By Mark Swarbrick
Mormonism is a religious system founded first by Joseph Smith, a fugitive from justice who was a liar, murderer, adulterer, fornicator and pedophile. The religion was further developed by Brigham Young, a man who was all of the above as well as a mass murderer. Their fruits show these men to be false prophets who founded a false religion which led to several wars or battles between the Mormon army and the governments of Missouri, Illinois and the United States.
The goal of Mormonism is for its adherents to become gods through a system of religious works. Mormon prophets have presented a Jesus whom they have described as a mere man conceived by an act of physical sex between the god of this planet and Mary. LDS writings tell of a Jesus who became a god by adhering to Mormon principles. The emphasis of Mormonism is upon obeying Mormon rules and Mormon leaders and working hard to obtain godhood. Reverence of Joseph Smith is a predominant aspect of the religion. The Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants are honored above the Bible. The Mormon god is depicted by LDS prophets as only one of an endless number of gods, who all have “spirit bodies” and have sex with their many wives who give birth to spirit babies that are then incarnated to earthly bodies.
Christianity, on the other hand, was instituted by Jesus and is built upon the foundation of the writings of the Old Testament prophets and New Testament apostles. In other words, it is founded upon the Holy Bible. The goal of Christianity is to be saved from punishment in Hell for our sins, and to be given an eternal heavenly home with God. This salvation is obtained, not by works, but it is a free gift given to those who surrender their lives to Jesus Christ and put their faith in Him by believing Him to be who He said he was. Jesus claimed that he was the eternal God. He is God the Son, part of the Triune Godhead of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, which is the one and only God.
The Holy Bible warns us that the only way to be saved from punishment and to find salvation and obtain the reward of heaven is by putting our faith in Christ. We cannot earn this salvation, as Mormonism falsely teaches. Jesus warned that having done great works for God will be no basis for salvation. Hear His words:
Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you…’ (Matthew 7:22-23)
Here Jesus tells us that on judgment day that some people will believe they are deserving of salvation because of the great works they have done. Even those who had the spiritual power to cast out demons and perform miracles are cast away from Jesus! Why? One would think that someone who did such works as these would be in God’s favor. Why are they cast away? Let us look closer at this enigma. Notice what the basis of their appeal is. They are basing their claim to salvation upon the works they did. Big mistake. The Bible clearly says that no one can be saved by works:
“However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness” (Romans 4:5)
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Also notice the reason that Jesus casts them away:
Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you.’
It is because they did not know Jesus that they are cast away. Knowing the real Christ is the only basis for salvation. They had no relationship with Jesus; consequently all of their works, even great works of miracles, mattered not an iota.
Real Persecution for Christ
I realize that you have been told that Mormonism is the true faith, and as a Mormon believer you can expect to be persecuted, and that this persecution is another proof that Mormonism is true. Please consider this: Many other religions make the very same claim. Jehovah’s Witnesses, Moonies, Muslims, and the list goes on. Perceived persecution, in and of itself, is not proof of the veracity of a teaching. Consider also that Mormon teaching emphasizes that all Christian churches are wrong and that only Mormons have the truth. Give some reflection to the fact that what you have been told is “persecution for Christ” is really nothing more than the body of Christ reacting to a religious organization making bold claims that are not founded upon evidence. Give it some thought: Negative feedback is a natural backlash to an outlandish, aggressive and hostile stance that Mormonism has taken towards Christian denominations. But this is not real persecution for Christ. Now let me say a few words about real persecution.
To accept the real Jesus and leave the Mormon Church is not a step that any Mormon could take easily. I am aware of this. Although Mormondom will no longer have you “used up,” “hewn down” or “put out of the way,” the Mormon Church still has the power to hurt those who choose to leave. Some have said that their spouses were told that they should file for divorce and find a good Mormon wife or husband. Mormonism is a close, tight-knit culture and many an ex-Mormon has found that their former Mormon friends will no longer speak to them. Shunning seems to be an oft-used means of coercion and punishment that is used upon those who dare to leave Mormondom.
There is no question — Leaving the Mormon Church takes true courage and anyone who accepts the Christian Jesus will suffer genuine persecution from the Mormon Church. Jesus warned that following him would cause persecution. Leaving the Mormon Church to follow Jesus is a true act of courage and I admire anyone who loves Jesus enough to do it.
Getting Christian Support
Nevertheless a vital living relationship with the real Jesus is worth it. There are many support groups available to assist new Christians who leave Mormonism. Concerned Christians of Mesa, Arizona, is one such group. Founded by a family who suffered through the pains of leaving Mormonism, they are there to assist Mormons with their walk with the Jesus of the New Testament. You will find them online at ConcernedChristians.org. To read fascinating testimonies of former Mormons who became Christians, I recommend www.concernedchristians.org/testimonials.php
Other sites that are helpful to those questioning their faith in Mormonism and need support as they transition to Christianity are listed below.
A Final Appeal
My dear Mormon friend, the last thing I should ever wish to do is to offend you. I have written boldly out of genuine love and concern. This writing has been a labor of love. It is for you, my friend. I yearn for the day when you will come to fully know the Jesus of the New Testament and experience the soul-cleansing rejuvenation of life-giving water flowing through your soul that comes from a life of faith in the real Jesus of the New Testament. My sincere hope and expectation is that God will hear my prayers for my readers and that He will work mightily and powerfully on your behalf. May the Jesus of the Holy Bible be revealed to you in a wonderful way. Because I hope and pray for exactly this, I have undertaken this writing. Jesus said:
But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.” (John 3:21)
Many of today’s Mormons are good and truthful people. So I think it likely you will consider carefully all that I have said and that you will let the Holy Spirit guide you into all truth. Read the New Testament. You can trust its every word. Don’t believe the lies of the LDS church which claim that the Bible is unreliable. Jesus promised his word would never pass away, and it is right there in the Holy Bible, preserved by God’s almighty power.
I encourage you to put your trust completely in the Jesus of the Bible. Put your faith completely in Him to save you. Bow your head and pray to Him. Ask Him to forgive your sins and help you to surrender your life to Him. Let the Spirit of Christ help you to leave a world of dead religious works behind and ask Him to come into your heart and make you a new person. He will do that if you ask Him to, and you will be born again. It’s as simple as that.
You will find that rivers of living water will flow through your soul and give you refreshment and joy that exceeds anything that dry religiosity can ever bring to you. Humble yourself as a small child, for this is how Jesus told us we must enter the Kingdom. This is the Kingdom found only in Jesus our Savior, not a kingdom invented by mere men, but the true Kingdom of God. Jesus said the Kingdom of God is within you. And by this he meant that it is not found in a building, not found in any religious organization, not found outside of you, but is found inside of you, as you make that choice to repent and accept the Jesus of the Bible and pray for Jesus to come into you and save you. Just as it is written in Holy Scripture:
But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,”that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” and “For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:8-13)
A simple prayer of repentance and faith directed to the real Jesus is all it takes to be born again. After that ask the Lord, who now lives in you, to help you to find a church that believes and preaches the Holy Bible.
This is the gospel of salvation. This is the truth of God’s Word, and this truth, as you know, is radically different from what the Mormon Church teaches. Let me say this also: If you cannot now accept what I have said here and become a born-again Christian as the Bible defines it, I shall still always pray that someday you will come to see the truth of the gospel of the Holy Bible. I would expect it would take time for a person to consider all these things and turn them over in his or her mind. May God’s Spirit rest upon you as you humbly and prayerfully consider these matters.
If I have in any way offended you with my words, I ask your forgiveness. I earnestly hope that you will not let anything raise a wall between you and the truth. I close with a scripture from God’s Word:
Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything. (2 Timothy 2:7)
I pray this writing has helped you. If it has, I would appreciate hearing from you. If you have questions and would like to talk, please contact me. I would love to be your friend. You may email me at: