A Mormon contradicts LDS doctrine - 09/19/2004

I have just read the quotations from the church principles pertaining to Christ. You said that we believe in a God who wasn't a god. Why I take your criticism. I would like for you to turn to (in the book of mormon) Mormon 9:9. It states that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is unchangeable. Following that, in verse 10 it says that if someone has imagined a god who varys, and shadows changing then you have imagined no god at all. I would just like to clarify that for you, and hopefully you will understand that God has been and will always be God forever. Thank you for your time. Have a wonderful day.

sincerely,
A thoughtful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day saints





CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:


Hi Ardean. You're absolutely right that the Book of Mormon teaches that God has always been God. This is not only true in Mormon 9:9-10, but also in Moroni 8:18, "For I know that God is not a partial God, neither a changeable being; but he is unchangeable from all eternity to all eternity." These statements are quite orthodox and true. However, that is NOT official LDS doctrine. The LDS Church teaches that God was once a man who was exalted to Godhood. They also teach that all men may become gods through obedience. This doctrine of "eternal progression" is official LDS doctrine, and it contradicts the Bible AND the Book of Mormon. That is our point in addressing the LDS belief that God has not always been God. Keep being thoughtful (and prayerful).

In Christ,

Ben and Jennifer Rast
Contender Ministries