Pastor to GOP: Don't vote for Romney because he's Mormon
Pastor Robert Jeffress told reporters he thinks Mormonism is a cult.
October 7th, 2011
06:46 PM ET

Pastor to GOP: Don't vote for Romney because he's Mormon

By the CNN Political Unit

(CNN) –- A pastor of a mega church in Dallas said Friday that Republicans shouldn't vote for White House hopeful Mitt Romney because he's a Mormon and described the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a "cult."

"I think Mitt Romney's a good, moral man, but those of us who are born again followers of Christ should prefer a competent Christian," said Robert Jeffress, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, which has a congregation of about 10,000.

Jeffress, who's endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry and introduced him at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, told CNN Political Correspondent Jim Acosta that the Southern Baptist Convention "has officially labeled Mormonism as a cult"

"That's why I'm enthusiastic about Perry," Jeffress said, later adding: "I again believe that as Christian, we have the duty to select Christians as our leaders…Between a Rick Perry and a Mitt Romney, I believe evangelicals need to go with Rick Perry."

This isn't the first time the Dallas pastor has hit Romney over his religion. During the 2008 campaign, he made similar comments.

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  1. Reality

    Dear Rev. Jeffries,

    You, like many others, are a victim of the Infamous Angel Con:

    Joe Smith had his Moroni.

    Jehovah Witnesses have their Jesus /Michael the archangel, the first angelic being created by God;

    Mohammed had his Gabriel (this "tin-kerbell" got around).

    Jesus and his family had Michael, Gabriel, and Satan, the latter being a modern day dem-on of the de-mented.

    The Abraham-Moses myths had their Angel of Death and other "no-namers" to do their dirty work or other assorted duties.

    Contemporary biblical and religious scholars have relegated these "pretty wingie thingies" to the myth pile. We should do the same to include deleting all references to them in our religious operating manuals. Doing this will eliminate the prophet/profit/prophecy status of these founders and put them where they belong as simple humans just like the rest of us.

    October 8, 2011 at 7:46 am |
  2. Mirosal

    @ ***Dude*** .... to whom are you referring?

    October 8, 2011 at 7:30 am |
  3. Geof

    So our own Pastor Jeffries reveals what many of us know in Dallas – that his chruch is a media-hungry cult. The good pastor is an attention zonah (its a Hebrew word from the Bible, look it up). Moreover, his religion is as much a kind of party–worshipping ultra-nationalism as it is faith. He would still have you vote for a Mormon cultist against "a confessing Christian," if that Christian happens to be a Democrat. So being Christian only matters if it doesn't countermand the soveriegnity of one's political views. Jeffries other God looks like an elephant. Always remember, being a "Christian" and being an authentic follower of Jesus are two different things, and has been for about 1700 years now.

    October 8, 2011 at 7:18 am |
  4. ***Dude***

    Gee, talking to yourself again?

    October 8, 2011 at 6:17 am |
  5. Mirosal

    Hey, ChaCha.... you have 13 "articles of faith"???? Even your Moses had only 10 rules. I bet you had to memorize all 13 of those things verbatim like a soldier or sailor has to memorize the General Orders in boot camp. Momrmonism does not impress me. They may have given up polygamy, but that was for purely politcal reasons so they could acheive statehood. But, they have yet to end the outright discrimination in their own "faith". Tell me, how many Blacks, how many Hispanics, Indians, Asians are there in your cult? And please, let's not forget the role that women play in the guiding of your church affairs .. oh wait, my mistake.. not a single woman is involved with the executive decisions of the Mormon church.... why is that?

    October 8, 2011 at 5:43 am |
  6. ChaChaCha

    Anderson, Thank you for trying to understand and get to the truth. This Pastor appeared a little ignorant. It made me feel sad for him and his followers. Mormons are absolutely Christians. What Mormons believe can be summarized in these 13 Articles of Faith. . http://lds.org/library/display/0,4945,106-1-2-1,FF.html

    The Articles of Faith
    of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.

    We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam's transgression.

    We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.

    We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.

    We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.

    We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.

    We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.

    We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.

    We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.

    We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.

    We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.

    We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.

    We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.

    Thank you Anderson for trying to understand and get to the truth.

    October 8, 2011 at 5:19 am |
    • Central Scrutinizer

      "I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own – a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. It is enough for me to contemplate the mystery of conscious life perpetuating itself through all eternity, to reflect upon the marvelous structure of the universe which we can dimly perceive and to try humbly to comprehend even an infinitesimal part of the intelligence manifested in Nature."


      October 8, 2011 at 5:38 am |
    • Central Scrutinizer

      Sadly, and while all religions are ridiculous, Mormons win the stupid award.

      October 8, 2011 at 5:40 am |
    • Geof

      Jesus said you will know a tree by its fruit. As a Jewish observer from Mormon-ranging territories, based on that criteria, I have to say that on whole, LDS folks are more godly and loving toward their neighbors than Evangelicals. Ask me whose the cult.

      October 8, 2011 at 7:22 am |
    • Reality

      The Apostles' Creed 2011: (updated by yours truly based on the studies of NT historians and theologians of the past 200 years)

      Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
      and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
      human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven?????

      I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
      preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
      named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
      girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

      Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
      the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

      He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
      a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of

      Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
      many semi-fiction writers. A bodily resurrection and
      ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
      Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
      grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
      and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
      called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.


      October 8, 2011 at 7:48 am |
    • KeninTexas

      Reality said "The Apostles' Creed 2011: updated by yours truly ..." ,,,, You are such a jerk! Who gives you the right to "update" anything? You constantly troll the religious blogs just so you can jump on with some of you snarky comments. Why don't you move out of your mom's basement and go get a life instead of being such as a s s .

      October 8, 2011 at 9:53 am |
  7. ***Dude***

    Just because of separation of church and state does not mean that church can't have opinions

    October 8, 2011 at 5:19 am |
    • Central Scrutinizer

      Church, you shut your mouth mister!

      October 8, 2011 at 5:39 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      When churches start paying taxes they should get an opinion, until then they need to stfu.

      October 8, 2011 at 6:39 am |
    • KeninTexas

      TruthPrevails said " When churches start paying taxes they should get an opinion, until then they need to stfu." ,,, It gets so stale to keep hearing people ranting that churches should be paying taxes. I wish they would STFU! The money that is given to churches is by their members and what services they provide and given freely to the community. Regardless if they are members or not. Many do provide social services that the government would normally handle which they do receive grants and payments, but usually at less than the "real" cost of services. And if you're using the rule that an organization that doesn't pay taxes as a guideline, that leaves out GE and many other companies who don't. And the president of GE is one of the top advisers in this administration.

      October 8, 2011 at 9:49 am |
  8. Mirosal

    ALL religions are cults. Anyone who truly believes that a naked woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat the fruit of a magical tree needs serious therapy. The more any candidate spouts their "religious" values, the less I'll vote for him/her. By telling anyone that it's "god's will" just lets me know they are too cowardly to take responsibility for their own actions. And to bash another's "faith" while professing your own, well, that's just the inherent bigotry that permeates all areas of "religion"

    October 8, 2011 at 5:04 am |
  9. Quinn

    What defines a Christian? A judgmental pastor of a church labeling someone else's faith as unchristian? The hypocrisy is astounding. The good pastor could benefit from a little intraspecton – the beam in his own eye.

    October 8, 2011 at 3:51 am |
  10. Madeline

    Mr. Jeffress' unfounded observations of the Mormon faith are as ridiculous as the Westboro Baptist Church protesting the life and funeral of Steve Jobs. Would Christ really condone such misguided slander? I think not.

    October 8, 2011 at 3:41 am |
    • Central Scrutinizer

      Christ done went and died a long time ago so I don't think he would have an opinion.

      October 8, 2011 at 5:41 am |
  11. Julia

    I respectfully disagree with Mr. Jefress' label – it could not be further from the truth. The Mormon faith speaks for itself to anyone who takes the time to understand its tenets and doctrine, which center around Christ-like humanitarian service.

    October 8, 2011 at 3:11 am |
    • Central Scrutinizer

      ...and utter stupidity.

      October 8, 2011 at 5:42 am |
  12. James

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3lvKgN_htA&version=3&hl=en_US%5D

    October 8, 2011 at 2:16 am |
  13. James

    This is the stupidest Crap I EVER HEARD IN MYLIFE [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0a3eJC3qAFU&w=960&h=720%5D

    October 8, 2011 at 2:10 am |
  14. Tina

    Enjoy your show every night without fail. Thank you for attempting to defend the Mormon faith tonight. It appeared that you had done your homework better than Rev. Jeffress. The Mormon church has the name of Jesus Christ on the front of every building and members live a more Christ-like life than most traditional protestant faiths. One of the wonderful things about the church is their refusal to judge others and their believe that all men are free to worship God and Jesus Christ as they see fit and by the dictates of their own hearts. Perhaps the Rev. Jeffress' main contention is that more Southern Baptist are converted to the Church of Jesus Christ than any other single faith, denomination or religion, like my husband and I. I appreciate your fairness and bringing to light untruthful statements, tonight and always. Yes, I will support Mitt, but not just because he's a Mormon, but a honest, wholesome, intelligent man with a vision. I also really like Herman Cain, and agree with many of his proposed policies and positions.


    East Texas

    October 8, 2011 at 2:00 am |
    • Central Scrutinizer

      In politics stupidity is not a handicap.

      October 8, 2011 at 5:44 am |
  15. Matt

    Harry Reid is also a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

    October 8, 2011 at 1:53 am |
  16. David Johnson

    To not vote for Romney, because he is a Mormon, is a disgrace. You should not vote for Romney, because he is a Republican. All Republicans serve two masters: The Rich and the Christian Right.

    Don't vote for any of the Republicans.


    October 8, 2011 at 1:29 am |
    • Central Scrutinizer

      Damn straight.

      October 8, 2011 at 5:46 am |
  17. Vynn

    This is why we need to tax churches. They are becoming more and more PACs for Republican candidates.

    October 8, 2011 at 1:15 am |
    • Central Scrutinizer

      Sometimes, as I reflect in my glorious SPF 50 lathered birthday suit while feeling the healing warmth of the Sun's rays....I wish I DID believe in God and the Devil yada yada. That way, I would understand what Republicans and Religions were. Evil and terrifying. As it stands, I am mystified at the ignorance of my fellow man.

      October 8, 2011 at 5:50 am |
  18. Vynn

    I looked up the definition of "cult and found this

    a particular system of religious worship, especially with reference to its rites and ceremonies.
    2. an instance of great veneration of a person, ideal, or thing, especially as manifested by a body of admirers: the physical fitness cult.
    3. the object of such devotion.
    4. a group or sect bound together by veneration of the same thing, person, ideal, etc.
    5. Sociology . a group having a sacred ideology and a set of rites centering around their sacred symbols.

    Seems to me that all religions, including the pastor's, are cults. Does that mean we shouldn't vote for any Christian...because they are all in a cult? This guy is a flake of the first order.

    October 8, 2011 at 1:12 am |
  19. Peace2All


    " A pastor of a mega church in Dallas said Friday that Republicans shouldn't vote for White House hopeful Mitt Romney because he's a Mormon and described the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a "cult."

    "I think Mitt Romney's a good, moral man, but those of us who are born again followers of Christ should prefer a *competent Christian*," said Robert Jeffress, pastor. "


    Ahhh... who is the 'right' and 'true' christian...? Sometimes the 'christian wars' of who's got the 'right version' and the 'true followers of JC' make me chuckle.

    Good christ !!


    October 8, 2011 at 1:11 am |
    • News Flash

      Well obviously, "right" and "true" is code for someone who agrees with ME. Name ANYONE who ever said, "I am a false prophet". What a JOKE. 🙂

      October 8, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
  20. greeneyes

    Mr. Jeffress, you have no business calling yourself a pastor. From what you believe, you are not a Christian. If Jesus Christ was standing right in front of you, he would slap your face. He would not tolerate you and your beliefs. Mitt is a Christian, and I'm voting for him because of that and what he believes in to make our country strong and honest. CHRISTIANITY IS NOT A RELIGION, IT'S A RELATIONSHIP.

    October 8, 2011 at 1:07 am |
    • Anon

      Christianity is a cult.

      October 8, 2011 at 1:27 am |
    • Central Scrutinizer

      All religions are cults by definition. Created by one class to harness a lower less educated class. Keep them in line while they take their money, or land, or whatever depending on what century we are talking about. It is not brain science. If you are religious, you are dumb. Not BAD, just stupid. We still love you stupid.

      October 8, 2011 at 5:53 am |
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