2 Timothy 3:16,17 - The Scriptures are inspired by God, instruct us in righteousness, and provide us to every good work. [2 Tim. 2:15; 1 John 2:3-5]
1 John 4:1,6 - However, there are many false prophets, so we must put them to the test. We do this by comparing their teachings to the teachings we know are from God. [Cf. 1 Cor. 1:13]
Galatians 1:8,9 - Any man, even an angel, must teach the same gospel taught by inspired men. Any who teach different gospels are accursed. See 2 John 9-11.
Acts 17:11,12 - The Bereans were able to determine what was or was not true by searching the Scriptures daily.
God intends for us to determine the validity of any doctrine we hear by comparing it to what we know to be His revelation. If it does not agree, then it cannot be from God, and those who teach it are not pleasing to God.
True teachers will encourage listeners to compare their teaching to Scripture. If teachers belittle Scripture and object when people compare their teachings to Scripture, you can know those teachers are not from God.
The doctrines we will examine are those taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the Mormons). Mormons claim to agree that the Bible is from God (Article of Faith #8). We do not accept their claim that their Mormon "Scriptures" are from God, but we agree that the Bible is from God. Since Mormons and we agree that the Bible is from God, then we can determine the truth of Mormon teaching by comparing it to the Bible.
The goal is not to harm Mormon people but to help them obey the teachings of the above Scriptures. They need to see whether or not the teachings of their leaders agree with Scripture.
A second goal is to help people who talk with Mormons, so they can know the truth about Mormonism (1 Peter 3:15).
A third goal is to illustrate the concept of comparing doctrines to the Bible to show how, by doing this, we can determine truth from error.
Note that the material in this study has resulted from personal examination comparing Mormon authorities to the Bible. To avoid misrepresenting Mormon teaching, we will cite authoritative Mormon literature.
Consider how Mormon teaching and practice compares to the Bible in the following areas:
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