Truth is not only
violated by falsehood;
it may be equally
outraged by silence.
Joseph Smith maintained that the reason Mormon doctrines are not featured in the Bible is because they were removed, or else lost before the Bible was compiled (Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Volume 1, page 245)
But which doctrines did he mean — the original doctrines that God revealed to him so that he could restore the “true” gospel to the earth, or the doctrines he substituted later on? Mormon beliefs today bear little resemblance to those of the early LDS church. (Their ongoing changes have resulted in contradictions between the Book of Mormon and their later scriptures — see the link at the end of this page).
Their excuse for this anomaly is that as they have increased in knowledge and wisdom, so God has given them further light. But truth never changes. So any “further light,” God would had given them, would merely have amplified or built upon His previous revelation of the true gospel.
But that’s not the way it happened. For instance, in line with the Bible and the Book of Mormon, Joseph originally taught the LDS church that God had always been God eternally. But then twelve years later he announced that this was not so, and that God had once been an ordinary mortal man. Furthermore just as He had progressed to godhood, so we too can do the same. (The King Follett Discourse, April 7, 1844; Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, page 345, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith).
From time to time the LDS denies teachings that are printed in their own doctrinal books. They maintain that they are not official Mormon doctrine, and were merely the personal opinions of the various authors at the time they wrote the books. But the authors were LDS presidents, prophets, apostles, and so on. And if they can’t be trusted to teach the true LDS gospel, then who can be? And why then doesn’t the LDS print an official book of Mormon doctrine, that is reliable, and that will stand the test of time?
The reality is that they cannot do this because Mormon teachings change with the times. So sooner or later they would have to revert back to maintaining yet again, that their previous teachings were only the personal opinions of the author.
The teachings in the LDS’s official lesson manual, Gospel Principles, have been changed and/or sanitized on an ongoing basis (to make their church look better). You can see the changes made between the editions for 1978, 1979, 1981, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1992, 1995, 1997, and 2009 for yourself, by following this link: http://www.mrm.org/gospel-principles.
Mormonism is an evolving religion. At the moment they are claiming to be a denomination of the Christian church. But their doctrines are neither Christian nor biblical. Joseph Smith maintained that the Christian church’s tenets were an abomination in the sight of God (c/f Pearl of Great Price, Joseph Smith — History 1:19). That was why he established the LDS church.
Until fairly recently, the LDS had consistently assured their followers that the Lord would never permit their leadership to lead them astray. But they now admit that no man is infallible, including LDS prophets, presidents and other leaders.
Whilst we would agree that no man is infallible, our concern is not about the fallibility of man. It is about whether or not LDS doctrines are true. (The home page of this site displays a list of links to articles that compare LDS doctrines with those of the Bible.)
The following links leads to an article that discusses the changes made by the LDS’s to their doctrines on God, and to an article on contradictions in their scriptures:
If you are a Mormon, my prayer is that your eyes will be opened to the truth. You are welcome to write to me. (My email address can be accessed by clicking the “Email Us” button below.)
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