.:THE PURPOSE OF OUR 4MORMON.ORG WEBSITE
We are a group of Ex-Mormons and Christians who love our Mormon friends and relatives in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We offer our research into the history and doctrines of Mormonism in a loving attempt to wake our sincere LDS friends up to what they are not being told so that they can escape the deception of Mormonism and find the real truth in knowing the Jesus Christ of the Bible who is NOT the Jesus of Mormonism.
Our experiences in Mormonism have proven that there are many pros and cons to being LDS. On the one hand, the LDS Church is a great place to build friendships and have strong family values reinforced, but on the other hand, when questions arise that are not what Mormons would call “faith-promoting,” members and investigators are discouraged from examining the evidence against the Church. They are admonished to “pray about the Book of Mormon, rely on their testimony and have faith.” This attitude from the loyal supposedly answers all criticism. Yet, the Bible warns against simply trusting what religious leaders say when it commands: “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” (1 Thessalonians 5:21, King James Bible). Our goal is to provide a place of hope by affirming the foundation of faith found in knowing the true Jesus Christ of the Bible while exposing the errors of Mormonism.
PRAYING ABOUT THE BOOK OF MORMON
At 1 Timothy 4:1, the Bible warns that in the last days people would be led astray into believing counterfeit doctrines through the deception of seducing spirits. We found this to be especially true with the Mormon “testimony.” During our time in Mormonism, many of us took Moroni’s challenge to pray about the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and even gained the “testimony” that allegedly confirmed its accuracy.
However, to our dismay and shock, we discovered lies, cover-ups and contradicting doctrines within Mormonism that brought the credibility of our “testimonies” into question. We found that not only do the clear teachings of the Book of Mormon and the Bible discredit the teachings and practices of Joseph Smith and the LDS Church 1., but basic LDS fundamental principles concerning the Person and nature of God 2., priesthood authority 3., and eternal marriage 4. cannot be reconciled with the Book of Mormon or the Bible, both of which are acclaimed by the LDS Church as containing the “fulness of the everlasting gospel.” 5.
Finally, when we considered the archeological and historical evidence against Mormonism, such as Joseph Smith’s translation of the fraudulent Kinderhook plates 6., his contradictory translation of the recently discovered papyrus from which the Book of Abraham was allegedly translated, the lack of verifiable archaeological artifacts to substantiate a single city, person, coin or battle mentioned in the Book of Mormon, the DNA evidence that debunks its claim of Hebraic origin for Native Americans, 7. and Smith’s practice of marrying teenagers as young as 14 years old and wives who were already married to living husbands, we could not deny the deceptive nature of Mormonism. 8.
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO
It is not religious “persecution” to present truth in concern for one’s eternal destiny. Neither should an “attack” upon the lies that keep people trapped in a counterfeit religious system be seen as a personal “attack” upon the individuals within that system. We offer our research into the history and doctrines of Mormonism as a loving attempt to alert unsuspecting Mormons and potential converts to this deception so they can be liberated from the seduction of evil spirits to embrace the true Jesus of the Bible who is not Lucifer’s brother, but is the supreme God and Creator of all. We advocate simple faith in Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” 9. It is not by joining a church, religion, or participating in temple rituals to try to make oneself “worthy” for eternal life, but by coming to Jesus in prayer (John 5:39-40), acknowledging Him as Lord, Savior and God Almighty (Romans 10:9-13) and asking Him to give His righteousness in exchange for one’s sins (2 Corinthians 5:21) that one can obtain eternal life.
WHY A PRO-MORMON LOOKING WEBSITE THAT CRITICIZES THE LDS CHURCH
On the Internet, all one has to do is type “Mormon” to find many anti-Mormon websites that mock Mormonism. While these sites may be appealing to the person who is looking for an excuse to attack the LDS Church, many who feel Mormonism has a lot to offer in the way of faith and values are turned off, and for the devout LDS person whose Mormonism as an integral part of his or her identity, when something as personal as “faith” is attacked, it often is taken as a personal attack upon one’s personhood.
With this in mind, we have put extra effort into making our website as comfortable and appealing to Mormons who desire to examine their religion without the common stigma of mockery and ridicule found on some anti-Mormon websites. Our goal in offering a critical examination of the LDS Church is not to a perpetuate a personal “attack” upon the good people of Mormonism, but rather, to raise questions and doubts about the claims of Mormonism that provoke rational thought and introspective evaluation to lead investigators to the truth.
We feel there are many sincere LDS adherents who have questions and doubts about some of the things they’ve heard and experienced within Mormonism, and many are experiencing a “crisis of faith” deep inside, but due to Mormonism’s condemnation of critical judgment, they are not able to talk openly about these questions in LDS circles for fear of being ostracized. Thus, we feel there needs to be a website where faith is reinforced with reason, where one can ponder deep questions, fears and doubts, while clinging to faith and belief in Jesus Christ. There are answers to the tough questions of faith and we believe that a true faith will embrace reason; not shun it.
Let’s face it, there are skeletons in every religion, but only a faith that is based upon truth and verifiable evidence is one that can be trusted. Thus, the Bible proclaims: “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” (1 Thessalonians 5:21) Our hope and prayer is that this website will minister to both active and inactive members of the LDS Church, investigators and anyone else who has questions about Mormonism to promote a faith that is both true and reasonable.
FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE OUR RESPONSE TO CRITICISM ABOUT OUR MINISTRY:
.:THE LDS GOSPEL IS SO SIMPLE! WHY DO YOU DETER OTHERS FROM IT?
A MORMON WRITES:
“I have many issues with the statements you pose on your site. …The gospel of Jesus Christ is very, very simple. The Lord is not the author of confusion. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the Lord’s Church. I know this because I know without a doubt that the Book of Mormon is truly the word of the Lord to the ancient inhabitants of the American Continent brought to light in our days as an additional witness to the divinity and reality of the Son of God as the Savior of the world. ...After reading what Chuck had to say, I felt sad. Come back to the Church, Chuck! If you don’t want a calling that’s fine. You don’t have to do anything, but come and develop your relationship with the Savior and your family’s relationship as well. There is a great difference between those who believe in Christ and those who try to deter others from the light of the Gospel. I urge you not to continue to be the latter.”Read more
.:THE LDS CHURCH DOESN’T ATTACK YOUR CHURCH, SO WHY DO YOU ATTACK OURS?
“I would like to ask why it is you challenge the correctness of the LDS Church? Doesn’t that mean you are condemning its validity? I know that my LDS Church outright says that it is the only correct religion. I can most definitely see how that can be taken as offensive, but it at least doesn’t single out any specific religion (even if some of its members do). I just think that a religion or religious group shouldn’t focus attacks or challenges on another, but rather, should explain why theirs is correct. I don’t think that a group should have to say that another is incorrect, but show how theirs is correct. I don’t have any problem with your ministry saying how it believes that it is correct, but I do feel slightly attacked when it condemns my Church as wrong. …I guess the point of my email is to ask you to tone down your attacks on other groups, yet DO promote the reasons why your ministry is correct without demeaning others.”Read more
.:WHY DO YOU HATE MORMONS? Didn’t Jesus Teach Us to LOVE Our Neighbors?
A MORMON RESPONSE TO OUR WEBSITE:
“Out of curiosity, I am wondering, do you have nothing better to do with your time? Why do you hate the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and take your time to select random quotes from Joseph Smith to attack the Mormons. Jesus Christ did not vehemently attack the Pharisees. You seem to go against the very basic teachings of Christ by not LOVING your neighbor into your religion instead of trying to deceive them with selected quotes from Mormon literature. Now, I’m not saying you’re trying to be mean, but I am saying don’t be a hypocrite by attacking someone that Christ would love into His Gospel. Jesus Christ is about bringing people together, not tarring them apart over beliefs.
I believe that God is a God of mercy and second chances. He will provide a way for all of his children to return and live with him; if not in this life, the next. I also believe that God will judge us according to our consciences; that is to say that He will judge us according to the laws and ways we have been taught. If we live the ways we believe to be correct, then that will be pleasing unto Him. I mean, how can he punish us for something we didn’t know was wrong? That just doesn’t seem just.
Now, as to people falling away from the LDS Church, every EX-member who is writing will have a problem with the standards of the Church and that is why they are Ex-members. The standard was too high for them. Much is given; much is expected. So, why don’t you leave the Mormons alone and find something better to do with your time? May your hate for Mormons and Mormonism will be replaced with true tokens of worship and the fruits of the love of Jesus Christ.”Read more
.:WHY IS THE MORMON CHURCH THE ONLY RELIGION PICKED ON?
“Ever wonder why only the Mormon Church is picked on? Why aren’t people and churches bashing Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, Anglicans or even Pentecostals? How about Episcopalians or Catholics? No one bashes them. They only pick on Mormons. Are all these churches right and only the Mormons wrong or bad? Satan knows which church is real—the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. So, he will have anybody and everybody gang up on it to try and destroy it. He doesn’t waste his time on the others because they aren’t a threat.”Read more
1. See “THE BOOK OF MORMON VS. LDS DOCTRINE”
2. See “CONTRADICTIONS IN MORMONISM —WHO ARE WE TO BELIEVE?”
3. See “WAS PRIESTHOOD AUTHORITY RESTORED THROUGH MORMONISM?”
4. See “WHAT MORMON.ORG DOES NOT TELL YOU ABOUT THE RESTORED GOSPEL”
5. See the Introduction to the 1981 edition of the Book of Mormon.
6. See History of the Church, vol. 5, pp. 372–378
7. See “WHAT MORMON.ORG DOES NOT TELL YOU ABOUT THE BOOK OF MORMON”
8. See “WAS JOSEPH SMITH QUALIFIED TO LEAD GOD’S PEOPLE?”
9. John 14:6