'Christianity' or 'Mormonism' - A False Dichotomy

  In the late 1950s when I lived in the ancient City of Southampton, England, I was surprised to see an advertising board on the pavement outside Above Bar Anglican Church informing the public that the vicar, Mr Leith Samuel, MA, would give a lecture the next Sunday that they were welcome to attend.  The gaudy poster read,


"Christianity or Mormonism:

which will you choose?"


My curiosity was piqued, so I went along on Sunday at the appointed time to listen to the learned divine, the Reverend Leith Samuel, MA, speak about what he considered divergences between historical Christianity and the Gospel of Jesus Christ as taught and believed in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whose members, the saints, are sometimes called Mormons. 

As an instrument of alienation, it was an interesting speech, although notably short of reliable evidence because Mr Samuel, like so many of self styled 'experts' on the subject of Mormons and Mormonism, decided against honest research in favour of  scooping swill from the trough of well known, widely published, and long since confounded anti-Mormon books that were openly hostile to Latter-day Saints and the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ in spirit and content, and his sermon was devoid of the truth it promised to tell about Mormons.  

Twenty years later, 1972, I bought a booklet written by Mr Samuel containing the very speech he had given as the lecture I attended in hos own church in Southampton.  His publication showed that in the score of years since I heard him rail against Mormonism he had not advanced his knowledge of the Restored Gospel  one whit, being content to let the lies he spoke in Southampton be crystallized in print without his questioning or revisiting its contents. 


Hos work raises the question: "Must we choose between being Christian and being Mormon?" It is a fair question to which there are three answers; the Latter-day Saint answer, the anti-Mormon answer, and the indifferent answer.

Although indifference stands between two of these positions, the truth does not.  Leaving aside disinterest, let us examine the two claims side by side and see where the truth lies, beginning at the definition of a Christian as one that believes that Jesus Christ is the Only Begotten Son of the Father-God, the Saviour and Redeemer of the world, and the means of our eternal salvation and eternal happiness.