This week we received a couple of responses to an article we posted from Apologetics Press on the question of the need for additional Scripture for Christians. While it is not the general policy of this site to discuss the doctrines of different denominations, we felt that these particular comments warranted a response in lieu of their claims. The response will be posted below the second comment and directed at both.
From: Terry C.
If you don’t think that Christians need “additional scripture” consider the question that Bill O’Reilly asked Franklin Graham. Bill asked Franklin if Franklin thought that Gandhi, who did not believe in Jesus as a divine saviour, would go to hell. Franklin said he thought Ghandi would go to hell. Bill was flabergasted and further asked why Franklin would think that a very sincerly just and honest man such as Ghandi would go to hell. Franklin said that all Christians have is the Bible, and according to the Bible Ghandi would not go to heaven, and inasmuch as all that is left is hell, Ghandi would be committed to hell. Isn’t it too bad that all Christians have is the Bible, and because of that they would commit Ghandi to hell? In your article, you mention the Book of Mormon. Thankfully, the Book of Mormon gives us Christians more than just the Bible. Those that read the Book of Mormon learn that men such as Ghandi definitely will not go to hell. Its to bad that Christians such as Franklin Graham, who is a very just and honest man (but no more so than was Ghandi) have only the Bible. Franklin Graham and all other Christians who hold that the Bible is all they have deserve more. And if they will open their hearts and minds, God will indeed provide more. They only have to open their minds and read the Book of Mormon.
From: Jerry N
The Lord never said he would not cause more to be written. The Book of Mormon in no way contradicts the bible. It is a second testament to Christ. The Saviour said he had other “Sheep” which he needed to visit. A prayerful reading of the Book of Mormon will convince you that it is an inspired work.
Terry and Jerry, I want to thank you for submitting your comments to the article asking the question if Christians need additional Scripture.
As stated above, this website does not make it a policy to delve into various denominational doctrines and policies. Creation Revolution is a non-denominational website and has no connection or affiliation with any specific church or denomination. However, one of our primary missions is to promote and support the Bible and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That also includes defending the Bible against attacks and undermining.
The two of you made statements about the Book of Mormon and its relation to the Bible, and I will state at this point that I take serious issue with your comments. Please realize that I am not attacking either one of you, but the teachings and doctrines of the Mormon religion.
My family moved from southern Illinois to Phoenix, Arizona in 1960. In 1962 we moved to Mesa, Arizona and I lived there for 34 years. Mesa was founded by Mormon settlers in the 1800’s and in the 1960’s the city still had a very strong Mormon influence. It is the home of one of the earliest Mormon temples built. One could not help but hear about Mormonism and learn about it. Many of my fellow students and some of my friends were Mormons. We regularly got into discussions about Mormonism and Christianity.
I’ve read the Book of Mormon along with two of their other sacred books, Pearl of Great Price, and Doctrine and Covenants. I have spoken to several temple priests and leaders of the local Mormon community. For several months, I was part of a Boy Scout Explorer Post sponsored by one of the Mormon Wards.
The one person I learned a great deal from was a gentleman that had once been a temple priest who left the Mormon religion because he came to realize how much of the Mormon writings and teachings were contradictory to the Bible. There were also moral issues that he could no longer live with that took place in temple rituals. Leaving the Mormon Church cost him everything. The church excommunicated him. He lost his family – meaning wife, kids, parents, and siblings, and his job. He even received death threats. He shared many things with myself and others about what the Mormon religion believed and taught.
Terry, you talked about Franklin Graham’s response to the question of Gandhi going to heaven or hell. Graham responded that since Gandhi did not know or believed in Jesus, he would go to hell. Then you stated that the Book of Mormon teaches that men like Gandhi would not go to hell but would go to heaven.
Jerry, you state that the Book of Mormon in way contradicts the Bible.
I offer the same response to both of you concerning these statements. First, let’s look at a statement Jesus made in John 14:6:
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
This statement and others made by Jesus Christ makes it perfectly clear that no one can come to the Father or be saved unless they know Christ and have a saving faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior. For anyone to say that you can go to heaven without going through Christ is calling Jesus a liar, and that is something that I take very seriously.
This is not the only contradiction between the Bible and Book of Mormon or other Mormon teachings.
For instance, the biblical doctrine that Jesus died for all of our sins. Let’s compare the Bible against Mormon doctrine:
She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.
1 John 1:7:
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood…
Journal of Discourses, Vol. 4, pp. 53-54:
It is true that the blood of the Son of God was shed for sins…committed by men. Yet men can commit sins which it (the blood of Christ) can never remit.
Doctrine of Salvation, pp. 133-134:
Are you aware that there are certain sins that man may commit for which the atoning blood of Christ does not avail?…If then he would be saved he must make sacrifice of his own life to atone – as far as in his power lies – for that sin, for the blood of Christ alone under certain circumstances will not avail.
Now let’s look at the virgin birth of Jesus Christ and who His father was:
Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
Journal of Discourses, Vol. 1, pp. 50-51:
When the Virgin Mary conceived the child Jesus, the Father had begotten him in his own likeness…Now remember from this time forth and forever, that Jesus Christ was not begotten by the Holy Ghost.
Now let’s look at the difference between what the Bible says about Adam and Eve and what Mormon teaching says:
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
Genesis: 2-7, 21-22:
Then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.
So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.
Journal of Discourses, Vol. 1, pp. 50-51:
Now hear it, O inhabitants of the earth, Jew and Gentile, Saint and sinner. When our father ADAM CAME INTO THE garden of Eden, he came into it with a celestial body, and brought Eve, one of his wives with him. He helped to make and organize this world. He is Michael, the Arch-angel, the Ancient of Days about whom holy men have written and spoken. HE IS OUR FATHER AND OUR GOD, AND THE ONLY GOD WITH WHOM WE HAVE TO DO.
To sum it up, the Mormon religion teaches that there are many gods and that if you live a good enough life that you too can become the god of your planet (The Book of Abraham). The Mormon religion also teaches that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God, yet a number of his predictions never came true, including the one he made in 1835 where he claimed that the Lord would come in 1891 to end the kingdom of earth (History of the Church, Vol. 2, p. 182). And then there is the general question of Smith’s character in relation to his March 1826 conviction and fine for using a ‘looking glass’.
Terry and Jerry, I am sorry, but the doctrines and teachings of the Mormon religion are outright blasphemous and idolatrous and in no way supports the Bible or Christian doctrine. I could go on and on comparing the Bible against Mormon doctrines and teachings that show blatant contradictions between the two but I pray I have provided enough evidence to show that not only does the teachings of the Mormon church not support what the Bible says, but in fact yield enough evidence to state that the Mormon religion is not a Christian religion at all.
When I read through the various Mormon sacred books and teachings, it reminds me of what Jesus said in Matthew 7:15:
Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing.
And what the Apostle Paul wrote in Galatians 1:9:
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.
Again, please realize that I am not attacking either one of you, but the teachings and doctrines of the Mormon religion. As a Christian, it is my duty to point out false teachings and false prophets to others so that they may not be lead astray.
n today’s religiously diverse and relativistic culture, labeling a group a cult may seem extreme to many people, not to mention rude. Even people who believe in absolute Truth and further believe that Jesus is the only way to eternal life can get confused about just what constitutes real Christianity. Just why are Baptists properly considered Christians, but Mormons are not? Or why is the Jehovah’s Witness religion classified as an anti-Christian cult while Presbyterians or Wesleyans or Pentecostals are simply seen as denominations within the Christian faith?
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James R. White Craig Branch
E. Calvin Beisner Clete Hux
R. Fowler White James Walker
Jerry Johnson David Henke