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Why Mormonism Has Wild Teachings

Mormonism has some pretty interesting teachings. Most are found no where in Scripture and many are anti-Biblical. I think there is a reason for this and one of Brigham Young’s sermons illustrates this perfectly. On October 8, 1854 Young preached “I Propose to Speak Upon a Subject that does not Immediately Concern Yours or My Welfare” (found here) and this is some of what he had to say:

I think these preliminaries will satisfy me, and I feel prepared to take my text; it is the words of Jesus Christ, but where they are in the Bible I cannot tell you now, for I have not taken pains to look at them. I have had so much to do, that I have not read the Bible for many years. I used to be a Bible student; I used to read and study it, but did not understand the spirit and meaning of it; I knew well enough how it read. 

Brigham Young tells us that he is quoting Jesus but he can’t point his listeners to where it is found in the Bible because he did not take “the pains to look at them”. From a Christian perspective this is disturbing. If a pastor stood up and said something like this I would walk out. The Bible is our source for knowing who God is and what he has done. The doctrines Young taught were wild because he didn’t care about what the Scripture say. But even if Brigham Young wanted to reference the Bible he wouldn’t be able to understand it.

Notice what he said, “I used to be a Bible student; I used to read and study it, but did not understand the spirit and meaning of it”. Mormons should be ashamed of this and I think that if they knew about this sermon they would be. When I speak with Mormons they use the Bible all the time. But they never seem to have words for this comment made by Brigham Young, after all, he was the President of the Mormon church. When one of your  spiritual leaders can’t understand the Bible then you have a serious problem. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Young had no problem with making up scripture. In the same sermon he said this:

I feel inclined here to make a little scripture. (Were I under the necessity of making scripture extensively I should get Brother Heber C. Kimball to make it, and then I would quote it. I have seen him do this when any of the Elders have been pressed by their opponents, and were a little at a loss; he would make a scripture for them to suit the case, that never was in the Bible, though none the less true, and make their opponents swallow it as the words of an Apostle, or one of the Prophets. The Elder would then say, ‘Please turn to that scripture, gentlemen and read it for yourselves.’ No they could not turn to it but they recollected it like the Devil for fear of being caught.) I will venture to make a little [scripture].

The words of Brigham Young say far more than he was intending. Young says that he is going to make up scripture then gives a very interesting story about Heber Kimball. Not only is making up scripture forbidden by Scripture but even more it shows the dishonesty of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Young embraces Kimball’s making up of bible passages when speaking to opposers of Mormonism. This highlights the dishonesty within the teachings of Mormonism. Kimball never told the opposers that he was giving them false scripture. He never told them that they couldn’t find it because it wasn’t actually in the Bible. It was dishonest and this is what Young references when he wants to “make a little scripture”.

We, as Christians, must be aware of these things because it will greatly impact the way we view Mormonism. These days Mormonism is telling people that they are just another sect of Christianity. This is not true. Christians do not lie to argue for their positions like Heber Kimball. Christians do not “make a little scripture” like Brigham Young did. Christians can properly understand the Bible through study and effort unlike Brigham Young.

Mormonism is not Christianity.

Thanks for reading.

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About Travis Berry

I am a blatantly honest person who loves to think, read, discuss, and write about God and theology. I have a bachelor's degree in Youth Ministry from Crown College. I work at a church in Houston, TX as a Youth Director and love every minute of it! I am married to a wonderful woman named Becky and we have one amazing child! I have a love for God's Word, and a fervor to live it out in the fullest, and I pray this blog reflects that. Thanks for checking out AnotherChristianBlog!.

Posted on March 15, 2012, in Christianity, Theology and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. You start with a crazy foundational narrative and do you expect much sanity to be produced?

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