This is a question that is only going to intensify over the next few months and possibly next few years. I have had a few conversations over the past couple of weeks with people who identified themselves as evangelical christians. Each person told me they believe that Mormons are Christians. I think it’s important to be informed. This isn’t about Mitt Romney it’s about something much deeper.
Let me start by saying I have no ill will towards mormons personally. I have met and known quite a few and all of them have been very kind very nice people. That being said I think it’s important that we address a few of the distinct theological differences Christians and Mormons have.
Mormons hold other writings outside of the scriptures as authoritative. Recognizes the LDS Four Standard Works as authoritative. These include the Bible “as far as it is translated correctly” (Articles of Faith 1:8).
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints accepts four books as scripture: the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. These books are called the standard works of the Church. The inspired words of our living prophets are also accepted as scripture. (Gospel Principles, Chapter 10)
Mormons believe in a moral gospel – By following His teachings, we can inherit a place in the celestial kingdom. He did His part to help us return to our heavenly home. It is now up to each of us to do our part and become worthy of exaltation. (Gospel Principles Chapter 3)
Mormons do not believe in a Triune God but three separate Gods-These are incomprehensible ideas to some, but they are simple. It is the first principle of the Gospel to know for a certainty the Character of God, and to know that we may converse with him as one man converses with another, and that he was once a man like us; yea, that God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ himself did; and I will show it from the Bible (Teaching of Joseph Smith, Section Six 1843-44, p.345)
So many Christians are willing to accept Mormon doctrine as the same as their own because their faith is based largely on what hear from others and they feel. This is very dangerous. The clarity of our faith, doctrine and gospel is imperative for us to reach a world drowning in moralism.
I love what Keller says about the gospel is that it humbles us, because we recognize on a daily basis our need for Jesus. I my hope is that through this new dialog about Mormonism we will be able to preach the gospel to Mormons in a clearer fashion than ever before. Mormons need that saving grace of a triune God through the person of Jesus Christ as communicated to us in the solely inspired Word of God just as much as I do.