Mitt Romney is in the news again. You remember Mitt don’t you? He had plans to become President of the U.S. but they were somewhat stymied. He has lowered his sights and is willing to accept a seat in the U.S. Senate from Utah. However, he had primary opposition which caused him to stumble–again. At the Utah GOP primary, he came in second! The final candidate will be chosen in June. CBS had said of his chances to win the GOP nomination: “He is considered the overwhelming favorite to win the Senate contest.” The mainstream media was wrong—again.
As of now, Mitt is a possible candidate for the U.S. Senate, but he seems to think many Americans want to hear him pontificate on political matters. So, he pontificated on the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. Of course, he has every right to say what he believes but he and others must be reminded that while all people have a right to their opinion, not all opinions are created equal. Since Romney has questioned a leading Christian leader for his opinions, I now call into question what Romney believes.
Romney was displeased that Dr. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, was asked to pray at the opening of the U.S. Embassy. It seems Jeffress is an old-fashioned Christian of the Baptist persuasion and believes “You can’t be saved by being a Jew,” and “Mormonism is a heresy from the pit of hell.” Well, does that surprise any educated person that a Baptist would believe that? People have a right to disagree with him but that doesn’t make him wrong. And even if he were wrong, that doesn’t make him a bigot. A person can be right or wrong about an issue and be a bigot, or not be a bigot.
Romney said, “He’s said the same about Islam. Such a religious bigot should not be giving the prayer that opens the United States Embassy in Jerusalem.” Hold it! Is it prima facieevidence that one is a bigot if he believes something contrary to popular opinion? And if that were a demonstrable fact, which it is not, why should the “bigot” not be tolerated? Is toleration a one-way street? Moreover, a vast number of Americans are Fundamentalists or Evangelicals and many nonaffiliated people agree with Jeffress.
But to cut to the chase, if Romney is so quick to question the beliefs of Christian conservatives, then we have a right to call Romney’s beliefs into question especially since he is hoping to serve in the U.S. Senate. Or is it bigotry to ask plain, personal, and penetrating questions of a progressive?
Mormons and Mormon leaders believe the most outrageous things imaginable. How does Romney explain the Mormon belief that “There is no salvation without accepting Joseph Smith”? That clearly means only Mormons are going to Heaven! Does Romney believe that? If that silly teaching is true then what did mankind do before the Mormons erected their Temple in Salt Lake City?
How do they explain their belief that God was first a mortal man and that any mortal man can become god? Does Romney expect to be a god some day? Just asking.
How about man living before he lived? “We lived with Heavenly Father before this life as His spirit children, and we came to earth to gain a body and to learn and grow and eventually return to Him.” (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ website.) This false teaching is also espoused in The Osmonds: A Testimonial of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints pp. 3-5: “We believe that we lived before coming to this earth.” Utter nonsense.
Joseph Smith believed that people live on the moon and live a thousand years! Another Mormon founder, Brigham Young (who had 55 wives) believed that the sun is inhabited! That was the sun! Maybe that is the reason Young appears to have a fried brain.
Young also wrote, “The only men who become Gods, even the Sons of God, are those who enter into polygamy.” (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, p. 269.)
They also teach that God came from Kolob (a non-existent star or planet nearest to God’s throne in Mormon mythology) to have sex with the Virgin Mary who became one of his many wives. This encounter resulted in the birth of Christ! This was confirmed by Bruce McConkie, (major Mormon theologian, and one of the Twelve Apostles) who wrote, “For our present purposes, suffice it to say that our Lord was born of a virgin, which is fitting and proper, and also natural, since the Father of the Child was an immortal Being.” (Bruce McConkie, The Promised Messiah, p. 466.)
Young wrote, ”When the Virgin Mary conceived the child Jesus, the Father had begotten him in his own likeness. He was not begotten by the Holy Ghost.” (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 1:50-51.) However, Matthew 1:20 quotes the angel as saying, “Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.”
So, whom do you believe—Matthew or Brigham Young?
The “perfect” Book of Mormon declares that Jesus “shall be born of Mary at Jerusalem which is the land of our forefathers.” (Book of Mormon, Alma 7:10.) I think I see a problem here. Everyone knows that Christ was born in Bethlehem, so how can the Book of Mormon be a divinely inspired book if it is wrong about something as basic as the birthplace of Christ?
Mormons believe that Jesus Christ and Lucifer are brothers! Of course, they can believe anything they want but if a Mormon is running for a political office, I want to know how stable he is and what his core beliefs are.
Mormon President Hinckley said, “The traditional Christ of whom they [non-Mormons] speak is not the Christ of whom I speak.” (LDS Church News, June 20, 1998, p. 7.) The top honcho should know what his church teaches.
Mormon Apostle and General Authority until his death in 2000, Bernard P. Brockbank said, “It is true that many of the Christian churches worship a different Jesus Christ than is worshipped by the Mormons or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” (The Ensign, May 1977, p. 26.)
Evidently, the Christ of the Bible is not the Christ of Mormonism. So, how can Mormons be accepted as a Christian group no matter what some loosey-goosey Evangelical leaders declare?
Forgiveness of sins requires faith, repentance, and baptism by an official Mormon cleric. They teach their baptism is required for eternal life. Since most people don’t get their baptism, they practice baptism for the dead in which Mormons are baptized as a substitute for those who have died without the required baptism. (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith; Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p 601.)
Mormon Glen Beck spoke at Liberty University saying, “I am a Mormon, but I share your faith in the atonement of the Savior Jesus Christ.” But Mormons do not share the same faith in Christ. He also told the university crowd that Joseph Smith was a great man who died as a peace-loving martyr for Christ. Beck dipped his brush deep into the whitewash can to make that very positive but false statement about Smith.
In 2008 I wrote, “Joe Smith allegedly saw visions and ‘found’ gold plates that he turned into the Book of Mormon. He defended having multiple wives and was visited by a non-existent angel. He moved west to form a communistic town to be named ‘Zion.’ He founded a bank that went belly up, was placed in jail, and killed by a mob.” Smith killed two men and wounded another before they killed him. I could have added that Smith had led a mob into town, destroyed a newspaper that had criticized him for his multiple sexual affairs, and burned the building.
Furthermore, Apostle Bruce R. McConkie wrote, “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as it is now constituted is the kingdom of God on earth….The Church is not a democracy…[but] a kingdom…and the President of the Church, the mouthpiece of God on earth, is the earthly king.” (Mormon Doctrine, pp. 415-416.)
Now, are you ready for the question? Mr. Romney, since your church clearly teaches that it will someday take over the U.S. and the world and set up a theocracy under Mormon control, will you today disagree, disavow, and disassociate yourself from that teaching and do everything within your power as a U.S. Senator (if elected) to oppose that purpose?
My follow up question: If you disagree, disavow, and dissociate yourself from that teaching, how can you stay a Mormon? Moreover, if you refuse to disassociate yourself from these teachings of your church, how can you expect any sane person to vote for you?
Mr. Romney, how dare you call Dr. Jeffress a bigot when he is in the mainstream of orthodox Christianity while you are a member of an outrageous cult that peddles very toxic Kool-Aid!
At least wipe the purple Kool-Aid from your lips before condemning a major, respected Christian leader!
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