Mormons are well-known for their interest in genealogy because they believe it is their responsibility to be baptized on behalf of the dead. They believe those who have died without accepting Mormonism can still make it to heaven if their names are taken to the Temple and someone is baptized on their behalf. Because they don’t have a body, the ordinance is done for them by proxy, giving the dead the opportunity to accept Mormonism in the spirit world. Mormons base this practice on 1 Cor. 15:29, but Paul disassociates himself from the pagan practice by using the word “they,” not “we.”

Some Mormons are even married on behalf of the dead, by going through the marriage ceremony in their place. This supposedly enables a dead person to make it out of “Spirit Prison” and into a higher level of heaven.

1 Corinthians 15:29 Otherwise, what will they do who are baptized for the dead, if the dead do not rise at all? Why then are they baptized for the dead?

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8 Responses to #Mormonism

  1. Aren’t Mormons beliefs based on another gospel supposedly brought to the founder by an angel?
    Galatians 1:8 King James Bible
    “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”

  2. Brian Connaghan says:

    I spoke with a young lady who recently came from LDS. I asked about this very thing and said someone could then be baptized for Hitler.

    She said he has been, several times.

  3. Ced Truz says:

    You base your argument on the use of one word over another from a text that’s been translated several times from its original language? But to your point, “they” refers to the ones doing the baptisms. Wheather he believes in the practice or not is irrelevant to the statement since he was not actively baptizing for the dead when he was writing.

    • Says Truth says:

      Ced, try reading the whole chapter and you WILL understand it’s full meaning. It was a cult of christianity that was doing the baptizing not actual christians, but them I guess you can relalte….

    • Bob Betts says:

      And, one of those several translations was done by Joseph Smith, the “Joseph Smith Translation.” He leaves the text of 1 Cor. 15:29 as is. So, if you are Mormon, then your argument suggesting an error with the test is invalid.

      Yes, “they” refers to the ones doing the baptisms…those who do not believe in the resurrection of the dead, which makes BftD pointless. Paul asks in verse 12, “Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?” Who do we know in the NT who did not believe in the resurrection of the dead? The Sadducees (Matt. 22:23; Mark 12:18; Luke 20:27; Acts 23:8). So, unless there is some other people group other than the Sadducees, who did not believe in the resurrection of the dead, “they” were the Sadducees who baptized for the dead, while not believing in the resurrection.

      Paul’s questions in verse 15, merely show the absurdity of the Sadducees doing BftD, since they were unbelievers. Thus, “they” were not the Corinthian Christians who were doing the BftD.

      More proof: Paul always spoke to the Christians in second person plural, “you.” It would have been the worst grammar of all, for Paul to refer to whom he was addressing, as “they.”

  4. Portia Njeru says:

    Oh boy…

  5. Living in a predominantly Mormon state, what keeps me grounded is understanding that God said he is the same yesterday,today and forever. Therefore, I don’t see why God would need an ‘adendum’ to His Word. That Mormons say the book of Mormon is another book like the books Paul and Luke, et. al. wrote, keeps me far away from their churches. They are nice people and their stringent social conservatism certainly helps keep crime rates down and deters the influence of gangs and such, but the basis for their faith is just wonky. Brigham Young was a prophet??? Somehow I think not.

  6. Kiki says:

    I’m not Mormon, but have grown up all my life in Utah. Your last statement about being married by proxy to get out of “spirit prison” may be incorrect. I think they believe that baptism by proxy gets a person who dies (and isn’t Mormon) out of “spirit prison”. A marriage proxy would get the Mormon who never had a temple marriage while living into one of their higher levels of heaven. They believe a temple marriage gets them to the highest level which they call the Celestial Kingdom and that is the place where they think they become gods and have spirit babies. Their belief about obtaining salvation is very tightly linked to temple marriage and their goal is to reach the Celestial Kingdom to become gods which is very sad because their focus is not on Christ at all.

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