Mormonism no longer a cult, says Billy Graham

It’s OK to vote for Republican leader Mitt Romney because the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is no longer a cult, according to American evangelical leader Billy Graham.

According to a report in the Charlotte Observer, earlier this week the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association removed Mormonism from a number of cults listed in an article on its website, with the organizations’ chief of staff saying: “We removed the (cult) information from the website because we do not wish to participate in a theological debate about something that has been politicized during this campaign.”

The move comes after Graham, 93, met with Romney, who is a Mormon, in the evangelical leader’s North Carolina home.

After their meeting, Graham released a statement saying, in part: “It was a privilege to pray with Gov. Romney–for his family and our country. I will turn 94 the day after the upcoming election, and I believe America is at a crossroads. I hope millions of Americans will join me in praying for our nation and to vote for candidates who will support the biblical definition of marriage, protect the sanctity of life and defend our religious freedoms.”

While the cult page has been removed from the Billy Graham website, Slate has the original statement, which reads:

“A cult is any group which teaches doctrines or beliefs that deviate from the biblical message of the Christian faith. It is very important that we recognize cults and avoid any involvement with them. Cults often teach some Christian truth mixed with error, which may be difficult to detect… Some of these groups are Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, the Unification Church, Unitarians, Spiritists, Scientologists, and others.”

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Mormonism no longer a cult, says Billy Graham

  1. Ya.. thanks a lot..

    For over the 60 years I have lived, little Children like myself were indoctrinated (LDS and mainstream) to believe the Mormons were a cult by mainstream religions. And up until last week if one sought spiritual counsel, Mr Grahams own writings said that the Mormons worshiped the Devil and were a cult.

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    Now just because Mr Graham wants to help ‘the Devil’ he tells me ‘never mind all that stuff I taught you,and against you and the others with such conviction, it’s ok ‘this time’.

    Dark Dark times… anything to get the ‘Christian guy’ out of office.

    • A white man in a cult is preferable to a black christian, what new in america?
      This man is the devil himself not much different from romney,changes his color to suit the situatian, a regular chameleon,remember he went to conspire with the government against the jewish people in the U.S. In those times the jewish people were not considered white, its all about being white to this man, somehow he is revered I dont know how and why.

      • The EUSSR needed Libya’s oil and since they have been on US military welfare since WW2, they had their dupe Sodom Hussein Obama arrange the assassination of their newly uncooperative stooge Muammar Queerdaffy, who they previously had on the UN Human Rights Commission.

        In Syria, nobody wants to get involved because it would force them to admit that George Bush was right and the WMDs Saddam Hussein did have and did use on Kurds and Iranians went over to his friend (and formerly theirs) Bashar al-Assad in the Ba’ath Socialist party.

        The EUSSR socialists can never face the facts of what socialism really is.
        -

        “The U.S. has lost track of some of Syria’s chemical weapons, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday, and does not know if any potentially lethal chemicals have fallen into the hands of Syrian rebels or Iranian forces inside the country.”

        - Foreign Policy (9-29)

        -

        Leon Puñettas was too busy having gay pride celebrations at the Pentagon… now there is a dead US ambassador and all the left can do is play with their wee wees and cry about some stupid movie ?

    • Your morals, your code, it’s a bad joke dropped at the first sign of trouble… You’re only as good as the world allows you to be.

      When the chips are down, you “civilized” people will eat each other.

      You see, I’m not a monster, I’m just ahead of the curve.

      You have all these rules and you think they’ll “save” you, when the only sensible way to live in this world is without rules.

      I already told you, I’m not here to “save” anybody. I’m like a dog chasing cars, I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it…

      You’re a schemer, a schemer trying to control your little world… I’m not a schemer, I try to show you schemers how pathetic your attempts to control things really are.

      I introduce a little anarchy, upset the established order and everything becomes chaos.

      I’m an agent of chaos… And you know the thing about chaos?

      It’s fair…

      Nobody panics when things do according to plan, even if the plan is horrifying.

      If I were to tell the press millions of Americans would be blown up by an Iranian nut job or that Democrats have stolen their entire life savings with bailouts and Obamacare, nobody panics because it is all part of the plan…

      But if I say a few homosexuals in San Francisco are upset over their little wee wees, why, everyone just loses their minds!

      Sincerely,

      A. Joker

    • It should be re-named “Cult leader Billy Graham says other cult isn’t actually a cult.”

      • Obama is a cult leader…

        I just haven’t seen any Mormon suicide bombers running amok, and polygyny sounds like a good deal to me…

        (Sodom Hussein Obama is just a lawn jockey for the welfare plantation of the EUSSR)

  2. Obama is the only Christian in the race…whether he’s a good or bad one, it’s up to God to decide. Hard to believe Mr. Graham and others allow their political distaste for Obama to compromise their faith. The fact is, Mormonism is a cult – spend some time reading about Mr. Smith and his “divine revelations” and you’ll see.

  3. How convenient that he’s changed his mind just before the election…

  4. The evangelicals took a look at the two candidates, and decided that having a cult member in the White House was better than a socialist, muslim from Kenya (aka Hawaii). And hey, at least Mitt looks the same as them. These must be hard times for the christian right.

  5. Holy crap. Graham is NOT saying Mormonism isn’t a cult. Has anyone caught this? They removed Mormonism from the cult description because it was being politicized… but the man hasn’t changed his views on whether Mormonism is accurate, much less ‘Christian’.

    At least Mormonism adheres to many surface level social issues that Christianity teaches. Mr. Obama, claims of Christianity regardless, does not fall in line on several issues dear to the hearts of conservative churchmembers.

    Graham is just trying to get the ‘Is Mormonism Christianity?’ question out of the way of electing the candidate for president he feels is better for the country. He doesn’t agree with Romney’s beliefs any more than he did before; he’s just acknowledging that the different religion isn’t his primary barometer for political office. I’m certain the definition will be re-updated shortly after Election Day.

  6. How do you spell “Hypocrisy”? Enough said!

  7. Well if Billy Graham (AKA VOICE OF GOD HIMSELF) say it, it must be true. After all, he’s been so right on so many issues that it would be hard to disbelieve anything he says. Just wish some of these people would say what they mean “we don’t want no N*** in the white house” – at least it’s the truth.

  8. Mormonism is not a Christian religion and that is a fact. If Mitt Romney is elected, it will the first time in US history that a US president ‘s theological ideology will not be shared and known by the majority. That is very troublesome and should be for any Christians. Billy Graham seems to have an inconsistent rationale on this, maybe for a political agenda.

    • How about Thomas Jefferson, the deist who re-wrote the Bible with all supernatural elements removed because he found them repugnant? Forget about him?

      • Ben Franklin… Sir Francis Dashwood… The Earl of Sandwich…

        THE HELL FIRE CLUB!

    • Why on earth would it bother anybody? The US has freedom of religion.

  9. So now its not a cult, because a senile old preacher says so, after a lifetime saying it was. Rev Billy, it doesn’t work this way. The Mormon religion is vastly different in far too many areas to list from “mainstream” Christianity. You’ve sold your soul on this one.

    • That may be, but I’m betting he gets better seats to the Osmond show in Branson

  10. These far right fanatics will say and do anything to keep the black man from another four years.

  11. After Mitt loses the election, Billy will discover it’s a cult once more.

    • M-m-m-maybe. He will lose the election, but Mormonism probably still won’t be a cult after they realize it doesn’t crown you King of America and the world around it.

  12. WHAT PART OF..IDO NOT BELIEVE JESUS IS GOD..DOES BILLY GRAHAM NOT UNDERSTAND

  13. Maybe Billy Graham has grown in wisdom – - – “…by their fruits ye shall know them…” (Matt 7:20), and, “…for whoever is not against us is for us…” (Mark 9:40)

    National Study of Youth and Religion, 2005, UNC, Chapel Hill (U.S. Adolescents Ages 13-17) — The Study found that Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) youth were more likely to exhibit Christian characteristics than Evangelicals (the next most observant group)

    2012, the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life released a new survey, the first ever published by a non-LDS research organization to focus exclusively on members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints…”Mormons exhibit higher levels of religious commitment than many other religious groups, including white evangelical Protestants… Looking at basic, core religious beliefs, 98 percent say they believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ… While previous surveys have clearly established LDS agreement with certain key Christian doctrines — Mormons believe in God, believe the Bible is the word of God and believe in life after death…

    “Protestants, Catholics and Mormons Reflect Diverse Levels of Religious Activity” – - July 9, 2001 study released by the Barna Research Group of Ventura, California. The study found that Mormons are more likely to read the Bible during a week than are Protestants. The Barna institute for religious studies identified that outside of Sunday church sermons (meaning in the home), Mormons were more likely to have read the bible (not the Book of Mormon, but the Bible) than any other religion polled.

    2012 – A study from University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice – - Latter-day Saints “volunteer and donate significantly more than the average American and are even more generous in time and money than the upper quintile of religious people in America… When it comes to the time they spend volunteering, the average adult American LDS member contributes as much as seven times more than that of the average American… “Self-interest in this group didn’t apply, which goes against all economics principles.” The published findings further indicate that these “prosocial behaviors” are reflective of Latter-day Saint teachings, which emphasize Christian service and charity to others.

    A national 2010 Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life survey aimed to test a broad range of religious knowledge, including understanding of the Bible, core teachings of different faiths and major figures in religious history: on questions about Christianity and the Bible, Mormons scored the highest. They also scored second only to Jews in knowledge of Judaism. [Overall, Mormons understand their own doctrines and the Bible better than other Christian denominations.]

    • …and your point is? One cult is better than all the other cults? If strength of conviction is the criterion then Hitler was the leader beyond all other leaders.

      • How about strength of character??? Or do you also worship the character of Hitler?

  14. CULT: n. 1. Church down the road
    that I don’t believe in, that I want others to fear and hate.

    2. any religious group that’s not mine (Linda Fiatoa)

    The Church of Jesus Christ of
    Latter-day Saints is not a cult. The Church fully believes and teaches that
    Jesus is the Son of God and our Savior and Redeemer. It also accepts the Bible
    as scripture. Church members participate fully in society in public schools and
    employment, pursue secular knowledge, and accept and abide by all civil laws.
    The Church now consists of over 14 million members in 150 countries, is
    politically neutral, and has many limitations on Church leaders acting in a
    dictatorial or tyrannical manner.

  15. I wouldn’t vote for Romney anyway.

  16. sorry Mr. Graham but thats just cowardice. If you call something a cult for years and retract it just because of political reasons then you yourself can forget being a true man of God.

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