An insightful look at Mormonism by Pastor Reeder.
Though “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints” might wish to omit the latter part of their name for false appearances and to mislead, and do indeed use Christian terminology, speaking of God, Jesus, salvation, etc., they are not Christian, nor are their doctrines and practices Christian in any way, contrary to popularly accepted opinion. Even their abstaining from alcohol and caffeine, as well as their practice of mandatory tithing, are not Christian. These practices and others might have the appearance of piety and holiness, but no ruling body has the authority to establish practices which are neither forbidden or commanded by God, and then declare that such practices have are from God himself.
It’s a distinction that needs to be pointed out.
The current climate of our day might seem to preclude any such debate whether Mormons are Christians are not, but such climate reveals the negligence of many within the church (i.e. Joel Osteen) to make proper distinctions. But such distinctions are to be made, even in the public square, and especially within the church.
Such distinctions of doctrine and practice between Mormons (and other groups) and the Christian Church is the distinction of truth from error, Christianity being of the truth and Mormonism (and other groups) being of error. Proper (godly) distinctions are to be made because such distinctions concern God and His Holy Word.
Writing to Timothy, St. Paul says, “Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you” (1 Timothy 4:16). The doctrine of which Paul speaks is that which is of God, even the saving doctrine of sins forgiven in Christ, the saving doctrine of Jesus, “true man and true God.” Get these wrong, and your immediately outside of Christianity and have no salvation.
In addition to failing to adhere to true doctrine, Mormons have their own authorities.
Not only here do the Mormons differ with what is of the true doctrine. The Mormons have as their authority, not only The Bible (as it is correctly translated and as they understand it), but The Book of Mormon (which has no historical evidence even to substantiate its claims), The Pearl of Great Price, The Doctrine and the Covenants, and the Leader(s) of their fellowship.
Though Jesus says, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32), the Mormons, by their twisting of Holy Scripture and their use of other authorities for their doctrines and practices, they neither do abide in Christ and His Word, nor are they Jesus’ disciples. Therefore, they also do not know the truth, but according to their Father, they speak lies. Mormons are not of God (John 8:42-47).
And for these reasons,
This must remain clear, lest the ignorant be deceived and the Church further become complacent instead of increasingly more vigilant. Mormons have a different God, Jesus, Savior, salvation, doctrine, fellowship, and authority than the Christian Church, and therefore, contrary to beliefnet and religioustolerance (and others, political or not), Mormons should not be affiliated anywhere in proximity to Christianity or Christian denominations.
Like it or not, as Christians we need to point this out even if it isn’t popular to do so.
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