Are Mormons Christian? It’s complicated

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(RNS) Ask Mormons if they are Christian, and their answer often starts with a sigh. Look at our name, they'll say, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Read The Book of Mormon's subtitle, “Another Testament of Jesus Christ.” Examine our Articles of Faith, “We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind […]

  • PWilliams

    The most glaring thing to me is the notion that “As man now is, so God once was,” combined with the belief that they will become gods too. When I first heard of this, my gut reaction was, “Wow, that is just what the serpent told Eve, precipitating the Fall!” That we can be like God…

  • Fr. Jim

    Joseph Smith was allegedly told that all other churches were “abominations.” While they have somewhat underplayed that belief it still continues. This is why they don’t accept other baptisms, seek to convert Christians, and teach that the Christian churches have fallen into apostasy. They really shouldn’t be surprised that we consider them outside the fold. Belief in the Holy Trinity and the Divinity of Christ is constitutive of Christianity. And of course Jesus believed in the Trinity, he is the Second Person of the Trinity! Mormomism is a religion that springs from Christian roots, but it isn’t Christianity.

  • Steve Edwards

    The differences are so many, and so fundamental, that it is folly to consider the Mormon Church even remotely Christian. The LDS public relations machine would have us believe otherwise, of course. Their wishing, however, does not make it so.

    Mormonism is radically set apart from Christianity. This fact isn’t ‘complicated’ in the least.

    A “quarter of American Christians remain unconvinced?’ The other three quarters haven’t looked closely at Mormon doctrine.

  • will

    Most likely Mitt Romney will run against Barack Obama this year. Left wing Democrats will use Mormon-phobia to drive a wedge between conservative Christians. Christians shouldn’t be concerned about the differences between Mormons and other religious groups — they should be concerned about what a Mormon will do as president. As I see it, a conservative Mormon will do exactly what a conservative Baptist, Catholic, etc. would do. It’s Obama who will do differently.

  • Rivka

    Mormons are NOT christians. I have a lot of mormon colleagues and I guarantee you they take care of each other. I wear a Cross wit Jesus on, and one day I asked the mormons : “how come I never see a mormon with a cross > They answered me : “No we don’t wear or have a Cross because this reminds us of His DEFEAT”!!!!!!!!!! I was speechless, if you don’t understand that Jesus triumphed on the Cross then you understand nothing about Christianity. Also Jesus said that not even an IOTA may be changed of what is written, how can there be then another Testament of Jesus Christ !!!!!!!! The mormon sect is not as innocent as they would like you to see them. My experience with mormons isn’t all that great. They try to convert me, gave me the book of mormon and other mormon literature, but I’m not interested at all. I am a Catholic Jew and there is only One Truth and that ain’t mormonism, neither Jehovah witnesses and all the rest of the cults. Come O Jesus and restore Your Church and the face of the earth.

  • WhittlingWhistler

    Thank you for writing this article. I appreciate that you have made an effort to be accurate (there are a few mistakes but the overall tone is a refreshing relief from the typical misrepresentations in media). Thank you again.
    Several points (I apologize if they have been made already):

    1The Bible was not thought of as being closed by early Christians, not until quite a while after Jesus’ apostles were killed.

    2 All true Christians believe that God was once a man. In fact Christianity is centered around the truth that God became man, born of Mary, with a physical body, etc. I’m not sure why some, who believe the Biblical doctrine that Father and Son are separate, have an issue with “if you have seen me you have seen the Father.”

    3 Reportedly, “all” early Christians (including Catholics etc) once believed men could become “gods” and you could hardly be called Christian if you didn’t believe Jesus died so all could become deified. Many non-LDS Christians still understand this (especially the most ancient Eastern Orthodox). LDS believe in salvation by grace.

    4The Bible is a completion of writings. John added his gospel to Mark etc. Book of Mormon people were also visited by Jesus, and wrote what He said.

    5The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is closer to Biblical and early Christianity than any other that I know of (many good books have been written on this, one free online is called “Restoring the ancient Church” search through FAIR lds).

  • Lew Craig

    Several glaring errors in the comments section. I could correct many more. No where has The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints taught that other churches are an abomination. Their creeds are an abomination. There are many fine congregations in the world lead by excellent women and men. Many of them will find a place in heaven much sooner than many Latter-day Saints. Rivka quotes Latter-day Saints as saying the cross is a sign of Christ’s defeat. If this is an accurate quote, it is not in keeping with the Teachings of the Church. Christ was never defeated! We do not venerate the cross upon which Christ was crucified, we worship the living Christ who offers humanity salvation and cares for us all.

    I, along with the post above, recommend and as reliable sources for LDS teachings and doctrine. Thank you for reading the article and the comments.