Originally Posted by CampingJosh
We agree that many Mormons, JWs, and many other self-proclaimed Christian groups teach "a gospel other than the one" taught by Christ's apostles. (Cf. Galatians 1:8-9
It is not the official policy of TFF that you cannot say that it is a different gospel. If it weren't different, they wouldn't come to forums and such to try to argue that theirs is a mainstream Christian belief system because they wouldn't have to
. Does anyone here know my denominational background? Terry may remember it because I've told him, but I'm not sure anyone would otherwise know. Any idea if I'm Baptist or a Mennonite? Lutheran? Calvinist? Pentecostal or Anglican? Among those groups, practices and understandings are sometimes a bit different, but we all believe the same core stuff.
The LDS church has some different core. It is a different gospel. They know it and admit it openly. They tell us that the gospel that has been presented to us has been corrupted and is different than what Jesus taught, that the Bible has been mistranslated and misinterpreted for centuries. They believe that our gospel is a bit off.
It's not surprising, then, that we would believe their gospel is off. We all agree that there are differences.
The policy here at TFF is that you can't tell anyone that their religion is a "cult" or that they themselves are "not Christian." That's when it moves from a discussion of differences to a condemnation of people. That's what is not allowed.
Seems like a minor difference, perhaps, but it is a major thing in sustaining a community.
Josh, As with discussions I've had with Terry, I understand your point to an extent, but then again I don't. If it's permissible to state ones beliefs, and part of ones beliefs is the belief about what defines a Christian, how is it not acceptable to state it?
Wait, OK, you are saying that you can state what beliefs define a Christian, but you just can't specify who doesn't meet that definition?
P.S. Just wanted to state once again that I hold no ill will toward Mormon. They seem to me, to a man (or woman), to always be well behaved men and women of character. It was never my intention to pronounce condemnation on any individual, only on a doctrine. It is my hope that all would accept the true gospel of Jesus Christ.
As this discussion applies to the upcoming election, Mitt Romney's faith will not keep me from voting for him. As one of my favorite pastors, John MacArthur, said recently, " You're voting for president, not pastor".
"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!"