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Since its inception, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the Mormons) has attempted to legitimize itself by linking itself to Christianity. But is there really any connection between Mormonism and Christianity? Ed Decker and Dave Hunt say no. They argue, in fact, that Mormonism has much more to do with pagan, self-deification beliefs than with the truths revealed in Christianity.

The God Makers was first published in 1984, and this revised edition appeared in 1997. Since its first edition, it has attracted a lot of attention, from both inside and outside Mormonism. And while many leaders in the Mormon church are vehemently upset about the claims made in the book, none have yet been able to disprove any of the book's claims.

What kind of claims do Decker and Hunt make? The most important is the revelation that Mormonism is founded on the belief that humans can become gods. God, according to official Mormon doctrine, was once a human who went on to become a god. And even though this heretical concept was discussed and disputed by Christians in their early history, Mormonism still claims its connection to Christianity. Official Mormon teaching states that the founder of Mormonism, Joseph Smith, received a revelation from angels saying that the Christian church was now apostate, after the true Christian message was distorted in the first century of the church. Smith's revelations are thought to be a restoration of true Christian beliefs, so Mormonism confidently claims to be the true Christian church.

These two claims, that we can become gods and that a new revelation to the church was necessary, are easy to dispute biblically. Yet because Smith and his followers have couched their pagan philosophy in Christian terms, they continue to maintain their legitimacy. And the Mormons have put on a very respectable face, showing themselves as supporters of family and moral decency. But Decker and Hunt remind us that behind the public image arepotentially dangerous and destructive doctrines. And they expose some of the inconsistencies in Mormon thought and doctrine. Thus, their book continues to have a phenomenal impact, particular with those dissatisfied with the Mormon church.
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Review 1 for The Godmakers
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4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Interesting and highly readable

Date:April 15, 2012
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Philip Tutt
Location:Sacramento, CA
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I found this book to be a well-documented and informative piece on what the Mormon "Church" is about. In a nutshell, the book shows that it is essentially a neo-pagan cult, with deep ties to occult practices and Freemasonry, and with little more than a nominal relationship (largely in the name of the organization) to Jesus or the Christianity of the New Testament. While I am less sanguine than the authors about the idea that this organization bears a significant possible relationship to the coming of the Antichrist as foretold in Revelation, I have no trouble with the idea that they have shown it to be a thoroughgoing fraud. The book is very readable and, for a work on religion, a page-turner.
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Review 2 for The Godmakers
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Date:March 18, 2010
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Rick
Pure BUNK! There are so many claims in this book, about what the LDS (Mormon) Church teaches, that simply arent accurate. Decker describes many doctrines that he claims to be actual LDS beliefs. Too bad for him and everyone else, that his research and writing is so faulty. Many of the claims arent even close to LDS theology. This book has been sold for years in various Christian Bookstores. I added quote marks, because I thought these bookstores were supposed to be honest reflections of Christ. If they genuinely are, then why would they sell a book so full of dishonesty and deception? Even if Decker chooses not to believe in the LDS religion, he should at least get his information and facts straight! Its only selling point is that it makes the reader feel religiously and intellectually superior to the LDS faithful. This is no different than what makes tabloid TV & newspapers so popular. In both Deckers books and tabloid journalism, it caters to the lowest denominator of people and their need to feel superior to others;To those who are truly uninformed concerning the LDS Church and enjoy being puffed up by secret (and inaccurate) sensationalism about LDS doctrines and Church.
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Review 3 for The Godmakers
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5 out of 5

Date:August 5, 2009
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Julia Cutler
This book is by far the best and truest work on what the Mormon cult really is. I was blown away when I read it, and have re-read it many times. My copy is so dog eared and underlined, it's almost unreadable! Ed Decker, as a former Mormon (like myself) does not hold anything back, but tells the truth about Mormonism honestly and openly. Everything Mr. Decker talks about in the book was taught openly in the Mormon Church until about 25-30 years ago, when they decided to cover their tracks and "act Christian". Many new converts to the LDS cult and younger LDS deny the things in the book because the LDS authorities decided to "cover them up" after "The Godmakers" came out, so recent LDS members have not been taught the things in Decker's book. But that does not mean they were not taught, (or in the case of the temple "rituals" performed) or that they did not exist at one time or still exist in LDS doctrine. "The GodMakers" pulled off the pretty lid of the LDS Church and showed the disgusting, seething filth that really lies underneath. This book is a must read for anyone who must deal daily with Mormons, especially evangelical Christians, so that they will not be swayed by this satanic counterfeit cult.
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Review 4 for The Godmakers
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Date:March 20, 2008
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Faith Handforth
Very informative.......I have also ordered the video. Some books you keep after you read and some you resell or give away. This one is definitely a "keeper".
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Review 5 for The Godmakers
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Date:February 5, 2008
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Hallie
This is an Amazing book! I could not stop reading it. A must buy for anyone!
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Review 6 for The Godmakers
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Date:January 18, 2008
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Rev. Ray Walker
A real eye opener and a "must read" for pastors to help keep their flock from drifting.
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Review 7 for The Godmakers
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Date:March 12, 2007
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Don
It's easy for Mormon critics to smear the authors of this book. But the documentation that the authors give in this book's subject matter, deserves to be considered.Much of this books documentation be found straight from the sermons of Joseph Smith, Brigham Young and the founders of Mormonism. Even modern day Mormon officials.Is God the Father a resurrected man? Yes, straight from Mormon doctrine itself. Was Jesus married to Mary Magdeline and fathered children and practiced polygamy? Yes, from the words of early and modern day Mormon leaders. Is God the Father a polygamist married and husband to many Goddess wives in Heaven? Yes, again from early and modern day Mormon leaders.Were Mormon Temple rituals copied from Scottish Rite Masonry? Yes, the evidence is all there. Blood oaths and all, until removed from Mormon Temple ritual in the early 1990's when it all became known and published.Criticising the authors book "The Godmakers" is a waste of time. But get down to the documentation in the book, and answer it if you will.Either stand on this Mormon doctrine, or be quiet.
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Review 8 for The Godmakers
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Date:December 14, 2005
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H L M
Although slightly out of date, this book is an excellent resource for those attempting to understand the strange teachings of the Mormon church. Note that on this site (and most others), reviews range from GOOD to EXCELLENT - with a few LDS faithful rating it as low as possible to save face... don't believe it, the book is a worthwhile resource.
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Review 9 for The Godmakers
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Date:July 11, 2003
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chad
I give this work .5 for its longevity. I read this a while ago and find it hard to believe it is still in print. It's interesting to me to find so many non-mormons attempting to "educate" mormons on their own religion. If you wanted to know something about the Savior, would you hook up with Judas for a chat. Of course not, yet these professional anti-mormons atttempt to "teach" mormonism without being directly involved in it. I've read better material than this embarrasing and rather outdated attempt at anti-mormon literature.
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Review 10 for The Godmakers
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Date:March 20, 2001
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Mike
Ed Decker means well with this book, but sadly, it falls far short of the mark with untrue statements and poor research. Sandra and Jerald Tanner, arguably the largest Christian threat to the LDS church, friends of Dr. James White, and people that I've personally taken the time to meet (they're wonderful!), have fully documented the issues at their website. Perhaps most importantly, referencing The God Makers in a discussion with Mormons will almost always cause them to cease listening, and take you for a fool. While many will do this regardless of the quality of the source, in this particular case, it's justified. Stick with authors like the Tanners, Dr. White, Dr. Walter Martin, D. Michael Quinn, and such.
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Review 11 for The Godmakers
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5 out of 5

Date:May 20, 2000
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Nancy Sundheim
Excellent resource for any Christian. Well documented.
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