Two Religions That Claim to Be Christian

ChurchLeaders | 6/21/2018 | Staff
Mireille (Posted by) Level 3
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Can religions that claim to be “Christian” change biblical truths about Christ and God?

One of the things I find interesting about Christian history is how quickly Scripture can be corrupted. The early church, for example, had to fight off gnosticism, which, among other false ideas, taught that salvation was gained through the acquisition of divine “knowledge.”

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Today, we find Christian churches practicing some pretty strange stuff—dancing with poisonous snakes during church services, for example—which members say publicly displays their faith in a Bible verse they interpret to guarantee God’s protection. Though participants are often bitten, this doesn’t dissuade them. Neither, apparently, does death. When bites prove fatal, church members view the loss to be “God’s will.”

When the Bible is not just misinterpreted, as in the case above, but intentionally reinterpreted to create new doctrine, we move into the realm of false religion. Two groups that we can soundly place in that category—the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society (Jehovah’s Witnesses) and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons)—cling to the claim that they are “Christian.”

Groups - Share - Commonalities - God - Church

Both groups share some commonalities. Both believe themselves to be God’s “true” church. Both claim their spiritual texts to be more authoritative than the Bible. Both believe they must witness door-to-door to gain new members. And both require members to fully adhere to church doctrine—or face possible expulsion and complete shunning by family and friends.

Note that despite their departure from Bible-based doctrine, both groups continue to draw members around the globe. In part because of the strong sense of community that members enjoy when in good standing. But these members don’t know they’re being doctrinally misled.

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Let’s look more closely at the core beliefs of these two groups, to clearly see where they derail in their teachings about Christ and God.

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