Is Mormonism a Cult?

“A Baptist pastor from Dallas who has endorsed Rick Perry introduced the Texas governor at a conservative forum on Friday in Washington, then later told reporters that Mormonism — the religion of Mitt Romney, Mr. Perry’s main rival for the Republican presidential nomination — was a cult. The pastor, Dr. Robert Jeffress, a senior pastor of the First Baptist Dallas megachurch, said that Mr. Romney was suspect on abortion and marriage, a conservative of convenience. Then he went on to say that it is the official view of the Southern Baptist Convention that Mormonism is a cult and that this was a factor in his decision to endorse Mr. Perry. “Mormonism is a cult,” Dr. Jeffress said. “Mitt Romney is not a Christian.”* So is it a cult? Last week I had the opportunity to talk with Tricia Erickson, author of Can Mitt Romney Serve Two Masters? Erickson says, “while he attempts to portray Mormonism as just another Christian Religion, Mitt Romney counts on his skills to shift our attention away from what he truly believes. If the American people knew what he truly believed, they would surely not place him in the highest office in the land”. Erickson is the daughter of a Mormon Bishop and she was privy to secret ceremonies that are conducted during religion services. She said as a child she knew there was something wrong with the religion, and as an adult she made the decision to leave the church. She still has relatives in the church. In her book she talks about the Mormons interaction with African-Americans. Initially they viewed them as the descendents of Cain and their dark skin reflected the fact that they were cursed. Chapter 5 of her book deals in depth with the tolerated racism within the church. Erickson’s also asserts that Mitt Romney believes the following: he will become a “god” in the afterlife, Satan is Jesus’ literal brother, The Garden of Eden will be in Jackson County, MO and Jesus was NOT born of a virgin birth. So is this a cult or is this just a religion? Tell me what you think.
*http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/07/blunt-talk-about-mormonism-at-the-values-voter-summit/

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  • Mo Rage  On October 8, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Mormonism is no more a cult than Catholicism, no.

    It’s just that, if you’re ever on the inside of the Mormon religion, Jesus Christ is a distant 2nd in reference and importance to the Mormons, I believe you’d find, behind Joseph Smith.

    For any really Right Wing, fundamentalist Christian and/or religion (Southern Baptists come to mind, of course), they’ll absolutely view the Mormons this way–as a cult. This is what’s wrong with having religion mixed with our politics. That is, everyone has to “out-religion” or “out-sincere” each other and prove that they are the best, most true and “worthy” follower of the religion of the majority. It’s sick. It’s very unhealthy for the nation in both short- and long-term.

  • Shannon  On October 10, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Rev. Robert Jeffress spoke THE TRUTH. Even though he did not say that Mormonism was a “cult”, IT IS A CULT. When did the truth become hate speech?

    Mitt Romney truly, unequivocally believes that he will become a real “god” in the next life and be given his own planet to Lord over, in which he will call his wife, Ann, into in order to populate his planet with spirit children. Now, I ask you, would you truly vote for a man who truly believed he was going to become a REAL GOD AND BE GIVEN HIS OWN PLANET???? Or, would you question his judgment in the highest office in the land? Folks, this is the honest to God (no pun intended) truth. Wake up!

    If you want to be responsible before giving Romney a vote based on your feelings, versus, the truth about this man who will become both a god, and a president, this is a must read:
    The book: “Can Mitt Romney Serve Two Masters? The Mormon Church Versus The Office Of The Presidency of the United States of America”. You owe it to your country to inform yourself with the truth before going to the voting booth. There is too much at stake!

  • Elogam  On October 11, 2011 at 3:48 am

    Yes, Mormonism is a cult. No, this is not news, and I was just waiting for this topic to surface at some point during the election. Every time Romney runs for something, this comes up. It’s a distraction. To answer the unasked question: Yes, he could probably do the job because he has Christian-like values and he understands how to create an environment where businesses can grow and create jobs. That’s what we REALLY need here. To quote Jeffress from his speech, I’d rather we elect a non-Christian who has Christian values than a Christian who does not exhibit those values.

  • janetflorida123456  On October 11, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    THE LOVE OF MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL.

    All Pastors and Ministers are paid by their congregations—-except in the LDS Church (who does not have & does not believe in supporting a paid ministry). These paid Ministers are reacting out of fear— because they are afraid of loosing their careers by being out-sourced and out-maneuvered.

    I understand that there is bad blood between the Southern Baptist Convention and any one who would support a “Mormon Mitt” (especially if those voters are Southern Baptists!) It all boils down to $$$$$.

    HISTORY OF BAD BLOOD: Back in the 1980’s, Southern Baptists found that the reason for their loss in revenue was because LDS missionaries were converting their members. So the Southern Baptist Convention were hell-bent on “exposing” the LDS Church by putting out the “God Makers” film which they spent big money to produce. However this investment didn’t pay off but instead it back-fired. All the “bad publicity” ended up accelerating LDS missionary work. Of that explosion of conversions…..80% ended up being Southern Baptists!

    After this investment blowing up in their face, they developed greater animosity towards the LDS Church, until they decided to get even in 1998, with their campaign to convert all Utah Mormons by proselyting door to door in Salt Lake area. They paid to publicize “their missionary plan” of converting all the Utah Mormons by TV and radio. But when they went to do this….it ended up being a big embarrassment and they ended up with no LDS converts which was also reported in the news. LDS members were quite humored by the zeal with which the Southern Baptists had to convert them and did not even realize why Baptists had such a hatred for them. The Southern Baptists had fooled again…by being out-sourced, out-maneuvered, and caused themselves to be viewed in a foolish light in the end.

    P.S. But there was not a total loss for the Southern Baptists…..they did get a few converts….only this handful of people… had never been proselyted and had never been members of any Christian denomination— so there was great need in teaching, fellow-shipping, and pastoring them. But the last thing the Southern Baptists wanted to do was to stay in Utah.

    • Elogam  On October 13, 2011 at 7:42 pm

      How did I miss this?

      janetflorida123456, your argument is a common one. Two problems with it:

      1) you say that ALL pastors and Ministers are paid by their congregations. There are MANY churches where the pastor is a lay leader who teaches without compensation. Generally they have a full-time job and teach out of love.

      2) it is not true that ALL LDS ministers serve without pay. Doctrine and Covenants, Sec. 42:71-73 clearly supports paying clergy who serve in a full-time ministry. The local Joe who teaches at the local church may not get paid, but the church DOES pay the upper ranks. Whether it’s a “modest living allowance” or a paycheck, the principle’s the same.

      I’ll be glad when the Mormons give up on this tired, untrue argument.

      Having debunked your first argument, I don’t even feel the need to waste time on your second conspiracy theory other than to say that any concern pastors had about their followers falling into Mormonism was because they were legitimately concerned about people being led astray. An eternity is a terrible thing to waste.

  • Jenessa234  On October 11, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Although I am not a Mormon, I have investigated it a lot. THEY ARE NOT A CULT. They are taught that if they achieve the highest degree of glory, the celestial kingdom, they can become AS Gods, no greater than God. As far as I know they have not been taught where the Garden of Eden will be. And I know for A FACT that they do teach Jesus Christ, the redeemer, WAS born of a virgin birth. Mormons are Christian in my eyes, they believe in and worship Jesus Christ as their savior and redeemer. They believe the bible to be the word of God. I also believe that religion should have very little influence on whether Mitt Romney is elected president. He is a good man with Christian-like values.

    • Elogam  On October 13, 2011 at 8:04 pm

      Janessa234, Mormons will tell you they believe the Bible to be word of God “where it is accurate”. Then they go on to say where it is not ‘accurate’. It just so happens that the Bible is not ‘accurate’ where it contradicts LDS teaching. To them,only the Book of Mormon is considered a true, inerrant word of God. The origins of that book, with the secret golden tablets that few saw and conveniently have disappeared is questionable. Mormons consider Jesus and Satan to be brothers, sons who were conceived carnally by God and a Celestial Mother. That contradicts scripture which says that God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit have always existed and always will. (I know, it boggles the mind but I hope to better understand during eternity.) Satan is a created being, a fallen angel. He is not divine. If Jesus and Satan were brothers, Satan would have to be divine, no?

      There is just too much they have wrong for me to even consider them to be Christians. This is not hateful, it just is. Case in point: I honor and revere the Jewish faith. Much of my faith is based on Judaism. But that does not make me a Jew, and I do not claim to be. At most, I am adopted into the “family” by my Christian faith.

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