Are Mormons accepted as Orthodox Christians?
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints believe in following their leaders. They have succeeded in establishing a theocracy within their religious lifestyle. Fundamental to Mormonism, is the accepted doctrine of supporting their leaders, who they believe are directly inspired and called by a living God. The overriding understanding by Mormons is that they are following their almighty living God, by obeying their leaders; who they believe are inspired and empowered to direct them in all aspects of living upon this earth, and then into the afterlife.
The leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints upon this earth is a man who is called a living prophet. As a presiding prophet, all members of the Church are expected to follow his doctrines in faithful obedience. A Mormon Prophet is also a President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Members and leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints believe they are Christians; they say that their Church bears his name which it does. Surprisingly the legal name of the church has changed three times during its formative years, under the direction of its founder Joseph Smith. Interestingly each time the Christ part of the name has been used. The full name of Jesus Christ has only been used twice.
The term Mormonites or Mormons is a name first used by enemies of the church: in recent times this common name has been adopted, excepted and advertised by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Some say that it would have been better for them to have used the name Christians, not Mormons!
The problems facing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the rejection by most orthodox Christians of their claim to be Christians.
Many informed Christians remember the warning which the founder and Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith recorded as part of his first vision. In the official version of the first vision by the L.D.S. Church, we read this information. Joseph Smith the Mormon founder said. ‘My object in going to inquire of the Lord was to know which of all the sects was right, that I might know which to join. No sooner, therefore, did I get possession of myself, so as to be able to speak, than I asked the Personages who stood above me in the light, which of all the sects was right (for at this time it had never entered into my heart that all were wrong)—and which I should join. I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt; that: “they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof.” He again forbade me to join with any of them; and many other things did he say unto me, which I cannot write at this time.’ (Ref: s1 https://www.lds.org/topics/joseph-smith/testimony?lang=eng&old=true )
The position of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) is crystal clear; as they continually teach, testify, and send out thousands of missionaries each year to convert humanity to their Church and lifestyle. Part of the conversion process is the acceptance of Joseph Smiths first vision, which involves the understanding and agreement that.
5a. Mormons (Joseph Smith) must not join any of the Orthodox Christian Churches.
5b. All established religions, specifically Catholics, and Protestants are wrong in their worship and doctrines.
5c.All professors who teach the beliefs and traditions of the organized religions are according to faithful Mormons corrupt.
5d. Mormons are taught that mainstream religion denies the power of God. They believe and testify that all established religions teach for doctrines, the commandments of men, intermingled with a form of Godliness.
Mormons are different from Catholics or Protestants. The Roman Catholic church claims to be the original church as established from the time of Jesus Christ. The Protestant religion divided from original Catholicism. Some Protestant churches divided or split internally to create new Protestant churches.
The Mormon Church is the only church that states its restoration via a series of divine manifestation. It confirms Priesthood authority, with the ability to bind or seal on earth and in heaven. The Mormon Church is unique in its stated position, as it requests all Christians convert and become Mormon.
Mormons are unwilling or unable to join with orthodox Christians. Persistently Mormons teach verbally and in writing that a living God has told them that all creeds are an ‘abomination in his sight.’ The Mormon prophet Joseph Smith stated twice that Mormons are forbidden to join with the existing established Christian Churches. Joseph Smith said, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints teaches, that God the Father came down from heaven, and gave instruction, or commandment, not to join with the established Churches.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) states the name of Jesus Christ in its official second and third registered legal name of the Church.
Mormons call themselves Christians. However, most orthodox Christians reject the claim of the L.D. S. Church, due to fundamental differences as presented in the bible.
The safe confirmed conclusions are.
* Mormons teach and believe that all Christians are members of churches that are real abominations in Gods sight.
The American English definition of abomination being:
* Mormons actively proselyte attempting to convert humanity into their understanding of Christianity, which is not the accepted doctrine of Christianity, by any Catholic or Protestant church.
* In the Gentile world (excluding Jews and the rest of humanity) there are only three religions.
Mormons teach that they are a peculiar people. Surprisingly they are different in their understanding and acceptance of Christianity.
In legal and moral terms, the Mormons have made their position entirely clear. Mormons claim to be Christians; however, most Christians want no connection with the Mormons. Mormons stand-alone isolated in their claim to be Christians; their doctrines are aggressively against Christians, as they continue to state the words of Joseph Smith their founder and first Mormon Prophet.
Each interested person has the freedom to decide for themselves whether or not Mormons are Christians. My understanding is that Mormons are Mormons, and Christians are Christians, it’s all in the name which has been so willing adopted!