Monday, March 05, 2007
“The Reformation, Today’s Evangelicals, and Mormons: What Next?"
A new book is coming out that looks promising and important: By Faith Alone: Answering the Challenges to the Doctrine of Justification, edited by Gary L. W. Johnson and Guy P. Waters. While I look forward to checking out the entire book, I am very interested in one chapter: Gary Johnson’s “The Reformation, Today’s Evangelicals, and Mormons: What Next?”, pages 191 - 204.

I don't know how long you can read his chapter online, but it is must reading in light of Richard Mouw's recent statement on a well-known Mormon scholar's view of Jesus Christ: "that Bob Millet is in fact trusting in the Jesus of the Bible for his salvation" (Robert L. Millet, A Different Jesus?: The Christ of Latter-day Saints, 183). Here is Johnson's conclusion:

After a careful reading of Millet’s book, I am more than ever convinced that Millet’s Jesus would not be recognized by our evangelical forefathers (like a Calvin, a Wesley, or a Spurgeon) and that Mouw would think otherwise is inexplicable. Having said that, I am forced to admit that developments over the last few decades in what goes by the name evangelical would make it difficult not to allow Mormons in under the big top of today’s evangelical circus (after all, if antitrinitarian “oneness Pentecostals” like T. D. Jakes and the rebarbative “Word of Faith” prosperity teachers are considered members of today’s evangelicals, then why not Mormons like Millet?). In fact, given the present state of today’s evangelicalism and the tendency to let people define for themselves what it means to be an evangelical, this morphosis is not all that suprising.

(HT: Jeff Downs)

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