Gospel According to Joseph Smith: A Christian Response to Mormon Teaching  -     By: Ethan E. Harris
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Gospel According to Joseph Smith: A Christian Response to Mormon Teaching

P & R Publishing / 2001 / Hardcover

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Many people think that Mormonism is just another branch of Christianity. Interestingly enough, however, that is something that official Mormon doctrine has never taught. Joseph Smith, founder of Mormonism, actually thought all Christianity was apostate, and that the Mormons were the only true church. And other official Mormon doctrine (such as it is), seems to say the same thing. This is why Ethan Harris chose to compare official Mormon teaching with the Bible, hoping to show how different from Christianity Mormonism really is. In The Gospel According to Joseph Smith, he places Mormon doctrine side-by-side with Christian doctrine to offer a reliable, informative comparison like no other.

Harris offers a compelling introduction to the history of Mormonism, and then looks at the primary works of Mormonism, including the writings of Smith and the writings of the Mormon Prophets. He shows what the official Mormon doctrine of God is, and explains the doctrine of baptism for the dead, and the origin of sin. He also looks at Mormon doctrines of creation. Throughout this book, Harris compares the Book of Mormon to the Bible on various doctrines. He also offers an ethical argument against Mormonism, along with the testimonies of those who have left Mormonism for Christianity.

Harris is civil toward Mormonism, and shows great respect for Mormon thinkers. His decision to use only primary sources stems from this respect, and results in a fair and accurate assessment of Mormon doctrine. Whether you are a Mormon with questions about your faith, or you are a Christian with friends of loved ones in Mormonism, you will likely appreciate this book. The differences between Christianity and Mormonism are clearly shown, and documented from primary sources for each religion. Neither a diatribe, nor polemic in nature, The Gospel According to Joseph Smith showcases Harris' passion to reveal truth, as he allows the sources for each religion to speak for themselves. This book is destined to become one of the best resources for effective ministry to Mormons.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 172
Vendor: P & R Publishing
Publication Date: 2001
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.37 (inches)
ISBN: 0875521800
ISBN-13: 9780875521800
Availability: In Stock

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Author: Ethan E. Harris
Submitted: March 08, 2002

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I spend eight years in the US Army and am a graduate of Western Baptist College. I have studied at Reformed Theological Seminary and have completed my Master's in Theology. I am currently working on my Ph.D. and was actively engaged with Ligonier Ministries (RC Sproul) for six years.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  While working as a medic in the Army, I worked with an Optometrist who was very involved with the LDS Church. Not being a Christian at the time, he challenged me to study the teachings of his church and compare it to the Bible. This book grew out of a series of questions I formed for him in response to his challenge. I hope that the research that I've engaged in can be of help to others who may find themselves in similar circumstances and for those wishing to challenge themselves or simply to become more familiar with the "Mormon" Church.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  As I describe in chapter eight of this book, I maintain "that not only do Mormons not have a logically coherent answer to our argument, they cannot rationally justify their opposition to it. At the root, they have a fallible god who changes in nature, character, and ethics. The Bible, conversely, presents a perfect, holy and unchangeable God. This God [the God of the Bible] is the foundation of all intelligibility, which the LDS cannot refute." The Christian God is the only foundation for truth. If one can gain anything from this work, it is that God alone provides the answers for suffering, truth, hope, joy, love and only Christ is the Mediator between man and God.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  Outside the words of Holy Scripture, I have been influenced greatly by the works of the Puritans, and the Apostolic Fathers. In our more recent history, by RC Sproul, John Piper, Alistair Begg, John MacArthur, Greg Bahnsen, Ken Gentry, Ravi Zacharias, Roger Nicole, Ron Nash and Doug Wilson.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  From the book: "My ultimate hope for this study is that the reader be better equipped to present the Gospel to a Mormon follower. Paul was not ignorant of the Greeks when he spoke to them. He knew of their false deities. In a similar manner, a general understanding of LDS doctrine is essential in speaking to a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints...Even though one may be familiar with LDS theology in order to witness to Mormons more effectively, there is no substitute for knowing the truths taught in the Bible."

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