An ongoing source of contention between Christians and Mormons is the Mormon claim that we are all Christians. I hesitate to bring this up again because this subject has created more than a few less than helpful comments on this blog alone. But here it goes.
The reason I’m raising this subject again is because of an incident that happened recently. A gentle woman, who was raised LDS, has been attending our church faithfully for a number of months. She finally decided to officially ask to be released from membership in the LDS Church. She wrote the required letter. She was contacted by the bishop and an appointment to meet was set up. At that appointment he warned her of the grave consequences of leaving the church. That alone doesn’t fit in with the “we are all Christians” mindset. But then came the clincher. She asked if he was going to tell her family since she wanted to do that herself. He replied, “Why would I tell them. You no longer exist.”
To those Mormons reading this, please, before you whip off a comment, please, stop and try to understand how comments like that cause Christians difficulty in taking seriously the mantra we hear from Mormons that we are all Christians. If the Mormon Church really believed that, why would an official representative say something like that? Why would leaving the Mormon Church for a Christian church be such a big deal? And this is not an isolated example. Many ex-Mormons can testify to hearing similar things from family and church officials. Such treatment contradicts the statement, “we are all Christian”. Is that so difficult to see?
Bruce R. McConkie, in 1979, in his classic book, “Mormon Doctrine”, stated the position of Mormonism much more honestly. He wrote, “Christianity is found among the saints who have the fullness of the gospel, and a perverted Christianity holds sway among the so-called Christians of apostate Christianity” (p. 132). Pretty strong. But pretty honest. At least McConkie acknowledged the great difference between Mormonism and Christianity.
There is a huge difference between the teachings of Mormonism and Christianity. I wish that more Mormons would acknowledge that rather than obscuring it.