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Posted: Saturday, July 14, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 9:41 am, Tue Aug 27, 2013.

Since Mitt Romney has secured the Republican nomination for president, there has been lots of talk recently on whether an evangelical Christian should vote for a Mormon. Allow me to give one pastor's opinion.

First off, it must be understood that Mormonism is not a part of Christianity. The Mormon definitions of God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, Heaven, Hell, salvation, redemption and other major theological elements are drastically different than those of historic, orthodox Christianity. No matter how hard the Mormon church tries to convince people that they are a part of Christianity, they are not. For example, any religion who had one of their leaders (fifth Mormon president Lorenzo Snow) say: "As man now is, God once was; as God is now man may be" (i.e.: God was once a man who progressed to godhood, and we, too can a become a god) is definitely outside of biblical Christianity.

That being said, what about a Bible-believing Christian voting for a Mormon? We must remember that the President of the United States is the country's chief executive and Commander in Chief, not its spiritual leader. Yes, the agenda of a president is shaped by his or her education, experience, political philosophy and spiritual belief system. However, the president is still a political figure.

As evangelical Christians, we should vote for the candidate who will best uphold the U.S. Constitution and lead with integrity and upstanding character, and who best aligns their views of social issues with biblical moral absolutes (including hot button issues like abortion, gay marriage, embryonic stem cell research, and the definition of family), even if the candidate's spiritual beliefs don't align with ours.

I'm not endorsing either candidate, just trying my best to address this question that many Christians have been wondering about. Many may not agree with me, but this is my opinion after wrestling with this issue.

As has been said many times, we often vote for the "lesser of two evils." However, I encourage you to prayerfully vote. We, as citizens of Heaven, must not neglect our responsibilities as citizens of America.

Pastor Frank Nolton

New Hope Community Church

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Welcome to the discussion.

2 comments:

  • Robert Jacobs posted at 6:59 am on Wed, Jul 25, 2012.

    Robert Jacobs Posts: 298

    Amen...

     
  • Chandra Foster posted at 10:02 pm on Tue, Jul 17, 2012.

    ChandraFoster Posts: 3

    I am grateful for this Pastor's Opinion on voting, and the nature of the President in the United States. I look forward to prayerfully participating in the upcoming election.

    That being said, I have to respectfully disagree on his opinions of Mormon Doctrine. First and foremost, Mormons, or rather members of the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints, are in fact Christian. Although Latter-day Saints are not Catholic or Protestant, because the Church does not embrace the creeds that developed in the third and fourth centuries that are now central to many other Christian churches (such as the Nicene Creed and Chaldean Formation. Rather, it is a restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ as originally established by the Savior in the New Testament of the Bible on a “foundation of the apostles and prophets” (Ephesians 2:20; see also Ephesians 4:11-14).

    Latter-day Saints believe God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to save all mankind from their sins (see John 3:16). God is a loving Heavenly Father who knows His children individually, hears and answers their prayers, and feels compassion toward them. Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, are two separate beings but along with the Holy Ghost (Spirit) are one in will, purpose and love.

    Latter-day Saints worship Jesus Christ as their Savior and Redeemer. He is central to the lives of Church members. They accept His grace and mercy; they seek to follow His example by being baptized (see Matthew 3:13-17), praying in His holy name (see Matthew 6:9-13), partaking of the sacrament (communion) (see Luke 22:19-20), doing good to others (see Acts 10:38) and bearing witness of Him through both word and deed (see James 2:26).

    To address the comment based off of Presidents Snow' couplet about Mormons believing they can become Gods, the following is a quote taken from the Official Website from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a response to the question " Do Latter-day Saints believe they can become gods"?

    " Latter-day Saints believe that God wants us to become like Him. But this teaching is often misrepresented by those who caricature the faith. The Latter-day Saint belief is no different than the biblical teaching, which states, “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together” (Romans 8:16-17). Through following Christ's teachings, Latter-day Saints believe all people can become "partakers of the divine nature" (2 Peter 1:4)."

    I hope that cleared up any misconceptions about our Faith.

    Chandra Foster
    A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)

     

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