[Paleopsych] Walter H. Bradley: Why I am not a Mormon

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Walter H. Bradley: Why I am not a Mormon



                             WHY I AM NOT MORMON

    The day that Christ came into my heart, I covenanted with Him to
    accept the Bible as a guide in all things. I take for granted that my
    reader, if a Christian, has done the same. It was from the standard of
    the Word that I investigated Mormonism, seeking further light from

    I have no tirade to direct against Mormonism as a national menace, as
    do some. I am not jealous of her growing political power. I have no
    quarrel with her vast wealth and mercantile pursuits. I care not to
    hale forth the skeletons that may linger in the closets of her past.
    To the Christian, the question is not, how faulty are the lives of
    poor erring men? But, how closely are they trying to follow the Bible?
    Be their lives as faulty as they may, if they love the truth of God's
    Word, that truth will eventually sanctify their lives, and make them
    like the divine pattern. (John17:17). Judas was among the twelve, but
    that does not condemn Christianity. Satan and his host are transformed
    into ministers of righteousness (2 Corinthians. 11:14, 15), still his
    teaching is false.

    The Christian's sole question must be, "What saith the Scripture?" If
    they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light
    in them." Isaiah 8:20. It is the Scripture alone that is "profitable
    for doctrine." 2 Timothy 3:15-17. In mentioning a few of the things
    that the Bible contradicts and condemns in Mormonism, I trust I may
    help some, and offend none but the son of perdition.

                              GOD IS SUPERHUMAN

      The Bible is plain in portraying the super humanity of God. When the
    Almighty spoke to Moses from the burning bush, He proclaimed Himself
    to be Jehovah, the Self-existent One. This fundamental fact He
    reiterated and emphasized in many Scriptures. "Before Me there was no
    God formed, neither shall there be after Me. I, even I, am the Lord:
    and beside Me there is no Saviour." Isaiah 43:10, 11. "I am the first,
    and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. . . Is there a God
    beside me? Yea, there is no God; I know not any." Isaiah 44:6, 8.

    Then, as God, the Deity stands alone. Apart from the Godhead, no one
    ever was divine. God is the Creator, man the created, absolutely
    dependent upon God for every phase of his being. Any attributes of
    divinity man might ever have would only be imputed to him by God. Man
    did not have the power of creation (Psalm 100:3), and his very
    existence was conditional (Genesis 2:17). By sinning, Adam and all his
    family became mortal, subject to death, (Romans 5:12). The same as you
    and I, Adam had to experience a spiritual rebirth, and receive from
    Christ all he might ever hope to have or to be (1 Corinthians 15:22);
    and Adam's Creator said, "Beside me there is no Saviour."

    In contradiction to this, I find that Mormonism's highest authority
    makes God a mere man, the man Adam; and makes Adam the creator, the
    father of his own Saviour. I submit as proof of these startling
    teachings of the Latter-day Saints, only what may be found in the
    writings of the first presidency and the twelve apostles of the Mormon
    Church. That this is to the Mormon the highest of authority, witness
    the following:

    "It would seem altogether gratuitous and uncalled for on our part, to
    write a commendatory preface to the discourses of the First Presidency
    and The Twelve Apostles of this church. To the Saints their words are
    the words of God, their teaching fraught with heavenly wisdom, and
    their directions leading to the salvation and eternal lives. . . . The
    choicest fruit that can be culled from the tree of knowledge, suited
    to the taste of all who can appreciate such delicious food."--Preface
    to "Journal of Discourses," volumes 2, 4.

    Then surely I can gain a correct view of the doctrines of Mormonism by
    comparing the writings of these men with the Bible, which to me is the
    Word of God.

                               SAYS ADAM IS GOD

    Place before you the Bible and the "Journal of Discourses." Open the
    Bible and read prayerfully the scriptures I have given. Now open the
    "Journal of Discourses," volume 1, page 50. Compare with the Bible
    what follows:

    "Now hear it, O inhabitant of earth, Jew and gentile, saint and
    sinner! When our father Adam came into the Garden of Eden, he came
    into it with a celestial body and brought Eve, one of his wives with
    him. He helped to make and organize this world. He is Michael, the
    archangel, the Ancient of Days about whom holy men have written and
    spoken. He is our Father and our God, and the only God with whom we
    have to do. Every man upon the earth, professing Christian or
    non-professing, must hear it, and will know it sooner or later."
    (Italics and capitals as in text).

    There can be no mistake here. Whereas God declares His superhuman
    divinity, Brigham Young declares the human divinity of the man Adam as
    the sole God of the human race. Not only does this teaching exalt a
    sinful man into the seat of God, but it hurls the Bible Jehovah from
    His heavenly throne. "God Himself was once as we are now and is an
    exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens! This is the great
    secret."--"Compendium," page 190, or 175. This comparison of Mormonism
    and the Bible is disastrous. No one can deny that the God Mormonism is
    a man, a created man, a man who sinned! And this is one reason why I
    am not a Mormon.

                              ADAM Jesus' FATHER

    That Adam is the father of his own Saviour must follow logically from
    such teaching, and is unblushingly preached by the same prophet, seer,
    and revelator. Denying the Bible statement that "that which is
    conceived (margin "begotten") in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she
    shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus" (Matthew
    1:20, 21; Luke 1:35). President Young teaches: "When the Virgin Mary
    conceived the child Jesus, the Father had begotten him in His own
    likeness. He was not begotten by the Holy Ghost. And who is the
    Father? He is the first of the human family. Now remember from this
    time forth and forever that Jesus Christ was not begotten by the Holy
    Ghost." And that he, in his position as prophet, seer, and revelator,
    and first president of the Mormon Church, considered this teaching as
    of utmost importance, Brigham Young continues, "Now let all who may
    hear these doctrines pause long before they make light of them, or
    treat them with indifference, for they will prove their salvation or
    damnation."--"Journal of Discourses." Volume 1, pages 50, 51.

    God forbid that I should treat this with indifference, or pass it by
    lightly; for not only does it make the man Adam the creator of his own
    Saviour, but without question, it teaches that Jesus was not the pure
    and Holy Son of God, but was the illegitimate offspring of an
    adulterous liaison between the man Adam, the first of the human race,
    and Mary, the lawful wedded wife of Joseph. This is another reason why
    I am not a Mormon.

    Not content with so degrading our blessed Lord in His birth, this
    system we are studying makes Him a lawbreaker in His life. The law
    that Jesus gave Moses, and which He kept on earth (Leviticus 18:18;
    John 1:1-3; 15:10), forbade a man's having two sisters as wives at the
    same time. President Hyde, of the Mormon church, asks himself the
    following question: "Then you really mean to hold to the doctrine that
    the Saviour of this world was married? Do you mean to be understood
    so? And if so, do you mean to be understood that He had more than one

    His answer follows on page 82: "We say it was Jesus Christ who was
    married (at Cana) to be brought into the relation whereby He could see
    His seed before He was crucified. . .I do not despise to be called a
    son of Abraham if he had a dozen wives; or to be called a brother, a
    son, a child of the Saviour if He had Mary, Martha, and several others
    as wives." "Journal of Discourses," Volume 2, pages 81, 82.


    Even more derogatory to the glory of Jesus, and yet of paramount
    importance to the Mormon system, is the doctrine of the holy
    priesthood. It is to them what the sun is to light. Without it, the
    gospel has no virtue, the dead cannot be resurrected, the living
    baptized, or men and women be married in the sight of God. Witness the
    words of Charles W. Penrose, first counselor to Heber J. Grant, first
    president, prophet, seer, and revelator of Mormonism today:

    "The ordinances of the gospel referred to in the previous tracts of
    this series, cannot be effectually administered without divine
    authority. . . .Baptism, even if solemnized according to the form and
    pattern followed by the Saviour and His appointed servants, will be of
    no avail and will not bring remission of sins, unless the officiating
    minister has received authority from the Deity to act in the name of
    the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. . . . This Divine
    Authority was called the Holy Priesthood. . .and was established in
    the Christian Church by the Saviour Himself."--"Rays of Living Light,"
    page 17. "There are in the church two Priesthoods, namely the
    Melchisedec and the Aaronic. . . All other authorities or offices in
    the Church are appendages to this Priesthood. . . .The Latter Day
    Saints have this Priesthood, with its authority, ordinances, and
    blessing. How they have obtained it is a very important
    question."--"Compendium," page 64, 65.

    Even if their own estimate of the absolute necessity of this
    priesthood to their system is accepted, yet that priesthood is found
    to be strictly anti-biblical and anti-christian. I shall deal with
    three aspects of the question--the Aaronic priesthood, the Melchisedec
    priesthood, and the authority of both.

    The Aaronic priesthood, beginning with the calling of Aaron himself,
    was distinctly limited as to both duration and place. "Thou and thy
    sons with thee shall keep your priest's office for everything of the
    altar, and within the veil." Numbers 18:7. There they were to
    minister. They were not anointed priests until after the sanctuary had
    been anointed. As long as God had on earth a temple or a sanctuary,
    they were to be priests there, and no one else could have any right to
    priesthood. Any other than a son of Aaron coming near would be put to

    In this sanctuary, they were to offer the sacrifices of "bulls and
    goats" (Hebrews 9:1-4), for "every high priest is ordained to offer
    gifts and sacrifices (Hebrews 8:3)." Without these sacrifices, they
    could not be priests. If the time should ever come when God should
    remove His presence from the Aaronic temple and sanctuary, and the
    blood of bulls and goats should cease to have sacrificial value, then
    Aaron, with no ministry, no temple, and no sacrifice, would no longer
    be a priest.

    The Bible surely declares that time to have been at the first advent
    of Jesus. The Aaronic sanctuary "was a figure for the time then
    present," "imposed on them until the time of reformation" (Hebrews
    9:9, 10), "till the seed should come to whom the promise was made"
    (Galatians 3:19). Christ is the Seed. (Galatians 3:16) The Seed came.
    (Galatians 4:4). The true sacrifice was offered. (Hebrews 9:14) No
    longer had the blood of bulls and goats any value. (Hebrews 10:8-14).
    The veil that had hidden Aaron's sacred priesthood from common eyes
    was rent in twain. (Matthew 27:51). The time of reformation had come,
    "Christ being come an High Priest." (Hebrews 9:11). "When that which
    is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away." 1
    Corinthians 13:10. The limits, as to both time and place, that the
    Bible had prescribed for Aaron's work, were reached in Christ, and
    Aaron's priesthood had to cease by limitation. Thus to claim now to
    have the Aaronic priesthood, is to deny the coming, the death, the
    sacrifice, and the priesthood of Christ. Hence I cannot be a Mormon.


    This work of Aaron's, which ended when the priesthood of Jesus began,
    was simply an object lesson to teach the Jews of Christ's priesthood
    (Hebrews 8:1-5), and Aaron's priesthood had to cease before Christ's
    could even begin (Hebrews 9:8). "We have a great high priest, that is
    passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God." Hebrews 4:14. "If
    therefore perfection were by the Leviticus priesthood. . . .what
    further need was there that another priest should rise after the order
    of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron." Hebrews
    7:11. "The priesthood being changed." Hebrews 7:12. It was not
    continued subordinate, not perpetuated on earth in a lesser degree,
    but changed; changed because we must have a priest, and Aaron was a
    priest no longer. Christ, our new priest succeeding Aaron, is the "one
    mediator between God and men, and not priests. As there could,
    therefore, be but one Melchisedec priest, and as Christ, on the oath
    of God, was that one forever (Hebrews 7:21), it follows with
    inexorable logic "this man, because He continueth ever, had a
    priesthood that passeth not from one to another." Hebrews 7:24,
    margin. Then in their claim to have the Melchisedec priesthood on
    earth today, Mormonism tacitly declares that Christ has again died,
    and is still dead, and that His priesthood has passed to them! Do you
    wonder why I cannot be a Mormon?

                            JOHN THE BAPTIST DEAD

    Now on the third aspect, the "authority," as Counselor Penrose says,
    "How they have obtained it is a very important question." It is indeed
    a very great question. I will grant their premise that the holy
    priesthood is all in all to Mormonism, and that without it, there
    could be no Mormonism. I will grant that if they have not the
    priesthood they claim, the whole movement is an imposture. I will even
    grant that if they do have this priesthood from God (which I have
    already proved cannot be), they are the true church of God, and all
    others are false. Surely I will; for the Bible clearly teaches that by
    no possibility could the authority, even of if did exist, have come to
    them in the way they claim.

    "Joseph Smith received a visitation from John the Baptist, who held
    authority in ancient times to preach and administer baptism for the
    remission of sins. He came as a ministering angel, and ordained Joseph
    Smith and his companion Oliver Cowdery, to that Priesthood and
    authority." Thus endowed, these young men baptized each other, and at
    a later date were ministered to by the Apostles Peter, James, and
    John, who ordained them to the apostleship with the authority to lay
    hands on, baptize believers and confer the gift of the Holy Ghost,
    also to build up and organize the Church of Christ according to the
    original pattern."--"Rays of Living Light," page 27.

    In the face of this assertion, the Bible tells me that John the
    Baptist, Peter, James, and John were dead. (Matthew 14:3-11; John
    21:19, 23; Acts 12:2). For a complete Bible study of the condition of
    man in death, I refer you to another link on this web site. I cannot
    take space here to cover such a subject. I shall, however, quote
    enough Scripture to show that the Word of God teaches that dead men,
    good or bad, cannot come back to earth.

    "The dead know not anything." Ecclesiastes 9:5, 6, 10. "In death there
    is no remembrance." Psalm 6:5. "The dead praise not the Lord." Psalm
    115:17. "His sons come to honor, and he knoweth it not." Job 14:21.
    "Man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, and they
    shall not awake." Job 14:14. "If I wait, the grave is my house." Job
    17:13. Until our Lord Jesus Christ calls forth the dead in the
    resurrection, no one can be made alive. "In Christ shall all be made
    alive. But man in his own order; Christ the firstfruits; afterward
    they that are Christ's at His coming." 1 Corinthians 15:21-23. The
    resurrection has not yet taken place. (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17).

    John the Baptist, Peter, James, and John are dead. They know not
    anything. They have no remembrance. They are in the grave awaiting the
    great day of the resurrection. Till then, they cannot come back. They
    did not appear to Joseph Smith.

                          WHO INSPIRED JOSEPH SMITH?

    Then who did? For I believe Joseph Smith to have been inspired by some
    superhuman power. Would good angels in lying deceit have impersonated
    these dead apostles? The Christian says No; so does the Bible. Who did
    come to him and deceive him? There can, to the just, be but one
    conclusion. Paul says that "Satan himself is transformed into an angel
    of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be
    transformed as the ministers of righteousness." 2 Corinthians
    11:13-15. As God could not deceive, nor would the holy angels do so,
    doubtless some of the evil angels transformed themselves into
    ministers of righteousness, and imposed on the Mormon prophet Joseph
    Smith. Counselor Penrose said, in the extract quoted, that they came
    as ministering angels--just as Paul said the devil would come. We
    might well expect this; for Jesus warned us that in these very times,
    "There shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show
    great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they
    shall deceive the very elect. . Wherefore if they shall say unto you,
    Behold, He is in the desert; go not forth: Behold, He is in the secret
    chambers; believe it not." Matthew 24:23-27.

    This same Bible truth of life only in Christ at the resurrection, also
    brands their baptism for the dead as spurious. A careful study of 1
    Corinthians 15:12-29 will convince the truth seeker that it is the
    dead, resurrected, and ascended Christ for whom, or into whom (see
    lexicon or concordance), all believers are baptized. Any theory of a
    second probation, the Bible condemns as a Satanic potion that lulls
    the unwary past probationary repentance, into the vortex of the second
    death. The Bible also clearly shows God to be the Creator and not the
    begetter of mankind. Jesus is the only begotten. And it shows that
    Adam at creation, and his sons at birth, had their first existence;
    and that the Mormon doctrine of pre-existence is contrary to
    Scriptural teaching. Such evidence, you see, prevents my being a

    But it does not prevent my pitying and loving the Mormon people. Can
    you not, Christian reader, love them and pray for them? Pray that "the
    faith which was once for all delivered unto the saints" (Jude 3,
    A.R.V.) may dawn upon the minds of these poor children of Adam, and
    that they may embrace "the lamb of God, that taketh away the sins of
    the world;" our High Priest, Jesus, the Son of God.

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