Reverend Henry Ward Beecher
Reverend Henry Ward Beecher

Speaks about Mormons and the Holy Bible

Henry Ward Beecher 1813-87, American Congregational preacher, orator, and lecturer, b. Litchfield, Conn.; son of Lyman Beecher and brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe . He graduated from Amherst in 1834 and attended Lane Theological Seminary, Cincinnati. After two pastorates in Indiana, he accepted a call in 1847 to the newly organized Plymouth Church (Congregational) in Brooklyn, N.Y. There Beecher became famous for his advocacy of an emotional "gospel of love" Christianity  instead of the strict Calvinist doctrine that then characterized much of American Protestantism.

Every important issue of the day was discussed from his pulpit and in his lectures. He was a leader in the antislavery movement, a proponent of woman suffrage, and an advocate of the theory of evolution. Beecher became editor of the Independent in 1861 and of the Christian Union in 1870. 

  

  

Concerning Mormons, The Rev. Henry Ward Beecher said,

  

""  They say the Mormons do not believe in the Bible, but I know they do, and they believe in it like thunder!" 

  He also said:

  

“If a literal rendering of the Scriptures was to be accepted, then “Mormonism” is correct.”