Tag Archives: premortality

Is the Mormon doctrine of preexistence true?

By Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson Note: This article has been taken from chapter 4 (“Preexistence and the Second Estate”) in the book Mormonism 101: Examining the Religion of the Latter-day Saints (Baker, 2015), co-written by the two authors. The teaching of preexistence (also called premortality) says that “prior to their birth into mortality, all people were begotten […]

Chapter 8: Taking the Gospel to All the World

During 2016, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter We will evaluate this book regularly, chapter by chapter, by showing interesting quotes and providing an Evangelical Christian take on this manual. The text that is in boldfaced is from the manual, with our […]

Mormonism 201 (Preexistence): Response to Allen Wyatt

Response to Allen Wyatt Rejoinder by John Divito In order to make this review easier to read, all original quotes from the Mormonism 201 rebuttal are boldfaced and italicized to separate these from the rest of the rejoinder. Allen L. Wyatt responded to chapter four of McKeever and Johnson’s text, “Preexistence and the Second Estate.” His […]

Ecclesiastes 12:7: Pre-existence

By Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson Mormons believe in a preexistence, where spirts once existed in what is known as the First Estate. Ecclesiastes 12:7 says, in part, that “the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” This poetic book is describing how the body decomposes to “dust” and the spirit returns to God for judgment; this does not […]

Hebrews 12:9: Does this Verse Support the Idea of a Pre-existence?

By Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson Mormons believe in a preexistence, where spirits once existed in what is known as the First Estate. The Ensign magazine cited Hebrews 12:9 to support the doctrine of premortality, saying, “God is our Heavenly Father, a literal spiritual parent.”(“God is Truly Our Father,” Ensign, January 2010, 15). The verse from Hebrews reads, “Furthermore we have […]

Jeremiah 1:5: Does this verse speak about a pre-existence?

By Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson

Certain biblical passages have been used by Latter-day Saints to back  premortality, though they have to be taken out of their context to do so. One commonly-used proof text is Jeremiah 1:5, which says,

“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”