Calvary Chapel’s Chuck Smith Says “There Are a Lot of Good Mormons Who Do Believe in Jesus and I Believe They'll Be In Heaven”
K-WAVE Pastor’s Perspective Radio Program Transcript - November 9, 2011
Recorded live at Calvary Chapel Pacific Coast
Begin at minute 36:07
Don Stewart and Chuck Smith
STEWART: Alright this is gonna be a fun one here, to Cheyenne Wyoming, we have Alexa on the line. Hi Alexa welcome to the program. Hello there, ya there with us Alexa?
ALEXA (CALLER): Yeh!
STEWART: Hi you’re on the air go ahead sweetie.
ALEXA: My aunt Valerie doesn’t really know the book of Mormon, so will she still go to hell?
STEWART: Ok good question. Ok, Alexa’s got an aunt, Chuck, whose, is a Mormon and wants to know if uh the Mormon will go to heaven.
SMITH: It all depends on their relationship with Jesus Christ, and there are a lot of good Mormons who do believe in Jesus and I believe they’ll be in heaven, uh but uh you know we can’t do it on own righteousness or own works, we have to depend on Jesus for our entrance into heaven.
STEWART: Alright Alexa we’ve got to ask your age, you got a darling voice there from Cheyenne, we’ll get ya back on the phone, can you tell us your age young lady?
ALEXA: Can I ask you another question? [Don and Chuck and live church audience laughs.]
STEWART: Uh that’s what I get, how can I say no to that, OK one more, we got a follow up here, go ahead Alexa, but tell us your age first then I’ll let you ask the question, OK, how old are ya?
ALEXA I’m ten.
STEWART: OK, since you’ve told us your age you can ask the follow up. [Don laughs...]
What Does The Bible Say
"Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name? And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!" (Matthew 7:21-23)
It is a tragedy that Chuck Smith and Don Stewart did not clarify the difference between the Mormon Jesus and the Jesus of the Bible, as the two are diametrically opposed to each other. The Jesus of the Bible is God Almighty, and the Jesus of Mormonism is a man who was created and became a "god." The Mormons (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint) teaches that Jesus is the 'spirit brother of Lucifer.' Lucifer? Clearly these are different Jesus's, but why no pastoral warnings?
"Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me. For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him" (2 Corinthians 11:1-4).
Colossians 1:27-29 instructs that the man of God is to warn and teach, and that it is the Spirit of God that does this, through the yielded Christian.
"To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily" (Colossians 1:27-29).
Read more at Is Mormonism Christian?
Read more at Comparing the Mormon Jesus with the Jesus of the Holy Bible