Can a Mormon be a Christian?
Posted by Kerry on March 27, 2008
It’s that age-old question: are Mormons Christians? It seems like every time I read an LDS news website or happen across a Christian blog, one of the topics that always boils to the top is whether the Christian world considers Mormons as sitting inside or outside the revival tent.
This question usually comes down to how each individual party defines the word Christian. Some say it is defined as a disciple of the biblical Christ, others as a member of a protestant church, others define it as a person who has “accepted Christ as their personal Savior” (which I, as a Mormon, have done), while others say that unless you have a cross on your church you cannot be considered a Christian.
What do I say? I don’t care if they think we are Christians.
A prominent evangelical Christian recently “apologized” for his group’s un-acceptance of Mormons as Christians. Even so, I often stand all amazed at the attempts of some of my fellow Mormons who argue, quarrel, and squabble over the point that we are Christians. The rest of the Christian world has their own specific definition of “Christian”, and sometimes we try and either (1) force them to change their definition to make it wide enough to accept Mormons or (2) come up with our own definition of Christian so that we feel included. Does it really matter that much? I guess I don’t see the point in spending exhorbitant energy and time trying convince the Christian world that they should let us into their tent.
We can still be friends with them. We can work together on social issues (which we nearly fall into direct agreement with). We can go out to dinner together. We can invite them over to barbeques and birthday parties. We can even agree on and discuss many of the same doctrines of Christ that we each hold: His life, His ministry, His divinity, etc. In the end, I don’t care if they think I am a “Christian” by their definition or not….I simply want my actions to convince them that I am a disciple of Christ….call that whatever they want.
I personally like the positions that Pres. Hinckley and Elder Ballard have demonstrated: they tell it like it is, what we believe in, who we believe Christ is, the focus that we have on him, etc. If the rest of Christendom doesn’t accept it, then fine. But I will still invite them to play golf on Saturday.
Am I wrong on this? Should this be a focus? Should we be concerned and spend lots of time and energy trying to convince them that we too should be included in their group?
 “Are we Christians? Of course we are Christians. We believe in Christ. We worship Christ. We take upon ourselves in solemn covenant His holy name. The Church to which we belong carries His name. He is our Lord, our Savior, our Redeemer through whom came the great Atonement with salvation and eternal life.”
Gordon B. Hinckley, “What Are People Asking about Us?,” Ensign, Nov 1998, 70
 “I bear solemn witness that we are true and full believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and in His revealed word through the Holy Bible. We not only believe the Bible—we strive to follow its precepts and to teach its message. The message of our missionaries is Christ and His gospel and His Atonement, and the scriptures are the text of that message. We say to all people, ‘We extend our love to you and invite you to come. Let us share all that God has revealed.’”
M. Russell Ballard, “The Miracle of the Holy Bible,” Ensign, May 2007, 80–82