Our Mormon friends speak sincerely about their faith and church in Christian sounding language. They give away Bibles and videos about Jesus Christ. Naturally, most folks get the impression that they are a Christian Church. What they represent, however, is actually a totally different religion.
We respect Mormons’ right to believe, practice, and teach their religion. But we also respect your right to know about their hidden teachings before committing to membership in the Mormon Church. Unfortunately, the differences are difficult for you to see because, in spite of their Biblical language, the words have been redefined to mean something very different from what the Bible teaches.
The Mormon Church has another god, another Jesus, and “another gospel”, as warned about in the Bible (2 Cor 11:3-4, 13-15; Gal 1:6-8). They and their missionaries are trained to avoid letting you know about their unbiblical teachings, at least until after you’ve been baptized into their church. Then you will be taught the “deeper things” of the Mormon faith a little at a time, until you realize that you are following a false prophet and a false god.
For your convenience, a few examples of essential Christian teachings from the Bible are compared with the teachings of Mormonism in the chart below.
If you have any questions or would like more information about the true Christian faith, according to the Bible, feel free to call Christian Research & Counsel or click here.
Based on the Bible
Based on LDS teachings*
GOD THE FATHER:
1. He has always been God (Psalm 90:2; Deuteronomy 33:27)
2. He is the only God that has ever existed. (Isaiah 43:10)
3. He is a spirit. A spirit does not have flesh and bones. (John 4:24, Col 1:15, Luke 24:39)
1. He has always been God; the beginning and the end; the Almighty. (John 1:1 with Psalm 90:2; Revelation 1:8)
2. He is Lucifer’s Creator, not his brother. (Col 1:16-17; Jn 1:3)
1. Men cannot become Gods. There is only one true God. (Isaiah 43:10; 44:6, 8; 48:11-12)
1. Although eternal life is available to all, Jesus prophesied that only a few will enter the narrow gate that leads to life—and that many will choose the wide gate that leads to destruction (hell). (Matthew 7:13-14)
2. The blood of Christ cleanses us (those who repent) of all sin. (1 John 1:7-9)
GOD THE FATHER:
1. He was once a man like us. He has a father. (GP p.305)
2. He is one of many Gods. (TPJS p.370; STC p.152-153)
3. He has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s. (D&C 130:22)
1. He is God’s first spirit child, thus, was not always God. (MD p.129; GP p.11)
2. He is the spirit brother of Lucifer, Satan, the devil. (GP p.17-18; GTTA p.15)
1. Men can become Gods, with all the powers of Godhood. (GP p.302; ACM p.129-132; D&C 132:19-20)
1. Almost everyone, even those who don’t believe in Jesus Christ, will end up in some level of heaven. Only ex-Mormons spend eternity in hell. (D&C 76:31-44)
2. The blood of Christ does not atone for some grievous sins. A murderer, for example, must have his own blood shed. (MD p.92-93; DS 1:133-138)
Often, our Latter-day Saint friends deny that the LDS Church teaches the above doctrines. Before you decide, however, check out the context of the references quoted. Gospel Principles, the most quoted source, above, can be read online at https://www.lds.org/manual/gospel-principles/introduction?lang=eng&query=manual. Be sure to read the first two paragraphs of chapter 2 and all of chapter 47.
* MORMON REFERENCE CODES:
ACM = Achieving A Celestial Marriage, 1992; AF = Articles of Faith; D&C = Doctrine and Covenants; DS = Doctrines of Salvation; GP = Gospel Principles, 1997; GTTA = Gospel Through The Ages; JD = Journal of Discourses; MD = Mormon Doctrine, 2nd Ed.; STC = Search These Commandments (a priest- hood study guide), 1985; TPJS = Teachings of The Prophet Joseph Smith.