On Friday at the conservative Values Summit, Pastor Robert Jeffress, while introducing his candidate Rick Perry, accused Mitt Romney of not being a real Christian. Jeffress went on to warn the audience that voting for Romney will be endorsing a cult, referring to Romney’s Mormon religion.
In his introduction of Perry, Jeffress said;
“Do we want a candidate who is a good, moral person, or one who is a born-again follower of the Lord Jesus Christ? In Rick Perry, we have a candidate who is a committed follower of Christ.”
Later, Jeffress told CNN that although Romney is a good man, his Mormon religion would be a problem, saying “I think Mitt Romney is a good, moral man. But I think those of us who are born-again followers of Christ should always prefer a competent Christian to a competent non-Christian like Mitt Romney.”
But this message that Mormonism is wrong is not something new to Robert Jeffress or his congregation of over 10,000 people. Jeffress also feel the same way about the followers of Islam, Jews and of gays. Jeffress calls these different religions and groups of people “wrong,” saying ” it is a heresy from the pit of hell!”
I think part of the problem is we’re in this consumer mentality as a church where we have the idea that our job is to build as big of a church as we possible can. And if we get into that idea and fall into that trap, then we say then we can’t say anything that’s going to offend people, why, if we preach that homosexuality is an abomination to God we better not preach that because that’s going to offend the gays or people who know gay people, if we tell people what the Bible says that every other religion in the world is wrong: Islam is wrong, it is a heresy from the pit of Hell; Mormonism is wrong, it is a heresy from the pit of Hell; Judaism, you can’t be saved being a Jew, you know who said that by the way, the three greatest Jews in the New Testament, Peter, Paul, and Jesus Christ, they all said Judaism won’t do, it’s faith in Jesus Christ.