Do Mormons Attack Christians Like Christians Attack Mormons?

According to some, the answer is yes. “the Mormon church clearly condemns other religious systems. Those Mormons who complain about poor treatment should familiarize themselves with their teachers’ words.”

However, the statements made by LDS Church leaders about other religions are of quite a different nature than that which is said about the LDS Church, and the LDS Church never comes out and criticizes another specific religion. Mormons do not picket other churches. Mormons do not go around condemning members of other churches, saying that they are going to hell. But all this is done on a frequent basis to Mormons. While the LDS Church, as far as I know, has never published any piece of literature focused on criticizing other religions, there have been at least 1,931pieces of  anti-Mormon literature published between 1830 and 1989.

There has never been a Mormon-produced pamphlet called “Catholicism is False” or “Why Evangelicals Are Wrong.” That isn’t to say there aren’t Mormons who are openly critical of other religions. I suppose you could say some of the content on this website is critical of non-Mormon religions, although that isn’t the intent. The intent here is not to tear down but to educate, although sometimes that education involves asking rhetorical questions that could be construed as being critical.

Mormons don’t believe members of other churches are going to hell, even if they die without ever becoming a Mormon. We believe all human beings who have ever lived, who are now alive, and who will ever live will have a legitimate, clear, and easily understandable chance to accept Christ and his gospel, and that if someone doesn’t accept it, it will be completely obvious to them that they weren’t tricked into not accepting it, but that they made a distinct choice in the matter. So we don’t condemn anyone to hell, and in fact we think most people will not go to hell.

That said, we think the Mormon church is the only true church. That is, the only church authorized by God himself to administer sacred ordinances like baptism and the sacrament and the only church that has a prophet who communicates directly with God, and we don’t mince words when it comes to declaring what we know to be true. But this we don’t say this in order to condemn anybody. We believe all religions teach a portion of the truth, that all religions do good things, and that all religions have good people in them who are going to Heaven. So we’re not too stressed out or agonized about whether people accept what we teach or not. Of course we’d like everyone to accept what we teach, because we think people would be happier if they do, not to mention safer in terms of salvation, but if people don’t accept the gospel as we teach it here we’re pretty sure they’ll accept it after they die.


  1. Of course Mormon OPENLY attacks Christianity!!!

    Mormonism’s gospel is not really good news at all for biblical or traditional Christians. LDS doctrine OPENLY attacks the gospel of Christianity. Mormonism teaches the fullness of the Christian gospel was lost and an incomplete gospel took its place. This event is what Mormons call the “apostasy”: a falling away from the faith. The true church vanished and apostate churches were set up in their stead. According to LDS doctrine the real church has “fallen away” from the truths of Christianity. BYU professor Kent P. Jackson stated that the real Christian church experienced death. Even more frightening is that Mormons are taught that Satan is the head of that replacement church. Jackson says that today’s Christian churches are “apostate” Christian churches that do not have the right God, “But God is not at its head, making that church—following the appearance in it of Satan—no longer the church of God.” Jackson clarifies, “To say that Satan sits in the place of God in Christianity after the time of the Apostles is not to say that all that is in it is satanic.” However, he provides no idea about how a church of worship can have Satan as its God and not be satanic. This poor logic seems to be par for the course at BYU.

    BYU professor Richard Lloyd Andersen agrees that Satan has captured the present mainstream churches. He states, “The structure of the Church would remain, but God would depart…the church would not disappear, but would be captured by the enemy. Who that enemy is need not be debated, for there is only one…Satan the mastermind of evil.” Anderson admits that his church teaches that Satan has a universal grip on Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant Christianity. Jackson’s equivocation is obvious and the remark “not…all that is in it is satanic” is his attempt to appear a bit more kind to those members of mainstream Christianity who are serving and worshipping their one God who Mormons believe is actually Satan!

    BYU professors are allowed to say that the head of the Christian church is Satan. Not only is Satan leading Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants, as a result of that apostasy, but “…the heresies against which the Apostles contended became increasingly virulent and increasingly successful, as the record attests. Near the end of the first century, the apostolic record came to a sudden close.” One more optimistic BYU professor Stephen Robinson states that between the “First and Fourth Centuries…the Christian message began to conform to the Greek culture.” However, when addressing evangelical Christians, his view becomes less offensive. He states that the “apostasy” was really not a complete apostasy, but there was “…some light left in the world” and that the LDS light (or revealed truth) is a “full 100 watt” whereas the Protestant churches are likened to a “forty, sixty, or eighty watt light bulb.”

    So, mainstream Christianity is…40%…60%…80%…truth and what percentage false? Is that an attack or what?

    Mormonism boldly declares that it is the restoration of Christianity. Professors Daniel Peterson and Stephen Ricks have stated that Mormons never claimed to be the only Christians, just the only true restored Church. This statement is misleading. True, Mormonism claims to be the only “true Church,” and water baptism is a requirement for LDS salvation. However, LDS salvation extends to others outside their Church, whereas they call those members in other churches “Christian” in general, but not “Christian” in sense of LDS exaltation and LDS salvation. Currently, the LDS Church refuses to recognize the authority and water baptisms of other churches. All LDS converts who have been immersed by traditional or nondenominational churches are required to be re-baptized.

    In 1839, Joseph Smith was asked to describe the difference between his religion and the other religions of his day. Smith replied that the primary difference was primarily in mode of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands (HC 4:42). However, Smith neglected to mention that he believed that his visions were contrary to classical Christianity. He needed to tell them that, “God the Father and His son Jesus Christ, appeared to Joseph Smith in the spring of 1820. Joseph revealed that the Father and the Son each have a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s,” (D&C 130:22). Smith’s answer is obviously evasive. He neglected to explain his view of God as in the form of a man, the importance of works, temple ordinances, polygamy and deification.

    Joseph Smith prayed about whether or not he should join any of the churches in his area, and his God told him that he “…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 received a revelation that made a blanket statement that the creeds of Christendom are “abomination” to God and that the people who “profess” these creeds are “corrupt.”

    Also, there is a clear distinction between grace and works in the New Testament. Protestants and some early Christians have held to salvation by grace through faith apart from works. For Mormons, their prophets have decided that the theology of salvation alone by the grace of God was originated by Satan. LDS Apostle LeGrand Richards says, “One common erroneous concept is that belief alone in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only requirement for salvation…Salvation comes through living the Lord’s commandments and doing good works.” Of course, LDS scholars must look for biblical support for these legalistic notions. They search high and low to find the evidence for synergistic salvation and attack doctrine of sola fide, or salvation by faith alone.

    Brigham Young said. . .

    "But He did send His angel to this same obscure person, Joseph Smith jun., who afterwards became a Prophet, Seer, and Revelator, and informed him that he should not join any of the religious sects of the day, for they were all wrong." (Brigham Young, "Journal of Discourses," Vol. 2, page 171. – 1855)

    John Taylor said . . .

    "We talk about Christianity, but it is a perfect pack of nonsense….Myself and hundreds of the Elders around me have seen its pomp, parade, and glory; and what is it? It is a sounding brass and a tinkling symbol; it is as corrupt as hell; and the Devil could not invent a better engine to spread his work than the Christianity of the nineteenth century."( Journal of Discourses, Vol. 6, page 167 – 1858)

    "Where shall we look for the true order or authority of God? It cannot be found in any nation of Christendom." (J.D.", Vol. 10, page 127. – 1863)

    James Talmage said . . .

    "A self-suggesting interpretation of history indicates that there has been a great departure from the way of salvation as laid down by the Savior, a universal apostasy from the Church of Christ". ("The Articles of Faith," Deseret Book Company, Salt Lake City, Utah. P. 182.)

    Bruce McConkie said . . .

    "With the loss of the gospel, the nations of the earth went into a moral eclipse called the Dark Ages." ("Mormon Doctrine," Bookcraft, Salt Lake City, Utah, page. 44.)

    Joseph Fielding Smith said . . .

    "Again, following the death of his apostles, apostasy once more set in, and again the saving principles and ordinances of the gospel were changed to suit the conveniences and notions of the people. Doctrines were corrupted, authority lost, and a false order of religion took the place of the gospel of Jesus Christ, just as it had been the case in former dispensations, and the people were left in spiritual darkness." ("Doctrines of Salvation," page 266.)

    The Book of Mormon says. . .

    "And he said unto me: Behold there are save two churches only; the one is the church of the Lamb of God, and the other is the church of the devil; wherefore, whoso belongeth not to the church of the Lamb of God belongeth to that great church which is the mother of abominations; and she is the whore of all the earth" (1 Nephi 14:10).

    "And when the day cometh that the wrath of God is poured out upon the mother of harlots, which is the great and abominable church of all the earth, whose foundation is the devil, then, at that day, the work of the Father shall commence. . ." (1 Nephi. 14:17).

    The Doctrine and Covenants says . . .

    "Verily, verily, I say unto you, darkness covereth the earth, and gross darkness the minds of the people, and all flesh has become corrupt before my face" (Doctrine and Covenants, 112:23).

    As a born again Protestant Christian, I am offended by your church doctrines. I reserve the right to defend my faith (Jude 3, 1 Pet. 3:15) against the heretical Mormonism.

    I pray that God will change your mind and lead you to the truth.

    In Jesus,

    Matt Paulson


  2. I won't respond to each point in this blog post because each of those could be its own post, but you seem to be arguing a different point than I am. The title of this post is "Do Mormons attack Christianity like Christianity attacks Mormons?", not "Is there anything Mormons have ever said that casts other religions in a negative light?"

    How is it that certain other Christians attack Mormons? By creating pamphlets, books, movies, and websites with no other intention than that of proving that the LDS Church is false. Does the LDS Church do this? No. The church, to my knowledge, has never published anything of the sort. We are taught that other religions have part of the truth but not all of it. What kind of Christians would we be if we believed we had the truth but refused to share it with anyone for fear of offending those who already think they have all the truth they need? Would that be consistent with Christ's example? Obviously people were offended by Christ for the same reasons. He taught the Jews that they had apostatized from the truth and that he was bringing them more light and knowledge than they had. And they were offended to the point that they killed him.

    But we share the gospel by saying "Here's what we've got, if you like it and believe it's true we invite you to join us" as opposed to going out and saying "You're wrong and you're going to hell if you don't join us."

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  4. I find Mr. Steimles' logic very typical Mormon. He states "How is it that certain other Christians attack Mormons. By creating pamplets, books, movies and websites……Does the LDS Church do this? No, the Church, to my knowledge, has never published anything of the sort".

    Mr. Steimles, do you not consider the Book of Mormon 1 Nephi 14:10, 14:17, D&C 112:23, Joseph Smiths First Vision in the Pearl of Great Price, Doctrines of Salvation Page 266, Mormon Doctrine Page 44, Articles of Faith Page 182, Journal of Discourses Volume 10 Page 127, volume 6 Page 167, volume 2 Page 171 AS NON PUBLISHED MATERIAL?

    Words such as "Corrupt, Abomination, Whore of the Earth, All were wrong, Pack of nonsense, corrupt as Hell, Invention of the Devil, Church of the Devil, Apostates, Spiritual Darkness, The Mother of Harlets", etc., would not be offensive to you?

    How many articles have been in your Church's publications from the 'Times and Seasons' to 'The Ensign' that attack modern day Christians? As a former Mormon of thirty-three years, I can say with authority – MANY, MANY AND MANY.

    In my years as a Mormon as a Sunday School teacher, Elders Quorum Teacher, Elders Quorum President I taught the same "anti Christian" sentiment as above.

    Where does your Church send the bulk of its Missionaries? To Pagens, Heathens? No! To the doors of Christians to convince them they belong to the "wrong church and worship the wrong Jesus and serve the wrong God".

    And, I suppose you see nothing offensive in BYU Professors teaching that Satan has captured mainstream churches?

    I find it nothing short of "brain washing" that once had me believe that when Christians defend their beliefs against the attacks of Mormonism it's mean, evil, anti-Mormon and persecusion.

    By the way, I am a "prior" Mormon, not an "Excommunicated Mormon". After much research and study I left and subsequently became a Biblical Christian. You attempt to comfort me by saying I won't go to Hell. Well, according to your Doctrine, only faithful Mormons will go to the "Celestial Kingdom", where God and Christ reside. The rest of us get to go to one of the other "Kingdoms" where God and Christ do not reside. That is what WE WOULD CALL HELL!

    I hope you find the God of the Bible and the real Salvation by Grace in it's pages before it's too late.

    • Joel–What I'm saying is it's very difficult to find anything officially published by the LDS Church that targets a specific religion (i.e. Catholics, Baptists, Lutherans, etc.). Does the LDS Church have pamphlets entitled "Why the Baptists are Wrong?" or "Why Presbyterians are Going to Hell"? No, but other churches officially publish and promote that type of stuff about the LDS Church.

      LDS missionaries are sent to everyone, everywhere they're allowed. But the attitude is not "You're wrong and if you don't join our church you're going to hell" it's "Here's what we think is true, if you like it, why not join us?" Granted, there are some LDS missionaries who may teach with the former attitude, but they're going against their training and the doctrine of the LDS Church when they do.

      Yes, we believe only faithful Mormons go to the Celestial Kingdom, where God is, but if you were really a member of the LDS Church then you'd know that there's more to the "test" than just this life. We believe most people will go to "heaven". I fully expect to see you there, as well as the vast majority of my Baptist, Lutheran, Catholic, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, and Hindu friends.

      • So your Church or Leaders don’t bash Christians. When I meet my wife[she being a Mormon] fourty years ago if i’d ask a Mormon then if he was a CHRISTIAN he’d get insulted and say I’m not a Christian I’m a Mormon?

        • Can you explain these quotes form your leaders :
          “We talk about Christianity, but it is a perfect pack of nonsense….Myself and hundreds of the Elders around me have seen its pomp, parade, and glory; and what is it? It is a sounding brass and a tinkling symbol; it is as corrupt as hell; and the Devil could not invent a better engine to spread his work than the Christianity of the nineteenth century”(John Taylor, 3rd President of the LDS Church,Journal of Discourses, Vol. 6, page 167 – 1858, emphasis added).
          “What does the Christian world know about God? Nothing; yet these very men assume the right and power to tell others what they shall and what they shall not believe in. Why, so far as the things of God are concerned, they are the veriest fools; they know neither God nor the things of God” (John Taylor, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 13, p. 224, 1870, emphasis added).
          “Through it [the restoration] the creeds of Christendom were shattered to smithereens, and because of it the truth about those Beings whom it is life eternal to know began again to be taught among men” (“Apostle” Bruce McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, pp. 284 -85).
          “…there is no salvation outside The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” (“Apostle” Bruce McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p. 670).

          • You’ve given me two brief quotes, one of which is 150 years old. How does that compare to the thousands of pamphlets, books, movies, and websites attacking Mormonism?

  5. Why do you say that Mormons attack Christianity [ a religion] and turn around and say that Christianity attacks MORMONS [ PEOPLE ] and not their Religion?

    • Hmm, good point. I’ll change that.

  6. Why are Mormons still repeating the same false teachings when Christ himself said:
    “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

    Mormonism is attacked because it teaches and preach doctrines of demons, but pretends to be Christian.
    Christians do not go after Hindus or Shintoists.

    Mormons, like Jehovah’s Witnesses are a part of the predicted apostasy. They follow the broad road but actually think they have the truth.
    The ‘preexistence’ is made up. Nobody gets another chance, nice though that sounds to the worldly ear.
    You live once and after, the judgement.
    Sound harsh?
    Take it up with the Lord.

    Lastly, Jesus DID NOT tell us to expect a prophet to restore truth, he told us to beware of frauds.
    I find it odd that Mormons expect to test other cults such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses, but refuse to apply the same tests to their prophets.

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