Gordon B. Hinckley, LDS President and Prophet from 1995 to 2008
The Mormon God Has Not Always Been God Robert M. Bowman Jr.
Very possibly the most controversial doctrine taught by Joseph Smith was that God the Father has not always been God. It is so controversial that Mormons often deny that Joseph Smith taught it. This series of three articles documents that Joseph Smith did teach this doctrine and that it has been taught continuously by the LDS Church ever since.
This article quotes Mormon prophets and apostles from Brigham Young to the 1970s, documenting that the doctrine that God was a man who progressed to Godhood is the historic doctrine of the Mormon religion.
This article quotes LDS Church official curriculum manuals and contemporary Mormon theologians, such as Robert Millet, to show that the doctrine that God was a man who progressed to Godhood remains a part of Mormon doctrine today.
Evangelical scholar Richard Mouw continues to argue that Mormonism is moving toward orthodox Christian doctrine, especially with regard to the question of whether God is an exalted man. This article explains why no such movement toward orthodoxy is taking place.
In 1997, LDS President Gordon Hinckley told Time magazine that he “didn’t know” that his religion taught or emphasized the idea that God was once a man. Evangelical scholar Richard Mouw claims this mean the LDS Church is abandoning the doctrine of eternal progression. But what has the LDS Church actually been teaching for the past twenty years?
Dr. Ron Huggins sheds light on the issue and the accusations by explaining Mormon teaching on the subject of Jesus and Satan as spirit brothers. He shows that in LDS theology, Jesus and Lucifer were spirit brothers who both desired to be savior of the human race.