Mormons are family oriented, clean-cut, and prominent in political and economic circles, fervent in their faith, and all-around nice folks. In so many ways one could erroneously assume that Mormons represent just one more facet of fervent evangelical Christianity.
Many would like to think that theological differences between Mormons and evangelical Christians aren’t enough to have any real significance. Sadly, they are badly mistaken.
According to Scripture, being nice, family oriented, clean-cut, and fervent fulfills none of the requirements to be right before the Lord. Consequently, we can respect Mormons (who call their religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) for much of the way they live, but we also need to accept that their understanding of God, Christ, Scripture, and salvation as well as other matters of faith are outside what Scripture teaches.
Here are a few of the highlights of the theological differences between the Mormon belief system and what evangelicals believe, drawing from my book, “How to Share Christ with Your Friends of Another Faith“:
God: Mormons believe that God is the ruler of our planet. He is the ruler of only this particular planet. He acquired that status over the Earth over a progression of time. He has a physical body and flesh.
Evangelicals believe that the Bible teaches about only One True God (Deuteronomy 6:4-6). He is not one of many gods. He is one God in three forms: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Jesus: Mormons teach that Jesus is God’s firstborn spirit son. Jesus, like God, was a human being but attained his godhead status by living an upright life. His death provides for the physical resurrection of all people. This doesn’t mean that on death everyone will go to Heaven, but everyone at some point will have an opportunity to be resurrected.