Monday, December 03, 2007

Romney Makes the Speech

According to this story, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is ready to make a Kennedyesque speech on his Mormon faith and how it plays into his political life. It is a strategy that does have risk, but risks to Romney's candidacy are not what concerns me.

Senator Orrin Hatch has served for years, and I believe Mormon leader Ezra Taft Benson was in a presidential cabinet in days gone by. So it is not unheard of for Mormons to hold high office.

What troubles me is the continuing gullibility, stupidity or some other nefarious reason evangelicals are willing to wink the eye and classify Mormonism as just another Christian denomination. It isn't. It's a pseudo-Christian cult, and its followers are lost. Mormons won't be out in front with you about their theology at first, so let me give you just a couple of points for starters. Mormons believe:

1. Jesus is the spirit brother of Lucifer.

2. Faithful Mormons will eventually become gods and create their own planets.

If that's not enough, ask them sometime about Father God and celestial sex, and see what they tell you. The story talks about people spreading false stories about Mormonism, and some of that might well be true. But in my view, why bother? The truth about Mormon theology is damning enough, and it's there for anyone who wants to read the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants or the Pearl of Great Price.

Are evangelicals winking the eye for political expediency? Are they really that far gone theologically to where they can't tell the difference between a cult and true, orthodox Christian belief, faith and practice? Who knows.

Mitt Romney has every right to run for president. People have every right to vote for him. But so-called evangelicals do NOT have the right to call Mormonism just another Christian denomination. Mormon theology is false theology. Any Christian leader who fails to draw the distinction and warn his flock will give account to God.

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10 comments:

Bot said...

The Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) is often accused by Evangelical pastors of not believing in Christ and, therefore, not being a Christian religion. This article http://mormonsarechristian.blogspot.com/ helps to clarify such misconceptions by examining early Christianity's comprehension of baptism, the Godhead, the deity of Jesus Christ and His Atonement.

The Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) adheres more closely to First Century Christianity and the New Testament than any other denomination. Harper’s Bible Dictionary entry on the Trinity says “the formal doctrine of the Trinity as it was defined by the great church councils of the fourth and fifth centuries is not to be found in the New Testament.”

Perhaps the reason the pastors denigrate the Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) is to protect their flock (and their livelihood). It is encouraging that Paul Weyrich, Wayne Grudem and Bob Jones III, (along with Jay Sekulow, Mark DeMoss, and Dr. John Willke, a founder and past president of the National Right to Life Committee.) have rejected bigotry and now support Mitt Romney on the basis that he is the most moral candidate with the best qualifications.

SolaMeanie said...

Sorry, Bot..but you're dealing with someone (me) who has been in Christian apologetics for 20 years. The president of the apologetics ministry with which I am affliated is an expert on Mormonism. In fact, it's his "pet cult."

I have Mormons in my family, and I am well aware of the teachings of the Mormon church and Mormon history, as well as early church history. The Trinity is clearly taught in Scripture, and the church councils you reference were held to define biblical doctrine against heresies.

The Mormon church today likes to try to obscure its own history and doctrines as much as possible, but they're out there for all to see if one just digs a bit.

As to Grudem and the others you mention, I respect them but I think they are seriously, seriously mistaken in their endorsement.

SolaMeanie said...

While you're at it, you might explain the similarities of the Mormon Temple rituals to the Masonic Lodge.

Randy said...
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Randy said...

Sola,

Your points are well on target. I would also add that I have serious questions regarding JFK too. Who knows why he really died. But, to add, his faith in catholicism is to be questioned. I consider it a pseudo-cult as well. Their belief in transubstantiation is amiss. The thought of them believing that the wine actually turns into the 'real' blood of Christ is heresy. We know from Hebrews that Christ shed his blood and died 'once and for all.' The atonement is complete. To say that the above mentioned happens each time is to crucify Christ afresh. Which is not what scripture teaches. And...correct me on this, doesn't that lend itself to cannibalism?
JFK was no role model in my book.

Also, sidebar note: What's up with Hillary courting the Christians? She needs to get real herself. No empathy for her on my end of things. It's a weird time in American politics, that's for sure.

Randy

Mrs. W said...

So many LDS/Mormons and JWs really don't know what they're into, until they're many years deep. They actually think they're Christians, and there's the deception. Sad, sad.

SolaMeanie said...

That is true, Mrs. W. It's even sadder when evangelical Christians are less discerning and willing to consider Mormons as true Christians. That doesn't speak very highly of our own Christian education in our churches.

Palm boy said...

Great post.

IndweltDaughter said...

Thank you for writing this. I didn't know all that much about Mormonism myself until a few months ago when my stepmom began to study what they believe as a close friend and a co-worker of hers is a Mormon. One of the books she got from the library was written by a woman who had been raised Mormon, had gone to a Mormon college, and had married in the Mormom temple. While the book itself was not spiritually edifying, as the writer does not hold to any religious beliefs at the moment as far as I could tell, it was still very interesting as she expounded on many of the "secrets" the leaders of LDS do their best to keep secret.

It was heartrending to read how deceieved their followers are, and I don't understand how anyone who claims to be a Christian could see people of LDS to be Christians as well, providing they actually know anything about LDS doctrine. Like you said Sola, all one has to do is a bit of digging.

~Amanda

TrothKeepr said...

Are evangelicals winking the eye for political expediency? Are they really that far gone theologically to where they can't tell the difference between a cult and true, orthodox Christian belief, faith and practice?

Yes: look @ the Bush cult. And no, they can't: they just think that "lovin Jayzus" is all that counts.