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Mormonism: the elephant in the booth

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Today we talked about politics, and no matter what your take is on whether faith should or shouldn’t play a role, we at least need to be aware of the issues. And as Christians, the topic of Mormonism should not make us feel “sticky” or “squishy.”

The candidates for president and their campaign messages will focus on this and it will force you at some point to hear about it and perhaps even weigh in. Now this can get uncomfortable, because many of us know, work with and are friends with Mormons and they might just be the nicest, sweetest people you know! But we need to be able to discern the basic doctrinal differences between Christianity and Mormonism. And when you study those differences, you plainly see that the two religions could not be more different, even though both claim to know and love the biblical Jesus.

Over on our website, we created a new page under “Topics We Track,” dedicated to helping you discern. What you’ll find there is a side-by-side comparison of what Mormons believe and what Christians believe about God, Salvation, Jesus, Scripture, Truth and the Holy Spirit.

The Mormon religion is also known as the Latter Day Saints (LDS). There are was founded less than two hundred years ago by a man named Joseph Smith. He claimed to have received a personal visit from God the Father and Jesus Christ who told him that all churches and their creeds were an abomination. Joseph Smith then set out to begin a brand-new religion that claims to be the “only true church on earth.” The problem with Mormonism is that it contradicts, modifies, and expands on the Bible. Christians have no reason to believe that the Bible is not true and adequate. To truly believe in and trust God means to believe in His Word, and all Scripture is inspired by God, which means it comes from Him (2 Timothy 3:16).

Mormons believe that there are in fact four sources of divinely inspired words, not just one: 1) The Bible, re-translated.  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.

What does that mean for you? It means that the mission field is wide open, and it starts with those little conversations you have with your friends, family, coworkers and neighbors. but before we open our mouths, we need to know what we’re talking about and to whom.

We found this table from Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry (CARM). And when you see it, it will become very obvious that Mormonism does not agree with the Bible. In fact, Mormonism has simply used the same words found in Christianity and redefined them. But with a proper understanding of what Mormonism really teaches, you will be able to see past those definitions into the real differences between Christianity and Mormonism.The difference is the difference between eternal life and damnation.

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2 Responses to “Mormonism: the elephant in the booth”

  1. ali #

    We have one candidate who thinks he will be a god, another that thinks he is a king.

    GREAT CHOICES.!!. Thankfully, our L-RD and Saviour is in control of all:

    Daniel 2:21 He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.

    Let us pray for wisdom, knowledge and discernment in the weeks and months ahead.

    April 20, 2012 at 7:46 AM Reply
  2. Mr Davis #

    I love this too. Daniel 4

    24 This is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the most High, which is come upon my lord the king: 25 That they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.

    33 The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles' feathers, and his nails like birds' claws.

    34 And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation: 35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?

    36 At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me.

    37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase .

    April 23, 2012 at 5:20 AM Reply

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