The Rev. Franklin Graham has no problem with evangelical Christians voting for a Mormon presidential candidate. In fact, the faith leader appeared on CBN News, where he openly shared his opinions on the matter. But now, following his favorable comments about Mitt Romney's faith, Graham (the son of evangelist Billy) is being called to repent by a fellow evangelical pastor.
“Yes. The fact that Mitt Romney‘s a Mormon doesn’t bother me,” Graham told CBN when asked if it's appropriate for an evangelical Christian to vote for a Mormon. “I think when we’re voting for president we need to get the person who is absolutely the most qualified. You can have the nicest guy and he can be a Christian and just wonderful but have absolutely no clue as to how to run a country."
Watch Graham makes these statements, among others:
"Graham is misleading Christians to vote against Scripture for Mormon Mitt Romney," Andrew says. "God cannot bless us for betraying Jesus and voting for a non-Christian. No one comes to God except through Jesus -- this includes the USA."
To combat the claims that it's permissible for an evangelical Christian to vote for a Mormon, Andrew has launched the "Christian Voting Guide," which tackles a variety of issues surrounding faith and politics. In it, the pastor clumps "Mormons, Muslims, Buddhists and others" together as non-Christians who believers should avoid voting for:
Voting for non-Christians (Mormons, Muslims, Buddhists and others), or people who just say they are Christians but don’t rule in the fear God, results in God’s Judgment. The Holy Bible warns:
“Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the LORD? Therefore the wrath of the LORD is upon you.” 2 Chronicles 19:2
To have God’s blessings, will you follow this Biblical Christian voting guide and vote for leaders who rule in the fear of God?
Andrew goes on to say that Graham is guilty of overlooking scriptural commands. Additionally, he says, "There are reasons why Christians say Mormonism is a cult: no cross and heresy." He goes on to lament the purportedly secretive nature of Mormonism as well as notion that the faith system "adds to the Bible."
If a president is "missing a true relationship with God," he worries that God won't bless America.
The pastor, who is likely to garner both support and criticism for his comments, is also allegedly calling upon mega-pastor Joel Osteen, among others, to repent. In an October interview with the Washington Times, Osteen said:
“I believe that [Mormons] are Christians. I don’t know if it’s the purest form of Christianity, like I grew up with. But you know what, I know Mormons. I hear Mitt Romney — and I’ve never met him — but I hear him say, ‘I believe Jesus is the son of God,’ ‘I believe he’s my savior,’ and that’s one of the core issues.
I’m sure there are other issues that we don’t agree on. But you know, I can say that the Baptists and the Methodists and the Catholics don’t all agree on everything. So that would be my take on it.”
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Andrew plans to try and change Graham's mind as well as the opinion of other pastors who hold similar views.
(H/T: Urban Christian News)