A Look at Mormons
This month we'll continue with our examination of what some people estimate is perhaps 36000 denominations out there, by looking at the Mormons to compare their beliefs with God's word, the Bible. As usual, I'll only be able to touch briefly on this "religion" but, just as I've done with the Roman Catholics and the Jehovah Witnesses the last two months, I'll give you the best Biblical viewpoints as possible. Using the website address of Http/www.dearelder.com/inc_name/mormon/tittle2/Mormon_Beliefs, as well as some questions from the John Ankenberg website, I've had a lot of help in my research for this article.
The Mormon Church, also known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, was started in 1830 by Joseph Smith after receiving a vision of two personages. They told him that the church of Christ was no longer upon the Earth, but he would be instrumental in its restoration. With that statement, along with the knowledge that the Mormons feel that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ, I can see all kinds of red flags popping up already. In addition to that is the fact that Joseph Smith has been claimed to have translated the Book of Mormon from gold plates received from the angel, Moroni. We’ve also have been told that the Book of Mormon is said to be an ancient record of the people who inhabited the American continents.
"What could be wrong about these things?" is what you might be wondering. Plenty! The Bible tells us that the deceptions in the last days would be enormous, and just as the Catholics have their Catechism, and the Jehovah's Witnesses have their '"book" that they use, the Mormons have added to the Bible by having "another book" as being authoritative.
Unlike the commentaries that simply help to explain the Bible, these books often have materials that flat out contradict God's word.
As far as the two "prophets" that appeared to Joseph Smith, the Bible tells us in Matthew 24:24 that, "For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect." These prophets aren't of God for at least two Biblical reasons. First, if they were legitimate, they would have to be judged by how well they prophesied, and as we shall see, their messages do not match what we know as Scriptures. Secondly, the Bible tells us that we now have the New Testament with everything that we are to know already given to us. With Jesus and His holy word, we would be completely equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16,17). Thus by knowing Scriptures, we can see that those two "prophets" were another example of how, just as 2 Corinthians 11:14 warns us, saying, "For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light." I have a good friend that has witnessed to Mormons for years, and he tells me he's never seen proof of the ancient peoples or the gold plates yet.
There are a few other problems that cast a very strong doubt about the truthfulness of Mormonism. These include first the already stated fact that Mormons don't use Scriptures as the sole authority. Secondly, they believe that certain sins call for the "blood atonement" of the sinner, meaning that the individual's death is required to atone for his sin, instead of the already shed blood of Jesus having done it. Thirdly, they have a history of believing that when a Mormon dies, they become another god just like Jesus was and is. This is directly against what Scriptures tell us in Isaiah 44:6 (and other verses) that, "Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel, And his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: ‘ I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God." Other beliefs that Mormons have that are unbiblical are that they add works such as baptism to the gospel of grace. They even claim that they can baptize someone to save an already deceased relative, claiming that this is based upon 2 Corinthians 15:29. But when looking at the verse, Paul was teaching about life after death, concerning that we would also be resurrected. In this verse, he pointed out that the Corinthians must have also believed that they’d be resurrected or they wouldn’t be doing that. He was not establishing any sort of baptismal doctrine. And we also have heard of many Mormons, of whom have many wives, practice called Polygamy, where as Scriptures tell us, "But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart." (Matthew 5:28)
These are just a few of the mistakes found in Mormonism: however, the most notable, and most condemnable error of their beliefs, are the teachings that they have concerning Jesus Christ. Mormons are led to believe that Jesus Christ is a physical son, made by the Father having had sex with Mary (Isaiah 7:14 tells us Jesus was to be born of a virgin) and that He is actually a brother to Satan. They also deny His deity by their belief of the already mentioned claim of when a Mormon dies, they to become a "god" just as Jesus is.
These are some clearly blasphemous type of teachings in which Mormons show a "different Jesus and a different gospel." As a result, they’ll stand one day before Jesus only to hear Him say, "Away from me for I never knew you." (Matthew 7:23) Regardless how religious, how well they appear to live, or how loud they proclaim to be "Christians," Mormons, in reality, are doomed unless they repent of these heresies, and accept God's plan for salvation alone. Typically the problem rests as Jesus once said, "You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God." (Matthew 22:29) Let us not make the same mistakes.