“The Pew survey found evangelicals evenly split on whether Mormonism is a Christian religion. Of those evangelicals who say Mormonism is not Christian, some fear it will advance Mormonism and blur the boundaries between true Christian faith and its counterfeits. They think this election will force them to choose between the nation and the gospel.
But are these evangelicals right to think that Mormonism is not Christian?
They are right to think that the God of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) is different from the God of traditional Christian orthodoxy, but evangelicals have often been wrong in their reasons for believing this.
For example, they have sometimes thought Mormons deny the divinity of Jesus. Yet the Book of Mormon says it was “the God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and the God of Jacob” who was “lifted up … and … crucified” (1 Nephi 19:10).
Evangelicals also typically protest that Mormons believe in salvation by good works. Some Mormons do indeed believe this, just as many Catholics and some Protestants believe they will be saved by being good Christians. Yet the Book of Mormon teaches salvation by Christ’s work of grace: “There is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah” (2 Nephi 2:8)
Mainstream Christians who condemn Mormons for teaching salvation by works sometimes forget that Jesus teaches the necessity of works as a fruit of true faith: “By their fruit you shall know them” (Matt. 7:16). “You are my friends if you do what I command you” (John 15:14). “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15).”
I’ve never read these verses in the Book of Mormon but they do raise some questions. What do you think, are Mormons Christians?
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