There are many areas in doctrine in which the Mormon Church and the Christian church differ. If this differences were minor points on which one’s salvation were not at issue, one could accept the Mormon view that they are just another Christian denomination. However, these points are not minor points, but major doctrinal difference that do in fact affect the salvation of believers. As I hope I have shown over the last few weeks, the very god that the Mormon Church believes in is not the God of the Christian Bible.
The Mormon god differs from the Christian God in almost every facet. The Mormon god was once a man, a created being. The Mormon god has a physical body and having a physical body limits the Mormon god. This god is not omnipotent, omniscient or omnipresent, but limited by the laws of the universe. The Mormon godhead is three distinct gods, not the one monotheistic God of the Bible. God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are viewed as three separate and distinct gods not the Christian view of one God with three natures. The Mormons claim that they only worship the one god that created the universe and therefore are monotheistic. This begs the point that they believe in multiple gods and not a singular God.
Finally, the Mormon view of the universe puts God at either the same position as the universe, both coexisting for eternity, or relegates God to a subordinate position as coming into being after the universe. In fact if one accepts that God was first a man, then the universe had to exist for a man to exist in the first place. This is clearly in conflict with the Christian view that God is eternal and existed before everything else.
The Mormon doctrine of God conflicts with the Christian doctrine of God in almost every way. A conflict on so basic an idea as the very nature of God would preclude the Mormon Church from putting forth a legitimate claim to be another Christian church. Paul tells us that the gospel of the Bible is correct – “By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.”, 1 Corinthians 15:2 and that “I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up”, Galatians 1:11. He warns us that “the god of this age (Paul is talking about Satan here) has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God”. He further warns us “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!”, Galatians 1:8,9. The gospel preached by the Mormons is not only another gospel, but a false gospel