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Debating Mormonism: A Christian Approach

Debating Mormonism: A Christian Approach


Respectful Dialogue and Understanding

Debating Mormonism from a Christian perspective requires a foundation of respectful dialogue and a thorough understanding of both belief systems. 1 Peter 3:15 advises Christians to be prepared to give an answer for their faith, but to do so with gentleness and respect. It’s important to approach such discussions not as confrontational debates, but as opportunities for sharing and understanding differing views.

Understanding Mormon beliefs requires a deep dive into their scriptures, such as the Book of Mormon, and the teachings of their prophets. This understanding is crucial for effective communication, as it allows for specific and relevant responses to Mormon doctrine. The goal is not to win an argument, but to share the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15), fostering an environment where meaningful conversations can take place.


Nature of God and Jesus Christ

One of the primary areas of debate is the nature of God and Jesus Christ. Christianity teaches the Trinity – God as three persons (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) in one essence (Matthew 28:19). In contrast, Mormonism teaches that God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are three separate gods. This difference is crucial as it touches on the very heart of who God is according to Christian belief.

The deity of Jesus Christ is another key point. Christianity holds that Jesus is fully God and fully man (John 1:14, Colossians 2:9), a concept that differs from the Mormon view of Jesus as a separate god from the Father and as a created being. Discussing these foundational beliefs can reveal the significant theological differences between the two faith systems.

Scripture and Additional Mormon Texts

Another area for discussion is the view of scripture. Christianity holds the Bible as the sole infallible word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Mormonism, however, adds other texts as scripture, including the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. This addition raises questions about the sufficiency and finality of the Bible in Christian doctrine.

A Christian approach to debating this point may involve discussing the reliability, historicity, and consistency of the biblical texts in comparison to the Mormon scriptures. The focus should be on the sufficiency of the Bible as God’s revelation and the problems posed by adding other texts as equally authoritative.

Salvation: Grace vs. Works

Salvation and the role of grace and works is a critical area of debate. Christianity emphasizes salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, not by works (Ephesians 2:8-9). This contrasts with Mormonism’s teaching that salvation is achieved through a combination of Christ’s atonement and adherence to church laws and ordinances.

This difference in understanding salvation can be a central point in discussions, focusing on the sufficiency of Christ’s sacrifice and the biblical teaching that human efforts cannot contribute to salvation (Galatians 2:16). Highlighting the grace of God as a free gift can be an effective way to discuss the differences in how salvation is viewed.

Historical and Archaeological Inconsistencies

Lastly, debating Mormonism from a Christian standpoint can involve discussing the historical and archaeological inconsistencies associated with the Book of Mormon. Unlike the Bible, whose historical and archaeological evidence is vast, the Book of Mormon lacks substantial supporting evidence for its historical claims.

Addressing these inconsistencies can be a way to discuss the reliability of Mormon texts. The focus should be on the credibility of religious texts and the importance of historical veracity in underpinning religious belief.


Debating Mormonism from a Christian perspective requires a respectful approach, a solid understanding of both belief systems, and a focus on key theological differences. The goal should always be to share the Christian faith with clarity and love, aiming not to win arguments, but to thoughtfully present the truth of the gospel.

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  1. “Kingdom of the Cults” by Walter Martin – A classic in Christian apologetics, this book provides in-depth analysis and critique of various religious movements, including Mormonism, from a Christian perspective.

In this article, we have explored key areas of theological and doctrinal differences between Christianity and Mormonism, offering insights for a respectful and informed Christian approach to debating these differences. The focus has been on fostering an understanding of both perspectives, while clearly articulating the foundational beliefs of Christianity in contrast to those of Mormonism.

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