EVANGELICALS AND MORMONS TOGETHER (Friday Church News Notes, March 18, 2011,www.wayoflife.org email@example.com, 866-295-4143) – Prominent “evangelical” leaders are meeting with Mormons in Salt Lake City for a “dialogue” in search of better understanding. The evangelicals include Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals; Richard Mouw, president of Fuller Seminary; and David Neff, editor-in-chief of Christianity Today. Anderson said, “We hope this time of dialogue with LDS leaders will deepen our understanding of the Mormon faith and contribute to the ongoing work of evangelicals in Utah” (“Evangelicals, Mormon,” Christian Post, March 10, 2011). This is a continuation of something that began several years ago. In November 2004, an “Evening of Friendship” at the Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle featured some evangelicals seeking a better understanding of and relationship with Mormons. Ravi Zacharias, the main speaker, was joined by Richard Mouw, Craig Hazen (a professor at Biola), Joseph Tkach, Jr., head of the World Wide Church of God, and CCM musician Michael Card. In the Deseret Morning News, Card was quoted as saying that “he doesn’t see Mormonism and evangelical Christianity as opposed to each other; they are more like the two ends of a long thread — part of the same thing.” Mouthing the CCM ecumenical philosophy he said, “The older I get, I guess the more I want to integrate everything. I think it’s more important to be faithful than right” (Nov. 16, 2004). The 2004 event and the most recently dialogue were sponsored by Standing Together Ministries, which was formed in 2001 by “evangelical” preacher Greg Johnson, who has conducted “dialogues” with Mormon professor Robert Millet. Johnson is a radical ecumenist. His web site says, “We affirm that there is one Church in Utah that meets in various locations,” and, “Unprecedented unity will contribute to healthier local churches and transformed lives by the thousands.” The first “ministry focus” listed is “Uniting the Body.” Johnson was instrumental in getting Craig Blomberg of Denver Seminary and Steve Robinson of Brigham Young University together to “dialogue” and to produce a book entitled How Wide the Divide, which concludes that the divide between Mormons and Bible-believing Christians is not as wide as formerly thought. We wonder what it is about Mormonism and its false gospel and false christ that these evangelicals don’t understand. We are also puzzled at why they are dialoguing with heretics when the Bible states that we are to mark and avoid them, turn away from them, and reject them (Romans 16:17-18; 2 Timothy 3:5; Titus 3:10-11). The apostle Paul wasn’t much of a dialoguer. He called false teachers “dogs” and “evil workers” (Phil. 3:2). Of those who pervert the gospel he said, “Let them be accursed” (Gal. 1:8, 9). He called them “evil men and seducers” (2 Tim. 3:13), “men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith” (2 Tim. 3:8), “false apostles, deceitful workers” (2 Cor. 11:13) Beware of modern “evangelicalism.”
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