The Mormon "Word of God"

The recent Presidential election brought a great deal of attention to Mormonism, and also a great deal of confusion. 

Christians should understand Mormon beliefs...NOT so we can judge Mormons or feel superior, but so we can pray for them and share the truth in love.
This is the first of three posts exploring what Mormons believe about the Word of God. And for the first point:

Mormons believe: The Book of Mormon is the most important holy book--it's their Word of God.

Founder, Joseph Smith claimed the Angel Moroni(1) gave him gold plates which he translated into the Book of Mormon. Smith claimed it 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.” The Book of Mormon presents a different Gospel than the Bible by adding additional information to what is presented in Scripture.

The Bible teaches: Anyone who preaches a different gospel, even one coming from an angel, is under God’s curse.

“Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel(1) from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted,(2) let them be under God’s curse!” Galatians 1:7-9

And the Apostle Paul warns in 1 Corinthians 4:6 "not to go beyond what is written in Scripture."(3)

Part 2 will cover the Mormon's 4 holy books and the book they consider unreliable.

Source: Mormon Research Ministry 
(1)Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 194

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