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“Mormonism has far more that distinguishes it from the historic Christian faith than unites it to Christianity”

April 15, 2007

Frank Pastore of

Just as Christians and Jews, by definition, cannot ignore their differences over the resurrection and the New Testament, so too Christians and Mormons cannot ignore the differences between the Bible and the three books of Mormonism: the Book of Mormon, Doctrines and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price.

Yet many Mormons in recent years have taken to calling themselves Christians, and a grow-ing number of Christians are willing to speak of Mormonism as something akin to another Christian denomination. But, Mormonism is not a Christian denomination, nor is it merely “a non-Christian religion.” To be theologically precise, though perhaps politically incorrect, Mormonism is a cult of Christianity ( – a group that claims to Christian while denying one or more central doctrines of the Christian faith.

The polytheism of Latter Day Saints is a striking contrast to the monotheism of the Bible. The Mormons also deny original sin (central to a Christian understanding of the human condition) and believe that Jesus was conceived through sexual intercourse between God the Father and Mary [actually, they only hold this to be potentially true, and say we shouldn’t care about it either way]. I could go on, but Mormonism has far more that distinguishes it from the historic Christian faith than unites it to Christianity.

So, though I am willing to unite with and befriend Mormons in common cause to advance our shared values, I am hoping to be a voice of clarity – unwilling to allow Mormonism to be mistaken for orthodox Christianity and unwilling again to disqualify a candidate simply because he is from a faith tradition so different from my own.


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