Saturday, October 08, 2011

Evangelicals, Mormonism & GOP Candidates

Here is an up-to-date account of what's going on at the social conservatives' conference. All the candidates are addressing the conference except one.

The big debate seems to center around the issue of what Mormonism is. Yes, many evangelicals would call it a "cult" in that it denies that Jesus Christ is God and adds to scriptural revelations by adding yet another latter day prophet in the person of Joseph Smith.  Okay, we're agreed.

But let's not demonize all such organizations.  In my view, there are cults and there are cults.  I've lived with Mormons for several years.  They were some of the nicest, happiest, moral, and most helpful people I have met in my life.  While we may call them a cult, they are earnestly out there trying to serve the same God we serve.  You want cults, I can introduce you to a number of them that I wouldn't let anybody's cat near, let alone a human being.  That is not what Mormonism is.  Also, today's Mormons are not yesterday's Mormons who practice polygamy -- not the real ones anyway.  Polygamy was abolished by the Mormon's Church of Latter Day Saints headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The issue before the candidates at the conference and the issue before all Christian evangelicals should not be what Mormonism is, but rather what candidate can win the White House and still not go against the major tenets of the Christian.

From where I sit, in front of the television watching the debates and listening to the candidates -- the only one capable of having a chance at this point is Mitt Romney.  My advice to Republicans is that they stop fighting among themselves sooner rather than later.  By now, numerous candidates should have dropped out.   Also, well-meaning evangelical pastors need to stop and think before they open their big "negative" traps.  Their impact is hurting their ultimate cause, not helping it.

Here's the details of the story.

Evangelical pastor calls Mormonism a cult after endorsing Rick Perry | Holy Post | National Post

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