Enmities which are unspoken and hidden are more to be feared than those which are outspoken and open.
It’s not just the fact that evangelicals are being more curious about Mormons and being more willing to listen to them and learn from them, but it’s also a matter of the Mormon leadership itself wanting to be part of the American Christian mainstream.
- Steven Webb, author of Mormon Christianity: What Other Christians Can Learn From the Latter-Day Saints.
Winston Churchill used the first quote to head a chapter called “Milestones to Armageddon” in Volume One of The Great Crisis (his history of the First World War).
The second comes from Evangelical Visits to BYU Signal a New Evangelical-Mormon Detente.
Mormons are enemies of the Gospel. They teach a false Gospel, a false Christ, a false baptism, a false view of man, a false view of marriage and family, and a false Scripture — and they want to join the “Christian mainstream,” hiding their enmity. The more these evangelical “leaders” help Mormons move to the “Christian mainstream,” the more they help those enemies to be the kind against whom Cicero, and Churchill, warned — the hidden enemies.
It is hard to find a stronger indictment of the state of the mainstream of evangelicalism than this: “evangelicals” are so weak and/or silent on doctrine and discernment, so busy finding “common ground” in their search for either political gain or for bigger “ministries,” that Mormons think they can join the mainstream. This is one of the reasons our church does not use the label “evangelical” — it encompasses a multitude of sins.
The evangelical “mainstream” — so tolerant of doctrinal and behavioural aberration that even Mormons think they can fit in.