With Mitt Romney's presidential candidacy, there has been quite an uproar within evangelical Christianity over whether to endorse him due to his Mormonism. As I have stated repeatedly, I have no problem with Mitt Romney running for office. What I object to is the effort of some within evangelical Christianity to get Mormonism recognized as just another Christian denomination. It is not. And for pastors to claim ignorance on the subject is appalling. They need to do their homework.
Here are some quick facts on Mormonism.
1. Mormons believe the Bible is the word of God "insofar as it is correctly translated." What determines if it is correctly translated? Mormon doctrine, not Bible scholarship in Hebrew and Greek. Hundreds of Hebrew and Greek scholars, as well as those with expertise in manuscript evidence, would testify at variance with Mormon claims.
2. Mormons believe the Earth is one of several inhabited planets ruled over by gods and goddesses, who were at one time humans on other planets. Mormons are polytheistic, not monotheistic.
3. Mormons misunderstand the Trinity, believing it consists of three gods born in different times and places. The Father begot the Son and Holy Ghost through a goddess wife in heaven.
4. Humankind is the same species as God. God begot all humans in heaven as offspring of his wife or wives, who were sent to earth for their potential exaltation to godhood.
5. Salvation is resurrection, but exaltation to godhood, for eternal life in the celestial heaven, must be earned through self-meriting works.
This is NOT biblical, orthodox Christianity by any stretch of the imagination. These are doctrines of demons, and believing them will result in an eternity separated from God -- in Hell.
While I have read several apologetic works on this subject, Dr. Walter Martin's "The Kingdom of the Cults," recently revised and updated by Dr. Ravi Zacharias, is stellar. Here is a link to another recommended reading list: