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Mormonism is a cult. Mitt Romney is not a Christian.
There has been some discussion of Mitt Romney's faith, and whether he is a Christian. He is not, because Mormons are not Christians. I'm a little disappointed that the Republican candidates for President who claim the name of Christ have not explicitly stated that Mormonism is not Christianity. The good news is they simply refused to answer the question (which I understand) rather than spout the hate speech that "we all believe in the same god."
Before I go any farther, let me say that if Romney is the Republican nominee, I will have no problem voting for him in 2012. Romney is not a Christian, but neither is Barack Obama. Frankly, I would rather have a President who worships the false religion of Mormonism than someone who worships the demon Molech - and that's what we have as President right now. That may sound radical, but abortion is modern Molech worship and Barack Obama is the most radically pro-abortion President we have ever had.
There are many reasons why Mormonism is a cult. The first and most obvious is the Book of Mormon. The canon of Scripture is closed, consisting of the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament. God warns in Revelation against adding to or subtracting from Scripture. See Revelation 22:18-19 for this sobering warning.
Mormons teach that God is an elevated man, and that Mormons can become elevated men by following their teachings. Eventually, Mormons will become gods themselves, and have their own planet to rule over. As such, there are many gods in the universe. Scripture is clear that there is only one God, and that He has always existed as God.
The heresy that we can become gods is as old as the Garden of Eden itself. Satan promised Eve that she would become a god if she ate of the forbidden fruit. Both Adam and Eve gave into the temptation to acquire godlike powers. Mormonism is the same heresy that brought about the curse and brought death to all mankind. For most, this is spiritual death, but physical death awaits all of us because of Adam's sin.
Scripture is clear that there is one God, Who exists in three persons. Mormonism teaches that Jesus is not one substance with the Father, but that he was the "firstborn" of spiritual children. The Bible teaches that Jesus and the Father are one, and have always been one.
Mormons (like all false religions) also concentrate on works as a path to salvation, which is in direct conflict with Scripture. We are saved by grace through faith, as a gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8-9) There are other differences as well, but it is clear that Mormons are not Christians and do not worship the same God that we worship.
Here is why this is important, and why Christians must be crystal clear about the fact that Mormonism is a false religion: Eternal souls are at stake. It is not "loving" to gloss over or cover up the very real differences between the Mormon heresy and true Christian faith. It is the most hateful thing imaginable. If someone is on the road to eternal damnation in Hell, you do not tell them they are OK and that "we all worship the same god." You tell them the truth with the hope that God will call them to saving faith. Those who say that Mormons are "christians" out of some misguided "tolerance" are not only liars, they are leading souls to Hell.
While I would vote for Romney in the general election, it would be better to have a Christian as the Republican nominee. It would also be much better if there are no questions about the conservative credentials of our nominee. I thought Romney was a better choice that Mike Huckabee or John McCain in 2008, but he was never my #1 pick. He is not my #1 pick this year either. He seems to have a ceiling of Republican support in most national polls.
Hopefully the conservative base will rally around one alternative so we nominate someone we can trust to be a genuine conservative to face Obama.