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Greg Johnson/Robert Millet

Greg Johnson and Robert Millet Research Page

Compiled by Bud Press, Director

Christian Research Service

 

Introduction: Greg Johnson is a professing Christian and the founder and president of Standing Together in Lehi, Utah. Robert L. Millet is a dedicated, lifelong Mormon, a Professor of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University, and author of the book, A Different Jesus? The Christ of the Latter-Day Saints, which was endorsed by Greg Johnson.

 

Both Johnson and Millet have conducted "dialogues" between an evangelical and Mormon in both Christian and Mormon venues across the nation. Together, they authored the book, Bridging The Divide: The Continuing Conversation Between A Mormon And An Evangelical, which was released in November 2007.

 

This page contains selected articles, information, and news releases specific to the Greg Johnson/Robert Millet "Evangelical/Mormon Dialogues," and will be updated as new information is made available.

 

For detailed information on why Mormonism isn't Christian, please refer to the following Christian ministries:

 

 

Selected Articles, Information, and News Releases:

 

Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? (2 Corinthians 6:14-15)

 

Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds (2 John 1:9-10).

 

There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism (Ephesians 4:4-5).

 

LDS, reverend stand together 10/22/03 (this article states that, "Earlier this year, Rev. Johnson brought students from religious campuses to learn more about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by interacting with BYU students." It also states that, "BYU Student Body President Dave Johnson is combining forces with Rev. Johnson to allow BYU students involved with Student Leadership to make a trip to a Christian campus").  

BYU welcomes visitors from other Christian colleges 3/11/04 (according to this article, Robert Millet and Greg Johnson " spoke to students about the differences and similarities between religions. They said students can build lasting relationships beyond the religious differences").

Evangelical to speak in LDS Tabernacle 11/5/04 (according to this article, Greg Johnson "brought Zacharias to Utah a decade ago, and two years ago, scheduled this year's appearance." Robert Millet is quoted stating that  Ravi Zacharias "won't deal with theology but why Christianity is the answer to the world's problems...It will be something Latter-day Saints are not used to hearing, which is a philosophical defense of Christ'").

Do Not Be Joined With Unbelievers by Steve Muse 1/25/05

Evangelists visit BYU, Temple Square (This is the article that quoted Greg Johnson stating that, "'We are trying to show the upcoming generation that we don't have to be confrontational on truth,' Johnson said. 'There is a lot of room for us to build on our compromise of scriptures'" 1/21/05). After being contacted by Christian Research Service, Johnson changed his statements to, "'We are trying to show the upcoming generation that truth does not always have to be confrontational. There is a lot of room for us to build on our common values and share on our perspectives of the scriptures" ( Ibid.). While BYU NewsNet maintained they had quoted Greg Johnson properly in their 1/21/05 article [which was verified by phone calls], they allowed Johnson's "clarification" on 2/23/05 (see last paragraph of the above article).

Christianbook.com Compromises the Faith: No 'Plan to Discontinue' Book Defending Mormonism by Bud Press 6/4/05

Letters to Mardel Christian & Educational Supply: Christian Bookstore Chain Promotes Non-Christian Book by Bud Press June/July 2005 (includes direct quotes from Robert Millet's book, A Different Jesus? The Christ of the Latter-Day Saints, and more).

Christianity Today Promotes Robert Millet's Book, A Different Jesus? The Christ of the Latter-Day Saints by Bud Press 8/18/05

Evangelicals for Mitt website (concerning Greg Johnson, this archive article dated 7/30/05, states that "(Despite his efforts to improve the dialogue between Mormons and Protestant evangelicals, Johnson said he doesn't believe Mormon beliefs are a "Christian doctrine.")." The article also states that "Millet and Johnson speak together at sessions around the country in an effort to create better understanding on both sides. Last year their group, Standing Together Ministries, helped organize an event in which evangelical philosopher Ravi Zacharias was invited to speak at the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City--the first appearance by someone of another faith in more than a century").

Religious Studies Series to Focus on Founder of Mormonism (Centenary's Religious Studies Department of Louisiana sponsored a film and a five-day series titled, "Joseph Smith at 200: The Mormon Prophet's Contribution to American and Christian History," which concentrated "on the life and teachings of Mormonism's founder during the bicentennial observation of his birth." T he speakers included "Robert Millet from Brigham Young University; and Baptist minister Rev. Greg Johnson of Standing Together Ministries") 10/2005

A Meeting with Mormons: Historic event brings Evangelicals and Mormons together to hear evangelist Ravi Zacharias ("When asked if Mormons are Christians, Greg [Johnson] responds, 'That is not an easy question to answer. Mormonism is not a doctrine consistent with Christianity. Some Mormons may have a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, but I can't call Mormonism Christian. But it is not up to us to determine who is saved. Evangelicals can be too quick to make such pronouncements'"). Winter/2005  

Friendship based on faith: Panel discussion focuses on similarities between two religions ("Johnson and Millet spent most of their time focusing on the similarities, however, and some in attendance were surprised at the lack of discussion about the major differences between the LDS and Baptist teachings about Jesus") 3/31/06  

'Standing Together' seeks to unite evangelical church bodies 5/6/04 (according to this article, "This Christian group has been developed to exemplify the importance and worth of all individuals. They said they believe people of differing faiths should view each other as a whole." The article also states that Robert Millet "has been working with Johnson to help students of both faiths be more aware that relationships are the most important factor for a successful exchange").

Romney Contemplates The Religion Factor 1/9/07 (concerning Mitt Romney and his belief in "Jesus," Greg Johnson is quoted stating that, "'He has said numbers of times in the media that I believe Jesus Christ is the son of God. That may be ok for now but I think as he becomes more successful, both the media and the individual citizens are gonna say, ok that's great, but tell us more'").

Bridging the Gap Between Different Faiths by KSL.com (According to this report, "Greg Johnson and Robert Millet have each advised Romney on how to talk with Christian conservatives"). 2/19/07

Bridging The Divide, Greg Johnson, promoted on pro-Mormon blog   9/30/07 (this blog was established by Steve St. Clair who, according to his bio, is a "Latter-day Saint Director of Interfaith Relations for Orange County, California, and work with conservative Christian churches, organizations and universities. I set up a two-day seminar at Biola University, between LDS Philosophy students from BYU and Evangelical Philosophy students from

Talbot; a dinner of LDS Institute students from Cypress college and Biola students who heard presentations about how we can effectively be on the same side of the cultural wars; and a presentation of 'Praise and Worship' music at Biola by Latter-day Saint composer and performer Kenneth Cope").

Romney's Religion Making Headlines Again 10/19/07 (according to this article, "Johnson does take exception to using the word 'cult,'" and is quoted stating that, "'Here in Utah, and at our conference this weekend, we're looking at Mormonism as a culture. And we're examining the theology and the integration of faith and conversation as a way to get beyond the rhetoric of the past...'").

2007 National Student Dialogue Conference 10/22/07 (this conference, which was hosted by Greg Johnson's Standing Together and the Salt Lake Theological Seminary, fostered "dialogue among the two faiths" and showed a film of " two LDS missionaries knocking on the door of an evangelical woman's home").

Greg Johnson, Robert Millet co-author the book, Bridging The Divide: The Continuing Conversation Between A Mormon And An Evangelical 11/2007 (the book is published by Monkfish Publishing. The Foreword is written by Craig Blomberg and Stephen Robinson, and is endorsed by the following):

 

-- Dr. G. Craig Williford, President, Denver Seminary

-- Dr. Richard Mouw, President, Fuller Seminary

-- Dr. Stephen R. Covey (Mormon)

-- Dr. Craig J. Hazen, Professor of Comparative Religion and Apologetics
Director, Graduate Program in Christian Apologetics, Biola University

-- Dr. Ronald Enroth, Professor of Sociology, Westmont College

-- Dr. Camille Fronk Olson, Associate Professor of Ancient Scripture, Brigham Young University

-- Dr. Gerald R. McDermott, Roanoke College
-- Dr. Bill Heersink, Professor of Theology and Intercultural Studies, Salt Lake Theological Seminary
-- Dr. Richard Bennett, Professor, Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University
-- Pastor Bill Young, Lead Pastor, The Rock Churches, Salt Lake City, Utah
-- Pastor Chris Lagerlof, Evangelism and Care Pastor, Mariners Church, Newport Beach, California
-- Dr. Spencer Fluhman, Department of Church History & Doctrine, Brigham Young University  

-- Keith Merrill, President of Audience Alliance Motion Picture Studios, Filmmaker

-- Pastor Jim Ayers, Senior Pastor, Valley Assembly of God, Salt Lake City, Utah
-- Jon Strain, Search Ministry, Boise, Idaho

 

 

Romney addresses issue of faith 12/6/07 (concerning Mitt Romney's speech, Greg Johnson is quoted stating: "'I think he was able to inspire to people of faith that with the plurality of faith we have here, there is a common good we need to aspire to'").

What's religion's role in government? 12/14/07 (revealing discussion between studio guests Robert Millet, Greg Johnson, philosopher and author Jeffrey Nielsen, and Rev. Mary June Nestler of the Episcopal Diocese of Utah; audio or video).

Profound 'Divide' explores 2 faiths 12/23/07 (concerning the Johnson/Millet dialogues, this Deseret Morning News article states: "The reason for their success, they agree, is that they are not trying to debate or convert each other--but to establish a dialogue that will help members of both faiths to understand each other. Now they have written a book together in which they argue that it is important that their two faiths 'discover ways to come together' or they 'will surely suffer together'").

Endorsements for Greg Johnson's Standing Together 1/30/08 (includes Ravi Zacharias, Craig Hazen, Richard Mouw, Ronald Enroth, Craig Blomberg, Francis J. Beckwith, and more.).

Bridging the Divide by Greg Johnson and Robert Millet 1/30/08 Book Review by Tracy Tennant

Did Romney's guarded approach do him in? 2/8/08 (according to this news release, in 2006, Greg Johnson and Robert Millet "took a couple of trips back East to meet with members of Mitt Romney's camp. They weren't there as supporters of his potential presidential bid, per se, but rather because they had a vested interest in how Romney would approach the months, even years, ahead if he were to make a run." The news release also states that "Johnson says Romney should have applied the prescription." 
Forlorn dream: End for Romney's campaign began in Iowa 2/8/08 (Greg Johnson is quoted in this news release stating that '"'There was enough ignorance, enough suspicion, enough secrecy about Mormonism for people to say, 'They're nice people, but . . .' And it's that 'but' that killed Romney...'"

 

 


  

 

 

 

 
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