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.