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  • Gingrich Iowa Political Director Resigns after “Cult of Mormon” Comments Go Public

    12/15/2011 12:53:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Religious Dispatches ^ | 12/15/2011 | Joanna Brooks
    It’s official: it is no longer acceptable to call the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the fourth largest religious institution in the United States, a church with 7 million members in the US and 14 million members around the world, a “cult.” That’s the message Newt Gingrich sent when he fired his newly-hired Iowa political director Craig Bergman after it was revealed that Bergman had proposed a national crusade against the “cult of Mormon” in an Iowa focus group last week. Last Wednesday,The Iowa Republican reported on the focus group it organized: “There is a national pastor who...
  • Praising the man [Mormon Merry Smithmas!]

    12/12/2011 7:13:56 AM PST · by Colofornian · 59 replies
    Times And ^ | Sept. 16, 2007 | Kaimi Wenger
    “No, we don’t worship Joseph Smith,” I explained to the investigator. “We respect him as a prophet.” “You mean, like Mohamed?” he asked. “No, more like Moses, or John the Baptist.” It was a standard comparison that I had used repeatedly on my mission. Joseph Smith is just a prophet. He’s just like John the Baptist, or Moses, or Peter, James, and John. Of course, there are a few problems with that characterization, aren’t there? Chief among them — if Joseph Smith is really just like John the Baptist, then why don’t we treat the two similarly? And despite doctrinal...
  • The dreaded Christmastime ward sacrament meeting [Mormon Merry Smithmas!]

    12/12/2011 6:35:20 AM PST · by Colofornian · 60 replies
    Ogden Standard-Journal ^ | Dec. 24, 2009 | Doug Gibson
    For the most part, I enjoy sacrament meeting. I like that it’s always been the final meeting in every ward I’ve been in. It’s cool to sit close together with the family, even if our four-year-old is bending my shoe back trying to boost out of the pew and the eight-year-old is begging to go sit with Meghan, or Brittany, etc. I like the songs, the once-monthly testimonies and the wide variety, and quality, of the talks. Maybe the comfort of sacrament meeting never really changing as long as I remember, satisfies this believing Latter-day Saint. But, every December around...
  • Are Jehovah’s Witnesses a Protestant Religion?

    12/02/2011 9:56:33 AM PST · by Cronos · 110 replies · 1+ views
    watchtower ^ | 2009 | watchtower
    they differ from Protestant religions in many significant ways. In fact, The Encyclopedia of Religion refers to Jehovah’s Witnesses as being “distinctive.” Consider three ways in which they are different. First, although Protestant faiths reject certain features of Catholic worship, Reformation leaders retained certain Catholic dogmas, such as belief in the Trinity, hellfire, and the immortality of the human soul. Jehovah’s Witnesses, however, believe that those doctrines not only contradict the Bible but also promote a distorted view of God.—See Exposed: Six Myths About Christianity. Second, the religion that Jehovah’s Witnesses advocate is, not one of negative protest, but one...
  • Talk About Dishonest...[Mormon]

    11/30/2011 8:26:33 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 28 replies ^ | November 29, 2011 | Anonymous
    An member writes: "I just got this email from thanking me for creating a profile. I immediately logged on to see if somebody had created one for me. I didn't have one. It was a trick to get me to log into the create profile page". -------------------------------------- Message User The following message has been sent to you: Church's Media Initiative and You Dear Member: Thank you for creating a profile. We appreciate the time you have taken to create a profile and to "let your light so shine before men" (Matthew 5:16). We hope to...
  • FAIR changes Mormon defenders website name

    11/28/2011 4:12:34 PM PST · by Saundra Duffy · 172 replies
    Deseret News ^ | November 21, 2011 | Joseph Walker
    "The Mormon Defense League" is out. "MormonVoices" is in. That change became official Monday, when the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research announced a name change for its website aimed at defending the teachings and practices of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. FAIR is a non-profit organization that, according to a press release, is operated by "self-motivated Mormons who seek to improve the public understanding about the church" through conferences, workshops and scholarly articles posted on the organization's websites. While it is dedicated to "providing well-documented answers to criticisms of the doctrine, beliefs and practices" of the...
  • The Cult of Penn State

    11/15/2011 6:41:13 PM PST · by ventanax5 · 24 replies
    JOE AMES is an alumnus of the Pennsylvania State University. He served as editor of The Lionhearted: Penn State’s Only Independent Newspaper from 1991 – 1993. The paper gained national attention when two female undergraduate students, both journalism majors and members of the student club “Womyn’s Concerns,” stole and burned thousands of Lionhearted newspapers on the lawn of its advisor’s State College law office, to the applause of Penn State faculty and administrators. Mr. Ames offers his view here of the recent scandal. “WE are Penn State.” Even those with superficial exposure to Penn State are familiar with its famous,...
  • Cult! A Classic False Claim

    11/12/2011 10:43:37 AM PST · by Saundra Duffy · 551 replies
    Mormon Defense League ^ | October 9, 2011 | Mormon Defense League
    Some public figures have labeled the “Mormon” church as a “cult”. Most recently, ABC News reported that Dallas Pastor Robert Jeffress applied such a label in an interview following a political gathering where Jeffress introduced a political rival to Mormon candidate Mitt Romney. Use of such a term to describe Mormonism is highly offensive to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “Cult” carries the connotation of dangerous, even violent groups whose beliefs are irrational and whose practices are immoral and lawless (Koresh and the Branch Davidians, Heaven’s Gate, Aum Shinrikyo, and The People’s Temple are all...
  • Mormons: Whether We Should Hate Them or Not [A Shallow Yet Helpful Guide]

    11/02/2011 10:00:50 PM PDT · by delacoert · 30 replies · 2+ views
    The Houston Press ^ | Nov 2 2011 | Pete Kotz
    Last month, evangelical leaders gathered in D.C. for the Values Voter Summit, where disciples of the Pissed-Off Jesus harrumphed and yammered about how much America sucked. That's when the bomb ignited. Dallas megachurch preacher Robert Jeffresswas on hand to introduce Rick Perry. He warned that Mormon "cult" members were not only despoiling Broadway, but were actually running for president. "Non-Christians" like Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman had invaded the Republican primary like a bunch of damn Mexicans — and they didn't even have comparable skill at operating a riding lawn mower. If patriots didn't take heed, Jeffress cautioned, America would soon be possessed by heretics. The nation was...
  • Opinion: Is Mormonism a cult?

    10/31/2011 8:54:35 PM PDT · by delacoert · 175 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Baptist Press ^ | October 31, 2011 | Jim Denison
    Robert Jeffress made national headlines recently with his assertion that Mormonism is a "cult" and a "false religion." Peter Wehner, a political commentator whose blog I read regularly, immediately criticized what he termed "the theological and political errors of Pastor Jeffress." What are the facts behind the firestorm? Is Mormonism a "cult?” The answer depends on your definition of the term. If by "cult" you mean the popular caricature of a manipulative group that practices mind control and exploits its members, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints clearly does not qualify. However, scholars use the word differently. According...
  • Precious Promises of the Book of Mormon

    10/27/2011 7:27:20 AM PDT · by Saundra Duffy · 248 replies
    Ensign ^ | October 2011 | Thomas S. Monson
    Many years ago I stood at the bedside of a young father as he hovered between life and death. His distraught wife and their two children stood nearby. He took my hand in his and, with a pleading look, said, “Bishop, I know I am about to die. Tell me what happens to my spirit when I do.” I offered a silent prayer for heavenly guidance and noticed on his bedside table a copy of the triple combination. I reached for the book and fanned the pages. Suddenly I discovered that I had, with no effort on my part, stopped...
  • Fox Report With Shepard Smith: Praise To Hussein!

    10/27/2011 4:10:47 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 43 replies
    Fox News | 10/27/11 | Recovering_Democrat
    Just finished watching "Special Report" and before I could turn the channel, there was prancing Shep, singing the praises of Hussein over the stock market climb.
  • Accused man haggled with hotel clerk after deaths(Muslim 'Honour Killing' of 4 women in Canada)

    10/26/2011 5:50:01 PM PDT · by fanfan · 13 replies · 1+ views
    The Leader-Post ^ | Oct 26, 2011 | Christie Blatchford
    Just after half his family was either allegedly murdered - or, at the least, tragically killed in a bizarre accident - Mohammad Shafia was still looking for a deal. "He was asking could he get a discount," Robert Miller, the manager of the Kingston East Motel where some of the Shafia clan - those who weren't dead, that is - were then staying. "Can't you give me a better price?" Miller remembered him saying. His reply: "No." Miller was testifying Tuesday at the first-degree murder trial of the 58-year-old Shafia, his second wife Tooba Mohammad Yahya, 41, and their 21-year-old...
  • Who is this football player who held up a pic of Hussein? (see photo)

    10/23/2011 3:47:24 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 30 replies
    Here is a screen capture of Drudge...notice the photo of the football player holding up a pic of Hussein. Can anyone tell me the origin? Who is this, when was the pic taken?
  • Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll: Mormonism is a cult

    10/19/2011 5:25:28 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 110 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | Oct. 18, 2011 | Posted by Jim Brunner
    With Mitt Romney campaigning...his Mormon religion is coming under increasing scrutiny. SNIP Now Mark Driscoll, pastor of the high-profile Seattle-based Mars Hill Church, has added his voice to the fray -- agreeing that Christians should consider Mormons as members of a "cult" and not "brothers and sisters in a common faith." Writing on his website Tuesday, Driscoll goes on at length about the various definitions of a cult. He is careful to say that Mormonism has "outgrown" the popular culture and sociological definitions of a cult because of its enormous growth and general acceptance in the nation. But, Driscoll writes,...
  • Inhofe defends Obama sending 100 'advisors' to Uganda

    10/18/2011 3:41:49 PM PDT · by SoonerStorm09 · 5 replies
    Red Dirt Report ^ | October 18, 2011 | Andrew W. Griffin
    OKLAHOMA CITY – With our current poll showing the majority of Red Dirt Report readers are skeptical or out-right against the newly-hatched American intervention in Uganda and east-central Africa, one of the craftsmen in Congress of the so-called “Plan Uganda” operation, U.S. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), is defending the this U.S. foreign policy move and our involvement there, as approved by Congress. We wrote several stories since Friday on the issue, which can be found here, here and here. Two members of the Oklahoma congressional delegation responded to our inquiries about the "Plan Uganda" operation. The Obama administration, with Secretary...
  • Mormon Official Equates Christianity with “a false cult”

    10/17/2011 8:03:26 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 124 replies
    Mormon Coffee (Mormonism Research Ministry) ^ | Oct. 12, 2011 | Sharon Lindbloom
    Mormons believe that in 1820 a young Joseph Smith went into the woods to pray. In answer to that prayer, they believe, Joseph was visited by God the Father and Jesus Christ. Today this is called the First Vision. As Joseph reported this vision (in the version that has since been named “official”), he asked the Deities which sect or church was right, and which one he should join. Joseph wrote, “I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination...
  • Is Mormonism a Cult?

    10/15/2011 9:50:41 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 182 replies
    Truth in Action Ministries ^ | 10-14-2011 | Truth in Action Ministries
    A Statement from Truth in Action Ministries, Oct. 14, 2011 "While having the deepest respect for the moral and ethical standards of the Mormon people and their church, we must sadly reject their teachings as false and not Christian." –D. James Kennedy, Ph.D. Texas pastor Robert Jeffress generated headlines last week when he told reporters that Mormonism is a cult—a belief system at odds with historic Christianity. Since then he has been accused of bigotry, called a “poster boy for hatred,” and a “moron.” Despite those harsh charges, Jeffress, who backs Texas governor Rick Perry for the GOP presidential nomination,...
  • Mormon Hypocrisy

    10/13/2011 5:52:58 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 206 replies
    13 October 2011 | Gamecock
    I subscribe to a Mormon apologetic Newsletter titled FAIR (Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research). Normally it falls into my junk email account and I don't even open it, but today I had a few minutes and scanned the latest offering and was stunned to see the hypocrisy of the authors. Please note the entire email is posted below. This particular issue has a great deal of whining about those mean Christians who make the spurious claim that Mormons are not Christians, but are a cult. A couple of examples: -"Mormons are a cult" epithets into the national spotlight. In...
  • Mormonism, Cults, and Christianity

    10/13/2011 11:36:34 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 57 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | Oct. 10, 2011 | Ed Steltzer
    The news is abuzz with the question of Mormonism, cults, and Christianity. A cult is often understood as a religious group with strange beliefs out of the cultural mainstream (which many today increasingly consider biblical Christianity). Since "cult" is difficult to define, scholars tend not to use it. However, the question of what beliefs characterize Christianity is not a new debate, and is one we should not shy away from if words and definitions matter. Many people are shocked at the idea that some pastors believe Mormons are not Christians-- "judgementalism" is decried and "intolerance" proclaimed. Yet, as that may...