In What Way are Evangelicals and Mormons Most Similar?

Playing off my last post, in what ways are Evangelicals and Mormons most similar?  Be creative.  Don’t say things like, “they use the Bible” or “they call it church”.

I’d have to say the thing we most have in common is our desire to see others convert to our faith.  Our evangelical impulse.  Both Mormons and Evangelicals have their ears tuned in such a way that they hope every conversation can lead to an invitation to church.

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33 thoughts on “In What Way are Evangelicals and Mormons Most Similar?

  1. Sincere evangelicals and Mormons alike see Jesus Christ as a model and want to be like him and follow his teachings.

  2. Both camps have told me, at one point or another, that my prayers are answered by Satan or I’m going to hell.

    🙂

  3. Eric, I think I should have further clarified that it should be things not necessarily said of anyone claiming to be a Christian. For instance, it could be things that would separate Evangelicals and Mormons from Catholics.

  4. Here are some ways:

    Mormons and charismatic evangelicals believe in the current practice of spiritual gifts.

    The Mormon mode of baptism generally agrees with that of evangelical credobaptists.

    Mormons and evangelicals both believe in the anointing and companionship of the Holy Spirit, though they tend to have different vocabulary for it.

    Most Mormons share with Arminian evangelicals a belief in both libertarian free will and the absolute foreknowledge of God.

    Mormons and evangelicals tend to align on a lot of political and social issues: pro-life, anti-gay-marriage, anti-poverty, anti-pornography, pro-family.

    Mormons and evangelicals both believe in and preach saving sex for marriage and are generally opposed to divorce.

    Mormons teach that the husband is prophet, priest and king in his own home. Wait, I’m just kidding. That’s complementarian evangelicals, but their teachings on how the husband should function in the home are pretty darn similar to the LDS ones, even without a linear priesthood. Subsequently the gender structure of LDS churches is pretty similar to complementarian evangelical churches.

    Mormons and evangelicals both tend to be ardent scripture enthusiasts.

    Mormons and evangelicals share a zeal to convert people to their faiths in this life.

    Mormons and evangelicals tend to agree in shooting for modesty, with evangelicals being willing to show a little more leg & shoulder.

    Each group has a stash of delightfully bad faith-promoting rumors, urban legends, and bumper sticker doctrines waiting in the wings.

    The women in both faith traditions are smokin’ hot. Oh yes we are.

    Those are just the similarities that are less controversial and easy to see. I would contend that a few of the things Mormons are commonly criticized for actually have parallel teachings that are accepted in evangelical Christianity somewhere, and that some of the things Mormons criticize evangelicals for have similar practices in the LDS church.

  5. BJM said it all better than I would have. And I agree with her last paragraph too.

  6. We’re both Anathema for rejecting the OT apocrypha.

    But that applies with equal force to mainline non-evangelical protestants.

  7. Each group seems prone to black and white thinking and rigid, literal interpretations of scripture and morality, in general rejecting that there is nuance or “shades of gray.”

  8. Both of us have people who tend to leave the faith when they feel that God isn’t giving them all the iron-clad certainties and guarantees that they arrogantly think he owes them.

  9. Katie L said:

    Each group seems prone to black and white thinking and rigid, literal interpretations of scripture and morality, in general rejecting that there is nuance or “shades of gray.”

    Oh, certainly that is true of many evangelicals and many Mormons. But I’m not prepared to say that’s a majority in either camp.

    Frankly, I’d find life a lot easier if more things were black and white.

  10. There are two types of ex-Mormons Kullervo –

    Those with loaded guns,

    And those who dig.

    There are two kinds of spurs, my friend. Those that come in by the door; those that come in by the window.

  11. But I’m not prepared to say that’s a majority in either camp.

    I’m not sure it’s a majority either…but the tendency is there…and it sure feels like it sometimes. 😉

  12. Both of us have people who tend to leave the faith when they feel that God isn’t giving them all the iron-clad certainties and guarantees that they arrogantly think he owes them.

    If only there were some one here on the earth who could speak for God and clarify all these things for us. There’s so much confusion and uncertainty it seems that God must have placed some one here on earth to help guide our paths.

    😉

  13. I said:

    I’d find life a lot easier if more things were black and white.

    To which Seth R. instantly responded:

    And a heck of a lot more stuffy, boring, and insufferably self-congratulatory.

    You’re right. Easier, not better.

  14. If only there were some one here on the earth who could speak for God and clarify all these things for us. There’s so much confusion and uncertainty it seems that God must have placed some one here on earth to help guide our paths.

    Dear Tim,
    I think your caricature of what Prophet’s do or are supposed to be able to do is too simplistic.

    No where does the LDS church claim that the purpose of prophets is to remove all confusion and uncertainty about life. This “I’m leaving the church or religion because of the uncertainty” problem is a recent phenomenon in terms of the history of civilization. I mean, it wasn’t even 100 years ago that the Heisenberg uncertainty Principle was even postulated.

    The LDS view of prophets is an authoritative communication line to know what God wants us to know today. You have every right to assume a prophet will remove every uncertainty of life, but you do so without, and even contrary to biblical precedent. I think God wants us to learn how to live in uncertainty, “being still, and knowing that [He] is God.”

  15. PC, that was a bit of parody on my part for the “pitch” Mormon missionaries often give me. They introduce a problem I’ve never considered and then direct me to the only man on earth able to answer this question and all other questions we might ever have.

    I know what the “internet Mormon” answer is to the role of the Prophet.

  16. Katie: “Hmmm. If God wants us to live in uncertainty, I would say my life is more than accomplishing His will!”

    🙂

  17. How are we most similar? I’m not sure I can pinpoint what is “most” similar, but one things that comes to mind is that we both believe that Jesus Christ atoned for our sins, died, and rose 3 days later. As Joseph said, the rest are only appendages.

  18. Just got back into town . . .

    On Sundays, the local bishops and I wear ties (our wives wear dresses), carry our KJV Bibles, sport short haircuts, stand behind center pulpits of chapels in buildings with steeples, support traditional families, and sing some of the very same hymns, etc. and etc. (I could go on and on.)

    We take our Sundays very seriously, use the same language, and invoke exactly the same names of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

    From all outward appearances, you would think that we are exactly alike.

    And since we are so closely similar, shouldn’t we be the very best for influencing one another? (chuckling)

  19. Similarities…. I would have to say that both camps are out to “evangelize” …. with mormons trying to convert christians and christians trying to convert mormons. 🙂

    I also think we can come together on social issues like the pro – life movement ( would love to see the LDS church more pro life and invest some of their $ and time in the movement to save innocents) and the pro traditional family movement.

    I also think both groups do try to serve others in the spirit of “love your neighbor”.

    I also would have to say that both share similar values when it comes to being pro “save sex for marriage”, family values, and dress modestly, although christians do show the shoulders and more leg. 🙂

    I also think we share some of the same negatives…. both groups can be self -righteous and hypocritical. Something we all need to be careful with. ( Jesus challenged the ” painted tombs” of his day)

    Kind regards,
    gloria

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