The Mormon Church claims to be a Christian Church. In this post I will use Biblical criteria to evaluate Mormon teaching and practices. We will see that the Mormon Church is not Christian.
The table below compares key Mormon beliefs with Biblical criteria for a false gospel. We can see that Mormonism is clearly a false gospel and is Satanically inspired.
In Satan’s first interaction with humanity, he did two things: Firstly, Satan caused Adam and Eve to doubt and reject the Word Of God and instead embrace his own false teachings. Secondly, the incentive Satan provided to Adam and Eve to reject God’s Word was the promise that they would become Gods.
Mormonism precisely emulates the teaching of Satan. Mormon teachings cast doubt on and ultimately reject on God’s Word in order to replace The Bible with false Mormon teaching and the false promise that human beings can become Gods.
The Mormon church is a direct and obvious replay of Satan’s first deception of humanity. The Modus Operandum of Satan is clearly present.
Satan casts doubt on and contradicts the Word of God
Bible doubted and contradicted.
Mormon church teaches that The Bible is only true insofar as it is correctly translated, the practical meaning being that The Bible is only true insofar as it agrees with Mormonism.
Mormon Church teaches that The Bible is incomplete, and so introduces new, false doctrines which are contradictory to The Bible via the Book Of Mormon
Therefore, in practice, Mormonism teaches that The Bible is no longer the Word of God and invites a transfer of trust to the Mormon church and its false doctrines.
Genesis 3:1 The serpent…said to the woman, “Did God really say…’ (doubt)
Genesis 3:2-5 The woman said to the serpent, God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree … or you will die.’”
“You will not.. ,” the serpent said to the woman . For God knows  that when you eat of it…you will be like God…
 Satan contradicts the Word of God
 Satan casts doubt on God’s character implying God has given them an incomplete Word,
 Satan uses the groundwork of doubt and contradiction of God’s Word to introduce false doctrine and a transfer of trust from God to Satan
Satan tells Humanity than they can be like God
Mormon doctrine of Exaltation says that Humans can become like Gods and indeed become Gods
Genesis 3:2-5 Satan tells Adam and Eve that they can be like God.
From the above we can clearly see the Satanic inspiration and methods present in Mormonism.
The following table shows that Mormonism bears the other hallmarks of a false gospel and false church.
Satan appears as Angel of Light
Mormon teaching sourced in Revelations of Angels of Light
Joseph’s Smith’s First Vision described by Mormons as the foundation of church;
“For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.”
16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.
False Apostles boast about their Visions
Smith was constantly relating his visions and describing their clarity.
These visions became the doctrine of the Mormon Church.
Smith remarked late in his life, “It is my meditation all the day & more than my meat & drink to know how I shall make the saints of God to comprehend the visions that roll like an overflowing surge, before my mind”
Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind.
2 Corinthians 11:17-18 – 12:1
17 In this self-confident boasting I am not talking as the Lord would, but as a fool.18 Since many are boasting in the way the world does, I too will boast…I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord.
False Apostles boast they are better than Biblical Apostles
Joseph Smith said he was superior to Paul, Peter, John, indeed all men that ever lived, and even in one important respect superior to Jesus
“I have more to boast of than ever any man had. I am the only man that has ever been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam…Neither Paul, John, nor Jesus ever did it. I boast that no man ever did such a work as I. The followers of Jesus ran away from Him; but the Latter-day Saints never ran away from me yet.” (Church History vol 6, pp. 408-409).
Incredibly, Mormons also believe that Smith taught that no-one may now enter heaven without the permission of Joseph Smith.
no man or woman in this dispensation will ever enter into the celestial kingdom of God without the consent of Joseph Smith. From the day that the Priesthood was taken from the earth to the winding-up scene of all things, every man and woman must have the certificate of Joseph Smith, junior, as a passport to their entrance into the mansion where God and Christ are
2 Corinthians chapters 10,11 and 12 describe the boastful character of False Apostles: they boast of their geneology, their sufferings, their devotion to Jesus, their proficiency at public speaking, their visions and revelations and how they are superior to the true Apostles of Jesus.
Interaction With The Dead Completely Forbidden
Mormon church practices Baptism For The Dead
Mormon publications encourage children to welcome visitations from the dead
Mormon church teaches that visits of the deceased may come to you and speak with you, for example to request baptism.
Fourth Mormon Prophet Wilford Woodruff told followers in 1887, “The dead will be after you, they will seek after you as they have after us[ in the Mormon Temple in St. George, Utah] (Journal of Discourses 19:229).
Bible teaches that communication with the dead is a spiritually defiling practice that should be strictly avoided.
It is amazing then, that Mormon sources teach that their venerated leaders communicated with dead people and performed wishes according to their actions.
The gladness that Mormons describe when encountering the spirits of the deceased and the welcome afforded to them in their religious ceremonies is in complete opposition to Biblical teaching.
Joseph Smith translated Book Of Mormon using Divination and, according to Mormon sources, Smith and his family were steeped in the practice of divination at the time Smith was visited by the False Angels in the so-called First Vision
Divination is a “foretelling future events, or discovering things secret by the aid of superior beings, or other than human means.”
Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.
My people consult a wooden idol,
and a diviner’s rod speaks to them.
A spirit of prostitution leads them astray;
they are unfaithful to their God.
(Divination rods quoted approvingly by Mormon Sources)
All Old Testament Temple rituals were publicly known and described. Mormon Temple rites are kept secret
Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2 Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways… On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.
Jesus’ Death On The Cross Is Unimportant
Mormonism says Jesus’ atonement occurred in the Garden of Gethsemene,
not on the crossOn page fourteen of his book, “Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson,” the thirteenth president of the LDS Church stated it was in the Garden of Gethsemane that Christ “suffered as only as God would suffer, bearing our griefs, carrying our sorrows, being wounded for our transgressions, voluntarily submitting Himself to the iniquity of us all, just as Isaiah prophesied.”He further stated on that same page: “It was in Gethsemane that Jesus took on Himself the sins of the world, in Gethsemane that His pain was equivalent to the cumulative burden of all men, in Gethsemane that He descended below all things so that all could repent and come to Him” (Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, pg.15).In his book “The Promised Messiah,” Mormon Apostle Bruce R. McConkie wrote, “Forgiveness is available because Christ the Lord sweat great drops of blood in Gethsemane as he bore the incalculable weight of the sins of all who ever had or ever would repent” (pg. 337).
On page 552 of the same book McConkie continues by saying, “In a garden called Gethsemane, outside Jerusalem’s walls, in agony beyond compare, he took upon himself the sins of all men on condition of repentance.”
On pages 127-128 of McConkie’s “The Mortal Messiah,” he wrote, “And as he came out of the Garden, delivering himself voluntarily into the hands of wicked men, the victory had been won. There remained yet the shame and the pain of his attest, his trials, and his cross. But all these were overshadowed by the agonies and sufferings in Gethsemane. It was on the cross that he ‘suffered death in the flesh,’ even as many have suffered agonizing deaths, but it was in Gethsemane that “he suffered the pain of all men, that all men might repent and come unto him.”
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
This section provides additional detail on the tables above.
Mormon Church Rejects The Bible
Mormons strenuously object to claims that they reject The Bible, often stating that they study The Bible as much as or more than The Book Of Mormon.
While Mormons do indeed read The Bible, they do so through the lens of Mormonism. The Bible is understood only via Mormon pre-suppositions. Mormons do not let The Bible stand alone or speak for itself.
As an example of Mormon rejection of The Bible, the following is taken from an essay by an influential early Mormon leader, Orson Pratt, one of the Twelve original so-called Apostles of Mormonism. Pratt states that The Bible is hopelessly corrupted and therefore useless.
DIVINE AUTHENTICITY OF THE BOOK OF MORMON, NUMBER 3
By Orson Pratt
One of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
THE BIBLE AND TRADITION, WITHOUT FURTHER REVELATION, AN INSUFFICIENT GUIDE
who, in his right mind, could, for one moment, suppose the Bible in its present form to be a perfect guide? Who knows that even one verse of the whole Bible has escaped pollution, so as to convey the same sense now that it did in the original? Who knows how many important doctrines and ordinances necessary to salvation may be buried in oblivion in some of the lost books? Who knows that even the ordinances and doctrine that seem to be set forth in the present English Bible, are anything like the original?
Pratt’s attitude to The Bible is clear: it is corrupted and unreliable, INSUFFICIENT, unfit to be followed by itself. That’s where, of course The Boo Of Mormon, like Satan comes in. To clarify and in practice supplant the supposedly insufficient and unreliable Word Of God
Official Mormon publications make it clear that The Bible is subordinated to The Boo Of Mormom. Here is an excerpt from the current Offical Mormon Encyclopedia which is maintained by the Mormon Brigham Young University.
The Latter-day Saint use of the Bible differs from the Judeo-Christian norm because it is not the sole LDS source of authority (see Scriptures: Authority of Scripture). The Bible is interpreted and understood by Latter-day Saints through four important means: (1) other LDS scriptures, which enrich and give perspective to an understanding of biblical teachings; (2) statements of modern prophets…
IS THE BIBLE COMPLETE?
Latter-day Saints revere the Bible as the word of God revealed to humankind. However, Joseph Smith recognized that translations do not reflect totally and exactly the original words and intentions of the ancient prophets and other biblical writers.
…Latter-day Saints accept rather explicitly what the Bible now says, they realize that more is to be accounted for than is available in the extant biblical record.
In addition … [Mormon] scriptures also declare that some parts of the original biblical text have been lost or corrupted …Joseph Smith commented on the Bible’s incompleteness: “It was apparent that many important points touching the salvation of men, had been taken from the Bible, or lost before it was compiled” (TPJS, pp. 10-11).
He later said, “Much instruction has been given to man since the beginning which we do not possess now…. We have what we have, and the Bible contains what it does contain” (TPJS, p. 61).
The Prophet Joseph further stated, “I believe the Bible as it read when it came from the pen of the original writers. Ignorant translators, careless transcribers, or designing and corrupt priests have committed many errors” (TPJS, p. 327).
Thus, the elements of mistranslation, incompleteness, and other errors weaken the Bible… Latter-day Saints… revere the Bible, especially in the context of [Mormon] scriptures… which have much to say about the Bible and how it is to be interpreted,