Martin Luther is arguably the most important figure of the Reformation. Current conservative Evangelicalism has its roots in many of his teachings. Joseph Smith on the other hand is the founder of Mormonism.
When a Christian considers leaving one church for another, whether it’s to join an established church or to start a new church, is your reasoning for doing so more like Martin Luther or Joseph Smith?
- Martin Luther did not want to leave the established church. Joseph Smith wanted to start a separate true church because all the church was corrupt.
- Martin Luther wanted to reform the church from within. Joseph Smith wanted to restore the church from without.
- Martin Luther was motivated by a pastoral love for Christians, and a heart held captive to the Word of God. Joseph Smith was motivated by a golden gecko, an angel, a sear stone, and god’s private commands to him beyond the Bible.
- Martin Luther found his answers for reform in the Scriptures alone. Joseph Smith found his answers for restoration in new revelation.
- Martin Luther wanted no one to follow him, but rather wanted Christians to follow the Scriptures. Joseph Smith wanted the true church to follow him as god’s prophet and translator of new revelation on earth.
Pastors, church planters, potential pastors, and Christians, consider why you want to leave one local church for another. Consider why you want to start another church. Do your motives for leaving one church for another, or for starting another church, sound more like Martin Luther or Joseph Smith? There are godly reasons for leaving one church for another or for starting another church.
Is your reasoning for leaving a church and/or for starting a new church godly or ungodly?