Evangelical Bible Teaching in Comparison to LDS [Mormonism]

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What Is the Truth about the Mormon Church [LDS]?

Last week, the leader of the Southern Baptist Convention, Pastor Robert Jeffress introduced Rick Perry at the Values Voter Summit. Later he referred to Romney's Mormonism as a cult. When Dr. Bill Bennett, called him out on the use of the word cult, Jeffress said in an interview that he used Cult in the context of the official position of the Southern Baptists. He did not mean "cult" in the sociological sense but in the religious sense.

Read the comparison below of the LDS doctrine in comparison to evangelical doctrine.

Then, you decide.

G. Edwin Lint, Bachelor of Science in Bible, Bachelor of Theology, Master of Arts in Education Administration

Drawbridge Editor

Memo to Dr. Bill Bennett: You are an excellent educator but you know next to nothing about religious cults. Please visit my blog post about Joseph Smith and the LDS Cult.

G. Edwin Lint, BS, ThB, MA

Comparison of Mormon [LDS] and Evangelical Biblical Teachings

The editor believes the text highlighted in red may cause some evangelicals to view Mormonism to be a religious cult in comparison to traditional evangelical teaching.

Mormon Teaching
Biblical Teaching as used by Born again evangelicals


The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are three separate Gods, though one Godhead. God the Father was once a mortal man like us and became exalted to Godhood. He still has a physical body. He has a wife in heaven, a Goddess.


There is one and only one God (Is. 43:10; 44:6-8; 1 Tim. 2:5); The "Godhead" is one Divine Being (Acts 17:24-29). God the Father was and is not a man but is an infinite Spirit (Ps. 139:7-10; John 4:20-24). There is no Goddess.


All human beings were spirit children of God and his wife in a preexistent spirit world and can become Gods, like the Father, through exaltation.


The first man became a living being when he was formed from dust (Gen. 2:7). Christ preexisted in heaven, but we did not (John 3:13, 30-31; 8:56-58).


Jesus was the firstborn of God's billions of spirit children. He became a God in the spirit world. He was conceived and born of Mary and God the Father as his literal, natural mother and father in the flesh.


Jesus is the only heavenly, divine Son of God (John 1:14-18; 5:17-23; etc.). He has always been God (Ps. 90:2; John 1:1; Heb.1:10-12). He was conceived and born of Mary by the Holy Spirit (Matt. 1:18; Luke 1:35).


Christ's suffering in Gethsemane guarantees the salvation of all but a perverse few, whether they believe or not, to one of three heavens. Exaltation to Godhood comes to full participants in the LDS religion and temple ceremonies. Many people will be saved in the afterlife through the LDS baptism for the dead.


Christ's death (Rom. 5:8-10; 1 Pet. 2:23) saves only believers (John 3:16-18; ROM 3:21-28). Unbelievers will get eternal punishment, while believers will get eternal life (Matt. 25:46; John 5:28-29; ROM 6:23). No one can become a God (Is. 43:10). There is no second chance after death (Heb. 9:26). Baptism for the dead was unknown except among heretics (1 Cor. 15:29).


The LDS Church is the only true Church. Early Christianity became apostate and the church was dead for over a millennium until Joseph Smith.


Some people would become apostates, but never the whole church (Matt. 16:18; 18:20; 28:20; Eph. 5:25-27; 1 Tim. 4:1; Jude 3).

The Virgin Birth

The Mormon Church has clearly denied this teaching. Heavenly Father is the father of Jesus, not only in his spirit body, but of his physical body, as well. Though often embarrassing to modern-day Mormons, their Church leaders have clearly taught that Heavenly Father, not only had relations with his daughter, Mary, to father Jesus, but also married her. How can the Mormon Church completely disregard the plain teaching of the Bible on this point? The answer is found in their view of the Scriptures.

The Virgin Birth

The Bible specifically states, and the Christian Church has historically affirmed, that the Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary and she, a virgin, gave birth to Jesus

The Bible and other Mormon writings

The Mormon Church has four standard works: 1, the Bible, the 2, Book of Mormon, 3, Doctrines and Covenants, and the 4, Pearl of Great Price.

Of these, only one-the Bible-is claimed by the Mormon Church to be mistranslated and, thus, to be unreliable in places. This means the other Mormon Scriptures and the revelations of Mormon prophets are more reliable than the Bible.

The Holy Bible

2 Tim 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. NIV

There are numerous commentaries that explain the teachings of the Bible verse by verse. I have owned the following such commentaries: Adam Clarke, Matthew Henry, Beacon Bible Commentary.

I have observed Mitt Romney since 2007 as a potential presidential candidate. I have never seen anything he has said or done that would cause me to question his suitability for the Oval Office.

If America had spent as much time sniffing around Obama's Muslim and socialist roots as we are doing with Romney [in 2007 and 2011, 2012], we might be in a much better situation today!

After 5 years at an evangelical brick and mortar Bible college, I can say that LDS teaching is a religious cult in comparison to evangelical teaching. gel

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