Sunday, October 09, 2011

Is the Mormon Church a cult as Rick Perry's pastor claims?

Rick Perry's Baptist pastor recently created a controversy when he called the Mormons a cult. Mitt Romney and others have vigorously protested.

The interesting thing about this is that Joseph Smith, Brigham Young and--and far as I know--virtually the entire Mormon Church has always considered Mormonism to be the one true church, and orthodox Christianity to have been apostate as far back as the second century (that's "orthodox" with a small "o" as opposed to the Orthodox Church). Yet, Mormons now apparently want to be considered part of Christianity.

So which is it? Is the Mormon Church just another legitimate branch of Christianity or is the Mormon Church the one true church and all the rest are apostate? They can't have it both ways--unless perhaps they teach one thing to their members and another thing publicly for political purposes.

The fact is that ever since the time of Joseph Smith, orthodox Christians have always considered Mormonism to be a cult and Mormons have always considered orthodox Christians to be apostate.

This is only a big story to religiously illiterate Americans who don't understand Christianity, and to journalists who need to stir up controversy to maintain their ratings.

As far as the election is concerned, I think Christians need to focus on the issues. Just because a candidate is Christian does not necessarily mean he or she would be a good President (after all, Jimmy Carter claimed to be a born again Christian (and Baptist), and yet he turned out to be one of the worst Presidents in American history).

Although Mitt Romney is a Mormon, he would be much, MUCH better than the President we currently have, (who claims to be a Christian).

Personally, I don't like Romney as a candidate nearly as well as I like Michelle Bachmann, Herman Cain, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, or even Rick Perry, but if Romney gets the nomination, I will have no problem supporting him for President over Obama.

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