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At least part of the reason why those who claim to be Christians say Mormons are not Christians is because they are taught that by their hired preachers who are taught it by theologians at Divinity Schools where they are trained. Apparently a major source of the information the theologians use to support their argument is from the book The Theological Foundations of Mormonism by Sterling McMurrin, an intelligent man who left the Church’s beliefs long ago, but apparently never lost his membership in it.
In this book, McMurrin equated Mormonism with the ancient heresy Pelagianism which states that grace is unnecessary for man to be saved and thus Christ’s atonement is also unnecessary. Since McMurrin was not a faithful or believing member of the Church, it seems in the minds of theologians, he could be trusted as objective.
According to Louis Midgely, Sterling McMurrin told him he never read more than a third of the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon teaches of the necessity of grace frequently with such scriptures as …”we know that it is by grace we are saved after all we can do.”
Though most of members of these Christian churches themselves likely do not know the basis for the Mormons are not Christian claims, they want to believe what their pastors teach. And the pastors themselves likely rely on those who taught them at divinity school.
How glad I am to know this. I learned this, except the part about Louis Midgely’s comments, from an article by Ashby Boyle entitled, “Mormons are Not Christians” – One Reason They Say It” published in Meridian Magazine for 23 March 2011
I commend the entire article to you. You may consider what I wrote a simplistic summary. I plead guilty to that charge. WWF. The URL follows: