I am not a Mormon, I consider Mormonism to be founded on lies, and I think it appropriate to inquire to what extent those errors might affect the political approach taken by presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
But the current attention not just on Romney’s faith but on the willingness of other candidates to denounce it crosses a line drawn not only by the standards of Political Correctness but by God – a line I hope will hold here in Des Moines, Iowa, as the January caucus nears.
The example of this line-crossing that finally took me away from my job to weigh in on this was the opinion of fellow Examiner Walter Roderick, Christianity and Culture Examiner, who takes reluctance to condemn Romney so seriously that his headline shouts “Cain and Bachman Weak in their Christian Position”! He concludes “they would rather win the nomination than stand for what they believe in.” He says they face the judgment of Luke 12:8-9: “he who denies me before men will be denied before the angels of God.” He adds “By refusing to take a stand on whether or not Romney is a Christian, the candidates have placed themselves in the unenviable position of denying Jesus Christ as God.” And “This political maneuvering may win the nomination for one [of them] but it may cost them eternity in Hell.”
I am responding not just because one man has written such alarming theology, but because I perceive he eloquently speaks for millions. The theology that a man’s walk with God may be judged by his church membership has been around for centuries, despite 1 Corinthians 4:5.
Romans 2 refutes the theology by pointing out the common sense that makes Christians like Michelle Bachman hesitate to judge so simplistically. Romans 2 reminds us of pagans who have never heard the Gospel, who nevertheless, “by nature”, live more like Christians than Christians.
Popular theology today says that makes no difference; if they don’t profess the right doctrines, they will go to Hell regardless of how “sincere” they are or how “good” their actions are. But Romans 2 says it makes so much difference, that these pagans will judge us who, knowing God’s standards, make a mockery of them by how we live.
Romans 2 applies this perspective not only to Mormons, but even to Moslems who make no pretense of affection for the Bible, or for conversions by persuasion alone.
Islam is the faith of Antichrist, according to 1 John 2:22 which says “He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son”, compared with Surah 4.171 “…believe therefore in God and His apostles, and say not, Three. Desist, it is better for you; God is only one God; far be It from His glory that He should have a son….”
But it is common knowledge, backed by the authority of Romans 2, that not every Moslem lives by his faith, or even knows very much about his faith – just as with Christians.
Not that a faith based on reality is useless! Romans 3 begins to explain the advantage of knowing the true “oracles of God”. We need to publicly explain how much freedom, prosperity, and opportunity – all the good things we associate with modern civilization – are founded on the Bible, and are destroyed by substitutes like socialism, communism, and Islam.
But let’s not deny the obvious, along with Romans 2. Let’s look deeper than the labels. Let’s not be like churches who give communion to members who profess their doctrines even when they are living for Hell, yet deny communion to members of other denominations even when they obviously live for God.
Labels are important. They shouldn’t be ignored. They are an indication of what is inside. It’s just that a theological label, unlike an FDA-approved label, doesn’t list all the ingredients of each person wearing it. Labels deceive us if that is all we look at. We don’t need to be telling Christians they are going to Hell if they hesitate to judge another man by his label. Especially in a political race where we willingly censor the Word of God as if it were irrelevant, so that our memory is fading of what a Christian even is.
Update, added October 12, 4PM Central: Amen to this opinion piece: http://www.onenewsnow.com/Perspectives/Default.aspx?id=1456310 It begins with a few outlandish things Mormons believe, and says it’s OK for us to wonder of Romney believes them too, because beliefs matter. Look at Obama: compare the hostile faith he absorbed from Jeremiah Wright with the policies he is imposing on the nation. America’s founders ended, for federal office, the superficial “religious test” required by some states, but they didn’t stop caring what candidates believe. Mainstream news reporters are asking the questions: Bachman was asked if she should submit to her husband! Perry was asked if he could sleep at night after an execution! Cain was asked if he would appoint a Muslim to his cabinet! Others were asked if aborting mothers should be prosecuted! Unfortunately reporters have little sincere interest in faith positions, but rather in entrapment. Candidates have a right to believe anything they please. Voters have a right to know what candidates please to believe. (This has been a summary of the linked article.)