Denomination Differences

Pentecostal vs. Mormon Beliefs

PentecostalMormon
a.k.a.Assemblies of GodLatter-Day Saint
Number of Members280,000,00016,800,000[1]
How does one get saved?Most believe sola fide: Repent of your sins and believe in Jesus Christ's death and resurrection alone to save you. Oneness Pentecostals believe you must also be baptized in water and in the Holy Spirit.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.[2]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.[2]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?Most believe saved people get baptized as a public demonstration of their new lives.[3][4]Understanding persons get baptized as the first ordinance, cleansing them of all sins.
How should baptism be done?Most believe baptism should be by immersion.[3][4]Baptism should be by immersion.
When does one receive the Holy Spirit?The Holy Spirit is received at the moment of salvation, but being filled with, or baptized in, the Holy Spirit happens later.The gift of the Holy Ghost is received at confirmation.
What is the trinity?Most believe 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. Oneness Pentecostals believe Modalism: that God has no distinct persons and just manifests Himself in different ways.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.[5]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?Holiness Pentecostals believe that Christians can become perfect and must do so before receiving the Holy Spirit. Other branches of Pentecostalism reject Christian perfection.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 merely symbolically represent the body and blood of Christ.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.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.Continuationism: All spiritual gifts are still available to believers.[6]
What framework has God used in dealing with man?Dispensationalism: God acts differently with humanity in seven different periods of history.God has different periods of history where he has at least one authorized servant on earth.[7][8]
What is the gift of tongues?Speaking in tongues is speaking the language of angels, unintelligible without an interpreter.Speaking in tongues is sometimes unintelligible and sometimes foreign human languages.[9]
How many church ordinances/​sacraments are there?Most believe the church has two ordinances: Baptism and Holy Communion.[10]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.[11]
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.[12]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.[13][14]
How should a church be structured?Presbyterian: Churches should be governed by its own deacons, who in turn are governed by a district comprising the pastors and representatives from the region, which is governed by a general council of delegates from all churches.[15]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.[16][17]
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.
Is the Bible inerrant?Yes, the Bible was written without any error.[18]No, the Bible is not inerrant in any respect.[19][20]
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.[21][22]
How was the earth created?The earth was created by God organizing matter which has existed eternally.[23]
What is marriage?Marriage is a covenant before God between one man and one woman.[24]Marriage is a covenant before God between one man and one woman.[25]
Is sex permissible outside marriage?No, sex outside of marriage is not permissible.No, sex outside of marriage is not permissible.[25]
When is divorce permissible?Divorce is permissible for adultery or desertion.[24]Divorce is permissible for any reason allowed by law.[26]
May a Christian remarry while his former spouse is still alive?The innocent party to the adultery may remarry.[24]Yes, a Christian may freely remarry after divorce.[27]
When does a fetus become human?Humanity begins at conception.[28]No established doctrine, but the church opposes elective abortions.[29][30]
Is contraception permissible?Yes, contraceptives are permissible.[28]Yes, contraceptives are permissible.[31]
Are blood transfusions permissible?Yes, blood transfusions are permissible.Yes, blood transfusions are permissible.
Should women cover their heads?No, women's long hair is enough of a covering.No, head coverings are no longer required due to cultural changes.[32]
Should Christians drink alcohol?No, alcohol should be totally avoided.[33]No, alcohol should be totally avoided.
Should Christians fight in wars?Yes, Christians should fight in just wars.Yes, Christians should fight in just wars.[34][35]
How should Christians musically worship God?Any style of worship music is acceptable.[36][37]
Whom does the Holy Spirit come from?No established doctrineThe Holy Spirit is a separate god.
Where does a Christian's soul go after death?Christians immediately go to heaven when they die.The righteous await the resurrection in Paradise, part of the spirit world.[38][39]