WHY MORMONS AND JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES ARE NOT CHRISTIANS – Answering the Question: “Why do you say that Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses are not Christians. Don’t they believe in Jesus?”

The Mormon religion (officially known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or LDS) and the Jehovah’s Witness organization (also known as the Watchtower) both share a common foundational doctrine: They claim that Christianity became corrupt at the death of the New Testament apostles. They assert that through their religion alone, God has restored the lost and corrupted elements of the Christian faith so that only those who practice their religion possess the purest form of Christianity.

When challenged by non-members that they are not “Christians” because they deny many of the doctrinal tenets of the original Christian faith, often Jehovah’s Witness and Mormon adherents take offense. Reasoning that they “believe in Jesus Christ,” they question why anyone would consider them “unchristian.” In response to these assertions we ask:

1. If the confession that one “believes in Jesus Christ” is sufficient to qualify one as a “Christian”, how do we reconcile this with Jesus’ statement in Matthew chapter seven?

Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.” —Matthew 7:21-23 *

It is apparent that the people in Jesus’ example thought they were Christians. Even though they may have performed many works in Jesus’ name as proof of their religious devotion, Jesus rejected them with the statement, “I never knew you.” Given Jesus’ preceding warnings about “false prophets” who would masquerade as followers of Jesus Christ (verse 15), is it any wonder Jesus commanded us to test the “fruit” of religious teachers before embracing them into the fold (verse 20)? This brings us to our second question:

2. Suppose we evangelical Christians were to claim that we are “Mormons” because we “believe in Jesus Christ,” but we deny the Book of Mormon and teach that Joseph Smith was a false prophet. How would a LDS person feel about us claiming to be “Mormon” when we reject the basic tenets that underlie the LDS religion?

In the same way that a Mormon or a Jehovah’s Witness would not be pleased with someone who claims to follow their religion but who rejects the fundamental tenets of their faith, so it is with true Christians. The following chart analyzes many of the Christian doctrines that the Jehovah’s Witness and Mormon religions either deny or distort:

*1 Eternal God (Isa 43:10-11; 44:6,8) in 3 Persons: Father – Phil 2:11, Son – John 1:1, Holy Spirit – Acts 5:3-4

* Spirit Essence who fills Heaven and Earth is not a Man– Jn 4:24; 1 Kings 8:27; Hos 11:9* 3 Separate GodsTeachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, by Joseph Fielding Smith, 1976, p. 370

* God has not always been God. He is not a spirit but is an “exalted Man” Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 345-346; D&C 130:22; Millennial Messiah,by McConkie, p. 77* Jesus is a lesser “god” under Jehovah the only true God. Reasoning from the Scriptures, p. 212

* Holy Spirit is not a person but is God’s “active force”Should You Believe in the Trinity, p. 20


* The Eternal God the Son – Jn 1:1-3,18; Phil 2:5-9; John 20:28; Heb 1:8; Heb 7:3; Isa 9:6; Jn 8:58; Col 2:9; 2 Pet 1:1, Tit 2:13; Jn 5:18; 19:7* Creator God of “all things” including the angels and Lucifer – Jn 1:3; Col 1:15-17; Jn 8:23; Heb 1:5,13; 2:5,8; 4:16-17


* Worshipped as God – Heb 1:6; Jn 5:23; 14:14; Rev 5:11-14

* Resurrected as a man in His glorified physical body – John 2:18-22; Acts 17:31

* His blood is sufficient to cover “all” sin including murder– Heb 7:25; 1 Jn 1:7,9; 1 Tim 1:13-15; c.f. Acts 8:1* Jesus earned His godhood and salvation – Mormon Doctrine, McConkie, p. 129; Mortal Messiah,vol. 4, p. 434* Contended with Lucifer His “spirit brother” for the appointment as Savior – Gospel Principles, pp. 17-18

* Certain sins for which Jesus’ blood cannot atone – including murderDoctrines of Salvation,vol. 1, pp. 134-135* A created angel who is “divine” as a “mighty god” next (but not equal to) Jehovah GodReasoning from the Scriptures, pp. 212, 218* Jesus is not worthy of prayer or worshipInsight on the Scriptures, vol. 2, p. 667; The Watchtower, Dec. 15, 1994, pp. 24-25

* Resurrected as Michael the archangel in a non-human spirit bodyYou Can Live Forever in Paradise on Earth, pp. 21, 144-145; The Kingdom Is At Hand,1944, p. 258


* Gospel = Death, Burial, Resurrection of Jesus Christ – 1 Cor 15:1-4


* Free gift of Eternal Life by faith in Jesus Christ alone (apart from works of personal worthiness) – Rom 4:4-6; 6:23; 10:9; 11:6; Eph 2:8-10; Isa 64:6; Phil 3:9

* Eternal Destiny in either Heaven or Hell – No Second Chance – Heb 9:27; Matt 25:46; Rev 20:12-15

* Only a “few” will be “saved” – Matt 7:13-14

* Spiritual authority for adoption out of Satan’s family into God’s family is given to “everyone” who believes (trusts) in Jesus Christ– 1 John 5:1; John 1:12* Gospel = Faith in Jesus Christ + Works of obedience to LDS Gospel “laws”The Miracle of Forgiveness, Spencer W Kimball, p. 6

* All people (regardless of religion or lack of it) will be “saved” except for the few who leave Mormonism Joseph Smith—Seeker After Truth, John A Widtsoe, p. 178; Mormon Doctrine, p. 778, 351

* Highest level of Salvation (i.e., Eternal Life) is only for those who do their part in working for their salvation – 2 Nephi 25:23, Book of Mormon; The Miracle of Forgiveness, p. 206; Mormon Doctrine, p. 669* Gospel = Faith in Jehovah God, Jesus Christ and the Watchtower OrganizationThe Watchtower, Feb. 15, 1983, p. 12

* Faith in Jesus Christ + works are required to prove oneself worthy for the “reward” of Eternal LifeThe Watchtower, Aug. 15, 1972, p. 492; Aug. 1, 1992, p. 17

* Jesus’ mediatorship, heavenly life and New Covenant spiritual adoption as a child of God are only for 144,000 peopleWorldwide Security Under the Prince of Peace,‘ 1986, p. 10; Knowledge that Leads to Everlasting Life, 1995, p. 88; Reasoning from the Scriptures,1989, p. 76


* Man is a creation of God whose “spirit” was formed “within” him – not in a spirit world – 1 Cor 15:46; Jn 8:23; Zech 12:1


* Immediately upon death, the conscious soul/spirit of the Christian will dwell with God– 2 Cor 5:6-8; Phil 1:21-23; Rev 6:9-10* Physical offspring of Celestial Parents – Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother – in a spirit world Doctrines of Salvation, vol. 1, p. 97; Mormon Doctrine, p. 589

* We are gods in embryo” and “you have got to learn how to be Gods yourselves…the same as all Gods have done before you.…” – Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 21; Teaching of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 345-346

* Second chance in a “spirit prison” for those who haven’t heard the Mormon “gospel”Gospel Principles, 1992, p. 292 * The soul of man ceases to exist after deathno hell Knowledge that Leads to Everlasting Life, pp. 81-85

* Second chance in the resurrection for all to prove worthy of everlasting life. – Knowledge that Leads to Everlasting Life,pp. 87-88

This chart provides ample evidence of the unbiblical doctrines of these groups. For a more complete and thorough analysis of these groups, see the following reference charts on our website:



Many of the people involved in these groups are sincere and are often the nicest, moral people one will ever meet. However, they have been deceived by a counterfeit religion that on the surface looks good, but is leading many into spiritual darkness. It doesn’t matter how many articles of “sheep’s clothing” they put on as they perform good “works” in the “name of Jesus Christ;” if their doctrinal “fruit” fails the test, they will experience the spiritual destruction accorded to those who follow “false prophets.”

  • “If a prophet…gives you as sign…and the sign or the wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying ‘Let us go after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us serve them,’ you shall not listen to the words of that prophet….”—Deuteronomy 13:1-3
  • “to the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”—Isaiah 8:20, KJV
  • “…the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.…and they that are led of them are destroyed.”—Isaiah 9:15-16, KJV

3. If Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses are “Christians” just like we are, why do they send Missionaries to our doors to convert us to their beliefs?

Joseph Smith, Jr (founder of the Mormon religion) claimed that in 1820, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him in a vision proclaiming that “all” the churches of Christianity were “wrong…that all their creeds were an abomination…that those professors were all corrupt….” (Joseph Smith—History 1:19). Likewise, Jehovah’s Witnesses have claimed that all of the churches of Christendom are part of false religious Babylon and that one must “come to Jehovah’s organization [i.e., the Watchtower] for salvation.”—The Watchtower, November 15, 1981, p. 21

Is it any wonder Christians reject Jehovah’s Witness and Mormon religions as being unchristian? If they were truly just other sects or denominations of Christianity, why would they send missionaries to the doors of Christians to proselytize them into their religious groups? Why would they be concerned about gaining converts out of Christianity, if they were honestly part of Christianity? To add emphasis to the Mormon claims concerning Christianity, 1 Nephi 14:10 in the Book of Mormon states:

“And he said unto me: Behold there are save two churches only; the one is the church of the Lamb of God, and the other is the church of the devil.…”—1 Nephi 14:10

To the Mormons who proclaim that they are Christians just like we are, we ask the following questions:

  • According to the Book of Mormon which church is your church? If your church is the “church of the Lamb of God,” doesn’t this verse make our church the “church of the devil”? If then, according to Mormonism, our church is the “church of the devil,” how can you honestly claim to be Christians like we are?

In context, there is no question that the Book of Mormon is proclaiming that the churches of Christianity collectively comprise the “church of the devil.” The preceding verse (1 Nephi 14:9) speaks of a “great and abominable church…whose founder is the devil,” and 1 Nephi 13:26 identifies this “abominable church” as none other than the church that had possession of the Bible after it was delivered from the hands of the original apostles.

In contrast to the claims of Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons who insist that a restoration of true Christianity was needed as a result of a complete apostasy from the original faith, Jesus proclaimed: “…I will build My church; and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it” (Matthew 16:18). Since Jesus promised to protect His Church, how could the Christian church have apostatized to the point of needing a new religion to be developed in order to restore it to the earth? The Apostle Paul warned about those who would arise to draw disciples “after themselves” when he stated:

“For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparking the flock; also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves.”—Acts 20:29-31, NKJV

Indeed, we would do well to heed the words of Scripture and prove all things before welcoming into the fold of “Christianity,” all churches claiming adherence to Christ.

“But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.”—1 Thessalonians 5:21

“I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him…for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you, and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed.”—Galatians 1:6-8

* Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture quotations are from the New American Standard Bible

You know you’re in a cult when

You know you’re in a cult when

11/19/2008 – by Cultivator at Recovery from Mormonism– you buy a bag of coffee and are afraid you get caught

– you have to burn the markings of your underwear before disposing them

– certain parents can’t attend the weddings of their own children

– people look at you like you’re the Antichrist when you show a shoulder

– you have to pay tons of money no matter how broke or sick you are

– only you and your tiny little group goes to the highest heaven and the
other 99.98% don’t

– you have to work for free 10-20 hours a week

– everybody’s broke but ‘headquarters’ builds a 2 billion Dollar mall

– they don’t release financial information

– no credible scientist outside your group believes in huge Nephite, Lamanite
or Etherite civilizations where 2 million died in battles

– you don’t attend church for only a few weeks and ‘concerned’ people visit
you unannounced.

– you can end up in church court because you shared non approved literature /
websites with your fellow members

– you have to answer intimate questions about your sex life

Isn’t that proof enough ?

The Mormon Cult

11/19/2008 – by Charles L. Wood, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor, The
University of Akron – submitted by Tim RathboneMormonism Is a dangerous, family-splitting religion spreading throughout the
world. The purpose of this website is to give you the scientific and factual
information you need to evaluate this religion. With this information you will
save yourself many years of heartbreak and deception or help a loved one or
friend get loose of the dangerous grip that The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter
Day Saints has on innocent people through fear and intimidation.

Cult members of the Mormon/Latter-Day Saints religion are manipulated through
fear and guilt.

This Mormon/Latter-Day Saints cult produces fear in their members because if
they don?t practice church doctrine faithfully, they believe they will fail to
reach the highest levels of heaven and fear that if they don?t wear their
garments, they will not be protected by God.

Mormon church cult proselytizing functions at three levels:

1) marketing strategy,

2) missionary lessons, and

3) use of friendshipping families.

Seventy-five million dollars was earmarked by Bonneville International, the
Mormon church’s powerful communications branch, for satellite dishes in Canada
and Mexico. The Mormon Church set a similar goal for South America, Europe,
Asia, and the Philippines. The Mormon church’s satellite is the largest video
network in the world, having the ability to merge into any cable system in North
America….it spends approximately $550 million a year.

In addition, the LDS cult has been cosmitized, that is a sacred canopy has
been developed. The following explains what cults like the Mormon church must do
to establish this sacred canopy:

1. claim contact with heaven or the cosmos

2. claim God has chosen a leader as His divinely chosen representative

3. give royal or divine status to the leader(s)

4. insist their society mirrors the divine structure of heaven

5. build temples to practice sacred ordinances

6. produce ‘sacred’ literature

Cult Characteristics of the Mormon Church:

1. Teaching that the doctrine of the Mormon Church is reality, the doctrine
is to be accepted, not understood.

2. Reality is black and white, good and evil, spiritual world versus physical
word. (As an example: “the Mormon Church cult is the only true church on the
face of the earth”.)

3. Mormon Church members are taught to feel part of an elite group: following
and accepting church doctrine insures members eternal life and a delightful life
in heaven.

4. Mormon Church members are manipulated through fear and guilt, fear that if
they don?t practice church doctrine faithfully that they will fail to reach the
highest levels of heaven, fear that if they don?t wear their garments, that they
will not be protected by God.

5. Mormon Church members are taught that any problems that they may have are
due to their own inadequacies. If they are having marital, financial or other
difficult problems, it is because they are not following Church doctrine, or are
not praying enough. Guilt, fear and shame are present in the minds of Mormons if
they are not loyal and fail to follow the church doctrine.

6. Unlike non-cult organizations, Mormon Church members find it difficult to
leave when they find out that church teachings are false or otherwise become
disenchanted with the church. They believe that terrible things will happen to
them and their family if they leave. This becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy
because those who do leave actually often do lose their family, friends and
other social contacts within the Mormon community

Some of the Most Blasphemous and Damnable Mormon Doctrines

Some of the Most Blasphemous and Damnable
Mormon Doctrines

  1. “We believe in a God who is
    Himself progressive
    , whose majesty is intelligence; whose perfection
    consists in eternal advancement — a Being who has attained
    His exalted state by a path which now His children are permitted to
    , whose glory it is their heritage to share. In spite of the
    opposition of the sects, in the face of direct charges of blasphemy, the Church
    proclaims the eternal truth: ‘As man is, God once was; as
    God is, man may be.
    ‘” (LDS Apostle James E. Talmage, Articles of Faith,
    Ch.24, p.430 – p.431, LDS Collectors Library ’97 CD-ROM)
  2. ” ‘It is the first principle of the gospel to know
    for a certainty the character of God,’ the inspired word continues, ‘and to know
    that we may converse with Him as one man converses with another, and that He was once a man like us; yea, that God himself, the
    Father of us all, dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ Himself did.’ The
    Father is a glorified, perfected, resurrected, exalted man who worked out his
    salvation by obedience to the same laws he has given to us so that we may do the
    (LDS Apostle Bruce R. McConkie, A New Witness for the Articles of
    Faith, p.64, LDS Collectors Library ’97 CD-ROM)
  3. “Thus, on this beautiful spring morning in the
    Sacred Grove, Joseph Smith witnessed the renewal of God’s dealing with his
    children in accordance with the great gospel plan of redemption. Upon this
    occasion God the Father and his Beloved Son Jesus Christ appearing as glorified
    Resurrected Beings unto a chosen servant of God, made known once again the state
    of immortality which man will attain in preparation for the next estate of
    eternity; that also the world once again could know the reality of the personal
    nature of God the Father and his Beloved Son. (LDS Apostle Alvin R. Dyer,
    Conference Report, April 1963, p.49 – p.50, LDS Collectors Library ’97 CD-ROM)
  4. “As we stretch our imaginations to absorb the
    limitlessness of the creations of God we turn to a favorite song: If you could
    hie to Kolob in the twinkling of an eye, And then continue onward with that same
    speed to fly, D’ye think that you could ever, through all eternity, Find out the generation where Gods began to be? Or see the
    grand beginning, where space did not extend? Or view the last creation where
    Gods and matter end? Methinks the Spirit whispers, “No man has found ‘pure
    space,'” Nor seen the outside curtains, where nothing has a place. The works of
    God continue, and worlds and lives abound; Improvement and progression have one
    eternal round. There is no end to matter; there is no end to space; There is no
    end to spirit; there is no end to race.” (LDS Apostle Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon
    Doctrine, p.250, LDS Collectors Library ’97 CD-ROM)
  5. God: Creator And Ruler Of
    Many Worlds
    . — While it is true that evolutionists may be divided
    between theistic and atheistic groups, yet most of those professing belief in
    God consider him to be an indefinable force, essence, or power of an
    incomprehensible nature. According to revelation, however, he is a personal Being, a holy and exalted Man, a glorified,
    resurrected Personage having a tangible body of flesh and bones, an
    anthropomorphic Entity, the personal Father of the spirits of all men.

    (D. & C. 130:22- 23; Moses 6:51, 57; Abra. 3:22-24; Jos. Smith 2:16-19.)”
  6. “We are members of the family of the Eternal
    Father. He is a glorified and exalted and eternal Being,
    having a resurrected body of flesh and bones. His name is God, and the kind of
    life he lives is God’s life.
    His name is also Eternal, and the name of
    the kind of life he lives is eternal life. Eternal life is God’s life, and God’s
    life is eternal life. We are commanded to be perfect as he is perfect and to
    advance and progress until we become like him, or in other words, until we gain
    eternal life. Thus Joseph Smith said, “You have got to learn
    how to be Gods yourselves, and to be kings and priests to God, the same as all
    Gods have done before you, namely, by going from one small degree to another,
    and from a small capacity to a great one; from grace to grace from exaltation to
    exaltation, until you attain to the resurrection of the dead, and are able to
    dwell in everlasting burnings and to sit in glory, as do those who sit enthroned
    in everlasting power.”
    (Teachings, pp. 346-47.) Christ our Lord has so
    obtained, thus enabling him to say to the faithful: “Ye shall be even as I am,
    and I am even as the Father.” (3 Ne. 28:10.)” (LDS Apostle Bruce R. McConkie,
    The Mortal Messiah, Vol.1, p.23 – p.24, LDS Collectors Library ’97 CD-ROM)
  7. “I will prove that the world is wrong, by showing
    what God is. I am going to inquire after God; for I want you all to know Him,
    and to be familiar with Him; and if I am bringing you to a knowledge of Him, all
    persecutions against me ought to cease. You will then know that I am His
    servant; for I speak as one having authority. … “I will go
    back to the beginning before the world was, to show what kind of a being God
    . What sort of a being was God in the beginning? Open your ears and
    hear, all ye ends of the earth. for I am going to prove it to you by the Bible,
    and to tell you the designs of God in relation to the human race, and why He
    interferes with the affairs of man. … “God himself was
    once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens!
    That is the great secret.
    If the veil were rent today, and the great God
    who holds this world in its orbit, and who upholds all worlds and all things by
    His power, was to make himself visible,–I say, if you were to see him today,
    you would see him like a man in form–like yourselves in all the person, image,
    and very form as a man; for Adam was created in the very fashion, image and
    likeness of God, and received instruction from, and walked, talked and conversed
    with Him, as one man talks and communes with another. … “In order to
    understand the subject of the dead, for consolation of those who mourn for the
    loss of their friends, it is necessary we should understand the character and
    being of God and how He came to be so; for I am going to tell you how God came
    to be God. We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity. I
    will refute that idea, and take away the veil, so that you may see. … “These
    are incomprehensible ideas to some, but they are simple. It is the first
    principle of the gospel to know for a certainty the character of God, and to
    know that we may converse with Him as one man converses with another, and that
    He was once a man like us; yea, that God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on
    an earth, the same as Jesus Christ Himself did; and I will show it from the
    Bible. … “I wish I was in a suitable place to tell it, and that I had the
    trump of an archangel, so that I could tell the story in such a manner that
    persecution would cease forever. What did Jesus say? (Mark it, Elder Rigdon!)
    The scriptures inform us that Jesus said, as the Father hath power in himself,
    even so hath the Son power–to do what? Why, what the Father did. The answer is
    obvious–in a manner to lay down his body and take it up again. Jesus, what are
    you going to do? To lay down my life as my Father did, and take it up again. Do
    you believe it? If you do not believe it you do not believe the Bible. The
    scriptures say it, and I defy all the learning and wisdom and all the combined
    powers of earth and hell together to refute it. Here, then,
    is eternal life–to know the only wise and true God; and you have got to learn
    how to be gods yourselves, and to be kings and priests to God, the same as all
    gods have done before you, namely, by going from one small degree to another,
    and from a small capacity to a great one; from grace to grace, from exaltation
    to exaltation, until you attain to the resurrection of the dead,
    and are
    able to dwell in everlasting burnings. and to sit in glory, as do those who sit
    enthroned in everlasting power. And I want you to know that God, in the last
    days, while certain individuals are proclaiming His name, is not trifling with
    you or me.” (LDS President Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Vol.6, Ch.14,
    p.305-6, LDS Collectors Library ’97 CD-ROM)
  8. Intelligent beings are
    organized to become Gods, even the Sons of God, to dwell in the presence of the
    Gods, and become associated with the highest intelligences that dwell in
    eternity. We are now in the school, and must practice upon what we
    ” (LDS President Brigham Young, Discourses of Brigham Young,
    p.245, LDS Collectors Library ’97 CD-ROM)
  9. “This was the calling of Joseph Smith. He taught
    anew that God was in the form of man; that man was made in the image of God; and
    he taught the principles of justice, mercy, charity, and forgiveness. … He
    taught the truths that the Prophets before him had taught;
    and he went beyond them. …
    Joseph Smith taught men to look up to heaven and conceive of
    a God in the form of man. He taught them that they could become like their
    Father and God, who was ‘an exalted Man.’ And what is more simple and
    reasonable? Don’t you parents expect your children to become like you? Or do you
    expect your children to be something else than men and women?
    No. You men
    will see your sons become men; you women will see your daughters become women.
    Then God our Father–yes, and our Mother–in heaven, looking down upon this
    world– this school house in which their children are being
    educated–expect, and Joseph Smith taught it as a truth, that their children
    will be exalted, if they pursue the proper course, until they shall become
    divine beings themselves, worthy to stand upon that plane where stand their
    Father and their Mother in heaven. Like begets like; and the principle of
    eternal progress will make of man a God.
    (LDS Apostle Orson F. Whitney,
    Collected Discourses, Vol.5, May 8, 1898, LDS Collectors Library ’97 CD-ROM)