Denomination Differences

Methodist vs. Mormon Beliefs

  • Wesleyan
  • Nazarene
Latter-Day Saint
Number of Members80,000,000[1][2]16,800,000[3]
How does one get saved?Sola fide: Repent of your sins and believe in Jesus Christ's death and resurrection alone to save you.There is no singular salvation for Mormons: Exaltation, or going to the highest of the three degrees of glory and becoming a god, is achieved by getting baptized, confirmed, ordained in the Melchizedek priesthood (if a man), endowed, and married and then by keeping the covenants for the rest of one's life.
Who gets saved?Anyone who chooses by his own free will to believe and accept God's gift of grace will be saved.Anyone who chooses by his own free will to believe and accept God's gift of grace will be saved.
Can one lose his salvation?Yes, a Christian can lose his salvation by apostasy.Yes, the promise of exaltation can be lost by breaking one's covenants, except for a select few couples who are chosen for a second anointing which guarantees exaltation unless one sins against the Holy Ghost or commits murder.
Who gets baptized and why?Saved people and their infant children get baptized by as the first sacrament of Christian initiation, cleansing them of all sins.Understanding persons get baptized as the first ordinance, cleansing them of all sins.
How should baptism be done?Baptism should be by sprinkling water on the head.Baptism should be by immersion.
When does one receive the Holy Spirit?The Holy Spirit is received at the moment of salvation.The gift of the Holy Ghost is received at confirmation.
What is the trinity?The Trinity is God existing as one god in three equal, eternal, cosubstantial persons: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit.The Godhead comprises three separate gods—God the Father, his son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost.
What is the human nature?Total depravity: Human nature is corrupt, naturally inclined to evil, and incapable of choosing God on his own.Humans are neither inherently good nor inherently evil.
Are we guilty of Adam's original sin?No, we are not guilty of Adam's sin, but we did inherit the consequences and a corrupt human nature from him, causing us all to sin.No, "men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam's transgression."
Are Christians required to keep the Old Testament ceremonial laws?No, the ceremonial laws of Judaism were fulfilled and done away with by Jesus.No, the ceremonial laws of Judaism were fulfilled and done away with by Jesus.
Can Christians become sinless in this earthly life?Yes, Christians can become evangelically perfect through sanctification.No, although Christians can and should sin less, they can never become sinless in this life.
Do the elements of communion become the body and blood of Christ?No, the elements do not become the body and blood of Christ, but Christ is present in an unknown way.No, the elements merely symbolically represent the body and blood of Christ.
Can one be baptized of behalf of someone who has died?No, the dead cannot be baptized.Yes, a living person can be a proxy for the dead to be baptized, who then can accept or reject it in the afterlife.
What happens if a saved person dies without being perfect?Once Christians leave their sinful bodies, nothing else is needed to receive glorified, sinless bodies.[4]Once Christians leave their sinful bodies, nothing else is needed to receive glorified, sinless bodies.
Did Mary ever sin?Yes, Mary sinned like all other humans except Jesus.Yes, Mary sinned like all other humans except Jesus.
What spiritual gifts are available today?Continuationism: All spiritual gifts are still available to believers.[5]
What framework has God used in dealing with man?Covenant theology: God acts either within the covenant of works or the covenant of grace.God has different periods of history where he has at least one authorized servant on earth.[6][7]
What is the gift of tongues?Speaking in tongues is sometimes unintelligible and sometimes foreign human languages.[8]
What are the requirements for clergy?Varies widely
How many church ordinances/​sacraments are there?The church has two sacraments: Baptism and Holy Communion.[9]The Church has five saving ordinances: Baptism, Confirmation, Ordination to the Melchizedek Priesthood (for men), the Temple Endowment, and the Marriage Sealing. There are roughly a dozen other ordinances important for comfort.[10]
To whom do Christians need to confess their sins?Confession should be made directly to God, but confession to another believer is beneficial for some sins. A general confession of sinfulness is usually done as a group during a service.Confession should be made directly to God unless the church might discipline for such sin, in which case it must be confessed to the bishop.[11][12]
How should a church be structured?Connectionalism: Churches are governed by conferences of representatives. How respresentatives and pastors are chosen varies widely.Wards should be governed by the president in that stake, who in turn is governed by the seventies, who are governed by the Twelve, who are governed by the President of the Church.[13][14]
What day of the week should Christians worship?Christians worship on Sunday.Christians worship on Sunday.
How does God's revelation come to us today?Prima scriptura: There are many sources of God's revelation, although none can contradict the Bible.There are many sources of God's revelation.
How many books are in the Bible?There are 66 canonical books of the Bible: 39 Old Testament books and 27 New Testament books.There are 66 canonical books of the Bible—39 Old Testament books and 27 New Testament books—and three other canonical books: the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price.
Was the Bible written inerrantly?No, the Bible is not inerrant in any respect.[15]No, the Bible is not inerrant in any respect.[16][17]
Who can speak with God's authority today?The President of the Church and the Twelve Apostles are prophets, seers, and revelators who speak for God and whose prophecies shall all be fulfilled.[18][19]
How was the earth created?Generally that the earth was formed by gravity pulling dust together, which ultimately came from the Big Bang.[20]The earth was created by God organizing matter which has existed eternally.[21]
What is marriage?Varies widely[22][23][24][25]Marriage is a covenant before God between one man and one woman.[26]
Is sex permissible outside marriage?Varies widely[22][23][24][25]No, sex outside of marriage is not permissible.[26]
When is divorce permissible?Varies widely[27][28]Divorce is permissible for any reason allowed by law.[29]
May a Christian remarry while his former spouse is still alive?Varies widely[27][28]Yes, a Christian may freely remarry after divorce.[30]
When does a fetus become human?No established doctrine[31][32]No established doctrine, but the church opposes elective abortions.[33][34]
Is contraception permissible?Yes, contraceptives are permissible.Yes, contraceptives are permissible.[35]
Are blood transfusions permissible?Yes, blood transfusions are permissible.Yes, blood transfusions are permissible.
Should women cover their heads?No, head coverings are no longer required due to cultural changes.[36]No, head coverings are no longer required due to cultural changes.[37]
Should Christians drink alcohol?Most believe that yes, drinking alcohol is fine as long as one does not get drunk.[38][39]No, alcohol should be totally avoided.
Should Christians fight in wars?Most believe that no, Christians should never fight.[40][41]Yes, Christians should fight in just wars.[42][43]
Whom does the Holy Spirit come from?The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son.[44]The Holy Spirit is a separate god.
Where does a Christian's soul go after death?No established doctrine[45]The righteous await the resurrection in Paradise, part of the spirit world.[46][47]