Are Mormons Christians?

Mark Paredes has written an interesting article on Mormons and Evangelicals. The article, “Are Mormons Christians? Of Constantine and Karaites,” was published in the JewishJournal.com.

In his article, Paredes compares evangelical Christians with Karaite Jews. He also gives two reasons why many Christians declare that Mormons are not Christians.

The first reason deals with the doctrine of the Trinity. Paredes wrote:

First of all, Mormons are not Trinitarians. We don’t believe in a three-in-one god (or, if you prefer, a one-in-three god). We believe that God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit exist as three separate beings, not as one god. This belief alone is enough for many Christians to eject us from the Christian fold.

To Paredes, the introduction of the doctrine of the Trinity into the life of the church was the work of Constantine and a handful of bishops who met during the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D. Paredes wrote: “Mormons are proud to disagree with Constantine and his anti-Semitic bishops on the nature of God, and see no reason why their view should be a litmus test for Christianity.”

The second reason deals with the Book of Mormons and other writings accepted as authoritative by the Mormon church. Paredes wrote:

Another LDS belief that raises Evangelical eyebrows is our acceptance of scriptures in addition to the Hebrew Bible and New Testament. How interesting that on this point Evangelicals are behaving like Jews vis-à-vis Christianity, since Jews believe that there is no need to add an additional testament to the scriptural canon. However, since most Jews also accept the Oral Law and the Talmud as sources of law and tradition, I think that the better comparison is between Karaite Judaism and Rabbinic Judaism.

Karaites believe that the Hebrew Bible stands alone as divinely inspired scripture for Jews, and do not consider the Talmud and the Oral Law to be binding. Just as most Jews believe that the Talmud and other rabbinic writings serve to affirm the truths contained in the Torah, Mormons believe that the Book of Mormon and other LDS scriptures affirm the validity of the Bible. Evangelicals, like Karaites, say that one book is enough.

Based on what Mormons believe, are Mormons Christians? Before you answer this question, you should read Paredes’ article and then decide for yourself whether Mormons are Christians or not.

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8 Responses to Are Mormons Christians?

  1. Bobby says:

    My understanding is that Mormonism denies the deity of Christ by teaching that Jesus is a created being (i.e. Jesus was created by God just as we humans were),

    If that is true, I personally can’t consider them Christian.

    If that is not true, someo9ne please point me to the truth.

    Interestingly enough, my email this morning contained another article about this same subject. In this article, Michael Youssef draws some interesting parallels between Islam and Mormonism, The article can be read at:

    http://www.onenewsnow.com/Perspectives/Default.aspx?id=1468930

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    • Bobby,

      First, let me apologize for the delay in answering your comment. I stopped blogging for a while and then worked on my new web page. It has taken me several days to answer all the comments in my blog. I really appreciate your comment.

      Mormons do deny the deity of Christ. They also do not believe in the Trinity. I disagree with many of the doctrines adopted by Mormonism. Thank you for the link.

      My blog has moved to my new web page. Visit the new site of my blog, read my post today, then subscribe to my blog and receive all my posts as they are published. My new site is Dr. Mariottini.

      Claude Mariottini

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  2. Dan says:

    The doctrines mentioned in the article are not all that concern me about Mormonism. The notion that God is evolving and that humans follow God is of great concern to me, as it the notion that one can affect another’s salvation through baptizing them after they are dead. These seem quite irreconcilable with Christianity. While I greatly respect my Mormon friends, I cannot honestly say I consider them to be Christians (in a theological sense; I know one might argue that they are in that they incorporate Christ into their beliefs).

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    • Dan,

      First, let me apologize for the delay in answering your comment. I stopped blogging for a while and then worked on my new web page. It has taken me several days to answer all the comments in my blog. I really appreciate your comment.

      I agree with your views about Mormonism. Some people say that doctrines do not matter, but they do. The church has always defended the doctrine of the Trinity and I believe anyone who denies the Trinity is denying the teachings of the New Testament. I also have problems with the issues you mention.

      My blog has moved to my new web page. Visit the new site of my blog, read my post today, then subscribe to my blog and receive all my posts as they are published. My new site is Dr. Mariottini.

      Claude Mariottini

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  3. Ken Mafli says:

    Thanks for the post. This has certainly been in the media with the republican candidates talking about this and everyone abuzz with Joel Olstein keeping Mormons in the “fold” of Christianity. I personally draw a distinction between individual Mormons and the Mormon Faith. I believe that I will see individual Mormons in heaven, but Mormonism itself is a cult. For those that accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, receive His grace and mercy for the forgiveness of sins, but know little of the faith to which they have espoused… I personally could not judge – only God could. But to give falsity a pass and not condemn it as fabrication would be tantamount to denying the truth.

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    • Ken,

      First, let me apologize for the delay in answering your comment. I stopped blogging for a while and then worked on my new web page. It has taken me several days to answer all the comments in my blog. I really appreciate your comment.

      One of the many problems I have with Mormonism is their denial of the Trinity. This is another form of Arianism. I also do not have problems with individual Mormons but I have a lot of problems with their doctrines.

      My blog has moved to my new web page. Visit the new site of my blog, read my post today, then subscribe to my blog and receive all my posts as they are published. My new site is Dr. Mariottini.

      Claude Mariottini

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  4. Mariano says:

    Parede’s article is a perfect example of utter and vociferous lack of knowledge.
    He commits ad hominems / genetic fallacies in asserting that Trinitarian doctrine is false because it was formulated by anti-Semites.
    He claims that Mormons believe in “Jesus Christ” without noting that the Mormon “Jesus Christ” is not the same as the biblical “Jesus Christ”–same name, different person.
    He asserts that the fact that Mormons are not Trinitarians is not that big a deal in the big scheme of Christian theological things. Yet, he neglects to mention that Mormons are not even monotheistic but are henotheistic.
    And, he fails to note that the very foundation of Mormonism, that which gave rise to their religion in the first place that the revelation to Joseph Smith wherein (or so the official version goes, which is one of about 10 versions) God Himself referred to the Christian denominations of the time as corrupt, an abomination, false and far from Him.
    Thus, according to Mormonism Christianity is not Christian, Christianity is a cult–this claim is the very reason for their existence as a religion.

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    • Mariano,

      First, let me apologize for the delay in answering your comment. I stopped blogging for a while and then worked on my new web page. It has taken me several days to answer all the comments in my blog. I really appreciate your comment.

      I disagree with Paredes view. I believe that people who do not believe in the Trinity are denying a basic teaching of the Bible. Arians denied the Trinity and they were rejected by the church.

      My blog has moved to my new web page. Visit the new site of my blog, read my post today, then subscribe to my blog and receive all my posts as they are published. My new site is Dr. Mariottini.

      Claude Mariottini

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