Mormonism, “The Fourth Abrahamic Faith”?

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; Eph.6


A few weeks before organizing a massive rally on the Mall that had the feel of a religious revival, Glenn Beck sought the blessing of some of the country’s most prominent conservative Christian leaders. The Fox talk show host wanted their support as he shifted from political commentary to a more spiritual message, he told the group of about 20. This is where God is leading me, Beck declared, according to Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention, who was there, along with Focus on the Family founder James Dobson.

Land said most in the group found Beck’s faith genuine and heartfelt, although not everyone agreed to embrace him publicly. “We walked back to the hotel after and said: ‘That was extraordinary,’ ” Land said of his conversation with Dobson after the dinner in Manhattan. “I’ve never heard a cultural figure of that popularity talking that overtly about his faith. He sounded like Billy Graham.”

Dr. Richard Land, who has served as president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission since 1988 and in 2005 was featured in Time Magazine as one of The Twenty-five Most Influential Evangelicals in America, said during an interview,

“I do not think Mormonism is an orthodox Christian faith, with a small O. I think perhaps the most charitable way for an evangelical Christian to look at Mormonism is to look at Mormonism as the fourth Abrahamic faith.”


If there ever was a time to be sure we’re continuing to cloth ourselves in the Spirit’s armor, its now…

6 comments on “Mormonism, “The Fourth Abrahamic Faith”?

  1. The definition of Abrahamic faith is a monotheistic faith tracing their common origin to Abraham. However the Mormon understanding of who Abraham was is very different from the Christian understanding. Mormons believe in the concept of a pre-mortal life, a life preceding our existence and that we are blessed according to our righteousness pre-mortally and that due to his righteousness Abraham (like many others including Joseph Smith) was called to his position prior to coming to earth. There is a book of Abraham within Mormonism which is said to be a revelation from God through Joseph Smith which they say tells a true story of actual events from the life of Abraham including how pagan priests tried to sacrifice Abraham and that an angel came to his rescue and how he was taught the principles of astronomy by God and that he travelled to Egypt and conveyed this knowledge to the high court of the Egyptians.
    This is not the Abraham as depicted in scripture and so they are coming from a totally different direction and it follows that they cannot align themselves with Christians as an Abrahamic faith.

  2. Mormonism an abrahamic faith? That’s a joke! Mormonism was invented by Joseph Smith just under 200 years ago! It has no history before then.

  3. I have to confess something. I often sin in my heart by exhibiting a real anger and almost hatred for the Evangelical leadership. I genuinely despise these people who corrupt the Church and pull a bait-and-switch on God’s people by substituting America, a nation, for the Holy Kingdom of God.

    I wrestle with this, because in one sense we should have a righteous anger and hatred for the enemies of God, for those that would corrupt His people. Nevertheless, I know that in my heart when I look at people like Robertson, Falwell, Dobson, DJ Kennedy, Land, and Colson…I’m probably sinning in my heart, and I feel bad about it, and I repent. Land has been one in particular, that I’ve long detested. If readers recall, he drafted the Land letter, encouraging Bush to attack Iraq. Can you imagine something like that in the early church? A letter to Caesar encouraging war? He’s a lobbyist, a powerful one, and I view that profession as dirty and corrupt. Though power mad, I wonder…maybe some of these men are/were genuine brethren? I feel like I’m in the wrong when the sight of them raises my blood pressure.

    After reading this, I don’t feel so bad.

    John A.

  4. For the cultist at your door, the plan of engagement is to not be diverted by their use of Christian terminology. The terms have been changed and corrupted. They sincerely believe what they say, but they are sincerely wrong. The only question that matters is what they do with Jesus.

  5. As a matter of interest which is the third Abrahamic faith?

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