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Are Mormons Christians? Are Mormons Saved?

Are Mormons Christians? Are Mormons Saved?


In-Depth Examination of Contradictory Teachings in Mormonism

Mormonism, as practiced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), presents several core beliefs that starkly contrast with traditional Christian doctrine. These differences are not peripheral but touch on the most fundamental aspects of Christian theology.

  1. Nature of God: Traditional Christianity teaches the eternal, unchanging nature of God (Malachi 3:6, Psalm 90:2). In contrast, Mormonism proposes that God was once a man and attained divinity. This concept is fundamentally at odds with the Christian understanding of God as the eternal, uncreated Being.
  2. Deity of Jesus Christ: In orthodox Christianity, Jesus Christ is recognized as God incarnate, eternally existent, and co-equal with the Father (John 1:1,14; Philippians 2:6). Mormonism, however, views Jesus as a separate being from the Father and a created entity, which directly contradicts the biblical teaching of His divine nature and pre-existence.
  3. Salvation Through Faith Alone: The Bible teaches salvation as a gift received by faith alone in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 3:28). Mormon doctrine, however, adds additional requirements such as specific rites and moral behavior, undermining the sufficiency of Christ’s atoning sacrifice.
  4. Authority of Scripture: Traditional Christianity holds the Bible as the sole divine authority. Mormonism adds other texts as scripture, including the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price, challenging the biblical doctrine of the sufficiency and finality of the Holy Scripture.
  5. The Trinity: The doctrine of the Trinity, a foundational tenet of Christian orthodoxy, is denied by Mormonism. Instead, it teaches that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are distinct gods, diverging from the biblical teaching of three persons in one Godhead.
  6. Pre-existence of the Soul: Mormonism teaches that human souls pre-existed in heaven before being born on Earth. This contrasts with the biblical view that human beings are created at conception (Psalm 139:13-16).
  7. Multiple Heavens and Exaltation: Mormon doctrine includes the belief in multiple levels of heaven and the potential for humans to achieve godhood or exaltation in the celestial kingdom. These teachings have no basis in traditional Christian doctrine, which speaks of one heaven and the eternal fellowship with God through salvation in Christ.
  8. The Role of Joseph Smith and Subsequent Prophets: In Mormonism, Joseph Smith is viewed as a prophet through whom God restored the true church. This places his revelations and those of subsequent LDS prophets on par with biblical revelation, contradicting the Christian view of the closed canon of Scripture.

Conclusion on Mormonism’s Christian Identity

Considering these fundamental doctrinal discrepancies, Mormonism is viewed by traditional Christianity as a distinct belief system outside the realm of orthodox Christian faith. The profound differences in understanding the nature of God, the deity of Christ, salvation, and scriptural authority indicate a departure from key Christian doctrines. As a result, from a traditional Christian perspective, Mormons are generally not regarded as adhering to orthodox Christianity, and their salvation, as understood within Christian orthodoxy, is brought into question.

Read More

  1. “The Kingdom of the Cults” by Walter Martin – Provides an extensive critique of Mormonism in comparison to Christian orthodoxy.
  2. “Mormonism Unveiled” by John D. Lee – An in-depth look into the history and doctrines of Mormonism, contrasting them with traditional Christian beliefs.

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