Reading the Bible in context is the only way to understand God’s will for your life. That kind of reading is called “Hermeneutics.”
Also, to understand what the Mormon Church really stands for, you need to go to the source and examine closely their beliefs. Their public relations campaign began an estimated three years ago to re-brand their church. “I am Mormon” campaign ads seek to erase the differences between the Mormon church and Christianity.
No matter how well they write their website, the differences are there and their works-based faith is also there, such as number three in their 13 Articles of Faith: We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel. (emphasis mine).
As a pastor I heard once said, “It’s Christ, not Christ and…” Meaning, while one hand says the Mormons believe in the atonement of Christ, the other hand in context with other writings on their website, says you must be a good person. There other differences as well. Major differences. We will take a part their website and their writings every week to show a clear difference between us and them. I will come from a perspective of a questioning atheist or agnostic.
But let me be clear. What you believe matters. How you come to that belief also matters. If you believe in the Book of Mormon as another testament of Jesus Christ, then you are at odds with the rest of Christianity. Your belief is another god. If anything is at odds with scripture, it is a false religion. If you are a Mormon, your future in Heaven is questionable.
But don’t take a former Mormon’s word on it.
When I left the Mormon church, it was for other reasons. It never felt right. God kept asking me to look deeper. So I did, and what I found scared me. In fact, I started having nightmares after reading what they really believed and looked into the history of their “prophets.” That’s what we will do over this and next year. We will examine their religion.
But I don’t want to be just another former Mormon bashing your religion. And these articles take time to research and confirm. So it will be once a week. But in this age of social media, I warn my friend of how easy it is to start a campaign to deceive.
In this age of moral relativism, what feels good trumps truth. Tomorrow I’ll post a short article on the definition of moral relativism. Meanwhile, if you are a Christian of the Bible-only believing sort, please pray for me as I go through and find the truth.
If you are a Mormon, please know I care about you. My neighbors are Mormon. I’ve worked with Mormons. Your people are nice people, and are sincere, even if sincerely wrong. The Christian world isn’t rejecting you. Read this article here on what traditions from your church should be kept as you transition from a Mormon church to a Christian church. Save your arguments for the specific topics I bring up.
And pray Matthew 6.