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Joseph Smith taught "three Gods"

The Mormon President Hinckley said "we do not believe in the traditional Christ of Christianity ... our knowledge comes of the witness of a prophet" (General Conference 2002). The Christ of Mormonism is one of "three Gods" (Ensign, March 2008).  The Mormon Jesus is "a God" (LDS Bible Dictionary), who was born of a heavenly mother (GP Chapter 2) and whose brother is Satan (GP Chapter 3) and whose father has a body of flesh and bones (GP Chapter 1). 

President Gordon B. Hinckley April 2002  "As a Church we have critics, many of them. They say we do not believe in the traditional Christ of Christianity. There is some substance to what they say. Our faith, our knowledge is not based on ancient tradition, the creeds which came of a finite understanding and out of the almost infinite discussions of men trying to arrive at a definition of the risen Christ. Our faith, our knowledge comes of the witness of a prophet in this dispensation who saw before him the great God of the universe and His Beloved Son, the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ." 

Joseph Smith Teachings (Ensign, Mar 2008) "I have always declared God to be a distinct personage, Jesus Christ a separate and distinct personage from God the Father, and that the Holy Ghost was a distinct personage and a Spirit: and these three constitute three distinct personages and three Gods  

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, (2007),36–44 "I have always declared God to be a distinct personage, Jesus Christ a separate and distinct personage from God the Father, and that the Holy Ghost was a distinct personage and a Spirit: and these three constitute three distinct personages and three Gods  

History of the Church, 6:474; from a discourse given by Joseph Smith on June 16, 1844 "I have always declared God to be a distinct personage, Jesus Christ a separate and distinct personage from God the Father, and that the Holy Ghost was a distinct personage and a Spirit: and these three constitute three distinct personages and three Gods  

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith 

“A Basis for Faith in the Living God,” Ensign, Nov 1978, 46 "This council brought forth what is known as the Nicene Creed, followed some time later by the Athanasian Creed which reads in part: " ... So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is God, and yet there are not three Gods but one God.”"

Joseph Smith's King Follett Sermon  "I will prove that the world is wrong, by showing what God is ... God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man ... if you were to see him today, you would see him like a man in form ... God came to be God. We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea, and take away the veil, so that you may see ... you have got to learn how to be gods yourselves, and to be kings and priests to God, the same as all gods have done before you, namely, by going from one small degree to another ..." 

Bible Dictionary Godhead "...  the Godhead: ... God the Father: ... Elohim . . . God the Son: The God known as Jehovah is the Son  . . God the Holy Ghost: The Holy Ghost is also a God.

Gospel Principles Chapter 21 "... the Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead. He is a spirit in the form of a man."

LDS Bible Dictionary (God) "God ... the Father ... the Son, known as Jesus Christ, and who is also a God.... The Holy Ghost is also a God ...."

Gospel Principles Chapter 2  " Every person who was ever born on earth was our spirit brother or sister in heaven. The first spirit born to our heavenly parents was Jesus Christ, so he is literally our elder brother ."   

Gospel Principles Chapter 3  "Two of our brothers ... Jesus Christ, who was then called Jehovah ... Satan ..." 

Gospel Principles Chapter 1 "Because we are made in his image, we know that God has a body that looks like ours. His eternal spirit is housed in a tangible body of flesh and bones."    

Gospel Principles Chapter 17 "In the spring of 1820. . . . Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith. The Savior told him not to join any church because the true Church was not on the earth. He also said that the teachings of present churches were "an abomination in his sight" (Joseph Smith--History 1:19; see also 1:7-20). "

Gospel Principles Chapter 47  "... our Heavenly Father became God.  ...  He was once a man like us . . ." 

Gospel Principles Chapter 47   "When we lived with our Heavenly Father, he explained a plan for our progression. We could become like him, an exalted being. ... Exaltation is eternal life, the kind of life God lives. ... He is a creator.  We can become like our Heavenly Father. ... have--all power, glory, dominion, and knowledge." 


Jesus and his apostles taught one God

Christ and his apostles taught one God (Mark 12:29,32; 1Cor 8:4-6). God was manifest in the flesh (1Tim 3:16). The Word was God and the Word was made flesh (John 1:1,14). In Jesus dwelt the fulness of the Godhead bodily (Col 2:9). The Son and Father are one (John 10:30,38).

Mark.12 ([29] And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: [32] And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he: 

Matt 22 Footnotes in the NAB [37-38] Cf Deut 6:5. Matthew omits the first part of Mark's fuller quotation (Mark 12:29; Deut 6:4-5), probably because he considered its monotheistic emphasis needless for his church. The love of God must engage the total person (heart, soul, mind)."

1Cor.8 ([4] As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one. [5] For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) [6] But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.)  

1 Cor 8 Footnotes in the NAB "[6] This verse rephrases the monotheistic confession of v 4 in such a way as to contrast it with polytheism (1 Cor 8:5) and to express our relationship with the one God in concrete, i.e., in personal and Christian terms."

1Tim.3 ( [16] And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.)

1Tim 3:16 Footnotes in the NAB [16] Who: the reference is to Christ, who is himself "the mystery of our devotion." Some predominantly Western manuscripts read "which," harmonizing the gender of the pronoun with that of the Greek word for mystery; many later (eighth/ninth century on), predominantly Byzantine manuscripts read "God," possibly for theological reasons.

John 1 ([1] In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. [14] And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. [34] And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God. [36] And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!)

John1:1 Footnotes in the NAB [1] In the beginning: also the first words of the Old Testament (Genesis 1:1). Was: this verb is used three times with different meanings in this verse: existence, relationship, and predication. The Word (Greek logos): this term combines God's dynamic, creative word (Genesis), personified preexistent Wisdom as the instrument of God's creative activity (Proverbs), and the ultimate intelligibility of reality (Hellenistic philosophy). With God: the Greek preposition here connotes communication with another. Was God: lack of a definite article with "God" in Greek signifies predication rather than identification.

Col.2 ([9] For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.)

Col 2:9 Footnotes in the NAB [9] Fullness of the deity: the divine nature, not just attributes

John.10 ( [30] I and my Father are one.  [38] But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.)

John 10 Footnotes in the NAB [30] This is justification for John 10:29; it asserts unity of power and reveals that the words and deeds of Jesus are the words and deeds of God.

Heb.1 ([3] Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;)

Matt.28 ([19] Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:)


False Prophets Bring Heresies, They Can Deceive Many and Can Show Great Wonders

1Tim.4 ([1] Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;)

1John.4 ([1] Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world)

2Pet.2 ([1] But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. [2] And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. )

Matt.24 ([11] And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 14] And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. [24] For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. [25] Behold, I have told you before.)

1Cor.12 ([1] Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. [10] To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: [28] And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. [29] Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?)

John.8 ([31] Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; [32] And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)

Mark.12 ([29] And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: [32] And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:  [36] For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool.)

2Tim.2 ([2] And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. )

2Tim.3 ([14] But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; )

2Tim.3 ([16] All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:)

2Pet.3 ([16] As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. [17] Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. [18] But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.)

Matt.13 ([18] Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. [19] When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. [23] But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.) then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.)

Acts.17 ([2] And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, [11] These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. [12] Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.)


Christians are disciples, disciples continue in the words of Christ 

The Bible reveals that Christians are disciples (Acts 11:26) and that disciples continue in the words of Christ (John 8:31). 

Acts.11 ([26] And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.)

John.8 ([31] Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; [32] And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.) 

Matt.7 ([18] Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. [19] When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. [17] Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. [19] Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.)  

Matt.13 ([18] Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. [19] When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. [23] But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.) then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.)

2Pet.3 ([16] As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. [17] Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. [18] But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.)

Acts.8 ([29] Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. [30] And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?  [35] Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. )

Jas.1 ([5] If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him

John.16 ([13] Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come

2Tim.3 ([16] All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:)

Acts.17 ([2] And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, [11] These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. [12] Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.)

Mark.6 ([34] And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.)

1Thes.5 ([21] Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.)


The Church does not consider Mormon's to be Christians
(From Catholic Eternal Word Television Network - ETWN)

"Although Mormons certainly consider themselves to be Christians, the Church does not consider them to be Christians, either sacramentally or theologically. The Church has ruled that Mormon baptism is not valid, which means that Mormons are not Christians by baptism. Since Mormons believe in a plurality of gods and do not believe in Christ's divinity (as it is understood by orthodox Christians), they are not theological Christians either." 

Mormons are not Christians
(From Catholic Eternal Word Television Network - ETWN)  

"Mormons are not Christians ... Those who deny the doctrine of the Holy Trinity deny that Christ is God. Now if one denies that Christ is God, he is denying an essential aspect of Christianity. " 03-04-2005

Are Mormons Christian?  
(From Defensor Veritatis)

Are Mormons Christian? In all my experience, I’ve concluded that the answer to that question is: it depends on who’s asking and who’s answering. They vigorously claim to be Christians, and if one considers “Christian” to mean “one who loves and serves God the Father and Christ His Son,” without concern for right doctrine, LDS definitely fall into that category. But if one considers “Christian” to include following the teachings of God as revealed through Christ and handed on through the Church, then they are definitely not. ... My answer is, “They believe in Christ, but they believe some very different things about Him than most Christians do.” 

Mormons teach three gods who form one divinity
(From Catholic Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith) 

"... according to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, are not the three persons in which subsists the one Godhead, but three gods who form one divinity ... The words Father, Son and Holy Spirit, have for the Mormons a meaning totally different from the Christian meaning. The differences are so great that one cannot even consider that this doctrine is a heresy which emerged out of a false understanding of the Christian doctrine. The teaching of the Mormons has a completely different matrix. ... Mormons hold that there is no real Trinity, no original sin ..."

We do not confess three Gods, but one God in three persons
(From Catholic Church teachings)

253 The Trinity is One. We do not confess three Gods, but one God in three persons, the "consubstantial Trinity". The divine persons do not share the one divinity among themselves but each of them is God whole and entire: "The Father is that which the Son is, the Son that which the Father is, the Father and the Son that which the Holy Spirit is, i.e. by nature one God." In the words of the Fourth Lateran Council (1215), "Each of the persons is that supreme reality, viz., the divine substance, essence or nature."

1271 Baptism constitutes the foundation of communion among all Christians, including those who are not yet in full communion with the Catholic Church: "For men who believe in Christ and have been properly baptized are put in some, though imperfect, communion with the Catholic Church. Justified by faith in Baptism, [they] are incorporated into Christ; they therefore have a right to be called Christians, and with good reason are accepted as brothers by the children of the Catholic Church." "Baptism therefore constitutes the sacramental bond of unity existing among all who through it are reborn."

838 "The Church knows that she is joined in many ways to the baptized who are honored by the name of Christian, but do not profess the Catholic faith in its entirety or have not preserved unity or communion under the successor of Peter." Those "who believe in Christ and have been properly baptized are put in a certain, although imperfect, communion with the Catholic Church." With the Orthodox Churches, this communion is so profound "that it lacks little to attain the fullness that would permit a common celebration of the Lord's Eucharist."

200 The confession of God's oneness, which has its roots in the divine revelation of the Old Covenant, is inseparable from the profession of God's existence and is equally fundamental. God is unique; there is only one God: "The Christian faith confesses that God is one in nature, substance and essence."

254 - The divine persons are really distinct from one another. God is one but not solitary.  "Father", "Son", "Holy Spirit" are not simply names designating modalities of the divine being, for they are really distinct from one another ... The divine Unity is Triune 

262 - The Incarnation of God's Son reveals that God is the eternal Father and that the Son is consubstantial with the Father, which means that, in the Father and with the Father the Son is one and the same God 

 266 - The Godhead of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is one, their glory equal, their majesty coeternal (Athanasian Creed)

186 - From the beginning, the apostolic Church expressed and handed on her faith in brief formulae normative for all. But already very early on, the Church also wanted to gather the essential elements of her faith into organic and articulated summaries, intended especially for candidates for Baptism: This synthesis of faith was not made to accord with human opinions, but rather what was of the greatest importance was gathered from all the Scriptures, to present the one teaching of the faith in its entirety. And just as the mustard seed contains a great number of branches in a tiny grain, so too this summary of faith encompassed in a few words the whole knowledge of the true religion contained in the Old and the New Testaments 

79 - The Father's self-communication made through his Word in the Holy Spirit, remains present and active in the Church: God, who spoke in the past, continues to converse with the Spouse of his beloved Son

182 - We believe all that which is contained in the word of God, written or handed down, and which the Church proposes for belief as divinely revealed 

250. - During the first centuries the Church sought to clarify her Trinitarian faith, both to deepen her own understanding of the faith and to defend it against the errors that were deforming it. This clarification was the work of the early councils, aided by the theological work of the Church Fathers and sustained by the Christian people's sense of the faith 

The Apostles Creed  

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

The Nicene Creed  

We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, one in Being (consubstantial/homoousion) with the Father. Through him all things were made.

The Athanasian Creed  

we worship one God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity. Neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the Substance. For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Ghost. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Ghost is all One, the Glory Equal ... So likewise the Father is Almighty, the Son Almighty, and the Holy Ghost Almighty. And yet they are not Three Almighties but One Almighty ... the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is God. And yet they are not Three Gods, but One God ... The Son is of the Father alone; not made, nor created, but begotten, but proceeding...  in this Trinity none is afore or after Other, None is greater or less than Another, but the whole Three Persons are Co-eternal together, and Co-equal. So that in all things, as is aforesaid, the Unity is Trinity, and the Trinity is Unity is to be worshipped. ... we believe and confess, that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man. ... God, of the substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds; and Man, of the substance of His mother, born into the world. ... Equal to the Father as touching His Godhead, and inferior to the Father as touching His Manhood. ... At whose coming all  men shall rise again with their bodies, and shall give account for their own works.”


First-century Christians at Antioch taught one God

The first century Christians at Antioch were taught the following by Ignatius of Antioch, the Bishop of Antioch who was appointed by the apostle Peter.

Epistle to the Ephesians
    6. we should look upon the bishop even as we would upon the Lord Himself
    7. both made and not made; God existing in flesh; ...both of Mary and of God
  11. the Christians of Ephesus, who have always been of the same mind with the apostles
  15. Let us therefore do all things as those who have Him dwelling in us
  16. one who corrupts by wicked doctrine the faith of God ... go away into everlasting fire
  17. Be not anointed with the bad odour of the doctrine of the prince of this world
  18. the cross ... to us salvation and life eternal.
  18. our God, Jesus Christ
  19. God Himself being manifested in human form for the renewal of eternal life.
  20. being both the Son of man and the Son of God
  20. breaking one and the same bread, which is the medicine of immortality
Epistle to the Magnesians
    3. the Father of Jesus Christ, the bishop of us all. ... obey [your bishop] 
    6. your bishop presides in the place of God
    7. neither do anything without the bishop and presbyters.
    7. Jesus Christ, who came forth from one Father
    8. there is one God, who has manifested Himself by Jesus Christ His Son, who is His eternal Word
  10. become His disciples, let us learn to live according to the principles of Christianity
  13. be established in the doctrines of the Lord and the apostles
Epistle to the Trallians
    2. without the bishop you should do nothing
    6. abstain from ... heresy ... mix up Jesus Christ with their own poison
    7. continue in intimate union with Jesus Christ our God, and the bishop, and the enactments of the apostles
    8. I put you on your guard ... d foresee the snares of the devil
Epistle to the Romans
    3. God, Jesus Christ, now that He is with the Father
    7. I desire the bread of God ... which is the flesh of Jesus Christ, the Son of God
    7. I desire the drink of God, namely His blood, which is ... eternal life.
    9. the Church in Syria, which now has God for its shepherd, instead of me. Jesus Christ alone will oversee it
Epistle to the Philadelphians
    Philadelphia, in Asia, ... is established in the harmony of God
    2. as children of light and truth, flee from division and wicked doctrines ... many wolves
    3. Not that I have found any division among you ... return into the unity of the Church
    4. Eucharist.... flesh of our Lord Jesus Christ ... His blood 
    7. Do nothing without the bishop; ...  love unity; avoid divisions; be the followers of Jesus
Epistle to the Smyraeans
    3. after His resurrection also He was still possessed of flesh
    7. they confess not the Eucharist to be the flesh of our Saviour Jesus Christ
    8. See that you all follow the bishop, even as Jesus Christ does the Father
    8. wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church.
    9. it is well to reverence both God and the bishop. 
Epistle to Polycarp
The Martyrdom of Ignatius
    1. Ignatius, the disciple of John the apostle, a man in all respects of an apostolic character
    3. the holy Polycarp, … been disciples of St. John the Apostle
Epistle to the Tarsians
    5. He Himself is not God over all, and the Father, but His Son
    6. Nor is He a mere man ... What man could ever say, I came down from heaven
    9. Honour those [who continue] in virginity, as the priestesses of Christ
Epistle to the Antiochians
    1. give heed to the doctrine of the apostles ... neither introduce a multiplicity of gods
    2. there was only one God ... God said, Let Us make man
    3. A Son ... His name is called the Angel of great counsel ... the strong and mighty God.
    4. apostles, who said that there is one God ... one Mediator between God and men
    7. disciples of Paul and Peter; do not lose what was committed to your trust
    9. at the creation, one woman, and not many, was given to one man
  12. I salute the virgins betrothed to Christ, of whom may I have joy in the Lord Jesus
  14. Him who was begotten before time began
Epistle to Hero, a Deacon of Antioch
    1. Do not altogether abstain from wine and flesh ... all are to be used with moderation
    2. teaches anything beyond what is commanded ... a wolf in sheep's clothing
    3. Do nothing without the bishops ... They ... ordain, and lay on hands
    6. Do not believe all persons ... For many are the ministers of Satan
Epistle to the Philippians
    1. there is one God of the universe, the Father of Christ, ... and one Lord Jesus Christ
    2. There is then one God and Father ... one God created us ... one Son, God the Word.
    2.  not unto one [person] having three names ... three possessed of equal honour.
    3. the Word became flesh ... God the Word was born as man, with a body
    5. He is both God and man ... who is by nature unchangeable
    9. Creator can with equal ease both create what does not exist, and change 
    9. the first fact He showed that He was God, and by the second that He was also man
  15. turn yourselves away from the workers of iniquity, who corrupt the word of truth
The Epistle of Maria the Proselyte to Ignatius
    1. to Ignatius Theophorus, most blessed bishop of the apostolic Church
Epistle to Mary at Neapolis, Near Zarbus
    4. at Rome with the blessed father Linus, ... Clement, a hearer of Peter and Paul,

The Early Christians Taught One God

Ignatius of Antioch  "8. ... there is one God, who has manifested Himself by Jesus Christ His Son, who is His eternal Word," (Letter to the Magnesians)

Ignatius of Antioch  "7. ... There is one Physician who is possessed both of flesh and spirit; both made and not made; God existing in flesh; true life in death; both of Mary and of God;" (Letter to the Ephesians)

Irenaeus "For the Church, although dispersed throughout the whole world even to the ends of the earth, has received from the apostles and from their disciples the faith in one God, Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth and sea and all that is in them; and in one Jesus Christ, the Son of God" (Against Heresies 1:10:1 [A.D. 189]). 


Mormon Article: Mom, Are We Christians?  

(LDS Ensign, May 2007)  When 14-year-old Cortnee, a daughter of a mission president, entered a new high school as a freshman, she was asked by classmates if she was a Christian. They scoffed at her response that she was a Mormon, a common reference to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Upon arriving home she asked her mother, “Mom, are we Christians?

The first restored truth that I learned was the nature of the Godhead. The true Christian doctrine that the Godhead consists of three separate beings was known in biblical times. ... The knowledge of God and His physical separateness from His Son and the Holy Ghost was lost after the death of Christ and His Apostles. Confusion and false doctrines about the Godhead were fashioned out of the Nicene Creed and Constantinople councils, where men declared that instead of three separate beings, the Godhead was three persons in one God, or the Trinity. Just as Christian Protestant reformers struggled with these creeds of men, I did as well. The teachings about the Trinity that I learned in my youth were incomprehensible to me. ... However, when I was introduced to the glorious truths of the First Vision experienced by the Prophet Joseph Smith, it was a stunning awakening for me to finally understand the truth about the nature of God the Eternal Father and His Only Begotten Son. Joseph declared: “I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!” This heavenly vision restored the wondrous yet plain and precious knowledge of God and His Son to the earth again, dispelling at once the teachings I had learned about the Trinity. ...

The second restored truth I learned as an investigator of this Church was the reality of additional scripture and revelation. The prophet Isaiah saw in vision a book that he proclaimed was part of “a marvellous work and a wonder.”I testify that the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ is that book. It is a sacred record written by prophets of God to persuade all people to come unto Christ, and it helps to reveal the gospel of Jesus Christ in its fulness. ... President Gordon B. Hinckley has said, “I cannot understand why the Christian world does not accept this book.” I first read the Book of Mormon at the age of 21. I then asked God if it was true. The truth of it was manifested unto me by the comforting power of the Holy Ghost. I know that the Book of Mormon is a second testament of Jesus Christ. I join my testimony with the prophets of this sacred book to declare that “we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ.” I am deeply grateful for every word that He has spoken and for every word He continues to speak as He quenches our thirst with living water. .... 

Another restored truth of the gospel I became acquainted with was the restoration of priesthood authority, or the power to act in God’s name. Former prophets and apostles, such as Elijah, Moses, John the Baptist, Peter, James, and John, have been sent by God and Christ in our day to restore the holy priesthood of God. Every priesthood holder in this Church can trace his priesthood authority directly to Jesus Christ. Men now possess the keys to establish the Church so that we can come unto Christ and partake of His eternal ordinances of salvation. I testify that this is the Church of Jesus Christ—the only church authorized with true priesthood authority to exercise the keys of salvation through sacred ordinances

These truths define this Church as having the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Like other members of the Church, I now understand the true nature of the Godhead, I have access to additional scripture and revelation, and I can partake of the blessings of priesthood authority.  


We can know if Joseph Smith is a true or false prophe

LDS Gospel Principles Chapter 9 "Through Joseph Smith, a latter-day prophet, the Lord restored the Church. ... We have a prophet living on the earth today. This prophet is the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. ... We should do those things the prophets tell us to do. President Wilford Woodruff said that a prophet will never be allowed to lead the Church astray:" 

Joseph Smith--History "[18] My object in going to inquire of the Lord was to know which of all the sects was right, that I might know which to join. …. [19] I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt …” 

Joseph Smith DiscourseI cannot believe in any of the creeds of the different denominations, because they all have some things in them I cannot subscribe to, though all of them have some truth. I want to come up into the presence of God, and learn all things; but the creeds set up stakes, and say, ‘Hitherto shalt thou come, and no further;’ which I cannot subscribe to"

Catholics do not believe that today there are prophets like the Old Testament prophets, in the Old Testament the Holy Spirit spoke through the prophets (65; 719; 243). In the New Testament and today the Holy Spirit is with and in the disciples, to teach them and guide them into all the truth (243). Catholics believe that the Father's self-communication made through his Word in the Holy Spirit, remains present and active in the Church (79). Catholics believe in private revelation but not in public revelation, private revelation helps us live more fully but it is not part of public revelation which is the faith that once delivered to the saints (67). Catholics cannot accept "revelations" that claim to surpass or correct the Revelation of which Christ is the fulfillment, as is the case of Mormonism which base themselves on such "revelations" (67). Catholics believe in all "that which is contained in the word of God, written or handed down, and which the Church proposes for belief as divinely revealed" (182). Divine assistance is also given to the successors of the apostles (892). 

Those who believe in the Bible, believe in prophets like those described in the New Testament, the New Testament describe many prophets who have revelations and who are judged by other prophets and who are secondary (1Cor 14:26-37; 1Cor 12:28). Prophets like Barnabas and Judas and Silas who exhorted the brethren after the church decided a dispute by a council and after much debate (Acts 13:1; Acts 15:32). Those who believe in the Bible,  believe in false prophets like those described in the New Testament, the New Testament describe a false prophet is one who brings heresies, who can deceive many,  who can come in sheep's clothing and who can show great signs and wonders (2Pet 2:1,2; Matt 7:15-23; Matt 24:11-24; Acts 20:29,30; Rev 2:18-23). 

We can know if Joseph Smith is true or false prophet, a false prophet brings heresies (2Pet.2:1). I testify that Joseph Smith is a false prophet, Joseph Smith taught the heresy of "three Gods". A heresy is a teaching that conflicts with what Jesus and his apostles taught. Jesus and his disciples taught one God (Mark.12:29,32; 1Cor.8:4-6). In 1Cor 8:4-6 the apostle Paul rephrases the "one God" confession as to contrast it with "gods many".  A false prophet can deceive many and can show great signs like the Book of Mormon (Matt 24:11,24; Matt 7:15). We are to not to believe every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world (1John 4:1). 

It is illogical to say that there is three Gods and one God, no matter how closely together three gods work, they remain three gods, not one." (Catholic Answers). It does not make sense to say there are three Gods in the Godhead when the Bible reveals the Godhead dwelt bodily in Christ (Col 2:9).  We can know the truth by continuing in the words of Jesus (John 8:31,32). The truth that Jesus taught is that "there is one God; and there is none other but he" (Mark 12:32). There is one God, who has manifested Himself by Jesus Christ His only begotten Son, who is His eternal Word (Mark 12:32; John 1:1,14; 1Tim 3:16). 

Those who believe in "three Gods" continue in the words of Joseph Smith instead of the words of Jesus Christ.  Christians are disciples, disciples continue in the words of Christ (Acts 11:26; John 8:31). Jesus taught one God, Mark.12:29,32 says "Jesus answered him ... thou hast said the truth: for there is one God." The apostles of Jesus taught one God, 1Cor.8:4-6 says "... there is none other God but one ... to us there is but one God, the Father ... and one Lord Jesus Christ".  There are not "three Gods"  but one God in three persons, the Bible reveals "God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself" (2Cor 5:19; 253). 

The apostle Paul did not reveal "three Gods" like Joseph Smith, the Apostle Paul revealed "one", 1Cor 8:4-6 rephrases the "one God" confession as to contrast it with "gods many".  The apostle Paul taught "there be that are called gods", angels like Satan can be called "god”, a man can be called "god" if the word of God comes to him (1Cor 8:5; 2Cor 4:4; John 10:35). The creature called man can become that called "god" if the word of God comes to him but man cannot have the fullness of the divine nature like the only begotten Son of God because man is limited since he can only have part instead of fullness since he only partake of the divine nature according to the divine power of God (John 10:34; Col 2:9; 2Pet 1:3-4).   

The Father and the Son are distinct persons, the Son did not pray to himself he prayed to the Father (John 14:16). Jesus is not God the Father, when the heavens opened Stephen saw "the Son of man standing on the right hand of God", when a door was opened in heaven the apostle John "saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book" and "a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth", a vision can be representative or symbolic (Acts 7:55-59; Rev 5:1,6,7). In a vision of God Ezekiel saw the appearance of a man (Ezek 1:1,26-28). 

Jesus is not "a God", Jesus is "God" or divine nature,  (John 1:1,14; John 20:28).  The only begotten of the Father is not God the Father, the Son of God is God or divine nature (John 1:1,14,34).  Stephen prayed to Jesus, Jesus is worshipped by men and angels (Acts 7:59; Luke 24:52; Heb 1:6).   Jesus Christ, our God, is both the Son of man and the Son of God (John 20:17-31).   

The Father and the Son "are one" in works, the Father dwelt in the Son and did the works (John 10:30,38; John 14:10,11,23; John 17:21). God our Saviour sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world, (Isa 43:11; 1Tim 1:1; 1John 4:14). The LORD (Jehovah) is the God, the LORD (Jehovah) said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, Jesus being by the right hand of God exalted (1Kings 18:24; Acts 2:33,34). The Father can dwell in the Son, the Father can be in heaven, God can fill heaven and earth, God cannot be contained by the heaven and heaven of heavens (John 14:10; Luke 11:2; 2Chron 2:6; 1Kings 8:27).  God the Father transcends, the Father of all is above all, and through all, and in us all (Eph 4:6). There is "God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord", the Son of God said, "I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God", the incarnate Jesus is "not ... greater than he that sent him", Jesus made himself  "equal with God", the risen Jesus is "the brightness of his glory" (2Tim 1:2; John 20:17,28,32; John 13:16; John 5:18; Heb 1:3).  

The apostles safeguarded the faith by transmitting "the faith which was once delivered unto the saints" "to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others" (Jude 1:3,17; 2Tim 2:2). The Early Church Fathers did not teach “three Gods” like Joseph Smith. Ignatius, a first century Christian bishop of Antioch appointed by the apostle Peter, his authentic letters did not teach "three Gods" but taught "there is one God, who has manifested Himself by Jesus Christ His Son, who is His eternal Word" (Epistle to the Magnesians) and "our God, Jesus Christ ... God Himself being manifested in human form ...  being both the Son of man and the Son of God" (Epistle to the Ephesians). Ordained bishops are the apostles successors, they are made overseers by the holy Ghost to protect the flock, they are teachers and stewards of God who hold fast to the faithful word of the apostles, they have the gift that is given with the laying on of hands (Acts 20:28; Titus 1:5-9; 1Tim 3:1-9; 1Tim 4:14).  

The Bible warns us that in latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils (1Tim 4:1) and to watch out for those who have doctrine contrary to what we learned from the apostles of Christ (Rom 16:17). We are to continue in the things which we have learned and have been assured of, knowing whom we learned it (2Tim 3:14). The Spirit of truth will guide us into all truth (John 16:13), believers can ask God for wisdom (James 1:5). The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God (Rom 8:16). 

We can search the scriptures to see if things are so, scripture is profitable for doctrine (Acts 17:11; 2Tim 3:16). The Bible is the inspired Word of God and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, and correction (2Tim 3:16).  We are to hold fast to the oral and written traditions of the apostles (2Thes 2:15). The apostle Paul said "mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them" (Rom 16:17). Some things are hard to understand, the unlearned distort things to their own destruction, we are forewarned to be on our guard and grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ (2Pet 3:16-18). Those who hear the word of the kingdom and understand bring forth fruit (Matt 13:19-23). Jesus was moved with compassion and taught those who did not have a shepherd (Mark 6:34). 

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