#7 - God doesn’t live in you, He lives at the Temple and you’ll need your recommend card to get in.
The Mormon religion incorporates a number of Masonic rituals and other aspects borrowed from the world’s religions, including paganism.
A temple and a ward are two different things. A ward is like a church and everyone can go. The temple is a holy place and if you are deemed worthy to enter, you will be given a “Temple Recommend” card to present at your entry. This card can include information about your tithing records, your good works, your lifestyle, reports on behavior, sins and anything else that might disqualify you for entry.
The Temple is held in high regard and one must earn the right to enter the holiest rooms through acts of service for the dead. Once you have been given the ordinance and those acts are performed in the temple and you are wearing your white garments, you are allowed into the Celestial Room where you will feel the Holy Spirit the strongest because He is drawn to your good works for people who have died and cannot perform them for themselves (this includes baptism).
There are a number of concerning theological differences between the LDS Church and the Christian faith. This article has given you a very high-level breakdown of some of the larger issues to be aware of and of what is taught in the mainstream LDS Church.
However, if you talk to a Mormon these days, you’re less likely to hear the odd stuff about one day ascending to your own planet, or the necessity of polygamy to salvation or reincarnation, or even Joseph Smith and his golden tablets.
You’re more likely to hear Mormons discuss such reasonable topics as “atonement,” “grace,” “salvation,” “there is only One True God,” and “Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” It all sounds legit, right? But now you know and knowing is half the battle!
These are not points of argument to contend over with Mormons. There are better and more effective ways to reach them for Christ than to attack their religion.
However, don’t be asleep in the light either! Some Mormons are more well-versed in Christian theology than Christians are!
It’s important we hold fast to the truths of our Christian faith and seek God’s direction as we make disciples in a world of confusion.
Alicia Purdy is a worship leader and author of “The Way of the Worshipper” and “The Way of the Worshipper: A Devotional Workbook”. Her passion is to write about a real faith in a real Jesus and to inspire, encourage and support the body of Christ. You can learn more at her blog: TheWayoftheWorshipper.com. She and her husband minister and serve in their local church and together they have 5 kids and 1 cat, named Chester.
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This article is part of our Denomination Series listing historical facts and theological information about different factions within and from the Christian religion. We provide these articles to help you understand the distinctions between denominations including origin, leadership, doctrine, and beliefs. Explore the various characteristics of different denominations from our list below!
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Mormons: The Church of Latter Day Saints & Their Beliefs
Baptist Church: History & Beliefs
Presbyterians: History & Beliefs
Mennonites & Their Beliefs
United Methodist Church: History & Beliefs
Seventh-Day Adventists & Their Beliefs
The Pentecostal Church: History & Beliefs
Lutheran History & Beliefs