ghost. These two concepts of the Trinity and their attributes are completely different."1
After admitting that Mormonism and traditional Christianity worship a different Jesus, God, and Trinity (you will not find such bluntness among Mormons—or even evangelicals—these days), Brockbank went on to viciously attack the traditional Christian churches. He quoted various Bible passages against them, and compared those who adhere to the historic Christian faith and who express concerns over Mormonism with the Pharisees who rejected Christ. He quoted Matthew 23:13 against these churches and condemned them as centers of deceptive man-made religion:
"In latter-day revelation, the Lord again warned man not to be misled and deceived by religions that were organized without divine authority by men, by thrones, or by principalities that promise their disciples salvation in the kingdom of heaven."
"The Pharisees with their man-made doctrines and traditions were again condemned by the Savior. He said unto them: 'This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.'"2
Not content to slander historic Christian churches, Brockbank went on to blaspheme the Christ that is preached from their pulpits:
"We cannot obtain salvation and eternal life by worshipping fake Christs or by living the doctrines and commandments of men."3
He proceeded to note that the traditional Christian teaching that God is a bodiless Spirit was not taught by the Lord and that is was merely a "doctrine of men." Christians who worship this God, according to Brockbank, are not only worshiping in vain, but are worshiping false gods:
"The belief that God has no body, parts, and passions is not a doctrine of Jesus Christ or a doctrine of the holy scriptures but is a doctrine of men, and to worship such a God is in vain.
From the time when the Lord created man in his own image and likeness, men have created false gods to worship, such as golden calves, sculptured images, etc.; and billions through the centuries including the very elect have been deceived and misled."4
And finally, he concluded by pompously declaring that the true God indeed has a body of flesh and bones and that the Mormon church is the only restoration of the church of Christ:
"The message of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the people of the world is that God the Eternal Father and Jesus Christ live, that they are personages with immortal bodies of flesh and bones and passions, and that all mankind are children of God and are created in his image and likeness, and that Jesus Christ through his Prophet Joseph Smith restored his church with all of his doctrines, commandments, and ordinances as recorded in all of his holy scriptures."5