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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Methodists declare Mormonism outside the Christian tradition
Akron OH Beacon-Journal (AP) 10May00 N1

CLEVELAND, OHIO -- The United Methodist Church approved a new policy Wednesday that says Mormonism is not a Christian religion, and requiring converts from the LDS Church to be treated like non-Christians and re-baptized. The body cited the LDS Church's doctrines, saying that its teachings were "radically differing doctrine" in several areas.

The position paper, passed by the Church's Conference concentrated on distinctive LDS doctrines that differ from mainstream Christianity. Specifically, the nine=page paper, which passed the Conference without floor discussion, says that Mormon doctrine differs in its beliefs about "the nature and being of God; the nature, origin, and purpose of Jesus Christ; and the nature and way of salvation.'' It goes on to say that Mormonism, "more closely resembles a tritheistic or possibly a polytheistic faith'' than monotheism.

The LDS Church's prepared, official response stated, "Latter-day Saints embrace both ancient and modern revelations that proclaim Jesus Christ as the living, divine Son of God, the Savior and Redeemer of the world. Any assertion otherwise demonstrates a lack of knowledge of Latter-day Saint doctrine and teachings.''

In the United States, the United Methodist Church is the third largest religious body, with 8.4 million members, after the Catholic Church and the Southern Baptist Convention. The LDS Church is seventh, with about 5 million members in the U.S. Both the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) with 3.7 million members and the Southern Baptist Convention, with 15.4 million members, have issued similar policies about Mormonism.


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