Might A Christian Vote for a Mormon?

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Mormonism a brand of Christianity?

You decide. There is an excellent comparison chart at 4Truth.net. You'll want to read it for yourself but here's a synopsis. Historic Christianity holds that God is the almighty spiritual being who exists in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are one God, equal in power and glory. Mormonism teaches that God is an exalted man with a physical body of flesh and bone.

Regarding Jesus Christ, Christians believe that he is the second person of the Trinity who accepted the limitations of human nature so he could bear the penalty for human sin and thus restore believing sinners to God. Mormons teach that Jesus was our older brother. We have all been created by God as was Jesus.

Christians believe the Bible to be God's Word, inerrant and reliable in all that it affirms. Mormons accept the Bible (properly translated) along with three other documents which hold equal authority with the Bible. They are The Book of Mormon, The Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price.

Historic Christianity calls sinners to embrace Christ by faith and accept his righteousness as their own while He bears human sin as though it were his own. By that transaction believers are restored to fellowship with God and look forward to eternity in his presence. The Mormon Church teaches that by his atonement Jesus secured the immortality of all humans. However only Mormons look forward to exaltation.

There's much more, but I've given you enough to make it clear that Mormonism cannot be called Christianity and a true Christian would not consider a Mormon a brother in Christ.

Not my brother but my President?

There's a biblical doctrine that comes into play as Christians ponder whether or not to vote for a Mormon. It is known as the doctrine of common grace. Common grace is God's practice of blessing even those who do not regard him as their God. He gives them their daily bread, empowers them to achieve good things and even uses them to accomplish his purposes. The Egyptian Pharaoh who elevated Joseph experienced God's common grace. So did Nebuchadnezzar of Daniel's time. Cyrus the Persian monarch is specially noteworthy. His words are recorded in II Chronicles 36:23. "Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, 'The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever is among you af all his people, may the Lord his God be with him. Let him go up.'" Here is a heathen king being used by God to restore his people to Judea after the 70 year Babylonian captivity.

What's my point? A Mormon would not be my brother in Christ but he might become my President by God's common grace. The God of the Bible is not limited to using only his own people to accomplish his grand purposes.

But how to vote?

God's people of old didn't vote for the Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar or Cyrus. We today have the opportunity to participate in the election of the next president. The question then is, "Can a Christian in good conscience vote for a Mormon?" The fact that God makes a regular habit of using folks outside of his own people leads me to conclude, "yes."

Again under God's common grace Mormon people have developed a reputation for industry, wholesome family life and sound morality. I, for one, would rather vote for a consistent Mormon than a liberal Christian. Others are more qualified to opine on the various political issues at stake.

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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY

I'm not sure Thomas Jefferson was a Christian but he held a Christian worldview. I believe He made a good president despite this. I believe Mitt Romney and the Morman church more or less hold a Christian worldview because they see America as a poeple accountable to God and its destiny tied to thier collective obediance to His tenants. I by no means agree with thier teachings but they generally uphold Christian principles of right and wrong.


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Rodric29 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Bravo Liftandsoar. I get what you are saying. As I mentioned before you opened my eyes to a different perspective. Also, to TNThinker, the LDS church has four missions, to preach the gospel, redeem the dead, perfect the saints, and minister to the poor and needy. Mitt Romney as a faithful Christian follows that mission and the example set by Christ in the Bible and the other scriptures.

It is not easy to see the things people do in secret, because that is for God. God has rewarded Mitt open for his secret acts of service--which are not all secrets, just mostly. President Obama also does the same things with his charity. In fact, he publicly contributed more that Mitt Romney. Both of these men claim to be Christian and both have been told that they are not.


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liftandsoar 4 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Rodric29 and TNThinker, thanks for communicating your perspectives. There is so much to respond to that I shant even try. What both of you seem to have in common is a notion that Chrstian faith is somehow determined by people's opinions. It is irrelevant that there are folks who today question the deity of Christ. That's always been the case. I respect the right of anyone to believe whatever he or she please and honor them as fellow human beings. But it is dishonest of both Mormons and liberal Christians to present their views as though they were historic Christianity.

Back to the issue of the hub, I agree, TNThinker, that the God who is sovereign over ancient heathen monarchs is sovereign over a mormon or a liberal Christian candidate, or a HariKrishna candidate for that matter. That I prefer a consistent Mormon over a liberal Christian is a just that, my preference based on the practical outcomes evident in their respective communities.


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Rodric29 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

The site does not merely quote from LDS sources, it suggests that the things listed under the historic Christianity side are in opposition to what we believe when they are exactly what we believe.

I have studied religion most of my life and I am familiar with the protestant belief systems. Just recently are the churches claiming to be one body of Christ as society changes and people become less religious culturally.

You cannot tell the difference between Baptist and Methodist anymore because people no longer follow the tenets of their religious philosophy as much as they did in the past--which all started with the 'free love' movement in my estimation, but that's a different hub.

Mormons believe the same things about Jesus as protestants but also that he is a separate person from the father. Yes we believe that their is one God. We also believe there is one nation called the US, but it has many states. If the trinity means one god with three members, then it is true. It is means that God is unapproachable without parts or passion as it does in the creeds, then it is false. I know enough about god of myself that I can refute that.

I could reason for the trinity. If the parts about no parts were speaking of the Holy Ghost member of the Godhead there is truth there because he has no body of flesh. Also, before Jesus was born of Mary through VIRGIN birth, he had no body either.

The biggest difference between LDS and all other Christians is that we assert that God has a body of flesh, God the Father. I think it is arrogant to assume that just because we claim to know more of the nature of God that we are not Christians. We know what we worship. As long as we believe God is a misty cloud or inanimate object we are fine until we say he is a glorified man. Some how the Adversary has put it in the hearts of people that humanity is less than the pinnacle of God's creations. We are created in him image and thus are great in his sight.

We are his children, not just created things. God's anger is understood when you understand that we lived before in his presence and he sent us here to gain experience so that we can return and inherit the glory that he promised through Christ would be ours if we endured this life well.

Yes I believe that I can become like God. I read it in the scriptures that I will be joint heirs with Christ of power and fidelity with the Father. Well, Christ has everything and all power. If I am joint heirs with him in heaven to me that means being like he is--save I will have been made perfect through his blood.

Another thing about LDS, we do not have a closed cannon. We still know that God speaks to men and gives us commandments about our day. Recently the Lord chastised us and admonished us to be kind to the homosexual because some of us were sinning by using their lifestyle as a way to persecute them.

The last major revelations came in the form of proclaimations about Jesus and the family. In 1995 the leaders revealed that the family is ordained of God between a man and a woman with children and enumerated the responsibilities of each. During that time we all questioned why it was important to reveal such common knowledge to the world. The Southern Baptist Convention soon after released something similar based off of that revelation though they changed the equality of women portion. Look as the state of affairs now with the family. It is all in a jumble politically. But for those of us who thought it odd that the prophets would state the obvious about family almost 20 years ago now see why. The Lord used that statement to prepare for 20 years the people who would be exposed to the new definition of marriage and family, our kids.

Many people also do not think that Jesus Christ was real anymore. Even clergy think of him as a great philosopher now than the son of God as he is! So many people are running away from Christ and his teachings or trying to make them private beliefs. We cannot say his name on TV without there being some issue. People of other religions and Christianity use his name as a swear word.

The prophets reaffirmed Jesus as the son of God and the creator of the earthy. Why was that important? I am not sure right now, but something in the near future will cause a great push for the greatness of Jesus instead of the divinity of Jesus. It is common knowledge that Jesus is the Christ, but our children he go to public school are taught things that are different which is why when they grown up they leave the faiths of Christianity, Islam and Judaism. A loss for religion on all fronts is terrible because faith keeps people civil. Without it, what is to stop another Sodom and Gomorrah.


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TNThinker 4 years ago from Tennessee

Oddly, a "liberal christian" is more likely to be in tune with new testament teachings of caring for the poor, etc., than any other type of christian or mormon. And that "liberal christian" would be every much as eligible for "grace" as anyone else, even atheists, by your logic. So really, you are just trying to rationalize voting for Mitt even though he doesn't share your faith, because he shares your non-faith based conservatism.


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liftandsoar 4 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Rodric29, Hi again.

The site merely quotes from Mormon documents, does it not?

Regarding "historic Christianity" of course there have been fringe groups down through history who have denied this or that tenant of the Christian faith. But there is a body of truth generally acknowledged by all Christians down through the centuries. That is what is known as historic Christianity.

Regarding the Trinity, I am a trinitarian. I believe in one God who exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Yes, the word "trinity" is not found in Scripture. What is clear is that each of the three persons of the Trinity is regarded as God and treated as God and yet the Scriptures affirm that there is one God. I don't claim to understand the Trinity. It is a mystery as would be much of what is true of an infinite God.

Regarding the Bible, I accept it as a reliable revelation of the mind of the true God. Of course there have been losses in the multiple translations. Fact is, only one seventh of the NT contains any discrepancies at all. Of these, most are minor scribal misakes that are easily detected. For instance, you know exactly what I meant in the previous sentence even though there were some misspellings. So it is with most of the Scriptures. Then even in the remaining descrepancies, none affect a major doctrine of the Christian faith.


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Rodric29 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I read it and also some other things on the site about Mormons. The book detailing how to minister to Mormons or talk to Mormon missionaries is interesting though inaccurate. Especially about the Bible being flawed. It has lost many things in translation. People forget that books existed before the Bible that the ancients used for scripture. We are lucky to get the Bible in such good condition.

To answer your question...

I think the comparison is flawed. For one thing, there is no such thing as a consensus on Historic Christianity. All Christians do not believe in the trinity as stated by the Nicene Creed. It is not Biblical. I don't even know why it is listed in regard to the Bible because read it through and you will never hear Jesus or God describing themselves in such a way.

Some well intentioned people but woefully misinformed ones posted that information without properly researching the history of Christianity.


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liftandsoar 4 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Thanks, Rodric29 for your perspecitve and gracious corrective. Did you go to the website I referenced? I'd be interested in your take on that.


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Rodric29 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I like your take on the elections. You gave me an whole new way to look at the election of nonChristian leaders. I am a Christian and a Mormon.

Mormon is the name of a man who abridged a history though. It is misleading to say that we believe only Mormons will be exalted. Joseph Smith, the first president of the church taught that Mormons will no more go to heaven that a Baptist will. It is the true followers of Christ who inherit it.

Mormonism is a culture, one that I share, but it does not exalt anyone. Voted up for content and perspective

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