Reasons Starting with E
Abraham 3:26; “And they who keep their first estate shall be added upon; and they who keep not their first estate shall not have glory in the same kingdom with those who keep their first estate; and they who keep their second estate shall have glory added upon their heads for ever and ever.”
Romans 4:4-7; “Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. 5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. 6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, 7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.”
Trying to work your way to heaven will only lead you to being judged under the Law.
Earth, How it was Created
Abraham 4:25; “And the Gods organized the earth to bring forth the beasts after their kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after its kind; and the Gods saw they would obey.”
Isaiah 45:18; “For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.”
I don’t know how a Mormon couldn’t question this “scripture”. The thought of a group of “gods” is scary, not comforting and not in line with biblical teaching.
Earth is Spirit World
Discourses of Brigham Young, pg. 376; “When you lay down this tabernacle, where are you going? Into the spiritual world. Are you going into Abraham’s bosom? No, not anywhere nigh there but into the spirit world. Where is the spirit world? It is right here. Do the good and evil spirits go together? Yes, they do. Do they both inhabit one kingdom? Yes, they do. Do they go to the sun? No. Do they go beyond the boundaries of the organized earth? No, they do not. They are brought forth upon this earth, for the express purpose of inhabiting it to all eternity. Where else are you going? Nowhere else, only as you may be permitted. 3:369.”
Isaiah 45:11-12; “Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me. 12 I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.”
Brigham Young’s teaching is also in direct contrast to what Jesus told us in Luke 16:19-31.
www.lds.org; “An office of the Melchizedek Priesthood. Also used as a title for male missionaries or general authorities of the Church. Elders have authority to bestow the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands and to bestow priesthood blessings.”
James 5:14-15; “Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; 15and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.”
Keep in mind the Mormon male missionary is 19 years old – enough said.
Endure to the End…
Encyclopedia of Mormonism, pg. 456; “Enduring to the end, or remaining faithful to the laws and ordinances of the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout life, is a fundamental requirement for salvation in the kingdom of God. This belief distinguishes Latter-day Saints from many other Christian denominations, which teach that salvation is given to all who simply believe and confess that Jesus is the Christ. Latter-day Saints believe that to be saved a person must have faith in Jesus Christ, demonstrate repentance of sins, submit to baptism by immersion, and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying-on of hands by those holding the true priesthood authority, and then remain faithful to all covenants, continue in righteousness, and endure faithfully to the end of mortal life (Heb. 3:6-14; 6:4-15; Mark 13:13). This enduring faithfulness makes it possible for a person to receive fully the grace of Christ. The Doctrine and Covenants states, “If you keep my commandments and endure to the end you shall have eternal life, which gift is the greatest of all the gifts of God” (D&C 14:7).”
Romans 11:6; “And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.”
For the Mormon there is no grace – ever.
Eleven Witnesses to the Book of Mormon
Oliver Cowdery; Oliver Cowdery was excommunicated from the Church on Friday, April 12, 1838 by a church court along with the Whitmers (his brothers-in-law), Hiram Page and William Phelps. (Far West Records for the LDS Church for April 3, 1838)
Martin Harris; Martin Harris belonged to more than thirteen denominations throughout his life. The Cambellites in Pennsylvania being one of them. Before he became a Mormon he belonged to at least five denominations and after his excommunication from the LDS Church he joined another eight. He eventually rejoined the LDS faith and moved to Utah in 1870 and was rebaptized. (“Martin Harris: Mormonism’s Early Convert,” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 19 (Winter 1986):30-34.). Also see Encyclopedia of Mormonism, pg.
David Whitmer; Whitmer was excommunicated on April 13, 1838 for “possessing the same spirit with the Dissenters”.
From Encyclopedia of Mormonism, pg. 1565; “A year before his death Whitmer wrote a pamphlet, An Address to All Believers in Christ (1887), apparently to justify his separation from the Church. In the pamphlet, he again gave witness to the truth of the Book of Mormon, but claimed that Joseph Smith drifted into errors after completing the translation. Whitmer rejected many later developments in the Church, such as the offices of high priest and prophet, seer, and revelator; the Doctrine and Covenants; and the doctrines of gathering and of plural marriage.”
Christian Whitmer; Baptized into church April 11, 1830. Died Nov. 27, 1835.
Jacob Whitmer; Baptized April 11, 1830. In 1838 he voluntarily left the Church. He died on April 21, 1856.
Peter Whitmer, Jr.; Baptized on June 9, 1830. He died on Sept. 22, 1836, almost two years before his family was excommunicated.
John Whitmer; Baptized in June 1829. He was ex-communicated April 12, 1838.
Hiram Page (brother-in-law of Joe Smith, jr.); Baptized on April 11, 1830 and voluntarily left the Church in 1838.
Joseph Smith, Sr. (father of Joe Smith); Baptized into church on April 6, 1830. Died in 1840.
Hyrum Smith (brother of Joe Smith, Jr.); He was baptized in June 1829. Died in June 1844.
Samuel Harrison Smith (brother of Joe Smith, Jr.); Baptized into church May 25, 1829. Became a Mason in 1842. Died July 30, 1844.
Elias – #1
Mormon Doctrine, pg 219; “1. ELIAS OF ABRAHAM’S DAY. — As part of the restoration of all things, a prophet named Elias came to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery on April 3, 1836, and committed unto them the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham…Now what was the gospel of Abraham? Obviously it was the commission, the mission, the endowment and power, the message of salvation, given to Abraham. And what was this? It was a divine promise that both in the world and out of the world his seed should continue “as innumerable as the stars; or, if ye were to count the sand upon the seashore ye could not number them.” (D. & C. 132:30; Gen. 17; Abra. 2:1-12.) Thus the gospel of Abraham was one of celestial marriage (including plurality of wives); it was a gospel or commission to provide a lineage for the elect portion of the pre-existent spirits…This power and commission is what Elias restored, and as a consequence, the righteous among all future generations were assured of the blessings of a continuation of the seeds forever, even as it was with Abraham of old. (D. & C. 132.)”
Matthew 11:13-14; “For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.14 And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.”
Elias – #2
Mormon Doctrine, pg. 220; “2. ELIAS A NAME FOR ELIJAH. — Elias is the Greek form of Elijah. This leads to some confusion and the necessity of determining whether Elijah or someone else is meant in each passage where the name Elias appears. Such a determination is not difficult, however, when the full doctrine of Elias and Elijah is understood.”
Mark 9:13; “But I say unto you, That Elias is indeed come, and they have done unto him whatsoever they listed, as it is written of him.”
Elias – #3
Mormon Doctrine, pg. 220; “3. SPIRIT AND DOCTRINE OF ELIAS. — Joseph Smith taught that a preparatory work, one that lays a foundation for a greater work, one that goes before to prepare the way for a greater which is to come, is a work performed by the spirit of Elias. This principle is called the doctrine of Elias. The Prophet explained that the spirit and doctrine of Elias pertain to the Aaronic Priesthood only. He used himself as an example…In the same way John the Baptist, he explained, served in the spirit and power of Elias; that is, as our Lord’s forerunner, serving in the lesser priesthood, he prepared the way for a greater work.”
Luke 4:26; “But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.”
Elias – #4
Mormon Doctrine, pg. 221; “4. ELIAS OF THE RESTORATION. — Correcting the Bible by the spirit of revelation, the Prophet restored a statement of John the Baptist which says that Christ is the Elias who was to restore all things. (Inspired Version, John 1:21-28.) By revelation we are also informed that the Elias who was to restore all things is the angel Gabriel who was known in mortality as Noah. (D. & C. 27:6-7; Luke 1:5-25; Teachings, p. 157.) From the same authentic source we also learn that the promised Elias is John the Revelator. (D. & C. 77: 9, 14.) Thus there are three different revelations which name Elias as being three different persons. What are we to conclude?”
Romans 3:13; “Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips.”
Elias – #5
Mormon Doctrine, pg. 221; “5. JOHN THE BAPTIST AN ELIAS. — No better illustration is found in the revelations of one who acted in the spirit and power of Elias — and yet who expressly disavowed any claim to being the Elias who was to restore all things — than that seen in the ministry of John the Baptist. Gabriel foretold that John would go before the Lord “in the spirit and power of Elias” (Luke 1:17).”
Matthew 17:10-12; “And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come? 11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. 12 But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.”
Mormon Doctrine, pg. 223; “Because Elijah has come in this dispensation, the fullness of salvation is again available for the living and the dead. He “was the last prophet that held the keys of the priesthood” in ancient Israel, the Prophet said. His latter-day mission was to “restore the authority and deliver the keys of the priesthood, in order that all the ordinances may be attended to in righteousness. . . . Why send Elijah? Because he holds the keys of the authority to administer in all the ordinances of the priesthood; and without the authority is given, the ordinances could not be administered in righteousness.” (Teachings, p. 172.)”
2 Kings 2:1; “And it came to pass, when the LORD would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal.”
Elijah did not hold any priesthood while on earth. He was a prophet who lived in the ninth century BC. Interestingly enough he placed the “mantel of prophet” on the shoulders of Elisha when the latter was out plowing a field. 1 Kings 19:19-20.
www.lds.org; “A special spiritual blessing given to worthy and faithful members of the Church in the temple.”
www.dictionary.com; “Funds or property donated to an institution, individual, or group as a source of income”
Exodus 22:16; “And if a man entice a maid that is not betrothed, and lie with her, he shall surely endow her to be his wife.”
The only time the word “endow” is used in the Bible is from the above scripture. The Hebrew translation for this is to “bargain for” or “to wed”.
Endowments for Ex-communicated Members
Ensign, July 1999, pg. 65; “Excommunication: Ordinance work for deceased persons who were excommunicated at the time of their death requires First Presidency approval. For more information, contact Special Services…
Questions of worthiness: Temple ordinances may be performed for deceased persons one year or more after the date of death without regard to worthiness or cause of death. This includes those who may have taken their own lives or the lives of others.
As you provide ordinances for your ancestors, do not try to determine their worthiness, whether they will accept the ordinances, or the feelings of other deceased persons affected by the ordinances. In order for these ordinances to be binding in eternity, they must be sealed by the Holy Spirit of Promise, and the people involved must merit them by their individual worthiness and accept them. These determinations must be made beyond the veil.”
Hebrews 9:12; “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.”
The reference above will not be found in the Ensign article listed. The Ensign article lists the guidelines for the Endowment Ceremonies performed in the LDS temple. The reference about the excommunicated members and thereafter is at the end of the list that was not published in the Ensign. There are no other published works of this guideline except for what we found on the web which you can access here: http://www.tmason1.com/lds/standards.pdf
Encyclopedia of Mormonism, pg. 461; “Many Latter-day Saints believe that they are of the branch of Ephraim, of whom Joseph prophesied (2 Ne. 3:5-16; D&C 133:30-34) and that the Prophet Joseph Smith is the “choice seer” (3 Ne. 3:6).”
Obadiah 1:10-11; “For thy violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever. 11 In the day that thou stoodest on the other side, in the day that the strangers carried away captive his forces, and foreigners entered into his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem, even thou wast as one of them.” (See all of Obadiah 1:1-21)
My mother is one of those many Mormons who believe they’re from the tribe of Ephraim. It’s heartbreaking to know that she holds onto these lies.
Ephraim, LDS from Tribe of
Gospel Doctrine, pg. 115; “A striking peculiarity of the Saints gathered from all parts of the earth is that they are almost universally of the blood of Ephraim. If they have received the Holy Ghost they are of one spirit, so that whatever creates a discord in the spirit and unity of the Saints is of evil origin. The Spirit of God never begets strife, nor does it set up and insist on distinctions among those who have been its recipients.”
Hosea 9:11-12; “As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird, from the birth, and from the womb, and from the conception. 12 Though they bring up their children, yet will I bereave them, that there shall not be a man left: yea, woe also to them when I depart from them!” (See entire passage Hosea 9:11-15.)
It’s peculiar all right.
www.lds.org; “…Eternal life, or exaltation, is to live in God’s presence and to continue as families (see D&C 131:1–4). Like immortality, this gift is made possible through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. However, to inherit eternal life requires our “obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel” (Articles of Faith 1:3).”
John 17:3; “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”
There is no such thing as the “laws and the ordinances of the gospel”.
Eternal Life vs. Immortality
Easter Thoughts, Marion Romney, Ensign, May 1975, pg. 82; “Great is the debt we owe to our Redeemer for our resurrection. But this is not the final goal. Attaining to immortality is a prerequisite to, but it is not necessarily the same as attaining eternal life. Immortality denotes length of life—deathless. Eternal life denotes quality of life—the quality of life God enjoys.”
Galatians 2:21; “I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.”
Got everything Mitt Romney’s cousin just told you in that entry? Wow, the Bible is so easy!
Distinct Doctrines and Teachings of the Pearl of Great Price, pg. 76; “He [the Father] will then take a higher exaltation, [that is, in glory] and I [Jesus] shall take his place, and thereby become exalted myself. So that Jesus treads in the tracks of his Father, and inherits what God did before; and God is thus glorified and exalted in the salvation and exaltation of all his children.”
John 8:58; “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.”
“Jesus treads in the tracks of his father”? Honestly, just how convoluted will the lies become?
Gospel Through the Ages, pgs. 114-115; “…if we accept the great law of eternal progression, we must accept the fact that there was a time when Deity was much less powerful than He is today. Then how did He become glorified and exalted and attain His present status of Godhood? In the first place, aeons ago God undoubtedly took advantage of every opportunity to learn the laws of truth.…”
Isaiah 45:20-22; “Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save. 21 Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me. 22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
I think Milton Hunter, the author if Gospel through the Ages, was surprised indeed at what he found out when he met his Maker.
Eternal Progression; Why God is God
A Rational Theology, pgs. 24-25; “Why God is God. To determine this relationship between God and man, it is necessary to know, as far as the limited human mind may know, why the Lord is the supreme intelligent Being in the universe, with the greatest knowledge and the most perfected will, and who, therefore, possesses infinite power over the forces of the universe. It must be admitted at once that the mind of man can know God only in part…the Lord who is a part of the universe, in common with all other parts of the universe is subject to eternal universal laws. In some manner, mysterious to us, he has recognized and utilized the laws of the universe of which he is the chief intelligence. Therefore, if the law of progression be accepted, God must have been engaged from the beginning, and must now be engaged in progressive development…”
Revelation 1:8; “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”
Uhhh…the Lord is not subject to anything but our horrible behavior and even that is questionable. He CREATED the laws of the universe and to equate God Almighty to a mere “intelligence” is rather ignorant.
The law of eternal progression is nothing but a bad sci-fi movie gone bad – God does not progress.
Orson Hyde JD 1:124; “Remember that God, our heavenly Father, was perhaps once a child, and mortal like we ourselves, and rose step by step in the scale of progress, in the school of advancement; has moved forward and overcome, until He has arrived at the point where He now is.” – Salt Lake City, October 6, 1853
Numbers 23:19; “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”
Again, where does it even remotely suggest such a thing in the Bible?
Encyclopedia of Mormonism, pg. 479; “It is available only in the highest degree of the Celestial Kingdom and is reserved for members of the Church of the Firstborn. This exalted status, called eternal life, is available to be received by a man and wife. It means not only living in God’s presence, but receiving power to do as God does, including the power to bear children after the resurrection (TPJS, pp. 300-301; D&C 132:19). Blessings and privileges of exaltation require unwavering faith, repentance, and complete obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Romans 13:14; “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.”
This makes me so sad but I have to ask why the goal is to have sex all the time? What’s the deal with that? I wonder if the Mormons know there’s more to life & heaven than marriage and having babies. What about enjoying the presence of Jesus and the Father? What about worshipping at His feet?
Exalted, Learn What gods Learned to be
Discourses of Brigham Young, pg. 255; “If we could only learn enough to be self-preserving and self-sustaining, we should then have learned what the Gods have learned before us, and what we must eventually learn before we can be exalted. 9:169.”
Colossians 2:9-10; “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.”
1. There is only one God.
2. To be self sustaining indicates no reliance upon God for anything.
3. The Bible tells us God is omniscient so what is there for Him to learn?
Ensign, July 1973, pg. 108; “There are some who claim that even though they are excommunicated from the Church, their priesthood and temple blessings are not taken away. Let us remind those persons that the power to seal is also the power to loose, for the Lord has said of his true servants that “whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Matt. 16:19; D&C 132:46.) Excommunication takes away all rights, privileges, and blessings of the Church.” – Mark E. Petersen
Romans 14:16; “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;”
No, people who chose to resign from the Church find that their blessings are increased a hundredfold by the Lord. The best thing people have found when they leave the Church – freedom.