Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Mormon Scholar Millet and Salvation

Last year, Robert Millet (a well-known professor at Mormon-owned Brigham Young University) released the controversial book A Different Jesus? The Christ of the Latter-day Saints. In it, he writes about a discussion he had with two evangelical scholars. In their dialog, one of the evangelicals asked:

"Okay Bob, here's the question of questions, the one thing I would like to ask in order to determine what you really believe." I indicated that I thought I was ready for his query, though I readily admit that his preface to the question was a bit unnerving. He continues, "You are standing before the judgement bar of the Almighty, and God turns to you and asks, 'Robert Millet, what right do you have to enter heaven? Why should I let you in?'"

. . . .

I looked my friend in the eye and replied, "I would say to God: 'I claim the right to enter heaven because of my complete trust in reliance upon the merits and mercy and grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.'" My questioner stared at me for about ten seconds, smiled gently, and said: "Bob, that's the correct answer to the question" (175-177).


However, a fuller account of this event sheds more light on what happened. Gary Johnson's review of this book in the latest issue of Modern Reformation includes the following:

The impression Millet wishes to leave is that this totally satisfied the two evangelicals about the genuineness of his profession. But it didn't. David F. Wells was one of the two men. The other was fellow faculy member at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Haddon Robinson (who asked Millet that question). They did not drop the matter, nor were they completely satisfied with Millet's answer. They both continued to press him about his distinctive Mormon beliefs, particularly those centered around his Mormon Christology and soteriology. Unlike Mouw, Wells and Robinson were not convinced that Millet's beliefs were distinctively "Christian," despite his sincere testimony.
 
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3 Comments:
At 4:20 PM, Blogger Aaron Shafovaloff said...

I have yet to meet a Mormon in Utah who thinks all his past sins are forgiven. How is THAT for trusting "in reliance upon the merits and mercy and grace of the Lord Jesus Christ"?

 
At 3:23 PM, Blogger Ke-Wa said...

Are you telling us that Robert Millet didn't tell the truth, the WHOLE truth, and nothing but the truth? Say it ain't so John!

 
At 11:05 PM, Blogger Phil Johnson said...

I think Millet also has a few ersatz evangelicals shilling for him. See:

Peddling Mormonism as mainstream Christianity

Clueless Losers?

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