Evangelical leader urges followers to vote for Christians – not Mormons

Rev. Robert Jeffress, a prominent evangelical pastor, today endorsed Rick Perry and said that his fellow Christians should vote for Perry over Mitt Romney because Romney is a Mormon. Jeffress described Mormonism as “not Christian” and “a cult.”

The Values Voter Summit, a gathering of conservatives and evangelicals banding together for political purposes, began today, and no one has made more noise than Jeffress – except perhaps Mitt Romney’s deafening silence in the face of repeated attacks on his religion. Jeffress introduced Rick Perry and said that evangelical Christians “have a choice to make” between someone who is “a good, moral person” – like Romney – and someone who is “a born-again follower of the Lord Jesus Christ” – like Perry. He later clarified and expanded his remarks in an interview with CNN:

And that’s not some fanatical comment. That’s been the historic position of evangelical Christianity. The Southern Baptist Convention, which is the largest Protestant denomination in the world, has officially labeled Mormonism as a cult.

I think Mitt Romney’s a good, moral man, but I think those of us who are born-again followers of Christ should always prefer a competent Christian to a competent – to a competent non-Christian like Mitt Romney.

So that’s why I’m enthusiastic about Perry.

Jeffress was about to discuss his interpretation of Article Six of the Constitution, which forbids a religious test for holding office, but sadly he was cut off by the CNN reporter pointing out that Mormons identify themselves as Christian, which didn’t budge Jeffress’ attitude. After further questions, Jeffress allowed that he would “hold his nose” and vote for Romney in a general election if Romney captured the nomination, because Romney “at least supports biblical principles” and Jeffress thinks Obama does not. He also graciously observed that in the case of staunch conservative like Rep. Eric Cantor, being Jewish should not be “held against him.”

Jeffress also spoke with Bryan Fischer, a radio host who has opined that the First Amendment only protects the free exercise of Christianity – which, he agrees, does not include Mormonism. Fischer is scheduled to speak immediately before Romney today.

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4 Comments on "Evangelical leader urges followers to vote for Christians – not Mormons"

  • Hecate Demeter says

    Explain to me again why these people are tax exempt????

  • I suppose on some level it's nice to know that Pagans aren't the only ones in the crosshairs–even people who do acknowledge Jesus Christ as their personal savior but choose to believe he is a separate deity from God the Father and the Holy Spirit–at least I believe that's the doctrinal difference that sticks in the evangelical craw–are being attacked. At this point it is patently obvious this is much more about power than it ever was about who your God is.

  • How ironic is it that part of their Christian "values" include religious hate speech against other Christian religious traditions? If they treat each other this way, imagine the way they would act toward others if they got the political power that they so want.

    • Bridget says

      Cern, it has been that way for ages. It's the funny thing about Christianity. Catholics believe their way is the only way, Methodists believe their strand of Christianity is the one true and correct version, and so on and so forth. And don't get me started on Southern Baptists. I have never understood the whole thing. Then again, all of these same people push worship of Jesus Christ, who isn't even Christian; he was Jewish. Unfortunately, it's the zealots that garner the attention.

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