“Is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) Christian?” This
question and others about Christianity in the Mormon Church are
The answers given are usually polarizing. Those who say no are primarily
evangelical Christians. Those who say yes are primarily Mormons . . . but not
all of them.
Respected evangelical leaders such as Joel Osteen have said yes.
The president of Fuller Theological Seminary, Dr. Richard Mouw, who has been
recognized as an important voice among reform-oriented evangelicals,
confessed that evangelicals have spread lies about LDS beliefs.
Welcome to EvangelicalsandMormonsforJesus. My wife and I are among
those evangelicals proclaiming that the Mormon Church is Christian at its
foundation. Although we should also know that Mormonism promotes many
seriously false and often bizarre ideas--and we’re not recommending joining
the Church -- it nevertheless is founded on the essential doctrines of the Holy
Bible--doctrines that constitute “the power of God for the salvation of
everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16, NIV).
Helen and I are not taking this stand because we have another opinion--
opinions are already too easy to find--it’s because the Spirit of the living God
has revealed it to us. Have you ever noticed that virtually all non-Mormons
who say the Mormon Church isn’t Christian, don’t say that God told them so?
The reason is He didn’t!
In the nearly two centuries since its founding, the LDS has grown to become one of the
largest churches in the United States.
Why should God’s people know that America's most popular homegrown faith
is founded on Jesus Christ? It’s because we’re in a race to spread the good
news of Jesus’ death on a cross to free humankind from sin and its
consequences. To succeed in this mission, we must manifest the Father’s love
and power to the world.
In order to do this completely and most effectively, there must be unity among
us. Jesus prayed, “I have given them [my disciples] the glory that you gave me,
that they may be one as we are one. . . . May they be brought to complete unity
to let the world know that you sent me” (John 17:22-23 NIV).
Fast Facts is a recommended starting point.
Note: This website does NOT defend any of the small renegade Mormon Fundamentalist
sects, at least one of which receives repeated media attention for polygamy and alleged
child abuse. The organization discussed on this website has no connection to these
groups. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints disfellowships members who
practice polygamy, and they adamantly condemn child abuse.
What is your purpose?
Our purpose is to help make people aware that the foundation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of Salt Lake City (LDS), is the real Lord Jesus Christ, the unique Son of the only living God. These Mormons are not members of an unchristian cult. Rather, they are members of a Christian organization—even though about thirty percent of their teachings comprise a chain of burdensome false beliefs and practices.
In other words, anyone who believes what the LDS teaches about the Savior is a born-again Christian and will go to heaven. Many of their achievements will be consumed by flames on judgment day, but they themselves will escape the fire (1 Corinthians 3:11-15).
How can you claim the Mormon Church is Christian?
1. The LDS’s purpose coincides with Jesus’ stated purpose for sending out Paul the Apostle. That is, “to open [people's] eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me” (Acts 26:18).
2. All their falsehoods concern nonessential matters (See Romans 14:1).
3. LDS leaders do not teach error on purpose. They simply lack a full revelation of the Word of God and inadvertently fill in some of the blanks on their own—as we all do. (See 1 Corinthians 13:12.) (By the way, those who condemn the Mormon Church don’t normally realize their error either.)
4. Gordon B. Hinckley, LDS President from 1995 to 2008, stated that Jesus “is the central focus of our worship. . . . He is our King, our Lord. . . . He ‘loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever’ (Revelation 1:5-6).”1
5. Mormons are generally recognized and known for their positive moral behavior. Jesus said, “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit” (Matthew 7:18).
Want to find out more? Read our full Message at a Glance.