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Summary: There is one Gospel, one Jesus, and only one way of Salvation; God has revealed that to us through the Holy Bible. (A sermon in response to the LDS church coming to town)

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There’s a New Cult in Town

April 19, 2015 Morning Service

Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK

Rick Boyne

Message Point: There is one Gospel, one Jesus, and only one way of Salvation; God has revealed that to us through the Holy Bible.

Focus Passage: Galatians 1:6-10

Introduction: Todays Mormons are nice people. They are sincere about their beliefs, but they are sincerely wrong. Mormonism has a dubious beginning and a terrifying history of changing their Scripture and Doctrine at the whim of their current prophet. I’m sure that each one of you got an invitation to attend the opening of the new LDS church in town. Some of you have been visited by their missionaries. We must know the truth about Mormonism, because, in fact, it is NOT a church of Jesus Christ, but it is a cult.

I. God is a Unique God

a. Mormons say that God is one of many Gods.

i. His name is Elohim

ii. He is not the God of the Universe, only the God of Earth

iii. God was born to another god and goddess

iv. God was once a man as we are now

v. We can become a god just like Elohim and be the god of our own planet

b. The Bible says that there is only ONE GOD

i. His name is Yahweh which means, “I AM”

ii. God created the universe and sits on the only throne

iii. God was not born or created

iv. We can be adopted as sons and daughters of God, but will never be a god

II. Jesus is the only Son of the only God

a. Mormons say that Jesus is one of the sons of Elohim and an earthly mother, conceived the natural way

i. Lucifer is another son of Elohim

ii. Jesus was married and had children

iii. Jesus is not equal to God

iv. Jesus died to make it possible for men to become a god of their own planet

v. Jesus now lives on a planet near the star Coleb

b. The Bible says that Jesus is the only begotten Son of the only God, conceived by the Holy Spirit

i. Lucifer is a fallen angel, not the brother of Jesus

ii. Jesus was not married and had not children

iii. Jesus is equal to God and is, in fact, God

iv. Jesus died to make it possible for men to be forgiven by the Father and inherit eternal life in Heaven

v. Jesus is in Heaven where He waits for the right time to return to earth to establish a 1000 year earthly Kingdom before the final Judgment

III. The Bible is the only Revealed Word of God

a. The Mormons say that the Angel Moroni appeared to Joseph Smith and gave him golden tablets

i. Joseph Smith translated these golden tablets by sticking his face in a hat and telling someone what to write in 1830. Subsequent companion volumes were written later

ii. Joseph Smith says that the Book of Mormon is the most correct book in the world, including the Bible

iii. Joseph Smith wrongly interpreted an Egyptian “letter of the dead” as the lost Book of Abraham

iv. The prophet of the LDS Church reveals the truth of god and even changes previously held doctrine

1. Case in point: Both Joseph Smith and Brigham Young taught that the moon was in habited. Young said the sun was inhabited, too. This was officially dropped in July 1969.

b. The Bible is the only revelation of the Word of God

i. It was written over a period of more than 2000 years; penned by men, inspired by the Holy Spirit

ii. The Word of God is perfect and complete

iii. The Doctrine of the Bible does not change nor is anyone a designated prophet to change it

Application/Invitation: Do not be afraid to engage Mormons. They are lost souls looking for salvation. They have been deceived. When talking with Mormons, ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit to direct the conversation and to open the eyes of the person to the TRUTH. Do not argue; be kind and gentle. They are simply out “earning their salvation”. Help them to understand that the Jesus of the Bible paid it all. One meeting with Mormons isn’t going to change their minds and hearts, unless the Holy Spirit does it. When people are combative with them or insult them, they take it as a mark that they are doing what they are supposed to do. When they ask you to read the BOM and pray that God will reveal truth to you, tell them that the Bible says you are to look to the Bible for truth, not the words of man. If they get indignant and put their hand over their heart and say, “I solemnly swear that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God and the Book of Mormon is true.” Put your hand over your heart and say, “I solemnly swear that Joseph Smith is not a prophet of God and the Book of Mormon is not true.” Remember, the Holy Spirit dwells in YOU!

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