Are Mormons Christian?
Due to the recent remarks that have been besmeared across the media made by Rev. Jeffres I decided to write a short article about why Mormons are in fact Christian. For the sake of this article I will define a Christian as someone who believes that Christ is the savior of the world, that there is no other means whereby men are saved, and strives to live a Christ like life.
My first line of evidence comes from the Articles of Faith of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Article one states, “We believe in God the Eternal Father and in his son Jesus Christ and in the Holy Ghost. This seems simple enough. Members of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God. Well what else do LDS individuals believe about Christ?
The next point comes again from the Articles of Faith and the book of James. “We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.” This states that LDS individuals believe that there is no other savior than Jesus Christ, and only through obedience to him and his commandments may we qualify to be saved. This is where some individuals would begin to disagree with the LDS church and say that it takes only faith, and obedience suggests that works will save you. Either extreme, works alone or faith alone, fails to take into account the words spoken in the book of James, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” Furthermore James states, “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone… Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” The LDS church believes that it is not by faith alone or works alone, but as an effort walking in unison with Christ daily that an individual then qualifies to enter into the glory of God’s presence.Continued on the next page