Mitt’s church shares Judeo-Christian American values. Rev. Wright’s does not.

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Of cults and Christians

This religious right Southern Baptist Christian gamecock from South Carolina now perched atop his Stone Mountain of Georgia roost was an early supporter of Mitt Romney in 2008 and thinks he would be a great president beginning in 2013.

Yet, Romney’s Mormon Church was founded precisely because its adherents disagreed with Protestants and Catholics on the doctrine of the nature of Christ (among many other doctrines) and specifically rejected being identified as part of traditional “Christianity”.

Moreover, one of the traditional definitions of a “cult”, before its modern day association with extreme and usually violent behavior after the Jim Jones group suicide, is that it adds to the canon. The Book of Mormon adds to the canon of traditional Christianity.

How could a Southern Baptist support a “non-Christian” for President of the United States?

Could it be because Mitt famously declared in 2007 that Jesus Christ is his “personal Savior”? No.

Many Democratic Party candidates make such declarations and attend churches that don’t add to the canon. Yet, many don’t share traditional Judeo-Christian values and/or most don’t favor conservative principles and support such policies based on same that work.

I don’t read hearts. That’s God’s job. I accept the word of Mitt Romney that he responded to John 3:16 like I have. To be a Christian in the sense of sharing eternal life, I accept him as my brother in Christ. One need not agree on theology to be saved. That is an individual matter.

But for an organized church to be lumped in with “Christian” churches, one has to look at the confession of the church and on that score, the Mormon Church is not Christian. And it is only in recent years that some lay Mormons have wanted to be labeled as such. Simply venerating Jesus “in some way” does not make up for adding to the canon and taking a radically different view of the nature of Christ. After all, Islam venerates Jesus in their texts. Must Muslims also be called Christians? Of course not.

I switched to Fred Thompson in 2008 and presently lean to Herman Cain or Rick Perry, whose Christian pastor friend’s recent ruminations on the above issues prompted this column. But my relative problems with Mitt visa vis other GOP candidates has nothing to do with his faith or church. It has to do with issue positions and trust on certain issues. That’s me and there are many like me down here in Dixie.

There are also many Republicans that, all things being equal, would choose a Christian candidate over a Mormon in the primary. But in the general election, they would happily vote for Mitt over a Christian that parked his butt in a pew at the feet of Reverend Jeremiah Hate KKK America Wright for 20 years and that, more significantly, wrecked the economy for the past 4 years.

It is liberals that are bigoted against Mormons and quite frankly, I have heard many conservative Christians often say that Mormons “are better Christians than Christians” based on their good raising of children and moral behavior.

I disagree with Mitt on some issues and don’t like politicians in general. But I respect him as a moral and competent man that would make us proud as the Chief Executive of these United States.

Mike DeVine

Editor – Hillbilly Politics

Co-Founder and Editor – Political Daily

Atlanta Law & Politics columnist –  Examiner.com

“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson

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A trial lawyer for two decades in South Carolina; owner of Ati Vista LLC since 2002 now associated with Lupa Law Firm; VP & Counsel for Buddy Allen Roofing & Construction Inc. since 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia; and a freelance writer, DeVine was the conservative voice of the Charlotte Observer from 2006-8 and has been the owner of HillbillyPolitics.com since 2009.
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bobmontgomery
October 8, 2011 10:38 am

Is it lonely up there on the high road, GC?

pilgrim
Editor
October 8, 2011 10:45 am

Excellent defense of Mitt. I do not like what the Dallas pastor said, but I have no reason to believe that Perry thinks the same way about Mitt. If the current crop of Rs are going to look presidential they are going to need to stick to attacking a policy difference as it applies to being President instead of snipes on what church they attend and how they would have been a different state Governor.

azaeroprof
October 8, 2011 12:17 pm

GC, I pretty much agree 100% with your post. Romney is 3rd or 4th on my list right now, but I would fully support him as the nominee without regard to his religion. I do believe he is a moral man; my problem is with the solidity of his positions. I agree that LDS is not a true “Christian” religion. Your explanation for that is dead-on. But the worst of it is indeed the weird origins, what with the Disappearing Golden Tablets and the Magic Decoder Stones of Joseph Smith, along with his violent fight and death. These actually fit… Read more »

cactusjack
cactusjack
October 8, 2011 1:02 pm

We must all, LDS, Baptist, Catholic, be careful not to fall into a trap here that the Dems are rubbing their hands with glee anticipating we political conservatives from many religious backgrounds (particularly Evangelicals) fall into. Every diversion by conservatives into the “non mainstream” religious beliefs of Mitt Romney, give the Dems now the only real hope they’ve had in the last year that Obama will see a second term as conservatives eat their own and Evangelicals stay home from voting fearing to put Romney in the WH . The fine doctrinal point at the core of the minister’s comments… Read more »

EastBayLarry
October 8, 2011 2:24 pm

The Demarxists are just trying to develop yet another ‘us against them’ scenario to further divide and conquer the ‘religious right’.
I hope most Conservatives see through this easily.

Lady Penguin
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October 8, 2011 2:48 pm

As a Greek Orthodox/Catholic, looking at all the Protestant sects, but still accepting them as Christian, has tended to be my wont. I understand that the Mormons are seen differently from other Protestant denominations. Not a theologist, so really can’t speak to that. I can speak to the idea that the candidate I choose to vote for must be a moral person (as close I guess to Judaic-Christian precepts that we can get.) IOW, principles that they do and will adhere to. Yes, it is two different universes between what Rev. Wright offers, and the Mormon faith. That said, I’ve… Read more »

JadedByPolitics
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October 8, 2011 3:39 pm

The bottom line for me on this who is or is not a Religious person is simply that I do not believe that God or Jesus or the bible says for ANYONE to sit in judgement of another as a matter of fact, I believe the bible pretty much wants a person to be humble, which is severely lacking in a lot of “Christian” leaders today.

nessa
Editor
October 8, 2011 3:43 pm

Great Dispatch GC, you started out making me question you, then question myself, all while questioning my detestation of Romney and his fellow Democrat Lite RINOs. It made me think. I enjoy thinking about things, unlike so many vociferous idiots these days. I won’t fault the man for being Mormon, only for being a RINO. He represents the Establishment Wing of the GOP and it is their leadership which has brout “The Grand Old Party” to the point of being Democrat Lite by pushing their “Same Big Government Taste, Less Encroaching.” Bullsh*t! Remove religion from the picture, Mitt still needs… Read more »

Rogue
October 10, 2011 5:34 pm

I detest Romney for his dishonesty and political pandering. I doubt I will hold my nose and vote if he is the nominee. On the issue of Mormons being Christian on the other hand I have a significant portion of the family that are practicing Mormons who also claim to be Christians. I attended a Mormon church as a youngster and seminary as a teenager. Just an FYI on why Mormons are not Christians. First, if I said I was a Bruce Lee disciple but weighed 400 pounds, knew no martial arts moves and fled at the first sign of… Read more »