Are there Evangelical Mormons? There are Evangelical Prostestants, Evangelical Catholics, and Evangelicals Orthodox. I think that there are probably some Evangelical Mormons out there as well. Here’s how the Barna Research Group describes an Evangelical:
Evangelicals meet the born again criteria plus seven other conditions. Those include (1)saying their faith is very important in their life today; (2)believing they have a personal responsibility to share their religious beliefs about Christ with non-Christians; (3)believing that Satan exists; (4)believing that eternal salvation is possible only through grace, not works; (5)believing that Jesus Christ lived a sinless life on earth; (6)asserting that the Bible is accurate in all that it teaches; and (7)describing God as the all-knowing, all-powerful, perfect deity who created the universe and still rules it today. Being classified as an evangelical is not dependent upon church attendance or the denominational affiliation of the church they attend. Respondents were not asked to describe themselves as evangelical.
* 9% of the population are evangelicals (2006)
* There are approximately 20 million evangelical adults. (2006)
What’s interesting is that despite this definition being pretty agreeable to Mormonism; Salt Lake City was found to have the fewest Evangelicals of any major city in the country The reason according to their research LDS overwhelmingly disqualify themselves by saying that they agree to the following:
If a person does enough good works, they can earn their way to Heaven – Agree or Disagree?
Something like 80 percent of self-identified LDS say that they strongly agree. Which is interesting, since in LDS theology only the acceptance of Christ as a perfect sacrifice will bring you salvation (that acceptance coming in this life or in spirit prison).