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Evangelicalism versus Mormonism comparison chart
Edit this comparison chartEvangelicalismMormonism
Place of worship Church, Chapel, Cathedral, or shrine. Church, Chapel or Temple for organized worship, though in extremis, any place where two followers of Christ gather together.
Place of origin Most of them were formed in the United States of America. Upstate New York
Practices Baptism; Praying in Tongues, etc. Baptism, partaking of Sacrament at weekly church meetings, tithing, temple marriage & baptism for the dead. Personal & family prayer & scripture study, Family home evening. Following the teachings of modern prophets such as Thomas S. Monson.
Founder Various founders Jesus Christ restored the church that he created anciently by revelation to Joseph Smith both directly (as in the first vision) and through angels and the Book of Mormon.
Scriptures The Holy Bible(especially the King James Version). The Holy Bible (Old & New Testaments), The Book of Mormon, The Doctrine and Covenants, The Pearl of Great Price and sanctioned words of modern prophets.
Use of statues and pictures Crosses permitted; statues and pictures are not allowed. Idols are not accepted, depictions of the life of Christ and other saints are acceptable. Art for representation of a story not for idolatry.
Belief of God God Is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Heavenly Father has a perfected body of flesh and bone. He was once a man like us but ascended to godhood through obedience to eternal law. We can do likewise, but since we are imperfect, we need a Savior, Jesus Christ.
Means of salvation Through Christ's Death on the Cross. Through the Atonement of Christ, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
Branches Evangelicalism fall under the Protestant denomination of Christianity; Branches include Baptist, Pentecostal, Nondenominational, Church of Christ, Seventh Day Adventist, etc. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (mainline church does not sanction the existence or beliefs of offshoots listed elsewhere on this chart).
Religious Law Christians no longer live under the law but under grace. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is necessary but not sufficient for salvation. Christ said those who loved him would follow his commandments. Accordingly, we must follow God's laws, such as the Word of Wisdom, Law of Chastity etc.
About Evangelicals are Protestant Christians which emphasize New Birth, and following the Holy Bible. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon). mormon.org or lds.org for more information.
Clergy Pastors, ministers, etc. Most "worthy" male members hold priesthood offices. Some are called out of the congregation to preside over wards, stakes, and areas. Missionaries mostly support themselves. Only non-clergy who administer to the affairs of the Church are paid.
Human Nature Man has inherited "original sin" from Adam, meaning he is in rebellion against God and is an enemy to God. He is enslaved to sin. Man has the potential for good or evil and he chooses which to pursue. He who chooses evil can be enslaved to sin but is set free by coming to Christ.
Literal Meaning Message of the Gospel. Church of Jesus Christ because he is the founder; "Latter-day Saints" to distinguish today's restored church from that which existed in the Savior's time
Life after death Either in Heaven(if Saved), or Hell(if Damned). All have been gifted immortality through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Righteous to spirit paradise and wicked to spirit prison. Salvation possible after death. Final destination decided after the Millennium. Body and spirit go to Heaven (3 levels.)
Day of worship Usually Sunday(the Lord's Day). A few revert back to the Jewish Sabbath Day(which fell on Saturday). Official worship services occur on Sunday. Prayer, scripture study, religious teachings in the home and seminary study occur daily and throughout the week.
Rites Sacraments Ordinances include Baptism, confirmation (receiving the Holy Spirit through the laying on of hands), ordination to the Melchizedek Priesthood (for men), the temple endowment, and the marriage sealing.
Ressurection of Jesus Affirmed Affirmed as a literal, historic event.
Definition 'Messenger of the Good News.' A member of the true restored Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which was restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith in the 19th century after centuries of apostasy.
God's role in salvation Salvation is a completely free gift from the Lord and comes by grace alone through faith in Jesus Christ. All will be resurrected through the perfect sacrifice of Christ. All who choose to follow him will gain life eternal, which is life in the presence of God. Exaltation to a higher state is dependent on grace and obedience to laws and ordinances.
Confessing sins through prayer to God To God through prayer. Confession of more serious sins to one's bishop or stake president.
Praying to Saints,Mary, and Angel Do not believe that one needs to pray to Saints, Mary or Angels. Only pray to God the Father and God the Father alone. Pray only to God (The Father) in Jesus' name.
Birth of Jesus Virgin Birth in Bethlehem Jesus was the Only Begotten Son of our Heavenly Father in the flesh—the only child whose mortal body was begotten by our Heavenly Father. His mortal mother, Mary, was called a virgin, both before and after she gave birth.
Goal of religion To gain Eternal Salvation. Obtain a physical body, learn and exercise agency to make good or evil choices, gain salvation through the grace of Jesus Christ, love one another, serve, keep the commandments, which lead to happiness in this life and the life to come .
Holy days/Official Holidays Usually Sunday(some go on Saturday), Christmas Easter, and Pentecost. Sunday (The Lord's Day), Christmas, Easter.
View of other Abrahamic religions Judaism is incomplete without Christ; Islam and Baha'i are following false prophets. The LDS Church carries the fulness of the gospel and God's authority on earth. All other religions stem from God's true church and teach many true principles and promote good values but don't have the fulness of the gospel.
Geographical distribution and predominance Mostly in North America, and in Australia. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a worldwide religion, with organized congregations on six continents. The largest Mormon populations are in the U.S. (about 7 million) and Mexico (1.5 million)
Promised Holy one. The Lord Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah of Old Testament Prophecy; He Will Come again at the end of time, to Fulfill New Testament Prophecy. The Lord Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah of Old Testament prophecy - He will come again at the end of time to fulfill Old and New Testament prophecy. He has restored his church to the earth today through the prophet Joseph Smith.
Place and Time of origin Different times Eastern United States, AD 1830
Death of Jesus Death by Crucifixion Death by crucifixion followed by resurrection and continued ministry among his followers in Judea and the New World.
Belief Belief in Christ Jesus. Believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior; and receiving Eternal Salvation from him and our Heavenly Father. All are immortal and existed before this life. Some chose to come to this world to be tested.
Marriage Between one man and one woman. Mormon scripture (Doctrine and Covenants section 132); marriage is one man/one woman and can be eternal. Historic polygamy was ended more than 100 yrs ago and was practiced by divine command as an exception to the rule.
Holy Days Usually Sunday(the Lord's Day), but, some prefer to worship on Saturday(the Jewish Sabbath Day), Christmas,Easter, and Pentecost. Sunday (Day of rest), Easter, Christmas, celebrations of events in Mormon history. No formal feast days.
Prophets Prophets are people Chosen By the Holy Spirit, to reveal His Message to humanity. The gift of prophecy may be granted to any believer. God has called specific prophets, seers, and revelators to guide the Church today, as in ancient times. There is one man called the prophet of the church who holds all keys of priesthood authority
Identity of Jesus Son of the Eternal God, and Personal Saviour. Jesus is the eldest of Heavenly Father's spirit children. He is the Son of God, the Lord of all and the Savior of all who believe in Him and truly repent, or turn from, their sins. He is also given the name, Jehovah as well as the title, God.
View of the Buddha Buddha is viewed as a false deity. A wise teacher. No official position taken by the Church; most Mormons probably don't know much about him.
Original Language English. English
View of other Dharmic religions Views all non-Abrahamic religions as pagan in worship. Abrahamic religion. Mormons believe they have a corner on all truth. They believe that while nearly all denominations contain a lot of truth, that the LDS faith is the only one with full truth. Anyone can obtain salvation no matter what faith you are
Resurrection of Jesus Affirmed Affirmed as a literal, historic event.
Second coming of Jesus Affirmed Affirmed. No one knows when he will return.
Offshoot religions N/A. Community of Christ, Church of Christ, Church of Jesus Christ, Apostolic United Brethren, Fundamentalist LDS, Restored LDS.
Concept of Deity One God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Father, Son and Holy Spirit are three distinct beings who are "one in purpose". As in Stephen's vision Acts 7:55 -Mormons believe that Jesus is not God the Father; they are separate beings.
Time of origin Most of them within the last 200 years. 1830s
Clothes Encouraged to dress conservatively. Temple Endowed men and women wear the garments of the holy priesthood. All are counseled to dress modestly. Those attending church services are encouraged to wear "Sunday best" to show respect.
Angels Angels are God's messengers. Angels are God's messengers. Angels can also be demonic spirits. Not all angels are good. (1 John 4:1). Some angels are righteous resurrected beings who previously lived on the earth.
Status of women Women can become ministers, in some branches. Men hold priesthood keys. Women's role as mother seen as equally divine and important as priesthood. Women preach and take leadership in organizations for women, young women and children, and sit on congregational councils.
Status of Adam Adam was the first man created by God. He fell into temptation and brought sin and death to the human race. Adam, the same person as the angel Michael, along with Eve made life possible for all mankind through their transgression in the Garden of Eden, which made Christ's sacrifice necessary for all men.
Principle Because our first parents sinned, all human beings sin. So Christ Came down from Heaven to Save us all from our sins. Before this world was created there was a council in heaven where Satan and Jesus Christ proposed opposing plans. In Christ's plan, which was the same as Heavenly Father's, man would sin & a savior (Christ) was needed to atone for our sins.
View of Oriental religions Reject those as pagan. All religions contain some truths, but to reach the highest levels of exaltation, people must accept Jesus as Savior.
View of Abrahamic religions Judaism is incomplete without the Messiah; Both Islam and Baha'i are wrong to believe in men that are greater than the Messiah. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints acknowledge that Jews and Muslims worship our Heavenly Father, though their worship is incomplete without acknowledging the true role of Jesus Christ as the Messiah and without priesthood authority.

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