Mormons are not Christians. The reason Mormonism is not Christian is because it DENIES more than one of the ESSENTIAL DOCTRINES of Christianity. Of the essential doctrines (there is only one God, Jesus is God in the flesh, forgiveness of sins is by grace alone, Jesus physically rose from the dead, and the gospel is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus), Mormonism denies three of them: how many Gods there are, the attributes of "Christ", and the works of his salvation.
Mormon theology teaches that God is only one of countless gods
, that he used to be a man on another planet, that he became a god by following the laws and ordinances of that god on that world, and that he brought one of his wives to this world with whom he produces "spirit children" who then inhabit human bodies at birth. The first spirit child to be born was Jesus. Second was Satan, and then we all followed. This is in strict contrast to the biblical teaching
the Jesus Christ is G
od in the flesh(John 1:1
), eternal(John 1:2
), uncreated yet born on earth(Colossians 1:15
), and creator of all (John 1:3
, Colossians 1:16-17
Mormonism teaches among the countless gods, that Jesus is "a" god, one of three who comprise the office of the trinity. These three gods are God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Again, a direct contrast to the biblical teaching
that there is only ONE God(Isaiah 43:10
) the CORRECT definition of the trinity
Mormonism teaches that the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross itself (and receiving it by faith) is not sufficient to bring forgiveness of sins. It teaches that the forgiveness of sins is obtained though a cooperative effort with God; that is, we must be good and follow the laws and ordinances of the Mormon church in order to obtain forgiveness. This clearly contradicts the biblical doctrine
of the forgiveness of sins by grace through faith, (Romans 5:1
, Ephesians 2:8-9
) and the doctrine that works are not part of our salvation but a result of them(Romans 4:5
To further confuse the matter, Mormonism further states that salvation is twofold. It maintains that salvation is both forgiveness of sins and universal resurrection. So when a Mormon speaks of salvation by grace, he is usually referring to universal resurrection
. But the Bible speaks of salvation as the forgiveness of sins, not simple universal resurrection.
In order to justify its aberrant theology, Mormonism has undermined the authority and trustworthiness of the Bible. The 8th article of faith from the Mormon Church states, "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly." This means that when the Bible contradicts Mormonism, the Bible isn't trustworthy.
Mormonism is not Christian because it denies that there is only one God, denies the true Gospel, adds works to salvation, denies that Jesus is the uncreated creator, distorts the biblical teaching of the atonement, and undermines the authority and reliability of the Bible.
Becoming a Christian does not mean belonging to a church, doing good things, or simply believing in God. Being a Christian means that you have trusted in the true God for salvation, in the True Jesus - not the brother of the devil, not the god of Mormonism, not the gospel of Mormonism. Mormonism is false and cannot save anyone.