Topical Guide/Ancient Christianity and Judaism



Are Mormons Christians?

Are Mormons Christians? Do they worship Jesus Christ? Critics use unnecessarily narrow definitions to deny that members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints worship and revere Jesus.

Evangelical arguments regarding Mormonism and Christianity

Summary: Some Christians claim that Latter-day Saints are not to be included in the family of "Christianity."

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Mormons worship Jesus Christ

Summary: It is claimed that members of the Church worship "a different Jesus" than the Jesus worshiped by Christians.

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Mormonism and the symbol of the cross

Summary: Some Christians claim that Latter-day Saints are not Christians, and point to the fact that the Church does not usually use the symbol or sign of the cross in decoration, personal jewelry, or architecture.

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Did Mormons only recently claim to be Christians?

Summary: From the Church's founding, both Church members and their opponents recognized that they were Christians.

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Mormon versus Evangelical beliefs regarding grace and works

Mormonism and the relationship between grace and works

Summary: How do the Mormons see the relationship between works and grace?

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The Mormon perspective on the relationship between baptism and grace

Summary: Early Christians understood the relationship between grace and the baptismal ordinance differently than some modern protestant critics of the Church.

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Mormonism and the "unforgivable" sin

Summary: Why did LDS apostle Bruce McConkie write that a man may commit a sin so grievous that it will place him beyond the atoning blood of Christ (Mormon Doctrine, 1979, p. 93) when the Bible says that the blood of Christ cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7)?

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Evangelicals use quotes from Mormon sources to try and paint a picture of an "impossible gospel"

Summary: Sometimes critics (especially Evangelicals) describe our gospel as one in which nobody can be saved because they are not perfectly keeping the commandments. They attempt to show that this is what we believe by using passages from the Book of Mormon and from other LDS works.

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Criticisms of the Mormon view of Jesus Christ

The "Mormon" and the "Christian" Jesus

Summary: Latter-day Saints believe that Jesus Christ is the only path to salvation, and that He died for our sins, yet some Evangelicals claim that Latter-day Saints believe in a "different" Jesus than "mainstream" Christians.

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The attitude of early Mormon leaders toward Christianity

Summary: Some Evangelicals claim that Latter-day Saints have "admitted" that they are not Christian, since LDS leaders spent decades denouncing mainstream Christianity.

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The Book of Mormon indicates that Christianity existed in the New World prior to the birth of Christ

Summary: The Book of Mormon refers to "Christians" in Alma 46:13-16 and Alma 48:10. These texts date to approximately 72 BC.

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Martyrdom in Christian history

Summary: Was Joseph Smith not a martyr because, while in jail, he fought back against those who attacked him?

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Completeness of the Bible

Summary: Some claim that the Bible contains all necessary or essential knowledge to assure salvation, and that things like modern prophets or additional scripture (such as the Book of Mormon) are unnecessary or even blasphemous.

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