“Fear not, nor be afraid; have I not told you from of old and declared it? And you are my witnesses! Is there a God besides me? There is no Rock; I know not any.”
– Isaiah 44:8
The Lord has recently laid the Mormon church and people on my heart, and I think it is my duty to share this with you. Many people have claimed that Mormons are Christians. “I follow Christ, I want to be more like Christ, of course, I’m a Christian” a Mormon might say. The official name for the Mormon Church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for goodness sakes! Under the “Scriptures and Study” tab on the LDS website, in fact, they list the Bible as one of their Holy Books they subscribe to! But, foundationally, does the Bible and the Mormon Church speak of the same God? Let’s test every spirit here and look at a few core Mormon beliefs, in order to discern whether they are parallel to what God says in the Bible.
Before that though, let’s ask: Where is the authority in the Mormon Church?
The answer is: there are many different sources. From the Church governors, consisting of a small 3-person team by the name of the First Presidency, to the group of 12 Apostles under them, to the Book of Mormon. All of these forces are considered eligible to dictate truth regarding god, man, doctrine, etc. through mediums like prophecy and revelation (as both the First Presidency and the Quorum of 12 Apostles are believed to be current-day Isaiah’s, who receive revelation from god today and pronounce it to the church as doctrine).
Mormons believe that all men have the potential to become gods themselves. They teach that men, through living a good Mormon life, are able to become exactly like the God of the Bible, and, through “afterlife work” (which they really won’t admit to knowing much about), they too can become all powerful, all knowing, and all present. In fact, they would support the claim that the same God described in the Bible used to be a man just like you and me, a sinner even. I don’t know about you, but this sounds an awful lot like the promise given by Satan in the garden. This belief by itself distinctly separates Biblical Christianity from Mormon theology. The Mormon god and the God of the Bible are not the same because of this.
But, to support that claim even further, let’s take a look at another belief that (discreetly) distinguishes the two: the method of salvation (how someone gets to heaven). In Mormonism, like in almost all religion, you are saved by living a life devoted to the rules of the Deity. Contrary to the Bible, Mormons believe the grace of God comes “…after all we can do” (2 Nephi 25:23). In other words, if you try hard enough, pray often enough, and give regularly, then the mercy of God is extended to you. The Bible does not teach this at all. The Bible says “…by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight…” (Romans 3:20), “the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe” (Romans 3: 22), and “…all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” (Romans 3:23). Meaning, you can’t earn it! Because everyone has sinned, we are all condemned before God, and it is only by faith that one is made right with God before any good works are done. Paul speaks clearly about this in Romans 4, that before Abraham did anything good for God, he was innocent in God’s eyes. He wasn’t justified because he lived a good life filled with rule-following and good intentions. Even with that, he still would’ve been condemned without faith.
Mormonism teaches 1) that you can earn your way to heaven, and 2) that one day, in the afterlife, you can become a god too. These beliefs directly conflict with the teaching of the Bible. Mormons are not Christians.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. “Becoming Like God.” Doctrine and Covenants 8, www.lds.org/topics/becoming-like-god?lang=eng.