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Mormonism : Legitimate Christianity? Essay

675 words - 3 pages

Is Mormonism Christian? • The reason Mormonism is not considered Christian is because it, like cults, denies one or more of the essential doctrines of Christianity.• The Bible itself reveals those doctrines that are essential to the Christian faith. They are 1) the Deity of Christ, 2) Salvation by Grace, and 3) Resurrection of Christ, and the gospel. These are the doctrines the Bible says are necessary. Though there are many other important doctrines, these three are the only ones that are declared by Scripture to be essential.• Mormonism distorts two of them: the person of Jesus, and His work of salvation.• Because Mormonism errors in who Jesus is, salvation (the forgiveness of sins) does not occur and the Mormon is still in his sins. Christians are saved from their sins and judgment by putting their trust in Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins. But, faith is only as good as the object in which it is placed.• Why is Mormonism referred to as a Cult? • Mormonism does fall into 'cultic' criteria: - Cults usually start with a strong and dynamic leader, (Joseph Smith Jr.) - All cults possess some scripture that is either added to or replaces the Bible. (Book of Mormon).- Rigid standards for membership, (tobacco, alcohol). ¨The necessity of weekly communion, but avoidance of wine due to teetotalism - Spend much of their time evangelizing new converts, (400,000 converts a year!) • - Leaders are not professional clergymen. The LDS Church does not have academically trained clergy, they have a lay leadership.• - All cults believe that there is continual communication from God. LDS's believe that God continues to communicate to His children today, (modern day prophets I.e. Joseph Smith ).• - Cults claim to have truth not available to any other groups or individuals. The LDS Church teaches that it is the Lord's authorized Church.The Church of Latter-Day Saints: • Latter-day Saints theology embraces the doctrine that repentance-a change of heart, mind, and behavior-is necessary but not...

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