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    Mormonism 101

    Some people think Mormonism is simply a branch of Christianity, such as Methodism or Lutheranism. Yet biblical Christianity actually has more in common with Islam than Mormonism - at least Islam is monotheistic (believes in one God).

    Back in 2007, Dr. James White wrote, "For anyone who has studied the theology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, listening to talk radio of any kind during this political season is proving painful. Being even a conservative talk show host obviously does not impart to you even the slightest bit of theological or historical knowledge. The flood of utter ignorance of LDS beliefs that I have heard flying out of my radio speakers has been breathtaking. "Mormons are just a different kind of Christian" seems to be about as deep as most people want to go, and one thing is for sure: if you dare try to address the fundamental differences between Mormonism and Christianity, you will not be given the time of day. No one is interested. Now, I must admit, I have heard a few make the attempt who never should have, either. You need to know what you are talking about if you are going to try to make the case with clarity."

    He continued, "It is to that end that I would like to provide you with some basic information regarding the LDS doctrine of God. My sources will be LDS. I am drawing from my book, Is the Mormon My Brother.... The current political campaign has opened up the opportunity for dialogue. The door is not wide open, but, if the Christian is prepared, knowledgable, and has a clear direction in mind, he or she has an opportunity to speak a word in due season, to God's glory."

    A series of articles by Dr. White can be found here which are very useful for anyone wishing to dialog with people caught up in the extremely polytheistic religion of Mormonism - the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

    Posted by John Samson on August 4, 2009 02:32 PM


    I'm sure James White's articles will be very useful in convincing people to abandon the polytheism of Mormonism and take up instead the polytheism of traditional Christianity.

    Seth R.

    It would be useful for you to refrain from cheapshot comments of this sort. The only clarity it brings is the nature of your character and deep ignorance.

    Seth R do you have any evidence to back your assertion that Christianity is polytheistic?

    And for the record, here's my evidence for why Mormonism is CLEARLY not Christian:

    The Bible is not the real source of authority for LDS teaching, since they also have a number of other documents which contradict it and which they follow above the Bible teachings. The "Christ" which Mormons mention is most definitely not the Lord Jesus Christ mentioned in the Bible.

    While Mormons certainly use Jesus' name, they do not follow the Jesus which Christians have always followed. In addition to the different scriptures, source of authority, and different Christ as mentioned above there are other additional major differences between the LDS teaching and Christianity.

    * Different definition of God

    * Different definition of man

    * Belief in many gods (polytheism) verses the one true God of the Bible and Christianity (monotheism)

    * Different definition of the 'trinity' which is radically different to the Christian/Biblical concept

    * Denial of the Virgin Birth of Christ

    * Radically different doctrine of Salvation, including denial of the blood atonement and belief in an incomplete atonement.

    * Different Eschatology (end times)

    * Radically different doctrine of the Fall into sin

    * Radically different History

    * Different attitude toward 'Race'.

    Most of these doctrines are essential and central to the Christian faith and so the LDS church does not have the right to call its followers Christian, as they do not adhere to Christian doctrine but to their own. One ought not to doubt their sincerity in believing what they do, it just is not Christian and ought not to be called so.
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    Well, we worship Christ, and claim to be restoring the true order of religion possessed by Adam, Abraham, Moses, and then fulfilled in the mission, life and death of Jesus Christ.

    In that sense, we are "Christian."

    However, we do not perpetuate the misguided notions about Christ's nature that we feel historical Christianity has been advancing for the last 2000 years. So we certainly are different from that historical tradition. Quite a different religion from that group, yes.

    Incidentally, nothing in LDS teaching contradicts the actual text of the Bible. True, we contradict the mistaken assumptions that other Christians make about the Biblical text. But we don't contradict the text itself. Important distinction.

    As for Christianity being polytheistic. Not exactly accurate. But certainly, it isn't strictly monotheist.

    Father, Son, Spirit.

    That's three beings if you're keeping count.

    Now, Christians claim that these three beings are united such that they constitute "One God."

    Well, that's nice.

    LDS do the same thing.

    If you can make "One God" out of three beings, I can use the same reasoning to make "One God" out of many more beings. And LDS theology winds up being just as monotheistic as Catholicism or Lutheranism.

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