Thursday, October 18, 2012

Billy Graham, Mitt Romney, and Mormons

 (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)
Billy Graham has offered his full support to Mitt Romney. I find this fascinating to watch. Conservative Christian convictions are quickly jettisoned in light of the practical need of Conservative Christian politics.

Billy Graham's move is just one of many examples where political expediency overrides previous religious truth. Prior to his endorsement, Graham's people had to go and scrub from his website the various condemnations he had made of Mormonism. Here is one of the more glaring:

What is a cult?

A cult is any group which teaches doctrines or beliefs that deviate from the biblical message of the Christian faith. It is very important that we recognize cults and avoid any involvement with them. Cults often teach some Christian truth mixed with error, which may be difficult to detect.

There are some features common to most cults:

• They do not adhere solely to the sixty-six books of the Bible as the inspired Word of God. They add their "special revelations" to the Bible and view them as equally authoritative.

• They do not accept that our relationship to Jesus Christ is a reality "by grace through faith" alone, but promote instead a salvation by works.

• They do not give Jesus Christ, the divine Son of God, full recognition as the second Person of the Trinity, composed of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Some of these groups are Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, the Unification Church, Unitarians, Spiritists, Scientologists, and others.

Billy Graham thinks it is important that we "recognize cults and avoid involvement with them".  Avoid involvement with them?  So how does electing one Commander in Chief accomplish that?

Now, to be clear, I believe Billy Graham's views on "cults" are wrong.  I think it is just one of many glaring demonstrations as to how conservative Christians are wrong about life in general.  I think voting for Romney is a bad idea, but not because of his Mormonism.

This is an example of the two-faced conservative Christian. Billy Graham's 180 is only occurring because the Christian Right has need of a Mormon at the moment.... if Mitt were not the candidate, Graham's website would not have been altered. The Christian Right is playing nice with Mormons because they have need of them. However, the moment they don't, the Mormon status as a dangerous cult to be avoided will be re-instated.

Just another reason to hold the Christian Right in contempt.

"You’re not [one of them], even if you’d like to be.  To them you’re just a freak… They need you right now, but when they don’t... they’ll cast you out a leper.   See their morals, their codes … it’s a bad joke dropped at the first sign of trouble."  ~ Heath Ledger's Joker

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