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Liberty's choice of Romney leads to angry student response
Students at Liberty University bow in prayer during commencement in 2007. Current students were angered by the choice of Mitt Romney for the 2012 graduation speaker.
April 20th, 2012
06:16 PM ET

Liberty's choice of Romney leads to angry student response

By Laura Bernardini and Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) – Liberty University students and alumni are accusing the Christian school of violating its own teachings by asking Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints whose adherents are called Mormons, to deliver its 2012 commencement address.

By Friday morning, more than 700 comments had been posted on the school's Facebook page about the Thursday announcement - a majority of them decidedly against the Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr.’s invitation, citing that the school had taught them Mormonism isn’t part of the Christian faith.

“I can’t support Romney and I am happy I decided not to walk (in the commencement) this year,” wrote student Josh Bergmann. “Liberty University should have gotten a Christian to speak not someone who practices a cult. Shame on you Liberty University.”

Janet Loeffler, a 53-year-old freshman at Liberty, expressed her anger at the decision when contacted by CNN. She also sent a copy of the page of the freshman textbook “The Popular Encyclopedia of Apologetics” which includes the passage, “Mormon doctrine stands in stark contrast to Jewish and Christian monotheism, which teaches that there is only one true God and that every other ‘God’ is a false god.”

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Loeffler’s daughter, Sarah Misch, 33, of Unionville, Virginia, who is also a student at the school said, “I am glad I am not graduating this year. I would not want to end my studies at a Christian university by being sent in to the world at commencement by a Mormon. We came to Liberty because of our faith in Jesus; not for political reasons.”

Holly Stanton Morgan, another student, posted to Facebook, “I am glad that my husband and I won’t be attending his commencement. Mormonism is not Christianity. My commencement is next year. Hopefully they choose more wisely.”

Mark DeMoss, a Liberty graduate, member of the Board of Trustees and a senior adviser to the Romney campaign, said on Friday, “We have had a Jewish commencement speaker, we have had a Catholic commencement speaker, and so, I think people are certainly entitled to their opinion. Social Media certainly provides an outlet for people’s opinions, but I think it is a great thing for the university.”

DeMoss also noted that the night before graduation is the annual Baccalaureate and that event will feature an evangelical Christian speaker.

Liberty University was founded as Lynchburg Baptist College in 1971 by the influential pastor and Moral Majority co-founder Jerry Falwell. He founded the school to be a Christian university for evangelical believers, according to Liberty’s website.

Today, Liberty brands itself as the largest evangelical university in the world, with 82,500 students enrolled either on campus or online.

Liberty University would not comment beyond the press release it sent out Thursday announcing Romney would speak. There will be 14,000 graduates for the May 12th ceremony. The University announced that it expected 34,000 guests.

Previous commencement speakers included previous Republican presidential candidates Sen. John McCain in 2006 and Ronald Reagan in 1980.

The relationship between Mormons and evangelicals has been tested as of late. With Romney as the presumptive nominee for the Republican Party, many political commentators are asking whether the evangelical base, an important voting bloc to the GOP, will come out for Romney.

If those votes hinge on how evangelicals see Mormonism, Romney may need further outreach to the evangelical community. A recent Pew Research Center survey finds that nearly half (47%) of white evangelicals say that Mormonism is not a Christian religion. Sixty-six percent responded the Mormonism and their religion are “very or somewhat different.”

The charge of Mormonism as a cult is not a new one for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Michael Otterson, head of public affairs for the Church, wrote about the word in a 2011 column.

“As part of the rhetorical warfare that has come to characterize modern American political discourse, it was only a matter of time before someone once again used the term “cult” to describe The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” Otterson wrote. He went on to describe the word as a, “a neat, shorthand and rather lazy way of putting a whole group into a box.”

The nation’s largest evangelical denomination, the Southern Baptist Conference, lists the LDS Church as a cult. They specifically cite differences in theology surrounding salvation, baptism, belief in the Trinity, and marriage. A major sticking point between other Christian traditions and Mormons is the Book of Mormon, which Mormons believe is divinely inspired scripture and on par with the Bible. Other Christians do not recognize the Book of Mormon as scripture.

CNN reached out to a LDS church spokesman for further comment but they demurred, stating that the story was a political story.

A Romney spokesman did not respond to questions about the issue.

Not all Facebook comments were negative, though. Tom Johnson added, “Mitt Romney has been invited to give a motivational speech, not a religious sermon. His religious beliefs do not have anything to do with his ability to give a motivational speech at commencement.”

And Kathy Creech added, “I, for one, am pleased that the future President of the United States will be speaking there!”


soundoff (1,597 Responses)
  1. TOL

    Why not simply agree to disagree about denominational differences, but work together to defeat Obama and his Left-wing crew? Yes, there are theological differences between Mormons and evangelicals, but if you pay attention, they are close in many other aspects. "Morman" is a nickname; the real name is Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints...note the "Jesus Christ" in the name? The Morman 1st Article of Faith (Google it) says "We believe in God the Eternal Father, and in His son Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost." Mormons say they are saved only through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and say Jesus is the Savior and Redeemer of the world. Yes, there are differences in the doctrines, but so what? We are all Americans. Let's unite and get the country back on track. Obama has already added 5 trillion to the debt, more than Bush did in 8 years! It will keep skyrocketing when Obamacare kicks in, and even Democrat Congressmen don't know all the mandates and expenses buried in that huge law...they are financially RECKLESS. The waste in the GSA the tip of the iceberg. Let's unite and put a stop to it!!

    April 21, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  2. TOL

    Calm down, poeple. Why not simply agree to disagree about denominational differences, but work together to defeat Obama and his Left-wing crew? Yes, there are theological differences between Mormons and evangelicals, but if you pay attention, they are close in many other aspects. "Morman" is a nickname; the real name is Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints...note the "Jesus Christ" in the name? The Morman 1st Article of Faith (Google it) says "We believe in God the Eternal Father, and in His son Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost." Mormons say they are saved only through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and say Jesus is the Savior and Redeemer of the world. Yes, there are differences in the doctrines, but so what? We are all Americans. Let's unite and get the country back on track. Obama has already added 5 trillion to the debt, more than Bush did in 8 years! It will keep skyrocketing when Obamacare kicks in, and even Democrat Congressmen don't know all the mandates and expenses buried in that huge law...they are financially RECKLESS. The waste in the GSA the tip of the iceberg. Let's unite and put a stop to it!!

    April 21, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  3. skytag

    Nii: "Oh ok so u wanted to just run your mouth"

    You are clearly projecting.

    "Well then the definition of who a Christian is was not made yesterday and opinion does not change it."

    The definition is itself an opinion. It's what one or more men decide they thought it should be. Reality is not your happy place. Everything, absolutely everything you believe about God and Christianity comes to you from men and you know full well you can't prove otherwise.

    "Mormonism has secret elements forbidden Christians."

    So you say.

    April 21, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
    • Fabjan

      I thought Christ defined Christianity when he said, "By their fruits ye shall know them."?

      April 21, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  4. ITALIAN NONNO

    Christianity, Mormonism,.. in the end it makes no difference, as corporations, greed, and money is driving the agenda. The religion part is just a smoke screen. Falwell would sell his soul for gobs of money,.. and Romney has done the same in his bid for the Presidency.

    April 21, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • KCTed

      There's very little difference between Romney and Obama. They both receive funding from almost identical sources. They both favor the Patriot Act, NDAA, HR347, internet censorship, etc etc.

      This is just swapping one empty suit for another, to benefit Wall St bankers and the global financial elite. Wars will continue for the profiteers, but no one seems to care. They think they are making choices to change things, but nothing will change.
      RP2012

      April 21, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  5. Wii

    I believe in Jesus Christ as my personal savior. Christ is also the savior for all mankind. Jesus loves everyone.... And accepts anyone.... And I bet if he could comment on this article he would say we are all idiots for fighting about who is a follower and who is not. Scriptures speak of a judgment by God. Those who call themselves Christian can judge me all they want but they can never take my faith in Jesus Christ from me. That faith is build into who I am and what I stand for!

    People of all faiths and denominations should unite individual strengths to build a better and free America. Not divide and fight about who is a true follower of Christ and who is not. Lets accept each others belief differences yet unite and preserve our wonderful freedoms (religion, guns, pursuit of happiness, etc...)

    I am a member of the LDS faith.

    April 21, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
    • ?

      Whose fault is that?

      April 21, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
    • Hank

      Cause Jesus is all about our right to have guns.
      "Let's all unite, and by 'all' I mean us and Christians. I don't care about anyone else's beliefs, they are weird and not prone to my political persuasion. Please evangelicals, please, accept us!!!!"

      April 21, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  6. Religion-Christian, Denomination-Mormon

    I am tired of people saying Mormons aren't Christians, we are Christians. In other words we are followers of Jesus Christ. I am sad to hear that a great portion of that student body has been taught otherwise, it's just not true.

    April 21, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  7. ?

    How did Mitt Romney avoid going to Vietnam?

    April 21, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
    • Robert

      College deferment, same as many other college students at that time.

      April 21, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • skytag

      College deferment, a ministerial deferment to serve his mission, and having a draft number too high for him to get called up.

      April 21, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
  8. Peter

    Why do Christians reject the idea of becoming a god? It's Bible doctrine: Psalms 82:6: "I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High." Christ later confirmed this as true: John 10:34 "Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?" Are we not created in the image of God? What child, if left unhindered in it's progress, doesn't attain to the full stature of its parent?

    April 21, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  9. Daniel

    OH, this is precious! Evangelicals reject Romney's Christianity, who believes along with them that Christ was divine and died for their sins, yet they accept Obama's Christianity, who has been hard pressed to ever confess Christ and his divinity throughout his entire administration. Bunch of HYPOCRITES.

    April 21, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • Hank

      Huh? 4-20 was yesterday, pal.

      April 21, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
    • Nii

      OBAMA is a charismatic Evangelical Protestant Orthodox Christian.
      ROMNEY is a Mormon. Doctrinally he cud be a Moslem to us. Even Moslems have closer beliefs to Christianity than Mormonism.
      if Obama is a Moslem I will prefer him to Romney. After all then OPEC will let the oil flow.

      April 21, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
    • fugislalcla

      People like you make baseless charges and demand that they be disproved over and over beyond any possible doubt.Under any rational definition of 'Christian' (I don't consider your main theologian Samuel Bowers a Christian.) you and yours are not.Reprobates.

      April 21, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  10. Independant Jack

    Google mormans magic underwaer lol this is what people want in the white house roflll!!!!

    April 21, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
    • Robert

      Google IGNORANT IDIOT, see what kind of person posted this thread.

      April 21, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  11. Hank

    Joseph F. Smith (Answers to Gospel Questions 2:144)

    "The great universe of stars has multiplied beyond the comprehension of men. Evidently each of these great systems is governed by divine law; with divine presiding Gods, for it would be unreasonable to assume that each was not so governed."

    Brigham Young (Journal of Discourses 17:143)

    "All those who are counted worthy to be exalted and to become Gods, even the sons of God, will go forth and have earths and worlds like those who framed this and millions on millions of others."

    April 21, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
    • Get Real

      Hank, No more ridiculous than:

      1And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

      18And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.

      19And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;

      20The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.

      21And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass. - Revelation

      April 21, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
    • Hank

      Who's talking about what's ridiculous and what's not. I'm asking about theological differences. Please try and keep up.

      April 21, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
    • Daniel

      Psalms 82:6: "I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High."

      Christ later confirmed this as true: John 10:34 "Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?"

      April 21, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  12. doug estes

    Invite the President.

    April 21, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  13. Fabjan

    It's amazing how the Mormons don't treat born-agains and Evangelicals the same way they treat them. The Mormons would warmly welcome an Evangelical to speak at the commencement ceremonies of BYU. They consider their born-again and Evangelical brothers as fellow Christians. You NEVER see Mormons protesting in front of Evangelical buildings or events. But they do not get the same treatment in return. "By their fruits ye shall know them." It's clear who truly lives the teachings of Jesus Christ.

    April 21, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
    • Nii

      Of course the Mormons put a break to the invites at Temple time. My Moslem friend won't dream of inviting me to their mosque. If I was an important man the Imam wud gladly do so. Temple ceremonies are even stricter. A non-Mormon politician isn't going in. Talk about fruits. Fruitcake more like it.

      April 21, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
    • Nick

      I don't think non-Mormons can enter the temple for sacred ceremonies. I heard Ann Romney's parents could not attend her wedding in the temple because they are(were) not Mormons. I would hate it if I cannot attend my daughter's wedding ceremony.

      April 21, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
    • Robert

      Hmm....Christ drove some people from the temple who were not prepared to be there. Nothing wrong with that. It's perfectly acceptable to limit people's access to things who are not ready. On many occasions Christ told his disciples to keep things secret; Mark 8:30, Luke 9:21, Mark 7:36, Luke 8:56, Mathew 16:20, etc.

      April 21, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
    • Fabjan

      Another place where Christ commanded his disciples to keep something secret from the world was after their experience on the Mount of Transfiguration as recorded in Mark 9:9. So the Mormons are not out of line at all when the Lord asks them to keep some spiritual and sacred experiences from the world.

      April 21, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  14. doug estes

    Why doesn't Liberty Univesity invite President Obama, he's a real Christian. Oh yeah, he's black and a democrat. They could invite Newt. Now there's a fine Christian example.

    April 21, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  15. skytag

    Nii: If it isn't worth your time to spell out words it's not worth my time to read your comment. Show a little more respect for your audience when you post. Seriously, your pretty lazy if you can't be bothered to type out the word "for."

    April 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • Nii

      SKYTAG
      What is the respect issue here? I am limited to 300x'ters/post cos I use a fon. On a PC I write longer posts than you can absorb. Besides the shorter posts help u to understand me better. Kindly overlook the shorthand. I overlook a lot of things.

      April 21, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
    • Nii

      SKYTAG
      By your definition a Muslim is a Christian. Mormons are not. why? The Nicene Creed is the ultimate rule of the Christian faith. However the Mormons were kept out by an older rule that says that our religion is not secret. Xtianity is not a Gnosis(secret knowledge). Gnostics were not Xtians.

      April 21, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
    • Leka

      Really Mormons are not Christian??? Explain more cause I can't wait to hear this....

      April 21, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  16. CA

    The Republicans can nominate whatever right wing theocrat they want... they will lose,

    April 21, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  17. skytag

    Typical Christian hypocrisy. Lots of judging and anger. Apparently the only reason I'm supposed to think Mormons aren't Christians is that other Christians don't want to let them in their club.

    April 21, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
    • Nii

      The only reason why we don't want them tagged as Christians is that we cannot explain their beliefs. I'm Anglican but I can explain the beliefs of other Christian sects. It will not be fair if I told you I'm Muslim too and then go on to tell you my version of those believes. We don't hate them!

      April 21, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • doug estes

      Maybe they should invite Newt.

      April 21, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • Nick

      skytag:
      I can tell the main difference between Catholic Church and Protestant from which other Christian sects followed. But Mormonism seem to be totally different from Christianity in that they believe in multiple Gods, everyone will become God, Jesus is brother of Lucifer, giving baptism to the dead etc. I am not particular that Romney is a Mormon and but just for getting elected, he should not say it is like Christianity. I have been to the big Mormon temple in Utah and I thought from our tour they are more like Scientology than Christianity.

      April 21, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
    • skytag

      Nii: "The only reason why we don't want them tagged as Christians is that we cannot explain their beliefs."

      This has to be the dumbest argument I've ever heard. How is your personal inability to explain their beliefs proof their beliefs are wrong? It seems astoundingly arrogant to suggest that you are omniscient, and hence anything you can't explain can't be true. Hell, I'm an atheist and even I can explain their beliefs. But as an atheist I'm more objective than you. You have a need to discredit their beliefs as false because they don't agree with your beliefs. For you it's "them or me," but I see all of you as believing false myths. That said, I understand the doctrine and the logic in just about any belief.

      Every religion I've studied has a set of beliefs that's internally consistent. They can contradict each other because they're all based on unprovable premises.

      April 21, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • skytag

      Nick: "I can tell the main difference between Catholic Church and Protestant from which other Christian sects followed. But Mormonism seem to be totally different from Christianity in that they believe in multiple Gods, everyone will become God, Jesus is brother of Lucifer, giving baptism to the dead etc."

      Apparently you seem perfectly capable of seeing differences between Mormonism and other Christian sects. You have offered no proof, just a double standard. When viewing the differences between, say, Baptists and Catholics, you choose to accept those differences as acceptable variations in Christianity. When viewing the differences between Mormonism and Catholicism you choose to see those as unacceptable variations, but you have offered no proof that they preclude Mormons from being Christians.

      A fundamental principle in Mormon beliefs is that over the centuries some Christian beliefs were lost. If that position were correct, and it's certainly not inconsistent with other forms of knowledge passed down for 2000 years, then you are judging them based on an understanding that is missing some information.

      So the key issue here is, are the "extra" Mormon beliefs false doctrine added by Mormons such as Joseph Smith, or true beliefs lost to the sources upon which you base your beliefs? And guess what? There is no proof for either side.

      You have a set of beliefs you can't prove. So do they. I think you've both clinging to a set of myths because they make you feel better about life and death, they're just a different set.

      I also think attacking the Mormon church isn't very Christ-like. The Mormons don't attack your denomination, do they? Mormons don't attack other churches, they share their beliefs and tell people to pray about them. Why don't you trust God to tell people the Mormons are wrong when they pray about the Book of Mormon? Do you not believe God answers prayer? Do you tell yourself the answers you believe you've gotten to prayer are correct, and if someone else believes he's gotten a different answer he must be wrong? Why should I believe you and not him?

      "I have been to the big Mormon temple in Utah and I thought from our tour they are more like Scientology than Christianity."

      Do you really believe what you think is relevant? Who made you the arbiter of who is and isn't a Christian?

      April 21, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  18. trex

    ......................YEAH.............Christian cowboys hatin' Morom Indians.....................ya know there's gonna be bodies all over the place....................

    April 21, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  19. Rocco

    Ignorance is bliss. Want to see just how "non-Christian" Mormons are? Try actually reading the book of Mormon before you think you know anything. If an atheist wanted to understand the bible you would ask them to actually read it. I'm asking the same, read the Book of Mormon and make your own choice, it's 100% Christian, the lies you've been fed about it are very non-Christian. Only a cult would spread lies about someone else's faith. The LDS church doesn't tell it's members anything negative about others beliefs, they teach religious tolerance. Read the book for yourself.

    April 21, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • Nick

      Rocco:
      I don;t think so. I am a Christian and I believe I know much of the Christian doctrine. Google "A Comparison Between Christian Doctrine and Mormon Doctrine " for major differences. For example, they believe in multiple Gods, we Christians chant "We believe in one God, the Father, .."; We believe in Jesus Christ as Son of God and they think Jesus is brother of Lucifer.

      April 21, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
    • skytag

      Nick: Do you think God created the entire universe to house one planet to be home to this rather pathetic race of beings who seem to excel at hating one another above all else? Are there no other planets with life? Or could there be multiple gods, each of which has his own planet of sycophants he can completely ignore? You people are so invested in your myths and the need to be certain you're right and everyone else is wrong.

      April 21, 2012 at 8:12 pm |
  20. Frank Johnson

    I'd like someone to define the word "Christian" for purposes of discussion, (s it someone who believes that Jesus was the son of God and was crucified and then resurrected as the Redeemer of all mankind? Can it be someone who denies the divinity of Christ, but who follows Christ's teachings and thus calls himself a Christian? Must it be someone who follows the Nicene Creed that says Jesus, God, and the Holy Ghost are all one being? Can it also be someone who points to the many instances in the Gospel accounts where Jesus suggests they are separate beings, but states that they are one in purpose, such as the apostles were all one in purpose, but obviously not one in body?
    We need to get an agreed definition of what a " Christian" actually is, before we can say that Romney is not one.
    I doubt that we will find that agreed upon definition here, so why not give Romney the benefit of the doubt.? He and Mormons in general all believe in the divinity of Christ, which sure separates them from the majority of people who call themselves Christian but deny Christ's divinity. Has anyone ever asked Obama that kind of question? Not to my knowledge.
    If he were to be asked, what do you think he would say? Will you evangelicals who call Mormonism a "cult" (which is what Christianity was originally called by the Jews and Romans) actually vote for Obama? I'd sure like to know.

    April 21, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
    • gar

      I thought the Jesus Police were out enforcing the proper definition of Christianity.

      April 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • Nii

      In de Book of Acts in de Court of Felix Paul was said 2 b a Jew of de Nazarene sect not a cultist. Indeed Jews didnt n dont consider Xtianity a cult.
      De Romans also felt it was destroying their native religion. It also hurt de aristocracy economically.

      Mormons were called so by ex

      April 21, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • Ting

      A Mormon is not a Christian and a Christian is not a Jew, although the Mormons do believe the Jesus part which Christians require for salvation. If the Christian belief was actually correct, then the Mormons would be side be side with the Criistians in heaven whether the Christians like it or not. I get the impression they don't want them there.

      April 21, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • Nii

      Mormons were called a cult by ex-Mormons not least cos of their secretive Temple cult(rituals) but cos they accused them of spiritually abusive behavior.
      The Levitical Temple Cult(rituals) was not a secret. Nor is the current Judaeo-Christian cult(ritual) to which Jews and Xtians belong to.

      April 21, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • skytag

      Christianity is a club, and some Christians prefer to keep the club more exclusive than other Christians.

      April 21, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • Nii

      TING
      U'll be surprised that non-Mormon 'll b in Mormon Heaven. However de Xtian Heaven admits people of all faiths n non-faiths 4 loving their neighbor as themselves. Thats y posthumous baptism is a big issue 4 Mormons but not Xtians. Mormonism is a Gnostic religion like Scientology.

      April 21, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • skytag

      I see no reason to believe Mormons are not Christians. Other Christians seem determined to keep Mormons out of their club, but none of them has ever proven to me that their understanding of who is and who isn't a Christian is correct.

      April 21, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • Ting

      I'm getting dizzy.

      April 21, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • Ting

      I see no reason to believe Mormons are not Christians. Other Christians seem determined to keep Mormons out of their club, but none of them has ever proven to me that their understanding of who is and who isn't a Christian is correct.

      They do believe what is required of Christianity.

      April 21, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
    • Nii

      TING
      Oh ok so u wanted to just run your mouth don't know anything about Christianity! Well then the definition of who a Christian is was not made yesterday and opinion does not change it.
      Mormonism has secret elements forbidden Christians. They do not understand us just as we don't.

      April 21, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
    • skytag

      Nii: "Oh ok so u wanted to just run your mouth don't know anything about Christianity!"

      Do you think this sounds like a Christian thing to say?

      April 21, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
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