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One of the characteristics that, in my personal opinion, identifies a cult is the placement of any extra-Biblical written work on the same level of authority or revelation as the Bible. As Paul said in Acts 26:26, the events associated with the founding and spread of Christianity were not "done in a corner". They were the fulfillment and validation of specific prophecies that had been set down by multiple authors hundreds or thousands of years before, and they took place in the very "real world" social and political environment of the Roman Empire. To me, this is directly contrary to the idea of God supposedly choosing one man for a special revelation purportedly written in a language that only that man can interpret, regardless of any claims that that person might make to having seen or spoken with God or His spiritual representatives. (The devil and his demons are experts at such deception (2 Corinthians 11:14) -- particularly the mixing of lies with truth.) And this is especially true when key elements of the supposed special revelation directly contradict doctrines taught clearly and consistently throughout the entire Bible. I bear no ill will toward Mormons, but I believe that they have been collectively deceived.
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