ABC’s Jake Tapper recently sat down with Rick Warren, one of the nation’s most well-known evangelical leaders. During their discussion, Tapper asked the famed preacher about his opinion on economic matters, religious freedom and Mormonism, among other subjects. And it’s the last topic that is getting a lot of attention.
Throughout the Republican primary, many have questioned how Mitt Romney’s The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints membership would impact his electoral success. The Blaze has covered this topic in detail in the past.
During the interview, Tapper told Warren what many other political observers and journalists have conceded — that it looks as though Romney will be the nation’s first LDS nominee. Then, the journalist asked the question that continues to be debated in some evangelical circles: Are Mormons Christians?
Rather than providing a simple “yes” or “no” response, Warren explained what causes cautiousness among some Christians when it comes to this subject.
“Well, the key sticking point for evangelicals and actually for many is the issue of the Trinity,” Warren explained. “Orthodox Christians, Catholic Christians, Protestant Christians, evangelical Christians and Pentecostal Christians all believe in the Trinity; that’s the historic doctrine of the church, that God is three-in-one. Not three gods; one God in Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”
The faith leader went on to say that Mormonism denies this doctrine, calling it “a sticking point for a lot of Catholic Christians, evangelical Christians, Pentecostal Christians.” Warren also explained his belief that, although Mormon’s don’t believe in the trinity, they use the same terminology.
This, he explains, is “one of the fundamental differences” between Mormons and Christians.
Watch these comments (the exchange begins around 9:00, below):