Wow, if this continues Mormon apologists are going to be out of work. Evangelicals are becoming Mormonism’s greatest advocates and apologists. Evangelicals across the spectrum have now come to realize that Mormons are really Christians.
Christianity Today has published an article that makes five arguments for electing Mitt Romney:
1. “Romney is clearly conservative on both social and fiscal issues.”
2. “Romney says he has had a true change of heart.”
3. “America has a history of electing presidents with religious beliefs outside the orbit of traditional Christianity.”
4. “Mormon beliefs are not as un-evangelical as most evangelicals think.”
5. Richard Land, the late Jerry Falwell, Franklin Graham, Chuck Colson, and Cal Thomas say that these doctrinal differences should not by themselves disqualify Romney from a presidential nomination.
I think I have made it clear what I think about all of these issues, but just in case there has been any confusion let me clarify again.
1 & 2. – Maybe, he is clearly conservative. It depends on how much one believes Romney is acting on principle and not on self-serving pragmatism.
3. What Americans have done in the past is descriptive, not prescriptive. Or, as your Mother would have said it, “If all your friends were jumping off a cliff would you do it to?”
4. We are NOT talking about “doctrinal distance”, we are talking about someone serving ANOTHER GOD. And regarding Christianity Today’s claim that Mormons hold to the deity of Christ, I would assert that in a world in which anyone can become a god, and in which their God used to be a man just like you or me, the word deity has lost all meaning.
5. Finally, regarding the tacit endorsement of Richard Land, Chuck Colson, Franklin Graham, Cal Thomas and Jerry Falwell. On this issue, as well as the Evangelicals and Catholics Together document that some of them signed previously, I believe they are serving as false prophets. The world needs Jesus, the REAL JESUS, not Jesus the half-brother of Lucifer. I am appalled that they are lending their credibility, such that it is, to Mormonism and think God will hold them accountable for their actions in the next world and we should hold them accountable in this one.