Baptist Minister and Mormon Professor Agree to Keep Disagreements "Faith Friendly" |

TBC Staff

The Rev. Greg Johnson of Lehi, Utah, and Robert Millet, a professor of religion at Brigham Young University, have shared a close friendship for seven years and are traveling about the United States to teach others how to communicate effectively with people who believe differently from them...."An Evangelical and Latter-day Saint in Dialogue" is not a debate event, said Tom Sherry, the adviser to the LDS student group and a coordinator of activities sponsored by the OSU Religious Advisers Association and Student Affairs Division. Johnson, an ordained Baptist minister, and Millet, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will describe the basic beliefs of their own churches and point out some of the central theological differences between evangelical Christians and Mormons. Then they will model how they approach doctrinal discussions with each other without compromising their own religious convictions. "There's no intent for people to become 'more Baptist' or 'more Mormon,'" Sherry said. "We want them to learn how people can have a credible, productive conversation in a friendly way when they come from two starkly different viewpoints."

[TBC: In Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, he exhorts them to “prove all things; hold fast [to] that which is good” (5:21). His encouragement to the believers in Thessalonica is to make sure that their beliefs—and the resulting practices—are consistent with what the Word of God teaches. To Timothy, he writes: “Take heed unto thyself, and unto thy doctrine….” (1 Timothy:4:16). Paul exhorts believers in Corinth to examine themselves to see “whether ye be in the faith” (2 Corinthians:13:5). --T.A. McMahon]