Summary: This is a sermon series on false religions and cults and how they differ from Christianity
What Do You Believe?
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(It is a funny video)
A. Today we are continuing our series called “What do you believe?” We
are talking about some of the major false religions that we are faced
with today such as Jehovah Witnesses, the Mormons, Scientology and Islam
and why Christianity is different from them.
B. Many Christians today are confused about what they believe. They are
not sure if other religions are okay or if they are the same as
Christianity. Many Christians have bought into the lie that there are
many ways to God and Christianity is just another one of those ways.
C. We started by talking about three signs of all false religions. I call
them the three “S’s.” They stand for Savior, Salvation, and Scripture.
All false religions differ from the Christian view on these three major
1. Savior: All false religions change who Jesus really was. They do not
believe that He is the ‘only way’ to heaven.
2. Salvation: All false religions teach that a person must ‘earn’ their
way to heaven. They don’t believe we are saved by grace, God’s gift.
3. Scripture: All false religions teach that the Bible is ‘incomplete’
and there are ‘other’ holy books.
D. Last week we looked at the beliefs of the Jehovah Witnesses. Next
week, I have invited a Moslem lady to come and visit with us. It is
going to be a very interesting service. You don’t want to miss it. Today
we shall look at the beliefs of the Mormons or Latter Day Saints as they
like to be called.
E. One of the candidates for the Republican primary for the President of
the United States, was Governor Mitt Romney from Massachusetts who was a
Mormon. This caused a lot of discussion on TV and among Christians about
whether Mormons are Christians or a false religion. Then we had the
government raid on the Mormon group down in Texas and the 400 children
that were taken away amid allegations of abuse and then returned. There
is a lot of confusion about what the Mormon church really teaches and
F. The Mormon Church is doing a fantastic job of marketing itself right
now. They are doing everything they can to present themselves as a
Christian Church. They have hired some of the best marketing firms in
the US to do so. They have taken the “Mormon Church” and put it right
beside the major Christian denominations. They don’t want to be seen as
some weirdo group of people. They are going mainstream. If I asked you
to describe a Mormon man, for example, twenty years ago, you would
say, “A guy from Utah who doesn’t drink coffee and has a bunch of
wives.” But today you might say, “A good Christian family man.” Now that
is what you call marketing!
G. Many people, Christians and non-Christians believe that Mormons are
just another Christian denomination. Hopefully today you will see that
they are not Christian at all. This is a totally different religion all
H. Why am I doing this teaching? I am not teaching this series so you can
argue with the Mormons when they come to your door. The main reason I am
teaching this is to help you establish what it is that you believe so
that you are not lead astray and deceived. Sooner or later every
Christian has to come to grips with what it is that they really believe
and if it is really different than other religions. To help you to see
the ‘distinctives’ of your faith. The second reason to equip you so that
you can help others, friends, relatives, co-workers, who are open and
looking for truth.
How does God speak today?
A. The Bible clearly teaches that in times past the main method of God
speaking to men was through prophets, but now the main method for God to
speak is ‘directly through Jesus.” This is the problem with all false
religions. They always put someone else up on the platform with Jesus.
They always come up with another prophet and he claims to be the ‘main’
voice of God to the people now.
B. With the Mormons it started with Joseph Smith, who claimed when he was
15 years old while living in Palmyra New York, he had a vision of God
which told him he was to be the ‘prophet’ to the people, that he was to
be the ‘voice’ of God to the people. He said that God told him all the
other churches were deceived and only he had the true understanding of
C. Several years later, Smith said an angel Moroni, showed up and pointed