The following is a response I wrote to someone on a group blog:
"I agree with everything you wrote in your comment about how to define a Christian. I hope you will understand that what you wrote is what is said in just about every Mormon meeting I have attended for over 40 years.
That’s what is so frustrating about these types of conversations about whether Mormons are Christians. ALL Christian denominations disagree about some points of theology / doctrine; that’s why there are so many denominations. All of us, however, have a deep conviction that Jesus is the Savior and Redeemer of the world - that we are lost and fallen without His grace - that our works mean nothing without His atoning sacrifice - that if works are not fruits of the Spirit’s influence in our lives then they are “dead” to us - etc. We agree on SO much more than most people realize - and most criticism of how we view Jesus simply is incorrect.Sure, there are some “weird” statements in our past, but how is that any different than Martin Luther claiming that The Epistle of James is not real scripture, for example? Why is the standard so different for us?"