A Quick Reference Guide to the
Basic Doctrines of the Mormons

Most Mormon's claim to be just another denomination within Christianity.
But is that true? The following points reveal that they are clearly not Christian.
1. Mormonism teaches that the Bible is flawed and must be supplemented with their writings.
"We believe the Bible to the Word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the book of Mormon to be the word of God" (Articles of Faith, No. 8).
2. Mormonism teaches that God is an exalted man and has a physical body.
"God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man" (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg. 345).
3. Mormonism teaches that Jesus was married and had many wives.
"We say it was Jesus Christ who was married at Cana of Galilee" (Journal of Discourses, Vol 2, p. 80).
4. Mormonism teaches that Jesus was not conceived by the Holy Ghost, but was the natural child of Adam and Mary.
"When the Virgin Mary conceived the Child Jesus.... He was not begotten by the Holy Ghost. And who is his Father? He is the first of the human family" (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, pp. 50-51). [No longer taught.]
5. Mormonism teaches that the true church ceased to exist until it was restored to Joseph Smith.
"The church (LDS) was restored April 6, 1830 by Joseph Smith" (Doc. & Cov. 20:1).
6. Mormonism teaches a different message of salvation than that found in the Bible.
Salvation for the Mormon is found through ... "Faith, Repentance, Baptism, Receiving the Holy Spirit by laying on of hands, Morality, Loyalty, Tithing, Word of Wisdom, Duty Celestial Marriage (for eternity)" (LDS chart of FREE AGENCY and Articles of Faith, No. 4).
7. Mormonism teaches salvation for the dead by proxy water baptism.
This doctrine is based on one misunderstood Scripture: "Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead?" (1 Cor. 15:29). Paul did not practice baptism for the dead. He excluded himself by using the pronoun "they" rather than "we" or "ye". He is asking a question rather than making a statement. The Bible clearly states that "It is appointed unto man once to die, but after this the judgment" (Heb. 9:27).
8. Mormonism teaches genealogical research for the dead, as a means of saving dead relatives.
"Let us, therefore, as a church and a people, and as Latter-day Saints, offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness; and let us present in his holy temple, when it is finished, a book containing the records of our dead, which shall be worth of all acceptation" (Doc. & Cov. Sec. 128:24).
9. Mormonism teaches that there are modern day prophets and modern day revelations from God, equivalent in authority to Scripture.
Mormonism claims that Joseph Smith received the Aaronic Priesthood from John the Baptist. The Melchizedek Priesthood and Apostleship was restored by Peter, James and John shortly afterwards in 1829 (Doc.&Cov., Sec.13).
10. Mormonism teaches that salvation depends upon good works and acceptance of Joseph Smith.
"No man who rejects the testimony of Joseph Smith can enter the kingdom of God" (Doctrines of Salvation, vol. 1 pg. 190). "Men have work to do if they would obtain salvation" (Doctrines of Salvation. vol. 3, pg. 91).
11. Additionally, Mormon's hold the following beliefs, but not openly, for obvious reasons.
  • 1. Mormonism teaches that there is more than one God.
  • 2. Mormonism teaches that Jesus Christ is the spirit brother of Lucifer.
  • 3. Mormonism teaches that Jesus Christ was born after sexual intercourse between God the Father, who is also Adam, and Mary.
  • 4. Mormonism teaches that God the Father has a body of flesh and bones.
  • 5. Mormonism teaches that God the Father was once a man.
  • 6. Mormonism teaches that we can become gods, and rule over our own planets.
  • 6. Mormonism taught for a half-century that Adam is our Father and God.
  • 7. Mormonism teaches that Jesus Christ is a polygamist.
  • 8. Mormonism teaches that Blacks have dark skin because they are cursed by God, and are an inferior race. [No longer taught.]
  • 9. Mormonism changes its official theology whenever it is pragmatically necessary or expedient.
  • 10. Mormonism teaches that one "should not strive for a special and personal relationship with Christ."
  • 11. Mormonism has admitted that they worship a different Jesus and have a concept of the Godhead foreign to Historic Christianity.

    For an explanation, using LDS sources, see MacGregor Ministries

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Mormonism Research Ministry