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MG-02 - Is Black Skin a Curse in the Book of Mormon?

Christina R Darlington

Have you ever read the Book of Mormon? Did you know that even the version of the Book of Mormon that is in print today, and given away by the Mormon Missionaries, is the most racist set of Scriptures of any religion in the world? Hundreds of Mormons have never really read the Book of Mormon which is a bit strange, because the Book of Mormon claims to be the very foundation of the Mormon faith. The Book of Mormon clearly states, several times, that black skin is a curse from God. Yet the Bible teaches in John 3:16 that God so loved the world…not just the people with white skin. The Book of Mormon tells of a violent struggle between two groups of people somewhere in South, Central or North America. In the Book of Mormon story, the good, hard-working people are white and the violent and lazy group are black. 2 Nephi 30:6, in the Book of Mormon, claims that if the bad black people repent, then they too will become white like the good people. The current Book of Mormon warns both groups of people that they should not “mix” their seed between the blacks and whites or God will curse them. Since our ministry works with many former members of the Mormon Church, we know very well that most Mormons are not racist. Yet, in over 180 years of changing many other parts of the Book of Mormon, the Mormon leadership still prints and reprints 35 remarkably racist statements found in the current Book of Mormon. Past Mormon leaders have taught that the black race was permitted to come through the Great Flood and remain on earth to represent “the devil”.[1] We have worked very closely with several black communities around the world, and we are just astonished, that any person of color would join the Mormon Church. We are equally amazed and stunned that any white Mormon would continue to endorse, admire or much less teach from the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is wrong. Black skin is not now and never was a curse from God. The plague of racism and bigotry may be promoted within the Book of Mormon, but it is not found in the Bible. [1] John Taylor, Journal of Discourses, vol. 22, pp. 303-304 (below).

MG-01 - Witnessing to Mormons Using Their Own Church History

Christina R Darlington

Have you ever considered sharing your Christian Faith with a Mormon friend, coworker or neighbor? For the first time in the History of the Mormon Church, authentic and realistic Mormon Doctrine and History are now available to you and the Mormon People on the Gospel Topics’ section of the Mormon Church’s official website. These incredibly insightful documents now state as a Fact of Mormonism, that Joseph Smith repeatedly lied to his first wife Emma. That he, Joseph Smith had up to 40 wives to include 12 to 14 wives of other men, whom he secretly married behind Emma’s back. Many of these relationships the Mormon Church now admits included the “possibility” of sexual relationships. Why does this information matter? Because it reveals the character of Joseph Smith, that he was NOT qualified to be called as one of God’s latter-day prophets. The Bible proclaims that a Bishop or Elder in a Christian church “…must be blameless, the husband of one wife…” (1 Timothy 3:2, Titus 1:5-6). If you are a Mormon or you have friends and loved ones involved in Mormonism, We stand with you in reaching them with the Truth of Christ as proclaimed in the Bible.

MG-03 - Does Mormonism Teach that God was Once a Man?

Christina R Darlington

Mormons often wonder, “Why would anyone feel the need to question if Mormons are Christian? Even the name of the Church reflects the Mormon belief in Jesus Christ.” They are proud to be called a members of “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” Yet fundamentally, the Mormon Church teaches a different Jesus Christ than the One proclaimed in the Bible. In Mormonism, Jesus Christ is called our Elder Brother and the Brother of Satan. Believing that He is literally the Son of God, they teach that He is the product of a physical relationship between “Heavenly Father” and one of his so-called “Heavenly Mother” goddess wives. As a result of this teaching, Mormons deny the eternality of God the Father and claim that He earned his godhood by living upon an earth like us. Teaching that every human being has the opportunity to progress to become a god like God the Father, the Mormon Gospel Topics Essay entitled, “Becoming Like God,” quotes the Mormon Prophet Lorenzo Snow, as stating, “As man now is, God once was: As God now is, man may be.” It is the very nature and character of God that sets Mormonism apart from Christians. The God of the Bible says at Malachi 3:6, “For I am the Lord. I change not.” God also tells us in Isaiah 43:10, “…before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.” Mormonism clearly does not agree with God’s Word in the Bible. He never progressed from a mortal man to become a God because He has always been God (Psalm 90:2). So, I do not see how the Mormon Church can claim that they are Christian when they have changed the very nature and character of God as spoken of by God Himself in the Bible. ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS: If the Mormon teaching were true that God was once a man “like” us, wouldn’t that make him once a sinner “like” us? Since Jesus was “without sin,” (Hebrew 4:15), how could He do something His Father couldn’t do? Mormonism perverts the nature of God and falls under the condemnation of Romans 1:22-23, which teaches that fools “changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man.” The Bible is clear that no gods were formed “before” or “after” the God of the Bible (Isaiah 43:10). He alone is the “…Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last” God, the “Almighty” at Revelation 22:13 and Revelation 1:8. Being the “Almighty” God, He can have no equal.

MG-04 - Do Mormons Believe They Can Become Gods?

Christina R Darlington

Are We in the Process of Becoming Gods? Quite often when we speak about how Mormons aren’t Christians because they believe that they can become gods, people say, “I know a doctor, a dentist, a lawyer whose a Mormon. There is no way these smart people believe this about God.” While it is true that not every Mormon knows these deeper doctrines of Mormonism, that doesn’t change the fact that this is still the official teaching of the Mormon Church. Mormons are taught that not only was our God just an exalted man, but that all men and women will have the opportunity to become Gods and Goddesses of their own Worlds. This is still a core belief of Mormonism today. In fact, the Mormon Church has issued an official statement in their “Becoming Like God” Gospel Topic Essay on their Church website that describes how you can become a god. Now ask, “How can Mormons be considered Christian when they believe they can become gods of their own worlds? Wouldn’t that make multiple gods?” In Isaiah 44:6, God says, “I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.” In Isaiah 46:9 the LORD says, “I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me.” Paul warns at Galatians 1:7,9: “Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. … If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!” (NIV) With the teaching that you can become a god of your own world, Mormonism completely perverts the gospel of Christ and cannot be considered Christian.