Doesn't the LDS Church pass the test with their good fruit (Matthew 7:15-20)?
Jesus said that we will know true prophets from false prophets by their fruit (Matthew 7:15-20). Fruits are actions, but they are more than actions. They are also the beliefs that motivate those actions. Just like a fruit is more than just its skin, so actions are more than their external results. Once you peel the skin of Mormonism away, you see how corrupt it really is. But on the other hand, I don't even think some of the externals of Mormonism would classify as good fruit. Here are some random examples:
1. Baptism for the dead, since it seems the Apostle Paul said that others besides himself and the Corinthian Church do it and since it offers a second chance for salvation after this life (1 Corinthians 15:29-30; Lk. 16:19-31; and Hebrews 9:27).
2. LDS continue to baptize for the Jewish dead after the former promise not to. For more on this, see here.
3. The quest for worthiness to enter celestial glory and the judgmental-ism that accompanies it.
4. Learning sacred/secret handshakes, names, and passwords in their temple ceremony, so they can get into the celestial kingdom some day.
5. Following along with their temple reenactment of the Garden of Eden, and listening to Lucifer when he tells the patrons to put on their fig leaf aprons. They wear these throughout the ceremony, and are even buried in them. God instead clothed Adam and Eve with skins (Genesis 3:21). Why have anything to do with a continual ceremony that requires the obedience to Satan at any point?
6. The high rates of depression and suicide in Utah, and anti-depressant use in Utah is first among all the states. Even if Mormonism isn't the direct cause, the LDS Church is not providing resources to actually curb this epidemic in a state that is around 60% LDS. For more on this problem, see here, here and here.
7. Utah being among the top states in bankruptcy. Again, even if Mormonism isn't the direct cause, the LDS Church is not providing resources to actually curb this epidemic in a state that is around 60% LDS. For more on this problem, see here, here, and here.
8. There is no cross anywhere on LDS buildings, but there are plenty of Masonic, satanic symbols. For more on this, see here and here.
9. There is bending over backwards to limit free speech when we attempt to do outreaches to the LDS Church. See here for an example.
10. Smith instituted polygamy as divinely sanctioned (God never sanctioned it in the Bible even though He allowed men to act wickedly). Even though the mainline LDS Church disavows practicing this "new and everlasting" covenant today with living spouses, it still has decimated many women's lives (which adds to depression in Utah).
11. The LDS practice of lying for the Lord.
12. There is no praying directly to Jesus, but only to the Father (cf. John 14:14 in Greek or NASB; Acts 7:59; 1 Cor. 1:2; and 1 Jn. 5:13-15).
13. There is racism in many looking down on blacks as not worthy enough to get white skin, since they were not as valiant in the pre-earth life (Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation 1:61-7; and McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, 527-8). There is racism from the LDS First Presidency statement of 1949 claiming that the races were determined by how worthy everyone lived prior to this life, and this was a factor in "the Negroes" not receiving the priesthood prior to 1978. No apology has ever been issued.
14. There is racist scripture (Book of Mormon passages where God cursed individuals with dark skin and then blessed with white skin when they repented--Alma 3:6-9; 2 Ne. 5:21-4; and 3 Ne. 2:14-6). LDS still by and large think that the mark of Cain was a curse of dark skin.
15. There is an unhealthy pressure on Utah legislators to tow the LDS line. For more on this, see here.
16. There is sexism in teaching that women are dependent on husbands calling their wives by their sacred/secret names on the day of resurrection in order to go to exaltation in the celestial kingdom.
17. There is working to rule over a world where our own spirit kids will worship us to the exclusion of the God of this world (pride).
18. Divorce is typically at or above the national average in Utah.
19. Divorce is more typical in Mormon families where one of the spouses is removed from membership, since as the Manti, Utah Mormon Miracle pageant says, the exaltation into gods is the most important thing in Mormonism. If this is the case, why waste time with someone who refuses to become a god?
20. Singles are second-class citizens, since the exaltation of married couples is the most important thing in Mormonism.
21. There is no forgiveness for the murderer "in this world, nor in the world to come" (D&C 42:18).
22. There is no forgiveness for more than a one-time offense of adultery (D&C 42:25-29).
23. LDS often communicate with the dead who encourage them in their temple work (cf. Deuteronomy 18:11 with 26:14).
24. There is a common tendency to look down on critical thinking when it comes to religion. Open-mindedness in getting the opposite point of view is discouraged. Recall the infamous LDS statement, "When our leaders speak, the thinking has been done" (Improvement Era [June 1945], 345), and Apostle Boyd K. Packer's statement, "The dangers I speak of come from the gay-lesbian movement, the feminist movement (both of which are relatively new), and the ever-present challenge from the so-called scholars or intellectuals" (Talk to the All-Church Coordinating Council, May 18, 1993).
25. The preceding problem tends to spill over into other areas of life in which LDS are easily duped. Jon Krauker wrote, "Utah has been called the 'fraud capital of the world' by the Wall Street Journal, and within the state, no place has more white-collar crime than Utah County. According to FBI agent Jim Malpede, at any given moment the FBI is investigating scams totaling $50 million to $100 million perpetrated by con artists, like Kenyon Blackmore, based in the county. The uncommonly high incidence of fraud is a direct consequence of the uncommonly high percentage of Utah County residents who are Mormons. When Saints are invited to invest in dubious schemes by other Saints, they tend to be overly trusting. Michael Hines, director of enforcement for the Utah Securities Division, told the Deseret News that in Utah County it is common for scammers to ensnare their victims by asking them to evaluate the proposed investment through prayer. 'People need to realize,' Hines warned, 'that God is not a good investment adviser" (Under the Banner of Heaven, 272).
26. LDS practice unjust adoption practices against the wishes of the non-member father. For more on this, see here, here, here, and here.
27. LDS allow killing an unborn child, not only in the justifiable case of where the life of the mother is seriously endangered, but in the case where the health of the mother is seriously endangered, rape, incest, or where the baby has severe defects that would not allow it to survive after birth. For more on this, see here.
28. LDS vow in their temple ceremony not to have any "light-mindedness [and] loud laughter." See here for yourself at 45 minutes and 16 to about 50 seconds.
29. Utah has been ranked #1 in all the states in online porn subscriptions.
30. The LDS Church keeps kids under 18 years of age from being baptized members in the "only true Church" without parental approval and they keep spouses from being baptized without the other spouse's approval. Similarly, the Church won't proselytize in certain areas with government restrictions or a lack of Church structure. Further, the Church won't baptize kids whose parents are polygamists, in same-sex marriage, or apostate behavior. For more on this, see here. This all is an example of misplaced priorities, which hinders people from coming to Christ (cf. Matthew 10:34-39 and Luke 18:15-17).
31. The LDS Church "is likely worth $40 billion today and collects as much as $8 billion in tithing each year," however it only gives about .7 percent of its annual income to charity. Contrast that with the United Methodist Church, which has about 5 million less members. They give about 29 percent (here).
32. "Utah’s statistics are double the national average which gives Utah the horrendous distinction of leading the nation in child abuse cases" (here) and "[t]here are more substantiated child abuse cases, per capita, in Utah than anywhere else in the United States" (here).
33. KSL reports: As for profanity usage among the states, "Utahns ranked fifth-worst in the country, behind Virginia, New Mexico, Alaska, and Iowa. ...By the metrics used in this study, Utah came out the lowest in profanity usage, by far, but also found itself in the lowest quarter of honesty and integrity."
Now even though there are many fine, outstanding Mormon citizens who do a lot of good for others, we should never take this as something that would nullify the rest of their corruption. Mormonism is a corrupt tree with corrupt fruit. This is the result of following a false god, a false Christ, false prophets, and false scriptures. Mormons need to repent of this darkness before it is too late. God is good and powerful enough to give us knowledge now. Today is the day of salvation.
R. M. Sivulka