Mormons confess that they are NOT evangelical Christians

“But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.” (Acts 20:24)

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Mormons practically replace the last part of the above verse with: “to testify to the Book of Mormon and to all the teachings of our prophet Joseph Smith”… You have surely met Christians who give you a copy of the New Testament Book that contains the Gospel of Christ. Well, if Mormons have ever visited you, you remember that they gave you a copy of the Book of Mormon instead of preaching to you the Gospel of Christ and giving you a copy of the New Testament Book…

True Christians, just like the Apostle Paul, testify the Gospel of the Grace of God. Any other “gospel” is a false gospel that cannot even be called “gospel”, as “gospel” means “good news”, as we will see.

First let me remind you that we’re not speculating about what Mormons believe, but we are studying a document sent to us by email from a Mormon teacher that explains all the doctrines and beliefs of this cult. We have talked about this email and this attached document from the Mormon here. So we advise the Mormons not to try their usual tactic of fleeing from the examination of their doctrines by saying: “That’s not what we believe!” This is what you believe, as we read it in a document sent by you, unless you Mormons don’t know what you believe or you do not agree with each other.

Indeed, the title of that document is:

True Christian

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One Mormon Answers
Evangelical Christians

by
Stephen C. Douglas

In this title, you have a clear confession from Mormons that they are NOT evangelical Christians, even though they have a misunderstanding about what “evangelical” means. But the ignorance of a person about the thing that he is attacking does not change the fact that he is attacking it. So this Mormon is attacking evangelical Christians, and thus he clearly confesses that he is not one of them. And as we will see, all the Apostles and all their companions and all the apostolic Christians in the first century were evangelical Christians, and thus Mormons are proven to be cultists who want to introduce new teachings that do not agree with what the Apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ taught. Mormons confess in this title that a “True Christian” according to them is the one who is NOT evangelical…

What does the word “evangelical” really mean? The word “evangelical” literally means “related to the Evangel”. What is this strange word “Evangel”? Well, you know that the New Testament Books were written in Greek. Each time you read the word “gospel” in your English version of the New Testament Book, that’s the original Greek word “εὐαγγέλιον” (“euaggelion” or “evangelion”) which literally means “good news”. It is translated to English as “Gospel” (from the old English word “godspell”, i.e. “goodspell”, which is “good news”). So “Evangel” means “Good News” or “Gospel”, and “evangelical” means “related to the Good News”, “related to the Gospel”. Therefore, the real meaning of “evangelical Christian” is “a follower of Christ who believes and lives and preaches the Gospel”.

In this way, the Mormons have confessed that they are not “followers of Christ who believe and live and preach the Gospel”. According to them, they are NOT evangelical Christians, but Mormons… And Mormon is a false prophet whose teachings they follow. Read about Mormon on wikipedia. In brief, the Mormons are not followers of Christ who believe and live and preach the Gospel, but followers of the false prophet Mormon. This is clear in the title of the sent document.

Now, Mormons will say that in this title “Evangelical” does not mean what we explained above, but it means the name of a denomination or of a group of denominations. We answer them: This also is an error, as originally “evangelical” means what we explained above. It is not our problem if Mormons accepted the wrong understanding of this term. And more: this misunderstanding on the side of Mormons itself is an argument against them. If they don’t know what “evangelical” really means, then they oppose what they do not really know. And as I explained above, this doesn’t justify the attack of Mormons against evangelical Christians. If they really want to attack their wrong understanding, and not us, then why did they send this document to us? Let them go debate with those whom they think they are attacking. But if they mean us, then we explained above what we are: Evangelical Christians, and not Christians who follow a denomination called “Evangelical”. We have explained these things in An important note about Roman Catholicism and other Christian religious movements (note: in this short article to which I just referred you, “Protestant” means what Mormons mean by “Evangelical”). If they think they came to the wrong address, then this in itself is a proof that Mormons do not have any argument against the true Christians who are evangelical, but they are using a huge strawman argument by attacking whom they think are Evangelical Christians through us.

Now, before I close this article, let me quote for you passages from the New Testament Book where we clearly see that Christ preached the Gospel and is HIMSELF that Gospel, and all true apostolic Christians always believed and lived and preached the Gospel of Grace, and not any human teaching or philosophy. In these verses, we see how the Apostles and the first Christians were all evangelical:

“And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.” (Matthew 4:23)

“And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.” (Matthew 9:35)

“The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.” (Matthew 11:5)

“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” (Matthew 24:14)

“Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” (Mark 1:14-15)

“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.” (Mark 8:35)

“And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.” (Mark 10:29-30)

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15)

“And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.” (Luke 9:6)

“And there they preached the gospel.” (Acts 14:7)

“But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.” (Acts 20:24)

“Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God (Romans 1:1)

“So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:15-17)

“For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.” (1 Corinthians 1:17)

“For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!” (1 Corinthians 9:16)

“And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.” (1 Corinthians 9:23)

“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.” (2 Corinthians 4:3-5)

“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:8-9)

“But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.” (Galatians 1:11)

“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise” (Ephesians 1:13)

“Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel (Philippians 1:27)

“For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel (Colossians 1:5)

“But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.” (1 Thessalonians 2:4)

“Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.” (1 Peter 1:12)

And what is the Gospel? Some new Law or some commandments, as the Mormons claim? Let’s see how the Apostle makes the Gospel known to us:

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)

Grace be with you!
Disciple of Jesus Christ

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4 Responses to Mormons confess that they are NOT evangelical Christians

  1. Stephen Douglas says:

    Wow, that was a multitude of words without actually showing any content of my mansucript for your readers to study for themselves. I suggest you show sections, perhaps a chapter at a time, without going off on a tangent about the definition of “Evangelion.” I know what it means. And just because we don’t identify ourselves with YOUR Evangelical Christianity and your Sola (Ebraica) Scriptura and your Trinitarian take on the Godhead, does not mean we consider ourselves NOT Evangelical Christians. Our claim is that the original Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored. It is not a NEW gospel, as you allude.

  2. Stephen, we have quoted the title of your manuscript, and we have commented on it. Does this mean for you “without showing any content”? If you are not pleased with what we understood from your title, then you are free to change it. The choice is yours.

    We are not here to publish for you your secret manuscript that you send in private emails. So we are not supposed to publish for you parts of your manuscript. We just quote the part on which we need to comment, as our purpose is to tell people the truth so that no one may be deceived by such cults as yours. It is not our main purpose to just have an empty debate with you. You’re already having a debate with Christians on Facebook, so if you want to know the truth you can ask them. We are not here to replace any Christian. And as I said before, you are free to post your manuscript if you care so much to tell people all its content even before we answer it.

    Now, as you know what “Evangelion” means, then it seems that you are using a strawman argument by attacking the so-called “Evangelical Christians” that you have in mind through us. We have your manuscript, and we answer it in the light of the Word of God, and we are not supposed to answer in the place of others. If you have some problems with other groups, you can go debate with them as much as you want. But as you sent your manuscript to us, so you should be “open-minded” (as you claim to be in your manuscript) and you should listen to the comments that God’s Word has about the erroneous way that you are following.

    Besides, if you really knew what “Evangelion” means, as you say, then you would not be preaching now the bad news that all Mormons preach, as we will see in our study of your manuscript, if the Lord wills. Unless you purposefully want to deceive people!! But I hope that’s not the case.

    There is not “your” or “mine” or “our” evangelical Christianity. You either believe and live and preach the Gospel of Grace, or you are preaching a false gospel and you are not evangelical at all; you only claim to be one. And this is not strange, as the Word says:

    “For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.
    No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
    Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.”
    (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)

    So it’s not surprising if Mormons disguise themselves as evangelical Christians.

    And it seems that you are not being patient to read our answer about the different points of your manuscript, and therefore you already began to talk about your misunderstandings about the Sola Scriptura and the Trinity. It is clear that you are not so confident about the ability of the content of your manuscript to accurately tell us about your views concerning these different doctrines… Anyways, we just tell you now that the Scripture is not written only for Hebrews, so you’re in a huge error when you call it “Ebraica” according to what you have been taught by your human teachers. And as for the Trinity, I am not surprised that you are so deceived that you don’t know that God’s Name is one. We will see this in more details in our replies, if the Lord wills. Be patient.

    The Gospel of Jesus Christ was never lost so that it may be restored by you. The Church is built on the Rock, just as our Lord promised, and the gates of Hades will not overpower it (read Matthew 16:15-18). So, just as you said, that’s a just a claim of yours.

    So stop preaching a wrong gospel, and read carefully our reply to your manuscript. If you’re not confident in the content of your manuscript, then OK. If you are, then be calm and read our replies now. And if you have any questions that need to be clarified from the Scripture, you can ask them.

    Grace be with you!
    Disciple of Jesus Christ

  3. Stephen Douglas says:

    If there are any readers, outside your friends, on this site, they are free to send me an email to puteoli1@aol.com for my “secret” manuscript, which I will send gratis.

    Excuse me for ad-libbing Ebraica to Sola Scriptura. I added it to emphasize you only believe in Biblical Scripture, which is of Hebrew authorship, that God has not spoken with other people on any other continent.

    And if your only response is to “Aha!” my text by finding fault in my wording, as though you have uncovered my secret thoughts and admissions, like some defense attorney, without getting to the actual doctrine of my text, I fear you will lose audience.

  4. Stephen, the actual doctrine of your text begins in the introduction, as we have seen.

    Grace be with you!
    Disciple of Jesus Christ

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