And yet more on Mormonism on Easter Sunday….

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And yet more on Mormonism on Easter Sunday....

On ABC’s this week dur­ing his inter­view with Pas­tor Rick War­ren Jake Tap­per asked this ques­tion con­cern­ing the Mor­mon church:

TAP­PER: Mitt Rom­ney will almost cer­tainly be the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee, and if that hap­pens, as it looks like it will, he’ll the first mem­ber of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-​Day Saints to be the nom­i­nee. A lot of evan­gel­i­cals have been talk­ing about whether or not Mor­mons are Chris­tians. Are Mor­mons Christians?

WAR­REN: Well, the key stick­ing point for evan­gel­i­cals and actu­ally for many is the issue of the Trin­ity. Ortho­dox Chris­tians, Catholic Chris­tians, Protes­tant Chris­tians, evan­gel­i­cal Chris­tians and Pen­te­costal Chris­tians all believe in the Trin­ity; that’s the his­toric doc­trine of the church, that God is three-​in-​one. Not three gods; one God in Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

WAR­REN: Mor­monism denies that. That’s a stick­ing point for a lot of Catholic Chris­tians, evan­gel­i­cal Chris­tians, Pen­te­costal Chris­tians, because they don’t — they don’t believe that. Now they’ll use the same ter­mi­nol­ogy, but they don’t believe in the his­toric doc­trine of the Trin­ity. And peo­ple have tried to make it other issues. But that’s really one of the fun­da­men­tal differences.

In terms of the ques­tion of how what would be called “Main­stream Chris­tian­ity” it’s a pretty good answer and frankly it’s not a bad ques­tion, but if you are going to ask the ques­tion I think the bet­ter ques­tion would be: “Based on your def­i­n­i­tion of sal­va­tion by faith, does a believ­ing Mor­mon qual­ify?”

This is likely the most benign “Mor­mon” ques­tion we will hear over the next few months.

I can’t find the full inter­view online yet but you will want the catch the entire inter­view with Rick War­ren, it was pretty good and he is one of my favorite protestants…

…still the­o­log­i­cally wrong a bit, but gotta love him.

Update: On NBC David Gre­gory went so deep into the Mor­mon ques­tion with his panel includ­ing the Car­di­nal des­ig­nate of Bal­ti­more and Billy Graham’s daugh­ter that she even­tu­ally asked when they would get to Easter since this is “our day”.

The Gra­ham fam­ily might be informed reli­giously but if they seri­ously believed that Gre­gory would talk about Easter on Easter Sun­day rather than try to sup­port Obama, they cer­tainly aren’t pay­ing attention.

On ABC’s this week during his interview with Pastor Rick Warren Jake Tapper asked this question concerning the Mormon church:

TAPPER: Mitt Romney will almost certainly be the Republican nominee, and if that happens, as it looks like it will, he’ll the first member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to be the nominee. A lot of evangelicals have been talking about whether or not Mormons are Christians. Are Mormons Christians?

WARREN: Well, the key sticking point for evangelicals and actually for many is the issue of the Trinity. Orthodox Christians, Catholic Christians, Protestant Christians, evangelical Christians and Pentecostal Christians all believe in the Trinity; that’s the historic doctrine of the church, that God is three-in-one. Not three gods; one God in Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

WARREN: Mormonism denies that. That’s a sticking point for a lot of Catholic Christians, evangelical Christians, Pentecostal Christians, because they don’t — they don’t believe that. Now they’ll use the same terminology, but they don’t believe in the historic doctrine of the Trinity. And people have tried to make it other issues. But that’s really one of the fundamental differences.

In terms of the question of how what would be called “Mainstream Christianity” it’s a pretty good answer and frankly it’s not a bad question, but if you are going to ask the question I think the better question would be: “Based on your definition of salvation by faith, does a believing Mormon qualify?”

This is likely the most benign “Mormon” question we will hear over the next few months.

I can’t find the full interview online yet but you will want the catch the entire interview with Rick Warren, it was pretty good and he is one of my favorite protestants…

…still theologically wrong a bit, but gotta love him.

Update: On NBC David Gregory went so deep into the Mormon question with his panel including the Cardinal designate of Baltimore and Billy Graham’s daughter that she eventually asked when they would get to Easter since this is “our day”.

The Graham family might be informed religiously but if they seriously believed that Gregory would talk about Easter on Easter Sunday rather than try to support Obama, they certainly aren’t paying attention.