For anyone who knows anything about Mormon history, there is a double standard that comes with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bruce R. McConkie, a Mormon Apostle from 1972-1985, is pictured above with the very realistic caption below him. Confirmation bias is known as “the tendency of people to favor information that confirms their beliefs,” according to Wikipedia. This includes believing aspects of the history of a religious system that are biased or in their favor.
History is not on the side of Mormonism. You would think that formal debate after formal debate with Christians and Mormons would squash Mormonism. Yes, it can, but just learning about the history of the Mormon Church (that most Mormons have never learned about or are not willing to admit), can destroy Mormonism.
When Joseph Smith claimed he had a First Vision experience in 1820 when he “saw” the Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, he was told by God that the Christians of his day and all of Christendom’s
“creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt; that: “they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof.” (Pearl of Great Price, Joseph Smith–History 1:19)
In other words, Mormonism believes that all of Christianity (other than the LDS Church) is corrupt. The believe that Christianity was completely corrupt from the death of the apostles in the New Testament until Jesus Christ restored the Church in 1830, and this time period is known as the “Great Apostasy.” If Christian leaders get something wrong, Mormons label them as being “corrupt,” according to the First Vision account.
The double standard is when Mormon leaders and prophets get things wrong, they say their prophet was merely speaking as a man, and not as a prophet. For example, 2nd Mormon prophet Brigham Young taught (the Adam-God doctrine) that Adam was “our Father and our God, and the only God with whom we have to do.” (see Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses 1:46-53). Over 100 years later, Bruce McConkie taught, “anyone who has received the temple endowment and who yet believes the Adam-God theory does not deserve to be saved.” (McConkie, “Seven Deadly Heresies” speech, 1980)
Clearly Mormons nowadays do not believe that Adam was God. So what do they do when confronted with the fact that Brigham Young taught as doctrine that Adam was God? They said, “Well, he was not speaking as a prophet, he was speaking as a man.” Joseph Smith even gave a loophole where contradictions within Mormonism appear: “A prophet is a prophet only when he is acting as such.” (Prophet Joseph Smith, Jr., History of the Church, 5:265) Well, isn’t that convenient! Mormons cling to the facets of their past and beliefs that favor their image, but reject sketchy or contradictory aspects that make Mormonism look bad.
LDS President Wilford Woodruff even said, “The Lord will never permit me or any other man who stands as President of this Church to lead you astray.” (Woodruff, Doctrine and Covenants, Official Declaration–1). They also believe that “‘when the prophet speaks, the thinking is done.” (Improvement Era, June 1945, as a Ward Teaching message)
So what will Mormons do when faced with the fact that Mormons leaders have indeed led their people astray?
These are serious issues. Mormons cannot lose faith in general. They only need to know where to place their faith. Substituting Jesus Christ and the Bible for Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon needs to happen…
Here is what the Bible has to say about God: Numbers 23:19 (KJV) says: “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”
Here is the problem. The god of Mormonism can change his mind on something. What was doctrine in the 1800’s is not necessarily current Mormon doctrine in the 2000’s. I believe that God still gives us revelation, but the Mormon god gives progressive revelation which includes God revoking previous revelations and replaces them with new ones.
I cannot trust a God who is not consistent! If God was changing, I cannot trust Him with any hope of salvation! Since the God of the Bible is trustworthy and never changing, His people will stay in His truth and ways and will never be confused by doctrine or what God has said.
When Mormon leaders get it wrong, the lay Mormons will say, “Well, that was what was revealed back then, but we believe in what the current prophet teaches.” This is dangerous. God’s word is both vertical and horizontal, transcending both time and culture. Mormons cannot get away with saying that Christian leaders are corrupt while simultaneously saying that their own leaders are being misunderstood or simply “speaking as a man and not as a prophet.”
When Mormonism rejected blacks for the priesthood until 1978, Mormons will say that former Mormon leaders in the 1800’s were just “products of their time,” and held similar views on race relations that 19th century Protestants did. There is no excuse, since the LDS Church claims to be the one and only true church. If they were, they would have stood against slavery and would have been inclusive of blacks in their Church when others hadn’t been.
Come on, Mormonism, own up to your past teachings! Mormons, please research your Church! Faith should not be blind; true faith is supported by facts! Thomas Edison put it so well when he said, “Faith, as well intentioned as it may be, must be built on facts, not fiction–faith in fiction is a damnable false hope.”