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Yesterday, Robert Jeffress launched a frontal attack on Mitt’s faith.  I respond at length in Patheos.  Read the whole thing.


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3 Responses to Responding to Robert Jeffress’s Bizarre Rant

  1. VH Phillips says:

    Thank you, David. Views like those expressed by Pastor Jeffress never cease to astonish me. It is not just the bigotry or hatred, but the hypocrisy.

    As a caveat, I am not an official spokesperson, though I am a member of the LDS Church (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), commonly referred to as Mormon. We do believe in the Bible as well as other scripture, including the Book of Mormon–hence the nickname. We believe all that God has revealed–all that He does now reveal–and that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the kingdom of God (Article of Faith, #9). We believe that all things that persuade men to do good or to believe in Christ come from God (Moroni 7:16). I understand that this belief in ANY scripture other than the Bible alone constitutes a heresy in the minds of many evangelical Christians. I also understand the evangelical view that salvation comes not through works, but through faith alone–in particular, faith or belief in and acceptance of Jesus Christ (John 3:16).

    So, if I, as a member of the LDS church, accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior (which I wholeheartedly do)–if I accept his gift and atoning sacrifice and the shedding of his blood for my sins, am I not saved? And if I am saved, am I not a Christian? Can a person be saved and still not be Christian? That is the great theological conundrum for those who share Pastor Jeffress’s views. I have read the Bible through many times and have not found anywhere within it an * that says you are saved through faith “IF” or “UNLESS” or “ONLY SO LONG AS…”. The evangelical christian view of salvation does not contain asterisks–a person is either SAVED or they are not.

    I would ask Pastor Jeffress, where does it say you are saved through faith “only” so long as your views of the gospel are in accordance with Pastor Jeffress–or in accordance with the SBC? Where does it say that faith in Jesus Christ is only valid IF your religious beliefs are sanctioned by ANY individual or group of individuals? If that assertion is not Biblical, Mr. Jeffress is himself “adding” to the Bible and is therefore guilty of the very heresy for which he decries “mormonism”.

    Members of the LDS church may have different religious views compared with other christian faiths, including catholics, evangelicals, or other protestant churches. Those different views might reasonably mean that they (Latter-day Saints) would not be accurately termed “EVANGELICAL” christians. The same could be said of catholics as well as other protestant faiths. However, it seems evident from evangelical teaching that all who come unto Christ–who have faith in and accept Him as their Lord and Savior–are “saved” and are therefore “Christian” by definition.

    If I have misstated the evangelical view, please feel free to comment or add any correction. God bless you, Pastor Jeffress, and everyone at EFM for the good you are doing.

    All the best,
    VH Phillips

  2. Dawn Shumway says:

    I am shocked that a person can be a pastor of any religion being filled with such bigotry. I think the Baptist need a real christian for their pastor.

  3. Stan says:

    The best thing to do is to ignore individuals like Jeffries especially if you don’t want to be called a bigot by association.

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