As Mormonism continues to be in the spotlight in this “Mormon moment” as some have called it, the Society for the Prevention of Anti-Mormonism continues to see a rise in articles written by ministers of sectarian Christian denominations asking “Are Mormons Christians?” or “Why Mormons aren’t Christians,” etc. In every case, these men of the cloth repeat long discredited misrepresentations of Mormon beliefs, playing on the ignorance of the faith of latter-day saints. It is often the case that these articles intentionally avoid telling readers important truths that might present Mormonism in a favorable light. Just what are some of the truths they want to keep you from learning? Here’s a brief list:
- Mormons believe in Jesus Christ wholeheartedly. We believe he is the Son of God, the Lamb of God, the Light of the World, the Redeemer and Savior.
- We believe in being born again, being saved by grace, and that we must repent of our sins and accept Jesus Christ as our Savior.
- Mormons believe in the Bible. There is nothing you will find in the Bible, particularly about Jesus Christ, that we do not believe.
- Bible prophets prophesied that the Book of Mormon would come forth.
- The apostles of Jesus Christ predicted a falling away from Christ’s teachings and that the authority Jesus gave them would be lost.
- The Bible predicted a restoration of these things that were lost.
- What the world calls Mormonism is the restoration or re-establishment of the ancient Church Jesus and the apostles founded.
- God the Father and Jesus Christ have appeared and spoken again in our time.
- Revelation, visions, angelic ministrations, and gifts of the Holy Spirit are present in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- Members of the Church believe that faith impels us to do good works, because the Bible teaches that faith without works is dead, being alone.
I could add more, but these ten points will suffice. One last key point to remember is that Mormons do not expect anyone to take our word as proof that these things are true. Each person can know for himself through study, reflection, and sincere prayer. We believe that God gives personal revelations to those whom he calls to become members of the Church. James 1:5-6 in the Bible tells us that, if we lack wisdom, we should ask of God. It invites us to approach God and ask him. We invite you to learn more. The Church website at www.mormon.org is a great place to begin. Then take it up with the Lord. We know he is true and faithful to answer you.