A few things to consider about the Mormon faith.
Can true Christians really be a part of this Religion?
Mormons Are trying To Convert You
A standard door-to-door proselyting pitch began with, "We represent The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." Interrupting, many people
said they had their own religion. "Oh, we're not trying to convert you,"
I responded. "We're sharing a message for all faiths." Mormon missionaries have one overriding goal, and that's to bring converts into the church.
The Bible is Insufficient
According to the Book of Mormons the eighth Article of Faith, Mormons accept the Bible
as the word of God only when it's translated correctly. How convenient
for a missionary. When a non-Mormon's interpretation of scripture
differed from mine, Mormons frequently blamed faulty Bible translation. And
since Mormons believed the Bible was missing "many plain and precious things,"
as the Book of Mormon claims in 1 Nephi 13:28-29, They urged prospective
converts not to trust it completely.
And yet, Mormon proof texts had few translation problems. Throughout
my mission, they used only those Bible verses that steered prospects away
from their church and toward Mormonism. But what kind of Christian
believes that an all-knowing, all-powerful and all-loving God gave
mankind an inadequate version of His word. Actually, the Bible is more
than sufficient. With its 66 books, 1,189 chapters and nearly 740,000
words, it's the divine road map to eternal life through Jesus Christ. the Only True Christians
Mormons are the Only True Christians
For decades, the Mormon Church has tried to blend with mainstream
Christianity. Accordingly, during my mission a quarter-century ago, They
worked hard to convince prospects that Mormons believe in the biblical
Jesus. But Paul warned of deceivers who would lure Christians away from
"the simplicity that is in Christ." These false teachers preached
"another Jesus" and "another gospel" (2 Corinthians 11: 3-4) and were
accursed (see Galatians 1:8-9). How interesting that Paul also cautions
against false apostles, such as those in the Mormon Church (2
So which Jesus and gospel do Mormons preach? While a missionary, They
taught that Christ was the firstborn spirit child of the Father in a
premortal life. (The remainder of humanity was born as spirits later in
this "pre-existence.") But they didn't tell prospects this was a literal
birth, the result of literal fathering, as Mormon prophets and apostles
have claimed. If asked, they teach that the devil was born as one of God's
noble spirit sons during the pre-existence, but had rebelled and
started a war in heaven.
Consistent with Mormon doctrine, then, Christ and Satan are spirit
brothers. But the Bible teaches that Christ is God (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6;
John 1:1), that He has always been God (Psalm 90:2), and that He always
will be God (Hebrews 13:8). Born into mortality some 2,000 years ago,
Jesus is "God... manifest in the flesh" (1 Timothy 3:16). He is far
grander and holier than "our Elder Brother," as Mormons dub Him. Jesus
and Satan aren't spirit brothers, and true Christians don't believe such
Mormons Believe That They Have The Only True Church
Mormons usually tell this lie during the first of seven 30-minute
missionary lessons, which presented the Joseph Smith story. According to
our script, Smith prayed in 1820 about which church to join. He claimed
the Father and Son appeared and told him that all Christian churches of
the day were wrong. Smith said he was forbidden to join any of them,
that their creeds were abominable and their professors all corrupt.
"They draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from
me," the Lord allegedly added. "They teach for doctrines the
commandments of men" (Joseph Smith — History, verse 19). In subsequent
lessons, I told prospects that Mormonism is the true church God restored
But the Bible says such a restoration was unnecessary. Admittedly,
there was partial apostasy after Christ's resurrection, but never a
complete falling away. In fact, shortly before His crucifixion, Jesus
promised that the gates of hell would not prevail against His church
(Matthew 16:18). During my mission, however, I argued that the gates of
hell did prevail against Christ's church.
The Apostle Paul writes, "Unto [God] be glory
in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end.
Amen" (Ephesians 3:21). God received glory in the Christian church from
the time of Paul's writing to the present day, and He will receive such
glory throughout all succeeding generations. Therefore, the church must
exist from Paul's day throughout eternity. This annihilates Mormon
claims of complete apostasy and makes restoration of Christ's church
Mormons Believe People Can Become Gods
Given its explosive nature, this tenet was rarely shared with
prospective converts. Missionaries try to entice people into Mormonism
gradually, and presenting the doctrine of plural gods is seldom the best
way. Several contacts learned the concept from their pastors or read
about it on their own, but it was new to most prospects.
"Our Father in heaven loves us so much," I often said, parroting our
lesson script, "that He provided a plan [Mormonism] for us to become
like him." I didn't mention that Mormon godhood includes spirit
procreation throughout eternity. Neither did I hint that the Mormon God
was formerly a mortal man, had lived on an earth like ours, and had
earned salvation through good works. However, such polytheism strips God
of glory and sovereignty. No wonder the Bible condemns it so strongly.
When discussing plural gods on my mission, I sidestepped Isaiah 44:8
whenever possible. "Is there a God beside me?" the passage reads. "Yea,
there is no God; I know not any." Other verses amply testify that only
one God exists in the universe (Deuteronomy 4:35, 39; 6:4; Isaiah
When confronted with these scriptures as a missionary, I usually
countered with, "Those verses mean we worship only one God, that there's
only one God to us." And if that failed, I lied further: "The Bible
isn't clear on this subject. Fortunately, the Lord told Joseph Smith
that mortals can become gods." Smith might have had a revelation, but
not from God.
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