Is Mormonism Another Gospel?

The Bible's clear stance on 'other gospels' is to reject them outright.

Reference Links

The Mormon Gospel
Mormonism and Atonement
The Different Mormon Jesus
Gordon B. Hinckley and the Different Jesus

Video Transcript

In Galatians 1:8,9 the apostle Paul says “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”

Is Mormonism a different gospel? If it is, then everyone who has any respect for the Bible must take a position of rejection against the Mormon doctrines and scriptures. So, what is the gospel according to the Bible?

The gospel begins with the first sin that Adam and Eve committed in the Garden of Eden. The fall was a horrible event that cast the shadow of death across the entire human race, dooming it to the judgment of sin. It is this that gives the gospel its purpose, salvation from the consequences of sin.

Fast forward to the coming of Jesus, who is not only a man, but God incarnate. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, then died on the cross as a sacrifice accomplishing the atonement for sin. Three days later, he rose from and defeated death.

Henceforth, all those who receive and confess him as Lord and savoir will inherit eternal life with God. This salvation is freely given, and cannot be earned in any part by works. Those who do not receive this salvation will inherit eternal damnation in hell.

In stark contrast, however, is the Gospel according to Mormonism. The fall is seen as a necessary part of God’s plan to bring happiness to the world, giving mankind and opportunity to prove their worth. Jesus atoned for sin in the Garden of Gethsemane, but this atonement only takes effect after people do all the work they can to obtain salvation.

But this salvation is only for Mormons who are on track to reach the highest level of heaven, where they will become gods themselves. The lower levels of heaven can be reached whether or not one believes in Jesus. This is a different gospel.

But the Bible also warns against believing in another Jesus, indicating that the gospel only pertains to the historical Jesus of the Bible. So if Mormonism does teach another Jesus, it is even that much more removed from the gospel.

Here are a few ways in which the Mormon Jesus differs from the biblical one. Jesus is not God, but a god, who was once a human who worked his way up. He is the literal spirit brother of Satan, born of a sexual union between God and Mary, a practicing polygamist, and visited South America after his resurrection.

These are not just different beliefs about Jesus, this is an altogether different Jesus. Mormon president Gordon B Hinckley admitted this in 1998 when he clearly stated that the Latter Day Saints do not believe in the traditional Jesus.

This clarity on the Bible’s part forces Mormons to maintain that it has been corrupted.