Is Mormonism Christian?

Earlier this year (2007), I met Mitt Romney in Tokyo.  I was impressed with his clear way of communicating and how he described his work in the state of Massachusetts.  He described how he brought in experts from business (he was a founder of Bain Capital) and used his business to get a state badly in debt, out of debt.  He told one story of how there were many courthouses spread around the state.

His solution was to make sure there was a courthouse within 100 miles of the residents of the state and eliminate the overlap in staffing, and building costs.

I was very impressed with Mr. Romney.  The whole experience got me thinking that we really need to start getting rid of all the lawyer types of people and focus on getting business people in government.  People who understand profit and loss.  Very good requirement for those who are running for elected offices.

Mr. Romney is now running for President of the United States.  After hearing him that day in Tokyo, I would have probably voted for him except there is one slight problem.  Mr. Romney is a Mormon.  The vast majority of the populace in the United States consider Mormonism a cult.  With that in mind, there is no chance that the vast Christian majority of the United States will vote for a Mormon.

I have a number of good friends that are Mormons.  Of recent, many of them tell me they are Christian.  But are Mormons Christian?  I did some research on the web and have pasted one of the articles I have found below.  Very curious to know from any Mormons, is this information all correct?  I know there is some misinformation out there for just about anything, but from my read of the book of mormon years ago, and studies it seems that points 1 through 9 are correct.  Please feel free to comment

Is Mormonism Christian?A Comparison of Mormonism and Historic ChristianityCopyright © 1999 Institute for Religious Research. All rights reserved.

Salt Lake Temple, SLC, UtahIs Mormonism Christian? This may seem like a puzzling question to many Mormons as well as to some Christians. Mormons will note that they include the Bible among the four books which they recognize as Scripture, and that belief in Jesus Christ is central to their faith, as evidenced by their official name, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Furthermore, many Christians have heard the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing Christian hymns and are favorably impressed with the Mormon commitment to high moral standards and strong families. Doesn’t it follow that Mormonism is Christian?

To fairly and accurately resolve this question we need to carefully compare the basic doctrines of the Mormon religion with the basic doctrines of historic, biblical Christianity. To represent the Mormon position we have relied on the following well-known Mormon doctrinal books, the first three of which are published by the Mormon Church: Gospel Principles (1997), Achieving a Celestial Marriage(1976), and A Study of the Articles of Faith (1979) by Mormon Apostle James E. Talmage, as well as Doctrines of Salvation (3 vols.) by the tenth Mormon President and prophet Joseph Fielding Smith,Mormon Doctrine (2nd ed., 1979) by Mormon apostle Bruce R. McConkie and Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith. 1. IS THERE MORE THAN ONE TRUE GOD?The Bible teaches and orthodox Christians through the ages have believed that there is only one True and Living God and apart from Him there are no other Gods (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10,11; 44:6,8; 45:21,22; 46:9; Mark 12:29-34).By contrast, the Mormon Church teaches that there are many Gods (Book of Abraham 4:3ff), and that we can become gods and goddesses in the celestial kingdom (Doctrine and Covenants 132:19-20; Gospel Principles, p. 245; Achieving a Celestial Marriage, p. 130). It also teaches that those who achieve godhood will have spirit children who will worship and pray to them, just as we worship and pray to God the Father (Gospel Principles, p. 302). 2. WAS GOD ONCE A MAN LIKE US?The Bible teaches and orthodox Christians through the ages have believed that God is Spirit (John 4:24; 1 Timothy 6:15,16), He is not a man (Numbers 23:19; Hosea 11:9; Romans 1:22, 23), and has always (eternally) existed as God — all powerful, all knowing, and everywhere present (Psalm 90:2; 139:7-10; Isaiah 40:28; Luke 1:37).By contrast, the Mormon Church teaches that God the Father was once a man like us who progressed to become a God and has a body of flesh and bone (Doctrine and Covenants 130:22; “God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens!” from Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 345-347; Gospel Principles, p. 9; Articles of Faith, p. 430;Mormon Doctrine, p. 321). Indeed, the Mormon Church teaches that God himself has a father, and a grandfather, ad infinitum(Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 373; Mormon Doctrine, p. 577). 3. ARE JESUS AND SATAN SPIRIT BROTHERS?The Bible teaches and orthodox Christians through the ages have believed that Jesus is the unique Son of God; he has always existed as God, and is co-eternal and co-equal with the Father (John 1:1, 14; 10:30; 14:9; Colossians 2:9). While never less than God, at the appointed time He laid aside the glory He shared with the Father (John 17:4, 5; Philippians 2:6-11) and was made flesh for our salvation; His incarnation was accomplished through being conceived supernaturally by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin (Matthew 1:18-23; Luke 1:34-35).By contrast, the Mormon Church teaches that Jesus Christ is our elder brother who progressed to godhood, having first been procreated as a spirit child by Heavenly Father and a heavenly mother; He was later conceived physically through intercourse between Heavenly Father and the virgin Mary (Achieving a Celestial Marriage, p. 129; Mormon Doctrine, pp. 546-547; 742). Mormon doctrine affirms that Jesus and Lucifer are brothers (Gospel Principles, pp. 17-18; Mormon Doctrine, p. 192). 4. IS GOD A TRINITY?The Bible teaches and orthodox Christians through the ages have believed that Father, Son, and Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost are not separate Gods or separate beings, but are distinct Persons within the one Triune Godhead. Throughout the New Testament the
Son and the Holy Spirit, as well as the Father are separately identified as and act as God (Son: Mark 2:5-12; John 20:28; Philippians 2:10,11Holy Spirit:Acts 5:3,4; 2 Corinthians 3:17,18; 13:14); yet at the same time the Bible teaches that these three are only one God (see point 1).
By contrast, the Mormon Church teaches that Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are three separate Gods (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 370; Mormon Doctrine, pp. 576-577), and that the Son and Holy Ghost are the literal offspring of Heavenly Father and a celestial wife (Joseph Fielding McConkie, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, vol. 2, p. 649). 5. WAS THE SIN OF ADAM AND EVE A GREAT EVIL OR A GREAT BLESSING?The Bible teaches and orthodox Christians through the ages have believed that the disobedience of our first parents Adam and Eve was a great evil. Through their fall sin entered the world, bringing all human beings under condemnation and death. Thus we are born with a sinful nature, and will be judged for the sins we commit as individuals. (Ezekiel 18:1-20; Romans 5:12-21).By contrast, the Mormon Church teaches that Adam’s sin was “a necessary step in the plan of life and a great blessing to all of us”(Gospel Principles, p. 33; Book of Mormon — 2 Nephi 2:25;Doctrines of Salvation, vol. 1, pp. 114-115).6. CAN WE MAKE OURSELVES WORTHY BEFORE GOD?The Bible teaches and orthodox Christians through the ages have believed that apart from the saving work of Jesus Christ on the cross we are spiritually “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1,5and are powerless to save ourselves. By grace alone, apart from self-righteous works, God forgives our sins and makes us worthy to live in His presence (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-6). Our part is only to cling to Christ in heartfelt faith. (However, it is certainly true that without the evidence of changed conduct, a person’s testimony of faith in Christ must be questioned; salvation by grace alone through faith, does not mean we can live as we please — Romans 6:1-4).By contrast, the Mormon Church teaches that eternal life in the presence of God (which it terms “exaltation in the celestial kingdom”) must be earned through obedience to all the commands of the Mormon Church, including exclusive Mormon temple rituals. Works are a requirement for salvation (entrance into the “celestial kingdom”) — Gospel Principles, p. 303-304; Pearl of Great Price — Third Article of Faith; Mormon Doctrine, pp. 339, 671; Book of Mormon — 2 Nephi 25:23).7. DOES CHRIST’S ATONING DEATH BENEFIT THOSE WHO REJECT HIM?The Bible teaches and orthodox Christians through the ages have believed that the purpose of the atoning work of Christ on the cross was to provide the complete solution for humankind’s sin problem. However, those who reject God’s grace in this life will have no part in this salvation but are under the judgment of God for eternity (John 3:36; Hebrews 9:27; 1 John 5:11-12).By contrast, the Mormon Church teaches that the purpose of the atonement was to bring resurrection and immortality to all people, regardless of whether they receive Christ by faith. Christ’s atonement is only a partial basis for worthiness and eternal life, which also requires obedience to all the commands of the Mormon church, including exclusive Mormon temple rituals(Gospel Principles, pp. 74-75; Mormon Doctrine, p. 669).8. IS THE BIBLE THE UNIQUE AND FINAL WORD OF GOD?The Bible teaches and orthodox Christians through the ages have believed that the Bible is the unique, final and infallible Word of God(2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:1,2; 2 Peter 1:21) and that it will stand forever (1 Peter 1:23-25). God’s providential preservation of the text of the Bible was marvelously illustrated in the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls.By contrast, the Mormon Church teaches that the Bible has been corrupted, is missing many “plain and precious parts” and does not contain the fullness of the Gospel (Book of Mormon — 1 Nephi 13:26-29; Doctrines of Salvation, vol. 3, pp. 190-191).9. DID THE EARLY CHURCH FALL INTO TOTAL APOSTASY?The Bible teaches and orthodox Christians through the ages have believed that the true Church was divinely established by Jesus and could never and will never disappear from the earth (Matthew 16:18; John 15:16; 17:11). Christians acknowledge that there have been times of corruption and apostasy within the Church, but believe there has always been a remnant that held fast to the biblical essentials.By contrast, the Mormon Church teaches that there was a great and total apostasy of the Church as established by Jesus Christ;this state of apostasy “still prevails except among those who have come to a knowledge of the restored gospel” of the Mormon Church (Gospel Principles, pp. 105-106; Mormon Doctrine, p. 44).

Conclusion: The above points in italics constitute the common gospel believed by all orthodox Christians through the ages regardless of denominational labels. On the other hand, some new religions such as Mormonism claim to be Christian, but accept as Scripture writings outside of the Bible, teach doctrines that contradict the Bible, and hold to beliefs completely foreign to the teachings of Jesus and His apostles.Mormons share with orthodox Christians some important moral precepts from the Bible. However, the above points are examples of the many fundamental and irreconcilable differences between historic, biblical Christianity and Mormonism. While these differences do not keep us from being friendly with Mormons, we cannot consider them brothers and sisters in Christ. The Bible specifically warns of false prophets who will teach “another gospel” centered around “another Jesus,” and witnessed to by “another spirit” (2 Corinthians 11:4,13-15; Galatians 1:6-9). Based on the evidence presented above, we believe Mormonism represents just such a counterfeit gospel.It has been pointed out that if one claimed to be a Mormon but denied all the basic tenets of Mormonism — that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, that the Book of Mormon is true and divinely inspired, that god was once a man who progressed to godhood through keeping the laws and ordinances of the Mormon Church, and that the Mormon Church was divinely established — the Mormon Church would reject such a person’s claim to being a Latter-day Saint. One cannot fairly call oneself a Mormon if one does not believe the fundamental doctrines taught by the Mormon Church. By the same token, if the Mormon Church does not hold to even the basic biblical truths believed by the greater Christian community down through the ages, how can Christians reasonably be expected to accept Mormonism as authentic Christianity?If the Mormon Church believes it is the only true Christian Church, it should not attempt to publicly present itself as a part of
a broader Christian community. Instead it should tell the world openly that those who claim to be orthodox Christians are not really Christians at all, and that the Mormon Church is the only true Christian Church. This in fact is what it teaches privately, but not publicly.

Statements of 5 Christian Denominations on MormonismChristian churches teach belief in God as an eternal, self-existent, immortal being, unfettered by corporeal limitations and unchanging in both character and nature. In recent years, several Christian denominations have made studies of Mormon teaching and come to the conclusion that there are irreconcilable differences between LDS doctrine and Christian beliefs based on the Bible.

3 Replies to “Is Mormonism Christian?”

  1. This an interesting discussion. I know a lot of great Mormons (and some flakes too just like any group), but my personal thinking they are not Christian because they

    1) Do not accept the Bible fully (as the infallible word of God) and have added other ‘books’ as scriptures that were given by a man who saw and angel. The Bible specifically warns against this in Galatians (1:8).

    2) They are more works oriented than grace so I get the feel they are trying to work their way to heaven. This is good and bad. The Mormons guy above points out the Christians can be wishy-washy as well. Good point. I think there are people in ‘Christianism’ who are the religious folks. They know about God, but do not know Him. Then there are the real Holy Spirit-filled believers in various groups.

    3) Mormons think that they can baptize the dead. Hebrews specifically says that we all have life, and then the judgment. If becoming a Christian is a free-will decision, how can we be baptized for someone who did not chose Him.

    4) Christians can move from one denomination to another if they like. If someone wants to leave the Mormon church and go to another church I don’t think that would be acceptable. When this type of ‘my church is the real church’ attitude comes in I think that is a problem.. I have seen Christian groups go in this direction and this is the first sign of a cult. We saw that happen with Jimmy Jones and his group years ago.

    5) Have a bunch of apparently wacky ideas about Jesus coming to North America and all these groups of early people that existed that there is no archaeological evidence (ie. people finding their money, their cities, etc.) to support.

    Don’t get me wrong. I think there may be some people that went to the Mormon church in heaven. It all comes down to the heart and God will judge us all. Just from everything I have heard and seen, the Mormon church seems to be more deception than divine. I am certainly open for to learn more..

  2. Mitt Romney’s candidacy for President brings up a difficult topic, namely whether Christians are right to consider his Latter-day Saints church a cult. The word “cult” almost always has a negative connotation, perhaps especially due to high-profile news stories related to Jim Jones, the Branch Davidians, and other fringe religious groups acting out in public.

    But the term did not originally conjure up images related to such horrors as these tragic examples. Moreover, technically, the definitions used today even by many Christian sources simply denote a decided and determined swing away from orthodox Christian doctrine. That still produces a negative connotation for believers, but it need not conjure up images of Jonestown. Here is one such definition, from Alan Gomes, author of Unmasking the Cults:

    A cult of Christianity is a group of people, which claiming to be Christian, embraces a particular doctrine system taught by an individual leader, group of leaders, or organization, which (system) denies (either explicitly or implicitly) one or more of the central doctrines of the Christian Faith as taught in the sixty-six books of the Bible.

    Here’s an even simpler definition of “cult” for the modern reader, from Robert Bowman’s online resource, A Biblical Guide to Orthodoxy and Heresy:

    A religious group originating as a heretical sect and maintaining fervent commitment to heresy. Adj.: “cultic” (may be used with reference to tendencies as well as full cult status).

    What is clear in every serious definition of the word “cult” is that those belonging to such a group are following their own drummer on certain key doctrines from the group from which they originate.

    Americans live in a free country with the hard-won freedom of religion. Thus any number of religious offshoots and denominations have sprung up over time. But cults are different in that they have gone in a wholly other direction on some key doctrinal points—and have stuck by them over time.

    That’s a different ballgame than most denominational differences, which are minor in comparison. The effect of cults is that something different emerges—a new brand, with at least some important distinctions and new beliefs. Whether that “something different” is better or worse lies in the eye of the beholder.

    But without question, there is another kind of entity here. In the case of the Mormons, just one example is the Book of Mormon itself. Christians believe that the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible are complete in their revelation of God’s Word. Mormons believe that the Book of Mormon is just as important and should be included as scripture. Who’s right? That may depend on what you think you’re getting out of the Book of Mormon—or how much faith you have in how the Holy Bible came to be.

    Mormons have been persecuted, particularly in the first century of their existence. That’s one of the reasons many of them sought a new home in the Utah territory. In this respect, they are very much in keeping with Christians who came here from other countries to flee religious persecution.

    But in other ways, their story is different, their doctrines are different, and their beliefs are a significant reinterpretation of key aspects of Christianity, not to mention several “add-ons” that Christianity simply doesn’t have. This is why so many Christians have a problem with the Mormons they meet who try to assure them that they are “just like Christians.”

    They aren’t. They are certainly a kind of believer and human beings with God-given rights. Most are good citizens in every respect who pay their taxes and have every right to be here. And now that the vast majority of Mormons have rejected polygamy, they might even be valuable allies in political contests where family values are at stake. They care about their young children and aging parents. So as human beings and citizens, Mormons may have much in common with us, and that is all to the good.

    But by the very acceptance of new or changed doctrines, Mormons have given up the right to say that they are Christians. Again, Christianity has certain core beliefs that, once changed, becomes something entirely different.

    And if I were totally convinced that Mormonism were true, I would not continuously try to say how much my belief system is like some other faith. Instead, I would not hesitate to declare its distinctiveness to the world, just as Christianity has done since its outgrowth from Judaism 2000 years ago.

    Still, everyone wants to feel as though he fits in. No kid likes to feel ostracized at school for being a member of a faith practice that many consider a cult. Perhaps some Mormons try to assure us how much like us they really are because they remember the stories of their ancestors being persecuted for new and unorthodox beliefs.

    The Christian response to all this should be to greet Mormons with love—and to keep them sincerely in our prayers. This generation of Mormons, as with their parents’ generation, have been taught their beliefs from childhood. That doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t test their beliefs, as we all do at some point as adults.

    However, Christians with Mormon friends or acquaintances need never feel obliged to go along with the assumption that they are simply another branch of Christianity. In fact, at some point in an earnest discussion with a Mormon friend, we should be willing to point out how different our beliefs are—and why Christianity, not Mormonism, is the answer to our human dilemma.

    Only the Latter-day Saints faith uses the Book of Mormon, thereby declaring the Bible incomplete. Only the Mormons believe that Jesus had a post-resurrection visit to North America. Only Mormon men are promised by their faith that they will inherit a planet to rule, becoming something like a god in the afterlife. Christians may rightly consider this kind of idea to be more from the imagination of Joseph Smith than the mind of the Creator.

    So Mormonism is not “just like Christianity” at all. It is something wholly different, whether one calls it a “cult” or simply “unorthodox.”

    Nevertheless, that’s no cause for ugliness of any kind. At least they are trying to be respectful to the faith tradition handed down to them by their parents. So, when one is up to it, having a respectful, kindly discussion with our Mormon friends can be helpful. Just go in girded well, as Mormons are often good students in their own scriptures.

    On that, we should learn from their example as we study the Bible.

  3. The Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) is often accused by Evangelical pastors of not believing in Christ and, therefore, not being a Christian religion This article helps to clarify such misconceptions by examining early Christianity’s theology relating to baptism, the Godhead, the deity of Jesus Christ and His Atonement.

    • Baptism: .

    Early Christian churches, practiced baptism of youth (not infants) by immersion by the father of the family. The local congregation had a lay ministry. An early Christian Church has been re-constructed at the Israel Museum, and the above can be verified.
    The Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) continues baptism and a lay ministry as taught by Jesus’ Apostles. Early Christians were persecuted for keeping their practices sacred, and prohibiting non-Christians from witnessing them.

    • The Trinity: .

    A literal reading of the New Testament points to God and Jesus Christ , His Son , being separate , divine beings , united in purpose. . To whom was Jesus praying in Gethsemane, and Who was speaking to Him and his apostles on the Mount of Transfiguration?

    The Nicene Creed”s definition of the Trinity was influenced by scribes translating the Greek manuscripts into Latin. The scribes embellished on a passage explaining the Trinity , which is the Catholic and Protestant belief that God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The oldest versions of the epistle of 1 John, read: “There are three that bear witness: the Spirit, the water and the blood and these three are one.”

    Scribes later added “the Father, the Word and the Spirit,” and it remained in the epistle when it was translated into English for the King James Version, according to Dr. Bart Ehrman, Chairman of the Religion Department at UNC- Chapel Hill. He no longer believes in the Nicene Trinity. .

    Scholars agree that Early Christians believed in an embodied God; it was neo-Platonist influences that later turned Him into a disembodied Spirit. Harper’s Bible Dictionary entry on the Trinity says “the formal doctrine of the Trinity as it was defined by the great church councils of the fourth and fifth centuries is not to be found in the New Testament.”

    Divinization, narrowing the space between God and humans, was also part of Early Christian belief. St. Athanasius of Alexandria (Eastern Orthodox) wrote, regarding theosis, “The Son of God became man, that we might become God.” . The Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) views the Trinity as three separate divine beings , in accord with the earliest Greek New Testament manuscripts.

    • The Deity of Jesus Christ

    Mormons hold firmly to the deity of Christ. For members of the Church of Jesus Christ (LDS), Jesus is not only the Son of God but also God the Son. Evangelical pollster George Barna found in 2001 that while only 33 percent of American Catholics, Lutherans, and Methodists (28 percent of Episcopalians) agreed that Jesus was “without sin”, 70 percent of Mormons believe Jesus was sinless.

    • The Cross and Christ’s Atonement: .

    The Cross became popular as a Christian symbol in the Fifth Century A.D. . Members of the Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) believe the proper Christian symbol is Christ’s resurrection , not his crucifixion on the Cross. Many Mormon chapels feature paintings of the resurrected Christ or His Second Coming. Furthermore, members of the church believe the major part of Christ’s atonement occurred in the Garden of Gethsemane as Christ took upon him the sins of all mankind.

    • Definition of “Christian”: .

    But Mormons don’t term Catholics and Protestants “non-Christian”. They believe Christ’s atonement applies to all mankind. The dictionary definition of a Christian is “of, pertaining to, believing in, or belonging to a religion based on the teachings of Jesus Christ”: All of the above denominations are followers of Christ, and consider him divine, and the Messiah foretold in the Old Testament. They all worship the one and only true God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and address Him in prayer as prescribed in The Lord’s Prayer.

    It’s important to understand the difference between Reformation and Restoration when we consider who might be authentic Christians. . Early Christians had certain rituals which defined a Christian , which members of the Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) continue today. . If members of the Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) embrace early Christian theology, they are likely more “Christian” than their detractors.

    • The Need for a Restoration of the Christian Church:

    The founder of the Baptist Church in America, Roger Williams, just prior to leaving the church he established, said this:

    “There is no regularly constituted church of Christ on earth, nor any person qualified to administer any church ordinances; nor can there be until new apostles are sent by the Great Head of the Church for whose coming I am seeking.” (Picturesque America, p. 502.)

    Martin Luther had similar thoughts: “Nor can a Christian believer be forced beyond sacred Scriptures,…unless some new and proved revelation should be added; for we are forbidden by divine law to believe except what is proved either through the divine Scriptures or through Manifest revelation.”

    He also wrote: “I have sought nothing beyond reforming the Church in conformity with the Holy Scriptures. The spiritual powers have been not only corrupted by sin, but absolutely destroyed; so that there is now nothing in them but a depraved reason and a will that is the enemy and opponent of God. I simply say that Christianity has ceased to exist among
    those who should have preserved it.”

    The Lutheran, Baptist and Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) churches recognize an apostasy from early Christianity. The Lutheran and Baptist churches have attempted reform, but Mormonism (and Roger Williams, and perhaps Martin Luther) require inspired restoration, so as to re-establish an unbroken line of authority and apostolic succession.

    * * *
    • Christ-Like Lives:

    The 2005 National Study of Youth and Religion published by UNC-Chapel Hill found that Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) youth (ages 13 to 17) were more likely to exhibit these Christian characteristics than Evangelicals (the next most observant group):

    1. Attend Religious Services weekly
    2. Importance of Religious Faith in shaping daily life – extremely important
    3. Believes in life after death
    4. Does NOT believe in psychics or fortune-tellers
    5. Has taught religious education classes
    6. Has fasted or denied something as spiritual discipline
    7. Sabbath Observance
    8. Shared religious faith with someone not of their faith
    9. Family talks about God, scriptures, prayer daily
    10. Supportiveness of church for parent in trying to raise teen (very supportive)
    11. Church congregation has done an excellent job in helping teens better understand their own sexuality and sexual morality

    LDS Evangelical
    1. 71% 55%
    2. 52 28
    3. 76 62
    4. 100 95
    5. 42 28
    6. 68 22
    7. 67 40
    8. 72 56
    9. 50 19
    10. 65 26
    11. 84 35

    So what do you think the motivation is for the Evangelical preachers to denigrate the Mormon Church? It seems obvious they shouldn’t be denigrating a church based on First Century Christianity. The only plausible reason is to protect their flock (and their livelihood).

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