This next post is about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. This Mormon movement was founded by Joseph Smith in the 1820s and since then it has risen to be a major religious sect. What separates this group from traditional Orthodox Christianity? What are the problems with this belief? Should Mormons be considered Christians? Can Mormons attain eternal salvation? I will attempt to answer these questions in this post.
There is one key difference between Mormonism and traditional Orthodox Christianity. Mormons add another testament. The Book of Mormon is an entirely new testament that many have tried to apply to the rest of the Bible. Now, why is this important? MANY reasons. First, Mormons declare that there are many gods out there, separating themselves from traditional monotheistic Christians. Second, according to Mormons, Jesus and Lucifer are brothers. Third, there are three stages of heaven, and if you achieve the top one you can become a god yourself. Fourth, almost everybody gets to go to heaven and faith is completely unnecessary for eternal salvation. Fifth, the god of our planet was once a man himself. These are just a few of many reasons why Christianity and Mormonism are drastically different.
So why is this a problem? Jesus came into the world to save, but we have to accept this eternal gift of salvation. This is the core part of the Christian religion, and Mormons just kick it right out and completely ignore it. Also, Mormons do not believe in the one true and living God, and this is a BIG deal when it comes to authority with the rest of Scripture. The idea that you can become a god completely undermines and destroys what the Bible says about God and His sovereignty. Overall, Christians have a much higher view of God than Mormons do.
What are some of the problems with Mormonism? The Book of Mormon has been changed over 4000 times since Joseph Smith wrote it. This is in complete opposition to the rest of the Bible, which has not been changed once. This just proves that the Book of Mormon is not at all reliable. Secondly, the Book of Mormon teaches that Jesus was born in Jerusalem, where as the New Testament claims He was born in Bethlehem. This is a big problem considering these are two completely different countries. Thirdly, according to Joseph Smith, the angel Moroni came to him in a vision and this is where he got the text. This is a big problem because, according to Galatians 1:8, even if an angel brings a new text, a we are not to take it seriously. This is probably the biggest problem, because it strikes right at the heart of Mormonism.
So, should we consider Mormons as Christians, and can they attain eternal salvation? If they withhold the beliefs above, the answer is no. The central doctrines of Christianity are completely changed in the Mormon belief system. They do not believe in the same god or the same method of salvation.