The Main and Plain Things of the Mormon and Christian Divide



I am woefully ignorant of the Mormons, but they keep coming to my door. How do I deal with them?

I think that you want to always stick with the main and the plain things. With Mormonism, the main and the plain thing has to do with who is Jesus Christ. In Mormon theology Jesus Christ is not the one who spoke and the universe leaped into existence; rather, Jesus Christ is the spirit brother of Lucifer, and that is a big, big difference between what Christianity teaches and what Mormonism teaches.

The Jesus of Mormonism is the spirit brother of Lucifer not only but one who was conceived in heaven by a celestial mother and then came in flesh as the direct result of the Father having sex with the virgin Mary. That is a different Jesus than the Jesus of the Bible.

I would stick with those main points but there’s another point that will probably come up in the conversation very early on, and that is what is your authority? Because they’re going to point to the Book of Mormon as the most correct of any book on earth and the keystone to their religion, where you are going to point to the Bible as the most correct on any book on earth, and as a result of that you have a difference with respect to what you trust as an authority. The Book of Mormon fails the tests of reliability both from the standpoint of anthropology as well as archaeology, which is to say that the Book of Mormon is not a reliable source.

One other point I think I ought to bring out and that is that the Mormon thought with respect to salvation is very different than the Bible’s declaration with respect to salvation. In Christianity, we believe that we are saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. In Mormonism, you have a completely different idea, where Mormons appear before Heavenly Father dressed in fig leaf aprons, and holding good works in their hands. It is about works not what Jesus Christ has done but what you can do. The interesting thing is in their celestial heaven you basically become a god of your own planet, for the believe God was once a man and we can become what God now is.

—Hank Hanegraaff

For further related study, please access the following:

The Basics of Mormonism (Hank Hanegraaff)

Is the Book of Mormon credible?

Does Mormonism Really teach that Jesus is the Spirit Brother of Satan?

Mormonism: Christian, Cult, or??? (Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson)

DNA Science Challenges LDS History (Bill McKeever)

LDS Apologetics and the Battle for Mormon History (Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson)

The Mormon View of Salvation: A Gospel That is Truly Impossible (Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson)

Blog adapted from “How do I witness to Mormons that come to my door?