Skip to comments.Mormonism and the presidency
Posted on 10/12/2011 5:06:14 PM PDT by ReformationFan
Does Mitt Romney, an elder and former missionary of the Mormon Church, believe he will one day be a god ... equal to Jesus ... ruling his own planet? Does he agree with Mormon teaching that Jesus and Satan are brothers? That America is the Promised Land where Jesus will return one day to rule from the Garden of Eden, which Mormons believe to be Jackson County, Missouri? And do American voters have the right to know this?
When Barack Obama was running for president, he assured us he was a Christian. Pastor Rick Warren brought Candidate Obama to his mega-church and questioned him before a national audience. Obama's answers seemed to satisfy and with Warren's blessing, he proceeded to campaign. Never mind he sat for 20 years under a pastor who fumed Christian apostasy. Dr. Jeremiah Wright preached anti-Semitism, embraced homosexuality and abortion, and practiced open promiscuity. Obama and his family were mentored by Pastor Wright, but Obama said he was a Christian and that, in the minds of those who wanted to support him, made it so.
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Why does it matter?
We aren’t electing a Pastor in chief, and we’re not a theocracy. While we have a proud tradition of being founded on Judeo Christian values, we have a secular government.
I have many concerns about Romney as people express here, but I would oppose Mitt based on those issues, not on his religion.
“by their works shall ye know them.” i will judge him by how he treats others.
I think a candidate’s religious beliefs do matter for a couple of reasons. First, it provides insight into their discernment. For example, if a candidate really believed in Scientology, most people would seriously question the judgement of that candidate. Some people believe the claims of Mormonism are as ludicrous as Scientology, so the judgement of a Mormon candidate would be questioned by them. Also, if a follower of a false religion, like Mormonism, were to become President it would be a significant marketing boost for that false religion. From a political standpoint, that wouldn’t matter much, but from a spiritual standpoint, it could further confuse others into thinking Mormonism is spiritually true.
ReformationFan .... I’m LDS .... and I think you are full of Hog Wash!
Show me one scripture in the Bible, Book of Mormon, D&C, or PofGP that enshrines you Rabid Anti-LDS Phobia!
You and your Ilk show yourself to be of similar mind as the Pharisees that Our Lord continually identified as hypocrites. Ever seeking to distort, contort, and deceive to satisfy your arrogance.
If you feel the overwhelming compulsion to remove the sliver(mote)from my eye .... please start by taking the 2x4(beam) from your own.
I believe with all my heart that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior, and that He is the literal and only begotten Son of our Heavenly Father. I also believe that through repentance, baptism, and receipt of the Holy Ghost, and dedication to Christ’s Service, it is possible for Jesus Christ to erase my sins so that I may enter the Kingdom of God the Father, where no unclean thing can either enter or endure.
Mitt Romney is free to practice Mormonism. And he is free to run for President of the United States. But he should not be free from answering questions about what he actually believes.I agree with that, and wish he would deal with what, if anything, the doctrinal issues -- those most often raised by those who oppose his candidacy on the basis of his Mormonism -- have anything to do with whether he should become the President. My views are further explained here.
I consider Governor Romney a RINO, and there are other candidates I prefer. If he becomes the nominee, however, I shall support him as best I can and vote for him; the alternative is probably the reelection of President Obama.
You have at least chosen wisely should he be the nominee.
There are many I fear that do not share your wisdom. OTOH,
the last election we were saddled with another RINO who did
not beat Mr Obama. Hopefully there will be a more conservative
nominee who can win the day.
He will not win over the evangelical vote, especially when the rats start digging deep into the Mormon doctrine. That’s why Mitt needs to stay left of right.
Why all this drumbeat on FR, even, about Romney’s Mormonism? That is the absolutely least relevant input into a Romney Presidency. His real negatives dwarf his religion to the point that the religion should by utterly invisible in the shadow of Socialized Medicine, Amnesty, Globalwarmingism, et al, and etc. His Mormonism should be an asset. Whatever you think of the basis of Mormon social values, they maintain what are thoroughly conservative Christian values better than any other religious group in America. Of course in Romney’s case those religious values seem to have no influence whatever on his actions as a politician and, so far, governor.
****That America is the Promised Land where Jesus will return one day to rule from the Garden of Eden, which Mormons believe to be Jackson County, Missouri? And do American voters have the right to know this?****
***And I think you are full of Hog Wash!***
I sat in a Mormon class in a Mormon (LDS)church and the teacher specificly said that when Jesus returns to the earth, all the LDS will then return to Jackson County, Missouri.
How can it be hog wash when it came from the Mormon teacher’s mouth! No one in the class of LDS believers said he was in error. NOT ONE!
Ir the election comes to a choice between Romney and and the kenyan, at lesast Romney will not be the “lesser of two evils.”
Do you believe that one day you will be a god ruling your own planet?
Just wondering, cause I dont want anybody that thinks they will someday be a god, ruling from a presidential position. That would be down right dangerous.
I prefer true humility to indignation and self rightiousness in the ultimate servant of the people.
I believe with all my heart that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior, and that He is the literal and only begotten Son of our Heavenly Father.
Yes most of us in these threads understand how you believe that the mormon jesus is the literal son of the mormon god...
through a literal physical sex act between the mormon god and the mormnin Mary...
However the Christian Bible does not teach us that...
The Virgin Mary was just that a VIRGIN...until AFTER she gave birth to the LORD Jesus Christ...
Mary never had sex with man nor mormon god in order to conceive the baby Jesus...
Mormonism is NOT Christianity
I also believe that through repentance, baptism, and receipt of the Holy Ghost, and dedication to Christs Service, it is possible for Jesus Christ to erase my sins
Im sure the Christians in this thread will agree that that statement is not about the LORD Jesus Christ of the Christian Bible...
TeePee nearly 2000 years before you were ever born the LORD Jesus Christ shed His Blood on the Cross to save you and died in your place...
When Jesus said back then “IT IS FINISHED” it was...
On the Cross He did all the work that was ever going to be necessary not only “to erase your sins” but also to forgive you those sins...
Jesus died in your place for the death penalty of the sins and sinful inheritance you were born into..
BTW the thief on the other cross never received the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues nor was he baptised in water but he was still gloriously saved and went to Heaven...
DanMiller, I think you evince a thoughtful and balanced approach, for which you are to be commended. America is not a Christian country as some think. On the other hand, America is a country founded on Christian values and ethics, or, if you prefer, Judeo-Christian values. This is more than evident from even a brief (but not unserious) examination of our history as a nation. The founders created a secular representative republic that acknowledged the existence of God, and its obligations before Him, but refused to define that God, because they were well aware that that was not the job of government, but of the church.
Thus, in America, so long as one adhered to the principles proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence and the fundamental “rules” enumerated in the Constitution, one was to be considered a faithful and loyal citizen of the United States. That would mean, in the case of a presidential candidate, for example, that there is no requirement, explicit or implicit, that he (or she) be a Christian or a Jew (both were around and taken into consideration at the time of the founding of the nation). The only requirement would be that the president would adhere to the founding documents of the nation, of which the chief one is the Constitution. So far, so good.
The only time, historically speaking, that serious questions have been asked is in the case of Alf Landon and then John F. Kennedy, both of whom were Roman Catholic. The problem with them was that the Roman Pontiff had in history claimed to be the supreme head of all government on earth - which had contributed to much conflict and unrest in Europe in earlier times, a problem which was well-known to the founding fathers and which they had tried to defend us from (separation of church and state). That problem, which was not overcome in the time of Landon, was in the time of Kennedy - at least here in the U.S. - who made it known very convincingly that he was answerable to the American people and Constitution first and foremost. Thus, from then on it would never be an issue again when a Roman Catholic ran for president.
In a sense, the case of Romney is similar, but with one huge difference. The Roman Catholic Church has no policy of requiring oaths or vows of secrecy from its adherents. What you see is, more of less, what you get, agree or disagree. But with the Mormons it is different. Every so-called “temple” Mormon makes a vow to keep secret those things that transpire in the temple at his or her induction. And no non-Mormon is ever allowed into a Mormon temple after it has been dedicated and begun to function. So, the question becomes, “What happens behind closed doors?” Was the first secret vow, much of which is known from Mormons who have left Mormonism, the only such secret vow? Or are there further secrets as one progresses up the ladder of the hierarchy? There is no trustworthy and certain answer to this question for the very reason that Mormonism is very good at maintaining secrecy.
Thus, the problem of Mitt Romney is not simply that he is a RINO - and here I agree with you completely, and it is my chief reason for being resolutely against him, but that he is connected to an organization whose oath he has taken to never reveal the secrets of the temple on pain of death (which was certainly part of the vow he took when he became a temple Mormon). Many Christians know this about the Mormons, and remain very skeptical.
The other - and what follows is biased by my own Christian beliefs - crazy, even ludicrous, doctrines of Mormonism come after all of the above concerns. Mitt Romney will never be able to satisfy Christians, and presumably Jews, and perhaps others, until he has come clean on the secret stuff. But, because of the vow, he cannot. Because if he were to do that, then the whole system is in danger of collapse. So, Romney has to fall back on pleas for civility and secularism, which is not really where the problem lies ... and he knows it.
For myself, I could never vote for him until he answers, satisfactorily, as John Kennedy once did. ... but then he’d still be a RINO.
Thanks again for your thoughtful post.
No worries, Romney is about as Mormon as Harry Reid is.
He can go play Bishop-in-Chief somewhere else...
Alf was a Methodist unless unless they converted him when he wasn’t looking. Al Smiff was a Catholic.
You are correct. My mistake, I was in a hurry and confused Alf Landon with Al “Smiff.” Thank you for the correction.
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