“Mormon theology is polytheistic. Their central deity is Elohim, whom Mormons call “God the Father.” The other deities accepted include Jesus, the Holy Ghost & endless other gods who were once men & who have now evolved into godhood. False prophet Joseph Smith said, “In the beginning, the head of the Gods called a council of the Gods; and they came together and conceited a plan to create the world and people in it.” False prophet Bringham Young said, “How many Gods there are I do not know, but there never was a time when there were no Gods.” But as far as the earth is concerned there are 3 distinct Gods according to Mormon theology. In Mormon Doctrine, Mconkie declares, “There are three Gods – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.” These 3 beings are all former men that are the 3 gods that Mormons are to concern themselves with. Mormons claim to believe in the one true God and in the Trinity (the belief of the one God manifested in three distinct Persons: The Father, the Son, & the Holy Ghost), but their theology is clearly polytheistic. Joseph Smith said “many men say there is one God; the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost are only one God. I say that is a strange God anyhow – three in one, and one in three!… All are to be crammed into one God according to sectarianism [Christian faith]… I will preach on the plurality of Gods…” The Bible rejects polytheism. God Himself declares in Isaiah “..before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me” (43:10). “ 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” (44:6,8).”
If there are an infinite number of earths, each with its god or gods as Mormon teaches, then there are an infinite number of gods. Moreover, Mormonism teaches that God was not God from all eternity; God was once a man who evolved into Godhood; and there are endless numbers of “Gods.” How do people become Gods according to Mormons? They believe that all current Gods have attained Godhood through the good works they performed when they were finite. Joseph Smith said “When you climb up a ladder, you must begin at the bottom and ascend step by step, until you arrive at the top; and so it is with the principles of the Gospel – you must being with the first, and go on until you learn all the principles of exaltation [“exaltation” is his term for becoming a God].”
The Mormon student manual, Doctrines of the Gospel, teaches that “God Himself is an exalted man, perfected, enthroned, and supreme.”
Lorenzo Snow, fifth president and prophet of the LDS Church, states: “As man now is, God once was; as God now is, man may be.”
The God of Mormonism is not the God of the Bible. The Bible asserts in the clearest terms that God never changes in terms of His being, essence or attributes – He is immutable. For all eternity God has remained God. God was never originally a man who, incredibly, became God through personal effort. The Bible reads “I the LORD do not change” (Malachi 3:6) and “From everlasting to everlasting you art God” (Psalms 90:2).
Reference: Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions
Quotes taken from:
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Doctrines of the Gospel, p. 16.
McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p 317.
Journal of Discourses, 7:333.
Joseph Smith, Teachings, p. 370.
Joseph Smith, Teachings, pp. 347-348.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Doctrines of the Gospel, p. 17.
Robinson, Are Mormons Christians? p. 60.
If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you can receive Him into your heart and He can deliver you from darkness and sin and have your name written in His Book of Life.
If you are sincere you can say this simple prayer to the Father (it doesn’t have to be word for word):
“God, I recognize that I have not lived my life for You up until now. I have been living for myself and that is wrong. Please forgive me of all of my sins just as I forgive others. I need You in my life; I want You in my life. I acknowledge the completed work of Your only begotten Son Jesus Christ in giving His life for me on the cross, I believe in my heart Jesus is Lord and was raised from the dead and I long to receive the forgiveness you have made freely available to me through this sacrifice. Come into my life now, Lord. Take up residence in my heart and be my king, my Lord, and my Savior. From this day forward, I will no longer be controlled by sin, or the desire to please myself, but I will follow You all the days of my life. Those days are in Your hands. I ask this in the Lord and GOD Jesus’ precious and holy name. Amen.”