Date: October 22, 2010 02:07AM
I've tried to make that point before. Say there is a nice, Savior-loving, scripture-reading Baptist preacher. He doesn't drink, smoke, partake of unwholesome entertainment. He doesn't swear, keeps the Sabbath day holy, is honest in all his dealings and a loving family man. In fact, he can pass most of the questions in a temple recommend interview (see questions @ link http://www.lds-mormon.com/new_temple_questions.shtml
except things like numbers 3 and 4:
3. Do you have a testimony of the restoration of the gospel in these the latter days?
4 Do you sustain the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the Prophet, Seer, and Revelator and as the only person on the earth who possesses and is authorized to exercise all priesthood keys? Do you sustain members of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as prophets, seers, and revelators? Do you sustain the other General Authorities and local authorities of the Church?
But he wouldn't be allowed in the temple. He has to do certain things to qualify as a worthy Mormon. He has to adopt certain beliefs. But here's the catch. Mormons don't think they have to do anything to qualify as a Christian except SAY THAT THEY ARE. Typical Christian beliefs like the Bible being the only scripture, temple work being done with when the veil of the temple tore after Jesus was crucified, prophets are no longer needed - Christ heads the church now etc. aren't important to Mormons. They don't think they have to believe what Christians believe to be considered Christians yet they expect Christians to believe what Mormons believe to be considered Mormons.
If you ever want to see a Mormon sputter, explain the above to them. They'll blurt out something eventually about being the REAL Christians with the higher law but it's a very angry, defensive explanation when they give it. They want to have their cake and eat it too and then get mad when you ask them to pay for it.