Understanding the True
Origins of Mormonism
The Incredible Story of a Race of Celestial Beings
that once Came to the Earth...
by Clare Gregory
The last chapter is a live demonstration on the gifts of the Holy Spirit,
and yet, the conclusion contradicts the LDS Church’s belief and claim to be
the only true church on earth. God gave a powerful witness to his daughter,
Trixie, and then God gave me the keys of interpretation. What are the LDS
to do? I’m not smart enough to have combined all the symbols in Trixie’s
dream into a cohesive story that fits Mormonism. I’m either under the
influence of the Holy Spirit or I’m under the influence of Satan. I’m
either following the true God or a false one. This has been the issue of
religious conflict since the time Lucifer rebelled and was cast out of
heaven. God is Truth and Lucifer is a deceiver. One thing is certain, I’m
not lying, neither am I trying to trick anyone into believing me. I’m
sincerely trying to serve my own conscience to the best of my ability. So
the issue is not my heart. I’m not a liar. But the words that I write—are
they true or false? Are the principles from God and Biblical or are they
from Satan and Anti-Biblical? How do we know? Thus there is a great need
for spiritual discernment. Each of us stands on our own choices. We will
either find the ultimate truth from God and salvation or we will discover we
have believed a lie from Satan and have been deceived. This responsibility
cannot be delegated to other human beings, to God, or to the devil. We are
the ones who decide what we believe. No one else.
I have placed my stake in the ground and have decided that the God I believe
in can not contradict the Bible. He is logical. But the LDS belief does not
fit into reason and logic, assuming the Bible contains the Word of God. For
example, the Bible teaches there is one God, but Mormonism teaches there are
many gods. Thus, it is irrational that God would not tell us the “whole
truth” in the Bible about himself. There is either one God or many Gods.
Both thoughts can not be true. I can not accept the argument that God likes
to keep this concept a mystery about many gods, for it is the fundamental
premise of the purpose of life. If true, then EVERYONE ON EARTH should
understand that purpose of life. Indeed, the principle of eternal
progression is so much a part of Mormonism that it can not be a “mystery”,
but must qualify as being a very basic tenant of the religion. In fact, the
First Presidency has stated:
ALL HUMAN BEINGS—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is
a beloved spirit son
or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and
destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal,
mortal, and eternal identity and purpose. In the premortal realm, spirit
sons and daughters knew and worshipped God as their Eternal Father and
accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and
gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize
his or her divine destiny as an heir of eternal life [or becoming a god or
goddess]. (The Family: A Proclamation To The World.)
Ye Are Gods
Today, the purpose of eternal progression in Mormonism is not a mystery.
God is an exalted man. That’s easy to understand. But it’s not anywhere in
the Bible. But the LDS quote scripture out of context, claiming the Bible
supports the concept, when it does not. For example, Jesus said, “Ye are
gods.” This was referring to the ecclesiastic responsibility in our role to
represent Him, not that we will truly become gods in the future. It also
can mean we are gods over physical matter. Finally, we are gods over our
own children in temporal issues. Now, if the Mormon claim were true about
truly becoming gods, Jesus would have said, “Ye will become gods”. But
rather he said: “Ye are gods”. PRESENT TENSE. It is very simple. Is any
human being a “god” right now like Heavenly Father? Just look. The answer
is obvious. Therefore, the statement CAN NOT mean what the LDS claim.
Jesus was NOT speaking of the future, but of the present.
Here’s another example of incorrect interpretation of the Bible:
"Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Heavenly Father is perfect." (Matt
The does not mean God is commanding us to be a perfect God in the future.
God is in the present. God is love. To be perfect as God is perfect means
we have Charity. It does NOT mean we are perfect in terms of knowledge,
capability, nor talent. Taken in context of where this statement is given,
it is very clear this is what God is speaking about--humility and love. He
even says that God loves everyone by sending the rain to the just and the
unjust both. The Bible is very clear:
"For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye do not even the
publicans the same?" (Matt 5:46.)
This verse on love is right before the "Be ye therefore perfect" verse, and
IS NOT talking about becoming
gods. It's about love! (The Book of Mormon, by the way, conveniently omits
this thought on love from 3 Nephi 12!)
Do we want to superimpose Joseph Smith's teaching on salvation through
increased knowledge, and his skewed focus on intelligence, rather than God's
command to love? Fine. But it's not what Jesus is saying. We can all learn
to love perfectly, as Jesus loves us--without the added dimension of
becoming gods and goddesses.
Now let us look at the oft-quoted LDS scripture that we are the literal
“offspring” of God. The logic Paul is using in acts 17:28 is to get the
attention of the Athenians who believed in gods of wood and stone. Paul
found an inscription that said: "To the unknown God." They ignorantly
worshipped Heavenly Father, and didn't even know it.
"For in him we live, and move, and have our being, as certain also of your
own poets have said,
for we are also his offspring." (Acts 17:28.)
Paul introduces this offsprint concept to the Athenians with a model or
frame of reference that is different than the way the LDS view this
passage. Paul was speaking to people who worshipped idols, trying to help
them understand that God is not a statue. Their own poets wrote that we were
the offspring of God. Now look very carefully:
"FOR IN HIM WE LIVE, AND MOVE, AND HAVE OUR BEING--as certain also of your
own poets have said, For we are also his offspring."
God is ALIVE! He's not a dead statue. This is all Paul was saying. We are
ALIVE because God makes us ALIVE. Human beings are created as living
creatures, in the image of God. We are his creation or “offspring”. Paul
uses the word offspring, by the way, quoting from the pagan poets.
Look at the next verse:
"Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that
the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's
device." (Acts 17:29.)
We are living beings created by God--his offspring or children, created in
his image. We are not dead statues and NEITHER IS GOD.
Here Paul is trying to teach these people about the living God, who dwells
not in temples made by men’s hands, but dwells in US. (See vs 24-29):
"God that made the world and ALL THINGS therein, seeing that he is Lord of
heaven and earth, dwelleth not in TEMPLES MADE WITH HANDS. Neither is
worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he GIVETH
TO ALL LIFE, and breath, and all things; and hath made of one blood all
nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath
determined the times before appointed and the bounds of their habitation;
that they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, though
he be not far from every one of us: For in HIM we LIVE, and MOVE, and HAVE
our BEING..." (Acts 17:24-29.)
Now read those thoughts. Is Paul talking about us or God? Is he bringing
attention to human beings, the created? Or to God Almighty, the Creator?
Who is he talking about?
The Mormons miss the WHOLE CONTEXT of the verse and turn and divert the
attention of the meaning of Acts 17:24-29 from God and His glory, to who?
To us! His children. The Mormons then use the next sentence about the
offspring of God to bring attention to human beings, that we are "literal
children of God or his offspring" proving the WE CAN BECOME GODS.
This is NOT at ALL what Paul was saying. It didn't even enter his mind.
God created us as Temples to live in. “…in him we live, and move and have
our being…” We are completely dependent on him for EVERYTHING.
The logic is so clear. We are his offspring or THOSE HE HIMSELF LIVES IN!
Look at the context. Since God lives in us, we should not think of him as
gold, or silver, or made by MEN'S HANDS. We are his temple. HIS OFFSPRING.
A place where HE DWELLS. His creation. He made us without human
Let's review the thoughts again in light of the context:
Do we not see how effortlessly this logic all ties beautifully together into
and integrated thought?
- 1. God made the world
- 2. He dwells in us (temples), not in houses built by human hands. He built
- 3. He's not worshipped with human hands.
- 4. He doesn't need anything from us.
- 5. He gives life and breath to all things.
- 6. All human beings come from Adam, and God has determine bounds of
- 7. That we might SEEK GOD.
- 8. And he's not far from us--in Him we live, move and have our being. We
are HIS TEMPLE.
- 9. We are the offspring of God, a place where GOD ACTUALLY DWELLS. We are
LIVING creatures, created in his spiritual image.
- 10. So we should not think of God as dead matter--gold, or stone, graven by
men's device and art. He's alive.
Now, look what the LDS interpretation does to mutilate the concepts:
Rather than looking at the verse in context, the LDS take one
word--"offspring" and use this to view the LDS God model, not even
recognizing that Paul was quoting the Pagans to try and open their minds to
the fact they they were created to be temples of the LIVING GOD. Here he
looks at them as potential converts, to receive the Holy Spirit of God, and
he finds the inscription of the "unknown God" and sees it as the perfect
opportunity to teach them that God wants to come dwell in them because they
are his children--not that they can grow to become gods through spiritual
genetics like the Mormons teach. He even explains that God is not far from
them, but is in everything and created everything.
- 7. That we might SEEK GOD.
- 8. And he's not far from us--in Him we live, move and have our being. We
are HIS TEMPLE.
- 9. We are his literal offspring--our spirits came from God's resurrected
body. We can grow up to become gods and goddesses.
- 10. So we should not think of God as dead matter--gold, or stone, graven by
men's device and art.
In context, the entire verse makes perfect sense from the CHRISTIAN view of
God. But it all falls apart with the Mormon view. The idea of God living in
a temple not made with hands, of his creating everything and not being far
from us, doesn't make sense at all:
We are literal children of God, and we have divine potential to become
gods. This means God lives in a resurrected body far away in heaven, and we
are striving to attain this goal of god hood. Inserted in this passage, the
entire concept ruins Paul's argument and turns the gospel of Jesus Christ
into a perverted and twisted gospel that moves us away from the True God who
dwells in temples not made by human hands.
I hope the LDS mind can see the occult powers that bind them into a false
concept of God and his children.
Satan is the one who believes in the doctrine of spiritual genetics and
seeks to become God. It is his mind that has brought this false light into
Mormonism. It is his mind that has turned Paul's teaching away from God and
to the glory of human beings and their "divine potential". Indeed, rather
than seeing the teaching that we are all "one blood" from Adam in this
verse, OR HUMAN BEINGS, the Mormons change the focus from human beings
to being "gods in embryo" using the word offspring out of context. They do
the same thing with the priesthood,
"No man taketh this honor unto himself but he that was called of God, as was
Aaron." This is covered in Chapter 4.
Now, do we believe the Bible as it is written, or do we superimpose false
concepts to prove Mormonism is true?
I challenge the LDS audience to please study IN CONTEXT the verse they
constantly quote that offspring means that we are literal spirit children of
God and have genetic potential within ourselves to become gods and
goddesses. If this is true, and if it is what Paul meant, then God is not
inside us, but He in Heaven far, far away! This is a BLATANT CONTRADICTION
to Paul's thought processes.
And LDS can't argue "the Holy Spirit" lives in us because we are the
offspring of God the Father, not the Holy Spirit.
"....For in Him we live, and move, and have our being..." We are his
offspring--He lives IN US! "...though he be not far from every one of us..."
God begets God, dogs beget dogs, cats beget cats, birds beget birds. HUMAN
BEINGS BEGET HUMAN BEINGS!
Mormonism Diverted From Jesus Christ
This book is intended to prove once and for all that Mormonism has been
diverted from Jesus Christ by demonic design. I admit that is a very bold
statement. For over a 170 years, many thousands have attempted to break
down the fortress of Mormonism and expose its errors. But to the shock and
dismay of the non-believer, the kingdom of Joseph Smith continues to grow!
The reason for its continuing growth is that God is behind the religion, in
spite of the many errors introduced by the Nephilim. Christians have been
responding ignorantly under false assumptions established by the mastermind
of darkness, and as such, have been manipulated by the dark forces of evil
This book finally exposes the false either/or logic being assumed to be true
by Mormons and Anti-Mormons alike. Once the fundamental assumptions are
examined and proven illogical, the entire false Mormon priesthood system
created by Satan crumbles before the light of day. Most Anti-Mormon books
take a very harsh view of Joseph Smith, announcing he had a devilish
character, that he was a cheater, a liar, an adulterer, and a down right
scoundrel of a man. On the other hand, the LDS position takes the opposite
extreme viewpoint. Joseph Smith is painted as being near perfect. He is
the supreme model of good behavior that every virtuous man and woman should
emulate. His example, his sacrifice and service are promoted as the epitome
of righteousness. So immovable was his testimony of Jesus Christ, he died a
martyr for the cause of God!
But both Anti-Mormon and Mormon viewpoints are unnatural, unreasonable,
unbalanced, and extreme. Let me explain further. As a human being, I’m
full of contradictions and confusions. I choose to do good one moment, and
slip into sin the next. I’m constantly choosing between conflicts of the
flesh and those of the Spirit. It’s a day-to-day struggle to do what is
right. I’m working on self-discipline, pride, envy, selfishness, and a host
of other vices and temptations that make this earth life challenging, and
yet, rewarding at the same time. A living paradox. Anyone who holds me up
as a model of perfection I shall consider extremely naive. On the other
hand, anyone else who claims I am an evil man intent on deceiving others, I
shall also consider them unwise for judging poorly.
I am neither of these extremes. I am simply a human being. I am neither
good nor evil, but I am only a man struggling between the powers of God and
the powers of the devil. I can not control, change, influence, or make any
impact on either God or Satan or my human condition. Neither God nor Satan
ever changes. They are independent agencies and have enormous powers for
which I have little if any control. I simply choose in the moment who I
want to follow--God or Satan.
Being sandwiched between the battle between God and Satan is difficult
enough. But then we add the nagging, fallen flesh, our pride, and living
with other imperfect human beings, not to mention also the stress of jobs,
culture, and society, we find ourselves in a situation of enormous
propensity for error.
Knowing this fact, both friend and foe of Mormonism still make a fundamental
logical flaw in the debate over whether the LDS faith is true or false. For
some odd reason, the debate on both sides refuses to recognize the human
element we struggle with daily. Rather than accepting human nature as it
is, the Mormon issue almost always centers on the credibility of Joseph
Smith, whether he was a good man or evil man. The argument is always
extreme and unbalanced on both sides. Joseph Smith either lied about the
gold plates and the angels, or he told the truth and was completely honest
and never lied.
Joseph Smith was a man and nothing more or less. He was a sinner just like
all of us. He lived in a mortal body and wrestled with an ocean of feelings
as we all do. At times, we all tell the truth. We play fair. We think
good thoughts. We all obey God. But at other times, we all lie. We
cheat. We have evil thoughts. Nobody is perfect. We all sin. And outside
this continual contradiction and strange human condition, a perfect and Holy
God answers our humble prayers and accepts us in love because of his grace.
When we sin, he still loves us and provides mercy and grace for our eternal
salvation. This unconditional love attracts us to God and Christ, and we
strive to change and do better each day because of it.
That, my friends, is the core truth. God loves imperfect people. That is
the essential truth to build our debate about Mormonism. It is why I began
this first chapter of this book on the issue of pride and being born of
God. Anyone who believes in God must surely agree with me, using his or her
own experience, that God can work miracles through an imperfect and sinful
man, even Joseph Smith. It is a marvelous work and wonder by God—to change
human hearts. It’s a miracle.
That Anti-Mormons must agree it is possible that Joseph Smith could have
received gold plates and translated them by the power of God, and yet, he
also could have been a weak man and lied about many things, perhaps even
transgressed on serious moral issues. Anti-Mormons must listen to Mormons
and acknowledge that viewpoint as valid. God could have called on a liar to
translate the Book of Mormon. He could have done it for the sole purpose of
teaching the Christians and everyone else that He is a God of mercy and
grace and chooses whoever he wants to do His work.
Joseph Smith was man. Sometimes he did good. Sometimes he did evil. He
was a mixture of flesh and Spirit, had human frailties, suffered loss, felt
pain and sorrow, and experienced both joy and love. And eventually, Joseph
Smith died like all the rest of the human family. He was no better or worse
than anyone else. Let us always build our debate on the truth and not false
assumptions, and then we can not err. If we hold up Joseph Smith (or anyone
else for that matter) as being “very good” or “very evil”, we greatly err in
our logic, casting presupposed judgements on another human being. We must
not compare the supernatural gifts Joseph experienced against our own small
worlds of humdrum human existence.
The critics crying “very evil man” are just as erroneous as the faithful
Mormons crying “very good man”. This erroneous logic has kept the debate on
Mormonism in a headlock for almost two centuries. And the devil is happy.
It keeps the debate very controlled and safely unresolved. Until now. This
book exposes the devil’s strategy, thus tearing down the false logic and
half-truths of Mormonism. When believers in God see the truth and obey it,
the devil will lose his power in the debate, and God’s Spirit will start
flowing even more abundantly into the LDS religion.
The either/or paradigm is completely misdirected. It carries the debate of
Mormonism into the wrong issues and away from a false priesthood. The true
debate of Mormonism ought not to be whether Joseph Smith was “good or evil”
or even whether the Book of Mormon is “true or false”, but rather, we should
investigate whether the angels he conversed with were from God or not.
The Spirit of Discernment
Joseph Smith was simply an imperfect, human messenger for angels that he
truly believed were from God. Can we not see? The whole premise of one
believing Joseph’s story about the angels, assumes that Joseph Smith had a
spirit of discernment to know the difference between true and false angels.
Mormons assume that Joseph knew the difference between God’s voice and the
devil’s voice. If not, no one would even read the Book of Mormon.
By making positive assumptions about Joseph’s gift of discernment puts the
advantage of the debate in the devil’s court. As humans, we are quite
ignorant of the powers of God and the devil. For example, can the devil
materialize objects of solid gold? Do we really know? Mormons assume he
can’t, but I’ve learned that he can, and I’ve explained this in detail in a
previous chapter. When I switched that assumption, I began challenging many
other assumptions I had made about the devil. If we suddenly discovered
that the devil can create tangible objects, would our view of Joseph Smith
change? Or what about other assumptions? What if false angels can appear
as tangible beings? How does that change our view of Joseph? That
assumption changed in my mind. I discovered Otto Fetting had “John the
Baptist” and one of the “three Nephites” appear to him in tangible form and
called him to be an apostle in 1929! A strange Nephite spoke to Mr. Draves,
an Apostle of the Church of Christ, for some time just as a man speaks to
another human being. Then he disappeared! In addition, I met a woman had
personally experienced an encounter with a false spirit who appeared as a
tangible being. When she tried to grab her Bible, the false angel held the
Bible down with his hand!
My LDS upbringing stood on Joseph Smith. He had taught specific rules about
how to detect good angels and false angels. You hold out your hand to the
angel. He gives you a temple token. If you feel the token, you know the
angel is a resurrect being from God. Right? But what if that key of
discernment was a lie from Satan? Can you conceive of the advantage that
lie would give Satan in our lack of understanding of true and false angels?
My goodness! A messenger from Satan could come and shake our hand with a
temple token and we will believe anything he says as from God!
Why isn’t that “discernment key” of shaking hands revealed in the Bible?
It’s pretty simple to remember and understand. Out of the hundreds of
prophets that lived in the Holy Land, not one ever proclaimed the handshake
principle as the key to discerning angels. Why not? That certainly should
not be a secret to be hidden from the world! God wants to protect us from
Satan, right? If shaking hands were the true key for discerning angels,
would not God have recorded it for his children about fifty times in the
Bible? Where is even one instruction in the Bible on the matter? There is
not one word about it!
This logic alone ought to concern and cause serious contemplation for any
Latter-day Saint. God love his children on earth, and the key to discerning
false spirits were that simple, why not tell the whole world? Satan would
never fool anyone on the earth ever again! Why does some obscure person in
America suddenly reveal this great mystery for the very first time in 6000
Now, on the other hand, if the devil can materialize and appear as a
tangible being for short periods of time, does this change our view of the
handshake keys? My goodness, Satan just opened up the door to deceive all
the Latter-day Saints every time he appears! He can tell them whatever he
wants, and they will believe him! They will assume he is a resurrected
being from God.
The handshake presumes that because the devil “is a spirit” he can not
appear in tangible form. But if spirit is “refined matter” as Joseph Smith
taught in D&C 131:7 then spirit matter could be transformed into tangible
substance, right? Matter is tangible stuff. It’s logically conceivable
even with that tiny information about spirit matter that the devil could
materialize. As a human being, I have no idea how the spiritual processes
work, but I certainly can challenge the basic assumption that Satan or
fallen angels can not be felt with the physical body using D&C 131:7.
The Bible’s Discernment Keys
Now let’s compare Joseph Smith’s discernment logic with Paul’s. He didn’t
say anything about handshakes. But what were Paul’s criteria? It was the
truth he had taught by the Holy Spirit:
“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you unto the
grace of Christ unto another gospel. Which is not another; but there be
some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though
we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you, let him be
accursed.” (Gal. 1:6-8.)
This perspective challenges the entire LDS angel test. Paul points right to
WORD THAT IS SPOKEN by the angel. Does it agree with what God has already
spoken? If a messenger contradicts God’s Word, then we know it’s a lie and
from the devil. It is true, that God told Abraham to offer up his son for
sacrifice, which contradicted a previous command. But this Word of God to
Abraham DID NOT COME BY AN ANGEL. It came by God’s Spirit, which Abraham
had already learned to discern through experience.
Now we can use Biblical prophets that have been tested for centuries, or we
can trust a young man, Joseph Smith, as having the proper mind of
discernment. We can observe the 1826 trial and the Jupiter Talisman in the
archives of the LDS Church. Is Joseph Smith a Moses or a Saul? Is he a
Peter or Solomon? A Paul or a Samson? And thus, by examining the evidence
we can confess the Joseph Smith was called by God into the ministry, but he
certainly doesn’t pass for a man of great spiritual discernment. He was a
Saul, Solomon, or Samson. He certainly was not an Abraham, for he believed
he could compel plural marriage on his wife, Emma.
If an angel tells us “a mystery” that really isn’t supported clearly in the
Bible or by what Paul taught, then we scrap the mystery or be very careful
and cautious about the information. We watch where it leads us. If it
leads to God and truth, then it’s from God. But if it leads to extreme
behavior or bizarre conclusions, then guess whom it came from? Common sense
stuff! But did Joseph Smith use his head? Men become gods? Spiritual
evolution? See the picture?
Come on. Can we not see? Joseph Smith ignored Paul’s principle of using
common sense and the Truth to discern false angels. He believed in a
physical handshake instead, and all the LDS believers nod their heads in
agreement. So what if I come and tell you some strange and wild thing that
an angel tells me, and he really did shake my hand with a temple token? I
felt it, so we both know it was from God, right? Will you believe me?
What is YOUR CRITERIA to judge? You didn’t shake his hand? What do YOU
have to trust? Nothing! Only my word. So then my word contradicts the
Bible, and we get in an argument because “I know” and “you don’t”. This is
the essence behind the confidence and assurance of Joseph Smith. He started
with the premise that “he knew” based on physical evidence of angels that
had taught him handshakes and keys, mixed with occult temple rituals, that
made him invincible in his own mind. In the mysteries of God, he had
something no one else understood or knew—the temple secrets passed on by the
gods. He also had the Book of Mormon that testified of Jesus Christ as
tangible evidence of his claim. And finally, he had a testimony process
that would lock believers into “knowing” his message was true. God will
whispers truths out of the Book of Mormon and confirms it by the Holy Spirit
of Truth. It is Iron Clad logic, and it gave Joseph Smith great
confidence. He knew what others did not understand, and he had the “proof”
in his mind that he was right and everyone else was wrong. And with this
knowledge, his confidence and assurance was more powerful than many of the
Christian ministers of the day. But what was the foundation of this
confidence? It was the physical touch of an angel’s hand on his head,
giving him God’s priesthood authority. It was the handshake of angels.
But again, lets observe what happens the model. The tangible evidence
rests with Joseph Smith and the three witnesses that saw the angel and the
eight witnesses that saw the plates. See what happens? The evidence of the
“true church” is with someone else. The remaining believers are left with a
false testimony process, relying on the evidence of the Book of Mormon!
If an angel’s message is in complete harmony with the Bible, and the Holy
Spirit gives us truth and light to discern the messenger is from God, then
we can accept the message as true. I can apply the same principle to
either human beings or supernatural beings. It doesn’t matter. That makes
good sense and immediately protects anyone from false information. All we
have to do is read the Bible. It is so simple.
In the Bible angels generally come as an aid and comfort to individuals, to
strengthen us in times of need. They don’t come often to give doctrine.
The Word of the Lord in most cases comes by the Holy Spirit directly or
through visions or dreams, and not through angels. This is an important
pattern to see conflicts with Mormonism. King Benjamin’s address in the
Book of Mormon came from an angel. So also did other Prophets in the Book
of Mormon. The false pattern of angelic salvation is described in the Book
of Mormon: “…neither have angels ceased to minister unto the children of
men. And the office of their ministry is to call men unto repentance…to
prepare the way among the children of men, by declaring the word of Christ
unto the chosen vessels of the Lord, that they may bear testimony of him.
And by so doing, the Lord God prepareth the way that the residue of men may
have faith in Christ, that the Holy Spirit may have place in their hearts,
according to the power thereof; and after this manner bringeth to pass the
Father, the covenants which he hath made unto the children of men.” (Moroni
This view of angels is completely LDS. It fits Joseph Smith and the
restoration. But it is false, and it is an example of false light put in
the Book of Mormon. It is not Biblical. If it were, in the Bible we would
also see angels delivering messages like they did to King Benjamin, and then
giving the doctrine to the people.
Do we not see how dangerous the concept really his. Why would God send an
angel to give a discourse to a human being about Jesus? That revelation
process leaves room for error. The angel may be counterfeit, and how are we
to discern the truth? God teaches men and women what the truth through His
Word, the Bible, visions, dreams, or by His own still, small voice. This
pattern is repeated over and over in the Bible. On occasion, such as the
Book of Revelation, angels teach the Word of God, but it is the exception,
not the rule as the Book of Mormon teaches.
Latter-day Saints from the beginning have been mesmerized by salvation
through angels. That is the doctrine. The devil is a fallen angel, and he
wants us to trust in angels more than God. Of course this would be the
doctrine of Lucifer, the “light bearer”. It gives him a clear opportunity
to appear and speak as a false angel of light, bringing mysterious and brand
new concepts to the people to bind them into half-truths and false
What If Joseph Smith Was Deceived?
What if Joseph Smith was deceived by counterfeit spiritual experiences? How
is a person to detect the real from the false? That is the primary loophole
of Mormon logic. We are not talking about truth or the Bible. We are
talking about people making deep assumptions and then believing them to be
true, when they may or may not be.
If Joseph made an honest mistake, then it happened in the head of Joseph
Smith. He was a man, and it is possible. He could have been sincerely
wrong. We have all had experience of making false assumptions and being
wrong. No one can debate this fact. We must all agree we are prone to
What if Satan can materialize? What if he can produce counterfeit plates of
tangible gold? The Bible says Pharaoh’s magicians created live snakes from
staffs. That sounds like a lot of power in the physical realm! In Job’s
case, the devil influenced the weather, caused his house to fall and kill
his family at a specific time. The devil caused boils to appear all over
Job’s body. In the book of Job we see the kind of power God permitted Satan
to use. But notice that assumption. The Bible says God permitted Satan to
use his power against Job? Well, what if Satan has 1000 times more power
than any miracle we have ever seen on earth so far, but it hasn’t happened,
simply because God has not let Satan use his power to the fullest? In other
words, as Satan’s power increases and God’s protection on earth decreases,
how far can Satan go to deceive the world through the use of power—using
both “white magic” and “black magic”? Apparently, just from the book of
Job, his power is much greater than any of us could possibly imagine. And
Genesis 6:1-5 gives us some indication with the fallen Nephilim angels what
can happen. They appeared on our planet and mated with the human race,
breading angel/men. If we separate God from His body, suddenly very
interesting possibilities occur. Any celestial being, even resurrected,
could fall prey to believing God is a “liar” sitting on a throne enjoying
his praise and power because he has deceived everyone into thinking He knows
the future. Any celestial being could suddenly believe that concept, doubt,
and call God a liar. And if so, the Holy Spirit of God would withdraw from
inside that temple, and the fallen angel would be left without God’s spirit
in a resurrected body of light and power, be expelled from Heaven to the
regions of fallen beings. These fallen beings, then, would seek to
understand the physical realms and reproduction systems of the body. Thus,
their plan would be to manipulate others to expose the lie of the “great
God”, our Eternal Father, and to overpower his throne. God is viewed as “one
of us”. Therefore, fallen beings can lie, cheat, and deceive, and do
whatever it takes to expose the “greatest liar” in the Universe, even God.
And if they do, then God will finally be exposed as the liar that he
supposedly is, and the rules of the Universe could be changed to new ones.
Physical matter and creation processes could be set up on other worlds to
implement the principle of reincarnation, and everyone would progress toward
Godhood and be saved through Time. Therefore, lying, cheating, stealing,
and killing is all justified for the end goal, for it is believed that God
really is not God at all, but a being just like everyone else, a
manipulating deceiver—a Tyrant who wants everyone to worship Him as God. In
the days of Noah, fallen angels or the “Sons of God” were successful in
mating with human beings, becoming spiritual giants, or the Nephilim. At
that point, physical life on earth had to be destroyed by water.
How does this change our assumption about Satan and fallen angels? Jesus
said in the last days false Christ would appear and deceive us with miracles
and great power. I doubt we have even seen the tip of the iceberg. The
Book of Revelation is full of devastating powers that will sweep the earth.
Do we not see that the devil’s plan is to draw us away from the Word of God
and to drag us into an unseen spiritual territory known only by God and
Satan? It is very shaky ground for human beings. It gives Satan an
incredible advantage over us. Human beings truly know so little about God
and Satan! And the LDS people have walked into Satan’s power by believing
many things that are not Biblical. They are “wonderful mysteries” that God
has revealed through Joseph Smith.
Now, which side do we want to be on? Do we want to believe in the Word of
God and be saved by the grace of Jesus Christ. Or do we want to disbelieve
the Bible and call God a liar? It is our choice. Many Christians do not
understand the significance of the cross. Jesus suffered the agony, pain,
and emotional turmoil for all, making salvation possible for us, for He
conquered death. Thus we are free in Him and his blood. One drop of his
blood is more powerful than all the demons in hell. The devil has already
been defeated. The Father has more power than Satan. Jesus was
resurrected. He overcame the devil and his lies, and in the end, the power
of God will crush Satan, and as the Book of Revelation reveals:
“And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the
saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of
heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into
the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and false prophet are, and
shall be tormented day an night for ever and ever.” (Rev 20:9-10.)
Most people do not understand the psychology of the devil. He has hope and
power right now, and he glories in his view that he will win. He owns the
world, and is pretty smug in his power. He believes he has the truth, not
God. It is what keeps him going and hopeful. He truly believes God is
lying, and that he will prove it to everyone. He will be a hero. He will
save everyone by exposing God’s fraud.
But God has set a certain time that the end will come. And Satan knows that
is the final showdown. Either God is lying or telling the truth. As he gets
closer to that time, Satan, like an Olympic champion sprinting the last part
of the race, will increase his efforts and powers to dethrone God and expose
the supposed lie. He has great hope in his successes, believing in his
twisted truths and spiritual powers.
But in the end, according to the Word of God, Satan will be defeated, and
then he will know that God was telling the truth. At last day, the devil
will lose all hope and will be forced to see that he lost. He will suffer
forever in the hell he has created for himself, according the Word of God.
He will never turn to the truth, for he’s void of God’s Holy Spirit. Thus,
he will likely turn on himself, and think: “If only I had done this or that,
I could have won!” He will never admit to his lie and confess that Jesus is
God and that he is only an angel, created to be God’s temple. The light that
he shines in the eyes of Mormons is great darkness—the truth mixed with
At the last day, God will vindicate that He is 100% truthful and that Satan
is a liar. Therefore, we all must cultivate the proper spirit of discernment
about truth and error. God’s voice and Satan’s voice is delineated by truth
and lies, and all truth is logical and rational. And thus, the intellectual
faculties of the mind, and logic, are the foundation of our faith, and not
our feelings. And in the end, the mind and logic will takes us back to
God’s Word. Do believe that God tells the truth or that he lies? That is
the saving principle. God is the Spirit of Truth.
And which side do I personally take? I look at the sun, the moon, the
stars, and all the creations of God, including my own body, and I believe
that God has more power than Satan, which was demonstrated by Moses. I wish
not to be cast into a hell I’ve created by delusional thinking that does not
conform to the Bible. I suggest we believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac,
and Jacob, and not the false gods Satan presents to us.
I believe God tells the truth and can not lie.
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