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Christian Apologetics: Refuting Mormonism

Christian Apologetics: Refuting Mormonism


Nature of God: Monotheism vs. Polytheism

A primary area of Christian apologetic focus in refuting Mormonism is the nature of God. Christianity is firmly monotheistic, teaching that there is only one God (Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 43:10). This God is unchangeable (Malachi 3:6), eternal (Psalm 90:2), and exists as a Trinity of three persons in one essence (Matthew 28:19).

Mormonism, on the other hand, presents a more polytheistic view, teaching that God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit are separate gods. Furthermore, it posits the idea that humans can become gods, which directly contradicts the Christian understanding of God’s unique, unchangeable nature.


The Bible: Authenticity and Sufficiency

Christian apologetics also addresses the authenticity and sufficiency of the Bible. Christianity holds the Bible as the inspired and inerrant Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17), complete and sufficient for all matters of faith and practice. The Bible is seen as the final revelation, with no need for additional scriptures (Revelation 22:18-19).

Mormonism introduces additional texts, notably the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price, claiming them to be divinely inspired. Christian apologists challenge these claims, emphasizing inconsistencies with the Bible, lack of historical and archaeological support, and internal contradictions within Mormon scriptures.

Doctrine of Salvation: Grace through Faith

The Christian doctrine of salvation, centered on grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), is a crucial area of apologetic engagement. Christianity teaches that salvation is a gift of God, not a result of human works (Titus 3:5).

Mormonism, however, incorporates works into the equation of salvation, which includes adherence to church laws and ordinances. Christian apologists refute this by emphasizing the sufficiency of Christ’s atonement and the biblical teaching that salvation is through faith, not works (Galatians 2:16).

Historical and Archaeological Evidence

Christian apologetics often involve examining the historical and archaeological evidence supporting or refuting religious claims. While the Bible’s historical narratives are corroborated by external evidence, the Book of Mormon’s historical claims lack such support. Apologists point to this discrepancy as a critical issue, questioning the authenticity of Mormonism’s foundational text.

The Prophecies and Character of Joseph Smith

Evaluating the character and prophecies of Joseph Smith is another approach in Christian apologetics. Deuteronomy 18:22 provides a biblical test for a true prophet – their prophecies must come to pass. Apologists scrutinize Smith’s prophecies, highlighting those which failed to materialize, thus questioning his prophetic claims.

Furthermore, the character of a prophet is considered important in biblical terms. Christian apologists often contrast the life and character of Joseph Smith with biblical standards for spiritual leaders, highlighting discrepancies and issues of concern.


In conclusion, Christian apologetics in refuting Mormonism focuses on doctrinal differences, the nature of God, the authority and sufficiency of the Bible, the doctrine of salvation, and the historical and character credibility of Joseph Smith. The goal of apologetics is not just to refute opposing views but to defend the truth of the Christian faith and present it clearly and persuasively.

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  1. “The Case for Christ” by Lee Strobel – Provides a journalistic approach to defending Christian beliefs, useful in understanding apologetic methods.

This article provides an overview of the approaches and topics central to Christian apologetics in addressing and refuting the claims of Mormonism, emphasizing the importance of a grounded, respectful, and well-reasoned defense of the Christian faith.

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