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.
Richard Land “considers Mormonism to be a ‘fourth Abrahamic faith'” I can’t believe someone in Land’s position would consider such an absurd statement.
The Mormon religion did not come from the beliefs of Abraham, since the Mormon god would not have been recognizable to Abraham. Abraham’s God was not an exalted man living on another planet.
These “evangelical” leaders are seriously compromising the faith.
I remember hearing John McArthur speak about a meeting with Mormons, in which the Mormons claimed common ground. That claim was rejected by McArthur. In his own words:
“I would never deliberately equivocate on the truth or do anything that might lend credence to Mormonism. I’m convinced (as are all who understand Scripture accurately) that Mormonism is a false religion, generated by Satan. It is a damnable heresy, and in the words of Paul, ‘a different gospel,’ under God’s anathema.”
Gentlemen, thank you for the good comments. Unfortunately, these evangelical men DO know the errors of Mormonism. Mohler, at least, was very specific about some of it, which mitigates the damage somewhat for those who listened to his actual words. But most won’t actually pay that much attention to the specifics of his words, and the Mormon false teachers will emphasise his presence and the nice things he said.
Martyn Lloyd-Jones refused to take part in the Billy Graham Crusades because Graham approved the participation of apostates. Today’s evangelical “leaders” would look at Lloyd-Jones as if he were from another planet for making that decision — but when you look at where evangelical accommodationism has led, who was right?
I have been reading a novel by an atheist which contains the sentence, “There is an obscenity in evil which contaminates the observer.” I believe that this author has a clearer understanding than those evangelical leaders who wish to compromise with mormonism. Surely Paul included such as these when he said “Expel the wicked man from among you.”
Hi, Fred. That sentence reminds me of several Scripture passages. Particularly pertinent is Phinehas’ statement in Joshua 22:17, in which he talks about a sin committed years before, by members of the congregation who were now dead, still having a corrupting influence.