Ephesians 4:29; “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”

On October 26, 2004 Truman Madsen, Emeritus BYU Professor, was the keynote speaker at one of BYU’s devotionals in Idaho. The name of his talk was ‘The Foundation of Temple Worship’.

Beginning today and for the next few days, we’re taking a look at the significant comments made in this speech.

They’re so blasphemous, we haven’t been able to describe them in any other way. One thing is for sure, they’re going in our Worst of the Worst Mormon Quotes.

The context of Mr. Madsen’s talk was built upon Mormon ‘temple worship’, which in essence means performing various rituals in temple. Why they’ve dubbed it with that title is another story…

Madsen used the first letters of the alphabet as a foundation to explain why it’s so important to regularly attend the temple. Today we’re looking at the definition he gave for the first two words he used, and give the reasons why they’re unbiblical.

Our articles over the next few days are going to be short, but to the point, so here we go! One more thing – to read the article in full see the document player here, or you can watch the video here.

The first word was ‘atonement’.

“[The Lord] is the power of repentance, and we are able to repent through the atonement…”

The reason we’ve chosen to highlight this is because of the info Mr. Madsen provided, or rather, the lack of info. He’s giving this talk to university students, and telling them how vital it is they go to the temple, yet he doesn’t tell them why or give any biblical reason for doing so.

The second word/phrase he used was ‘born again’.

““It is one thing to have faith and another to have repentance,” he said. “But in the house of the Lord, He requires of his children an outgoing covenant making from the heart, and then makes promises even more inclusive than those that come with the first principles and ordinances of the gospel.”

Joseph Smith said: “Being born again comes by the spirit of God through ordinances.””

The first part of his statement doesn’t make sense. If you’re a true believer, why would God withhold promises? Why is there a pyramid system of how Jesus treats us?

This sounds like a bait and switch game of chance. Is this the Jesus of the Bible that you know and love?

Where does it say these things in the Bible?

In the gospel of John, Jesus told Nicodemus that to be saved you must be born again. John 3:3

John 3:3; “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

It’s the same answer Paul and Silas gave the Philippian jailor when he asked how he could be saved. Acts 16:31.

“And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”

We see the story repeated time and again throughout the New Testament. Romans 10:9, and Ephesians 2:8-9 are two other examples  –

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

There are countless other examples, and ordinances are even repudiated!

Mr. Madsen’s talk is dangerous many times over just in the first two examples he gave. Pray that those who heard this talk will know it’s blasphemous, and those who read it today will know the same. This is considered one of their ‘classics’ in all of Mormon devotionals.