Or, LDS (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints)
Mormonism is a pseudo-Christian religion begun in 1830 by Joseph Smith in the New England area. The Mormon church, also known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, denies the historic Trinity (teaching three gods), says salvation is by grace and works (2 Nephi 25:23) and that people have the potential of becoming gods and goddesses. Some of its unique doctrines of the Mormon Church are that God used to be a man on another world who became a God and came to this world with one of his wives. We all are literally born in heaven as spirit brothers and sisters and then inhabit human bodies on earth. (Source)
Mormons believe that there are four sources of divinely inspired words, not just one: 1) The Bible “as far as it is translated correctly.” Which verses are considered incorrectly translated is not always made clear. 2) The Book of Mormon, which was “translated” by Smith and published in 1830. Smith claimed it is the “most correct book” on earth and that a person can get closer to God by following its precepts “than by any other book.” 3) The Doctrine and Covenants, containing a collection of modern revelations regarding the “Church of Jesus Christ as it has been restored.” 4) The Pearl of the Great Price, which is considered by Mormons to “clarify” doctrines and teachings that were lost from the Bible and adds its own information about the earth’s creation.
- There are many gods, (Mormon Doctrine, p. 163).
- There is a mother goddess, (Articles of Faith, by James Talmage, p. 443).
- God used to be a man on another planet, (Mormon Doctrine, p. 321).
- After you become a good Mormon, you have the potential of becoming a god, (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pages 345-347, 354).
- God resides near a star called Kolob, Pearl of Great Price, pages 34-35; Mormon Doctrine, p. 428).
- The Trinity is three separate gods, (James Talmage, Articles of Faith, p. 35).
- God is increasing in knowledge, (Joseph Smith, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 6, p. 120).
- God has the form of a man, (Joseph Smith, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 6, p. 3).
- God the Father has a body of flesh and bones, (Doctrine and Covenants, 130:22).
- God is married to his goddess wife and has spirit children, (Mormon Doctrine p. 516).
- We were first begotten as spirit children in heaven and then born naturally on earth, (Journal of Discourse, Vol. 4, p. 218).
- Jesus and Satan are spirit brothers and we were all born as siblings in heaven to them both, (Mormon Doctrine, p. 163).
- There is no salvation without accepting Joseph Smith as a prophet of God, (Doctrines of Salvation, Vol. 1, p. 188).
- There are three levels of heaven: telestial, terrestrial, and celestial, (Mormon Doctrine, p. 348).
- The Holy Ghost is a male personage, (A Marvelous Work and a Wonder, p 118; Journal of Discources, Vol. 5, page 179).
- Baptism for the dead, (Doctrines of Salvation, Vol. II, p. 141). This is a practice of baptizing each other in place of non-Mormons who are now dead. Their belief is that in the afterlife, the “newly baptized” person will be able to enter into a higher level of Mormon heaven. (Source)
According to All About Mormons:
- Worldwide, there are over 13 million Mormons.
- In the United States the LDS Church is the 4th largest individual denomination with over 5.5 million members, a population about equal to the number of Muslims.
- Only 12% of all Mormons live in Utah. Most Mormons do not live in North America.
- Aside from the United States, other regions with significant numbers of Mormons include Mexico and Asia (1 million members each), South America (3 million members), and Central America and Europe (about half a million each). The rapid growth the Church has been experiencing in Africa, where the number of Mormons already passes a quarter of a million, is particularly exciting.
- After Catholics, the LDS Church is the largest religion by number in ten U.S. states.
On the scriptures…
- The Mormon Church’s View of the Bible
- Contradictions in LDS Scriptures
- Problems with the Book of Mormon
On Jesus Christ…
- The Mormon Church, The Deity of Christ, and Philippians 2:5–6
- The Mormon Church, Incest, and Jesus Christ
- The Jesus of Mormonism
On basic doctrine…
- Mormonism is a Non-Christian Cult
- What Does Mormonism Teach?
- Walter Martin: Mormonism vs. Christianity
- Are Mormons Christians? Are Mormons Saved?
- Conroversial Christian historian David Barton…misinterpretations…errors…and Glenn Beck
- Early Mormon Leaders on the Inhabitants of the Sun and Moon
- Glenn Beck goes off on “religious people”
- Glenn Beck’s “pure personal truth,” Part 1 Part 2
- I Am A Mormon. Why Should I Become A Christian?
- Mormon church backs Utah LGBT anti-discrimination bill
- Mormon leaders call for measures protecting gay rights
- Mormons admit in new official essay that founder Joseph Smith had up to 40 wives
- Mormon Church Okay with Ending Boy Scouts’ Ban on Gay Youth Mormon Church Launches New Website to Encourage More Compassion Toward Gays
- Prominent People Mormons Have Baptized By Proxy
- Was Joseph Smith Really A Prophet From God?
- Would the Son of God Contradict the Father?
- All About Mormons
- The Anti-Mormon blog
- Apologetics Index
- Mormonism Research Ministry
- Alpha and Omega Ministries: Mormonism 101 Series
- Institute for Religious Research
To ALL Mormons and Jehovas Witnesses from Christians—Todd Friel
Who Really Wrote the Book of Mormon?–Craig Criddle Ph.D, is a Professor and Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University.
The Changing World of Mormonism By Jerald and Sandra Tanner
The God Makers By Ed Decker & David Hunt
Reasoning From the Scriptures With Mormons By Ron Rhodes
What the Bible says:
There is only one God (Isa. 43:10; 44:6,8; 45:5); God is a Trinity of persons, not three gods; God has always been God (Psalm 90:2); God knows of no other gods (Is. 44:8); you cannot become a god (Is. 43:10); and that God is spirit (John 4:24).
As for the “prophet” Joseph Smith:
But the prophet, which shall speak a word presumptuously in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die. And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? when a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken: the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously, thou shalt not be afraid of him. (Deuteronomy 18:20-22)
God’s prophets are to have a one hundred percent rate of accuracy. Joseph Smith showed himself to be a false prophet. For instance, he predicted that Jesus’ return within 56 years. That did not happen. He predicted that a Mormon temple in Missouri would be built before all of the people living in 1832 passed away. That did not occur either. He predicted that all Nations would be involved in the American Civil War. He was wrong about that, too. (More…)
What Mormonism says:
And he said unto me: Behold there are save two churches only; the one is the church of the Lamb of God, and the other is the church of the devil; wherefore, whoso belongeth not to the church of the Lamb of God belongeth to that great church, which is the mother of abominations; and she is the whore of all the earth. – 1 Nephi 14:10, Book of Mormon
As man now is, God once was; as God is now man may be. – Lorenzo Snow, ed. Clyde J. Williams , 1.
Note: Christian Research Network wrote a paper on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints aka Mormonism. Berean Research has obtained permission to extract some of the information and present it here. The original can be found on CRN.
|GOD||There is only one God (Isaiah 43:11; 44:6,8; 45:5).||“And they (the Gods) said: Let there be light: and there was light (Book of Abraham 4:3).|
|God has always been God (Psalm 90:2; Isaiah 57:15).||“God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens!!! . . . We have imagined that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea and take away the veil, so that you may see,” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 345).|
|God is a spirit without flesh and bones (John 4:24; Luke 24:39).||“The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s,” (Doctrine and Covenants 130:22; Compare with Alma 18:26-27; 22:9-10).
“Therefore we know that both the Father and the Son are in form and stature perfect men; each of them possesses a tangible body . . . of flesh and bones,” (Articles of Faith, by James Talmage, p. 38).
|TRINITY||The Trinity is the doctrine that there is only one God in all the universe and that He exists in three eternal, simultaneous persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.||The trinity is three separate Gods: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. “That these three are separate individuals, physically distinct from each other, is demonstrated by the accepted records of divine dealings with man,” (Articles of Faith, by James Talmage, p. 35).|
|JESUS||Jesus was born of the virgin Mary (Isaiah 7:14; Matt. 1:23).||“The birth of the Saviour was as natural as are the births of our children; it was the result of natural action. He partook of flesh and blood – was begotten of his Father, as we were of our fathers,” (Journal of Discourses, vol. 8, p. 115).
“Christ was begotten by an Immortal Father in the same way that mortal men are begotten by mortal fathers” (Mormon Doctrine, by Bruce McConkie, p. 547).
|Jesus is the eternal Son. He is second person of the Trinity. He has two natures. He is God in flesh and man (John 1:1, 14; Col. 2;9) and the creator of all things (Col. 1:15-17).||Jesus is the literal spirit-brother of Lucifer, a creation (Gospel Through the Ages, p. 15).|
|The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. He is not a force. He is a person. (Acts 5:3-4; 13:2)||Mormonism distinguishes between the Holy Spirit (God’s presence via an essence) and the Holy Ghost (the third god in the Mormon doctrine of the trinity).
“He [the Holy Ghost] is a being endowed with the attributes and powers of Deity, and not a mere force, or essence,” (Articles of Faith, by James Talmage, p. 144).
|SALVATION||Salvation is the forgiveness of sin and deliverance of the sinner from damnation. It is a free gift received by God’s grace (Eph. 2:8; Rom. 6:23) and cannot be earned (Rom. 11:6).||Salvation has a double meaning in Mormonism: universal resurrection and . . .
“The first effect [of the atonement] is to secure to all mankind alike, exemption from the penalty of the fall, thus providing a plan of General Salvation. The second effect is to open a way for Individual Salvation whereby mankind may secure remission of personal sins,” (Articles of Faith, by James Talmage, p. 78-79).
|Salvation (forgiveness of sins) is not by works (Eph. 2:8; Rom. 4:5; Gal. 2:21).||“As these sins are the result of individual acts it is just that forgiveness for them should be conditioned on individual compliance with prescribed requirements — ‘obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel,'” (Articles of Faith, p. 79).|
|BIBLE||The inspired inerrant word of God (2 Tim. 3:16). It is authoritative in all subjects it addresses.||“We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly. . .” (8th Article of Faith of the Mormon Church).|
This is only a sample of many of the differences between Christianity and Mormonism. As you can see, they are quite different doctrines. God cannot be uncreated and created at the same time. There cannot be only one God and many gods at the same time. The Trinity cannot be one God in three persons and three gods in an office known as the Trinity, etc. These teachings are mutually exclusive.
This is important because faith is only as good as the object in which it is placed. Is the Mormon god the real one? Or, is the God of historic and biblical Christianity the real one?
Mormonism is obviously not the biblical version of Christianity. It is not Christian, and Mormons serve a different god than do the Christians — a god that does not exist. Paul talks about this in Gal. 4:8, “when you did not know God, you were slaves to those which by nature are no gods.” Only the God of the Bible exists. There are no others. Mormonism puts its faith in a non-existent god.
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