“I will be to this generation a Second Mohammed, whose motto in treating for peace was, ‘The Qur’an or the Sword.’ So shall it eventually be with us: ‘Joseph Smith or the Sword!’“
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The Thirteen (13!) Articles of Faith
(From ↗ ReligionFacts.com) Basic Mormon beliefs are expressed in the “Thirteen Articles of Faith,” which were listed by Joseph Smith when he was asked about the basic beliefs of the Church.
- We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.
Reworded but valid Ancient Orthodox Church teaching.
- We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.
Human (or demonic) invention with Gnostic/Islamic/Masonic/Modern-Western individualist, by-your-own-bootstraps mind-set.
- We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
Substantially orthodox (assuming their understanding of atonement is deeper and more historically accurate than it probably is), yet worded in a way that still enables more bootstraps, with a formulaic nod to Jesus to “baptize” it.
- We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Substantially orthodox but worded with Modern-West Scholatic/Occultist dissectionism. (Note: unbiblical + unconciliar = unchristian.)
- We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.
- We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.
Organization? A contrived, long, obscure choice of words.
- We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.
As in Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, the only people known to have had any such things? In his epistle Paul stresses love as the highest gift, but Occultists cannot stand such language, q.e.d.
- We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.
Continuing their completely extraecclesial criterion of mix-and-match.
- We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.
Nothing on whether they contradict or affirm previous, Church-accredited revelations. Nothing on the discernment of spirits. Extremely hypnotic, mechanical and Luciferian in tone.
- We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.
This really sheds a floodlight on where the JWs get their revisionist/brainwashing nonsense. Here’s a word to the wise: “The last shall be first” does not refer to Books of the Bible but rather to persons whom the worldly systems (before which Mormons bow, see 12.)!
- We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.
Oh, so suddenly the Early Church doesn’t have any authority on concrete worship, just on what the Mormons like? What agile mental gymnastics!
- We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.
Ah, Hitler’s favorite Bible verse, Romans Thirteen (13) (even though he hated Christianity)! Boy, people who love the Occult also seem to gleefully rip Romans 13 right out of its context…pattern emerging…
- We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul-We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.
You, Joseph Smith, are proof that some people will believe anything, or as P.T. Barnum put it, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” God help the Mormons and protect men from their astoundingly insulated heresy. Know that Joseph Smith was a famous Mason and scoundrel. Get a clue, please. Find true, Orthodox Christianity, something Smith’s early followers didn’t have the benefit of being exposed to.
The true Christian Creed: the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed (also called the Nicene Creed, the Symbol of Faith, the Pistevo, or simply the Creed) runs thus:
- I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible;
- And in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Only-begotten, Begotten of the Father before all ages, Light of Light, True God of True God, Begotten, not made, of one essence with the Father, by Whom all things were made:
- Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and was made man;
- And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried;
- And the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures;
- And ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of the Father;
- And He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead, whose kingdom shall have no end.
- And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, and Giver of Life, Who proceedeth from the Father, Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, Who spoke by the Prophets;
- And I believe in One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
- I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins.
- I look for the Resurrection of the dead,
- And the Life of the age to come.
- Πιστεύομεν εἰς ἕνα Θεόν, Πατέρα, Παντοκράτορα, ποιητὴν οὐρανοῦ καὶ γῆς, ὁρατῶν τε πάντων καὶ ἀοράτων.
- Καὶ εἰς ἕνα Κύριον Ἰησοῦν Χριστόν, τὸν Υἱὸν τοῦ Θεοῦ τὸν μονογενῆ, τὸν ἐκ τοῦ Πατρὸς γεννηθέντα πρὸ πάντων τῶν αἰώνων· φῶς ἐκ φωτός, Θεὸν ἀληθινὸν ἐκ Θεοῦ ἀληθινοῦ, γεννηθέντα οὐ ποιηθέντα, ὁμοούσιον τῷ Πατρί, δι οὗ τὰ πάντα ἐγένετο.
- Τὸν δι ἡμᾶς τοὺς ἀνθρώπους καὶ διὰ τὴν ἡμετέραν σωτηρίαν κατελθόντα ἐκ τῶν οὐρανῶν καὶ σαρκωθέντα ἐκ Πνεύματος Ἁγίου καὶ Μαρίας τῆς Παρθένου καὶ ἐνανθρωπήσαντα.
- Σταυρωθέντα τε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν ἐπὶ Ποντίου Πιλάτου, καὶ παθόντα καὶ ταφέντα.
- Καὶ ἀναστάντα τῇ τρίτῃ ἡμέρα κατὰ τὰς Γραφάς.
- Καὶ ἀνελθόντα εἰς τοὺς οὐρανοὺς καὶ καθεζόμενον ἐκ δεξιῶν τοῦ Πατρός.
- Καὶ πάλιν ἐρχόμενον μετὰ δόξης κρῖναι ζῶντας καὶ νεκρούς, οὗ τῆς βασιλείας οὐκ ἔσται τέλος.
- Καὶ εἰς τὸ Πνεῦμα τὸ Ἅγιον, τὸ κύριον, τὸ ζωοποιόν, τὸ ἐκ τοῦ Πατρὸς ἐκπορευόμενον, τὸ σὺν Πατρὶ καὶ Υἱῷ συμπροσκυνούμενον καὶ συνδοξαζόμενον, τὸ λαλῆσαν διὰ τῶν προφητῶν.
- Εἰς μίαν, Ἁγίαν, Καθολικὴν καὶ Ἀποστολικὴν Ἐκκλησίαν.
- Ὁμολογῶ ἓν βάπτισμα εἰς ἄφεσιν ἁμαρτιῶν.
- Προσδοκῶ ἀνάστασιν νεκρῶν.
- Καὶ ζωὴν τοῦ μέλλοντος αἰῶνος.
- Credo in unum Deum, Patrem omnipoténtem, Factórem cæli et terræ, visibílium ómnium et invisibílium.
- Et in unum Dóminum Iesum Christum, Fílium Dei Unigénitum, et ex Patre natum ante ómnia sæcula. Deum de Deo, lumen de lúmine, Deum verum de Deo vero, génitum, non factum, consubstantiálem Patri: per quem ómnia facta sunt.
- Qui propter nos hómines et propter nostram salútem descéndit de cælis. Et incarnátus est de Spíritu Sancto ex María Vírgine, et homo factus est.
- Crucifíxus étiam pro nobis sub Póntio Piláto; passus, et sepúltus est,
- Et resurréxit tértia die, secúndum Scriptúras,
- Et ascéndit in cælum, sedet ad déxteram Patris.
- Et íterum ventúrus est cum glória, iudicáre vivos et mórtuos, cuius regni non erit finis.
- Et in Spíritum Sanctum, Dóminum et vivificántem: qui ex Patre procédit. Qui cum Patre et Fílio simul adorátur et conglorificátur: Qui locútus est per prophétas.
- Et unam, sanctam, cathólicam et apostólicam Ecclésiam.
- Confíteor unum baptísma in remissiónem peccatorum.
- Et expecto resurrectionem mortuorum,
- Et vitam ventúri sæculi.
* Basic similarities between the Islamic and Mormon faiths include, but are not limited to:
- A founding prophet who received visits from an angel, leading to revelation of a book of scripture and
- A division of the religion into a minimum of two parties after the death of the founding prophet, with one party claiming that leadership should continue through the prophet’s descendents, and the other party rejecting this idea.
- An emphasis upon family, and the family unit as the foundation for religious life and the transmission of values;
- The belief that Jesus Christ is not divine;
- Rejection of the Christian doctrines of the Incarnation, Original Sin and the Holy Trinity;
- Strong emphasis upon education, both in the secular and religious arenas;
- Belief in fasting during specified periods of time;
- Incorporation of a sacred ritual of ablution, though each religion’s rite differs in form, frequency and purpose;
- Belief that their faith represents the genuine, original religion of Adam, and of all true prophets thereafter;
- Prohibition of alcoholic beverages, gambling, and homosexual and bisexual practices;
- Belief that one’s marriage can potentially continue into the next life, if one is faithful to the religion;
- Belief in varying degrees of reward and punishment in the hereafter, depending upon one’s performance in this life;
- Special reverence for, though not worship of, their founding prophet;
- Emphasis upon charitable giving, and helping the downtrodden;
- An active interest in proselytizing nonbelievers;
- Strong emphasis upon chastity, including modesty in dress; and
- A clergy drawn from the laity, without necessarily requiring collegiate or seminary training.
- Views on Christianity.
- Assertions that modern Christianity does not conform to the original religion taught by Jesus Christ and
- Belief that the text of the Bible, as presently constituted, has been adulterated from its original form.