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Is this the "True Church of Jesus Christ"?

 

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From: John Gillard

To: Paul Wong

Sent: Saturday, April 08, 2006 12:32 PM

Subject: Churches

 

Dear Brother Paul

 

I hear of the "True Church of Jesus Christ".

 

Is this the Mormon church and is your church distinctly different from this?

 

Love In Jesus Christ name

John Gillard

 

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Dear Brother John,

 

The ARK Forum is non-denominational therefore the views expressed here do not represent any denominational church. 

 

In the church where I am a minister the Holy Bible is the standard that is used – http://www.tjc.org.  We have absolutely no connection with the "True Church of Jesus Christ" that you wrote.

 

On this web site the Mormons claim to be this church.

 

Which is the true Church of Jesus Christ?

http://home.earthlink.net/~dsscheibe/which.htm

 

Several years ago our family lived in Santa Monica, California where I met an elder from the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints (LDS) which I learned is the Mormon Church.   He tried to convince me theirs is the only true church in the world.   We discussed our beliefs for many weeks and he could not convince me about his beliefs.  During that time I learned the Mormons have many aberrant teachings that they should not even be considered as Christians at all. 

 

Mormonism, also known as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is a religion of just over 12 million members, most of whom reside in the United States. Their headquarters are stationed in Salt Lake City, Utah, where roughly 65% of the state are Latter-day Saints ("LDS").  In the most simplistic of terms, Mormonism deviates from the original Christian beliefs.

 

Many of their aberrant doctrines are not published openly but have been widely known amongst Christian apologists and researchers.  The table below outlines the most fundamental differences. 

 

 

 

 

Subject

 

 

Beliefs of the L.D.S. 

Mormon Church

 

Teachings of

the Holy Bible

 

 

Scripture

The translation of the Bible has produced errors within its texts and is therefore not to be trusted. The Book of Mormon, Doctrine of Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price are accepted as additional scripture.

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” (2 Tim. 3:14-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21)  Nothing can be added or subtracted (Rev. 22:18-19).

 

Nature of God

 many gods

God has a physical body

One True God

God is Spirit

 

Godhead

The Father and Son are resurrected men who both have bodies. The Holy Spirit is a man who has a spiritual body. All three are completely separate Gods who are one in purpose, power, and thought. They are the Gods of this world only, while other gods still exist.

God is not a man. (Num. 23:19) He has always been God. (Psa. 90:2; Mal. 3:6; Hab. 1:12; Rom. 1:22-25) There is only One True God. (Deut. 6:4; Isa. 43:10-11; 44:6; 45:21-22) The Father is Spirit and is invisible. (John 4:24; 1 Tim. 1:17)

 

Nature of Jesus Christ

first of many sons

Jesus Christ is the spirit-brother of Lucifer.

See Journal of Discourses, Volume 13, page 282. This doctrine goes hand-in-hand with the teaching that Christ is a created being and not Eternal God, the Creator (John 1:3, 10; Nehemiah 9:6) This, too, contradicts the Book of Mormon (Helaman 14:12, Mosiah 3: 8 and 5:15).

Eternal God

Jesus Christ is fully God, always has been, and is not a subordinate deity (Isa. 9:6; John 8:58; 1 Tim. 3:16; Heb. 13:8; John 1:1-4, 14; Col. 1:16-17).

Conception of Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ was born after sexual intercourse between God the Father and Mary (thereby denying the virgin birth)  See Journal of discourses, Volume 4, page 218, for an example. Many Mormons are unfamiliar with this doctrine of their church, but this is nonetheless a cardinal teaching. the Book of Mormon (Alma 7:10). Beginning to see a pattern?

Jesus Christ is born of a virgin (Isa. 7:14).  Mary had no intercourse with any man before the birth of Jesus Christ who was conceived of the Holy Spirit (Mt. 1:20-25; Lk. 1:30-38).

 

Mankind

Everyone existed in heaven before they were born on earth. We have existed eternally. (D&C 93:29; PGP: Book of Abraham 3:21-22)

Only Jesus Christ pre-existed before birth, and not man (John 8:58; Col. 1:17). Man’s existence began on earth. (Zec. 12:1; 1 Cor. 15:45-46)

 

Salvation for the dead

God is fair and just therefore wants to give a chance of salvation to those who have died and did not hear the gospel of Jesus Christ.

God judges on the basis of His revelation in Creation and man’s conscience (Rom. 2:11-15).  This is sufficient to render guilt and condemnation to man without excuse (Rom. 1:18-20).

 

Baptism for the dead

Baptism by proxy (substitution) for dead relatives who did not hear the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Proxy baptism is performed in Mormon temples.

God is concerned for the living and not for the dead (Mt. 22:32).  Baptism is administered to those who believe in Jesus Christ and repent of their sins (Mk. 16:16; Acts 8:12-13, 36-38; 2:38).

 

"To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them."  (Isa. 8:20)  

 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - Mormons – certainly do not qualify as the "True Church of Jesus Christ". 

 

Instead of looking for a human organization you should start “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.” (Heb. 12:2)  Here are two web sites that may be of interest to you.

 

“On this Rock I will build My Church”

http://arkpw.tripod.com/onthisrock/

 

The Hidden Remnant Apostolic Church

http://arkpw.tripod.com/hiddenremnantchurch/

 

The main objective of the ARK Forum is to share God’s truth as revealed in the Holy Bible and also to unite Christians in the Body of Christ, but we also have the responsibility to warn the people of God against false prophets, teachers and doctrines that undermine the Christian faith.

 

We should all pray to our Heavenly Father . . . . 

 

 

May God bless you.

 

Your servant in the Lord Jesus Christ,

Paul Wong ~ Email:  arkpw@sbcglobal.net

 

 

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