People have been asking this question for decades now. It wasn’t too long ago that former President Jimmy Carter made his bombastic declaration that the Church of Latter Day Saints or otherwise known as Mormons was Christian.
Then over at Protestia, there was this article “The Chosen’ Creator Dallas Jenkins Says Mormons are Saved : ‘I’m Going to Die on That Hill” In which the interviewee made a similar claim. He said:
Great, so you’re starting off right out of the gate with that one. Well, it’s a tough question. I am happy to answer that and I just say that because I recently have gotten a little bit in trouble in certain circles because I was on another LDS podcast, and I said that LDS and evangelicals love the same Jesus.
This is a strange claim to make given that the Mormon Jesus is not like the biblical Jesus at all. We have written on what the Mormons believe about 4 years ago approx. and one article that goes through their beliefs is found at this link
- “The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as mans…” (D&C 130:22).
- God, becoming a god
- After you become a good Mormon, you have the potential of becoming a god, (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pages 345-347, 354.)
- “Then shall they be gods, because they have no end; therefore shall they be from everlasting to everlasting, because they continue; then shall they be above all, because all things are subject unto them. Then shall they be gods, because they have all power, and the angels are subject unto them,” (DC 132:20).
- God, many gods
- There are many gods, (Mormon Doctrine, p. 163.)
That is just what they believe about god and becoming a god. As you can see, while they claim to accept the Bible, their other religious books contradict what the Bible actually says. After reading the following verse from Genesis 3, you will see that the Mormon church is just repeating the original lie Evil said to Eve back in the garden:
4 The serpent said to the woman, “You certainly will not die! 5 For God knows that on the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will [a]become like God, knowing good and evil.”
Then, their belief about becoming gods also contradicts the bible by saying that their god was once a human and humans today under Mormon teaching can become a god. yet the Jeremiah tells us:
6There is none like You, Lord;
You are great, and Your name is great in might.
7 Who would not fear You, O King of the nations?
For it is Your due!
For among all the wise men of the nations
And in all their kingdoms,
There is none like You. (Ch. 10)
There is no god like God. he alone is God and no one becomes him. These two teachings would be enough to tell anyone with an open mind that the Mormons are believing a different Gospel than the one Jesus brought to us. they are not believing the Christian gospel and cannot be considered preaching Christian principles or doctrine.
Then, if those two teachings are not enough, there is the foundation of Mormon belief to consider. In another article, we recorded these words:
God allegedly told Joseph Smith in 1820 that no other churches were right.
This belief and event doesn’t even pass the logic test. The very first question that should come to everyone’s mind is ‘why did the Mormon god wait 1800 +/- years before restoring the church?’
What was this god doing in all of that time? The next question that needs to be asked is ‘if the plates were buried all this time how could all the people between Jesus’s time and Joseph Smith’s time know the truth and be able to change their ways?’
All those people died not knowing the so-called truth and had no way of knowing because the Mormon god was too busy doing something else and had no love, compassion, or caring for the people he was supposed to have created.
This just doesn’t make sense as Mr. Smith nor any Mormon leader have provided any physical evidence to fill in this void and show that their god made effort after effort to restore the church and get his creation back on track.
Why the gap? That gap does not seem fair or just whereas, in comparison, both God and Jesus of the Bible made every effort to have their ways known to their creation. they sent prophets, preachers, evangelists, and more to save the people from their sin.
We know from Church History that there was no attempt to ‘restore the church’ in the Joseph Smith model at any time in history. In fact, there really is not an ancient church that has been uncovered by archaeologists that even resembles the modern Mormon denomination.
Thus Joseph Smith was not really restoring anything but using that as a hook to get people to believe an age-old lie. Christianity is not founded on a lie. It is founded on the truth so there is no possible way for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to be Christian, let alone saints.
As you go through those two articles, you will see more illogical beliefs held by the Mormon people. Why modern Christians like the two we mentioned earlier would say that the Mormon faith is Christian is hard to fathom, except to say they have been deceived in some way.
Do not be fooled, the Mormon religion is not a Christian faith no matter how hard they try to use the Bible. To see their errors and contradictions, you have to examine their other religious books which carry far more weight than the Bible does in their religion.
You cannot go by their word alone as they will try to sound as Christian as possible. But they can’t be as their faith accepts the lie Evil gave to Eve and uses it to trap others into believing their myths.
When we die in the Christian faith, we get eternal life, not a transition to being a god.