Is Mitt Romney a Christian?

Republican Party Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been in the center of a controversy because some people claim that he is not a Christian because he is a Mormon. Mormon’s, who prefer to be called, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, are followers of Joseph Smith, a man in the 1800’s who translated documents alleging to be a new or additional revelation of Jesus Christ. What is so surprising about all this, is the debate over whether saying Mitt Romney is not a Christian is in fact an insult.

Anyone who knows anything about Christianity will immediately recognize this question as an incredibly stupid one. But who said reporters were smart when it comes to discussing religion. Let’s first set some ground rules. This piece is not about whether or not Romney is a suitable candidate for President of the U.S. The U.S. does not have a religious test for eligibility. This piece is also not about whether or not Romney has the right to call himself a follower of whomever he wants to. If he or other Mormons think they follow Jesus they can certainly claim that. Proving it, however, is another matter.

The problem with Mitt Romney or any Mormon claiming to be Christian is simply one of definition. Christianity has been defined as those who hold to the doctrine of the Nicene or Apostles Creeds. Mormons deviate from Christianity in fundamental ways. They have a different view of the Trinity, God, and Jesus, not to mention salvation, authoritative books and Church history. See http://www.carm.org/lds/compare.htm for more details. View the home web site definition of this uncommon superb admission essay handwriting company.
The point is, reporters should recognize that religions don’t have the right to call themselves whatever they want. The differences between Mormonism and Christianity are dramatically different than those between Protestantism and Catholicism and Greek Orthodoxy. The latter are different in degree. The former are different in kind.

Unfortunately, reporters fail to do their research and thus fill the airwaves with silly statements that would be better served explaining doctrinal differences and/or discussing the political positions of the candidates under review. But calling someone who isn’t a Christian, a non-Christian is no more a slight than telling someone who is 4 feet tall, that they are short.

Copyright Stephen Vantassel, 2007

  1. I’m sure there are some 4 foot tall (or should that read, short?) people who would be offended by being called short, but I take your point! Thank you for your blog, without which some of the issues within society, and internationally, would not be clearly understood. Some of these points need expounding, and with a lack of biblical knowledge (at least, compared with “Babblings” et al) I rely on these individuals and their blogs (all of which I trust) to enhance my Christian political viewpoint. Keep up the good work, I’m off to research Mormons and Mitt Romney.

  2. I’m not so sure that its only an issue with reporters. I know a lot of people who are confused by the Mormon deception. For all intents and purposes a Mormon looks like a Christian except when it comes to their foundational doctrines. Their whole belief system itself is based on the idea that the ‘apostasy’ has already come and they are the true church. The like to quote 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 on their main site but leave out the whole 4th verse because they don’t want you to know about the ‘man of sin.’ The church also needs to wake up on the issue and call it what it is. Mormons are not Christians.

    Great post,

    Dimitri Wilson

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