Any heresy can be made to sound biblical (and even evangelical). Those who are not aware of or are too “loving” to discern its true nature are thereby deceived. For example, consider the following message placed in newspapers by the Mormon Church:
“During the Easter season we again rejoice with all of Christendom, and gratefully commemorate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ….At this sacred season we solemnly testify that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Savior and Redeemer of the world. We know that He lives! We know that because He lives, we too shall live again!”
How biblical it sounds! Yet terms such as “Savior” and “Redeemer” have an entirely different meaning in Mormonism from the evangelical understanding – and that fact is deliberately hidden. “Eternal life,” which the Bible says is by a free gift of God’s grace, is, for the Mormon, “exaltation to Godhood” and comes by works and ritual. Nor are the Mormon “God” and “Jesus” at all Christian. The “God” of Mormonism is an “exalted man” with a physical body who had physical sex with Mary to produce the body Jesus needed to occupy. The Mormon “God” was once a sinful man who was redeemed by another Jesus Christ who died on the distant planet where this “God-in-the-making” lived. He eventually became a full-blown “god,” like untold numbers of others before him. The Jesus of Mormonism (only one of trillions on other planets) was Lucifer’s half-brother in a spirit preexistence. He was not God but came to this earth to get a body in order to become a “God.” The heresy goes on and on. Obviously, this Mormon Easter ad was deceitfully designed to seem both Christian and evangelical.
If God is real to us, so must be His Word. Recognizing our accountability to Him, that one day very soon we must stand before Him, makes us careful to follow His Word in all we say and do. Knowing that in and of ourselves we are nothing brings the humility that becomes us as frail creatures of dust. Understanding our duty to contend earnestly for the faith committed to us as His saints (Jude 3) brings boldness and unflinching purpose of heart. Humility, accountability, and awe at God’s greatness: these remove all arrogance in our contending for the faith. We remember Paul’s words: “If a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted” (Galatians:6:1)