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JEFFRESS: Mormons are Christians

Letter by Beth Woodbury Hart, Puyallup on Oct. 21, 2011 at 5:08 pm | 7 Comments »
October 24, 2011 10:39 am

As a committed Christian and a member of the Mormon Church, I am tired of other people telling me who I am and what I believe.

For the record: Mormons are Christians. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that He was crucified for our sins and rose again on the third day. We believe it is only through the atonement of Christ that we are saved. We strive to be His disciples by following His example, living virtuous lives and serving our fellow human beings.

Mormons believe in the Bible. In fact, Mormons are inclined to interpret the Bible more literally than liberal Protestants. It’s ironic that many Protestants deny the divinity of Christ and think Bible stories are fairy tales, yet they are considered “Christian” and we’re not.

Robert Jeffress and the evangelicals might claim that true Christians are only those who believe in grace and nothing else. But some scholars would argue that true Christians are only those who believe in the Nicene Creed. And there are groups who still assert that being a real Christian requires following the law of Moses or studying the Bible in Hebrew.

It would benefit all of us to stop quibbling over definitions and try to be a little more inclusive. Christians are those who believe in Christ and try to follow Him. End of story.

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