A gospel contrary to the one we preached (Galatians 1:8)

"But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed." - Galatians 1:8

I always just wondered how the mormons reconciled themselves with this verse. After all this is almost exactly what they believe. Maybe they think their gospel isn't different. Who knows.

When I read this I think through all the many different cults that exist and how seemingly easy it would be for me to turn astray. I like to think of myself as pretty grounded in the Lord, but there are a lot of 'well grounded' people out there who turn to something else.

I'm also remembering two good friends I had in high school. One was considering leaving the mormon church to become a Christian (yea, like a Jesus follower as opposed to the whole Joseph Smith thing) and the other was spending hours with her everyday just sharing about how real Christianity is different. It was fascinating her understanding of the two and why one was true and the other wasn't.

The one girl did eventually leave the mormon church, but I was saddened to find out about 3 years later that the other girl had converted to mormonism for a guy she had met, and then married. So sad. And so amazing. The very same person who so understood the falsehood of mormonism turning to it later in life. Sad because it's salvation gone... eternally. These are cosmic decisions, not simple things like which chocolate bar to eat, but HUGE decisions.

And I think it's clear why those who lead others astray are cursed. Also makes me hope I never lead others astray!