Many Mormon readers were simply “outraged” at my recent suggestion that they are not Christians. I have hundreds of nasty emails to prove it. Yet Mormons have always asserted a right to declare that all “other” Christian denominations are not just wrong but abominations advanced by corrupt teachers. These assertions do not come from fringe members of the Mormon faith. In fact, they come from Mormon scripture.
In the LDS scripture, The Pearl of Great Price, we find passages in which Joseph Smith recounts his alleged “first vision” of God and Jesus Christ who are two separate beings and therefore, according to Mormon teaching, two separate Gods. Smith’s account gives us an early idea of what Mormons think about “other” Christians – a view never renounced by the Mormon Church:
“My object in going to inquire of the Lord was to know which of all the sects was right, that I might know which to join. No sooner, therefore, did I get possession of myself, so as to be able to speak, than I asked the Personages who stood above me in the light, which of all the sects was right (for at this time it had never entered into my heart that all were wrong)—and which I should join. I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt.”
Did you catch all that? All Christian denominations are wrong. Their creeds are an abomination. Their teachers are all corrupt. Mormons assert a right to teach these things about “other” Christians. But Christians are not allowed to suggest that Mormons – having said Christians are wrong about everything, literally “all their creeds” – just might be teaching a religion other than Christianity.
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