The Church of the Former day Saints
SERIES: Will the Real God Please Stand Up…
2 John 9-11 CEV
9 Don’t keep changing what you were taught about Christ, or else God will no longer be with you. But if you hold firmly to what you were taught, both the Father and the Son will be with you.
10 If people won’t agree to this teaching, don’t welcome them into your home or even greet them.
11 Greeting them is the same as taking part in their evil deeds.
FAMOUS MORMONS PIX:
Galatians 1:6-9 CEV – 6 I am shocked that you have so quickly turned from God, who chose you because of his wonderful kindness. You have believed another message, 7 when there is really only one true message. But some people are causing you trouble and want to make you turn away from the good news about Christ. 8 I pray that God will punish anyone who preaches anything different from our message to you! It doesn’t matter if that person is one of us or an angel from heaven. 9 I have said it before, and I will say it again. I hope God will punish anyone who preaches anything different from what you have already believed.
(2 Jn 9:11)
I. Their Story
PIC: Joseph Smith
1 Timothy 6:16 CEV – Only God lives forever! And he lives in light that no one can come near. No human has ever seen God or ever can see him. God will be honored, and his power will last forever. Amen.
John 1:18 CEV – No one has ever seen God. The only Son, who is truly God and is closest to the Father, has shown us what God is like.
II. The Scriptures a. The Bible
b. The Book of Mormon
Ezekiel 37:15-20 CEV – 15 The LORD said: 16 Ezekiel, son of man, get a stick and write on it, “The kingdom of Judah.” Then get another stick and write on it, “The kingdom of Israel.” 17 Hold these two sticks end to end, so they look like one stick. 18 And when your people ask you what this means, 19 tell them that I, the LORD, will join together the stick of Israel and the stick of Judah. I will hold them in my hand, and they will become one. 20 Hold these two sticks where they can be seen by everyone.
2 Timothy 3:15-17 CEV – 15 Since childhood, you have known the Holy Scriptures that are able to make you wise enough to have faith in Christ Jesus and be saved. 16 Everything in the Scriptures is God’s Word. All of it is useful for teaching and helping people and for correcting them and showing them how to live. 17 The Scriptures train God’s servants to do all kinds of good deeds.
2 Peter 1:19-21 CEV – 19 All of this makes us even more certain that what the prophets said is true. So you should pay close attention to their message, as you would to a lamp shining in some dark place. You must keep on paying attention until daylight comes and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20 But you need to realize that no one alone can understand any of the prophecies in the Scriptures. 21 The prophets did not think these things up on their own, but they were guided by the Spirit of God.
c. The Doctrine and Covenants
d. The Pearl of Great Price
III. The Sovereign
Isaiah 59:1 CEV – The LORD hasn’t lost his powerful strength; he can still hear and answer prayers.
Genesis 1:27 CEV – So God created humans to be like himself; he made men and women.
Anthropomorphic language is the act of attributing human qualities of God to help us conceptualize.
John 4:29 CEV – “Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! Could he be the Messiah?”
Luke 24:39 CEV – Look at my hands and my feet and see who I am! Touch me and find out for yourselves. Ghosts don’t have flesh and bones as you see I have.”
Numbers 23:9 CEV -From the mountain peaks, I look down and see Israel, the obedient people of God.
Isaiah 45:12 CEV – I created the world and covered it with people; I stretched out the sky and filled it with stars.
Hosea 11:9 CEV – Israel, I won’t lose my temper and destroy you again. I am the Holy God– not merely some human, and I won’t stay angry.
Romans 1:22-23 CEV – 22 They claim to be wise, but they are fools. 23 They don’t worship the glorious and eternal God. Instead, they worship idols that are made to look like humans who cannot live forever, and like birds, animals, and reptiles.
Isaiah 44:6 CEV – I am the LORD All-Powerful, the first and the last, the one and only God. Israel, I have rescued you! I am your King.
IV. The Doctrine of Sin
Matthew 6:24 CEV – You cannot be the slave of two masters! You will like one more than the other or be more loyal to one than the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
V. The Doctrine of the Savior
VI. The Doctrine of Salvation
Levels of Heaven
1. Unbelievers – Telestrial heaven
2. Christian – Terrestrial heaven
3. Mormons – Celestial heaven
Way to Get there
1. Celestial marriage
2. Baptism for the dead
1 Corinthians 15:29 CEV – If the dead are not going to be raised to life, what will people do who are being baptized for them? Why are they being baptized for those dead people?
3. Live out the Mormon faith
Christian Response to Mormonism
1. The Bible is the complete and final authority for Christians. (2 Tim. 3:15-17; 2 Pet. 1:19-21)
2. When a scripture is unclear, always us a clear scripture to interpret the unclear one. (Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7, Ro. 4:5)
3. Don’t welcome into the church false teaching.
Ephesians 2:8-9 CEV – 8 You were saved by faith in God, who treats us much better than we deserve. This is God’s gift to you, and not anything you have done on your own. 9 It isn’t something you have earned, so there is nothing you can brag about.
Titus 3:5-7 CEV – 5 He saved us because of his mercy, and not because of any good things that we have done. God washed us by the power of the Holy Spirit. He gave us new birth and a fresh beginning. 6 God sent Jesus Christ our Savior to give us his Spirit. 7 Jesus treated us much better than we deserve. He made us acceptable to God and gave us the hope of eternal life.
Romans 4:5 CEV – But you cannot make God accept you because of something you do. God accepts sinners only because they have faith in him.
Matthew 5:44 CEV – But I tell you to love your enemies and pray for anyone who mistreats you.
Matthew 7:15 CEV – Watch out for false prophets! They dress up like sheep, but inside they are wolves who have come to attack you.
The Best Way to Catch a Counterfeit
Deity of Christ