Christian Answers to Mormon Missionaries

Using Scriptural References: Christian Answers to Mormon Missionaries

This book will prepare you to respond with biblically sound answers in your next conversation with a Mormon missionary. Certain passages throughout the Old and New Testaments are used by Mormon missionaries to convince unsuspecting Christians that their claims are true.

Using Scriptural References: Christian Answers to Mormon Missionaries, contains those passages followed by the biblical truths you can use to refute their claims.

Additional material in this book includes guidance for effectively sharing your faith with Mormons while avoiding pointless debate and confrontation.

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Written by: Phillip Moormann

Published by: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Date published: 09/27/14

Edition: 1st

ISBN: 150253908X

248 pages

Available in Paperback or Kindle version

CHAPTER PREVIEWS
Introduction: Who I am and My Biases

It might be helpful if I would tell you something of my background. I am an evangelical Bible-believing Christian. I have gone to College, graduate school and seminary (from which I did not graduate). My background is in education: I have been a high school teacher, a principal, and an ABE/GED instructor. And then I spent twenty years as a computer programmer.

I have a definite bias: I believe the Bible is the Word of God. It does not contain the Word of God. It is the infallible Word of God. When the Bible reports that God has said something, I believe that God said that.

This book contains the New Testament in the King James Version; there are some Old Testament passages included as well. The King James is the only version which Mormons recognized as valid – and even their acceptance of the King James Version is somewhat problematic.

Genesis: Image not Body of God

The Mormons believe that since it says in Genesis 1:26 that God made man in his own image and man is flesh and bone that God too is flesh and bone. However, this is not true. The words image and likeness are to be considered as synonyms. God made man in his likeness – not a replication of his essential nature. He made man in his likeness in the sense of his divine moral and intellectual qualities, rather than like his physical qualities.

God made man in his moral and intellectual characteristics, not his actual physical self, – this has to be so because God is invisible. In 1 Timothy 1:17 it says “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Also in Colossians 1:15, speaking of Jesus, “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature”. If God is invisible, how can he have a body? If he is invisible and we are in his exact physical image, why aren’t we invisible?

Exodus: Jehovah is God

In many verses in the Old Testament Jehovah and Elohim are equated and are depicted as the same God, the same person. For example, in Genesis 27:20 it reads: “And Isaac said unto his son, How is it that thou hast found it so quickly, my son? And he said, Because the LORD (Jehovah) thy God (Elohim) brought it to me.”
This verse alone shows clearly that they are the same and not two Gods.

In Exodus 3:6-7 God and Moses are conversing:
“Moreover he said, I am the God (Elohim) of thy father, the God (Elohim) of Abraham, the God (Elohim) of Isaac, and the God (Elohim) of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God (Elohim). And the LORD (Jehovah) said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows”

Both Jehovah and Elohim are included in this conversation. They are the same person: one God, not many Gods.

Psalms: Jesus not Procreated

Jesus is speaking in the Book of Mormon and he says in 2 Nephi 27:23 (italics added for emphasis):

“For behold, I am God; and I am a God of miracles; and I will shew unto the world that I am the same yesterday, to-day, and forever….” (Italics added for emphasis)

This shows the eternality of Jesus, not born at a particular time and place, as the Mormons would have you believe. He continues in 2 Nephi verse 29:9 and he says – “I do this that I may prove unto many, that I am the same yesterday, to-day, and forever”. (Italics added for emphasis)

Isaiah: Prophecy of Martin Harris

Some Mormons claim that Isaiah 29:11-12 is a prophecy about Martin Harris who was a trusted aid of Joseph Smith. The Mormon apostle LeGrand Richards said that Professor Anton was actually fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah and did not know it. This has several problems. Martin Harris had copied some of the “hieroglyphics” from Joseph Smith. He took them to Professor Anton to evaluate. Martin Harris claimed further that Professor Anton said that the translation was correct. In a letter to E.D. Howe a newspaper editor, Professor Anton explained in detail what had actually occurred and said that the characters presented to him were a hoax and he had warned the gullible Martin Harris he was being duped.

Was not the Isaiah passage referring to a vision and not a book? Isaiah said “And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book”. The “golden plates” of Joseph Smith could hardly be classified as a vision.

Ezekiel: Two Sticks, One Nation

The Mormons believe that the two sticks represent the Book of Mormon (Joseph) and the Bible (Judah). The 22 context puts a lie to such an interpretation. In 37:18 the “children of thy people” ask what is meant by these sticks, and in Ezekiel 37:22 he explains very plainly that the two sticks are referring to two nations, not books.

37:22 – “And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all.”

Matthew: Jesus Born of a Virgin

The Mormons believe that it was not the Holy Ghost but God the Father who was the father of Jesus Christ. God the Father came down in his physical body and had sex with Mary, who was a virgin at the time (and by some Mormon theologians, Mary was a virgin after having sex with God the Father!).

This is in spite of the clear teaching of the Scripture that it was the Holy Ghost, not God the Father – and she was a virgin until after Jesus was born (verse Matthew 1:25)!

Luke: Pray About the Book of Mormon

The Mormon missionaries urge their listeners to pray about the Book of Mormon. Their refernce is Moroni 10:4:

“And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, and he will manifest the truth in you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.”

Mormon adherents love this passage in Moroni 10:4 and use it to “prove” that the Book of Mormon is true. This Book of Mormon passage is dealt with in full in James 1:5.

John: Ye are Gods

Note that the first occurrence of the word God (Elohim) is used in the singular – “God standeth” followed by the singular pronoun he (“he judgeth among the gods”), not plural. This shows the true nature of God. This Psalm is an accusation against the “gods” – the term gods (Elohim) is sometimes used of judges, not real gods at all.

The second verse makes it plain that God was referring to them as judges and accusing them in judging unjustly (“how long will ye judge unjustly…?”). Futhermore, God (Elohim) says they will “die like men”.

Jesus is in effect saying to the Jews who were listening to him that “If God could call these corrupt judges gods, how can you get angry with me for calling myself the Son of God?”

Acts: We may Pray to Jesus

The Mormons believe we ought not pray to Jesus. Although it is very clear from the New Testament that Jesus himself declared that we ought to pray to God the Father (see the Lord’s Prayer – Matthew 6:9), it is permitted to also pray to Jesus: for example, Stephen when he was being stoned addressed Jesus instead of God.

The official Mormon’s Bible Dictionary (Salt Lake City, 1990, p., 681) says:

“When one speaks of God, it is generally the Father who is referred to; that is, Elohim. The personage known as Jehovah in Old Testament as LORD (in capital letters), is the Son, known as Jesus Christ, and who is also a God.”

I Corinthians: Let Every Man have His Own Wife

Section 132 verses 4 and 6 of Doctrine and Covents, written by Joseph Smith himself, claimed that God gave him a “new and everlasting covenant.” This covenant said that “no one can reject this covenant and be permitted to enter my glory…he that receiveth a fulness thereof must and shall abide the law, or he shall be
damned, saith the Lord God.”

61 And again, as pertaining to the law of the priesthood—if any man espouse a virgin, and desire to espouse another, and the first give her consent, and if he espouse the second, and they are virgins, and have vowed to no other man, then is he justified; he cannot commit adultery for they are given unto him; for he cannot commit adultery with that that belongeth unto him and to no one else 62 And if he have ten virgins given unto him by this law, he cannot commit adultery, for they belong to him, and they are given unto him; therefore is he justified….

Since this is an “everlasting covenant”, who are you to contravene it?

Revelation: Angels Proclaim Judgement

The context and surrounding verses do not remotely suggest that there must be restoration of the gospel because the entire church is in apostasy.

Mormons often will quote 14:6 and leave verse 14:7 alone. They state that verse 14:16 is referring to the angel Moroni and when that angel appeared to Joseph Smith it was a direct fulfillment of this prophecy.

Because it says “another angel” it obviously refers to the angels menioned in 8:2 (“And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets”) and 10:1 (“And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire”).

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