Mormonism and the deity of Christ explored
By Pastor Gary Brown
The triune nature of God is difficult to understand but awesome. We do not worship three Gods. We worship one God in three persons; therefore, Jesus is God.
This is a very important part of telling people who Jesus really is. Generally, I do not like to call out certain groups, but at this point I have to mention Mormons. When I was young, Mormons identified themselves simply as “Mormons.” They didn’t actually claim to be Christians. Today, they do.
I do not believe God has given us the job of “judges” over individual “souls” or “people.” I tell people that God did not put me on His “membership committee.” It is not up to me (or you) to determine who is saved and who is not saved.
However, I do believe we can judge the doctrinal beliefs of different “religions,” and this includes Mormonism.
In short, Mormons say they believe in Jesus as the Son of God, but they do not accept Jesus as GOD. They believe that Jesus and Satan are brothers. I went to Mormon.org and chatted online with a Mormon missionary. He confirmed that Mormons believe that Jesus and God are two distinctly different entities. In other words, Jesus is not God.
I asked the kind missionary how Mormons interpret John chapter one. He said that Joseph Smith, their “prophet,” re-wrote John chapter one. He sent me the link to Joseph Smith’s re-write or how the missionary put it, “re-interpretation,” of John one.
I know this is a little lengthy, but I copied and pasted Joseph Smith’s version of John one. Joseph Smith’s rewrite is in italics. Smith’s version is not biblically sound, at all!
“In the beginning was the gospel preached through the Son. And the gospel was the word, and the word was with the Son, and the Son was with God, and the Son was of God.”
Joseph Smith goes way outside the boundaries of legitimate biblical interpretation to equate the “gospel” as being God, then stating that God, as the “gospel,” was with the Son.
This is heresy. The Bible states that, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” It is obvious that John was referring to Jesus as God by the capitalization of “The Word.”
Also, you need to take note that Smith wrote, “and the Son was of God”. The Apostle John wrote that “The Word was God.”
It is of the upmost importance that we understand that Jesus warns us in Mark 13:21-22 that in the last days there will be many “false christs.”
And then if any man shall say to you, “Lo, here is Christ;” or, “lo, he is there;” believe him not:
For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
Another place in scripture where Jesus makes it clear that He and the Father are one in the same is in John 14:1-14. In John 14:8, Philip said, “ Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.”
Jesus’ answer was, “Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, ‘Shew us the Father?’”
Let’s not fall into the trap of judging individuals. But let’s not be ignorant about the facts the Scripture makes abundantly clear. In short, Mormons may say they believe in Jesus, but their “Jesus” is not the real Jesus of the Bible.
Let’s take a minute to pray for our Mormon friends and anyone who does not know Christ as God. Let’s pray that God would reveal Himself to them through us!
NOTE: Below is Joseph Smith’s rewrite of John chapter one. The link to the webpage is at the end. Click and see for yourself. Read this and weep for our Mormon friends. Joseph Smith’s added words in italics.
Joseph Smith’s Version of John 1:1-16:
1 “In the beginning was the gospel preached through the Son. And the gospel was the word, and the word was with the Son, and the Son was with God, and the Son was of God.”
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made which was made.
4 In him was the gospel, and the gospel was the life, and the life was the light of men;
5 And the light shineth in the world, and the world perceiveth it not.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 The same came into the world for a witness, to bear witness of the light, to bear record of the gospel through the Son, unto all, that through him men might believe.
8 He was not that light, but came to bear witness of that light,
9 Which was the true light, which lighteth every man who cometh into the world;
10 Even the Son of God. He who was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God; only to them who believe on his name.
13 He was born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the same word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
15 John bear witness of him, and cried, saying, This is he of whom I spake; He who cometh after me, is preferred before me; for he was before me.
16 For in the beginning was the Word, even the Son, who is made flesh, and sent unto us by the will of the Father, And as many as believe on his name shall receive of his fulness. And of his fulness have all we received, even immortality and eternal life, through his grace.
Click HERE to view the webpage for the above verses.