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The Jesus Christ of the Mormon Church

The Jesus Christ of the Mormon Church

 

 

We, evangelical Christians, are puzzled as to why members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly known as Mormons) claim that they are Christians. Mormons become frustrated when “other Christians” say that Mormons are not Christians. I often hear that Mormons say, “We are Christians. Not only is the name of Jesus Christ in our church name, but the Saviour is central to our faith!!” When faced with such claims we should ask two questions: “Do you really believe that evangelical Christians are fully Christian?” “ Which Christ do you put your trust in?”

 

The Mormon Church claims to be the divine restoration of the original New Testament church (Doctrine & Covenants 1:30). According to the Mormon Church, the true church was taken from the earth until Joseph Smith restored it (D&C 115:3-4, Mormon Doctrine, p.133, p.136). Therefore, the Mormon Church rejects the validity of any “other church”, so our baptism is not recognised by God, so we are not fully Christian. To put it precisely, we belong to “the church of the devil”(I Nephi 14:10), which Mormons do not openly proclaim today. However, the Bible says that Jesus promised that he himself would build his church. “The gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18).

                                                

“Which Jesus do Mormons put their trust in?” Many Mormons answer, “There is only one Christ. Why do you ask that?” Yes, there is only one Jesus, but there are many false/counterfeit Christs being taught by different religious groups today. Paul predicted the preaching of another Jesus (2 Corinthians 11:4). For Jehovah’s Witnesses, Jesus is Michael the Archangel. Many New Agers seem to believe in the Jesus who went to East as a child to learn from Hindu gurus and holy men and their Jesus is on a par with other holy men such as Buddha, Krishna and Zoroaster. The Jesus in the Bible is unique. He is God with the authority to forgive our sins (Matthew 1:21, Mark 2:5). If you believe in a false Christ who cannot save you from sins, you will be lost for time and eternity.  Any religious system, which teaches a false Christ, is not a Christian faith.

 

Interestingly, Pres. Gordon B Hinckley talked about the Jesus the Mormon Church believes.

 

“In bearing testimony of Jesus Christ, President Hinckley spoke of those outside the Church who say Latter-day Saints ‘do not believe in the traditional Christ. No, I don’t. For the traditional Christ of whom they speak is not the Christ of whom I speak.  For the Christ of whom I speak has been revealed in this Dispensation of the Fullness of Times. He, together with his Father, appeared to the boy Joseph Smith in the year 1820, and when Joseph left the grove that day, he knew more of the nature of God than all the learned ministers of the gospel of the ages”(Church News, Week ending June 20, 1998,p.7) (emphasis added).

 

Pres. Hinckley’s words, “the traditional Christ of whom they speak is not the Christ of whom I speak” is revealing. Many Christians have been saying this for decades (John Farkas, THE JESUS CHRIST OF THE MORMON CHURCH). Let us compare and contrast the Mormon Jesus with the Jesus in the Bible.

 

The Mormon Jesus

The Biblical Jesus

1.Not Always a God, the firstborn spirit of God the Father. 1 Christ earned his own salvation.2

1.Eternally existed as God-no beginning, no end (Micah 5: 2,John 1:1-3, John 8: 58,Rev.22: 13). 

As God, Christ required no salvation.

2. A created being: the spirit brother of Lucifer as well as all mortals and angels.3

2.The Creator of All Things, including spiritual realm (Colossians 1: 16,Ezekiel 28:13-19).

3. Has a literal father -in the same way we have fathers4

3. Conceived by the Holy Spirit, not by a physical act (Matthew 1:18-23,Luke 1:34-35).

4.Jesus is the “Saviour” who conquered physical death for mankind.

   Jesus is their creditor5

   Jesus is their example6

4.Jesus is our Saviour who did everything necessary for our salvation (Colossians 2:13-14).

 

Jesus is our substitute (Galatians 3:13)

5. Jesus’ blood does not cleanse some serious sins such as murder.  Man must have their own blood shed to atone for their sins.7

5.Jesus’ blood on the cross cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7).    

 

The Word (Jesus Christ) was “in the beginning with God”(John 1:1-3). The Word did not come into being at a specific point in time. No matter how far into the past we wish to push this “beginning,” the Word was already in existence (Letters To a Mormon Elder, James R.White p.217).  A Mormon may say to you that Jesus’ creative activity is limited to “just the beginning of this planet.” The Bible, however, declares, “all things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made”(John 1:3). Nothing exists outside Christ’s creative action!! So if Christ is the Creator, he is eternal and existed prior to “all things”.

 

But the Mormon Church teaches that “God the Father” was not always God. He was once a mortal man like us, born of a woman, has a father, grandfather, etc, and lived on a planet, and progressed to become a God (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp 345-347, p.373) In Mormonism while “God the Father” was progressing to become a God, the spirit of his son, “Jesus Christ", did not exist. Only after the Father became a God, was he able to procreate the spirit of his son.

 

If Jesus were a creature, he would be a problem, not a solution to man’s dire sin problem, because no creature can save another creature. It is only God who saves (Isaiah 43:11,45:21).  It is only God who can break the power of sin, and brings us to eternal life. The Mormon Jesus, spirit brother, who is a creature, cannot save us. The Jesus in the Bible is not our spirit brother, but our Creator. The entire angelic realm-including the angel Lucifer – was created by Jesus Christ. Colossians1: 16 declares, “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him”(emphasis added).

 

As Pres. Hinckley admitted that Joseph Smith’s first vision introduced a completely different nature of God and different concept of Jesus, which The Bible calls another Jesus. Despite admitting major pivotal differences on teachings on Christ between Christianity and Mormonism, Pres. Hinckley maintains that Mormons are Christians. Yet, the Mormon Church teaches a Christ other than the one in the New Testament, who cannot save us from sins. Therefore, their religious system, which revolves around a false Christ, is not Christianity at all.

 

 

Notes:

1.  Gospel Principles, p.9, Mormon Doctrine, p.129,

2.  The Life and Teachings of Jesus & His apostles, p.15,

3.   GP, p.15, Moses 5:13,

4.   Family Home Evening Manual, pp125-126, MD, pp.546-547, 742,

5.   GP.pp.75-78,

6.   The Life and Teachings of Jesus & His Apostles, p.57,

7.   Doctrines of Salvation vol.1, pp.133-138, MD, pp.92-.93

 

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