Before launching into this article I think it is important for me to first identify myself as an evangelical Christian. Additionally, I know Dr. Jeffress personally, and I consider him a friend. That in no way makes my opinion wrong. Still, I thought it only fair to put that out front.
It is certainly no secret that Pastor Robert Jeffress has been a spiritual advisor and a big supporter of President Trump. So it wasn’t surprising when President Trump asked Dr. Jeffress to deliver an invocation at the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem. But who would have thought that Mitt Romney would have something to say about this?
Mitt Romney has launched an attack on Pastor Jeffress and called him a “religious bigot.” Pastor Jeffress is being criticized for saying in the past that biblical Christianity is the only way to heaven. Dr. Jeffress is quoted as saying, “religions like Mormonism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism … lead people to an eternity of separation from God in Hell.” To be clear, Dr. Jeffress did make this statement. And he stands by what he said. It seems that, according to Romney, anyone who claims that his religion is the exclusive way to heaven, is a bigot. But check out the following scriptures:
Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. (John 3:18 NIV)
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6 NIV)
Jesus Himself claimed exclusivity. He said that He was THE way, THE truth, and THE life. He also said that anyone who did not believe in Him stood condemned. This is not some new doctrine. Evangelical Christians have always believed in the exclusivity of Jesus Christ being the only way to heaven. But now, it is suddenly bigotry if you believe that.
But Has Romney ever examined his own religion? Check out these quotes:
“Had I anything to do with the negro, I would confine them by strict law to their own species…” (Joseph Smith—the founder of Mormonism)
“Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot.” (Brigham Young—Joseph Smith’s successor)
Has Romney ever spoken out against his own Mormon church founders regarding the above quotes? If not, I ask you, “Who is the REAL bigot?”
But to be fair, I must admit that I do not believe Mitt Romney to be a bigot. He is running for the senate in the state of Utah. I believe that he is simply putting this out there to get the Mormon vote. Romney is not a bigot. He is just a politician. But sometimes, I don’t know which one is worse!
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