The Mormon Church – officially, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) – considers itself not just a Christian denomination, but rather the only true expression of Christianity.
However, the history, theology and practices of Mormonism show this religious movement to be outside of orthodox Christianity.
Christian churches and theologians consider the Mormon Church to be, theologically, a cult of Christianity.
Our main collection of research resources on the Mormon Church is a good place to start.
Description is not necessarily prescription.
One of the requirements to reach 'exaltation' -- the fullness of all that God has to offer -- is what Mormons call "celestial marriage." Celestial marriage is a marriage in a Mormon temple designed to last not just until death but throughout all eternity. It is not a practice taught or condoned by historic, Biblical Christianity
In recent month there has been much discussion in the media on the question of whether or not Mormonism is a 'cult.' Most people who weighed in on the subject demonstrated a lack knowledge regarding the meaning of the term 'cult,' as well as the differences between Mormon and Christian theology.
There was a time when most Evangelicals were clear on the answer to this question. Recent years have made the answer to this question less certain amongst some Evangelical leaders, Don Veinot writes
The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has published a report titled, "A Portrait of Mormons in the U.S." The report, using data from its own 2007 U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, is of interest to anyone researching religions, religion trends, and the Mormon Church in particular. But we do take issue with the fact that the report lumps the Mormon Church in with what Pew refers to as "other Christian traditions."
A new website offers a comprehensive doctrinal study program, downloadable theological essays, interactive discussion forums, and online stores for Christian books, music, and art. It's domain name suggests the site is a place where one can study Christianity.However, instead of teaching Christianity, the website teaches and promotes the doctrines of the Mormon Church.
Baptism for the dead, or baptism by proxy, is one of countless unbiblical practices of the Mormon Church. While the church -- which calls itself the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- claims to be the restoration of early Christianity, its doctrines and practices clearly demonstrate that it is, theologically, a cult of Christianity.
Research resources on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church, LDS).
The majority of missionaries in the Mormon Church are young men between the ages of nineteen and twenty-one, who serve on a voluntary basis for about two years.
Latter-Day Saints missionaries are expected to abide by a long list of rules during their two years in the field.
Research material dealing with missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)
Mainstream Mormons believe in continuing revelation. Fundamentalist Mormons also believe in continuing revelation, but not at the cost of earlier revelations. In particular they hold on to the doctrine of polygamy. Once considered to be one of Mormonisms' most important teachings, the polygamy doctrine still plays a key role in Mormon theology.
Chart of polygamous sects of the Mormon Church