Obama Or Romney–Southern Baptist Convention Problem With Mormons Remains High–What Would Ronald Reagan Do?–Video

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Richard Land on Mitt Romney and Mormonism

 

 

In U.S., 22% Are Hesitant to Support a Mormon in 2012

“…Though the vast majority of Americans say they would vote for their party’s nominee for president in 2012 if that person happens to be a Mormon, 22% say they would not, a figure largely unchanged since 1967. …”

 

 

“…Bottom Line

Americans’ reluctance to support a Mormon for president has held close to the 20% level since Gallup first measured this in 1967, and long after historical biases against voting for blacks, Catholics, Jews, and women have dwindled.

Currently, 18% of Republicans say they would not vote for their party’s nominee if that person happened to be Mormon. This may be less troubling for Romney in the GOP primaries, where the vote could be highly fractured anyway, than in the general election, where — should he win the Republican nomination — he would need nearly complete support from Republicans to be competitive with President Obama. However, Kennedy’s success in overcoming a similar challenge in 1960 relating to his Catholic faith may give hope to Romney and his supporters about his electability in 2012. …”

http://www.gallup.com/poll/148100/Hesitant-Support-Mormon-2012.aspx

A Mormon’s Ultimate Doorbell

By LAURIE GOODSTEIN

“…From the start of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in upstate New York 180 years ago, missionaries have been spreading the message that Christianity lost its way and Mormonism restores the Christian church to its rightful path. The first prophet of Mormonism, Joseph Smith, essentially threw down the gauntlet to the other churches. He was killed at the hands of a mob.

But the prophet begat apostles, and their converts begat converts — energetic, courageous types who ventured as far as Hawaii, England, Brazil and Tonga to evangelize. Today, the church counts more than 12 million members, of whom about 5.5 million are Americans. Internationally, about 70 percent of Mormons are converts.

Mormons are still but a drop in the bucket of 2.1 billion Christians worldwide (Mormons say they are Christians, a point of contention for their Christian critics). Nevertheless there are some Christians who foresee a Mormon tidal wave, and they picture Mr. Romney riding its crest — even though he has repeatedly said he would not use his office to advance his faith.

“His candidacy alone has been a long infomercial for the Mormon cult,” said Bill Keller, an evangelist in Florida who runs an Internet prayer network. “As president he’s going to carry the influence of that office, not just here but worldwide, and there’s no denying it’s going to lead people to check out that religion, which according to biblical Christianity, will lead them ultimately to hell.”

Mike Licona, the director of apologetics and interfaith evangelism at the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, is publishing a three-part series on what he sees as errors in Mormon teachings. The most troubling, he said in an interview, is the Mormon concept of multiple gods, and the belief that men can become gods of their own worlds.

The church has walked a fine line for years between emphasizing what it has in common with traditional Christianity and not shying away from its distinctions. (The church’s own explanations of its beliefs, of course, differ from those of its detractors.) Realizing that having a Mormon run for president would raise questions, the headquarters in Salt Lake City posted explanations of church history and doctrine on its Web site. The church does not endorse candidates.

The rhetoric of those like Mr. Keller is extreme, and his use of the term “cult” naturally offends Mormons and others. But he is voicing feelings shared by Christians in other denominations who fret that a Mormon presidency could attract converts to a faith they perceive as a heretical rival.

One in four Americans tell pollsters they have qualms about voting for a Mormon. Among evangelical Christians, it is one in three — a factor that could have an impact in Republican primaries in states like Iowa and South Carolina. Of course, anti-Mormon sentiment is not exclusive to evangelicals, since Mormon theology is a challenge to all Christian denominations. But evangelicals, as active proselytizers and missionaries themselves, appear to be leading the charge. …”

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/09/weekinreview/09goodstein.html?ref=southernbaptistconvention

 

Background Articles and Videos

 

5 of top 25 churches are growing

From Ecumenical News International:

“…While overall membership may be increasing, only five of the top 25 churches in the nation are growing, according to the Yearbook.

The 10 largest Christian bodies remain unchanged from last year’s list, with one exception. The Assemblies of God moved up a notch, to the No. 9 spot, switching places with the Presbyterian Church (USA), which now finishes last on the Top 10 list.
The 10 largest Christian bodies reported in the 2010 yearbook are:
   1. The Catholic Church: 68.1 million, up 1.49 percent.
   2. Southern Baptist Convention: 16.2 million, down 0.24 percent.
   3. The United Methodist Church: 7.8 million (U.S.), down 0.98 percent.
   4. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: 5.9 million (U.S.), up 1.71 percent.
   5. The Church of God in Christ: 5.5 million, no change.
   6. National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc: 5 million, no change.
   7. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: 4.6 million, down 1.62 percent.
   8. National Baptist Convention of America, Inc.: 3.5 million, no change.
   9. Assemblies of God: 2.9 million, up 1.27 percent.
 10. Presbyterian Church (USA); 2.8 million, down 3.28 percent. …” 

What Is Mormonism? A Baptist Answer

By David Van Biema

“…The Mormons regard themselves as Christians, and Jesus figures prominently on the covers of LDS publications. They believe that after the death of Christ’s apostles his church became confused, a period that ended only with the restoration of the Gospel by the presentation of another book of scripture by an angel to LDS founder Joseph Smith.

Most Christian theologians, however, disagree, not just because they disbelieve the angel story and the Book of Mormon that resulted, but by pointing to Mormon concepts including the ability of humans to become godlike entities after death. Most perturbed have been conservative Evangelicals like the Southern Baptists, who share many of the Mormons’ conservatiave social values yet have a very strict view of what is and what is not scripture, and find themselves in competition with the LDS for congregants.

Yet the question of what exactly Mormons are, if they aren’t Christian, has taken on increasing urgency as Romney has gained support among values voters (coming in first, for instance, in a straw poll taken by the Family Research Council last Saturday, narrowly edging out Arkansas Govenor Mike Huckabee, a former Baptist pastor). Neither the theological nor the political issue is settled in the Baptist heart. EthicsDaily.com reports that the pastor of the largest Baptist church in Spartanburg, S.C., first endorsed Romney and recently retracted the endorsement, calling it a “personal mistake,” while a prominent colleague in Texas is quoted as saying, “Even though he talks about Jesus as his Lord and Savior, he is not a Christian… Mormonism is a cult.”

EthicsDaily.com implies that the Texan’s position may be out of date, since SBC documents that had previously listed the faith under a “cults and sects” section have moved it to a “newly developed religions” page.

But Land’s comment seems to go a step further. A cult, he said on the Bloomberg show, “is a form of faith which does not comply with the essential teachings of the Christian faith but claims to be within the Christian faith or to be the true expression of the Christian faith, as opposed to being another religion like Judaism.” Land explained that he would look at Mormonism “as another faith in the same sense that I would look upon Islam as another faith. I think the fairest and most charitable way to define Mormonism would be to call it the fourth Abrahamic religion — Judaism being the first, Christianity being the second, Islam being the third, and Mormonism being the fourth. And Joseph Smith would play the same character in Mormonism that Muhammad plays in Islam.” …”

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1675308,00.html#ixzz1RFkIC068

 

Russ East on The Biggest Differences Between Mormonism Compared To Christianity

 

Shawn McCraney on The Biggest Differences Between Mormonism Compared To Christianity

Bill McKeever on The Biggest Differences Between Mormonism Compared To Christianity

 

Eric Johnson on The Biggest Differences Between Mormonism Compared To Christianity

 

Steve Kay on The Biggest Problem With Mormonism

 

What’s The Problem With Mormons

 

What’s The Problem With Mormons Part-2

 

What’s The Problem With Mormons Part-3 (Meet Elder Davis).

 

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