A Baptist theologian, who’s spent years studying the works of leading Mormon scholars, said he has noticed a shift in “Mormonism” that can potentially lead to the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints one day being viewed as a Christian denomination, much like what occurred in the evolution of the Worldwide Church of God.
Although many evangelical critics belonging to mainline Christian denominations view the LDS Church as less-than-Christian, Roger Olson, who’s a theology professor at Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary in Waco, Texas, wrote in a recent blog post on Patheos.com that through his studies of the Mormon faith and discussion with various LDS leaders, “there is no doubt” in his mind that there is a “discernible” evolution of Mormonism that is leading it to a “more biblical” account of Jesus and salvation.
“There is no doubt in my mind that something is going on in the LDS Church and Mormonism, in general, that constitutes a gradual but discernible shift away from those doctrines most anti-Mormon Christian critics like to highlight toward a somewhat more biblical and even evangelical account of Christ and salvation,” Olson, who’s also a Baptist minister, wrote.
“But the shift I see, at least in ‘BYU Mormonism,’ is so dramatic — from [James] Talmage’s Mormonism, for example — that I can envision someday the LDS Church evolving into a Christian denomination,” Olson continued. “For now, though, I consider it an alternative religion rooted in Christianity but also rooted, unfortunately, in Joseph Smith’s and Brigham Young’s fantasies.”
Olson, whose blog post was titled “Is Mormonism Christian?” explained that he has had a “life-long” interest in Mormonism, has read many books about it by Mormon and non-Mormon scholars, and has had many conversations about Mormonism with all types of Mormons — “from teenage missionaries to top scholars of the LDS Church and many ‘in between.’”
Olson, who has also taught about Mormonism while teaching courses on American religion, further explained that he was invited to participate in a two-weekend “ecumencial dialogue event” at Brigham Young University. Olson wrote that he believes the event was an attempt by Mormon leaders to convince mainline Christians that the LDS Church is, in fact, Christian, even if it means being “Christian with a difference.”
“I learned a lot about Mormonism during those two weekends,” Olson stated. ” I discerned from them, as well as from reading contemporary Mormon literature, that the top leaders of the LDS Church very much want their religion and church to be considered authentically Christian — the fourth ‘branch,’ as it were, of Christianity: Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Protestant, Mormon.” (Continue reading online source)
Berean Research: Baptist Scholar Says Mormonism Is Evolving Towards Christianity With “Biblical,” Views of “Christ and Salvation”
Below is a re-post from my good friends at Berean Research. When I originally saw the piece in a Prophecy News Watch email with a “Baptist” university professor saying Mormons are adopting more Christian doctrines, I said, “Oh really!?” Again, I was shocked that someone with a ‘doctorate’ from a Christian university was really that naive’ to believe it!
I have been exposing what I see as a perilous road some well-meaning Christian leaders and teachers have been taking with Mormon leadership not the least of them Dr. Albert Mohler (more here) and now add to that Dr. Roger Olson a theology professor at Baylor University.
On a personal level I see this cozying up with Mormons by evangelicals and charismatics as nothing more than being friends of a cult! Second, if Dr. Roger Olson and Dr. Albert Mohler really believe they are winning over these Mormons by either of their ways of thinking, they have been deceived and deeply compromised!
Dr. Olson’s errors have had more scrutiny since this came out in June 2015 for a more in depth look at this I strongly encourage you to listen to some real soldiers for Christ taking a stand against Mormonism for more than 30 years. These soldiers are at the front lines of this spiritual battle sharing the true gospel, Mormon Research Ministry (MRM). So at the end of the Berean Research article I have provided links to a 10 part series clearly exposing the unpardonable errors made by Dr. Olson’s thinking and how very perilous it is!
For those reading our posts warning about Roma Downey and Mark Burnett here is a new movie they are introducing Christians to the occult. The link below covers this in great detail I recommend sharing it with anyone you can that they may be able to avoid this latest snare:
Just how big is the Universe we live? As a former Trekkie, Science Fiction lover here is a dose of reality if you dare to read it. For my Christian brothers and sisters I hope it is a blessing to you.
Roma Downey has NOT renounced New Age teachings! Beware if you are watching the AD series these two are not to be trusted! “Roma Downey has never renounced her New Age involvement and continues to promote it in one form or another.”
If time allows I will look into this further but the material at Lighthouse Trails lays it out well. If you are watching the AD series I have little doubt they are rewriting the Bible with their own narrative. If you are a Bible believing Christian, look very hard at what you are being presented even a cursory look I could see and hear things not aligning to scripture even adding to it. Bad, bad stuff!
II Cor 10:5