Pastor Miles opened this weekend's message with a story about a young man who asked his dad for a car. All the dad required of his son before granting him a car was that he read his Bible everyday, he achieve straight A's in all his classes, and cut his hair.
After a certain period of time had passed the son came to show his father that he had gotten straight A's and that he had been reading his Bible faithfully. His father then proceeded to ask why he hadn't cut his long hair.
Since the son had been reading his Bible so diligently he showed his father that all throughout Scripture men had long hair. He used Jesus, and Moses, and others as examples. His father delighted by his son's findings told him that he could also follow the example of those men in that they got everywhere they were going by foot.
It is easy to twist Scripture to say what we want it to. When we look at what Mormonism teaches we see that Mormons twist the Bible to say things that it really doesn't.
Traditionally cults have one specific person who heard from God, and speaks to others what God spoke to him. Thus forming a cult that centers on the doctrine given by God through one person.
Joseph Smith is the 'founder' of Mormonism. He received a revelation from God in 1820 while he was crystal gazing, which is an occultist practice. The purpose of this revelation from God was apparently because the Christian faith wasn't headed in the right direction with all of its different denominations, therefore, the Holy Spirit wasn't doing His job correctly, and change was necessary.
Mormon's believe that the Book of Mormon is the most reliable book, while the Bible is only reliable if it is interpreted correctly, according to their own interpretation of it. Pastor Miles covered some of the main doctrines and beliefs of what Mormonism teaches compared to what the Bible says.
Man's Origin and Condition
The Bible teaches us that God created man. Genesis 1:26 states, Then God said, Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.
Mormonism teaches that people are pre-mortal spirits. They are waiting in heaven as a spirit-child for a good body to fill. They also believe that sinfulness is a benefit and it gives man an opportunity to learn.
On the other hand, the Bible teaches that man's sin is deserving of death. Romans 6:23 states, for the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
What Mormonism teaches about God is completely contrary to what the Bible teaches. According to Mormonism God is basically a man sitting on a throne somewhere. He is an exalted being, and is only god of this earth. Mormonism also teaches that there are many gods, and that they to can one day become gods.
The Bible teaches us that God is an eternal and self-existent Creator of all things, everywhere. Isaiah 44:24 states, This is what the Lord says - your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the Lord, who has made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself.
The Bible teaches us that Jesus is the Lord God Himself. John 1:1-2 states, in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.
Mormonism teaches that Jesus was a spirit-child that resulted from a sexual union between Mary and Elohim. Mormonism also equates Jesus with Satan, teaching that Satan is another spirit-child of Elohim, therefore making Jesus the spirit brother of Satan.
Mormonism teaches that salvation is exaltation to godhood on one of three heavens based on good works. The first heaven is for the wicked and unbelievers. The second heaven is simply like the second-class heaven. The third heaven is only for Mormons.
Their ability to enter into the third heaven is based on their own good works. What is interesting to note about the third heaven is that women can only go if they are married to a Mormon man who is active in the Mormon temple.
Contrary to Mormonism the Bible teaches that salvation is eternal life as a result of faith in Jesus Christ. John 3:36 states, whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him.
Ephesians 2:8-9 reminds us that salvation is not required by works. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast. Mormons are unaware of what level of heaven they are headed to because they still require the need to work out their salvation.
Mormonism teaches that like salvation forgiveness is earned by works, which falls in line with obeying the Mormon teachings. Exactly the opposite, the Bible teaches that forgiveness is received by faith.
Lie Versus Truth
Cults are so diligent to follow a lie, yet we as Christians who know the truth, take it for granted. We choose to forget that God is in control and that we ought to walk in obedience to Him. Instead we do what we want, and strive to control our circumstances. Because of this we end up missing out on the blessing God had in store.
When we choose to obey God, no matter if the circumstances seem inconvenient, we are in a position to be blessed. If we think of a time when we did choose to obey what God was calling us to do, we can remember how blessed we were as a result.
Don't cheat yourself by taking this Christian life lightly. John 15:16-17 states, you did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit-fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: Love each other. God wants to bless you, therefore, as Christians we must follow through with a life of obedience.