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The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints Is NOT Jesus’ Church
The Truth about Mormonism

Intro

Mormonism is the fastest-growing religion in American history reports a U.S. News & World Report study. Last year the LDS sent 60,000 missionaries to 120 countries and won 306.000 converts. (PWB 11-24)

If you were here a couple of Sundays ago I defined a few words that are important – let me review them:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A.   Authority: Mormons consider the Bible to be very important, though they use only the King James Version, and then only if it’s their “corrected version.” They also follow the “Book of Mormon,” “The Doctrine and Covenants” and “The Pearl of Great Price” which are revelations for the Americas.
1.   Let me quote from the beginning of the Book of Mormon to show the place they give to their sacred writings: “The Book of Mormon is a volume of holy scripture comparable to the Bible.” This is what Joseph Smith said a few paragraphs later, “I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.”

 2.  Everything is filtered first through the Book of Mormon.  This book even refers to Christians as fools for only believing in the Bible. Listen to this quote from 2 Nephi 29:6 – “Thou fool, that shall say: ‘A Bible, we have got a Bible, and we need no more Bible…’”
3.   A pastor who lives in Salt Lake City that deals with Mormons wrote about how difficult it is to appeal to the Bible because Mormons follow other writings and the “Living Prophet,” which is the President of the Church. The President of the Church speaks infallibly and authoritatively when addressing doctrinal and church matters because they believe God is giving continual revelation to him and through him to the church.
a.   An example of this is what happened in 1978 when the head prophet declared a new “revelation” that allowed African American men to be ordained to the priesthood, reversing a doctrine that had been in place for 140 years.

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Conclusion:
If I had to distill their doctrine down to one sentence, it would be something like this: They lower God and lift up man. I would put them squarely outside the biblical frame of Christianity and classify them as a cult. I know that sounds strong but I say that for three reasons.
• They have an exalted and unquestionable leader.
• They have special writings which are equal to or above the Bible.
• They claim to be the only group that has the truth.

 

References
“The Facts on the Mormon Church” by John Ankerberg, John Weldon, & Dillon Burroughs
Mormonism Explained” by Andrew Jackson
“Reasoning From the Scriptures with Mormons” by Ron Rhodes.

“Searching for the Truth”

Please click here for slides to accompany the sermon.