A commenter on this blog recently gave me the following set of questions as a “test” I could use to escape deception. I thought it might be interesting to see how the LDS Church performs on this test.
(1) Does it claim to have a special revelation that ignores the clear teaching of the Bible?
The LDS Church does claim to receive special revelation, but does not ignore the clear teaching of the Bible, so it appears Mormonism easily passes this first question.
(2) Does it lift up the Lord Jesus Christ or itself?
The entire purpose of the LDS Church is to bring souls to Christ. “Jesus Christ” is part of the name of the Church and the focus of everything the LDS Church stands for. Without Christ there would be no reason for the LDS Church to exist, so it appears the Church also passes this question.
(3) Do you feel like worshiping the Lord Jesus Christ or the person giving the prophecy?
The LDS Church teaches that we should only worship God and Jesus Christ. There is absolutely no room for worship of anyone or anything else. A lot of people say Mormons worship Joseph Smith, but this simply isn’t true, so the LDS Church also passes this question.
(4) Does it call upon sinners to repent of their sins or just give them an emotional experience?
Oh boy, does the LDS Church call upon sinners to repent. I’d say the Church has one of the most extensive “repentance systems” around. It’s woven into every part of the Church and the gospel teachings. Emotional experiences are also part of what members of the Church may receive, but that certainly isn’t the intent or purpose of the Church. So there’s another question the Church gets right.
(5) Does it inspire you to preach the Biblical doctrine of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ? If it preaches a works salvation, it is not from God.
The LDS Church believes that we are saved only in and through the atonement or sacrifice of Jesus Christ. We could perform works all day long, but without Christ those works would get us absolutely nowhere. We would be in the same bad spot as though we did nothing at all. Zing! Another one down.
(6) Does it unite or segregate the body of Christ, the church? God is not the author of confusion. If it scatters the sheep, it is of the devil.
The LDS Church builds around 350 new church buildings each year. Despite that growth, no matter where you go in the world you’ll find that one church congregation functions exactly like any other. A Church member from Los Angeles, California can go to Hong Kong, Russia, or Brazil and immediately feel at home and like they fit in. Everything is orderly, organized, and clear. So there’s very little confusion, the sheep are gathered rather than scattered, and the members are definitely united. Winning.
(7) Do people who follow their prophecy become more like the Lord Jesus Christ, or more like the world, the flesh and the devil? Christians are like the Lord Jesus Christ of the Christian Bible as expressed in the four Gospels.
As stated above, the entire purpose of the LDS Church is to bring souls to Christ. Of course no Church member is perfect, and many of us have grave faults, but we’re trying and inasmuch as people follow the teachings of the LDS Church then yes, they certainly do become more Christlike.
And so the LDS Church passes this test with flying colors. Have any questions you’d like to add to the test?