What is the difference between Mormonism and Christianity? Notice that I distinguish between the two at the start. This is because I do not classify Mormonism as Christian. The reason is because they worship a different god. This isn’t a matter of opinion or even interpretation, any Mormon will tell you that they do not believe in the Trinity so that right there lets us know we are talking about a different religion.
Related to that, Mormons also deny the Deity of Christ. This is another foundational doctrine of Christianity. If you don’t hold to that then by definition you are part of a different religion. Even though they will say that they believe in Jesus, since the Jesus they are talking about they freely admit is not God then it stands to reason they are speaking of a different Jesus than Christians do.
The last part which is equally as concerning is the false gospel of Mormonism. Not only do they point to a false deity but it’s a deity that even they believe cannot save. Look below and see for yourself, I have drawn up two passages, one from the Bible and one from the Book of Mormon.
|The Book of Mormon||The Holy Bible|
|“23 For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.” 2 Nephi 25:23||“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:8-10 ESV|
Notice that in the Bible passage on the right Grace is placed sequentially before Good Works. This is actually key. Salvation and grace is received first and is fully and wholly salvific. Good works naturally come later and even those are taught to be a work of God.
If you compare that to the Mormon text you see that Grace is placed as something contingent after good works. So we can see that the order of these things are completely flip flopped. One cannot even hold the two in tension which is part of the reason that Mormons will flatly admit that they govern the Bible with the Book of Mormon.
To borrow from a point made in a Lutheran Satire video, which I have linked below, one cannot even believe that they are saved in Mormon theology. There will be a constant struggle. Notice that the text above says:
“after all we can do”
Well, what exactly is that anyways? All you can do? Not some of what you can do? Does the word “can” mean physically capable? It certainly appears to!
Have you ever bought something for yourself instead of donating the money to the poor? Have you ever gone out to eat instead of serve at a soup kitchen? That would work for any form of entertainment. Have you ever spent a single evening doing anything besides serving your neighbor or worshiping the Triune God? Think about it for a second. One is physically capable of fulfilling that but none of us do. Therefore nobody does all that they “can” do. So even by Mormon theology even the best of Mormons are not saved. This is Biblical too, none of us do our best:
“10 as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;11 no one understands;no one seeks for God.12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” Rom 3:10-12 ESV
We can only be saved through the shed blood of Christ which is sufficient and stands in our place on the judgement.
“6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. ” John 14:6 ESV
“9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith” Php 3:9 ESV
That’s really the idea in that last verse, we depend on Christ in the righteousness of God. This doesn’t mean we are to live like devils, but it does change our motivation. As a Mormon you always have to do your best to be saved by an idol. As a Christian you depend in faith on Christ who saves you, and then do good works out of a grateful heart.
Take a moment to watch the video below, it’s really funny and not too long.