Are Mormons & Jehovah’s Witnesses really Christians?
Have you ever had a “Christian” missionary at your door? They assert that through their religion alone, God has restored the lost and corrupted elements of the Christian faith so that only those who practice their religion possess the purest form of Christianity.
The following Christian verses can be found in the Jehovah Witness NWT:
“There are some who are disturbing you and wish to pervert (distort) the gospel of Christ.
But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach (to you) a gospel other than the one that we preached to you, let that one be accursed!
As we have said before, and now I say again, if anyone preaches to you a gospel other than the one that you received, let that one be accursed!
Now I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel preached by me is not of human origin.
For I did not receive it from a human being, nor was I taught it, but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ. ” Letter to the Galatians 1:7-12
The Mormon religion (officially known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or LDS) and the Jehovah’s Witness organization (also known as the Watchtower) both share a common foundational doctrine: They claim that Christianity became corrupt at the death of the New Testament apostles.
Yet, they deny many of the doctrinal tenets of the original Christian faith:
- Those would masquerade as followers of Jesus Christ, He commanded us to test the “fruit” of religious teachers before embracing them into the fold.
- Many of the people involved in these groups are sincere and are often the nicest, moral people one will ever meet. Yet, if their doctrinal “fruit” fails the test, they will experience the spiritual destruction accorded to those who follow “false prophets.” “…the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail … and they that are led of them are destroyed.”—Isaiah 9:15-16, KJV and “let that one be accursed!” Galatians 1: 8
- Joseph Smith, Jr. (founder of the Mormon religion) claimed that in 1820, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him in a vision proclaiming that “all” the churches of Christianity were “wrong…that all their creeds were an abomination…that those professors were all corrupt….” (Joseph Smith—History 1:19). Likewise, Jehovah’s Witnesses have claimed that all of the churches of Christendom are part of false religious Babylon and that one must “come to Jehovah’s organization [i.e., the Watchtower] for salvation.”—The Watchtower, November 15, 1981, p. 21
Why would they be concerned about gaining converts out of Christianity, if they were honestly part of Christianity?
4. “And he said unto me: Behold there are save two churches only; the one is the church of the Lamb of God, and the other is the church of the devil…”—1 Nephi 14:10
In this context, there is no question that the Book of Mormon is proclaiming that the churches of Christianity collectively comprise the “church of the devil.” In contrast to the claims of Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons who insist that a restoration of true Christianity was needed as a result of a complete apostasy from the original faith.
Yet, Jesus proclaimed: “…I will build My church; and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it”. Matthew 16:18
Since Jesus promised to protect His Church, how could the Christian church have apostatized to the point of needing a new religion to be developed in order to restore it to the earth?
The Apostle Paul warned about those who would arise to draw disciples “after themselves” when he stated: “For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparking the flock; also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves.”— Acts 20:29-31
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