Mormonism vs. Christianity
Mormonism vs. Christianity
Millions upon millions of people wander this earth with questions. People of all ages and nationalities are looking for the answers. Many believers of numerous religions have been deceived by false prophets. Jesus warns us to pay close attention, for there will be many false prophets who will deceive many people (Matthew 24:4-5). One worldview that has millions of people deceived is Mormonism. The thought of the vast number who are being misled by these false prophets should generate in true Christians a desire to spread the gospel in truth and in love. Mormonism was founded by Joseph Smith in 1830 after he supposedly received a series of divine revelations. He was visited by God and Jesus Christ and they told him that all other religions were false and he was to deliver the truth. Three years later, Joseph was visited by the angel Moroni. He was informed that he was to discover numerous golden tablets and translate them. From these translations, came The Book of Mormon (Eckman, pg. 99). The false prophets of Mormonism teach that Jesus Christ was the first spirit child of Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother. He was the spirit brother to Satan. Jesus is separate from God. He was the creator of the world (Eckman, pg. 101). Their concept of salvation is distorted. They believe salvation comes by faith plus baptism plus works. Their faith is based on four books: The Bible, the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. The Bible is the word of God but it is not all that God said and did. The Book of Mormon was divinely inspired, and is the Holy Scripture. Doctrine and Covenants includes visions made by God to Joseph Smith. The Pearl of Great Price contains Smith’s writings and translations of some historical records (“Mormons”). Mormons are often challenged to pray with a sincere heart regarding the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. They are also taught that they can be baptized for their ancestors, who will then be saved. In addition, they must also do good works. They believe that Christians can not be saved without works. Salvation without works is cheap grace. “According to the Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 25:23 it states “for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do” “ (Davis, sec. 13). They believe that salvation is attained by being obedient to the leaders of Latter-Day Saints, tithing 10 percent of their income, baptism, secret temple rituals and marriage (Eckman, pg. 102). If Mormons get married in the temple, they are taught that their marriage is for eternity. They will continue their marriage in heaven, one day becoming a god and goddess, having spirit children and rule over a planet. The Mormon worldview is based on a false prophet. Yet, “Mormonism is by far the largest and fastest growing [cult], with as many as ten million adherents worldwide” (Eckman, pg. 98). Each individual is lost and in need of a Savior. They are in need of peace and truth. God is not the author of confusion but of love, mercy, and grace. This love, mercy and grace can only be found in Biblical Christianity. Christianity believes that there is only one God but three persons, in essence, God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit. From the beginning, God was. This is evident in Psalms 90:2, “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed and given birth to the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting You are God” (Comparative Study Bible). He created the heavens and the earth. He spoke light into the darkness. He created the world and all that it is in it. God created man to have fellowship with him. He provided Adam with a helpmate. God gave them free reign over the Garden of Eden; they could partake of any fruit with the exception of tree of the knowledge...
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