Revisiting a Fundamental Disagreement between Mormonism and Christianity

by Sharon Lindbloom 7 June 2019 About a year ago here at Mormonism in the News, I addressed an article about the doctrine of the Trinity by LDS scholar Daniel Peterson. Dr. Peterson has recently reposted his 2018 article. Because links to that recent repost keep popping up in my news feed, I thought it … Read more

Anti-Mormons, Scribes, and Pharisees

by Sharon Lindbloom 1 April 2019 Last month LDS blogger Adam Dreamer posted an article he titled, “9 Ways Anti-Mormons are like the Scribes and Pharisees.” His stated purpose for the article was to demonstrate “how closely the arguments of Christ’s critics match – in substance and style, if not specifics – the arguments of … Read more

The 6 Ideas That Led a Man to Mormonism

by Sharon Lindbloom 20 August 2018 LDS Living, a popular independent faith-promoting magazine and website for Mormons, recently produced and published a video, “The 6 Questions That Led Me to Christianity.” In the fallaciously-titled video, an unnamed man explains why he joined the LDS Church. He begins, “At 19 I had decided that Christianity could … Read more

A Fundamental Disagreement between Mormonism and Christianity

by Sharon Lindbloom 7 May 2018 On April 19th (2018) Deseret News published an article by Daniel Peterson in his “Defending the Faith” column that discusses the Trinity. Dr. Peterson begins, “A fundamental disagreement between Latter-day Saint Christianity and mainstream Christianity concerns the doctrine of the Trinity. Both outsiders and members of The Church of Jesus Christ … Read more

La Doctrina Biblica de la Trinadad

Por Eric Johnson La doctrina biblical de la Trinidad ha sido excesivamente criticado por muchos años.  Las objeciones por los Mormones, Los Testigos Jehová, y los Muslims pueden venir en declaraciones como estas: “No entiendo eso!” “La palabra “Trinidad” no se encuentra en la Biblia!” “No es esto algo que los paganos y herejes inventaron?” Sin … Read more

The Story Behind the Council of Nicaea

This is one in a series on the Christian doctrine of the Trinity. To see MRM’s website page on the Trinity to see other resources, please click here. To listen to the 5-part Viewpoint on Mormonism podcast on this topic that originally aired in November 2016, click the following: Part 1  Part 2  Part 3   Part 4   Part 5 … Read more

¿Qué es la Trinidad?

Este es el primer artículo en una serie de la doctrina Cristiana de la Trinidad. Para ver la página web de MRM de la Trinidad y ver otros recursos, por favor haga clic aquí. Por Eric Johnson Comprender el significado de la Trinidad es importante para Cristianos que toman la Biblia como la Palabra autoritativa de … Read more

“The Mormon Jesus is not our Jesus.”

By Sharon Lindbloom 1 June 2016 On May 23, 2016 One News Now published a short article noting that “Seminary leaders disagree about Mormons’ beliefs.” The seminary leaders in question are Richard Mouw (who thinks Mormonism is approaching orthodoxy), and Richard Land (who disagrees). The One News Now article merely summarizes the essence of this … Read more

What the Trinity is NOT (heresies of the Trinity)

This is one in a series of articles on the Christian doctrine of the Trinity. To see MRM’s website page on the Trinity to see other resources, please click here. The information for this article is taken from Charts of Christian Theology and Doctrine by H. Wayne House (Zondervan, 1992) By Eric Johnson There are four major false teachings … Read more

Is there Biblical support for the Trinity?

This is one in a series of articles on the Christian doctrine of the Trinity. To see MRM’s website page on the Trinity to see other resources, please click here. By Eric Johnson There is biblical support for the Trinity. When heresies crept into the theology of the early church, the early Church Fathers kept returning to … Read more

What is the early history of the Trinity?

This is one in a series of articles on the Christian doctrine of the Trinity. To see MRM’s website page on the Trinity to see other resources, please click here. By Eric Johnson Christians believe that the Trinity is originally taught in the Bible. However, the word “Trinity” did not come until later in Christian church history. … Read more

What is the Trinity?

This is the first article in a series on the Christian doctrine of the Trinity. To see MRM’s website page on the Trinity to see other resources, please click here. By Eric Johnson Understanding the meaning of the Trinity is important to Christians who hold the Bible as the authoritative Word of God. The word “Trinity” … Read more

The Biblical Doctrine of the Trinity

By Eric Johnson EN ENSPANOL The biblical doctrine of the Trinity has been unduly criticized for many years. The objections by Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Muslims might come in statements and questions like these: “I don’t understand it!” “The word ‘Trinity’ is not found in the Bible!” “Isn’t this teaching something the pagans and heretics invented?” However, … Read more

Mormonism 201 (Trinity): Response to René Alexander Krywult

Response to René Alexander Krywult Rejoinder by John Divito In order to make this review easier to read, all original quotes from the Mormonism 201 rebuttal are boldfaced and italicized to separate these from the rest of the rejoinder. I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all … Read more

Matthew 3:15-17: Three Gods?

The nature of God is often debated by other religions and cults. Thus, when the issue of the Trinity comes up, many point to this verse as evidence that this is not a biblical teaching. After all, it is argued, there are three gods referenced here: the Father, whose voice comes out of heaven; the … Read more

Godhead

Godhead. Three gods–God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost–who, while distinct in being, are one in purpose. Joseph Smith taught, “I have always declared God to be a distinct personage, Jesus Christ a separate and distinct personage from God the Father, and that the Holy Ghost was a distinct personage and a Spirit: and these three constitute three distinct personages and three Gods” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 370). Apostle Bruce R. McConkie explained, “Three separate personages – Father, Son, and Holy Ghost – comprise the Godhead.

The Nature of God

The Mormon doctrine of God is not the same as the historic Christian view. It holds that God and man are essentially of the same human species, and that God the Father is fundamentally a material being with a body of flesh and bones. He is not uniquely self-existent, transcendent, or eternal. Neither is he truly the creator of all things, for he is one among potentially billions in a genealogy of Gods, and does not even have the ability to create matter.