The False Gospel of Latter-Day Saints
Belief systems don’t have security threads running through them as US currency does to prove their authenticity. The false gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is counterfeit. Let’s consider how it differs from orthodox Christian teaching.
The Bible teaches there is one God who is spirit (John 4:24). He created heaven and earth. He is in control, self-existent, unchanging, and good. He has eternally existed as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. LDS teaches that God was once a man. He progressed to become God the Father.
Christians believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the second member of the Trinity. He is fully man (John 1:14) and fully God (Colossians 2:9). LDS believes Jesus preexisted, but not as God. They deny His full deity.
Christians believe there is one God who exists as three omnipresent persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. LDS believes only the Father is God and rejects the Trinity. Moreover, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are not omnipresent.
Evangelical Christians believe God saves people by undeserved favor through faith because Jesus took their place on the cross and paid their penalty (Ephesians 2:8–9). God brings people to Himself through His grace because they can’t save themselves (Romans 1–3). LDS teaches that everyone is saved. It also teaches that individual salvation is through faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the Holy Spirit, and living a righteous life. All these things enable eternal progression.
Christians believe the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity who is and always has been God. LDS believes the Holy Ghost has a personality and became God through eternal progression.
Christians believe Christ took sinful people’s place on the cross and atoned and paid the penalty for their sins in full (2 Corinthians 5:21). LDS denies that atonement is the basis for salvation.
Christians believe the true church of Jesus Christ consists of all true Christians (1 Corinthians 1:2). Local churches are groups of true believers who worship God together (Romans 16:5). LDS teaches that only it is the true church.
Christians believe in life with Christ after death for believers (Philippians 1:23) and eventually with God in the New Heaven and New Earth. Unbelievers will be eternally separated from God and experience eternal punishment (2 Thessalonians 1:9). LDS teaches that those who obtain eternal life can progress to achieve deity. Those who don’t obtain it can’t and won’t be with God and Christ in the eternal realm.
Christians believe people are made in God’s image and begin to exist at conception. LDS teaches people existed before they became human beings and were spiritually born on a planet near Kolob, the great star.
Christians believe the Bible is the only infallible authority for faith and life. LDS teaches that Scripture includes the Bible, The Book of Mormon, The Doctrines of the Covenant, and the Pearl of Great Price, all interpreted together. It also teaches the sitting President of the Church is infallible while acting as a teacher and prophet.1
Although Latter-Day Saints profess to be Christians, they aren’t. Their “restored gospel” is an adulterated makeover. LDS followers tend to be clean-living, moral people but are trapped in an oppressive, confusing, false religious system.
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1. Christianity Vs Mormonism Differences: (10 Belief Debates) (biblereasons.com)
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