Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Mormonism is Not Christianity ... Period


There is much debate today on whether or not Mormonism is Christian.  This is due to Mitt Romney, a Mormon, who is running for president.  Many say that Mormonism is basically Christian.  This is even said by some in the church.  I am not going to do an exhaustive doctrinal comparison today, but I think I can quickly dispel any idea that Mormonism is Christianity. 
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 NKJV
I really need not go any further than this.  I do not have to bring up their denial of the doctrine of the Trinity.  I do not need to talk about their belief that Jesus and Satan were brothers.  I do not need to talk about their belief that we can also become gods (though this sounds a lot like the lie of Satan).  I do not need to talk about their belief that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are formerly physical beings now existing in glorified bodies.  I do not need to talk about adding entire volume of books to the Word of God and their belief in further revelation.  I do not need to talk about the racist passages in the Book of Mormon.  I do not need to talk about any of that.  I need only mention one damnable part of their theology (and this is right from their website):
We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.  (Mormon Article of Faith 3). 
Surely, you say that Mormons do not believe in works.  Maybe I am misreading what is being said here.  Let's look at another of their Articles of Faith:
We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.  (Mormon Article of Faith 4)
Some people like to think of repentance as more of a change of mind than any kind of change in behavior, so maybe they are not talking about salvation by works.  However, I am not done.
We receive God’s grace because of the Atonement. We can’t raise ourselves from the dead, so the Resurrection is an example of His grace. We can’t purify ourselves from sin, so the Lord’s forgiveness is another example of grace. But before He will forgive us, we must repent—that’s our part, our works.

Besides repentance, our works also include receiving ordinances, keeping covenants, and serving others. While these works are necessary for salvation, they aren’t sufficient. They are not enough because we can’t live perfect lives, but we can do our best to live righteously. By doing so, we invite the Lord’s grace into our lives and qualify for the gift of salvation.  (lds.org)
And there you have it.  There you have the single most damnable doctrine in all of Mormonism.  In fact, per the real Bible, it is literally damnable.  They are teaching a different Gospel than what Paul preached.   Just in case you do not understand what you just read, let's take a closer look at their lies. 

First of all, they teach "But before He will forgive us, we must repent—that’s our part, our works."  Jesus died for us while we were still sinners. The Bible teaches that if we confess our sins, He will forgive our sins.  They are still not done.  They go on to say : "Besides repentance, our works also include receiving ordinances, keeping covenants, and serving others."  So not only do we need to repent to be forgiven, we must also do other works.  The Mormons teach that if you do not do all of those things, you will not be forgiven.  Still, they are not even done.  They go on, once again, teaching "While these works are necessary for salvation, they aren’t sufficient. They are not enough because we can’t live perfect lives, but we can do our best to live righteously. By doing so, we invite the Lord’s grace into our lives and qualify for the gift of salvation."  So we are called to try as hard as we can to live perfect lives and then, and only then, do we even QUALIFY for the gift of salvation?  How do you measure if you tried your hardest?  If you have a day where you do not try your hardest, can you try double your hardest the next day to make it up?  I mean, how can we even perfectly try our hardest?  Even the best of us has lazy days.  Does that mean we fail to qualify?  And then there is that ,we merely qualify for the gift.  First of all, that is a silly statement.  You do not qualify for a gift.  If you have to earn it, it is not a gift.  If you have to try for it, it is not a gift. Mormonism teaches a gospel of works where the blood of Jesus merely picks up the slack of us not doing works good enough. 

In the end, Mormonism is not Christianity and those who follow Mormonism are not Christians.  They may claim to believe in Jesus, but their Jesus is one who demands our works in order to even quality for His "gift."  Their Jesus is Satan's brother.  Their Jesus is not the Second Person of the Holy Trinity.  Their Jesus is not Jesus at all.  Do not believe the lies.  They are teaching a false Gospel of works, adding to Scripture, a heretical view of God, and and even more heretical view of men becoming gods.  They hold people under constant bondage where one can never know whether or not they are even saved.  I am sorry Pat Robertson, Joel Oteen, and any other Christian leader who called Mitt Romney a Christian, but he is not.  Before you call my judgmental, it is not me who judges, but him by his own words.  So long as one believes the Mormon lies, they can not be a Christian.  Their faith is in their works and their hopes are to be as gods.  The former is a damnable twisting of the Gospel and the latter was said by someone other than God. 
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; [it is] the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.  Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV

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