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Jan 10th 2007

Is Mormonism a Cult?

In Webster’s dictionary, a cult is defined as being the following: “a system of religious worship or ritual; a quasi-religious group, often living in a colony, with a charismatic leader who indoctrinates members with unorthodox or extremist views, practices, or beliefs.”

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which are commonly referred to as Mormons, have over the years, been referred to as a ‘cult’. “This term used by individuals, invokes images of pagan priests and satanic rituals. Using the term cult does not tell us what a religion is, only how it is regarded by the person using the term. It simply means ‘a religion I don’t like'”.*[FN1]

The name alone should designate that Mormons are Christian people: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Saints is defined as being one who follows Christ in holiness and commitment with a view set on eternal life. And since Jesus Christ is part of the title of the Mormon Church, that would indicate that Christ is the foundation for the Mormon Church. Does this not fit with the New Testament Christianity? If so, then ‘cult’ has no place in the description of the Mormon Church.

Article of Faith 1:1 states the following: “We believe in God the Eternal Father and in His Son Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.” This is the first article of belief in the Mormon Church, which indicates that there is no worship of any other being than the Savior Jesus Christ. Members of the Mormon Church meet each Sunday, the Sabbath day, to partake of the sacrament and to renew their faith and commitment to the Savior Jesus Christ.

Members of the Church are taught the true gospel of Jesus Christ, which gives them the opportunity to achieve happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come. No member is forced to obey the laws and ordinances of the gospel: each has been given that free agency from a loving Father in Heaven. Members desire for all to “Come Unto Him”, meaning to partake of those blessings that will grant them happiness in this life and the next.

There are many groups, churches, organizations, which may seem odd or even extreme to those who do not understand it. When one understands all the facets, doctrines, etc. of any organization, including that of the Mormon Church, then a judgment can be made based upon the facts.

This article was recently submitted to all-encompassingly for publication. It is one of a series of informational posts intended to address misunderstandings about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. –Admin

For more information on the Mormon Church and their teachings, please see the following websites:

  • Mormon Church
  • *FN1: “Are Mormons Christian”, Stephen E. Robinson, New Era, May 1998, p.41

    One Response to “Is Mormonism a Cult?”

    1. Smith

      What about the special underwear?