Pure Religion: Christianity vs. Mormonism

05 March

 General Conference, ‘Let Your Faith Show,’ April 2014; “But living the Lord’s pure religion, which means striving to become a true disciple of Jesus Christ, is a way of life and a daily commitment that will provide divine guidance.” – Russell M. Nelson

James 1:26-27; “If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

Luke 19:10; “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

One of the huge differences between Mormonism and Christianity is that for the Mormon it’s all about obedience and living for a religion.

For the Christian, it’s about a relationship with Jesus Christ which means we obey Him, and follow His example.

Jesus didn’t come to organize a religion, but to save the world from their sins so that they may have eternal life.

I think for the Mormon being a ‘true disciple’ means being hard core in the religion, meaning someone who is completely devoted to Mormonism 110%. It’s someone who thinks, and breathes the doctrines of Mormonism all day long. Remember it all goes back to works for them.

It’s important for them to evaluate their daily thoughts, and actions to see how they line up with Mormonism.

Are they planning a trip to the temple?

Did they read the Book of Mormon today?

Did they attend all their meetings, and do their very best to fulfill their callings this past week?

Did they do their Visiting Teaching/Home Teaching yet?

Did they have Family Home Evening this week?

Are they encouraging their children to read the Book of Mormon each day?

How many people did they share the gospel with, and how many of them plan to have the missionaries over to their homes to hear more about the Church?

The list goes on and on.

To be a ‘true disciple’ also means not listening to any part of yourself, or anyone telling you something just isn’t right about this religion. It’s closing your eyes, ears, and heart to anything that might lead you to think objectively about the Church, or lead you to become an apostate.

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