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Why can’t Mormons be Christian if the name of their church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

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Many cults “believe in Jesus” in different ways, but are definitely not Christian in the biblical sense. Their doctrine/beliefs would be contrary to biblical teachings. Mormons cannot be considered Christian because they believe in a different gospel, and therefore a different Jesus. According to LDS teaching, the Book of Mormon (“Another Testament of Jesus Christ”)…

How can Mormons say Jesus and Satan are brothers if Lucifer was an angel and Jesus is the Son of God? Jesus asks a question, “Who do you say I am?”

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Great point. The Mormon belief that Jesus and Satan are brothers comes from Mormon scriptures, of course, not the Bible. Joseph Smith taught that before this life all of mankind lived with God as his spirit children. These spirit children came from a physical union between Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother. Their children, then, were…

Why are they [Mormons] not witnessed to as much as we [Christians] are from them, when their way can so simply be proven false, and against the One True God?

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Why are they [Mormons] not witnessed to as much as we [Christians] are from them, when their way can so simply be proven false, and against the One True God? That is a great question. It is our prayer that Christians who know the Word will take the opportunity to invite the Mormon missionaries into…

Do Mormons tend to ostracize non-Mormon family members?

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Our son is married to a Mormon for 10 years now, this past year we have been ostracized by, or at least orchestrated by his wife and our son. Is this part and parcel of Mormonism, or is this just a personality conspiracy? This behavior is fairly common in Mormonism (the LDS church). We see…

Why are Mormons not considered part of the Christian faith?

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How is Mormonism any different than Protestantism, not in theology but in the fact that neither existed 500 years ago much less 2000 years ago? Weren’t all Christians of the Catholic faith for the first thousand years? Should we not reject both Mormonism and Protestantism for the exact same reason? They were both impossible (historically)…

How is the Mormon Temple ritual like the Masonic rituals?

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Joseph Smith joined the Free Masons in 1842, prior to establishing the LDS temple ritual (History of the Church, by Joseph Smith, Deseret Book, 1978, Vol.4, Ch.32, p.550-2). This experience seems to have sparked his imagination and shortly thereafter he introduced his own secret ceremony, with similar wording and gestures. In the Encyclopedia of Mormonism…

Are Seventh Day Adventists like the LDS Church?

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My pastor claims that the Seventh Day Adventist Denomination is just like the LDS church. He claims it is because they have the writings of a lady named Ellen G. White and (according to my pastor) they say HER writings are just like the writings of the founder of the LDS church. Would you happen…

Who created God according to LDS prophets?

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If God is an exalted man of flesh and bones like us (D&C 130) and lives on a planet near a star called Kolob, according to the Prophet Joseph Smith, does that make him an extraterrestrial being like the movie character “ET?” If God is or was a man of flesh and bones like us,…

Do Mormons get new, secret names at marriage?

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I heard something about upon getting married in the temple you are given a secret name which has to be spoken in order to get to heaven by your loved one. is there truth in this? Yes. The first time a Mormon attends the LDS temple endowment ceremony he/she will be given a new name [usually a…

Can you stop deceased family members from being baptized?

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Can you stop a deceased family member from being baptized by a Mormon family member?  Can you make sure that family member is never baptized by proxy? No. As I understand it, once someone has died there is no legal recourse to prohibit any use of that person’s name.   You can inform the LDS Church…

Does Mormonism support the facts of how the Mormon bible was written?

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Does Mormonism support the facts of how the Mormon bible was written?  Can they provide the facts and evidence of the creation of the Mormon Bible and how it relates to the Holy Bible? While there are thousands of ancient manuscripts for the Bible, there are no ancient documents for the Book of Mormon.  Joseph…

Where in the Book of Mormon does it talk about each man can become a god?

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In studying Mormonism one needs to keep in mind that Joseph Smith’s doctrines evolved over the fourteen years he led their church.   Mormonism started in 1830 with a one God concept.  For instance, the Book of Mormon, which was Smith’s first scripture, teaches there is only one God.  In 2 Nephi 31:21 we read: And…

What do Mormons see as their mandate for the end times in the USA?

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The LDS Church teaches that prior to Christ’s return all Israelites will be gathered to Israel and that the Mormons will gather to Independence, Missouri (Zion), where Christ will return and set up his millennial reign.  Their 10th Article of Faith states: We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of…

Are the fruits of the Mormon Church Christ-like?

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By their fruits ye shall know them.  Many will draw close to me with their mouths but their hearts are far from me.  The fruits of the Mormon Church are Christ-like. See you all at judgment day. This is an important issue—to examine the fruit of a particular person or faith group to test whether…

Should we support Glenn Beck’s web TV program?

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I watch/support Glenn Beck’s web tv and I am wondering if he has read the “open letter” or responded to it. He has ties to Evangelicals and I am just curious if any of these people have presented the Gospel of Grace to him? I like him and pray for him, but I’m conflicted when…

What level is Mitt Romney in Mormonism?

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In the Mormon Church, Mitt is considered active and faithful. He holds a temple recommend, attends the temple, and has held various leadership positions in the Mormon Church both locally and at the stake level. He has served as a Stake President which means he presided over the priesthood and church members of about 10…

I’ve read previously that the Mormon Church has always wanted to have a Mormon in the White House. Is that true?

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Eleven Mormons have run for the office of President of the United States since the 1840’s. Joseph Smith was the first. In the early years, Mormons wanted to rule their own people since they felt they had been persecuted unfairly and the U. S. government neglected to punish the perpetrators. Brigham Young and President Abraham…

Are mormons the only faith with Melchizedek priests?

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The LDS Church maintains that the true church will have both the Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthoods.  Melchizedek is mentioned twice in the Old Testament, Genesis 14:18 and Psalms 110:4.  The Aaronic, or Levitical, priesthood was instituted under Moses. The LDS Church believes that the authority to act in God’s name was lost shortly after Christ’s…

Isn’t Mitt Romney a Mormon who thinks he is becoming a God?

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We can’t speak for Mitt personally; however, he is a sixth generation member of the LDS Church and a temple attending Mormon. The instruction in the temple and instruction from past prophets taught in priesthood lessons teach that worthy Mormon priesthood brethren can eventually work their way to godhood. As we watched his victory speech…

Could a Mormon President’s allegiance to LDS Prophet Thomas S. Monson affect U.S. policy?

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Of course, every citizen must make the decision about whom to vote for themselves. In Romney’s TV ad, he names for us what he values. First he says family, second, faith—which is Mormon, and third country. Country is mentioned third. These are apparently his priorities perhaps in order of their importance. Could Mitt’s allegiance to…

Does John Ankerberg Misrepresent Salvation in Regards to the Mormon Faith?

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In Mormonism, according to the Prophet Joseph Fielding Smith, there are two levels of salvation, general salvation and individual salvation. The Prophet said, “Salvation is twofold: General—that which comes to all men irrespective of a belief (in this life) in Christ—and Individual—that which man merits through his own acts through life and by obedience to…

Are Mormons biblically sound?

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Are Mormons biblically sound? I can’t vouch for each Mormon individually but I can compare Mormon doctrine to the Bible and answer a resounding NO. Mormon doctrine is not biblical Christian doctrine. It is distinctly Mormon doctrine. Here are some of the major differences with minimal references: Mormons believe the Bible to be the Word…

Why is Gateway Church in Dallas, Texas allowing Glenn Beck to give his testimony?

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Excellent question. Perhaps they do not know that Glenn Beck is an active, temple attending Mormon. Perhaps they are not aware of the covenants he makes each time he attends the temple.  Perhaps they do not realize his faith—Mormonism—teaches doctrines that are contrary to the Bible. Perhaps politics is more important than truth. Perhaps they…

Do Mormons believe in Jesus Christ?

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The Bible teaches that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit have always existed as GOD, while the LDS Church teaches that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit each achieved godhood at different times in their eternal progression. Even LDS President Gordon B. Hinckley acknowledged that the Jesus the Mormons believe in is different from what…

Why do Mormons still believe the book of Mormon is from God, when there is no anthological, archeological or historical evidence?

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Mormons believe the Holy Spirit confirms what is true by giving them a warm feeling. They may ignore physical evidence and proven facts if they feel the Spirit has given them this “burning in the bosom.” That feeling is their testament that something is true. From the teaching manual for Mormon missionaries called Preach My…