Yesterday, we began looking at the cult of Mormonism and its anti-Christian claims which in no way permit it to be considered a branch of orthodox Christianity. Let’s look more specifically at some of their claims.
Mormonism rejects the idea of the Trinity. God the Father was believed to have been a man who achieved godhood (despite Numbers 23:19 and Malachi 3:6) and maintained a physical body (despite John 4:24 and Luke 24:39). Mormons believe that there can potentially be many gods since humans can all undergo exaltation to godhood and therefore overcome the world even though they remain dependent on God (despite Psalm 95:6-7, Acts 12:21-23, 14:11-15 and 1 Corinthians 8:4).
Mormons believe that Jesus was not the unique Son of God, but was the first-born spirit child of the heavenly father and a heavenly mother (and our spirit brother), later conceived by Mary as the ‘only begotten’ son of the father in fleshly form. This is despite the Bible’s teaching that Jesus remains the same (Hebrews 13:8) and that He existed eternally (John 1:1), coming in human form (John 1:14).
Mormons do not believe in Hell or in everlasting punishment (despite Matthew 25:46 where the word eternal is applied to both destinations). They see salvation as being through the atonement of Christ, but provided that Mormons obey their own laws and teachings (despite Ephesians 2:8-9). Their three levels of eternal reward are: a Celestial Kingdom for the Melchizedek priesthood of exalted members; a Terrestrial Kingdom for those who fail to become gods; and a lower Telestial Kingdom (likened to the glory of the stars). The outer darkness is reserved for those not promoted to glory. The Bible speaks of three heavens, but does not categorise these as different destinations. Rather it implies that it is the ‘third heaven’ (2 Corinthians 12:2), and not the first and second (which are usually thought of as the sky and the universe), which is the one eternal reward for the righteous and where God’s throne is located (Revelation 4:2).