I have not claimed to be God, Cathy, but the Bible clearly tells us how to distinguish between true believers and believers in name only. It fact, it commands us to be discerning about false believers. This is not a matter of "judging" others, but simply a response to being discerning so as not to be deceived. I think you probably make many judgments about people without being God. Of course, only God knows the heart, but anyone claiming to be a Christian and departing from or deviating from the truth of Jesus Christ is a liar, according to the Scriptures. My judgment on Romney was purely theological. I think I made it plain that this standard is not required for voting for him or Obama.
The most standard definition of a cult among evangelical Christians is any doctrine that deviates on the Person and deity of Jesus Christ. He is the very crux of Christianity. People may disagree on matters of secondary importance that do not affect one's eternal salvation, but a departure on the Person of Christ represents an attack on the very core teaching re: salvation. This is the standard by which I was describing Mormonism as being a "cult." Of course, the word cult may have many meanings, but my point had to do with whether Mormonism is truly Christian. If you take the time to do the research, you will agree with me on this point.
I don't believe I said that Obama is a Muslim; I said that he is not a Christian, and I am basing this on a number of reasons that allign with Holy Scripture. People may confess to be Christians, but a simple confession is not proof. I cited the words of Jesus in Matt. 7:21-23 as one proof.
Romney's claim to be Christian is generally argued by Mormons on the fact that their Church carries the name of Jesus Christ. That is no more proof than that many other heretics claimed to be Christian. "Search the Scriptures," sir, and you will reach a more studied and accurate definition of what a Christian is.
The "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints" is not a Christian church. In fact, from its beginning it has denounced every other Christian church. Joseph Smith, their founder, said in his autobiography that an angel told him that he should not unite with any denomination at all, for they were all "corrupted and abhorrent in the eyes of the Lord." This is the same approach to other churches that is taught by Mormon missionaries in their door-to-door activity. A studied consideration of Mormon doctrine reveals it is a cult because it deviates from every article of the Christian faith, employing just enough of the dialectical terminology to deceive those who are uninitiated in the teachings of Christ Using the name of Jesus Christ is no proof of true identification. Jesus foretold that some would come, using His name, while being "workers of iniquity," and He said: "I never knew you” (Matthew 7:21-23). Christians may vote for a Mormon, avoiding a religious litmus test, but they should not be deceived into believing that they are voting for a Christian any more than voting for Obama because he professes to be a Christian. Voters should examine the policies each candidate puts forward on social values, economic philosophy, Constitutional fidelity, and foreign affairs.
to Daytonsdarwin...I hardly think that the limited space of this comment provides opportunity to refute the silliness of your darwinist views. It is not that hard to do with all the scientific, historicic, archeological, statistical evidence that is readily available. I hardly view your comments as proof of the darwinist view, so that must mean it is not more than rhetoric too.
I have read, studied, and been schooled in your view, and have rejected it as unscientific as well as atheistic. Have you objectively studied the view you oppose? I encourage you to do so. Others with superior intellects to probably you and I have done so, and the evidence is weighty. I don't mean to disrepect your view, and I hope you will respond accordingly.
to DaytonsDarwin...Open your eyes, friend, the proof of God is all around you. "The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night shows knowledge." People who deny him are showing their ignorance at the same time that they accept as fact a theory of origins that relies upon fantasy. As for Jesus, do your homework. Besides the numerous historical records to His existence, the literary proofs, the movement He founded that cannot be dismissed, the millions of changed lives that cannot be explained apart from His teachings, and many more, Jesus is a fact that is only denied by naysayers who have their heads in the sand.
reply to "Hambone"...It's a little hypocritical to knock Romney's authenticity while overlooking how really "phoney" Obama is. Almost nothing he claims to be can be verified since he has hidden all the information. His own autobiography is full of falsehoods which he has constructed. Let's get real!
For once Clay Bennett got it right when he called Obama a socialist, but I doubt his sincerity.
Upon what basis should prayer be outlawed from public gatherings? The Supreme Court has pronounced on the subject, and this is often quoted as the authority. Only one problem with this: the Supreme Court does not make law according to the Constitution. It is the Legislature that makes law. Please cite the Congressional law that forbids prayer in public gatherings. The few do not have the right to suppress the majority unless the majority have violated some law of the land. Otherwise, the few can just tolerate the will of the majority. That's what the minority wants all the time.
Clay Bennett's cartoon says more about his own intelligence than anyone else's. If Fox News is, in his thinking, the antithesis of intelligent, what, pray tell, is the status of MSNBC in his thinking? That cable network fails to have a single intelligent spokesman, except perhaps Joe Scarborough, and his intelligence is suspect, owing to his association with it.
Gay sex hurts the person involved in it just like adultery hurts the person involved in it. Anytime a person violates God's moral code, he does so to his own hurt. There is nothing natural about homosexuality. It is a strike against the family and the continuance of the human race. That is not to say that we should demean the individual for whom Christ died. No one of us can condemn another for "all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." We contribute to each other's welfare when we urge one another to adhere to God's standards, which are right and good.