An evangelical leader is at odds with with a former seminary president's assertion that Mormons are possibly becoming more in line with Orthodox Christian belief.
Scholar and author Dr. Richard Mouw, who has served as the president of Fuller Theological Seminary for 20 years until his retirement in 2013, wrote an essay published this month on the controversial topic for the publication, First Things.
In Mouw’s piece, he maintains developments are occurring within Latter-day Saints churches that should be seen as hopeful patterns for evangelicals.
He later told The Christian Post that in his many years of co-directing a Mormon-evangelical dialogue, he has noticed more sermons and hymns are being sung among Mormons who are focusing on the reliance of Christ to save them.
However, Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary, disagrees with the argument that Mormonism is very clear.
"The foundational doctrine of Mormonism is that God is eternal but Jesus is not,” Land told OneNewsNow. “Until they get that doctrine right — the doctrine of the Trinity — how can they be approaching orthodoxy?"
Land says Mormons believe in a "created Jesus."
"The Mormon Jesus is not our Jesus, and the Mormon God is not the Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” he contends. “It's that simple — Mormonism is another religion."
Land contends that Mouw’s essay indicates that his "theological compass has been seriously demagnetized."