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JEFFRESS: Mormons are Christians

Letter by Beth Woodbury Hart, Puyallup on Oct. 21, 2011 at 5:08 pm with 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.

Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. I can’t wait for the “your religion is a cult and mine isn’t” argument

  2. I accept Ms. Hart’s heartfelt try. Here’s the problem: “Religion gives men the strength to do what should not be done.”

  3. All religions are attemps by man to deal with the unknow.

  4. alindasue says:

    Publico said, “I accept Ms. Hart’s heartfelt try. Here’s the problem: ‘Religion gives men the strength to do what should not be done.’ ”

    While an interesting quote, what does that have to do with the issue of the letter?

    Your quote attempts to argue against religion in general – an interesting debate – but Ms. Hart is not trying to convince the irreligious to be religious. She is trying to convince people who are already religious about the silliness of some Christian religious trying to tell members of another religious group who also accept Jesus Christ as their savior that they are not Christians.

    As many of you already know (I make no secret of it), I am also LDS – although I grew up attending Protestant churches. While attending those churches, I learned what it meant to be Christian and I can tell you with certainty that I am just as much a Christian now as I was before joining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    The Herman Cains and Robert Jeffresses of the world can make all the claims in the world about my religion, but still won’t change the feelings in my heart nor the Christian values that I attempt to live in my day to day life.

    (I’m talking, of course, about the real values as taught by Jesus, not the judgmental “values” that seem to be espoused by so many politicians.)

  5. Some else’s spiritual beliefs are only important to anyone else when those beliefs impact others. I could care less about your beliefs – unless they affect your behavior in such a manner that has a negative impact upon me.

    Unfortunately, religious organizations are, by nature, political institutions that are designed to impact/restrict behavior of others. There are few religions (as opposed to religious beliefs) that don’t attempt to impact/restrict the behavior of others (non-members).

  6. I believe you mean that you could NOT care less bBoy.

  7. ‘not’

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