With Mitt Romney now the first Mormon presidential nominee of a major party, America has reached what many are calling the “Mormon moment.” That reality is forcing Christian leaders to get a better grasp of a religion that few understand.

“We’re in a ‘Mormon moment’ so it requires helpful thinking and a clear understanding of Mormonism,” said Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research. “More people have been talking about Mormonism in the last six months than in the entirety of my life.”

Hoping to help pastors and church leaders, Stetzer led a live webcast on Tuesday to address how Mormon doctrines are vastly different from that of historic Christianity and why labeling the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints a “cult” is unhelpful.

“When compared side by side – what they (Mormons) believe about God and Christ – we have very drastic differences,” said Dr. Tal Davis of Market Faith Ministries, who joined the live webcast.

Both Davis and Stetzer pointed out that the LDS Church has recently been trying to downplay differences between itself and Christian churches. The LDS Church is also no longer trumpeting its belief that it is the “one true church” while the rest are apostate.

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