Mormonism: Christian, Cult, or ???

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?

Are Mormons Christian?

While the topic has been discussed at length over the years, the idea that Mormons are Christians continues to be argued by many Latter-day Saints. In 1998, BYU professor Stephen E. Robinson explained why he thought the answer is yes in his book Are Mormons Christians? As part of its series on “Gospel Topics,” the essay titled “Are Mormons Christian?” was published in January 2014 on the official LDS website. Let’s take a closer look at the reasons given for why we should accept Mormonism as a Christian religion. 

Mormon apostle’s definition disqualifies all but Latter-day Saints as “Christian”

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


Christian. A Chrsitian is, in a complete sense, is a Mormon in good standing with his or her church. A Chrsitian, according to an October 2012 general conference message (“Being a More Christian Christian”) delivered by Apostle Robert D. Hales, can be defined by these distinctives: