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Can An Evangelical Christian Vote for a Mormon?
Decision Magazine ^ | October 22, 2012 | Franklin Graham

Posted on 11/03/2012 10:09:29 AM PDT by re_tail20

This question has stirred much debate. Historically, Christians have voted for candidates of different faiths, including Mormons, based on how they live their lives and how deeply committed they are to upholding the U.S. Constitution. Remember, God ordained government, and we are not electing a pastor-in-chief, we are electing a commander-in-chief.

George Washington was Episcopalian, Abraham Lincoln had no religious affiliation while he was president, John Kennedy was Catholic and Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton were outspoken Southern Baptists. Over a period of 223 years, our nation’s cities and states have been governed by people of many different faiths, including Mormons from both the Democratic and Republican parties.

Orrin Hatch, a Mormon, has served this nation as an effective senator and George Romney, Gov. Mitt Romney’s father, was one of the great governors of Michigan. His religion never interfered with governing, but his personal faith did define his strong marriage, family values and personal integrity. I believe this is the same for Gov. Mitt Romney. While there are major differences in the theology of evangelical Christians and that of Mormons, as well as those who practice the Catholic faith or the Jewish faith, we do share common values that are biblically based.

Americans must remember that while our nation was founded upon godly principles, we do not have a state religion. Rather, our Constitution provides for the freedom to worship without interference of government. Our forefathers shed their blood to win this right. We must be committed to electing a commander-in-chief who will protect this liberty and uphold the Constitution as one nation under God, and who will ensure God’s moral law will not be violated by changing the law of the land.

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1 posted on 11/03/2012 10:09:37 AM PDT by re_tail20
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To: re_tail20

The question should be “Can an Evangelical Christian vote for a Muslim?”


2 posted on 11/03/2012 10:11:49 AM PDT by rashley (Rashley)
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To: re_tail20

Would you rather vote for a muslim?


3 posted on 11/03/2012 10:13:28 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Win One For The Gipper!!!!!! Nov 6, 2012)
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To: re_tail20

Answer is yes. My wife and I did. We’re Southern Baptist.


4 posted on 11/03/2012 10:13:49 AM PDT by snoringbear (Government is the Pimp,)
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To: rashley

The question should be “Can an Evangelical Christian vote for a Muslim?” BINGO! Beat me to it. Actually they did vote for a muslim in 08 and now they’re regretting it. Now do they vote for the Christian or the Mohamadean.


5 posted on 11/03/2012 10:13:59 AM PDT by fightin kentuckian (Lexington Herald-Liberal boss goes for Romney)
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To: rashley
The question should be “Can an Evangelical Christian vote for a Muslim?”

Exactly.

6 posted on 11/03/2012 10:15:46 AM PDT by madison10 (I love it when My plan comes together ~~God)
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To: re_tail20

Mormons may be misguided Christians (or not. Some would also say that Catholics are misguided, while others would say that Protestants are misguided. Who on Earth really knows for sure.). But Muslims and Marxists (and Obama is certainly one and perhaps both of these) are admittedly antiChrist. So, the short answer is YES. Absolutely YES.


7 posted on 11/03/2012 10:16:48 AM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: The Sons of Liberty

Or a communistic atheist?


8 posted on 11/03/2012 10:17:59 AM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: rashley
American Muslims May Decide Who Becomes President
9 posted on 11/03/2012 10:18:20 AM PDT by x
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To: re_tail20

Yes, I certainly can...paraphrasing what Graham said, I’m voting for my president, not my preacher.


10 posted on 11/03/2012 10:19:43 AM PDT by tedrich
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To: re_tail20

They voted for a Quaker in a landslide.


11 posted on 11/03/2012 10:20:00 AM PDT by Morris70
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To: rashley
The question should be “Can an Evangelical Christian vote for a Muslim?”

No, the question should be, "Can a Christian vote for a liberal?"

And the answer is: No.

12 posted on 11/03/2012 10:21:05 AM PDT by roamer_1 (Globalism is just socialism in a business suit.)
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To: re_tail20

Well.... I did!


13 posted on 11/03/2012 10:21:05 AM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: re_tail20

Yes.

I certainly won’t vote for an Obamanation.

And these are the two choices we have been presented with.


14 posted on 11/03/2012 10:24:17 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: tedrich

Are preachers liberal or conservative?

Anti abortion
Anti death penalty
Anti immigration laws
Higher taxes for more social programs.
Mix anti and pro gay rights.

max %40 conservative
max %80 liberal


15 posted on 11/03/2012 10:26:14 AM PDT by Morris70
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To: re_tail20

Yes!
I’d know where I can get some food if hungry! I believe they are a cult (Mormonism), but they don’t chop off hands or heads!
The alternative is to chew tree bark and make soup from squirrel sh*t... With Obamalamadingdong, we will have to submit to Islam... To get our food stamps!


16 posted on 11/03/2012 10:28:18 AM PDT by WVKayaker ("Mitt Romney couldn't keep up with lies and spin of Barack Obama" - Sarah Palin 10/24)
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To: re_tail20

The great myth though is that Romney is a moral man with biblical values. Not only does Mormonism lack Biblical values, but so does Mitt Romney. The GOP and “conservatives” went into tribal mode after the nomination and conveniently forgot all the lies Romney said to get the nomination in the first place. They’ve spent the last month or so deifying him into something he clearly is not. It’s Big Lie politics, repeated over and over again, until everyone seems to believe it.


17 posted on 11/03/2012 10:29:02 AM PDT by RaisingCain
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To: fightin kentuckian

“The question should be “Can an Evangelical Christian vote for a Muslim?” BINGO! Beat me to it. Actually they did vote for a muslim in 08 and now they’re regretting it. Now do they vote for the Christian or the Mohamadean.”


Mormonism is NOT Christian, and it is because of that false assertion by Romney supporters that I have long since abandoned the idea that the GOP is in any way superior to the DNC. The Bible is unchanging on this issue, but men are changing all the time.


18 posted on 11/03/2012 10:30:58 AM PDT by RaisingCain
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To: Bryanw92

“Mormons may be misguided Christians (or not. Some would also say that Catholics are misguided, while others would say that Protestants are misguided. Who on Earth really knows for sure.). “


The Bible knows for sure. The Bible does not teach that there are three seperate gods, that God the father (whom they call Elohim, Jehovah is Jesus) is not omniscient and was once a mortal man, that salvation is for all, but celestial Godhood is for the Mormon. The Catholics, for all their problems, do not make such absurd claims. You might as well compare the Catholics to the Baha’i, who claim their dead prophet was the second coming of Jesus Christ. It’s apples and oranges, and it is extraordinarily offensive to put groups like the Mormons, or Baha’i, or Scientologists on par with biblical Christianity, like mere “denominations” in something that is not very different at all.


19 posted on 11/03/2012 10:31:23 AM PDT by RaisingCain
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To: re_tail20

Beats voting for an Anti-Christ,hands down.Or a Muslim.Or a serial liar.Or a Murderer.Or a communist.


20 posted on 11/03/2012 10:31:23 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: re_tail20

I feel a strong obligation to vote in this election, for my right to vote has been fought for and died for and I feel I cheapen the sacrifice by refusing to do my part. Those who fought and died knew that in our system there were only two or three choices...it is our system..they did not question it when they stepped up to defend it...and so I have voted. Is Romney my perfect candidate? No, but with Romney on the right of the scale and Obama on the left I am so much closer to Romney and so that is how I voted. I share many more beliefs and values with Romney than I do with Obama...Before you decide not to vote, remember those fought and died for your chance to vote. It was not won cheaply...


21 posted on 11/03/2012 10:31:55 AM PDT by BlessedAmerican (Put your congressional reps. on speed dial...and then use it often....)
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To: re_tail20

I feel a strong obligation to vote in this election, for my right to vote has been fought for and died for and I feel I cheapen the sacrifice by refusing to do my part. Those who fought and died knew that in our system there were only two or three choices...it is our system..they did not question it when they stepped up to defend it...and so I have voted. Is Romney my perfect candidate? No, but with Romney on the right of the scale and Obama on the left I am so much closer to Romney and so that is how I voted. I share many more beliefs and values with Romney than I do with Obama...Before you decide not to vote, remember those fought and died for your chance to vote. It was not won cheaply...


22 posted on 11/03/2012 10:32:02 AM PDT by BlessedAmerican (Put your congressional reps. on speed dial...and then use it often....)
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To: RaisingCain

So, to clarify, you’re voting for zero?


23 posted on 11/03/2012 10:32:29 AM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: re_tail20
In our national life, as citizens, has the current Administration promoted and protected freedom of conscience, freedom of religion, of religious speech, exercise and practice, and of the press, as well as encouragement of morality as an underpinning of society, or have those founding virtues and protections been lessened?

On the other hand, is there evidence in Mitt Romney's life and actions which indicate his ideology and beliefs would threaten the freedoms our Constitution protects and provides for its "keepers," "the People"?

One might examine the texts of "The Making of America," "The Five Thousand Year Leap," "The Real Benjamin Franklin," "The Real Thomas Jefferson," and on and on, all authored by a member of the LDS, in order to ascertain that there has been an overwhelming amount of work in keeping with America's Founders' ideas done by members of the LDS, including the tremendous modern hymn entitled, "Heal Our Land," by Orrin Hatch, another LDS member.

24 posted on 11/03/2012 10:36:05 AM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: RaisingCain

I sympathize.

We’re sacrificing the future of the Republican Party (conservatives will be expelled) for a couple years or even months delay in the coming chaos.

I do not, BTW, see Romney as any kind of immoral person.


25 posted on 11/03/2012 10:36:59 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: RaisingCain

>>and it is extraordinarily offensive

Offensive?? We live in a nation where people are too easily offended. The word has no meaning anymore since it now means little more than “I disagree with you”.


26 posted on 11/03/2012 10:44:13 AM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: RaisingCain; Lx
They’ve spent the last month or so deifying him into something he clearly is not. It’s Big Lie politics, repeated over and over again, until everyone seems to believe it.- Raising Crap

So, to clarify, you’re voting for zero?- Lx

They’ve RC has spent the last month or so deifyingtrying to convince others herein about him into something he clearly is not. It’s part of the Big Lie trolling politics, repeated over and over again, until everyone anybody seems to believe it.


27 posted on 11/03/2012 10:44:45 AM PDT by WVKayaker ("Mitt Romney couldn't keep up with lies and spin of Barack Obama" - Sarah Palin 10/24)
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To: Lx

“So, to clarify, you’re voting for zero?”


So, to clarify, I’m not voting for Zero, and I am not endorsing Mormonism as just another Christian denomination, nor pretending that Romney is something that he is not. To make it very clear: I am not embracing self-delusion and unprincipled betrayals of the Bible to benefit a mere political cause for a mere typical politician. Now, spam and flame away.


28 posted on 11/03/2012 10:56:30 AM PDT by RaisingCain
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To: Bryanw92
...the short answer is YES. Absolutely YES.

People vote for all sorts of reasons, but if you are voting purely under a Christian lens, I do not see how you could not vote for Romney. Romney has a moral compass, Obama does not.

I wouldn't elect the guy Pope, but we must elect him President. American Christian family values are on the chopping block because our leader detests them; President Romney will embrace them, regardless of what church he walks into on Sunday morning. We need to once again point in the right direction-- not saying everyone must embrace the 1950's Leave it to Beaver lifestyle, but Leave it to Beaver should still be our goal, not the name of a lesson plan in my 1st grader's liberal Sex Ed class.

Every voter must consider what basic values have the power to bring our country back together, be them religious or patriotic values...and then ask which candidate better represents those values.

29 posted on 11/03/2012 10:56:33 AM PDT by polstar123
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To: re_tail20

Yep.


30 posted on 11/03/2012 10:57:58 AM PDT by Hero
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To: RaisingCain

Even if your allegations were true, Romney’s still 1000 times better, far far better, than the alternative!


31 posted on 11/03/2012 11:06:39 AM PDT by faithhopecharity
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To: RaisingCain

I think it’s awesome how you used so many words yet didn’t answer the question.

Something tells me you don’t read the Bible but it’s a convenient way to bash Romney.

Romney isn’t perfect but he’s better than zero. Now, you can sit and sulk and claim that you don’t want to betray your conservative principles (I don’t believe you have any) so you’d rather see zero win, that way, the GOP will know they have to nominate a real conservative next time.

1) Something tells me you don’t have conservative principles anyway.

2) If you think voting for zero will help the GOP to nominate true conservatives, you’re wrong and are merely trolling.

3) Another term for zero is going to impact more than the evangelicals, after what he’s manage to do in only four years, the thought of him having another term is horrible.


32 posted on 11/03/2012 11:20:33 AM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: RaisingCain
"The great myth though is that Romney is a moral man".

Oh, do please bless us with your infinite wisdom on how immoral of a man that Romney is.
33 posted on 11/03/2012 11:22:31 AM PDT by GLDNGUN
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To: re_tail20

Others have paraphrased it better than I.... I can vote for a Mormon better than I can vote for a Communist baby killing, gun hating HOMO


34 posted on 11/03/2012 11:27:23 AM PDT by contrarian (Now God in on your case O)
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To: re_tail20

What about an Islamist Marxist?


35 posted on 11/03/2012 11:33:46 AM PDT by vpintheak (Occupy your Brain!)
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To: re_tail20

Not voting for a mormon.

Voting against gay commie muslim who hates America.


36 posted on 11/03/2012 11:33:48 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: contrarian

Oh yeah, I forgot Marxist MUUUUUUSLLLLLLIMMMMMMM allllihu fubarrrrrr !!!!


37 posted on 11/03/2012 11:34:15 AM PDT by contrarian (Now God in on your case O)
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To: rashley

Exactly!! How can any Christian or Jew vote for a murdering, enslaving muslim? I don’t understand it.


38 posted on 11/03/2012 11:34:35 AM PDT by abclily
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To: rashley
The question should be “Can an Evangelical Christian vote for a Muslim?”

Indeed. My first thought was "Why not? Many of those idiots voted for a Muslim the last time around."

I live near Utah and every time I go to any of their cities, the places are humming with activity and construction, with little evidence of a slowdown.

39 posted on 11/03/2012 11:35:24 AM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: re_tail20

Can an evangelical Christian passively sit back and let their country be destroyed?


40 posted on 11/03/2012 11:36:57 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Encourage all of your Democrat friends to get out and vote on November 7th, the stakes are high.)
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To: re_tail20

Yes and I will do so gladly.


41 posted on 11/03/2012 11:47:56 AM PDT by TheConservativeParty (Trust in the Lord. Psalm 37:3)
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To: RaisingCain

Respectfully disagree. Another point, Romney is not running as a Mormon on a Mormon ticket. To hold your vote because you are anti-mormon is to cast a vote for an anti-Christ muslim who pushes and anti-American, anti-Christian agenda. Vote for Romney because he shares many if not all of your Christian values and is truly an American Patriot. If you knew one thing about the Mormon Church you’d know that Mormons do honestly believe that American is a special place. Mormon doctrine teaches that to be a good, freedom loving American is to be a good Mormon.


42 posted on 11/03/2012 11:55:57 AM PDT by fightin kentuckian (Lexington Herald-Liberal boss goes for Romney)
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To: re_tail20

If not the honest moral Mormon, it’ll be the lying hyycritical sleazy Muslim.


43 posted on 11/03/2012 12:02:54 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: RaisingCain
Not only is Mormonism not in the slightest bit Christian, but it is very very akin to Islam. While Romney may be the better candidate of the two overall, the fact is, if your reason for voting for Romney is because you don't want man with muslim-like religious beliefs in the white house, you need to rethink your vote. Since the 1960s, at the very least, Ensign Magazine, the official Mormon publication from Salt Lake City, has been editorializing how similar Islam and LDS are, and that the two religions should merge and become one. This of course has been toned down considerably recently, people are not being exposed to the truth about the ugly history of LDS and not particularly difficult to uncover. If you are a Christian, you really should do some research about this before you cast your vote. In essence, I'm not saying you should not vote for Romney, that is a matter of conscience and careful consideration, but don't kid yourself, there is quite a can of religious worms yet to be opened.
44 posted on 11/03/2012 12:07:09 PM PDT by erkelly (Never underestimate the stupidity of the stupid party!)
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To: RaisingCain

From what I’ve experienced, there are independent religions that are heavy on conceit and self-forgiveness and very light on Virtue. They call themselves “christian,” as they define the term for themselves. And boy, do they love to claim they are right and others are wrong!

Maybe they are right and I’m wrong. Maybe God wants us to judge others without proof of right or wrong. Maybe self-righteous pride is a good thing? Maybe the Ten Commandments are just suggestions because of blanket forgiveness?

Wait. I’m acting like them. I’m being judgmental!


45 posted on 11/03/2012 12:14:06 PM PDT by Loud Mime (We will know soon enough)
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To: erkelly

Wow! I’ve got to read those articles. Please post them. Seriously!


46 posted on 11/03/2012 12:16:09 PM PDT by Loud Mime (We will know soon enough)
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To: re_tail20

Not voting for the Mormon at this point is a definite vote for the Muslim.

Mormon’s won’t slit your throat if you refuse to convert. Muslims will.


47 posted on 11/03/2012 12:18:54 PM PDT by Safrguns
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To: Bryanw92

“Offensive?? We live in a nation where people are too easily offended. The word has no meaning anymore since it now means little more than “I disagree with you””


Take it up with God, who promises to send false prophets and the devil to burn eternally in the lake of fire, on whether or not comparing Mormonism, Baha’i, Scientology and other religious cults to Christianity is offensive or not. I don’t think God will be doing that because He wasn’t offended.


48 posted on 11/03/2012 12:35:10 PM PDT by RaisingCain
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To: faithhopecharity

“Even if your allegations were true,”


My allegations are true and were a common point of discussion on this forum up until shortly after the nomination. But, out of sight, out of mind.


49 posted on 11/03/2012 12:35:24 PM PDT by RaisingCain
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To: re_tail20

we’re voting for a president, not a religious leader


50 posted on 11/03/2012 12:37:47 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (the mature Christian is almost impossible to offend)
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