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Joel Osteen Comments About Mitt Romney

I just read excerpts of Joel Osteen’s interview on Larry King Live. The showed aired October 16, 2007. About three quarters of the way down the page, the conversation turns towards Romney.

KING: How do you feel about Mitt Romney and being a Mormon? Would that
affect whether you vote for him or not?

J. OSTEEN: Well, you know what? I look at people, their character, their values, what they stand for. And I know only Mitt from watching him on your program and reading a couple of articles about him. And I don’t think that that would affect me. I’ve heard him say that he believes Jesus is his savior, just like I do. I’ve studied it deeply, and maybe people don’t agree with me, but I like to look at a person’s value and what they stand for.

I’d like to hear what Osteen has actually studied. Is he talking about the idea of voting for Romney, or that he accepts Romney’s proclamation that he believes that Jesus is his savior? I can’t stand politically correct “Christianity.”

I Was Interviewed On ABC World News!- Mitt Romney: Faith Matters

At last the waiting is over! ABC World News finally did the story they filmed back in early June. Becky is shown and there is a short clip of me telling the world that I love Mormons. Our good friend Bill McKeever of Mormonism Research Ministry was interviewed as well. The whole story is only about two and a half minutes, but at least they didn’t make us look like crack pots.

You can see the video by going to the ABC World News web site.

Gov. Romney Interview With Jan Mickelson

Here is a great interview of Mitt Romney with Jan Mickelson! As I watched it, I could not believe how defensive Romney got when the subject turned to Mormonism. In my opinion, Mitt was way too defensive to hear exactly what he was being asked of him. Mickelson was trying to give Romney some advice on how Mitt can overcome some of his potential problems with Evangelical voters and Ronmey kept missing the point. I think this video is a classic example of why God gave us only one mouth, but TWO ears. For more background information on this interview, check out Jonathan Martin’s blog.

Christianity Today Misrepresents Mormonism

One of the blogs I check regularly is Mormon Coffee, the blog operated by the folks at Mormonism Research Ministry. I checked it on Friday and read a post about an article on Mitt Romney and Evangelical voters. In Sharon’s post she pointed out that the article misrepresented the differences between Mormonism and Christianity when it said, “Mormon beliefs are not as un-evangelical as most evangelicals think. ” I read through the rest of her post and decided to click on the USA Today article to see what else they had to say, only to be surprised that I had misread Sharon’s post. It was not the USA Today that made the mistake. I would have expected that magazine to say something like that. When I clicked on the link, I was taken to the Christianity Today website.

I learned that the article was co-authored by Robert Millet, a Mormon professor at BYU, and Gerald McDermott, a Christian professor of religion at Roanoke College. I decided to do a Google search on McDermott and see what I could find out about him. I was not happy to find out that he teaches a class on New Religions in America, which includes Mormonism. Before I found this out, I wanted to contact McDermott to inform him about some of the things that most Christians do not realize about Mormonism. But after I found out that he teaches on the subject of Mormonism, I had a new motivation for contacting him. Here is my e-mail to him.

Mr. McDermott,

I read your Christianity Today article co-authored with Robert Millet. I must say that I was very disappointed. I realize that the thrust of the article was more about Evangelicals voting for Romney than it was about the differences between Mormonism and Christianity, but there are some very dangerous omissions in your article. To mention that “Most evangelicals would also be surprised to learn that the Book of Mormon contains passages that teach salvation by the merits and grace of Christ,” yet not explain that the grace comes only after our best efforts is irresponsible and misleading to the readers who do not know what Mormonism teaches.

At first reading, I assumed that you didn’t know much about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and thought that I would write to you to inform you about some things that most Christians do not realize regarding Mormon theology. But after reading your profile on the Roankoe.edu web site, I was shocked to see that you teach courses on New Religions in America, which include Mormonism. Since this is the case, the motivation for writing this e-mail has now moved from information to rebuke.

I do not understand how a Christian who teaches on Mormonism can say, “Mormon beliefs are not as un-evangelical as most evangelicals think.” I have been a missionary to the Mormon people for more than 11 years and the biggest problem we face in our ministry is to overcome the misconception that statements like yours convey. Not only is Mormonism entirely “un-evangelical,” it is wholly un-Christian. Yes, Mormons hold to the deity of Christ… if you redefine deity as a species. Yes, the Book of Mormon speaks of “salvation by the merits and grace of Christ,” but it also states, “for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do” (2nd Nephi 25:23). Let us also not forget that Mormon Prophet/President
Spencer W. Kimball taught, “One of the most fallacious doctrines originated by
Satan and propounded by man is that man is saved alone by the grace of God; that belief in Jesus Christ alone is all that is needed for salvation. (Miracle of Forgiveness, p. 206)
By pointing to Book of Mormon passages that seem to support Christianity, yet neglect to balance your article with the truth about Mormon doctrine is reckless and negligent.

I can only pray that you consider revising your article to reflect a more accurate
portrayal of Mormon doctrine. I am concerned that many unsuspecting Christians will read it and come to the erroneous conclusion that Mormonism is another valid Christian denomination. By saying that “there is still doctrinal distance between Mormons and evangelicals,” but refraining from explaining that those doctrinal differences are salvific by nature is to stumble those who do not know better. As a Christian pastor and professor of religion, you should know better. I look forward to your upcoming book, Claiming Christ: A Mormon-Evangelical Debate and can only hope that you will learn from this mistake in your future projects regarding Mormonism.

I will be praying for God to bless you with abundant wisdom and protection from deception.

Sincerely,
Keith Walker
Evidence Ministries

Not only did I contact Mr. McDermott, I also wrote an e-mail to the editor of Christianity Today and left an online comment for the article. Those two responses are presented below respectively.

Letter To The Editor

The article titled, “Mitt’s Mormonism and the Evangelical Vote” is a dangerous article and needs to be edited or removed from the web. It is coauthored by a Christian and a Mormon and completely misrepresents Mormon doctrine. It has been worded to minimize the differences between Christianity and Mormonism and will mislead the unsuspecting into possibly thinking that Mormonism is a legitimate Christian denomination. I have been a missionary toMormons for more than 11 years and the biggest problem we face is getting people to understand that Mormonism is not Christian. This article contains serious omissions and is too ambiguous to be helpful. I pray that you take your responsibility in the body of Christ seriously enough to correct this grievous error. I would appreciate a response to my e-mail. Thank you and God bless you for His glory.

Keith Walker
Evidence Ministries

Online Comment

This article is not helpful at all. The BoM does contain passages that mention
grace, but the article doesn’t disclose that Mormons couple that “grace” with
their own works. 2 Nephi 25:23 says “for we know that it is by grace that we are
saved, after all we can do.” Former Mormon Prophet/President Spencer W. Kimball
once stated, “One of the most fallacious doctrines originated by Satan and propounded by man is that man is saved alone by the grace of God; that belief in
Jesus Christ alone is all that is needed for salvation.” (Miracle of Forgiveness, p. 206)

Where is the balance in this article? What is the point of reporting that Mormons believe in grace, yet fail to mention that the “grace” is added only after the best we can do? It is obvious that Millet doesn’t want those distinctions made, but what about McDermott? I am grieved that Christianity Today has published a piece that does not reflect the Christianity of yesterday. The Apostle Paul says of grace, “But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.” (Romans 11:6)

At this point, I’ve done what I can in an attempt to rectify this error and I ask that you help me. Prayerfully consider leaving a comment to the article, writing the editor of Christianity Today and sending an e-mail the Mr. McDermott. There is no gaurantee that our voices will be heard, but you can count on them not being heard if we don’t speak up.

Romney Believes Polygamy Is Awful

This is simply amazing. Presidential hopeful, Mitt Romney, has gone on record as saying,

“Look, the polygamy, which was outlawed in our church in the 1800s, that’s
troubling to me,” he said, “I have a great-great grandfather. They were trying to build a generation out there in the desert. And so he took additional wives as he
was told to do. And I must admit, I can’t imagine anything more awful than
polygamy.”

Huh? How in the world can Romney honestly say this? Be sure to read the whole article, “Romney Slams Mormon Church’s Past Practice.” I find it hard to believe that Romney does not know that the LDS Church teaches that polygamy is necessary in order for one to become a God. The current Doctrine and Covenants section 132:1-4 still states of this practice,

“1 Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you my servant Joseph, that inasmuch as
you have inquired of my hand to know and understand wherein I, the Lord,
justified my servants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as also Moses, David and
Solomon, my servants, as touching the principle and doctrine of their having
many wives and concubines

2 Behold, and lo, I am the Lord thy God, and will answer thee as touching this matter.

3 Therefore, prepare thy heart to receive and obey the instructions which I am about to give unto you; for all those who have this law revealed unto them must obey the same.

4 For behold, I reveal unto you a new and an everlasting covenant; and if ye abide not that covenant, then are ye damned; for no one can reject this covenant and be permitted to enter into my glory.

For the sake of argument, let us assume that Mormonism is correct and Mitt Romney is telling the truth. He believes that he can become a God, yet can’t think of anything more awful that polygamy. That still does not address the problem of whether or not he would be willing to practice it. If it is necessary to become a polygamist in order to become a God, would he do it? Would he obey God and engage in polygamy or would he dare to challenge God’s authority, reject the practice and lose his wife for all eternity? Remember, he cannot reject the covenant and be permitted to enter into God’s glory. If he was worried about losing the woman who was later to become his wife while he was on his mission, how much more pressure would he face with the thought of losing her for eternity?

I find it disingenuous for Romney to make such comments about “past”Mormon doctrine, while never admitting that the principle in which he finds awful will still be a problem for him in the future.