Mormons and Christians

In an editorial in the NY Times, a devout Mormon claims he is not, and has no interest in being, Christian because Christians are mean or stupid or something. (What? A religious commentary in the Times that tries to insult and diminish Christianity? Save that issue! I’m sure it will be a collector’s item one day.)

Well, I certainly agree with the first part of the guy’s premise, but his theology is about as sound as the Spanish banking system. In response, Justin Taylor takes a minute to cover the actual differences between Christianity and Mormonism. For example:

What do Mormons believe about God? 

Mormons claim that God the Father was once a man and that he then progressed to godhood (that is, he is a now-exalted, immortal man with a flesh-and-bone body). 

What does the Bible teach about the nature of God? 

Based on the Bible, God is not and has never been a man (Num. 23:19; Hos. 11:9). He is a spirit (John 4:24), and a spirit does not have flesh and bones (Luke 24:39). Furthermore, God is eternal (Ps. 90:2; 102:27; Isa. 57:15; 1 Tim. 1:17) and immutable (or unchangeable in his being and perfections; see Ps. 102:25-27; Mal. 3:6). He did not “progress” toward godhood, but has always been God.


  1. Anonymous

    Mormon theology is clearly heretical from an orthodox Christian standpoint (including Catholic and Protestant). But few members of any groups are terribly particular about their theology. Getting theology wrong does not make one ineligible for a covenant relationship with God. So my feeling is that Mormon doctrine is not Christian; individual Mormons may well be.

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