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.