I know this won’t surprise anyone

Dallas minister: Vote for a Christian, not Mitt Romney

A prominent Dallas minister told his congregation that if they wanted to elect a Christian to the White House, Republican Mitt Romney wasn’t qualified.

Dr. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, said Mormonism is a false religion and that Mr. Romney was not a Christian.

“Mitt Romney is a Mormon, and don’t let anybody tell you otherwise,” Dr. Jeffress said in a sermon on Sept. 30. “Even though he talks about Jesus as his Lord and savior, he is not a Christian. Mormonism is not Christianity. Mormonism is a cult.”

Some in the large crowd began to applaud as Dr. Jeffress continued with his remarks.

“What really distresses me is some of my ministerial friends and even leaders in our convention are saying, ‘Oh, well, he talks about Jesus, we talk about Jesus. What’s the big deal,’ ” he said. “It is a big deal if anybody names another way to be saved except through Jesus Christ.

Tuesday night on CNN’s Larry King Live, popular Houston minister Joel Osteen said Mr. Romney’s Mormon faith wouldn’t affect whether he supported him or not.

“I don’t think that that would affect me,” Mr. Osteen said. “I’ve heard him say that he believes Jesus is his savior, just like I do. I’ve studied it deeply, and maybe people don’t agree with me, but I like to look at a person’s value and what they stand for.

But Dr. Jeffress said colleagues who support Mr. Romney should not confuse morality with Christianity.

“I have conservative friends who are saying, well, he believes in Jesus, we believe in Jesus, let’s just hold hands and sing kumbaya,” he said. “It doesn’t work that way. If a person is supporting Romney, that’s fine. But don’t confuse him with being a Christian.”

Dr. Jeffress also said Christian conservatives were compromising the values used to back presidential candidates over the past decade.

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3 Responses to I know this won’t surprise anyone

  1. bigtexastom says:

    Once again, I love to see non-mormons claiming that mormons aren’t Christians. Don’t you think a mormon would know what a mormon believes? From lds.org (official church website):

    Having faith in Christ includes having a firm belief that He is the Only Begotten Son of God and the Savior and Redeemer of the world. It means believing that He is the Son of God and that He suffered for your sins, afflictions, and infirmities. When you have faith in Christ, you accept and apply His Atonement and His teachings. Heavenly Father blesses those who have faith to obey His Son.

    Is that not the definition of a Christian, according to Dr. Jeffress?

    Do some research before you spout off next time doctor.

  2. bigtexastom says:

    And what does the title mean “I know this won’t surprise anyone”?

    Is that a shot at Mormonism?

    Mr. Geeding, I’ve been a reader for about a year and a half, and have enjoyed having a clean website I can read each day with fun and interesting posts without the concern of coming across something inappropriate or wrong. But I find the occasional shots at mormons tasteless. I respect your religion and would expect the same.

  3. WhoAmI? says:

    That’s a hard one.

    BTT quotes the LDS website, and most Christians quote John 14:6.

    I totally, 100% think that individuals have the right to believe what they believe, but to be nieve enough to think that Mormons are Christians is ludicrous. Have you compared the religions based on factual evidence?

    I would never post something on my blog that was anti-Mormon, there are just too many other things to think about; however you can’t confuse Buddhists, Muslims, Christians, & Mormons. Mormonism is a separate religion… plain and simple. It’s not Methodist and Baptist. It’s a totally ‘fly in the face of traditional Christianity’ religion. While you have every right to believe what you have your convictions to believe; do not be confused.

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