by Matt Slick
Are you interested in joining the Mormon church? Are you curious about it? Maybe you are taking or have taken the missionary lessons. Perhaps you even think that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a good Christian church that is family-oriented and filled with godly people. If so, there are some things you need to know before you sign on the dotted line.
Mormonism is considered a non-Christian cult by all of Christianity. All you need to do is go to any Christian bookstore and look in the cult section; you will see books on Mormonism there. Now, are we "anti-Mormons" simply people who have a grudge against the LDS church? I can't speak for all who oppose Mormonism, but I have no grudge against it at all. I was never a Mormon, and no Mormon injured me in the past. They are nice people. The problem isn't with them. It is with what they teach. It simply isn't Christian.
Mormon missionaries will tell you that there was an apostasy and that Joseph Smith was the one who restored the true gospel to this earth. This is a typical claim by every cult. Every one of them says that the present Christian church is false and that their initial leader restored the "truth." They have to invalidate present Christianity in order to get you to accept their brand of it.
Christianity teaches that there is only one God. Mormonism teaches that there are many gods. Christianity teaches you cannot become a god. Mormonism says you can. In fact, Mormonism teaches that God used to be a man on another planet who became a god and brought one of his wives with him to this world. In case you doubt this, check out the documentation below which is taken from Mormon writers.
Like all non-Christian cults, Mormonism uses the Bible to support its doctrines and does so improperly. For example, when the Bible says that there are no other gods besides God (Isaiah 43:10; 44:6,8), Mormons quickly add "of this world." That means that there really are other gods out there and that the Bible is talking only about this world and not about others. They often quote 1 Cor. 8:5-6 which mentions the existence of other gods. But when doing this, they fail to read exactly what it says--that there are "so-called gods." In other words, they are called gods but really are not gods. Paul was speaking about false gods--not the true and living God. Mormons frequently misrepresent scripture and take verses out of context to make it say what they want. Those who do not know what the Bible really teaches will easily be fooled by this cult.
Why is this important?
This is important because eternal salvation is at stake. God warned us to not serve false gods (Exodus 20), which are really not gods by nature (Gal. 4:8). He warned us to believe in the true Christ--not the false ones of the cults (Matt. 24:24). The god of Mormonism is false and cannot save you or anyone.
If you believe in a false god, you will be damned to eternal hell. Why? Because ultimately, false gods do not exist except in the mind of the believer. In spite of being good, in spite of attending the Mormon church with its polished appearance, in spite of believing in Mormon doctrine about a man from another planet, you will go to hell if you believe in Mormon doctrine. It cannot save you from the righteous requirements that God requires. Only the true Jesus can save you from your sins--not a god from another planet. Only the true God who alone is God in all the universe can save you.
Do you want to trust Mormon doctrine?
Following is a list of a few doctrines of Mormonism. Do you want to put your eternal trust in a church that teaches the following doctrines?
- The true gospel was lost from the earth. Mormonism is its restoration (Mormon Doctrine, by Bruce R. McConkie, p. 635). They teach there was an apostasy and the true church ceased to exist on earth.
- There are many gods (Mormon Doctrine, p. 163).
- There is a mother god (Articles of Faith, by James Talmage, p. 443).
- God used to be a man on another planet (Mormon Doctrine, p. 321; Joseph Smith, Times and Seasons, vol. 5, p. 613-614; Orson Pratt, Journal of Discourses, vol. 2, p. 345; Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, vol. 7, p. 333).
- After you become a good Mormon, you have the potential of becoming a god (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 345-347, 354).
If you want further information that the Mormons won't give you until you are very well-entrenched in their cult, then read more of this site. It is full of information about why Mormonism is nothing more than a clever, false, look-alike religion that cannot help you in your relationship with God.