Mormons and Evangelicals: A Theological Divide

As Mitt Romney continues his fight for the Republican presidential nomination, the media and political observers continue to highlight his Mormon faith. Evangelicals, especially, have been vocal on the subject, with some calling Mormonism a "cult," and others questioning whether they could ever support a candidate who is committed to a religion that is so theologically different. In this video, theologians The Rev. Dr. Serene Jones and The Rev. Dr. Richard Mouw explain the differences between the traditional Christian theology and Mormonism. And Mark DeMoss, an evangelical and senior advisor on Romney's campaign, explains why divisive language when it comes to faith is so dangerous.
February 17th, 2012 11:51 am

13 Articles of Faith

We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.

We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.

We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.

We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.

We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.

We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.

We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.

We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.

We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.

We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.

We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.

We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.

We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul-We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.

and if you made it this far, I suggest you ask your Mormon neighbor, or go to a Mormon church one Sunday and SEE FOR YOURSELF.

February 11th, 2012 15:48 pm

In response to above:

1. The LDS faith isn't advocating "secrecy." If you want to know what they believe and what they do, go to or talk to an active mormon. LDS people have nothing to hide. The lack of information about the LDS faith on your part doesn't make "Mormons" secret on their part.
2. I'm not sure where you get your information from, but LDS people believe Jesus Christ is "divine." They don't believe he was just "a great prophet." LDS people believe he is the Savior, as do other Christian denominations.

I think the LDS Church has done a fine job of "laying our their cards." They offer many opportunities for people to see what they believe. There is lots of bad and completely incorrect information out on the web, choose to get info from reliable and official sources.

February 11th, 2012 02:08 am

I do not understand all the talk about Mormons not being "Christians". If we define a Christian is one who believes in Jesus, the Christ, who is the son of God, then there is no disputing that Mormons believe this, and are therefore, Christians.

Why do, some people and media, continue to try and divide Christians? I believe it's to try and confuse the people. This confusion may be a contrived effort from some on the Left side of the political party. In addition, I also believe that there are some of other religious backgrounds that do not want to see anyone else from another denomination being first as President of the United Stated. It's very unfortunate because the very one's who are suppose to treat others as they would want to be treated, are the first who do not follow this teaching.

If you really look at the Mormons, you'll find that they are one of the most pro-family, God fearing and honest individuals that one can ever meet.

February 09th, 2012 09:56 am

The secrecy and lack of transparency are what make LDS seem cult like. The fact that they say on the one hand that they are Christians (Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ) and that they believe that Jesus is the Son of God but Jesus is NOT divine. I would suggest that belief in the divinity of Jesus is a basic tenet and requirement to call yourself Christian. After all Muslims "believe" in Jesus as a great prophet and have much about him in the Koran. They even believe in the Virgin Birth which I believe LDS do not. In no way could you call Islam Christian. I am not trying to disrespect the LDS Church but I think we all need to "lay our cards on the table" and dialogue with full understanding.

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