This is a GREAT blog post from Summit Ministries. It really gets to the roots (and I have searched and found more responses/rebuttals) of two main arguments I have been hearing throughout the campaign season, from people who have spoken to me about their thoughts on voting at all in this election.

The arguments from CHRISTIANS:

1: “I am a Christian American and I am not going to vote in this election because I don’t want to vote against my Biblical conscious.” (!!)

2: “Romney’s no different than Obama. I am not going to vote for the ‘lesser of two evils’ because they are both evil.”

Usually, the main concern I have found these Christians have towards Romney is that he is a Mormon and they just can’t vote for him because of it. One person told me, “I will be held accountable to GOD, so I can’t vote for either because they’re just not the ‘right ones’.”

LISTEN UP CHRISTIANS!

1: If only 15% of you “Christians” even voted four years ago, we wouldn’t be in the pickle we’re in now. NOT voting IS voting for the other side. You are giving your TACIT CONSENT, to put it in simple terms…

2: If you’re not registered to vote, stop complaining.

3: You’re NEVER going to get a candidate you agree with 100%. Jesus is NOT on the ballot.

4: Read ROMANS 13 and tell me now if the Bible doesn’t say Christians should get involved in government/politics.

5: DC is only as corrupt as you allow it to be. YOU are the ones who VOTE your leaders and representatives in office. Remember that.

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Now, be sure to read this:

Rapid Response: Can Christians Vote for Mormons?

Editor’s Note: Summit Ministries endorses neither political candidates nor political parties. While not an endorsement, this Rapid Response addresses two pressing questions many Christians are asking as the autumn elections approach: Is the Mormon Church a Christian church? May Christians vote for Mormons?

Kevin James Bywater is the Director and Resident Scholar of the Summit Oxford Study Centre. In his essay on Summit’s website, “Mormonism: A Survey and Biblical Critique,” he addresses these and other questions at greater length than we shall here. Kevin is a former fifth-generation Mormon who was born and raised in northern Utah. He is available to speak and consult on the subject of pseudo-Christian religions and many other subjects. Please contact him at kjb@summitoxford.org to request that he speak to your group.

Now that Mitt Romney is the Republican nominee for president, come January 20th, 2013, either Barack Obama will begin his second term as president or Mitt Romney will begin his first. Romney would be the first Mormon to become President of the United States of America.[1]

Is Mormonism Christian?

Mitt Romney is a member[2] of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly known as the Mormon Church or the LDS Church). His religious beliefs are a serious consideration for many voters. According to a November 2011 poll of the Pew Research Center, 51 percent of Americans hold that Mormonism is Christian.[3] However, we find that few Christians know enough about the teachings of the Mormon Church to discern whether it is a Christian denomination.[4]

So, is the Mormon Church a Christian church?[5] Let us look briefly at some central Mormon teachings:

  1. What and who is God?
  2. What is the nature of humankind?
  3. What is the nature of Scripture?
  4. How does one acquire salvation?

As we will see, Mormons use the same theological words as Christians. This alone gives the impression that Mormons are Christians. But that is a mistaken impression. With other pseudo-Christian[6] religions (e.g., Jehovah’s Witnesses), Mormons use Christian vocabulary but have a very different dictionary.[7] Thus they have a different worldview.

The Mormon Church holds that following the deaths of the first apostles, there was a great apostasy and the gospel and church authority were lost from the earth.[8] They were restored through Joseph Smith, Jr. in the early-1800s. Mormons thus see their church as the one true church, with other churches being corrupted and without proper priesthood authority to administer saving ordinances such as baptism or communion.[9]

What and Who is God?

The Mormon Church teaches that God the Father once was a man who progressed to become a god,[10] that he has a wife,[11] and that all humans and other spirits are their literal offspring.[12] Mormons reject the Christian doctrine of the Trinity,[13][14] believing that God the Father, Jesus Christ,[15] and the Holy Spirit are three separate gods[16] who are unified in purpose.[17] Jesus is seen as the firstborn of God and his wife, with Lucifer being born later.[18] It is believed by Mormons that Jesus attained deity prior to his incarnation on earth.[19] He is our older brother and was literally conceived through a conjugal relationship between God the Father and Mary.[20]

What is the Nature of Humankind?

The Mormon Church teaches that all humans, prior to life on earth, were born as spirit children of God the Father and his wife(s).[21] Mormonism also teaches that Adam and Eve made a good and right choice in eating of the forbidden tree in the Garden of Eden.[22] Now, as a result of the fall, humans go through mortality with the opportunity of becoming exalted gods[23] by believing the teachings and obeying the practices of the Mormon Church.[24]

What is the Nature of Scripture?

The Bible (King James Version) is part of the Mormon canon of Scriptures, along with The Book of Mormon, The Doctrine and Covenants, and The Pearl of Great Price. However, the Mormon Church teaches that the Bible has been corrupted in both transmission and translation.[25] Mormons usually hold that their church leaders have sole authority to interpret the Scriptures correctly.

How Does One Acquire Salvation?

The Mormon Church teaches, in effect, that Jesus refinances our sins.[26] The Church teaches that salvation is through baptism and other ordinances and principles. Even so, all people but a few[27] will find a future in one of three heavenly kingdoms, the highest being the celestial kingdom.[28] The baptized faithful will obtain a place in the highest heaven, the celestial kingdom, with the most faithful among them being exalted and become gods themselves, as families, able to produce children eternally.[29] It is only those faithful who live in the presence of Heavenly Father forever. According to the LDS Church, the gospel principles one must obey to live with Heavenly Father forever include being baptized by a Mormon priest, receiving priesthood authority, obeying the Mormon prophets and apostles, and being eternally married[30] in a Mormon temple.[31]

In transparent comparison with the Christian faith, one can only conclude that Mormonism is not another Christian denomination but a pseudo-Christian religion.[32] Most contrasts and differences are plain, sometimes admitted by Mormon leaders, and stunningly profound; they include the nature of God (eternal or emergent), the nature of Jesus Christ (eternal deity or spirit child of God and literal brother of all other spirit), the number of gods (one or many), the nature of the fall of mankind (Adam and Eve’s actions were bad or good), and the way of salvation to the eternal presence of God (faith in Jesus Christ or special works and ordinances). Again, we have only briefly discussed the differences.[33]

Is the Mormon Church a Christian church? No, it is not. As we noted above: Mormons use Christian vocabulary but not a biblical dictionary. As such, profound confusion reigns when Mormonism is seen as a Christian denomination.

This conclusion should not be seen as accusing Mormons of being bad citizens or unfriendly people. Indeed, Mormons may be your best neighbors, capable co-workers, or among your friends at school. As a subculture in America, Mormons are taught to express many values that Christians also hold.

Can Christians Ever Vote for Mormons?

Many Christians have voiced several objections to voting for Mormons, and that without regard for the candidates’ proposed policies. Below we address some of these objections.

“Choosing between the lesser of two evils is evil, so even if the other candidate is worse, I can’t vote for a Mormon.”

As Summit President Dr. Jeff Myers points out in the new Political Animal course, this is a misguided objection, because it misses one crucial point: according to Romans 3:10, all of us, not just particular political candidates, are shot-through with sin. If taken to its logical conclusion, this objection would disallow Christians from being involved in any civil or social activity, politics or otherwise.

We also must not forget that in the United States, voting is only one of our civic responsibilities.[34] If candidates are elected and do evil, it is the citizens’ responsibility to hold the officials accountable through exposure, protest, the judiciary, and the next election.

“Mormons don’t believe in the one, true God.”

While this is true,[35] we ought to remember that in a republic such as ours, we do not elect preachers-in-chief as our presidents; we elect the best person seriously on offer for the job. Nowhere does the Bible stipulate that the only people who are to hold political authority are Christ’s followers. Take, for example, the following biblical heroes: Joseph in Egypt, Daniel in Babylon, or Esther in Persia. The apostle Paul, in Acts 25, appeals to Caesar as a Roman citizen.

These biblical heroes were asked to work for the good of others in the confines of often-hostile government leadership. Yet God did not ask them to overthrow or only support believing leadership. He taught them to live justly and to promote societal justice.

“A vote for a Mormon is a vote for the LDS church.”

When we vote for a candidate, we do not vote for all his or her ideas or ideals. That is impossible: people change their minds, and we cannot know all of a person’s opinions. Support for any candidate is not an endorsement of all of that candidate’s convictions. Again, a helpful approach would be to voting for a candidate the same as one would hire a candidate for a job. In this case, the job is to exercise political authority within the constraints of the nations’ laws.

While there are objections to be considered in voting for Mormons, there are also reasons to vote for Mormons, or for anyone with worldview convictions that differ from our own.

It is Christians’ role to be a preserving agent of a society.

As Jeremiah 29:4-7 reminds us, we are to seek the welfare of our city — of our most immediate communities. In other words, we are to be preserving agents, not just of cultures, but also of good political processes. And in our own republic, sometimes preserving the political process involves voting against someone as much as voting for someone. Therefore, if a candidate would not be our first choice to fill a political position, we can vote for that candidate in the hope that a worse candidate does not win.

Politics in a fallen world demands prudence.

Naturally, objections may be lodged against any candidate’s policy positions. The careful consideration of these questions is what political prudence is all about. For more information on issues such as economic, political, and religious freedom, check out our past Rapid Responses, Journals, and essays.

Sometimes, we must look at the practical results of a particular candidate’s victory. Who will a candidate surround himself with to help execute the office’s responsibilities? In the case of president, one of the most overlooked — but perhaps most important — functions is to appoint justices to the U.S. Supreme Court, who then can serve as long as they like. In fact, presidents appoint literally thousands of people in their cabinet, to judicial positions, and to regulatory agencies. And many of these individuals serve for life or at least well beyond the term(s) of the president.

Which candidate will best support the ideals necessary for the flourishing of our society: religious liberty, economic freedom, respect for life, and a proper ordering of the spheres of society? Prudence dictates that we take such political decisions into account when deciding how to cast our vote.

Summary

To summarize, Mormonism is not Christian, but that is not the only (and maybe not the leading) consideration when Christians vote. Christians may vote for candidates who are not Christians, for at issue is not the leadership of a local Christian church or Christian denomination. In the race for president, for example, our goal is not to elect a preacher-in-chief but a commander-in-chief.

Political engagement is neither easy nor optional, as Dr. Jeff Myers reminds us. But when we are equipped with biblical wisdom and make prayerful, careful deliberation, we can play our proper role as citizens and seek to shape our society for the well being of others.

Taken from: http://www.summit.org/blogs/summit-announcements/rapid-response-can-christians-vote-for-mormons/

Questions? Comments? Obscene Gesticulations?

SPIT THEM OUT!

So, what would you do if you wanted America to fail? Who would you elect? What would you buy? What laws would you pass? Watch this video and think about it:

“If I Wanted America to Fail…”

What IS literature? Why do we study it?

That was the the topic of the entire 3 hour and 10 minute Literature Theory class I have the opportunity to take notes of for a student with disability the first half of this summer.

…expression of a person’s thoughts/ideas written down (or not)? message in a story? artistic merit? subjectivity or objectivity? something that lasts? what society values based of economic conditions? etc.

So much universality and relative talk. Theorist can’t pin down the exact answer. These college kids (mainly English majors) will be reading Freud and Marx, among others. In my eyes, it’s a pity and disturbing to know how confused even the professor seems to be. He didn’t even give an answer. He agreed with the class a lot.

I was ITCHING to say things in today’s class; so when everyone was dismissed, I have requested permission to interject my two cents when ever I feel like. It was granted. ;D We shall see how it goes!

~CONVERSATION CARRIED ON~

Friend: isn’t literature just “words on paper”??

Me: Apparently, according to this class, “words on paper” is your opinion, postulate, theory, assumption, subjectivity. Thus, it is not necessarily true for someone else. What they are teaching is the POSTMODERNISM worldview: reality is what individuals or social groups make it to be.

Friend: So nothing is TRUE. What a wonderful world that must be

What are your thoughts?

Socialism in the classroom just like socialism in the government!! A good watch. Share with all your liberal friends. Maybe they will get a little bit better educated…

A war is raging against our shared values. Our faith and freedom are under attack. Silence in the face of this war is not an option. Decisive action is needed. Join with others who share the core values that make America a great nation. Take a stand for righteousness and justice and be part of a new revolution to take back America. The time has come to turn our voices into votes and to change the course of history.

Registration is required. So sign up here.

I will be there with Ms. Sue Trombino of
Women Impacting the Nation!
Where:

Calvary Assembly of God
1199 Clay Street
Winter Park, FL 32789

More than 50 national religious and political speakers bring their insight and excitement to this event. It will be an in-depth Prayer and Patriotism event where people are united by love for our country’s freedom and our faith in Christ.

Check out this year’s schedule and pick the breakout sessions that fascinate you, with topics from Israel to immigration, from our families to our nation’s future, from human trafficking to the ticking clock of our national debt. We welcome all ages, denominations, and ethnicities to unite around Christian and conservative values.

We hope to educate, motivate, and activate you to make a difference in your community in 2012. As our nation’s honor is deteriorating, now is the time to take a stand and restore our country’s strength and dignity!

Reserve your tickets today!

If you’re traveling, these are some recommended hotels or if you are interested in exhibiting please contact us for approval.

View last year’s video of the presentations.

I really enjoyed watching this movie. There was a beautiful message behind it. In fact, watched this movie only once and have it completely memorized, with the addition of some lines. I would definitely go out and watch it all over again.

It clearly proclaims how life is precious and how we need to preserve it dearly.

The Erwin Brothers said:

OCTOBER BABY opened in theaters this past weekend with incredible results. It was the No. 1 film in limited release, the No. 3 film in per-screen average, and the No. 8 film overall-despite being seen in only 390 theaters! But more than that, God is using the movie to impact people.

What great news!

One-Night Only

On Tuesday, March 27, 2012, in more than 450 major movie theaters, audiences will come together for a live, one-night only theatrical event called MONUMENTAL: IN SEARCH OF AMERICA’S NATIONAL TREASURE, hosted by Kirk Cameron.

The two-hour show will begin at 7:30 P.M. ET, 6:30 P.M. CT, 5:30 P.M. MT and 8:00 P.M. PT. (tape delayed) CLICK HERE to get your tickets.

Audiences will be inspired as they come together at the same time in cities across the country to rediscover the people and the principles that made America the strongest, most free and prosperous nation on earth.

Kirk Cameron will take audiences on a journey through conversations with special guests, live music from top artists, and his new documentary MONUMENTAL. Trace the heroic and harrowing travels of the early Pilgrims. Encounter the unlikely men and women who risked everything for liberty. Experience the stories of faith that guided education, government, and civic life. Hear from inspiring leaders on simple and practical ways to keep America’s ideals alive, beginning at home. A high-energy patriotic event, MONUMENTAL will unite audiences in a celebration of America’s unique story of faith and freedom.

CLICK HERE to get your tickets.

Official MONUMENTAL Trailer:

GET YOUR TICKETS! You will NOT want to miss this.

My church, New Presbyterian Church, has organized a Faith and Freedom Weekend, March 2-4, 2012, with seminars on Friday and Saturday, a banquet Friday evening with key note speaker Allen West, and it will end with the biggest concert of the year: the Patriotic Concert, with more than 2,000 attendees and its free. Wow.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!!

This Faith and Freedom Weekend will be everything about our core Christian and historical roots of our nation and Founding Fathers.

Click below for the flyer and schedule:

Drop outs

Posted: January 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

FYI:

Michelle Bachman, John Huntsman, and Rick Perry official dropped out of the Presidential race.