Tag Archive | LDS

A Comparison Between Christianity, Catholicism, Mormonism, and Jehovah’s Witnessses

Watchtower Bible & Tract Society (world headquarters)

I found this chart on CARM to be helpful:

https://carm.org/comparison-grid

Are Mormons Christian?

Via Triablogue:

Joseph Smith, Jr. (1843 photograph)“We have no desire to become a part of mainstream Christianity. We do want to be better understood and appreciated for what and who we are, but we are not traditional Christians and have never claimed to be. We do in fact see ourselves as Christians with a difference. Mormonism professes to be restored Christianity, and its adherents believe that God has chosen to restore the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ through a modern prophet, Joseph Smith, and that the divine priesthood authority he received—the power and authority to act in the name of God, apostolic authority—has continued in rightful succession to modern apostles and prophets within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today.”

~Robert L. Millet, Coordinator, Office of Religious Outreach, Professor Emeritus of Religious Education, Brigham Young University

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/rogereolson/2015/06/robert-bob-millett-gets-the-final-word-for-now/

Photo: Photograph of Joseph Smith, Jr. by Lucian Foster, 1843.

Put a Stone in Their Shoe

Chesil Stones with shoe for scale

Brett Kunkle (Stand to Reason) on an alternate to seeking conversion in every conversation:

“Instead, here’s a more realistic goal: put a stone in their shoe. What’s your reaction when you get a stone in your shoe? It bothers you. You can’t stop thinking about it until you take the shoe off and deal with the annoyance… Give them one good thing to think about.”

Read more: http://str.typepad.com/weblog/2015/09/my-goal-in-every-conversation-with-mormons.html

The Multiplicity of Mormonism

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An interesting visual comparing Christianity and Mormonism:

http://www.smithbusters.com/SmithBusters/Multiplicity.html

Sodom Proves Original Sin

Pieter Schoubroeck - De verwoesting van Sodom en Gomorra

CalvinDude makes a brilliant observation about the destruction of Sodom:

“Now obviously, God did not find even ten righteous people in Sodom, as the town (and the surrounding region) were destroyed in Genesis 19:24. This is evidence of the depravity of the town. But here’s what struck me about this passage this morning. This is also evidence of original sin, for surely there had to be more than ten infants or toddlers in Sodom and Gomorrah, yet they were not considered righteous given that God destroyed the towns anyway.”

Read more: http://calvindude.org/dude/2015/07/06/sodom-proves-a-point/

This would be something good to bring up with the Mormon missionaries at your door.

Mormonism’s Impossible Gospel

Verses to discuss with Mormons at your door:

1 Nephi 3:7: “For I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.”

Alma 11:37: “And I say unto you again that he [God] cannot save them in their sins; for I cannot deny his word, and he hath said that no unclean thing can inherit the kingdom of heaven; therefore, how can ye be saved, except ye inherit the kingdom of heaven? Therefore, ye cannot be saved in your sins.”

Moroni 10:32: “Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you.”

D and C 25:15: “Keep my commandments continually, and a crown of righteousness thou shalt receive. And except thou do this, where I am you cannot come.”

D and C 58:43: “By this ye may know if a man repenteth of his sins—behold, he will confess them and forsake them.”

D and C 1:31: “For I the Lord cannot look upon sin with the least degree of allowance.”

Read here for information on how to discuss these verses with Mormons: http://theaquilareport.com/the-mormon-view-of-salvation-a-gospel-that-is-truly-impossible/

Then study how to respond to possible objections here: http://www.equip.org/article/mormon-view-salvation-gospel-truly-impossible/#christian-books-4

For more information:

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The “Impossible Gospel” Presentation and Its Continued Relevance for Modern Mormonism, http://www.mrm.org/impossible-gospel

The “Impossible Gospel” of Mormonism, http://str.typepad.com/weblog/2005/06/the_impossible_.html

The Impossible Mormon Gospel, http://repenttrust.blogspot.ca/2009/06/impossible-mormon-gospel.html

The Impossible Gospel, http://www.smithbusters.com/SmithBusters/Impossible_Gospel.html

Also, regarding the Sacred Burning, see, http://weecalvin1509.blogspot.ca/2015/03/sacred-burning.html

Oscar the Mormon

I appreciate how Ray Comfort can get right to the point and not get sidetracked on Mormon theology: