By Robert J. Garrison
Many of you that read last Sunday’s article will say “Robert, your just saying all this because your against Trump, you don’t really believe that.” Well the only way that I can prove to some that I have always had the position that Evangelicals are more concerned with power than the gospel is to go back in time. I have always loved movies like The Time Machine and Back to the Future. So let’s go back in time and see what I said during the 2012 presidential election.
For those of you familiar with scripture, you will recognize the tile as the words of John the Baptist quoting Isaiah 40:3
The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord; Make straight in the desert A highway for our God.
This is how I feel when I talk to Christians about the 2012 election. I know many evangelicals that are voting for Romney because of his stance against abortion (a recent stance I might add, he hasn’t always been pro-life. I will touch on this later). I am not one of those evangelicals!
I can’t put aside the fact that Romney is a Mormon , nor will I be shamed into voting for him because he’s a lesser of two evils. First I will touch on Romney’s faith, second I will touch on evangelicals that are supporting Romney, and lastly I will touch on the arguments by Christians voting for Romney and ignoring his Mormon faith.
The Mormon faith is a cult plain and simple. I vehemently disagree with those that say Mormonism is a christian faith. They have a false view on God. They believe that God was born and then achieved Godhood and has a celestial wife. Do I really have to explain how this view of God is wrong on so many levels?
They also believe that a person can achieve Godhood as well and have many spiritual babies in the afterlife. They deny the doctrine of the Trinity. False view on the Jesus conception. False view of Christ’s Atonement. They add to God’s word with the Book of Mormon, Pearl of a Great Price, and other Joseph Smith and Brigham Young writings. And, oh yeah! God restored the office of apostleship and prophet through Joseph Smith and the Mormon faith.
This view means that Mormons think of themselves as the only true christian faith and the modern-day lineage of the Apostles. If one just scratches the surface of what Mormons believe, they will understand why I refuse to call it a christian faith and call it for what it is….a cult. Clearly the Mormons are propagating a false Gospel. What does the Bible say about those that teach a false Gospel? Well in the Second Epistles of John he clearly states that
Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ,does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching,do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, 11 for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.
As we have seen the Mormon faith brings teachings of Christ as well as a whole lot of extra teachings as well. Paul warns those of anyone professing a different Gospel. Galatians 1:8 states
But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.
So with these warnings in the Bible, would evangelicals even consider voting for Romney?
So why are the evangelical community supporting a cultic following figure for president? The main reason is that Romney is pro-life. But as we all know he wasn’t so pro-life when he was running for Governor of Massachusetts. In fact he was advocating protecting abortion rights when he ran for governor!
Romney a lifelong Mormon taking a stance that was opposite of his church’s teachings but now changing his view, doing a 180 on abortion and basing it on his religious convictions. That just smacks of political expediency. Romney doesn’t even have the moral backbone or conviction to hold a pro-life position that the evangelicals are flocking to him for.
That anybody but Romney doesn’t work isn’t a valid argument. It didn’t work for the democrats in 2004; it didn’t work in 2012; and it won’t work in 2016.
Then again so many are willing to push aside their religious beliefs and convictions to vote for that anybody but that Obama guy. Are we really that shallow of a society that we would believe something to get us to heaven but not use that to gauge who we vote into office?
I have heard the arguments from Christians that say, “We aren’t voting for theologian in Chief”. That’s a cop-out if I ever heard one. Theology plays an important role in a persons moral compass and backbone. As we have seen from Romney’s earlier abortion stance, his theology doesn’t play apart in his views of politics. But does that excuse him of false doctrines and false belief in a false gospel? I think not.
John writes in Revelations that we are not to add to God’s words or take away from it, or we face God’s punishment. Why would we vote for a leader that follows a religion that has the condemnation of the Lord upon them; for instance, as it states in Revelations 22:19? If his false religious stance is to be condemned by God wouldn’t our support for a false religion also be condemned?
Evangelicals are throwing the Gospel aside to vote for a guy running against Obama. While I agree Obama stances on abortion, definition of marriage and his Obamacare forcing non profits to pay for conceptions and abortions is very wrong, this doesn’t make the other major candidate the go to choice.
We are risking God’s wrath on us to vote for a guy that doesn’t even have a constant pro-life belief! This didn’t stop many evangelicals from allowing Glenn Beck to speak from their pulpit that we need to vote Obama out of office and that Mormonism is a christian faith!
Shame on those pastors for exposing their flock to a false and evil cult and allowing a false teacher to speak in their church! Sadly even one of my heroes Billy Graham has gotten on the Romney bandwagon and come out in support of him for president.
In fact his son Franklin Graham has gone far enough to take down an article calling Mormonism a cult and posted a statement that a Christian can and should vote for a Mormon! All of this based on Romney’s waffling stance on abortion and Obama’s view on redefining marriage.
So the evangelicals community is willing to compromise the Gospel and vote for a “false gospel, believing candidate” for president. I wonder if these same evangelicals would vote for a Muslim because they hold to a pro-life view? Or maybe they would vote for the Anti Christ just because he espouses a pro-life stance? They would say of course that they wouldn’t! However the word of God trips them up once again the apostle John states in 1 John 4:1-3
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.
There you have it evangelicals. You voting for a Mormon for president is the same as voting for an antichrist. This is why I cannot nor will I vote for Romney or Obama. There are other choices besides the two main candidates running for president of the United States. Take the 20 mins you sit at work looking through Facebook and instead of that look up the other candidates that are running (Awkward sentence).
For myself, I’m voting for Virgil Goode. He is constantly pro-life stance, responsible when it comes to government spending, back reducing the debt and balancing the budget, and overhauling immigration. I heard those people screaming a vote for 3rd party is a vote for Obama. NO ITS NOT! It’s a vote for who I believe stands for the principles and beliefs that I hold dear. My vote will be for Goode, not Obama. I will not compromise the Gospel or my principles to vote for the lesser of two evils, if I thought like that I would still be voting for an evil, wouldn’t I?
As of now in 2016, I am not supporting anyone for President as of right now. Instead I most likely will be focusing on the House and Senate races. Yet I fear that Evangelicals will once again compromise their beliefs and integrity just to get someone who might be a little friendly to them. I want to remind the readers that there are more than just two choices in this race. While I am not endorsing Gary Johnson, he is another viable candidate that voters should take time to look at before casting their vote in November.
I stand firm on my principles back in 2012 and will do so every election cycle. Will you?
Last week I did a recap of the RNC convention and will do the same for the DNC convention.Also on Monday I will be doing a short review of Dinesh D’Souza’s new movie Hillary’s America.
Thanks again for checking out the blog and God Bless.
Robert J. Garrison is a political and religious contributor for The Systems Scientist
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