I am again motivated by an email chastising me for denigrating one of the inner core teachings of Mormonism, the Only True Church doctrine that baptized Mormons are actually the only true Jews. I correctly stated such in my Book, My Kingdom Come: The Mormon Quest for Godhood, as well as in my web article, Glenn Beck and Jewish Mormonism,
In my book, My Kingdom Come, I shared the details regarding the Mormons’ claim to be the true Israel. Quoting Ex Mormon Temple worker, Chuck Sackett:
“Mormons believe that they are the only true Jews on Earth today. They also believe they come from the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh, and that they have the true blood of Israel. Mormon males are ordained into what they believe are both the Leviticus and Melchizedek priesthoods. They believe that when they are baptized, their blood actually changes from Gentile blood into the blood of Israel.” My Kingdom Come, Decker, Page 109
Another e-mailer wrote and asked if the scripture below, from the Book of Revelations might pertain to the Mormons and the true body of Christ.
Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. KJV Rev 3:9
Rather than expound on my own, strong agreement that it does speak clearly of those who believe and teach this false doctrine as do the Mormons, I decided to just let someone like Matthew Henry respond.
[1.] Those enemies are described to be such as said they were Jews, but lied in saying so—pretended to be the only and peculiar people of God, but were really the synagogue of Satan. Assemblies that worship God in spirit and in truth are the Israel of God; assemblies that either worship false gods, or the true God in a false manner, are the synagogues of Satan: though they may profess to be the only people of God, their profession is a lie.
(from Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible, PC Study Bible Formatted Electronic Database Copyright © 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc. All Rights reserved.)
Matthew Henry goes on to say that those who are these liars will eventually fall at the feet of the church, knowing they are wrong and seeking to repent to come into fellowship with truth and the church. I pray for that day to come!
In the same section of the book, same page, I wrote:
“When I was given my Patriarchal Blessing as a Mormon, I was quite surprised when told by the church patriarch that I was of the House of Ephraim. I was shocked because I am the son of a Jewish mother of the Levitical lineage. I wrote it off as strange and special mystery. It meant that God removed my Levitical blood (and DNA) from my body and replaced it with the blood line of Ephraim and a different DNA. Remarkable!”
More than remarkable that a loving God would decide that my membership in a church that was actually true Israel, would require that my Levitical blood line be washed away and replaced by the blood line of Ephriam.
If I read the Bible correctly, the sons of Ephraim were a puffed-up, prideful bunch of cowards who ran from battle and refused to walk in the ways of the Lord (Psalm 78). God said He will cast them away because they did not hearken unto Him (Hosea 9:16–17). Not a great tribe in which to claim membership. Hey, give me back my Levitical blood!