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

Lynn D. Johnson, Ph.D. ljohnson at solution-consulting.com
Tue Sep 20 02:03:16 UTC 2005

These are pretty old straw-man arguments and not particularly cogent. 
For a look at current mormon and anti-mormon dialogs, see:

Plenty of more interesting things there.

Premise Checker wrote:

> Walter H. Bradley: Why I am not a Mormon
> http://acts413.org/religions/mormon.htm
>                             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
>    God.
>    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
>    wife?"
>    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
>    death.
>    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
>    Mormon.
>    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.
>         "Great peace have they which love thy law" [Psalms 119:165]
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