Galatian 1:8, “But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed”
“Friendship Evangelism that doesn’t seek a way to quickly tell people about their eternal fate is the ultimate betrayal of trust. How can we call ourselves a friend of someone we don’t bother to warn of terrible danger? Friends don’t let friends go to hell”, (Ray comfort)
I realize that these messages are longer than usual. It has been a challenge both in the study, because the topic is so vast, and a challenge communicating effectively to you, those we deeply care about. May you stay aware of the dangerous, false gospels being preached, and hold fast to the Gospel According to Jesus Christ (see Bible for complete text). For further study on the emergent church please check out, www.apologeticsindex.org and click on the right side bar, emergent church. Today we will look at the Mormon Gospel.
In Paul’s defense of the true gospel he does not fail to mention that “an angel from heaven” may come and preach to you another gospel. In Paul’s day the Mormon belief systems did not exist at the time. However it certainly is preaching its false gospel today. Perhaps you have Mormon friends, or have been approached by Mormons. We should not run away from them, but rather give them the Biblical gospel, their lives depend on it.
In 1823, the angel Moroni allegedly visits a man named Joseph Smith in his bedroom three times one September night. These visits are the start of a series of lessons that results in Joseph’s getting gold plates that were allegedly buried in Hill Cumorah, just a few miles south of Palmyra, in Manchester, New York. In 1827, Joseph allegedly receives from the angel Moroni the gold plates that were buried in Hill Cumorah. Written on them in “Reformed Egyptian” is the history of a previously unknown New World people. With the help of God Joseph translates the writing into what is now the Book of Mormon. What the book of Mormon teaches is that Salvation, a word that Mormons qualify in one of three ways: unconditional or general salvation is simply resurrection from the dead, granted to all through Christ’s atonement; conditional or individual salvation involves entering the celestial kingdom through works of Mormonism; full salvation means exaltation to become a God as a result of temple ceremonies and other works (Farkas, J. R., & Reed, D., A. (1997, c1995). Mormonism: Changes, contradictions, and errors (electronic ed.). An angel of God would not contradict the Word of God, and we certainly cannot become a god ourselves, that is idolatry!
Mormonism is a self – righteous system that can earn their own salvation through good works. If one could earn salvation then who needs Jesus Christ to die for the sin of the world. John 3:16, 1 Peter 3:18, and numerous other verses of Scripture make this plane. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast”, (Ephesians 2:8, 9).”
Remember that Satan masquerades as an “angel of light” (2 Cor. 11:14). There is only one God, not many, as the Mormons propose, (Isaiah 43:10 – 11; 44:6, 45: 5 – 6, 21 – 22) all other “gods” are idols (1 Cor. 16:26, Exodus 30:3, 23). The God of the Bible created the entire universe (Gen 1:16; Psa. 8:3; Jer. 31:35). Jehovah (translated as “LORD” in all caps) and Elohim (translated as “God”) are the same being (Duet 4:35; 1 Kings 8:60; Psalm 100:2). Jesus and Satan are not brothers, as put forth in Mormonism. Jesus is surely the only way to Heaven. “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
May you help Mormons find their way to the truth lest they end up in Hell for all eternity!
Until the nets are filled…Blessings, Pastor Phil <><