The religious body, commonly known as “Mormons,” is officially named “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.” This man-made cult is one of the fastest growing religious bodies in the world. It is also one of the richest. Its members are known for their zeal in converting others. Mormon youth are expected to give two years of service as missionaries. They are supported by their own families while doing this.
The Mormon Church began in
Joseph Smith also claimed John the Baptist appeared to him and Oliver Cowdery and made them priests after the order of Aaron. Later, Smith and Cowdery said that Peter, James, and John appeared to them and made them priests after the order of Melchizedek. They were also made apostles at the same time, according to their claim.
In 1831, the Mormons moved to
At Smith’s death, the Mormon
movement divided. The main body followed
Brigham Young to
The Mormon Church teaches many false doctrines. They believe the Bible is only one of God’s revelations to mankind. They have their own books which are considered later revelations. These books are: “The Book of Mormon,” “The Doctrine and Covenants,” and “The Pearl of Great Price.” However, the Bible is perfect and complete (1 Corinthians 13:8-10; James ). In it God has given to us “all things that pertain to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). It contains “the faith which once for all was delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). The Bible provides everything we need to serve God and please Him (2 Timothy , 17). God has warned us that we must not believe another Gospel even if it is brought to us by an angel (Galatians 1:6-9). We must not add to the Word of God (Revelation , 19).
The Mormon Church has a wrong understanding of God. We must believe in the true God in order to be saved (Ephesians 4:4-6; Hebrews 11:6). The Bible teaches there is only one true God (1 Timothy 2:5; James ). Mormons, however, believe in many gods. They believe Adam was the god who created the earth. They believe every man can become a god. This is contrary to the teaching of the Bible that “God is Spirit” (John ).
Mormons believe the priesthood of Aaron continues to this day. The Bible teaches that the priesthood has been changed (Hebrews ). Today, Jesus Christ is the Christians’ high priest (Hebrews -16). Jesus is “a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek” (Hebrews -21). Mormons believe men can become priests “after the order of Melchizedek.” According to the Bible, only Jesus Christ can be such a priest.
Mormons believe one man can have many wives. They do not practice polygamy publicly any longer because it is against the law in many nations. While God permitted polygamy and divorce in the Old Testament, it was not a part of His original plan (Matthew 19:3-9). Jesus restored God’s original plan which is “one man, one wife - for life!” God’s plan for marriage today is for “each man to have his own wife” (1 Corinthians 7:2).
Mormons also practice “baptism for the dead.” They believe one can be baptized on behalf of another person who has died. The Bible teaches man must obey for himself. Each one must hear the Gospel for himself (Romans ; Acts 18:8). Each one must believe for himself (John ). Each must repent of his own sins before he can be baptized (Acts ). Each person must confess Christ for himself to be saved (Matthew , 33). One cannot hear, believe, repent or confess on behalf of another person. Neither can one be baptized on behalf of another (Mark ; Acts ). When one has died, it is too late for him to obey the Lord (Hebrews ). There is no second chance after death.
There are many other false teachings of the Mormon Church. The Mormon Church is not the true church of the Bible! It is a cult founded by a man. It teaches false doctrines which will cause one to be lost (Galatians 1:6-9; Matthew -23).
Mormons claim an angel led them to an “additional gospel.” God has warned us of such false teachers: “But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed” (Galatians 1:8). Mormons are accursed because they preach “another Gospel.” They must obey the true Gospel in order to be saved (Hebrews 5:8, 9; Romans ).
How to Identify the
1. Know what the
A. The word ‘church comes from the Greek word which means those who are “called out”
B. The church is the Body of Christ (Colossians )
C. The church is the Bride of Christ (Ephesians -27)
D. The church is the Family of God (I Timothy )
E. The church is the Pillar and Ground of Truth (I Timothy )
2. Know the
Founder of the
A. Jesus promised to build HIS church (Matthew )
B. Jesus purchased the church with HIS blood (Acts )
C. Jesus is the head of the church (Colossians )
D. The church is His spiritual body (Colossians )
3. Know when the
A. It was promised in the last days
B. The church was near in Johns day (Matthew 3:1, 2)
C. Jesus told His disciples that
they should not taste of death till they see the
D. They were told that they would receive that power when the Holy Spirit came upon them (Acts 1:8)
E. All these things came to pass on Pentecost (Acts 2)
4. Know how the
A. The church of the Lord (Acts )
C. The body of Christ (Ephesians )
5. Know what God
offers In the
A. Forgiveness of sins is in the church (Ephesians )
B. Salvation is in the church (2 Timothy )
C. Redemption is in the church (Colossians )
D. All spiritual blessings are in the church (Ephesians 1:3)
E. The saved are in the church (Acts )
Gift of churches of Christ – Not to be sold
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