Exploring the doctrine of Mormonism
By Jacob Howard
According to these two verses we have the following outline for whether or not a person is saved:
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
First off, we need to figure out whether or not Mormons believe in the God of the Bible (“that God hath”), the Jesus Christ of the Bible (“the Lord Jesus”), if they believe God raised Jesus from the dead, physically, and if they believe God is the only one who can save them and not their own works (“it is the gift of God”).
Mormons and their views on the God of the Bible:
For Mormons, God, as they know Him, is not the One we know in the Bible. Here are some stark contrasts between the two.
God: One and only God.
Mormon “God”: One of many other gods (Abraham 4:1-31).
God: Has forever been God.
Mormon “God”: Was once a man and now is “God” (Doctrine and Covenants 130:22).
God: Eternal and not made of flesh and bones.
Mormon “God”: Made out of flesh and bones (Doctrine and Covenants 130:22).
God: Not physical (you can’t touch God).
Mormon “God”: Very physical and has at least one wife whom has born him all the humans in the world (Ensign, Jan. 1989)
There are many other differences between the Mormon god and the true God of the Bible, but, the above list is sufficient enough to close the case that the Mormon god is not the God of the Bible at all!
Mormons and their views on the Jesus Christ of the Bible:
The differences between the Mormon Jesus and the Jesus Christ of the Bible:
Mormon’s “Jesus”: Jesus is one of many offspring (Doctrine and Covenants 93:21-33).
Jesus Christ: Jesus was born of a virgin that was conceived in the Holy Spirit.
Mormon’s “Jesus”: Jesus was the offspring of an intimate relationship between Mary and God Himself (Ensign).
Jesus Christ: Jesus is the only Son of God, He has no brothers.
Mormon’s “Jesus”: Satan and Jesus are spirit brothers and share the same father (“God”) and mother (Doctrine and Covenants 93:21-33).
Jesus Christ: Jesus saves all those who trust in Him, following the Romans and Ephesians verses.
Mormon’s “Jesus”: Humans have to make their own effort for the cause (2 Nephi 25:23).
After reading the above, there is no doubt that the Jesus of the Mormon’s is not the Jesus Christ of the Bible. One of Joseph Smith’s most popular quotes comes when he exalted himself over the true Jesus. This is what Satan did so why wouldn’t we expect to see it in a religion that doesn’t believe in Jesus?
I have more to boast of than any man had. I am the only man that has been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam. A large majority of the whole have stood by me. Neither Paul, John, Peter nor Jesus every did it. I boast that no man ever did such a work as I. The followers of Jesus ran away from Him; but the Latter-day Saints never ran away from me yet.
— (History of the Church, vol.6, pp.408-09, 1844)
Mormons and their views on Salvation being the “gift of God”:
Mormons do not believe that Jesus Christ, even the one they believe in, has completely forgiven them they need to make their own marks toward heaven. This can be done many different ways.
These “ways” to heaven include obeying all the commands of the Mormon church, going through any temple rituals required and many other things. A quote from the March, 2005 edition of New Era:
“Besides repentance, our works also include receiving ordinances, keeping covenants, and serving others. While these works are necessary for salvation, they aren’t sufficient. They are not enough because we can’t live perfect lives, but we can do our best to live righteously. By doing so, we invite the Lord’s grace into our lives and qualify for the gift of salvation”.
— (“Tough Topics: Are You Saved by Grace or Works?” New Era, March 2005)
To me, and anyone else reading, it is clear that the Mormon’s do not believe that Jesus Christ’s Salvation is the gift of God and the only way to eternal life.
It is very clear, right from the horse’s mouth, that Mormon doctrine teaches a religion that does not believe in the God and Jesus of the Bible and definitely does not believe that Salvation is the gift of God and that it is the only way to heaven and eternal life.
If you have a Mormon friend, go out and witness to them, tell them what you have learned, I know I will. And, if you are a Mormon reading this, please consider what I have written. There is nothing more important then your eternal life, so think about it.