He's a Mormon and a cult member. His God is not as good as their God. The GOP is determined pander to the base and the American people with a religious litmus test. This is why they are speed dating candidates who lack the most basic knowledge of anything. First they wanted category 5 Moron Michelle and her closeted husband who believes it's feasible to pray the gay out of people, then they wanted a pseudo Bush who is dumber, gayer and more gun toting-er than a member of the Crips. Lastly we have our real life minstrel show, Herman Cain, who literally breaks out in an old negro spiritual while channeling the power of the Fuhrer saying nothing more than "9-9-9". The most infamous and insane Mormon is Glenn Beck, so we know Mormonism churns out loons. I'm just saying what everyone else down here in the deep, deep South doesn’t even have to say — we’re still not convinced that the Catholics aren’t going to hell because they worship Mary, changed the Ten Commandments and are idolaters (and they drink!). But the Bible changed anyway...and the fact that people in the South can admit that out loud means that people here reads and that's rare.
So, what’s the big deal? I know, I know, the primaries and all that, but really, Perry has the evangelical vote sewn up. That should scare the hell out of everyone...
Why do Evangelicals consider Mormonism a cult? "What is a cult?" But it is not enough to ask modern pastors or Christians for their definition because they are obviously threatened by the growth of Mormonism and want to make sure they use--or create--a definition that nails the Mormons. Many seem to have a working definition of cult as "anything I disagree with." I consider a true cult any religion not 2,000 years or older, even though every religion fits the text book definition of cult. Webster defines cult as:
What do Mormon's believe?
The Mormon religion (Mormonism), whose followers are known as Mormons and Latter Day Saints (LDS), was founded less than two hundred years ago by a man named Joseph Smith. He claimed to have received a personal visit from God the Father and Jesus Christ who told him that all churches and their creeds were an abomination. Joseph Smith then set out to begin a brand-new religion that claims to be the “only true church on earth.” Yeah...here we go with this again...every religion claims this one don't they?
Mormons believe that there are in fact four sources of divinely inspired words, not just one: 1) The Bible “as far as it is translated correctly.” Which verses are considered incorrectly translated is not always made clear. 2) The Book of Mormon, which was “translated” by Smith and published in 1830. Smith claimed it is the “most correct book” on earth and that a person can get closer to God by following its precepts “than by any other book.” Of course, because HE WROTE IT! 3) The Doctrine and Covenants, containing a collection of modern revelations regarding the “Church of Jesus Christ as it has been restored.” 4) The Pearl of the Great Price (those of us that read the Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne recognize this line), which is considered by Mormons to “clarify” doctrines and teachings that were lost from the Bible and adds its own information about the earth's creation. They have this "adding texts" thing in common with Jehovah Witnesses, Adventists, Scientologists, Raelians, Heaven's Gate,
Mormons believe the following about God: He has not always been the Supreme Being of the universe, but attained that status through righteous living and persistent effort. They believe God the Father has a “body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s.” Though abandoned by modern Mormon leaders, Brigham Young taught that Adam actually was God and the father of Jesus Christ. Mormons believe that there are different levels or kingdoms in the afterlife: the celestial kingdom, the terrestrial kingdom, the telestial kingdom, and outer darkness. Where mankind will end up depends on what they believe and do in this life.
The Telestial Kingdom is the lowest degree of glory attainable, and is reserved for those who have willfully rejected the gospel of Jesus Christ and commit serious sins such as adultery, lying and murder and who fail to repent for these sins in mortality. These people are unable to receive either Jesus Christ or God the Father. So lying, cheating on your spouse and murder are all equal? Telling someone that I didn't eat that cookie is the same thing as dismembering a child? Yup, according to the Morons, I mean Mormons.
TheTerrestial Kingdom is saved for those who lived honorable lives on Earth but were blinded by the "craftiness" of men and were not valiant in the testimony of Jesus. These people receive the presence of the Son, but not the Fullness of the Father. This must be for the people that have common sense and never lied, murdered or cheated on their spouses but danced to the devils music while eating chocolate, fried chicken and drinking beer. This is where all the masturbators, video game players, and stiletto wearing harlots go.
The highest degree of glory, and the one LDS members strive to reach, is the Celestial Kingdom . This Kingdom is reserved for those who received the testimony of Jesus, believed in his name and were baptized after the manner of his burial. Entrance into this Kingdom requires a temple marriage and sealing. People are able to dwell in the presence of both God the Father and Jesus Christ for all eternity. Latter-day Saints believe that eternal life is the greatest of all God's gifts, and the Plan of Salvation is His way of making it available to them. They also believe that every person has the potential to become a God with all the power and glory that God the Father possesses.
Here is my favorite: Another unique belief held by LDS members is that of baptism of the dead. Mormons believe that all deceased beings, dwelling as spirits and awaiting the time of resurrection and judgement, will be given the opportunity to hear and accept the message of the Gospel; whereas ordinary baptisms take place in normal church houses, baptisms for the dead are only performed in the temples.
Mormon leaders have taught that Jesus’ incarnation was the result of a physical relationship between God the Father and Mary. Mormons believe Jesus is a god, but that any human can also become a god. The most important and central focus of the LDS church is the family. Marriages performed in the Church's temples do not end at death; rather, both the marriage and family relationships are sealed for "time and all eternity." This idea - of an "eternal family" - governs their way of life; every effort is made to live a life worthy of returning to live with God the Father (and thus their family in the Celestial Kingdom).
Plural Marriage (polygamy; a man must have more than one wife to attain the highest degree of heaven).
The Curse of Cain (the black race is not entitled to hold God's priesthood because it is cursed; this doctrine was not abandoned until 1978).
Blood Atonement (some sins - apostasy( leaving the church), adultery, murder, interracial marriage - must be atoned for by the shedding of the sinner's blood, preferably by someone appointed to do so by church authorities).
More interesting beliefs in a nutshell:
God lives on a planet near the star Kolob.
The LDS Church is basically our American "Protestant Reformation", mixed with UFOs and good old fashioned racism, who happen to not be protestants, or do not derive from the theological tradition that originated in Roman Catholicism. Nor are they Trinitarians or Neo-Platonists does not partake of the post-Apostolic doctrines such as the Nicene Creed.
What happens if one becomes a Mormon?
You will be continually reminded that to enter the highest degree of heaven (the "Celestial Kingdom"), you will have to go through the endowment ceremony in the temple and have your marriage to your Mormon spouse "sealed." (If your spouse is not Mormon, or if you are not married, you cannot enter the highest degree of heaven.) To get permission to have these ceremonies performed in the temple, you must prove yourself to be a faithful and obedient member of the church and do everything commanded by the church authorities, from the Prophet down to the local level. You will have to undergo a personal "worthiness" interview with the local church authorities inquiring into your private life and your religious and social activities.
You will be expected to be unquestioningly obedient to church authorities in whatever they might tell you to do. "Follow the Brethren" is the slogan, and it means to follow without doubt or question. Discussion of whether a decree from above is correct is discouraged. You will be expected to have faith that the leaders cannot possibly lead you astray. Even if they should tell you something which contradicts what a previous prophet may have said, you will be told "A living prophet takes precedence over a dead prophet."
You will be advised not to read any material which is "not faith-promoting."
You will be advised not to associate with "apostates," that is, former Mormons. (You will be asked in your "worthiness" interview about this.)
If you are unmarried, you will be encouraged to marry a good Mormon as soon as possible. When you do marry, in a wedding ceremony in the temple, your non-Mormon family members and friends will not be allowed to attend the ceremony, because only "worthy" Mormons are allowed to enter the temple.
If you are homosexual, you will be pressured to abandon this "evil" aspect of your nature. If you do not, you will probably not be fully accepted by other church members. If you do not remain celibate, you may be excommunicated.
If you prove yourself to be faithful, hard working and obedient, you will eventually be considered worthy to "receive your endowment" in a Mormon temple. You will not be told in advance exactly what to expect in this lengthy ceremony, except that the details of the ritual are secret (Mormons prefer to say they are just "sacred," but they treat them as though they are secret). As part of that ceremony you will be required to swear a number of oaths, the penalty for violation of which is no longer stated but until 1990 was death by various bloody methods, such as having your throat slit from ear to ear. You will be given the secret signs and passwords which are required to enter heaven. (Although most Mormons who have not received the endowment know very little about the ceremony, the entire liturgy is now available on the Internet to Mormon and non-Mormon alike.) After receiving the endowment you will be required to wear a special undergarment at all times.
Purification for the youth
Again, these are beliefs I suspect most people haven't investigated or looked into that closely, but their belief system has the same purpose as everyone Else's. It's nothing more than an organized system of control to maintain social order. Personally, I don't distinguish much of a difference between magic underpants, many mini or demi gods, degree's of heaven and glorified bodies, angels, everyone having a private mansion, robes and gold crowns. Is that not really the same thing? One person's cult is the next person's religion and neither belongs in government or as a qualifier to hold public office. God or whatever deity you believe in, if this is what qualifies a person for public office, if this is the best that we can do, then we are dead as society already.
Romney, Perry, Cain, Bachmann they are all fruit from the same poisonous tree of lunacy. March on Christian soldiers, and take your country off a cliff!