By Theodore Shoebat
Here is a good argument I use against Mormons (this argument does away with all of the assertions of Mormons and gets right to the point). If the LDS cannot prove that their church can be linked all the way from the Apostles, they have have no argument for the rest of their heretical beliefs.
If the LDS is the true church, then find me a reminiscent church that existed before Joseph Smith. If they say they can’t think of any, or that the true faith was unknown until Joseph Smith, then that means God allowed the world to be in the dark until the 19th century (1800s)
Now, if they are of the learned sort, they may try to use history, and say that the earliest Christians were anti-Trinity, just like the Mormons are today, and that this remnant of true Christianity was eclipsed by the Council of Nicaea.
The problem with this argument is that the so-called “early Christians” that they associate themselves with are the Arians, a group of heretics founded by Arius in the fourth century, who denied the Trinity.
If you would like to learn more on Arianism, how it persecuted the Church, and how it was condemned by the Council, here is my essay on the history of Arianism:
It was this very sect that was condemned by the Council of Nicaea. It is for this reason as to why the LDS condemns the Nicene Creed, which was declared to affirm and define the Trinity.
The official Latter Day Saints website has a condemnation of the Council of Nicaea, as the move which prevailed over the so-called “true Christians” which they have fabricated (when in reality it simply anathematized the Arians):
“The collision between the speculative world of Greek philosophy and the simple, literal faith and practice of the earliest Christians produced sharp contentions that threatened to widen political divisions in the fragmenting Roman empire. This led Emperor Constantine to convene the first churchwide council in A.D. 325. The action of this council of Nicaea remains the most important single event after the death of the Apostles in formulating the modern Christian concept of deity. The Nicene Creed erased the idea of the separate being of Father and Son by defining God the Son as being of “one substance with the Father.”
The Mormons are correct when they say that the Arians denied that the Trinity, and that they are doctrinally in agreement, but they are wrong when they identify them as being of the original church, or the Apostolic Church. Arius dissented, and broke away, from the Church.
The Arians were never a part of a pre-existing church, but were merely schismatics. If the Trinity was some how concocted by the Council of Nicaea, then why was Arius excommunicated before the Council? The only explanation is that belief in the Trinity was already in existence and a part of orthodox teaching before the Arian controversy.
The Trinity was taught in the Gospels.
The divinity of Christ was proclaimed by St. Matthew when he wrote that Christ was Emanuel, or God with us:
Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. (Matthew 1:23)
Christ declared His divinity in the Gospel of John
Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. (John 14: 8-10)
I John 5:7 says:
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
Not only does the LDS deny the divinity of Christ, they cannot find any prior sect which resembles them.
The Mormon is then put in a corner, either he has to admit that God kept the world in darkness until the 1800s, or that there was a sect in existence long ago.
But they cannot find any historical reference to these ‘underground’ sects without finding mention of them being heresies which broke away from the original church.