The following are sections out of Bill McKeever’s book In their Own Words: A Collection of Mormon Quotations. The full book of 400 pages is available at Mormonism Research Ministry or Amazon.com. 2nd President Brigham Young “The people called Christians are shrouded in ignorance, and read the Scriptures with darkened understandings” (Brigham Young, October 8, 1859, Journal of Discourses […]
by Sharon Lindbloom 20 August 2018 LDS Living, a popular independent faith-promoting magazine and website for Mormons, recently produced and published a video, “The 6 Questions That Led Me to Christianity.” In the fallaciously-titled video, an unnamed man explains why he joined the LDS Church. He begins, “At 19 I had decided that Christianity could […]
by Sharon Lindbloom 5 March 2018 Latter-day Saint Taylor Christensen recently posted a heartfelt video that begins, “This is not an anti-Mormon video.” Taylor talks about his own journey through so-called anti-Mormon information as he sought to understand why so many people were leaving the Mormon Church. In the process, Taylor discovered difficult truths about […]
By Sharon Lindbloom 6 January 2017 An article appeared online this week with a title that grabbed my attention. In “The Alarming Truth Behind Anti-Mormonism,” LDS author Dustin Phelps tells his readers, “I intend to expose what anti-Mormonism is and what its objectives really are.” What follows is a lengthy argument against Atheism; it’s the […]
By Sharon Lindbloom 21 October 2016 The LDS Daily website (“Not an official website of the true church”) provides Mormon readers with Family Home Evening lesson ideas. This week Aleah Ingram suggests a lesson titled, “Are Mormons Christian?” She writes, “Since the Church was restored by Joseph Smith, many people have wondered if Mormons are […]
By Sharon Lindbloom 8 June 2016 Morgan Scalley, the defensive coordinator for the University of Utah’s football team, addressed single adult Mormons last week, urging them to “master the fundamentals of the gospel” in order to achieve success. “What are the fundamentals of the church?” he asked rhetorically. “They are everything you’ve been taught since […]
By Sharon Lindbloom 4 January 2016 Peter Leithart at First Things recently addressed the oft-heard claim that “Christians and Muslims worship the same God but understand God in partly different ways.” He explains, “Muslims and Christians indeed share certain beliefs, and it is, of course, possible to believe different things about the same person… “Yet […]
In recent years, many members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS, or Mormons) have demanded that they be considered Christians. Thus, it can become very difficult for Christian laypeople to grasp the inherent differences unless one is familiar with how the common vocabulary is defined in a Mormon context. So, should Mormonism be considered Christian, a cult, or something else altogether?
Mormon apostle’s definition disqualifies all but Latter-day Saints as “Christian”
By Bill McKeever
The following was originally printed in the January-February 2013 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit here.
Christianity. In biblical times, the church as described in the Bible. However, because of the Great Apostasy, Christianity in its full form can be found on the earth since the founding of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Sixth President Joseph F. Smith explained, “…for I contend that the Latter-day Saints are the only good and true Christians, that I know anything about in the world.