Is Mormonism Just Another Evangelical Denomination?

Is Mormonism Just Another Evangelical Denomination?
By: Rev. Joe Kramer

Mormonism has become a hot topic recently. So I decided that we should address this question today. This will not be an exhaustive look at Mormonism but just the “top of the iceberg.”

There are some essential beliefs that one MUST hold to be true in order to be considered Christian. Each group must agree to these or they are not truly Christian. First you must believe that there is only one God, Jesus is divine the second in the trinity, there is a trinity (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit) and this trinity makes up the one true God, forgiveness of sin is through grace alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), Jesus rose from the dead physically not spiritually (Ephesians 2:19), and the group/individual must believe in the Gospel (Jesus was born of a virgin, died for our sins, and rose on the third day) and because of the Gospel we are made right with God. Unfortunately Mormonism disagrees with three of these tenants: (1) that there is only one God, (2) this one God is the God of all things, and (3) How one obtains salvation.

The Bible teaches that God the Father is Spirit and that Jesus is God in the flesh. It teaches that Jesus is eternal (John 1:1), He was not created, yet He came to earth through birth (Col. 1:15), and Jesus is the creator of all things (John 1:3). Mormonism does not teach this. Mormonism teaches that God the Father has a body of flesh. Mormonism also teaches that Jesus is a created being, that he is not the second in the trinity that has always existed. Mormonism teaches that God the Father and his wife had “relations” and Jesus is a spirit child of them. Mormonism also denies the trinity in the Christian sense, they say that God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit make up the office known as the trinity; this makes them consistent on their view of Jesus considering that they don’t believe Jesus is of the same being as God. No, they believe that they are three separate gods. They believe Jesus to be “a” god, not The God.

Mormonism also teaches that God came to this world from another world where He was just a man, and by obeying that god he ascended to godhood. He then came to this planet and produces spirit babies to inhabit humans at birth. The first spirit baby is Jesus, and then Satan. We all follow after them. If we are good Mormons we too can become gods over our own planet. The Bible denies other gods. The Bible teaches that there is only one God. We do not become a god. So the God of Mormonism is NOT the God of the Bible.

Now what are the differences between what Mormonism teaches and what the Bible Teaches? Let us explore this. In order to fix this problem of not being Biblical they use the book of Mormon over the Bible. They teach the Bible is God’s Word but has been translated over the years incorrectly. So where there is a contradiction in teaching they look to the Book of Mormon, not the Bible. A Moromon will claim to respect and live by the Bible, but because they hold the book of Mormon higher, they prove that they don’t.

Because of all of this Mormonism is a non-Christian religion. It denies that there is one God, denies the deity of Christ, adds works to salvation (when salvation is by faith in grace alone), and distorts the reliability of the Scripture, this is just to name a few things. With just these things in mind we come to the conclusion that Mormonism is NOT BIBLICAL CHRISTIANITY.

To start looking into Mormonism more deeply I would suggest starting with the book “Behind the Mask of Mormonism” by John Ankerberg & John Weldon.

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3 thoughts on “Is Mormonism Just Another Evangelical Denomination?

  1. I am not a Baptist, although I do attend a Baptist Church. I do not believe that it takes all three of the trinity to make God. I believe they are separate beings. Jesus has never said He was God the Son. He said he was the son of God, He said the Father was greater than Him. You believe what you want to, I am not going to try to change your mind, because you have been taught Baptist doctrine all of your life, and all i have to say is take the Bible into context, and read it for yourself for instructions, instead of trying to prove something you have heard all of your life is true, and let the Holy Spirit lead you and see what God tells you. God Bless you brother.

    1. First let me start by saying, THANK YOU FOR READING and commenting! I love comments, keep them coming! I like them because it opens free speech and dialog on Biblical issues.

      My undergraduate degree is from an Assemblies of God University, and Masters is from a non-denominational Seminary. This has afforded me the opportunity to explore differing thoughts on different subjects. Early in my studies I truly struggled with the concept of the trinity and with other issues as well (i.e. tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophecy, and the security of the believer). So no, I haven’t been Baptist all of my life. I do, however, find them to be very accurate and have a love of God’s Word and the study of God’s Word. Which is why I sought to become a Southern Baptist minister. However, today you won’t find that characteristic in just the Southern Baptist Churches either. There are many churches who have the same love of God’s Word from many denominations.

      I would suggest you read an article at the following link that may help you with the understanding of the dichotomy of Christ (i.e. 100% man and 100% God). This will help you with understanding the Son of God/Son of Man concepts you find in the New Testament. The link is http://carm.org/trinity They have a wonderful chart of scripture on the evidence for the trinity. I hope you avail yourself of it.

      The one question I ask of you then is this. If the Bible is inerrant (which Christians will tell you it is) then who was John talking about in John 1:1? The NKJV reads it this way, “1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God.” How could Jesus just be a man? By this verse alone we begin to see that Jesus always was. You see God is infinite (which places Him outside time and space), so to be with God in the beginning of creation means that Jesus is infinite (Before His taking on human flesh He is referred to as the pre-incarnate Christ). Because there is only one God (Christians agree on this point) Jesus must be infinite which by definition makes Him God. So we find a dichotomy in Jesus that we do not find in any of creation, that is He is, because He took on human flesh, 100% God and 100% man. Remember God is infinite and as such this concept, though we find evidence in Scripture for what we have deemed the trinity, is hard for our finite brains to comprehend.

      I thank you for your comment and hope that this may help you on your spiritual journey.

      In Christ,
      Rev. Joe Kramer

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