David Lee Brown
Mormon Doctrine and Definitions
The Mormon faith is a faith that was created by Joseph Smith. Since its inception, it has been controversial, confusing, and has changed as time has passed. Their Book of Mormon has been rewritten, their doctrines have changed and their doctrines often contradict themselves. To refer to Mormonism as a Christian religion is a gross contradiction. Where they place their faith, their doctrine and their definitions of common Christian words are vastly different from orthodox Christian denominations. They are unique in their beliefs. As well as confused in their doctrine and deceptive in their definitions of Christian terminology. In the next few paragraphs, I will explain what I mean.
In Revelation 22:18 the Apostle John wrote,
“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:”
Mormon Doctrine and Definitions Concerning the Book of Mormon
The book of Mormon was first published in 1830. Since then there have been 3,913 changes and while some of these changes are just grammatical and spelling changes, many are also doctrine changing revisions. In the second edition of the Book of Mormon, the concept of the Godhead is changed. In 1 Nephi 13:40, it states "... These last records ... shall make known to all kindreds, tongues, and people, that the Lamb of God is the Eternal Father and the Savior ... " (Book of Mormon, 1830 edition, page 32). But in the 1964 edition, it reads as follows: "... These last records ... shall make known to all kindreds, tongues, and people, that the Lamb of God is the Son of the Eternal Father and the Savior..." (Book of Mormon, 1964 edition, 1 Nephi 13:40).
This renders Jesus Christ as less than the Father and therefore not an equal part of the trinity. This is clearly not Christian doctrine. There are many more examples, but I’ll stop here for the sake of time. If you want to learn more details, I recommend the webpage at this link. To the best of my knowledge, there have been 4 revisions, the last of which was in 1981.
The Book of Mormon verses Current Mormon Doctrine
The Book of Mormon is also devoid of the following current Mormon doctrines. It does not mention the current Mormon Church organization, their multitude of gods, their polygamy doctrine, Word of Wisdom doctrine, god is an exalted man doctrine, Celestial marriage doctrine. Also, their, men earn the right to become gods, doctrine, three degrees of glory doctrine, Baptism for the dead, an Aaronic Priesthood, as well as their Temple works of washings, anointing, endowments, and sealing doctrines. So, their current doctrine even contradicts their Book of Mormon. Specifically, because they use the Book of Mormon, the book The Pearl of Great Price and other literature that allows them to mold the religion as the leadership sees fit. In contrast, true Christian doctrine is based on the BIBLE alone as the ONLY revelation of God.
Mormon Doctrine and Definitions
Concluding Thoughts concerning Mormon Doctrine and Definitions
As you can see, the beliefs of Mormons, also known as the “Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints” are a great deal different than orthodox Christianity. Mormons have very few beliefs that even resemble Christianity. So much so, that you cannot call them Christians.
I pray that all Mormons come to true orthodox faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior. The true Jesus, that is God, not just another god. I pray that they read and study the Bible alone so that they can know the truth. Further, I pray that they find a way out of the Mormon church and into the loving arms of a Bible believing, Bible teaching orthodox denomination. A body of Christ that will love, instruct, and edify them down the true path presented in the Bible. In Jesus’ name. Amen!