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“Mitt Romney, Mormonism and the Christian Vote”: A Biblical Call to Christian Ministers and Leaders
For the Sake of the Gospel.com | 2012

Posted on 08/05/2012 4:35:35 PM PDT by Colofornian

“Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.” (1 Timothy 4:16)

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For the sake of the Gospel, we, the undersigned, call upon Christian leaders and their respective ministries and organizations, if you plan on endorsing Governor Mitt Romney for the office of President of the United States, do so by clearly and unequivocally distancing yourself and Biblical Christianity from his Mormon beliefs.

We believe in the freedom of religion, the free exercise thereof, and the principles of a constitutional republic. Our Constitution does not require a religious “test” for any candidate to qualify for political office. Anyone should be allowed to run for office and serve if elected – regardless of their religious affiliations or lack thereof.

Further, it is not our intention with this call to bind the conscience of any individual by telling them how to vote. If an evangelical Christian chooses to vote for Mr. Romney (President Obama or any candidate), that is a decision between themselves and God.

The purpose of this call to evangelical Christians and leaders is two-fold:

  1. To protect the purity and integrity of the Biblical Gospel.
  2. To seize the opportunity to educate the America Public and Christians to the fundamental differences between historic Christian faith and that of the Latter-day Saints (Mormons).

While social and political causes are a vital and important part of the Church’s responsibilities, we believe that our primary function as Christians, both collectively and individually, is to preach and defend the Lord Jesus and His Gospel, as He is defined in the Bible, and has been affirmed in the historic Christian Church, its Councils and Creeds.

In our postmodern era, Christians are taught to believe that truth is relative and sincerity is more important than accuracy. However, we believe that the good news of the gospel – justification by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone – could be compromised if Mr. Romney receives unqualified public endorsements from Christian leaders, their ministries or organizations, thereby potentially confusing the evangelical Gospel with the soteriology (false gospel) of the Mormon Religion.

It is our contention that the general population should not be left with any uncertainty whether the theological cult1 of which Mitt Romney is a faithful member, namely The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), and historic evangelical Christianity are one and the same faith. This we adamantly deny!

Though the Mormon religion sets moral standards for its members that appear to be consistent with many evangelical morals, thereby appearing to project a Christian world and life view, it would be a serious theological error to equate Christianity with Mormonism simply based upon some common values.

Since the Mormon religion was founded in the early part of the nineteenth-century, it has always been classified as a “theological cult” 1 by virtually every Bible-believing Christian denomination in the United States and the world. The reason they were given this “cult” label is based upon their theology. The doctrines espoused by this sect are not only unbiblical, but clearly anti-Christian.

These theological differences are not at all to be compared to the dissimilarities one finds between evangelicals in Christian denominations, such as, Baptists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Anglicans, Methodists, Pentecostals, etc. These denominations (in their original, historic confessions and doctrinal statements) embraced a foundational theology that is Biblical, historic, and orthodox. Although these evangelicals are divided on some points of Christian theology, often secondary issues, they actually agree more than they disagree. The historic evangelical Church has always maintained that orthodoxy (correct thinking or belief) is required in order for a denomination to be considered Christian. We refer to these doctrines collectively as “the essentials of the Christian faith.” Our doctrines are derived from the Bible alone and not from man-made theology.

Since its inception in the 19th century, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has deceptively labeled itself a “Christian” church. Its leaders used the historical accounts and key figures found in the Bible, but they ignore or contradict the Bible’s central theology.

If their founders had simply started this new religion without using the historical figures and Christian terminology, then Mormonism would simply be classified as just another world religion and not a theological cult. However, since they claim that they are the only true church or the purest New Testament church while rejecting Biblical and historic Christian theology, Mormonism has accurately been classified as a “cult.”

Why Mormonism is NOT Christian

The Doctrine of Revelation

The Mormon Church teaches that there are four separate writings which constitute God’s revelation. These would include The Book of Mormon, Doctrines and Covenants, The Pearl of Great Price, and the Bible.2

The evangelical Christian Church teaches that the Bible alone, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament, is the Word of God. Quoting the Second London Baptist Confession, “The whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for His own glory, man’s salvation, faith and life, is either expressly set down or necessarily contained in the Holy Scripture, to which nothing is to be added at any time, either by new revelation of the Spirit, or by the traditions of men.”3

The Nature of God

The Mormon Church teaches that God the Father, whom they call “Heavenly Father,” was once a flesh and blood man from a planet (near a Star) called Kolob4. Through his obedience to the same teaching espoused by Latter-day Saints, he was elevated to godhood sometime after his death.5 In fact, according to the Mormon Church, there are many such gods like “Heavenly Father” throughout the universe. According to Mormonism, God had a father and his father had a father and his father had a father ad infinitum.6

The evangelical Christian Church teaches that there is only one God and that He is eternal in His being and persons. The LORD affirms this in His statement in Isaiah 44:6, “Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.” (Also see Deuteronomy 4:35, 39; 32:39; 1 Kings 8:60; Isaiah 44:24; 45:5.)

Quoting the Westminster Confession of Faith used by Presbyterians, “There is but one only, living, and true God, who is infinite in being and perfection, a most pure spirit, invisible, without body, parts, or passions; immutable, immense, eternal, incomprehensible, almighty, most wise, most holy, most free, most absolute; working all things according to the counsel of His own immutable and most righteous will….”7

The Person of Jesus Christ

Mormon leaders have taught that after Heavenly Father was elevated to godhood he took an innumerable amount of celestial wives8 . Through the conjugal act9 with his first wife, he sired two spirit sons: Jesus10, the eldest, and his younger brother, Lucifer.11

This teaching is repugnant to all Bible-believing evangelical Christians to say the least! While Satan’s condition differs from Christ’s, the natures of Jesus and Satan are, according to Mormon theology, equivalent.12

The evangelical Christian Church teaches that Jesus is eternal and unique and that Lucifer is not his “spirit” brother. Quoting the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion of the Anglican Church, “The Son, which is the Word of the Father, begotten from everlasting of the Father, the very and eternal God, and of one substance with the Father, took man’s nature in the womb of the blessed Virgin, of her substance…”13

Further, the Bible teaches that Jesus was the creator of not only the earth, but the entire universe and everything in it, including the devil. (Isaiah 44:24; John 1:1-3; Col. 1:5-6.)

The Fall of Adam into Sin

The Mormon Church teaches that though mankind fell in the Garden of Eden his fall was in an upward trajectory14 and that the serpent told Adam and Eve the truth, i.e. you shall be like gods (Genesis 3).

The Bible and the evangelical Christian Church teaches that in the Garden of Eden man fell in a downward trajectory and this fall was from “innocence” into sin. Adam and Eve’s sin was in wanting to be like God; in which they could judge for themselves what is good and evil. In the Bible, and Christian theology the serpent told Adam and Eve a lie. The doctrinal statement for The Pentecostal Church of God article three explains, “Man is a created being, made in the likeness and the image of God, but through Adam’s transgression and fall, sin came into the world (Romans 5:12). “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3: 10).”

Salvation

The Mormon Church teaches that full salvation or exaltation is acquired by men when they are elevated to godhood15, like Heavenly Father before them16, and take their celestial wives whom they impregnate and eventually populate their own planet. This is known as the “law of eternal progression” and is the highest form of salvation in Mormon theology.17 They believe that this is obtained by faith and continued by worthiness (good works), as defined by their church.18

The evangelical Christian Church teaches that salvation (justification) is from sin, by grace, through faith, in Christ alone and not of any works. The Lutheran Augsburg Confession explains, “…that men cannot be justified before God by their own strength, merits, or works, but are freely justified for Christ’s sake, through faith, when they believe that they are received into favor, and that their sins are forgiven for Christ’s sake, who, by His death, has made satisfaction for our sins. This faith God imputes for righteousness in His sight. (Romans 3 and 4.)”19

Echoing this belief, John Wesley, the great Methodist preacher explained that Biblical salvation is, “[A] salvation which is through faith. This is that great salvation foretold by the angel, before God brought his First-begotten into the world: ‘Thou shalt call his name Jesus; for he shall save his people from their sins.’ And neither here, nor in other parts of holy writ, is there any limitation or restriction. All his people, or, as it is elsewhere expressed, ‘all that believe in him,’ he will save from all their sins; from original and actual, past and present sin, ‘of the flesh and of the spirit.’ Through faith that is in him, they are saved both from the guilt and from the power of it.” (Habakkuk. 2:4; John 3:16, 18, 36; Romans 4:6, 10:9; Ephesians 2:8-9.) 20

Unlike Mormonism, salvation by grace through faith in Christ returns man to a right relationship with God. It does NOT make man a god. It is contrary to the teaching of the Bible to say man can become gods, but rather, it is only Biblical to say that God the Son took upon Himself the form of man.

Other Anti-Christian Doctrines taught by Mormons

God the Father is married and there is a Mother God (Answers to Gospel Questions, Joseph Fielding Smith, Vol. 3, pp. 143-144).

All men and women who have ever lived on Earth are the spirit offspring of Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother. Every person was conceived and born in a pre-existent spiritual realm (Mormon Doctrine, p. 589).

Black people are black because of their misdeeds in the pre-existence (Three Degrees of Glory, LDS Apostle Melvin J. Ballard, p. 21).

“Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot. This will always be so.” (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, vol. 10, p. 110).

“As a result of his rebellion, Cain was cursed with a dark skin; he became the father of the Negroes, and those spirits who are not worthy to receive the priesthood are born through this lineage…Noah’s son Ham married Egyptus (there is no Egyptus mentioned in the Bible), a descendant of Cain, thus preserving the Negro lineage through the flood.” (Bruce R. McConkie – Mormon apostle, Mormon Doctrine, p.102,477)

There are other teachings promulgated by Mormons which are equally repugnant to historic Biblical Christianity. However, the preceding examples should suffice to prove our point: Mormonism is not only “unbiblical,” regarding most of the essential truths that make up the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but, as stated previously, it is profoundly “anti-Christian.”

Conclusion

In conclusion, Christian leaders and laypersons who are involved in the political process should maintain discernment and avoid the temptation of doctrinal compromise simply because a candidate says he supports conservative morals and socio/political principles that align with some areas of Biblical Christianity. If endorsing or supporting any Mormon candidate, Christians should be careful not to cause confusion or blur the distinctions by equating Mormon doctrines with the beliefs of historic, traditional Christianity.

The Bible teaches that the God of the Bible is not the author of confusion. As Christians it is our duty to keep ourselves from publicly confusing the American people, and in particular evangelical Christians. (1 Corinthians 14:32-33; 40).

Actions and beliefs have consequences. If this call is not heeded, we, the undersigned, believe this will have eternal consequences on the Church, the public and the souls of those we are called to evangelize.

Copyright 2012 FortheSakeoftheGospel.com All Rights Reserved.

Permission is hereby granted to repost under the condition that a link is provided encouraging Christians to add their names as signers.

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End Notes:

1. By the term “cult” we DO NOT mean that individuals are involved in immoral or illegal behavior or the occult. The standard evangelical definition is best summarized by the following “A cult, then, is a group of people polarized around someone’s interpretation of the Bible and is characterized by major deviations from orthodox Christianity relative to the cardinal doctrines of the Christian faith, particularly the fact that God became man in Jesus Christ.” (Walter Martin, The Rise of the Cults, p. 12).

2. The eighth article of Faith of the Mormon Religion “We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.” Notice that doubt is only cast upon the Bible.

3. Second London Baptist Confession, 1689 Chapter 1, Article 2. Though creeds and confessions are cited in this document, please note that they are nothing more than a summary of Biblical theology and are therefore subordinate to the Bible. All of the signers believe the Bible alone is the Word of God.

4. “And I saw the stars, that they were very great, and that one of them was nearest unto the throne of God; and there were many great ones which were near unto it; And the Lord said unto me: These are the governing ones; and the name of the great one is Kolob, because it is near unto me, for I am the Lord thy God: I have set this one to govern all those which belong to the same order as that upon which thou standest.” (Book of Abraham 3:2-3)

“Kolob… signifies the first great grand governing fixed star which is the farthest that ever has been discovered by the fathers which was discovered by Methusela and also by Abraham.” (Joseph Smith – Mormon prophet, Book of Abraham translation working papers, Kirtland Egyptian Papers, Grammar p.34)

“Kolob… the planet nearest unto the habitation of the Eternal Father.” (Brigham Young – Mormon prophet, Ensign, November 1971)

“Thou longed, thou sighed and thou prayed to thy Father in heaven for the time to arrive when thou couldst come to this earth, which had fled and fallen from where it was first organised, near the planet Kolob.” (John Taylor – Mormon prophet Liahona, the Elder’s Journal, Vol. 5, No. 38, March 7, 1908)

“In this passage will be found the germ of that system of the construction and movement of planetary systems that make up the universe, set forth in the teachings of Joseph Smith. Here it may be seen that there are many great stars—the “governing ones,” near together, and from among them rises one pre-eminent in greatness—Kolob—which governs all the rest that are of the same order as that to which our solar system belongs.” (B. H. Roberts – Mormon apostle and LDS church historian A New Witness for God, p. 447)

5. Joseph Smith explained, “I am going to tell you how God came to be God. We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea, and take away the veil, so that you may see. He was once a man like us; yea, that God himself, the father of us all, dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ Himself did.” (LDS History of the Church, Vol. 6, p. 305).

“Remember that God, our heavenly Father, was perhaps once a child, and mortal like we ourselves, and rose step by step in the scale of progress, in the school of advancement; has moved forward and overcome, until He has arrived at the point where He now is.” (Orson Hyde – Mormon apostle, Journal of Discourses 1:123).

“But if God the Father was not always God, but came to his present exalted position by degrees of progress as indicated in the teachings of the prophet, how has there been a God from all eternity? The answer is that there has been and there now exists an endless line of Gods, stretching back into the eternities, that had no beginning and will have no end. Their existence runs parallel with endless duration, and their dominions are as limitless as boundless space.” (B. H. Roberts – Mormon apostle and LDS church historian, A New Witnesses for God 1:476).

6. “We shall go back to our Father and God, who is connected with one who is still farther back; and this Father is connected with one still further back, and so on.” (Heber C. Kimball – First Presidency Counselor, Journal of Discourses, 5:19).

God is an exalted man… The Prophet taught that our Father had a Father and so on.” (Joseph Fielding Smith – Mormon prophet, Doctrines of Salvation, 1:10,12).

7. Westminster Confession of Faith 2:1

8. “When our father Adam came into the garden of Eden, he came into it with a celestial body, and brought Eve, one of his wives, with him. He helped to make and organize this world. He is MICHAEL, the Archangel, the ANCIENT OF DAYS! about whom holy men have written and spoken – HE is our FATHER and our GOD, and the only God with whom WE have to do. Every man upon the earth, professing Christian or non-professing, must hear it, and will know it sooner or later… 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. And who is the Father? He is the first of the human family…” (Brigham Young – Mormon prophet April 9, 1852 – 22nd Annual General Conference, Journal of Discourses 1:50-51)

“Our Father begat all the spirits that were before any tabernacles were made. When our Father came into the Garden he came with his celestial body and brought one of his wives with him and ate of the fruit of the garden until he could begat a tabernacle. And Adam is Michael or God and all the God that we have any thing to do with.” (Wilford Woodruff – Mormon prophet, Diary – April 9, 1852).

“President Young followed and made many good remarks… He said that our God was Father Adam. He was the Father of the Savior Jesus Christ, our God was no more or less than ADAM, Michael the Archangel.” (Wilford Woodruff – Mormon prophet, Diary – February 19, 1854″

“Concerning the item of doctrine… that Adam is our Father and God…the Prophet and Apostle Brigham has declared it, and that is the word of the Lord.” (Franklin D. Richards – Mormon apostle, August 26, 1854, Millennial Star 16:534).

9. LDS Apostle Melvin Ballard explained that God has a wife: “For as we have a Father in heaven, so also we have a Mother there, a glorified, exalted, ennobled Mother.” (As quoted in Achieving a Celestial Marriage, LDS Church manual, 1976, p. 129)

“Logic and reason would certainly suggest that if we have a Father in Heaven, we have a Mother in Heaven. That doctrine rests well with me.” (Gordon Hinckley, “Daughters of God,” Ensign (Conference Edition), November 1991, p.100.)

10. “In bearing testimony of Jesus Christ, President Hinckley spoke of those outside the Church who say Latter-day Saints ‘do not believe in the traditional Christ.’ ‘No, I don’t. The traditional Christ of whom they speak is not the Christ of whom I speak. For the Christ of whom I speak has been revealed in this the Dispensation of the Fullness of Times. He together with His Father, appeared to the boy Joseph Smith in the year 1820, and when Joseph left the grove that day, he knew more of the nature of God than all the learned ministers of the gospel of the ages.’” (LDS Church News Week ending June 20, 1998, p. 7).

11. Milton R. Hunter, a member of the Mormon First Council of the Seventy (a Mormon General Authority), wrote, “The appointment of Jesus to be the Savior of the world was contested by one of the other sons of God. He was called Lucifer, son of the morning. Haughty, ambitious, and covetous of power and glory, this spirit-brother of Jesus desperately tried to become the Savior of mankind.” (The Gospel Through the Ages, p. 15).

12. Apostle George Q. Cannon wrote: “We are here to be tested and tried. There is a war between Satan and God. We are brethren and sisters of Satan as well as of Jesus. It may be startling doctrine to many to say this; but Satan is our brother. Jesus is our brother. We are the children of God. God begot us in the spirit in the eternal worlds. This fight that I speak of arose, as we are told, over the question as to how man should work out his earthly probation in a tabernacle of flesh and bones and obtain redemption. Satan differed from God, and he rebelled. We are told in the scriptures that he drew after him one third of the family of God. They thought his plan better than that of the Savior Jesus Christ. From that time until the present he has been struggling to destroy the plans of Jehovah, and to seduce the children of men—his brothers and sisters—from their allegiance to God.” (Apostle George Q. Cannon, March 11th, 1894, Collected Discourses, compiled by Brian Stuy, vol. 4, p. 23,)

13. Article II, Of the Word or Son of God, which was made very Man

14. Assistant to the Twelve Apostles Sterling W. Sill spoke of Adam’s fall: “Adam fell, but he fell in the right direction. He fell toward the goal…. Adam fell, but he fell upward.” (Deseret News, Church Section, 31 July 1965, p. 7).

“Properly understood, it becomes apparent that the fall of Adam is one of the greatest blessings ever given of God to mankind.” (Apostle Bruce R. McConkie, A New Witness for the Articles of Faith, p. 87).

15. “Here, then, is eternal life—to know the only wise and true God; and you have got to learn how to be gods yourselves, and to be kings and priests to God, the same as all gods have done before you, namely, by going from one small degree to another, and from a small capacity to a great one; from grace to grace, from exaltation to exaltation, until you attain to the resurrection of the dead, and are able to dwell in everlasting burnings, and to sit in glory, as do those who sit enthroned in everlasting power…” “What is it? To inherit the same power, the same glory and the same exaltation, until you arrive at the station of a god, and ascend the throne of eternal power, the same as those who have gone before.” (Joseph Smith – Mormonism founder, King Follett Sermon, Ensign, April 1971)

16. Lorenzo Snow, fifth prophet of the LDS Church exclaimed, “As man now is, God once was; as God now is, man may be.” (Ensign, February 1982, pp. 39-40).

17. “The Father has promised us that through our faithfulness we shall be blessed with the fullness of his kingdom. In other words we will have the privilege of becoming like him. To become like him we must have all the powers of godhood; thus a man and his wife when glorified will have spirit children who eventually will go on an earth like this one we are on and pass through the same kind of experiences, being subject to mortal conditions, and if faithful, then they also will receive the fullness of exaltation and partake of the same blessings. There is no end to this development; it will go on forever. We will become gods and have jurisdiction over worlds, and these worlds will be peopled by our own offspring. We will have an endless eternity for this.” (Doctrines of Salvation, Vol. 2, 48).

“God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man… I am going to tell you how God came to be God. We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea… He was once a man like us; yea, that God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth.” (Joseph Smith – Mormonism founder, Ensign, April 1971, p.13-14)

“He is our Father-the Father of our spirits, and was once a man in mortal flesh as we are, and is now an exalted Being. How many Gods there are, I do not know. But there never was a time when there were not Gods and worlds, and when men were not passing through the same ordeals that we are now passing through. ” (Brigham Young – Mormon prophet, Journal of Discourses 7:333)

18. According to the Mormon Apostle Bruce McConkie: “There is no salvation outside the Church of Jesus Christ of latter day Saints.“ (Bruce McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, Salt Lake City UT: Bookcraft 1977 p. 670)

The Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith explained: “You have got to learn how to be Gods yourselves, and to be kings and priests to God, the same as all Gods have done before you, namely by going from one small degree to another, and from a small capacity to a great one; from grace to grace . . . until you . . . are able to dwell in everlasting burnings, and to sit in glory, as do those who sit enthroned in everlasting power.” ( Teachings, pp. 346-47.); (Church Educational System, The Life and Teachings of Jesus and His Apostles, Course Manual, Section 1, “The Son of the Eternal Father.”)

Brigham Young, the second president and prophet of the Mormon church declared: “I can tell you how to save yourselves… By obedience to every requirement of the Gospel…. The Lord has sent forth his laws, commandments, and ordinances to the children of men, and requires them to be strictly obeyed.” (Journal of Discourses, vol. 13, p. 218). “Strict obedience to the truth will enable people to dwell in the presence of the Almighty.” (8:148) (same citation)

The 12th president prophet of the Mormon church Spencer W. Kimball said: “One of the most fallacious doctrines originated by Satan and propounded by man is that man is saved alone by the grace of God; that belief in Jesus Christ alone is all that is needed for salvation.” (Spencer W. Kimball, The Miracle of Forgiveness, Salt Lake City Utah: Bookcraft, 1989, p.207)

Joseph Fielding Smith the 10th president prophet of the Mormon church declared: “Mankind [is] damned by [the] ‘faith alone’ doctrine” and that “we must emphatically declare that man must obey these [gospel] laws if they would be saved.” Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, Volume 2, p. 139)

“For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.” (2 Nephi 25:23)

“We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.” (Article of Faith #3)

“No man or woman in this dispensation will ever enter into the celestial kingdom of God without the consent of Joseph Smith… every man and woman must have the certificate of Joseph Smith, junior, as a passport to their entrance into the mansion where God and Christ are.” (Brigham Young – Mormon prophet, Journal of Discourses 7:289)

“I tell you, Joseph holds the keys, and none of us can get into the celestial kingdom without passing by him… If brother Joseph is satisfied with you, you may pass. If it is all right with him, it is all right with me.” (Orson Hyde – Mormon apostle Journal of Discourses 6:154-155)

“Joseph Smith, the Prophet and Seer of the Lord, has done more, save Jesus only, for the salvation of men in this world, than any other man that ever lived in it.” (Doctrine and Covenants 135:3)

19. Article IV, Of Justification

20. Salvation by Faith by John Wesley (Sermon on 18th June 1738).

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From the statement: For the sake of the Gospel, we, the undersigned, call upon Christian leaders and their respective ministries and organizations, if you plan on endorsing Governor Mitt Romney for the office of President of the United States, do so by clearly and unequivocally distancing yourself and Biblical Christianity from his Mormon beliefs. We believe in the freedom of religion, the free exercise thereof, and the principles of a constitutional republic...it is not our intention with this call to bind the conscience of any individual by telling them how to vote. If an evangelical Christian chooses to vote for Mr. Romney (President Obama or any candidate), that is a decision between themselves and God. The purpose of this call to evangelical Christians and leaders is two-fold:

  1. To protect the purity and integrity of the Biblical Gospel.
  2. To seize the opportunity to educate the America Public and Christians to the fundamental differences between historic Christian faith and that of the Latter-day Saints (Mormons).

While social and political causes are a vital and important part of the Church’s responsibilities, we believe that our primary function as Christians, both collectively and individually, is to preach and defend the Lord Jesus and His Gospel, as He is defined in the Bible, and has been affirmed in the historic Christian Church, its Councils and Creeds. In our postmodern era, Christians are taught to believe that truth is relative and sincerity is more important than accuracy. However, we believe that the good news of the gospel – justification by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone – could be compromised if Mr. Romney receives unqualified public endorsements from Christian leaders, their ministries or organizations, thereby potentially confusing the evangelical Gospel with the soteriology (false gospel) of the Mormon Religion. It is our contention that the general population should not be left with any uncertainty whether the theological cult1 of which Mitt Romney is a faithful member, namely The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), and historic evangelical Christianity are one and the same faith. This we adamantly deny!

...it would be a serious theological error to equate Christianity with Mormonism simply based upon some common values. Since the Mormon religion was founded in the early part of the nineteenth-century, it has always been classified as a “theological cult” 1 by virtually every Bible-believing Christian denomination in the United States and the world. The reason they were given this “cult” label is based upon their theology. The doctrines espoused by this sect are not only unbiblical, but clearly anti-Christian.

I don't 100% agree with all wording chosen for this...I like what they have put together vs. the gospel compromise many Christian leaders have already engaged in by failing to distance themselves with qualfiers/caveats.

1 posted on 08/05/2012 4:35:50 PM PDT by Colofornian
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It is pretty straight forward for American Christians, pagans, unbelievers, etc. Vote for anyone other than the moronic Marxist imposter.

Do NOT complicate simple actions!

2 posted on 08/05/2012 4:40:44 PM PDT by texican01
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To: Colofornian

I'M STILL VOTING FOR ROMNEY!


3 posted on 08/05/2012 4:41:12 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Word Is Out,Harry Reid's Into Child Porn.Release All Your Photos,Harry!)
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Ah yes, the real reason for not supporting Mitt. Religious bigotry and hating Mitt more than you love your country.

Never mind the people across the country who have lost jobs. Never mind the families who have moved in with their parents in order to survive. Never mind peoples life savings dwindling down to nothing. Never mind the damage the Marxist Obama is doing to the institutions of this great country of ours. You sir are a disgrace. You are the evil one.


4 posted on 08/05/2012 4:46:45 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Colofornian

Obama supports your efforts to get him re-elected.


5 posted on 08/05/2012 4:52:36 PM PDT by Armaggedon
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These kooks/bigots make Mormons look good by comparison.


6 posted on 08/05/2012 4:56:33 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: Colofornian

This is hilarious! It reads as an act of desperation.

If your new breed of evangelical christian is fragile enough to confuse Mormonism with your brand of religion, you have bigger problems than a Romney candidacy. We have freedom of religion in this nation, but your screed does not read like it.

I see a big forced play here. What are you afraid of ? ? Perhaps you cannot stomach the idea of your faith being questioned. I smell fear throughout this screed.

Are you going to resurrect Tomas de Torquemada for your new inquisition?


7 posted on 08/05/2012 5:05:59 PM PDT by Loud Mime (Defeat Obama. Everything else is secondary)
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To: Colofornian; texican01; Parley Baer; Armaggedon; iowamark; All
Ah yes, the real reason for not supporting Mitt. Religious bigotry and hating Mitt more than you love your country.

Under no circumstances will I ever stand before my Maker and explain that because he was the lesser of two evils, I supported a baby-killing cultist who directly or through his organization proclaimed that:

  1. There are more gods than the one God revealed in the Bible.

  2. God is a glorified, perfected human being with a body of flesh and bone.

  3. God is polygamously married to dozens (at least) of wives, and spends eternity as a type of celestial stud engaged in endless copulation producing countless spirit babies.

  4. Jesus is the spirit brother of Lucifer.

  5. Jesus is the literal Son of God who was conceived through direct sexual intercourse between the Virgin Mary and God the Father -- or in other words, that God committed incest with his daughter Mary.

  6. A person is saved into heaven by virtue of their good works.

  7. A person must accept Joseph Smith in order to receive salvation.

  8. A person must pass in judgment before Joseph Smith before being admitted into Heaven.

  9. A person must believe in Prophet Lorenzo Snow's famous couplet: As man now is, God once was ... As God now is, Man may become

  10. A person must be sealed in a Masonic-based temple ceremony to his/her spouse for time and all eternity in order to become gods and goddesses ruling over their own planet.

  11. Non-whites are loathsome and cursed because of something they did or did not do in the dawn of pre-existence whereas people of European descent in general, and Mormons in particular, are white and delightsome and thus superior to minorities.

  12. Wives will only be resurrected after their husbands after he calls out their temple name from beyond the veil.

  13. Christianity ceased to exist after the death of the twelve apostles, to the point where all Christian Churches (especially the Baptists, Catholics, Methodists and Presbyterians) became an abomination in the eyes of the Lord.

  14. The Mormon Church is Christian.

Furthermore, I can't believe that any true Christian anywhere would ever contemplate supporting any candidate for any public office that espouses such horrible heretical and blasphemous doctrines -- be they Muslim, Mormon, or whatever.

In my case, if asked to uphold one cultist or the other, I will always support neither no matter what the cost or penalty.

8 posted on 08/05/2012 5:07:14 PM PDT by Zakeet (Liberalism - Ideas so good that you have to be forced to accept them)
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To: RaisingCain

More laughs. AND you bring up critical thinking? I do like the part where you claim that he’s lying about his future. Brilliant.

We are back to the core argument here: Are you a Satanist, Obama Fan, or just a person who does not understand philosophy?


10 posted on 08/05/2012 5:22:47 PM PDT by Loud Mime (Defeat Obama. Everything else is secondary)
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To: RaisingCain

More laughs. AND you bring up critical thinking? I do like the part where you claim that he’s lying about his future. Brilliant.

We are back to the core argument here: Are you a Satanist, Obama Fan, or just a person who does not understand philosophy?


11 posted on 08/05/2012 5:22:49 PM PDT by Loud Mime (Defeat Obama. Everything else is secondary)
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To: Colofornian

David Axelrod thanks you.


12 posted on 08/05/2012 5:23:08 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: Loud Mime; All
If your new breed of evangelical christian is fragile enough to confuse Mormonism with your brand of religion, you have bigger problems than a Romney candidacy.

If Romney himself thinks he's a Christian;
If the Lds church will spend dozens of $millions of PR/Marketing if Romney is elected to re-brand itself even more as "We're Christians";
If 40% of the American voters don't even know that Romney is Mormon;
And if Most Christians Have No Idea What Mormons Believe...
...Then, by all means, let's help the spiritually vulnerable vs. the "we don't care who we vote for 'cause, hey, we're heretics-in-their-personal lives crowd that pops up in various venues."

13 posted on 08/05/2012 5:30:56 PM PDT by Colofornian
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To: iowamark

(Thank you for stating your religious intolerance of this “call”)


14 posted on 08/05/2012 5:32:32 PM PDT by Colofornian
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To: iowamark
These kooks/bigots make Mormons look good by comparison.

They sure do. I think I'd rather have a mormon living next door than whoever wrote this stuff.

16 posted on 08/05/2012 5:36:13 PM PDT by Drew68 (I WILL vote to defeat Barack Hussein Obama!)
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To: OrangeHoof
"To: Colofornian

David Axelrod thanks you.

As do Valerie Jarrett, BHO, Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, Vlad Putin and hu Jintau. Why, there's enough hatred in his posts to bring Lenin himself to the inauguration party.

17 posted on 08/05/2012 5:37:30 PM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: Loud Mime
We are back to the core argument here: Are you a Satanist, Obama Fan, or just a person who does not understand philosophy?

St. Peter, to Romney bashers "You had a chance to fix your country, and you blew it. You are still making it in Heaven, but you left hell on earth for the others".

St. Peter, to Romney voters, "Though Mormon isn't my preferred religion, you did right by your country, and helped to keep Chritianity legal. Here's your robe".

18 posted on 08/05/2012 5:38:22 PM PDT by Jaidyn
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To: Colofornian

Dude—keep religion out of it. It just gives the other side more fodder. Just vote AGAINST 0bama and you got it made.


19 posted on 08/05/2012 5:51:08 PM PDT by TrueFact
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To: Parley Baer

So do you believe the pro-traditional marriage folks who supported Chick-Fil-A are haters of gay people? Because your logic is identical. Some of us would love to vote for the anti-Obama this November, and were eagerly hoping to do so. But we have now been confronted with a choice that pits our country’s needs against our God’s commands. This is not easy and we take no pleasure in the hardships of our countrymen. But would you have us deny our God just to save our skin? And if you would, may I suggest you might not understand our religion, or be very tolerant of it. It is called Biblical Christianity, and we have stood against entire empires to defend our principal loyalty, which is to Christ our only King. We would be delighted to help in November, and we will do all that we can. But the GOPe has chosen ... poorly, and we cannot give our support to a man who by his religion seeks to destroy faith in the one and only true God.


20 posted on 08/05/2012 5:53:43 PM PDT by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: Zakeet

I base my decision not to vote for Romney on my understanding of Scripture. Have you seen any believers who state a Scriptural reason for why they plan to vote for Romney?


21 posted on 08/05/2012 5:55:34 PM PDT by .45 Long Colt
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To: Parley Baer
Ah yes, the real reason for not supporting Mitt. Religious bigotry and hating Mitt more than you love your country.

Do you mind read for a living or is it just a hobby?

I can't speak for the others but I wouldn't vote for Romney if he renounced Mormonism today and truly embraced evangelical Christianity. Any Republican who adopts the policies of Nelson Rockefeller won't get my vote, whether he professes true Christianity or not. Of course, anyone with a reputation like Romney of being a major flip-flopper has immediate credibility issues and I'd be skeptical of any opportunistic conversion. Of course, for Mitt's sake and those who he might influence, I'd be thrilled to see such a conversion from total darkness to God's salvation.

22 posted on 08/05/2012 5:57:19 PM PDT by CommerceComet (Obama vs. Romney - clear evidence that our nation has been judged by God and found wanting.)
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To: Colofornian

You have two viable choices. You might wish you had more, but the plain fact is that you do not.

You are not going to have a mainstream Christian in the Oval Office come January. You are not. You may wish there was an alternative, but there is not.

Wake up and shut up about Romney’s weird religion. We’re not electing a spiritual leader.


23 posted on 08/05/2012 5:57:37 PM PDT by Jedidah
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To: texican01

Clearly we are under God’s judgment.

Left with the choice between a Marxist and an anti-christian pagan, I will vote for the pagan and fear for our future.


24 posted on 08/05/2012 5:58:39 PM PDT by Mrs.Z
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To: Springfield Reformer

“So do you believe the pro-traditional marriage folks who supported Chick-Fil-A are haters of gay people? Because your logic is identical”

The wife and I support the stance taken by Chick-Fil-A and made purchases last Wednesday. I am looking at all the issues from A-Z.


25 posted on 08/05/2012 6:04:41 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Mrs.Z

I too believe we are under judgment. Below is a comment I made about why I can’t vote for Romney from a few days ago.


I haven’t always thought about this the way I think today. I voted for John McCain and I regret it. He’s not an across the board conservative and I don’t believe he is a true born-again believer any more than Myth Romney is. I’m done voting for pagan men I don’t really support.

That said, I believe in Christian liberty and I’m not going to beat up on the many Christians who see this issue differently. I recognize I often don’t think as other Christians think. I live on a sparsely populated island.

If we look at the Old Testament standards for selecting overseers in Israel, Myth Romney doesn’t come close to meeting them because he’s a fundamentally dishonest man. Titus tells us an overseer must be above reproach. And I believe Romans 13:3-4 give Christians strong grounds to not vote for any non-Christian because Paul uses the same title for both civil authorities and Christian ministers.

3 For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; 4 for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.
(Romans 13:3-4 NASB)

With that passage in mind, I do not believe the Apostle Paul would have supported ministers for office about whom he had said “let them be accursed.” I think he would ask us, as he did the Corinthians, why we tolerate those who spread a false gospel and another Jesus (2 Corinthians 11:3-4).

From Matthew Poole’s (English theologian 1624-1679) commentary on this passage:

“That is the end of his office. And for this reason God hath invested in him with His authority. The Scripture applieth the same title to him that preacheth the Word, and to him that beareth the sword; both are God’s ministers, and there is one common end of their ministry, which is the good and welfare of mankind.“

Bible-believing Christians would never knowingly hire a non-Christian to minister to their church, so why are we so quick to support non-Christian ministers who “beareth the sword?”

I believe the biblical command is to do what is right and leave the results in His sovereign hands. The only reason I can find for a conservative to vote for Romney is fear of Obama because there is little commendable about Romney. Ultimately I fear the Lord, not men. My hope is in Him, not politicians. As the Psalmist said, “Do not trust in princes, In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation.” (Psalm 146:3)

Christians must recognize Obama is where he is because our sovereign Lord put him there. Since I can’t know the mind of God, I can only guess what He is up to. Obama may be a rod in God’ hand, much like Assyria in Isaiah 10. Isaiah tells us that God used Assyria to punish Israel, so maybe God is using Obama to punish America. Or more specifically, maybe He is using Obama to punish Christians in America for our unfaithfulness. We can take heart in the knowledge that God will eventually deal with Obama and all other malevolent tyrants. Even though Assyria was the rod in God’s hand, He pronounced judgment and woe on them for their evil against His chosen people, Israel.

“When the Lord has finished all his work against Mount Zion and Jerusalem, he will say, “I will punish the king of Assyria for the willful pride of his heart and the haughty look in his eyes.” (Isaiah 10:12)

Once the Lord was finished with His work against Israel, Assyria got what was coming to it, and one day, so will Barack Hussein Obama.


26 posted on 08/05/2012 6:05:23 PM PDT by .45 Long Colt
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To: .45 Long Colt

Throughout history, the Lord has used imperfect men to accomplish His purposes.

Please go read Judges and Kings. Look at the flaws of those he chose to lead his people. Ponder what the Maker has in mind for this nation.

Scripture is clear that He puts into power whoever he wants. We must pray that on November He gives us the leader we need, not the one we deserve.


27 posted on 08/05/2012 6:06:59 PM PDT by Jedidah
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To: .45 Long Colt; Colofornian
Have you seen any believers who state a Scriptural reason for why they plan to vote for Romney?

Not a single one ... and I've seen hundreds if not thousands of these types of replies.

Colofornian has dealt with far more of this I'm for the lesser of two evils no matter what the spiritual consequences for my country and my soul garbage. Perhaps she has seen a biblical reason justifying the support of an anti-Christian cultist. If so, perhaps she would be kind enough to share it with us.

28 posted on 08/05/2012 6:07:49 PM PDT by Zakeet (Liberalism - Ideas so good that you have to be forced to accept them)
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To: Jedidah

Any man He uses is by definition an imperfect sinner, so I agree with your first sentence, but can you give me Scripture supporting a Christian voting for the Mormon bishop Romney?


29 posted on 08/05/2012 6:13:09 PM PDT by .45 Long Colt
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To: Jedidah; .45 Long Colt
Throughout history, the Lord has used imperfect men to accomplish His purposes.

Is that what you call a man who unconstitutionally implemented Gay Marriage in MA and to this day still supports the Gay Agenda?
30 posted on 08/05/2012 6:25:27 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency.)
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To: Colofornian

Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. Thomas Jefferson

He didn’t say you had to be of the same religion or belief just be able to recognize a tyrant. If you can’t recognize a tyrant I doubt you can recognize a Christian or anything else. Just your own group...


31 posted on 08/05/2012 6:50:20 PM PDT by A Strict Constructionist (We're an Oligrachy...Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Jedidah
Funny - I was just reading Daniel 1 the other day:

1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. 2 And the Lord delivered Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, along with some of the articles from the temple of God.

Sadly, I believe God put Obama there for the wicked desires of the people. Mitt is not my spiritual leader, guidance, etc. I will pray for him as any person put in authority.

As far as this article, people here aren't reading what they said - they're NOT looking for agreement with Romney, the point they ARE making is IF and WHEN Christian leaders DO endorse Romney, make VERY CLEAR to the world that you're NOT endorsing his religion, but as someone with better morals* and traditional American principles than ZERO.
32 posted on 08/05/2012 6:50:44 PM PDT by time4good
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To: Colofornian

Romney got the nomination through a valid, fair, democratic process. He’s not my first, second or third choice. As a matter of fact, he’s about my second to last choice. A long time ago I grew up. I accept that sometimes (often) I’ll be in the minority politically. I am now but I’ll be voting for Romney because it’s marginally better for my country if the leftist stooge that has the job now gets booted out of office.


33 posted on 08/05/2012 6:54:19 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Legalize Freedom!!)
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To: Jedidah

“You have two viable choices. You might wish you had more, but the plain fact is that you do not.”

I read that there are over 200 people running for POTUS this go round... Your view that the two who believe in false gods are the only choice is false. Will one of the idolaters win? In all likelihood.

The problem isn’t just Zero. It is the wing of the GOPe that thinks like Willard and is ready to follow him to a gay future that is the problem.

Some of us will be voting for all the conservatives we can on our ballots.


34 posted on 08/05/2012 6:59:06 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion ("I'm comfortable with a Romney win." - Pres. Jimmy Carter)
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To: Jedidah

“Ponder what the Maker has in mind for this nation.”

Judgement, if He is to be fair to nations like Sodom, that He judged severely...


35 posted on 08/05/2012 7:00:53 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion ("I'm comfortable with a Romney win." - Pres. Jimmy Carter)
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To: Loud Mime; AnAmericanMother
Are you going to resurrect Tomas de Torquemada for your new inquisition?

What's the problem?

36 posted on 08/05/2012 7:09:55 PM PDT by aposiopetic
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To: Zakeet
>> In my case, if asked to uphold one cultist or the other, I will always support neither no matter what the cost or penalty. <<


Good thing the "Christian" Woodrow Wilson (a socialist) beat that Unitarian cultist William Howard Taft (a conservative)!

38 posted on 08/05/2012 7:33:02 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: Zakeet

OK ..... So instead of supporting a Mormon, Try explaining to God how you supported:

The subjection of the Holy Bible to the Non-Biblical Nicene Creeds which was in-part politically dictated by a non-baptised Roman Emperor in 325 A.D. and coerced on the Bishops by threat of banishment.

Of course, after the Nicene Creed was on its way out to the junkyard of History a Christian Apostate Emperor by the name of Justin the Apostate brought it back to create a fission in the expanding non-Nicene Christianity in hopes of restoring paganism. And of course, the Nicene Creed finally triumphed on threat of death by Emperor Theodosius II. By the way, God who historically rewarded a nation for righteousness, unexpectedly held his hand and 600 years of dominance of the Roman Empire fell immediately after Theodosius’s treachery.

Of course, I could go into the weak underpinning of the Creed, and how it contradicts the vast amount of evidence in the Bible ..... but, no.

You just tell yourself that your obeying God by not sustaining a Latter Day Saint .... while you in full conscience perpetuate a biblical and religious fraud just because it’s 1687 years old.

I’m sure God will find your answer troubling and hypochrytical.

Or you could be the Christian that you say you are and do as Christ teaches by pulling the 2x4 beam out of your own eye, before you try pull the sliver out of Mitt Romneys!


39 posted on 08/05/2012 7:35:16 PM PDT by teppe (... for my God ... for my Family ... for my Country)
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To: texican01

There are two choices: a Marxist Kenyan, sarcastic and mean, who will CRAM change down our throats and ignore the Constitution when/ if it gets in his way; a good, honorable man who has great business sense, a terrific business record, a good marriage, good character — but happens to not believe the exact same thing I believe.

Gee, I am so confused .... NOT.


40 posted on 08/05/2012 7:36:38 PM PDT by bboop (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? St. Augustine)
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To: Colofornian

You really have to stop drinking out of puddles


41 posted on 08/05/2012 7:40:46 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Legalize Freedom!!)
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To: .45 Long Colt
>> but can you give me Scripture supporting a Christian voting for the Mormon bishop Romney? <<

I confess that I cannot. Shockingly, I also cannot find Scripture supporting the eating of Doritos for a snack food, because Doritos, like Mormons, didn't exist 2000 years ago when scripture was written. Yet I have no problem eating Doritos or voting for Mormons, despite not having explicit permission in the bible to do either. Imagine that.

42 posted on 08/05/2012 7:41:03 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: .45 Long Colt

I can’t give you scripture for voting, period.

It’s a right we treasure, but not one ordained of God. That’s not to say He opposes our participation in government, for I truly believe he blessed our nation with freedom. I intend to vote, but I intend to pray harder.

My vote will go to Romney, because Obama is demonstrably evil and also adheres to a twisted religion.

We are electing a President, not a spiritual leader.


44 posted on 08/05/2012 7:49:20 PM PDT by Jedidah
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To: SoConPubbie

Please read the Old Testament history of God’s relationship with the Israelites, particularly Judges and the books of the Kings.

The leaders and the outside forces that He chooses are sometimes used to discipline an errant and unfaithful society.


45 posted on 08/05/2012 7:53:05 PM PDT by Jedidah
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To: Colofornian
I'm voting for the real Christian in this election.

Check him out!

Accept no substitutes!

46 posted on 08/05/2012 7:53:46 PM PDT by Tau Food (Tom Hoefling for President - 2012)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

I did not say that you have only two choices.

I said you have only two VIABLE choices.

Sadly, you can waste your vote on a fringe candidate if you choose.


47 posted on 08/05/2012 7:56:18 PM PDT by Jedidah
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To: Colofornian

As far as religions go: I never heard of a Mormon killing anyone in the name of the Mormon religion. I can’t conceive an honor killing in the Osmond family. Yet the president bends over backwards for Muslims.


49 posted on 08/05/2012 8:09:14 PM PDT by o-n-money
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To: Colofornian

Is Mormonism a Christian Denomination?
http://catholiclane.com/is-mormonism-a-christian-denomination


50 posted on 08/05/2012 8:10:51 PM PDT by jacknhoo (Luke 12:51. Think ye, that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, no; but separation.)
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