There’s an interesting debate at Beliefnet on the topic, “Are Mormons Christian?”. LDS author Orson Scott Card takes on Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention. I enjoyed Brother Card’s lucid comments, but I learned the most by reading Dr. Mohler’s explanation of why we are not Christian. I’m so glad I read it because I finally understand a big part of the problem that the SBC leaders have had with us Mormons. Look at this quote from Dr. Mohler:
Contemporary Mormonism presents the Book of Mormon as “another testament of Jesus Christ,” but the Jesus of the Book of Mormon is not the only begotten Son of God, the second person of the Trinity, or the one through whose death on the cross we can be saved from our sins.
My goodness, it’s suddenly clear. The problem, obviously, is not that we believe in a different Jesus, but that Al Mohler and his fellow SBC peers DISBELIEVE IN A DIFFERENT BOOK OF MORMON.
OUR Book of Mormon, the real one, is all about Jesus Christ as the Son of God, the One whose death and Atonement provide our only hope of redemption, our Lord and Savior. The one Dr. Mohler’s folks have in their elite theological seminary must be a counterfeit, perhaps an early draft of Rushdie’s Satanic Verses (yeah, that would explain it!) or some 1960’s druggie tract or perhaps a sarcastic atheistic comic book stuffed into an old Book of Mormon dust jacket.
Well, bless their hearts, no wonder they’ve had trouble accepting us as Christians. With all that LDS talk about the Book of Mormon being scripture and another testament of Jesus Christ, I’d also be confused if I checked out the Book of Mormon from my SBC library and starting reading some warped humanist satire denouncing Christ. In fact, I’d probably make an anti-Mormon DVD myself. Well, now we know that it’s all just been a big misunderstanding (and that’s really what it is).
And this explains why many of the fine Christians (and I truly mean that) of that denomination don’t have trouble with Mormons as Christians – I bet they’ve seen the real book. The problems is just with a few people at headquarters, relying on some counterfeit in the SBC Seminary. Now it all makes sense.
So let’s be more understanding on our end, but also take this opportunity to fix the problem and patch up our relationship with our former theological enemies. Let’s buy them a few hundred – maybe even a few thousand – copies of the real Book of Mormon, ship them to SBC headquarters, and let them see that there’s really no need for all that time and money being wasted to tell everyone that we aren’t Christians. If we can just get them to look at the same book, then I’m sure we’ll end up on the same page.
Whew! Glad that’s over!!
Hey Bookslinger, ready to help?