View Full Version : Southern Baptist Seminary Dean vs. Mormonism

10-08-2011, 06:04 PM
This was a report from Glenn Beck's Washington rally time, two Augusts ago:

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> Southern Baptist Leader Calls Beck Rally a "Scandal" Driven by the Spirit of the Antichrist
Submitted by Kyle Mantyla on August 30, 2010 - 1:33pm

Russell Moore is Dean of the School of Theology and Senior Vice-President for Academic Administration at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and he does not approve of all those self-proclaimed Christians who are disgracing their faith by aligning themselves with the false and dangerous teachings of a Mormon like Glenn Beck:

A Mormon television star stands in front of the Lincoln Memorial and calls American Christians to revival. He assembles some evangelical celebrities to give testimonies, and then preaches a God and country revivalism that leaves the evangelicals cheering that they've heard the gospel, right there in the nation's capital.

The news media pronounces him the new leader of America's Christian conservative movement, and a flock of America's Christian conservatives have no problem with that.

If you'd told me that ten years ago, I would have assumed it was from the pages of an evangelical apocalyptic novel about the end-times. But it's not. It's from this week's headlines. And it is a scandal.


To Jesus, Satan offered power and glory. To us, all he needs offer is celebrity and attention.

Mormonism and Mammonism are contrary to the gospel of Jesus Christ. They offer another Lord Jesus than the One offered in the Scriptures and Christian tradition, and another way to approach him. An embrace of these tragic new vehicles for the old Gnostic heresy is unloving to our Mormon friends and secularist neighbors, and to the rest of the watching world. Any "revival" that is possible without the Lord Jesus Christ is a "revival" of a different kind of spirit than the Spirit of Christ (1 Jn. 4:1-3).

For the record, in citing 1 John 4:1-3, Moore is saying that Beck's effort to unleash revival in America is operating under the spirit of the Antichrist:

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.

I guess I should also point out that Moore's piece was posted on the American Family Association's OneNewNow website, so it seems as if the AFA is not particularly comfortable with Beck's Mormonism either.

UPDATE: I see that Al Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has Tweeted his support for Moore's article.</div></div>

10-09-2011, 06:08 AM
And your thoughts are?

10-09-2011, 11:58 AM
Personally, in a spirit of ecumenicalism, I don't find Mormomism a disqualifying faith choice for a potential president. I do, however, consider that faith different enough in many respects to call it a non-Christian faith. It's just that, as I consider a follower of Judaism or Islam not disqualified from that reason alone to hold high office or deserve my vote (if they do on other parameters deserve it), I'll put membership in the LDS in that same category.

But my view is from the non-fundamentalist side of Christianity.

What this shows is that fundamentalist Christians agree with my take that the LDS is not exactly a Christian faith, AND that they take it far more seriously as a criteria as to whether to vote for someone.

10-09-2011, 12:46 PM
How can it be "NON CHRISTIAN" and be from any side of Christianity?

How can a faith which observes the New Testament, bases their faith on following the teachings of the Christ, accepting atonement through baptism and his death be considered a non Christian faith?

10-09-2011, 01:25 PM
The list of extreme doctrinal differences between LDS and the mainstream Christian religion is too lengthy to go into.

(So only a partial list) That nobody ever alive on Earth will ever go to hell? That God has a wife, and the two of them used to be human? That Jesus and Lucifer were brothers? That LDS believers will achieve individual godhood with their sanctified families in the afterlife, based on works? This is a new gospel entirely, not simply add-ons to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Bible instructs that straying from the Gospel of Jesus Christ to teach ANY OTHER gospel is a sign of a false prophet.

Suffice it to say that any number of variations of Christianity, which overlapped a bit on some mainstream doctrines, are nonetheless considered non-mainstream Christianity, and heresies against Christianity instead.

You've got the Gnostics, the Albigensians, the Cathars, the Manicheans, the Priscillians, the Donatists. To that list, I'll add the LDS as well.

All are Christian-LIKE. None are mainstream Christianity.

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