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Some Questions about the Religion Formerly Known as “Mormon”

Roger Olson* is hopeful that Mormons’s effort (now in the news) at re-branding is a sign that the cult will turn “orthodox.” Of particular interest in his remarks on the change within Mormonism is his observations on the music Mormons are listening to:

Just out of curiosity, during my visit to BYU in 2017, I went around the student life center talking to male students. One question I asked two different groups of them was if they listened to “contemporary Christian music.” They looked at me a bit quizzically so I mentioned some names of song writers and recording artists: Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, David Crowder. Their answer in unison: “Absolutely! They sell their CDs in our campus store!” I followed up with “Do you listen to K-LOVE radio? “Yup, we sure do.” I was a bit surprised, but that fits the trend I have been noticing—that may not have filtered down to the average grassroots LDS/Mormon ward (local congregation) yet.

But does this show as much a trend toward “orthodoxy”? Or does it simply illustrate the theological vapidity of “evangelical” popular music? Or, perhaps, Olson is right, and we have here a clear illustration of the power of popular music to undermine biblical distinctives and convictions (be they heretical or orthodox).

*By linking to his blog, we do not endorse Olson’s views.

Source: Some Questions about the Religion Formerly Known as “Mormon”

About Ryan Martin

Ryan Martin is pastor of the First Baptist Church of Granite Falls, Minnesota. Prior to that, he served as the associate pastor of Bethany Bible Church in Hendersonville, North Carolina. He is on the board of directors of Religious Affections Ministries. Ryan received his undergraduate degree at Northland Baptist Bible College, and has received further training from Central Baptist Theological Seminary of Minneapolis, Minn. (M.Div., 2004; Ph.D., 2013). He was ordained in 2009 at Bible Baptist Church of Elk River, Minn. (now Otsego, Minn.). He has a wife and children too. Ryan is the associate editor of Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). He contributed to the Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia (Eerdmans, 2017) and is the author of Understanding Affections in the Theology of Jonathan Edwards: "The High Exercises of Divine Love" (T&T Clark, 2018).

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