What is the Gospel or Good News? 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 says that the Gospel consists of belief in Jesus Christ’s death for our sins, His burial and His Resurrection. But did you know that most Mormons today think that this simple Gospel taught in the Bible is incomplete? The Mormon Church claims that when the first-century Christian Apostles died, many “plain and most precious” truths of the gospel were lost and that Joseph Smith was called by God to “restore” what was missing in the Christian Gospel. So what exactly makes the Mormon “restored” gospel different from the Biblical Gospel?
Mormon Priesthood Authority: When I (Lee) was a Bishop in the Mormon Church, I taught that Christians who are not ordained to the Mormon Aaronic and Melchizedek priesthoods do not have the authority to operate with the power of God. And when I (Kathy) was growing up in the Mormon Church, I believed that I had to perform special Temple ordinances, such as being married for time and eternity, before I could go to the Highest Kingdom of Heaven.
But are these additions to the Gospel a true “restoration” of the first-century Gospel? No! Not a single wedding was ever performed in the Biblical temple and neither Jesus nor His Apostles held the Aaronic Priesthood because they were not Levites. So how can the Mormon gospel be a true restoration? It can not be a restoration. Instead Mormonism is a counterfeit gospel and falls under the condemnation of Galatians 1:9: “If any man preach any other gospel unto you… let him be accursed.”
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