“Is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) Christian?” This evangelical website emphatically says yes.
The LDS Church (Mormonism) does, unfortunately, promote erroneous and often bizarre ideas, a few of which must be accepted in order to join. However, the Church is founded on the essential teachings of the Holy Bible -- doctrines that bring "the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes" (Romans 1:16, NIV).)
We don't say this because we have another opinion -- opinions are five cents a dozen. It's because the
Spirit of 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.
The Holy Spirit has surely spoken to Dallas Jenkins, the creator of the smash-hit series The Chosen, which depicts Jesus' ministry. Although not a Latter-day Saint, Dallas said, "Now that I've been working with LDS brothers and sisters over the last couple of years and gotten to know them so well, I've learned quite a bit. ... I do have things theologically that I disagree with or things that even just in kind of practice that aren't quite my speed in the LDS faith. However, one thing that is unabashedly true and unarguably true is that in getting to know some of my LDS friends here on this, especially through "The Chosen," [you LDS are] passionate about Jesus Christ, and it's Jesus of Nazareth."
Hear Greg and Jill Johnson, evangelical founders of Standing Together, converse with two Latter-day Saints who are The Chosen's Executive Producers.
Pastor, televangelist, and bestselling author Joel Osteen said, "Mormonism is a little different, but I still see them as brothers in Christ." Joel listens to his heart, in which resides the Spirit of the living God, the eternal truth.
Why should Christians know that America's most popular homegrown faith is founded on the real Jesus Christ? It's because we're in a race to spread the good news of Jesus' death on a cross to free people from sin and its consequences. We can't run at top efficiency while divided. 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 good page to start with. It contains evidence of the Christian foundation of the LDS Church.
God's best to you!
Note: This website does NOT defend any of the small renegade Mormon Fundamentalist sects, at least one of which has received media attention for polygamy and alleged child abuse. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has no connection to these groups. It disfellowships members who practice polygamy and adamantly condemns child abuse.
In spite of its blemishes, the foundation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of Salt Lake City (LDS or Mormon Church) is the real Lord Jesus Christ. Even though about thirty percent of their teachings are inaccurate, Mormons constitute a Christian organization.
How can you claim the Mormon Church is Christian?
1. The LDS Church 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 Church 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).
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