Even an Angel

Mormonism, false angels, new revelations in false religions
America recently had a Mormon Presidential candidate and this left many Americans asking questions about Mormon doctrine. Below I've listed some of their major beliefs.

Mormons believe:

  • In 1823, guided by the angel Moroni, Joseph Smith found the Book of Mormon.
  • The Book of Mormon is the perfect, trustworthy Word of God. 
  • The Bible contains errors in doctrine.
  • Non-Mormon churches are not preaching the true gospel.
  • God the Father was once a man.
  • Christ died to make eternal life possible but only those who obey Mormon prophets and ordinances will receive the highest eternal reward.  
Although some Mormon explanations sound very similar to Biblical Christianity, the foundation, principles and conclusions of Mormonism are very different.

It's interesting that Galatians 1:8 specifically warns us of angels presenting "a different gospel" than the one taught in the Bible.

And the Bible encourages us to pray for those who don't believe the Gospel presented in Scripture, so let's take some time today to pray for our Mormon friends.

For more information on the beliefs of Mormonism and documentation for the beliefs listed above, see: Mormonism Research Ministry 

21 comments:

  1. Thanks you!! This is important for me to understand and look into if I want to be ready to share Christ. This also helps me to know better how to pray.

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  2. I have to share with you that my husband, just THIS weekend, out of curiosity of Mitt Romney's faith, brought home the movie "The Work and The Glory". It was about a young man who met and believed in Joseph Smith just before he pulled the gold plates from hiding. It made me curious about how God appeared to each of His prophets uniquely. I also wondered if it was impossible that Joseph Smith was a true prophet, and considered for a moment finding out more. I did not remember this verse from Galatians. Thank you very much, and Thank the Lord that he used you as a vessel to keep me on track. He has been working very quickly in my life.

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    1. Hi Gail
      Thanks for sharing this. I think there are lots of people who misunderstand the differences between Mormonism and Biblical Christianity. And many don't realize there are differences. That's why I thought this post was important. Gail
      Nice to meet another Gail : )
      I rarely meet anyone who spells their name like mine

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  3. I highly recommend "Out of Mormonism: A Woman's true story" by Judy Robertson. This book is written by an ex Mormon and explains why she left this church. It also explains clearly what Mormons believe (which I found extremely helpful).

    Judy has a real heart for those still in this church and her book shows this love for those she left behind when she left this church.

    I share this love for Mormons... many are the sincerest people you will ever meet (in my own personal experience of speaking and working with Mormons).

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    1. Thanks for sharing all of this, Wendy. I appreciate the resources and your heart as well. Bless you, Gail

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  4. Thank you for this post Gail, I have other thoughts on this but you asked so nicely that we don't mention them in your comment section ; )

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  5. Thanks for sharing this! I've always been really interested in other religions, and have studied what the Mormons believe, and it saddens me that some Christians actually think that Mormonism is the same as Christianity. (It is not.) Thanks for bringing this to light! :) Blessings, Lauren, lholmes79.wordpress.com

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  6. Gail...having several Mormon friends, I have looked up their beliefs and you are right about their views "representing a different gospel". It seems so similar but it is so very different in doctrine. Glad you wrote about this. Thank you for sharing at WJIM this week.

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  7. I think if you really want to know what Mormons believe you should check out the website Mormon.org.

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    1. I did check out that site and other official Mormon websites to verify everything I've written here.

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    2. Obviously you got something wrong, as the church was organized April 6, 1830, not 1840. Joseph's first vision was a visit from God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ, not an angel.

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    3. Thanks for the correction, Rozy. I've corrected the date and clarified my information.

      Here's the information from Mormon.org, an official Mormon site:

      “In 1823 Joseph Smith was visited by a heavenly messenger named Moroni just as angels often appeared to Apostles in the New Testament. Moroni told Joseph about a record of the ancient inhabitants of the American continent that was buried in a nearby hill. He said it contained the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ and was written on thin metal sheets of gold. Joseph translated the book into English. The book was named the Book of Mormon after Mormon, the ancient prophet who compiled it.”

      This was my main point, and it is accurate according to this and other Mormon sites: Mormons believe that Smith was guided by an angel to scriptures that contradict the Bible.

      Thanks for showing me that my date was incorrect. I want to write accurately.

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  8. As a Mormon, aka a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I would like to clarify a few of your statements.
    We do believe the Book of Mormon to be a wonderful set of Scripture. And yes, we do believe that some valuable truths have been lost in the countless translations of the Bible. I want all my sisters in Christ to know that we use and study the Bible extensively. We use the Book of Mormon as a second witness of Christ. The entire title of the Book of Mormon is "The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ". The Book of Mormon is our companion to the. Bible, not our only source of doctrine.
    Also, we believe that everyone will be saved and receive glory. Those who accept Christ not at all, those who accept Him in name, and those who accept Him fully will all be glorified. The highest level of glory will be for those who accept Him heart and soul, and who accept His ordinances. Our Temples provide those ordinances for those who did not receive them in life, and they have the choice if they want to accept them or not. The people who receive the highest glory in the Kingdom of God will not be limited to only Mormons. Christ loves and will provide opportunity for everyone.
    There are many out there who like to interpret the doctrine of the LDS church. If you want to understand the plain and simple doctrines of my faith, please ask your questions from the source. Any questions you may have can be addressed through the website LDS.org.
    Thank you for openly talking and openly listening! Isn't the love of Christ wonderful?!!!

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    1. Thank you, Carol Ann. I believe everything you've written is in line with my explanations, especially because I was careful to verify them on official Mormon sites. Thanks for these confirmations about what you believe. I appreciate your comment.

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    2. Actually, I'm a former Mormon. Mormons believe that only married Mormons (those married in the temple) will reach the highest level of Heaven-The Celestial Kingdom. That means unmarried Mormons and non-members will not reach the highest level.

      www.exmormon.org is a good website to talk to ex-Mormons. The church doesn't allow members to look at these websites, but everyone else can!

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    3. Thanks for sharing this information and this site. It's always helpful to be well informed.

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  9. I think there's a lot of misinformation and misconceptions about Mormons, and I'm grateful that you've made it clear exactly what they believe, Gail. There are some HUGE differences between Christians and Mormons, and I appreciate the gracious way you laid it all out for us.

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    1. Thanks, Beth, my desire is to be respectful and loving to Mormons, but also dispel some of the misunderstandings. When I went to the official Mormon sites to make sure my facts were correct, I found I had to peel away many layers before getting down to the differences. Much of the introductory material sounds Biblical.

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  10. Blessings be upon you Gail my sister in Christ as you continue to peel the layers of truth. May God continue to use your site to bring glory to Him.

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