Mormonism: What is it?

September 27, 2007

jsvision3.jpgBaptist Press reports that 52% of Christians believe that Mormonism is a Christian religion. With Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney running for president in 2008, the status of Mormonism is worth discussing.

Robert Bowman Jr., a Southern Baptist apologist and an expert on Mormonism and manager of the apologetics and interfaith evangelism team for the North American Mission Board recetnly said that Mormonism is not a “valid, authentic, faithful expression of the Christian faith.”

Bowman also asserted that, “Mormonism is not faithfully or soundly Christian because it deviates from historic, biblical standards of orthodox Christianity.”

“Mormonism teaches that God the Father is an exalted Man, that Jesus, angels, and human beings were all the literal spirit offspring of our ‘heavenly Father and Mother,’ and that the ultimate goal of the Christian life is to become exalted to Godhood ourselves.”

By contrast, he said, the Bible teaches that:

— God is not a man (Numbers 23:19) but is transcendent, omnipresent Spirit (1 Kings 8:27; Isaiah 31:3; John 4:24).

— There are no other gods but God and no other gods will be formed in the future (Isaiah 43:10, Isaiah 44:6-8).

— Human beings did not preexist as spirits in heaven before their earthly lives, and the only human who preexisted in heaven — as a spirit — before becoming a man was Jesus (John 3:31, John 16:28).

You can read the entire article by clicking here.

I’m sure most of us know Mormons or have Mormon friends. I fear that our children are going to grow up in a culture where Mormonism is seen as a form of Christianity, rather then heresy. This is a delicate subject because by stating that a belief is heresy, one can be labeled as un-loving, bigoted, hateful, or the ever popular, intolerant.

However, it is important that as we raise our children we correctly and succinctly distinguish truth from error.

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