Skip to comments.Evangelicals: Mitt Romney hit right note
Posted on 05/12/2012 3:38:57 PM PDT by svxdave
LYNCHBURG, Va. Evangelical leaders praised Mitt Romneys speech today at Liberty University, saying that the Mormon candidate was right to acknowledge his religious differences with other Christian voters.
It was an acknowledgment that the issues that social conservatives and evangelicals care about are important issues to Gov. Romney and as he sees them [as] part of a successful economic platform for the country, said Family Research Council President Tony Perkins.
Perkins added that there wasnt anything the presumptive GOP presidential nominee who many evangelical voters regarded with skepticism during the primary while backing Rick Santorum should have done differently. And he pointed to the huge opportunity created for Romney by President Barack Obamas endorsement of same-sex marriage this week (Romney opposes gay marriage).
I think he touched on the key issues that are important to social conservatives. He mentioned Rick Santorum and Ricks emphasis and the need to have the family and the ties to economic success. (See also: 10 essential facts about Liberty U.)
Regarding Romneys acknowledgement that Mormonism differs from other Christian faiths in certain ways, Perkins said the candidate was correct to tackle the issue.
That was what he needed to do, was to acknowledge that there are theological differences between him and evangelicals, Perkins said.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0512/76233.html#ixzz1uhJgxVy5
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Mormons ARE NOT Christians. They do not believe in the Deity of Jesus Christ. They do not believe He is the Son of God. They believe He was the brother of Satan. Thus, don't call them Christians.
No morman vote here....
A political marriage. What could go wrong?
So is gay adoption a Christian or a Mormon thing?
Question: "What is Mormonism? What do Mormons believe?"
Answer: The Mormon religion (Mormonism), whose followers are known as Mormons and Latter Day Saints (LDS), was founded less than two hundred years ago by a man named Joseph Smith. He claimed to have received a personal visit from God the Father and Jesus Christ who told him that all churches and their creeds were an abomination. Joseph Smith then set out to begin a brand-new religion that claims to be the only true church on earth. The problem with Mormonism is that it contradicts, modifies, and expands on the Bible. Christians have no reason to believe that the Bible is not true and adequate. To truly believe in and trust God means to believe in His Word, and all Scripture is inspired by God, which means it comes from Him (2 Timothy 3:16).
Mormons believe that there are in fact four sources of divinely inspired words, not just one: 1) The Bible as far as it is translated correctly. Which verses are considered incorrectly translated is not always made clear. 2) The Book of Mormon, which was translated by Smith and published in 1830. Smith claimed it is the most correct book on earth and that a person can get closer to God by following its precepts than by any other book. 3) The Doctrine and Covenants, containing a collection of modern revelations regarding the Church of Jesus Christ as it has been restored. 4) The Pearl of the Great Price, which is considered by Mormons to clarify doctrines and teachings that were lost from the Bible and adds its own information about the earth's creation.
Mormons believe the following about God: He has not always been the Supreme Being of the universe, but attained that status through righteous living and persistent effort. They believe God the Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as mans. Though abandoned by modern Mormon leaders, Brigham Young taught that Adam actually was God and the father of Jesus Christ. In contrast, Christians know this about God: there is only one true God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10; 44:6-8), He always has existed and always will exist (Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalm 90:2; 1 Timothy 1:17), and He was not created but is the Creator (Genesis 1, Psalm 24:1; Isaiah 37:16). He is perfect, and no one else is equal to Him (Psalm 86:8; Isaiah 40:25). God the Father is not a man, nor was He ever (Numbers 23:19; 1 Samuel 15:29; Hosea 11:9). He is Spirit (John 4:24), and Spirit is not made of flesh and bone (Luke 24:39).
Mormons believe that there are different levels or kingdoms in the afterlife: the celestial kingdom, the terrestrial kingdom, the telestial kingdom, and outer darkness. Where mankind will end up depends on what they believe and do in this life. In contrast, the Bible tells us that after death, we go to heaven or hell based on whether or not we had faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. To be absent from our bodies means, as believers, we are with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:6-8). Unbelievers are sent to hell or the place of the dead (Luke 16:22-23). When Jesus comes the second time, we will receive new bodies (1 Corinthians 15:50-54). There will be a new heaven and new earth for believers (Revelation 21:1), and unbelievers will be thrown into an everlasting lake of fire (Revelation 20:11-15). There is no second chance for redemption after death (Hebrews 9:27).
Mormon leaders have taught that Jesus incarnation was the result of a physical relationship between God the Father and Mary. Mormons believe Jesus is a god, but that any human can also become a god. Mormonism teaches that salvation can be earned by a combination of faith and good works. Contrary to this, Christians historically have taught that no one can achieve the status of Godonly He is holy (1 Samuel 2:2). We can only be made holy in God's sight through faith in Him (1 Corinthians 1:2). Jesus is the only begotten Son of God (John 3:16), is the only one ever to have lived a sinless, blameless life, and now has the highest place of honor in heaven (Hebrews 7:26). Jesus and God are one in essence, Jesus being the only One existing before physical birth (John 1:1-8; 8:56). Jesus gave Himself to us as a sacrifice, God raised Him from the dead, and one day everyone will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Philippians 2:6-11). Jesus tells us it is impossible to get to heaven by our own works and that only by faith in Him is it possible (Matthew 19:26). We all deserve eternal punishment for our sins, but God's infinite love and grace have allowed us a way out. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23).
Clearly, there is only one way to receive salvation and that is to know God and His Son, Jesus (John 17:3). It is not done by works, but by faith (Romans 1:17; 3:28). We can receive this gift no matter who we are or what we have done (Romans 3:22). Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12).
Although Mormons are usually friendly, loving, and kind people, they are deceived by a false religion that distorts the nature of God, the Person of Jesus Christ, and the means of salvation.
from Bible questions answered.com
Help me understand. Romney is not a Christian and Obama is? I heard Obama say he supported gay marriage BECAUSE he was a Christian.
Romney did a great job today.
He praised God and Christianity and never explicitly claimed that the LDSers are Christian.
The text was masterfully crafted.
Apparently no one informed them this is not 1st commandment compliant! Probably because they've never read Exodus either.
Whatever one’s complaints are about Mormonism, the two facts that are immutable here are that 1) the next President will be either Obama or Romney, and 2) Romney is a Mormon.
If one truly wants Obama to win then there you go.
If one wants Romney to beat Obama then it was a good speech.
I’ve agreed with you a lot lately, rogue yam.
I like your name. Does it have any specific meaning? Who couldn’t like a rogue yam?!
As long as you can forget everything he has actually done in office and his stands last year and the year before that and...
One speech sure makes a huge difference. lol.
“No morman vote here....”
I’d vote for a conservative, pro-life, pro-freedom one.
Willard Mitt Romney ain’t it though. Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter were more conservative as governors.
So he's a socialist that can write.
There is a lot of campaigning and a lot of speeches between now and November.
Sure does SAY the right things now that he’s a reborn again hard as nails Reagan conservative running for president. ROFLOL!!
Yup. Masterfully crafted.
It sad to see how many have chosen to do the democrat thing and simply ignore reality. Apparently if we don’t talk about them, the Mitt problems don’t exist.
Its like trying to talk with the OWS crowd.
Romney’s “Don’t Check the Record Tour 1012” continues.
He was one of the most pro-gay (including pushing homosexual youth issues), pro-abortion and everything else Governors in history.
How can we ever take the Family Research Council seriously ever again?
Sure does say the right things to win governorship in one of the most liberal (gay friendly) states in the union when he is a newborn socialist liberal.
“many evangelical voters regarded with skepticism” I have a feeling Obama’s “coming out party” this week changed that situation.
The man is to the left of Bill Clinton.
Oversimplification, but most “evangelicals” are simply the GOP at prayer while most liberal churches are the DemocRATS at navel-gazing.
You say you'd rather have a commie muslim in the whitehouse? Mind telling us why??
Well, you know JimRob, I have never said and would never say that Romney is anything other than a cynical shape-shifter whose true agenda is known only to his innermost circle of co-religionists.
I’m just opining that he’s getting good at it.
Man oh man. Religious bigotry on full display in this thread.
And he cannot defeat an incumbent who is left of Bill Clinton.
I agree with you. Obama is working to destroy the country by destroying the family unit. America must return to the “culture” of the family headed by a mother and a father. The destruction of the American family by secular, liberal Democrats cannot be allowed to accomplish its evil task. These “dirt bag” politicians, Obama included, have destoyed the American Black family unit, have embraced the Gay Community life style, and have made millions dependent on government handouts to survive. No nation can endure for long with these conditions. Romney is right on!!! ABO = Anybody but Obama!!!
And to think I never have given his religion an effort of concern.
I couldn't care less.
I still won't vote for him because he is a lying socialist liberal snake!
its sad to see the GOP move so far away from its base
I have never seen a prophet post before. So, you can tell who is and who is not a Christian? Wow.
The beginning of the end of the GOP.
Without principle of conviction no political entity can maintain power in a free nation.
Yes, Romney always does a great job telling people what they want to hear.....then he will speak to a different audience the next day, and do a 180. It’s his thing. And people fall for it. Over....and over....and over.....
I am an evangelical, I am an ordained pastor, retired. And I am not voting for him.
Voting for Virgil Goode and the Constitution party.
No more holding my nose and voting for the establishment RINO
Pope John II believed that he knew (not "who" was christian) but that Mormonism is not a Christian religion.
When the GOP candidates are almost as leftist as the Dems, elections lose any meaning. Really, what exactly would be the point of having an opposition party that agrees with the other party 90% of the time?
Obama said Jesus Christ influenced him to support gay marriage. No Christian would say such a thing.
And we are there already with the POTUS elections this year.
So, calling a non-Christian religion what it is, is bigotry? Does that mean we have to start saying Wiccans are Christians now?
As a Bishop, he is the highest ranking church official to ever be in this position, it is believed that he will continue to rise within the religion, and could some day be it's Pope, it's Prophet, he will become God at some point, as his religion and it's leaders inform him.
Romney first sought a meeting to request permission from his Prophet, before initiating his Presidential run in 2005.
Obama is no Christian, never has been. Muslim, American hater would be a more apt and accurate description of the son of the Devil himself, Barack Hussein Obama. America, time to wake up and flush this flim/flam, incompetent Obama down the toilet into permanent political obscurity. And....Obama, take your wife Michelle with you.
I'm surprised that you think you are qualified to judge this. Most of us sinners are not.
Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada, the majority leader of the U.S. Senate, was elected to his fifth term and has served since 1986.
Now in his sixth term as Utah’s senator, Orrin Hatch was first elected in 1976. He is the former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
LDS members of the U.S. Senate
Other Latter-day Saint senators include:
Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, elected in 1998.
Newly elected Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah.
Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, elected in 2008.
LDS members of the U.S. House
Latter-day Saints serving in the U.S. House of Representatives include:
Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, elected in 2002.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, elected in 2008.
Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., elected in 2000.
Rep. Dean Heller, R-Nevada, elected in 2006.
Rep. Wally Herger, R-Calif., elected in 1986.
Newly elected Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho.
Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, elected in 2000.
Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., elected in 1992.
Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, elected in 1998.
Rep. Eni Faleomavaega, D-American Samoa, is one of five territorial representatives in the House. He is in his 13th term as American Samoa’s nonvoting delegate.
See post 40.
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