Jesus Our Redeemer: LDS and “Evangelicals”

A forthcoming book you want to keep your eye on is By Faith Alone: Answering the Challenges to the Doctrine of Justification, Eds. Gary L. W. Johnson and Guy P. Waters (Crossway, 2007). The entire book is going to be worth your time, but of particular interest to me (and this blog) is Gary Johnson’s chapter “The Reformation, Today’s Evangelicals, and Mormons: What Next?”, 195204.

Gary takes a look at Robert Millet’s (LDS) book A Different Jesus?: The Christ of the Latter-day Saints (Eerdmans, 2005). His conclusion is that

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.

It looks like Brazos Press is getting in on the action (i.e. publishing Mormons) as well as they will publish a dialog between Gerald McDermott and Robert Millet titled Claiming Christ: A Mormon and an Evangelical Debate Jesus (Brazos Press, September 2007). According to McDermott “The book includes chapters on authority and canon, Christ and the Trinity, Mormon claims that Jesus went to North America, the Book of Mormon, faith and works, what happens to non-Christians, and other matters. Bob Millet and I discuss how all of these subjects affect our views of Jesus.”

McDermott is the author of several books I’m not happy with. His latest God’s Rivals: Why Has God Allowed Different Religions? Insights from the Bible and the Early Church (IVP, 2007). I have not purchased this book yet, but the introduction and first chapter can be read online. Lord willing I will address McDermott’s book in the future.

On a related note is Only One Way?: Reaffirming the Exclusive Truth Claims of Christianity (Crossway, 2007). Chapters include “One Among Many (Acts 17:16-31)”, David Wells; “One God (Genesis 1:1)”, Peter R. Jones; “One Savior (Romans 3:23-25), Richard D. Phillips, among others.

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2 Comments

  1. John Divito said,

    March 5, 2007 at 2:13 pm

    Jeff,

    I look forward to reading these book as well. But I think that the correct starting page for Johnson’s article is 191.

  2. Jeff said,

    March 5, 2007 at 2:16 pm

    Correct…I had Millet’s piece on my mind :)


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