Of all its rules and regulations, there are many things Mormonism deprives its members of. For one, there is coffee and tea. Yeah, I would disagree with the Mormon Church and say people can drink coffee and tea. But for argument’s sake, let the Mormon Church do this. Second, there is the addition of the Book of Mormon to the scriptural canon, i.e. the deprivation of the Bible being good enough. Yes, I would disagree with the Mormon Church when they say the Book of Mormon is another volume of scripture. But for argument’s sake, let them have another book of scripture. If another book really did completely agree with the Bible, I would have no problem with it (though of course there would never be another canonical work of scripture). That is not the real issue. Thirdly, there is polygamy. Yes, I would disagree with the practice of polygamy. But for argument’s sake, let Mormons practice polygamy. It is still heterosexual marriage (which is the only right and covenantal marriage), and some Christians are polygamous in the Middle East because it is in their culture (though I agree that popular cultural practice is no excuse for abiding by or not abiding by scriptural principle). Fourthly, there are the different degrees of heaven. Yes, I would disagree with the Mormon Church that there are three levels of heaven called the Celestial Kingdom, Terrestrial Kingdom, and Telestial Kingdom. For argument’s sake, let the Mormon Church believe this.
For argument’s sake, I can forget about all of the above. Yes, it all can be proved wrong. Yes, you can get into discussions and debates with Mormons over all these things, and the Bible can prove them all wrong. The fact that these tenets of Mormonism are wrong is the truth, lowercase t. There are several truths of the Bible that squashes Mormonism. The Truth, uppercase T, is something that can separate us from God for eternity:
Here is the Truth:
“And to this Jesus replied, ‘When a man loves me, he follows my teaching. Then my Father will love him, and we will come to that man and make our home within him.'” (John 14:23, J.B. Phillips New Testament Translation)
Here is what Mormonism says, which robs its members of the greatest gift given to mankind:
“John 14:23—The appearing of the Father and the Son, in that verse, is a personal appearance; and the idea that the Father and the Son dwell in a man’s heart is an old sectarian notion, and is false.” (Doctrine and Covenants 130:3)
What does it profit a man for Christ to dwell in a man’s heart? Take a look! Paul says to the Church at Ephesus:
“For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” (Ephesians 3:14-19, KJV)
Being filled with the fullness of God and allowing Jesus Christ to dwell in their hearts is what Mormonism deprive Mormons of. This is the saddest thing, really. Yes, the Book of Mormon and polygamy are wrong. Right. I get that. But the heart of the matter is not whether or not there is another scriptural book.
The heart of the matter is this: Who is God? and How is the sinful man to be reconciled back to God? This is the really important Truth, the answer of which, Mormonism does not have.
Mormonism is a religion of hundreds of rules, laws, and ordinances. Religion is what Jesus came to destroy, not to sanction. Jesus came to give relationships, so that men and women can know Him personally! A personal relationship with Jesus Christ is the greatest gift that Mormonism robs its members of. This gift is ever-so mighty and live-changing! Jesus Christ being inside our hearts is, well, indescribably awesome!