Comparing the use of 'Christian' and 'saint' in scriptures

By John Enslen

For the Deseret News

Published: Sunday, April 22 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

In the Book of Mormon, when disciples of Christ refer to themselves and their fellow followers of Christ, the term “saint” or “saints” is consistently used. There are 37 such references in the Book of Mormon. Thus the Bible and the Book of Mormon reinforce one another in the sense that the word “saint” is the only word used by members of Christ's church in referring to their fellow members of the church.

From our standpoint of hindsight, the New Testament church can understandably be referred to as The Church of Jesus Christ of Former-day Saints, and the revealed name of the restored church today, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Doctrine and Covenants 115:4), is seen to be perfectly consistent with the Bible.

But Joseph Smith didn't know all of this in advance.

John Enslen is a small-town courtroom lawyer in Alabama, former missionary to Cambodia and Church History Department, history consultant for T.C. Christensen and author of "The Bible and The Book of Mormon — Connecting Links." jeenslen@gmail.com

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