Why Would Scholars Leave Mormonism? Interview with Author Corey Miller

http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/why-would-scholars-leave-mormonism-interview-with-author-corey-miller

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Free Printable Mormon Tract

http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2017/06/free-printable-mormon-tract.html

What is the Book of Mormon?

http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2017/06/what-is-book-of-mormon-by-robert-m.html

The Mormon View of Heaven

https://faithalone.org/blog/the-mormon-view-of-heaven/

Glenn Beck’s Mormonized Rant Against Christianity

http://pulpitandpen.org/2017/04/30/glenn-becks-mormonized-rant-against-christianity/

The Gospel According to Mormonism

by Matt Slick

The word “Gospel” comes from the Greek  eujaggevlion and means “good news.”  The good news is that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and rose from the dead (1 Cor. 15:3-4).  By this gospel we can be saved from the righteous judgment of God the Father by faith in Christ (Eph. 2:8-9; Rom. 5:1).  This salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.  We can’t add to what Christ has done, nor do we maintain our salvation by our good effort.  But what do we find when we look at the gospel according to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?  How are the Mormons saved from their sins, and what must they do to be forgiven?  Let’s take a look their scriptures, prophets, and teachers.

First of all, the Book of Mormons says,

“And I say unto you again that he cannot save them in their sins; for I cannot deny his word, and he hath said that no unclean thing can inherit the kingdom of heaven; therefore, how can ye be saved, except ye inherit the kingdom of heaven? Therefore, ye cannot be saved in your sins” (The Book of Mormon, Alma 11:37). (All underlines in these quotes have been added for emphasis.)

This is reasonable, since God does not want us to sin against him and we cannot ignore God’s warnings against sin.

Second, the Book of Mormon says, “For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do,” (2 Nephi 25:23).

Now this is where we run into a problem.  We have to ask what it means to be “saved after all we can do?”  How much must we do in order to become saved?  The representatives of the Mormon Church give us the answer.

Continue: https://www.carm.org/gospel-according-to-mormonism

When Christians Act Like Mormons

mormonsThe other day I was getting ready to take the kids to our park when there was a knock on the door. Thinking it was a present from Amazon, I looked out only to find an even greater present: three Mormon missionaries. I’m sure you’ve experienced this. A long time goes by before your last visit and you start getting excited about the next time Mormons come knocking at your door. Every time I see Mormons, I get this sudden urge to talk to them. And every time I walk away discouraged and saddened for how blinding their religion is. And the cycle continues. Over the last few years, I’ve had many interactions with Mormon “elders.”

Mormons are usually very sweet people. They genuinely believe their religion, and they do believe that what they teach is the truth. They believe their religion is best and that you will be happiest if you follow it. But what is fascinating is the training that they receive before coming to your door. They are taught to focus on the positives. They are all about image and the way they present themselves. They are, in fact, salesmen, and they sell their product through smiles and offering “hope.” Over the last couple of years, I’ve asked Mormons what they are selling. I say, “Ok, you guys have come all the way to my house and to my door, what do you guys want me to do?” “What are you guys offering?” and whether it was Virginia, California or a random Chick-Fil-A in Georgia, they all said, “Happiness in this life and hope for the next!”

Their training teaches them to smile big, to not argue, and to focus on the positives of their religion. They are trained to talk about family, and about being with family for eternity. They are discouraged from bringing up controversial topics. No matter what you say, it seems like they nod as if they agree, and when you point out to them that they shouldn’t be agreeing, they agree with you again and say that they agreed with most of what you said. In other words, they are taught to be “winsome.” And this winsomeness ultimately manipulates some people into giving this false religion a try.

I’ve noticed over the years that some people in the church do the same, even some preachers are tempted to do this from their pulpits. We put on our best face. We ignore the difficult topics the Bible talks about and just focus on the love of Jesus. We focus on family as well, and on more happiness in this life and hope for the next. And as I think about the Mormon religion, I see three areas in particular where Christians are tempted to behave similarly.