The danger of political pragmatism in light of the Gospel
In what is becoming a recurring theme, we see further blurring of the Gospel to meet a political objective. Richard Land, of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
, is reported as having described mormonism as one of the Abrahamic faiths...
...Land, expanding on remarks he made last week at a gathering of political conservatives, told Al Hunt on his Bloomberg TV show Political Capital that he considers the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as the Mormons know themselves, as "being the fourth Abrahamic Religion," in addition to Judaism, Christianity and Islam, all of which trace roots of race or belief back to the patriarch Abraham.
What makes Islam, Judaism and Christianity unique, the Abrahamic religions, is the recognition by each of a single, monotheistic deity. Mormonism holds to more of a pagan view, of multiple gods. That is ultimately where he difference comes in and why it makes no sense to describe mormonism as "the fourth Abrahamic religion" The god(s) of mormonism would be unrecognizable by Abraham as the God he covenanted with. God's covenant with Abraham was the one true God condescending to deal with His creatures in a gracious way, and all throughout both the Old and New Testaments we see God jealously asserting His uniqueness above all other false gods.
Land said evangelicals who are "less charitable," call Mormonism a cult, but he disagrees.
"A cult is a form of faith which does not comply with the essential teachings of the Christian faith but claims to be within the Christian faith or to be the true expression of the Christian faith, as opposed to being another religion like Judaism," Land said.
No doubt Dr. Land is a bright, well-educated man but he apparently has not spent enough time looking into mormonism vis a vis their cult status. Again we see a problem, a contradiction. Mormonism perfectly fits into the Land's own definition of a cult: the do not comply with essentials of the faith (monotheism, the Trinity, justification by faith alone, etc.) and they claim to not only be within the Christian faith, but the only true expression.
There are always disagreements in areas of faith. There are Baptist brothers who are Reformed but hold to a dispensational view that I disagree with. My Presbyterian brethren hold most of the same doctrines I do, but we part on areas of ecclesiology and baptism. Other Protestants hold to view that I insist are inaccurate. Roman Catholics are in error on on a number of issues, including transubstantiation, justification, the papacy, etc. but they do hold to an Orthodox view of the Trinity. Mormons stand completely outside of all of that and are in no way a Christian faith, despite their blasphemous use of our Lord's name.
As I have posted before, there is a danger in being so concerned about politics that we ignore doctrine. Mitt Romney may be a great guy, in fact he might be a good candidate and even a good President. But none of that changes the fact that he is a member of a faith that is not Christianity, not "the fourth Abrahamic faith", not anything other than a false Gospel that condemns rather than saves. I don't want to see Hillary Clinton in the White House any more than Dr. Land does, but I refuse to use the truth of the Gospel and the identity of God as a political bargaining chip