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Incredible column.  There’s more, but chew on this:

First, there is no religious test for public office. If you don’t believe me, check out the Constitution of the United States, Article VI, Paragraph 3. The public statements of some evangelicals that they wouldn’t vote for Romney because of his Mormonism would cause the Founding Fathers to spin in their graves.

Second, as voters we are to choose the most competent people to be God’s magistrates to do justice, restrain evil and preserve order. That’s what the Bible calls for. And in our country, where we have the precious liberty of choosing our leaders, we are responsible for picking competent men and women. See Jethro’s advice to Moses in Exodus 18. While choosing men to help him judge the people, Moses was to select first of all competent men. Those men were also to be godly — that is, men of good moral standing and character….

Come on: Stop talking about the candidates’ religion. It’s distracting and it marginalizes Christianity in the public debate. Let’s continue instead to work to advance the Kingdom of God and pick, to the best of our ability, a candidate of competence and sound character who will preserve order and promote justice in our land.

About Charles Mitchell

EFM's resident Yankee, Charles Mitchell, works in the non-profit arena in his native Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Charissa, live near the state capital of Harrisburg with their daughter, Adeline, and are members of a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America.

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7 Responses to Chuck Colson Destroys Misguided Arguments

  1. Terry says:

    Life-time Mormon here.
    Colson nailed it, all the way around!
    So he stated that Mormonism is not Christian. So what? (Question directed to those LDS who may express indignation over the statement.)
    He was right on in issuing a call for everyone to knock off with the religious comparisons that have no business in a political arena anyway.
    My hat’s off to you, Chuck Colson.
    And to you, EFM, for bringing the article to our attention.

  2. Hannah Rebekah says:

    So What that the Bible say that Mormons are Christians…just like it says that Baptists are Christian or any other Christian denomination. And to think that those who claim that Mormons are not Christian also believe in Sola Scriptura, their authority. I guess Sola Scriptura is only lip service after all and well…they are adding to the Bible.

    Since these Traditional Christians claim they are bound by the Bible as their only and final authority…then they are not bound to their Pastors, the demagogues, other Anti-Mormons, the counter-cult movement, other books & websites that say so because it’s just someone’s opinion (Anti-Mormon polemics). The Bible has already defined it and is the final authority. If they are not bound by the Bible (Sola Scriptura) as they claim, they are then the biggest hypocrites, they talk out of both sides of their mouths and have lose all creditability…they turn on their own true authority and make it up as they go along.

    Mormons do not need anyone else to define who we are because the Lord has already done that, in the Bible and in modern day revelation. The name given to his saints in this day, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bears this out.

    Since the “less than Christian” remarks of the Texas Pastor the conversation has been pretty interesting of how many others hold his views as well as “those who may not speak it out loud.” I’ve seen a number of appeals that Mormons are Christians based on definitions in dictionaries. I just wanted to take that one step further using the Bible show that Mormons ARE Christians. We know that southern Christians used the Bible (Sola Scriptura) to defend slavery even unto death (Civil War). I’m curious how they are going to dance around this one…because they will or probably already have. If they do then they are turning on their Sola Scriptura belief.

    In the Bible the word Christian is used three times in reference to Christ’s followers or disciples. (Acts 11:26; Acts 26:28 & 1 Peter 4:16.)

    Acts 26:28 says
    28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.
    Acts 11:26 says:
    26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
    This is how Strong’s Bible Concordance defined “Christians” and “disciples” as used Acts 11:26.

    CHRISTIAN:
    Christianos – Christos; is Greek; a Christian, i.e. FOLLOWER OF CHRIST:–Christian
    http://www.sacrednam…GRK55.htm#S5546

    DISCIPLE:
    Manqanw – Manthano; is Greek; a learner, i.e. pupil: disciple.
    http://www.sacrednam…GRK31.htm#S3101

    The Lexicon tell us this:
    Christian:
    http://www.bluelette…ngs=G3101&t=KJV

    Disciple:
    http://www.bluelette…1&t=KJV&page=10

    1 Peter 4:16 says (let’s add a few more verses an enlightened understanding)
    14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
    15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.
    16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
    17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

    Actually that whole chapter has implications and it doesn’t make the so-called “Born Agains” who are acting as bigots look very good but I guess when it comes to politics and the Mormons the ends justify the means.

    This is not to paint a broad brush over all Christians as there are Christians who act like it. “By their fruits ye shall know them.”

  3. Hannah Rebekah says:

    Sorry….didn’t post the conclusion which is so very obvious.
    Mormons are disciples (pupils) of Christ, and we follow his teachings therefore Mormons are Christians….”the Bible tells me so.”

    If anyone uses the definitions that are used against the Mormons of why they are not Christians that same logic can be used to make the ancient Christians not Christians. It only proves that Mormons are not 4th Century Traditional Christians and we happily say that is so. We are non-Traditional LDS Christians.

  4. Mev says:

    Are Mormon’s Christians? Not to get all Bill Clinton, but it REALLY depends on the definition of Christian being used. Colson has some very specific criteria that I agree the LDS church does not meet. If I’m using his definition then I agree: I don’t qualify as a Christian.

    Most Mormons would like people to define Christians as “People who believe and follow the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, (including his assertions of his own divinity)”, with it being understood that different people will interpret those teachings in different ways. By this definition, Mormon’s absolutely are Christians.

    Because Christ is so central to LDS beliefs, it’s very jarring for us to hear people insisting that we are not Christians. But we must consider the objectives of the person choosing the definition. I certainly have no problem being referred to as “not mainstream Christians”, and I don’t believe any LDS member would either. We recognize that there are differences between most other Christian denominations and ours — in fact, we revel in it.

    But it is always distressing to hear people who are intent on causing division run back to a more narrow definition of Christianity. I love EFM for recognizing so long ago that what unites us is far greater than what divides us.

    Thank you, EFM!

  5. Terry says:

    Whether or not Mormons are Christian is a non-issue in the political arena. Being a Mormon myself, what someone else chooses to label me is their business, and does not bother me. I know who I am and what I believe. God knows it also, and that’s good enough for me. I also know that where Evangelicals are concerned (and Christians of other faiths as well), the moral compass of Mormonism is pointed in the same direction as their moral compass is pointed. Politically, that’s the important issue, and will be the factor that gets Romney elected–provided that enough Evangelicals and other Christians arrive at the same conclusion that the folks at EFM arrived at several years ago.

    Romney answered the questions of his faith last election, and did so very well. I think that anyone who tries to resurrect that non-issue this time around, will only be hurting him or herself.

  6. Barbara says:

    As a Mormon I would like to agree that it doesn’t matter what Christian religion people belong to in politics. I would like to add that we have always been taught that the constitution is divinely inspired by divinely inspired men and that we should always defend it. There is so much false doctrine about Mormons. Why not listen to the BYU channel any Sunday morning and see for yourself what a Sunday meeting is like and what Mormons really believe. Or ask your friends when General Conference is on TV. Finding out what other churches believe is interesting. Listening to the BYU channel isn’t threatening either.

  7. Tin Man says:

    So then to say “any” who state they believe in the word of God are Christians, regardless of their association, wow, even Satan believes and trembles… Should we then allow the antichrist to run for a public office no matter? Where do we draw the line…

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