The Christian Post has an article about an ex-Mormon turned pastor’s admonition to fellow Christians… saying, “Don’t call Mormonism a cult.”
I do understand his desire. As an ex-Mormon, he is trying to get fellow Christians to talk about real issues, which he fails to define, and not just use labels. Then he goes on to say that Mormons could be Christians depending on how you define the term, or the label itself.
As an ex-Christian Scientist, let me admonish all my brothers and sisters in the LORD not to fall into this line of thinking. The very nature of a cult is that they take the same terms we know and live by in Christianity and redefine them. What it means to be a Christian is debatable, but not with the cultists themselves. When they come clean and agree that what they mean by terms such as “Trinity” and “Jesus Christ” are different than that of historic Christianity, then we can begin the dialog.
The problem is that the cults are rooted in deceit. They are trying to dupe those who don’t understand the differences between true Christianity and false religion into joining them. If they would use different terms and be honest about the meaning of the terms they use, then we could have a dialog as the pastor suggests. But since their entire religion is rooted in deceit, with the lie that they have “new” revelation from God, then we will never be able to have any meaningful dialog at all.
To say that Mormons are Christians on any level is going to far. What they believe is not Christianity and is not from Scripture. They may use portions of the New Testament to try and make their case, but they are not looking at the full-cousel of God in the process. We must reject the premise that they are Christians. I know that it may hurt their feelings, but it is better to speak the truth, which is showing more love to them, then to mislead them into thinking they are Christians so we can have coffee together.
I’m not advocating meanness, but let us not say that they are Christians, or that they are not a cult. They are. If they truly want to be accepted as Christians, then they need to throw out all their beliefs rooted in the Book of Mormon. It is not on par to Scripture and it is not revelation from the Triune God.