This morning, as I was driving to Brigham City, I was listening to the radio. Over and over, I heard a preacher out of Dallas, Texas (Dr. Robert Jeffers) say over and over and over,
"Mormons are not Christians. Mitt Romney can say Jesus Christ is his Lord and Redeemer but that doesn't make him a Christian. Mormonism is a cult. They are not Christians."
He made me want to puke that such ignorance and hate still exists against Latter-day Saints. Let me just include, right here, the ignorance that he pushed across the pulpit:
Let me just point out a few things out here:
A prominent Dallas minister told his congregation that if they wanted to elect a Christian to the White House, Republican Mitt Romney wasn't qualified.
Dr. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, said that Mormonism is a false religion and that Mr. Romney was not a Christian.
"Mitt Romney is a Mormon, and don't let anybody tell you otherwise," Dr. Jeffress said in a sermon Sept. 30. "Even though he talks about Jesus as his Lord and savior, he is not a Christian. Mormonism is not Christianity. Mormonism is a cult."
Some in the large crowd began to applaud as Dr. Jeffress continued with his remarks.
"What really distresses me is some of my ministerial friends and even leaders in our convention are saying, 'Oh, well, he talks about Jesus, we talk about Jesus. What's the big deal?' " he said. "It is a big deal if anybody names another way to be saved except through Jesus Christ."
Source: Dallas Morning News
1. "By the fruits of their labors ye shall know them . . ." Jesus Christ said that. At no time, place or in any country will you find a Latter-day Saint bishop, stake president, general authority, apostle or prophet stand at the pulpit and attack another religion. Never!
And yet, these "ministers" of God stand at their pulpits and preach lies and hate. We can say we are Christians until we're blue in the face, ignorance stands in the way of "Mormon-haters" hearing those words. Who is living the Christ-like life? The spewers of hate and venom, or those who attend church, worship Jesus Christ, attempt to live Christ-like lives, live by our words and faith and support the world in their tragedies as best we can by providing food, clothing and medical supplies to those in need?
2. The name of our church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Not the Mormon church, that name was given to us by the detractors and persecutors who broke the most heinous laws in the new nation as they drove Americans from state to state because they didn't like their religion. They committed acts of torture, rape, plunder and murder across the eastern portion of the United States. Mormons, as we were called by that time, had to leave the United States to gain some protection and peace. All because we lived our lives and taught our religion according to the gospel restored by Jesus Christ in the New Testament, rather than the ones twisted, turned and corrupted by evil men.
3. We believe in the God of the New Testament. A resurrected and glorified Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Messiah, the Prince of Peace. He is the God of this world. Where we run into trouble with other religions is that we do not believe it was an act of ventriloquism when He was baptized and the people heard, "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased." We do not believe Jesus Christ was praying to Himself when He offered the Lord's Prayer. Nor do we believe that Jesus Christ was praying to Himself when suffering so painfully in the Garden of Gethsemane, "Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done." -- Luke 22:42.
So we do not believe in an ethereal god that drifts in the atmosphere of the universe. We believe in the God written of in the New Testament. Why shouldn't we? He is so clearly described in the Holy Bible.
4. We make solemn covenants in our temples, which are dedicated houses of the Lord, yes - Jesus Christ. These covenants are made to the Lord, not to some fly-by-night preacher who is attempting to grab his moment of fame. We take these covenants seriously and attempt to live our lives according to the dictates of our consciences and guidelines set out by Jesus Christ.
I could go on and on, and likely would if I had more time. Let me just say, we not only say we are Christian, we live our lives as Christians. We follow the admonition of Christ to "Love our neighbors as ourselves" and to "Love the Lord thy God."
I have to admit, I'm fed up to my eyeballs with these purveyors of hate using a religious pulpit to push their agendas. I'm trying to feel the love right now and I'm not being very successful. Good thing I have a long drive ahead of me, it'll give me a chance to calm down.
In the meantime, why don't we listen to the words of a living prophet of God, Gordon B. Hinckley.
And there is love, truth and worship of Jesus Christ as it should be.
The love I have for my Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, knows no bounds. All that I do in my life is shaped and colored by my testimony of the Living God. The choices in my life are centered about the knowledge that He does live, He is God, He is the life and the way. By no other way can mankind be redeemed, than by Jesus Christ. This we believe. This we know.
Someone pounding the pulpit and repeating lie after lie cannot make it any less true. For truth is eternal and it is inviolate. Jesus Christ is God and He does live.