by Matt Lacy –
Following statements by Franklin Graham that it would be acceptable for a Christian to vote for a Mormon, a pastor in California has called on the evangelist to repent for his remarks.
In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Graham was asked for his thoughts on the presidential race. George Thomas asked Graham, “Can a Christian vote for a Mormon.”
Graham answered, “Yes, the fact that Mitt Romney is a Mormon doesn’t bother me. I think when we are voting for president we need to get the person who is absolutely the most qualified. You can have the nicest guy and he can be a Christian and just wonderful but have absolutely no clue as to how to run a country, you don’t want that.”
Responding to Graham’s remarks, Pastor Steven Andrew with USA Christian Ministries has called on Graham to repent and retract his statement. Andrew has said the purpose of his ministry is to lead the nation to repentance, unite the country in Christ and seek God first in government to bless the nation.
“Graham is misleading Christians to vote against Scripture for Mormon Mitt Romney. God cannot bless us for betraying Jesus and voting for a non-Christian. No one comes to God except through Jesus-this includes the USA,” Steven said.
Graham is not alone in his beliefs regarding Romney’s Mormonism. Joel Osteen has said he believes Mormons are Christians, while Pat Robertson has said Romney is an “outstanding Christian.”
While the Mormon Church does have several doctrines that agree with Christianity such as the belief that Jesus is the son of God, according to their web site there are some key distinctions.
According to Mormons.org, Mormons believe the book of Mormon is on a parallel with the Bible. “The Book of Mormon is the word of God, like the Bible. It is Holy Scripture, with form and content similar to that of the Bible.”
Many Christians would take issue with that statement, believing that the Bible is the sole authority in all matters of faith and practice and that only the 66 books of the bible constitute the word of God and the Holy Scriptures.
When asked via chat on the site if Mormons believe works are a necessary part of salvation, a Mormon missionary named Benjamin replied, “We believe that both faith and works are necessary to receive salvation.”
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