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What if . . . the National Association of Evangelicals (or National Council of Churches, etc.) declared that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was both Christian and sufficiently orthodox? Would you really want this? You'd be labeled Christian and would probably see criticisms and protests die down. However, would that make it harder to highlight modern revelation and doctrinal differences? Would there be a greater danger of the faithful leaving the church due to interfaith marriages? Could the church eventually be swallowed up by the larger faith tradition that embraced it? Thoughts?
How to understand scriptures in context
prisonchaplain posted a topic in LDS Gospel DiscussionPerhaps the title was a trigger. Many Evangelicals, and perhaps others, accuse members of not reading the Bible 'in context.' Frankly, most of us are guilty from time to time. We have our pet verses and our favored passages--the ones that seem to prove our beliefs. My simple suggestion for understanding any scripture in context: Read it through quickly--even by scanning. For example, try reading the Bible for 10-chapters a day. Skim over the so-and-so beget so-and-so, go quickly over the elements including in building the tabernacle--just get the big picture of what is happening. You will finish in about 3-4 months. Afterwards, when someone comes a long and brings you a "magic-bullet" verse, supposedly proving something that seems odd, there will be a sense. They may seem to have a point. You may not have an immediate answer. However, Holy Spirit will shield you, and you will just know that this "proof" doesn't fit the big picture of scripture. Thoughts?
Richard Mouw, retired president of Fuller Theological Seminary, and long-time veteran of Evangelical-Mormon dialogues, believes the LDS may be approaching orthodoxy.. I admit to only have glanced over the article myself. However, the idea tracks with similar ideas expressed by a pastor in our area, after meeting with one of the 12 apostles. http://www.firstthings.com/article/2016/05/mormons-approaching-orthodoxy Thoughts?
I just read a Christianity Today article highlighting Canada's relationship with its evangelicals--including how evangelicals feel about LBGT issues and abortion. Overall, I'm guessing we track similarly to LDS. We don't approve of abortion or same-sex marriage, though many of us "accept" them (tolerate?). Given those social issue agreements, and our general cultural similarities (we're out of step with mainstream culture), I found the attitudes of other religions towards Evangelicals a bit surprising. Here's the quote: A composite score calculated by subtracting “negative” views from “positive” views gave an interesting picture of how evangelicals are viewed by people of other faiths. Roman Catholics have the most favorable view of evangelicals in Canada with a score of +34. Evangelicals like themselves a lot, amassing a score of +69. The groups that are the least enthusiastic about evangelicals are atheists with a score of -50, followed closely by Muslims at -41 and Mormons at -37. Yikes. I'm guessing we've not done a good job of loving our neighbors. Do you think LDS would fair better with atheists and Muslims? Evangelicals?
Why is quality interfaith dialogue so rare?
prisonchaplain posted a topic in LDS Gospel DiscussionWe often have great strings here. Several here, including myself, have enjoyed the book "How Wide the Divide"--a published conversation between an LDS professor and an Evangelical one. Bob MIllet (BYU) and Greg Johnson (evangelical pastor) engage in public dialogues from time to time. Then there is this: http://janariess.religionnews.com/2015/05/22/mormons-and-evangelicals-answering-the-hardball-questions-about-our-faith/ These are great to see. Yet, I'm guessing most here who have engaged in religious discussions with those of other faiths would describe the encounters as awkward, defensive, angry, unkind, or, at least, unpleasant. We could spiritualize the descriptions by saying there was a spirit of contention, or that the other person's demeanor was un-Christ-like. Why is quality interfaith dialogue so rare and so difficult--especially in person?
Why is prison chaplain here?
prisonchaplain posted a topic in General DiscussionI'm occasionally asked what a pentecosal preacher is doing hanging out at lds.net? Especially--as a moderator! A short answer is that I hope to, in my own feeble way, simulate the kind of discussions and friendships detailed by LDS thinkers like Robert Millet: http://ldsmag.com/the-mormonevangelical-dialogue-one-effort-to-engage-persons-of-other-faiths/
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