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Is the Mormon Church teaching Replacement Theology?

Updated on May 5, 2012

What is Replacement Theology?

In the most basic English I can muster.... Replacement Theology means that a Church or religious Organization claims to be the New Church that Replaces the established CHurch or Churches. And... also Claiming that it alone has the authority (In the case of Christianity) to be performing the ordinances of Baptism and Lords Supper and usually elevating them to a status of "Sacrament" instead of maintaining their proper role as an Ordinance of the Church. By this I mean that the elements themselves do not have the power to convey salvation but are rather to be partaken of only by those who have already been saved. This has to do with the subject of Believers Only: Baptism.

Recent Discussions

In the Process of discussing the beliefs of Mormonism and our more mainstream beliefs of Protestant and Non-Catholic Church Organizations a member of the LDS Church has made some statements that I would like to look at more closely.

1) Reguarding my statement that the Mormon CHurch teaches a form of Replacement theology (along with JW`s and some others) the person responded with---

"Where did you get replace? We need the other churches to exist! If it were not for the Protestants and Catholics the LDS church would not be here. All of the Mormons in the beginning were from other churches. It took a few generations to make the great culture of LDS that you see in Utah." "The culture of Mormons is the combining of all backgrounds and religion under the banner of one truth. Our church is now Mostly converts again--51 percent of the LDS church are first generation members."

So by this first Statement there is a denial of the Mormon Church teaching Replacement Theology... Right? Appears so to me... Now lets look at something else that was stated by this same person just a few lines later in the same letter...

"Also, we will never claim to be just another denomination. That would be a denial of our testimony of Christ. We are different. We claim to have the authority and power to act in the name of God in addition to the faith to perform miracles by the name of Christ..."

"...We claim that we have the power to seal on earth and in heaven as did the Apostles of old. We claim to have the same power and witness of Christ that the Apostles of old. We are not just another denomination. The Community of Christ is just another Protestant denomination. It broke off from our church after Joseph Smith was murdered by a mob. It has since abandoned all similarities to our church down to rejecting the Book of Mormon as sacred. We do not recognize any other church having authority from God to perform ordinances, which is why in order to join our church, one of our priest or elders must baptize you."

That.. to me is exactly a form of Replacement Theology.

It is pointless to argue about vague things... things that are not provable in the Bible... so generally I can let allot of things that other Churches teach slide... especially if they have no bearing on the more important issue of Salvation.

But when Salvation by Grace through Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as the ONLY way of Salvation is changed for CHurch Membership Salvation... or Baptismal Regeneration... or some other form of what we call "Works Salvation" then I must... by the commandment of the Bible... Refute that teaching and point those people back to the Biblical way of salvation... In the Biblical Plan of Salvation... From Genesis 3 all the way to Revelations 22:21 it was all about Jesus as the Messiah... Jesus as the ONLY begotten Son of God... Jesus the Lamb Slain from the foundation of the world... Jesus.. Jesus... Jesus...

Salvation is not about me or you... or about a dead man that preached a hundred years ago.. it is about "Christ.. the Risen Savior who is the ONLY ONE with the power to forgive sins.

Jesus Christ is the Only one to give Eternal Life.. and he has given Salvation freely to anyone and everyone who will trust in him, regardless of Church affiliation.... If they A) Believe in Him as the Scriptures outlined and B) They Trust in Him... the Act of Faith that goes from Believing to Receiving the salvation offered.

Let me explain it like this...

Lets say that I know that you are going on a boat trip tomarrow...I come to your house with a present for you... a nice wrapped package... I tell you its a really good Stearns Life Jacket... and that I am worried about you... I know that you cant swim a lick and the place you are going boating is deep water and its treacherous when the storms come...

So I give you the present... tell you it is a life Jacket to keep you safe... and I ask you to wear it tomorrow when you go boating...

But in the morning you open the present and look at it... but instead of wearing it.. because the day is hot.. you stuff it under the seat of the boat like many people do...

Later in the day you slip on the decking, fall overboard and drown...

Now here is the explanation of this parable: Jesus gave salvation to all men (Life Jacket).

But many people who Believe in Jesus are like the man that Believes a life jacket can save him from drowning... but instead of wearing it... puts in in the boat... under the seat or in the cabin thinking to himself... Ill wear it later when I really need it.

You can go to the right Church... by whatever name that church cares to call itself.. it does not really matter... But if you do not PUT ON CHRIST... you will die in your sins and land in hell...

I do not care how many times you have been Baptized, or how many times you have said a simple prayer...

If you do not PUT ON CHRIST... If you are not BORN AGAIN you shall not see the Kingdom of God.


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    • MrMaranatha profile image

      MrMaranatha 5 years ago from Somewhere in the third world.

      Problems with that bunch are many... But when you try to talk to them about the bible... they will not stay on one passage of scripture long enough for you to put their twisted logic back into the proper context that it was written in... They jump around the bible- confusion on confusion.. and you know who is the "author of confusion"

      (1Co 14:33) For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you, I have been wondering a lot about the Jehovah Witnesses.

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      MrMaranatha 5 years ago from Somewhere in the third world.

      There are several religious organizations that have willfully changed, added to or distorted Scripture in an effort to promote their own at the exclusion of all others.

      Joseph Smith wrote his own books (or: received them from Moroni (Angel?) and translated them)

      See Galatians 1:6-9

      6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

      7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

      8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

      9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

      and the case of the JW´s, they re-wrote the entire Bible to Neuter it and make it support their twisted Theology.

      Yes Michele... you are right on the money with that one.

      Here... lets Print the scripture you quoted in full:

      Revelations 22:18

      18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

      19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. {out of the book...: or, from the tree of life}

      20 ¶ He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

      21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.


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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      I have just one question. Isn't is written int Revelation 22:18 I warn everyone who hears the words of prophecy of this book; if anyone adds to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in the book. 19 If anyone takes away form the words of this prophecy, God will take away that person's share in the tree of life in the holy city, which are described in this book.

      That is just one thing I am wondering about.

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      MrMaranatha 6 years ago from Somewhere in the third world.

      No sir.. Just saying..

      You know how these things wind themselves down.. and talks degress or whatever... but later... after things happen.. when it comes back to your mind.... come back around and look me up... Just this...

      There are allot of people I have talked to over the years... that I wonder how they are doing.. where they are at... some are still serving the Lord.. others have walked away from the Light they new and accepted and went into darkness instead of seeking more light... where are they now??? Anyway.. don't be shy...

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      Rodric Johnson 6 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Here is my ignorance again. I am unclear what you mean here for me. Am I being dismissed?

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      MrMaranatha 6 years ago from Somewhere in the third world.

      Come what may Rodric... down the road a ways... you come back around and look me up...

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      MrMaranatha 6 years ago from Somewhere in the third world.

      I was like you once... I attended a real nice church.. built with our own hands... following a man who seemed to be a great preacher... Confident that God had led me to that place (He did) and reluctant to leave when I started doubting the leadership... Finally the Lord opened my eyes and sent me away from there... But first I needed to learn some things... About Jesus... about ministry... about Church... and about the Leaven of the Pharisees which is Hypocrisy.

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      Rodric Johnson 6 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      I loved the hub about the Baptist information and it really gave me some appreciation for those who were willing to stand for what they thought is true at pain of death. Those are true Saints.

      It seems as though I have misled you or have not been clear when I used that example of Christ. You actually focused on the part that I hoped would not be the sole focus of a response when it all has to be taken in context.

      I do listen with my whole soul to issue regarding faith. I tell you, there is nothing more important the Christ resurected and atoned for our sins. Truly everything else is a footnote and comes to naught without that simple truth.

      I am a man full of milk and only starting to enjoy the savor of meat in Christ. I am no theologian, but I have a firm testimony of Christ as my Lord and the head of my Church.

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      MrMaranatha 6 years ago from Somewhere in the third world.

      Am 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

      I do not doubt that you may have been saved at some point... If you have faith in Christ and made a decision to serve him with your life... then Salvation probably happened in that time of decision...

      And I do not doubt or try to refute that much of what the Mormon Church teaches is Biblical... But there is more to this thing than surface issues like getting saved which Paul called "Milk" instead of Meat that is for people who are growing up...


      Did you read my response on the other hub that contained the historical statements about Baptists? That is something that you need to consider... it is also important.

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      MrMaranatha 6 years ago from Somewhere in the third world.

      "Would you call that act replacement theology since Jesus usurped Authority?"

      Jesus is God in human flesh... Emanuel... God with us. Authority was given to John the Baptist to Baptize with the Baptism of Repentance and Preparing the way for the Saviour... and in turn.. It was Johns Task to declare Jesus as the "Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world"... John did his job that God directed him to... and Jesus did the Fathers bidding.

      Where do you find an assurption of authority in this?

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      MrMaranatha 6 years ago from Somewhere in the third world.

      "Next, Replacement Theology is a nice tag that you have coined." No sir.. it did not originate with me... it is a very old term... also called Supersessionism but that word is too long cloudy to use in most discussions... its goes over peoples heads to easy.. so I prefer to use Replacement Theology because it is more descriptive of its meaning and does not confuse or detract from the discussion.

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      Rodric Johnson 6 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      I am honored that you chose to quote my comments to you and make a hub. I voted this up.

      Now to business, I admire you testimony of Christ. I will say that His name is sacred to me. I understand this is your hub, I want you to know that I love my Savior.

      Next, Replacement Theology is a nice tag that you have coined. I know that the Savior taught that we must be baptized to enter into the kingdom of heaven. He himself left the city of comfort and went to the deserts to find John, a priest of the line of Aaron to receive authorized baptism.

      There were many leaders of different sects in the area where he lived and was reared that could have baptized him, but the Savior chose to seek out John.

      Would you call that act replacement theology since Jesus usurped Authority? I don't think you would. I also believe that through Christ comes understanding and peace. The Jesus did not come to destroy, but to fulfill.

      I humbly submit for you consideration and prayer that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints seeks not to destroy but to fulfill the law that God has decreed that in the last days an ensign shall be raised and all nations shall flow unto it. The Catholic church can day the same thing because it has over a Billion Christians within its organization.

      We do not seek to destroy, but to proclaim that God has again revealed the full message his Gospel. Come and see. Come and pray and let the Holy Spirit divine your path.

      If you take this comment in the spirit of love in which I say it is given, you will received a witness from God that I desire to replace nothing of your goodness and beliefs nor does my church. What we desire is to be understood as the Christians that we are and the opportunity to share what we we have.

      I am still your brother in Christ regardless my faith because we preach Jesus. We preach him resurrected and atoning for our sins. There is healing in the Savior and we will come to a unity of faith and build Zion together if we focus on the spirit of revelation, the love of our fellows whether they are believers or not, and the building of Zion so that when He come we are ready for him.

      Heaven bares witness that the Mormons will not and cannot do this alone. We need all followers of truth. Come with your truths and join us or keep you faith, but preach repentance and faith in Christ with us.

      Keep your Koran if you will, but encourage goodness and goodwill with us. Teach the Torah, but bear witness that you still await for the savior to come.

      Be who you are and what you are and let the church add to your good, or have your church and let us work good together and reconcile that we want to promote Christ Jesus.


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