Yesterday at the Values Voter Conference, Rick Perry was introduced by Pastor Robert Jeffress, who insisted we should only vote for a Christian conservative. In later remarks, he explained that while Mitt Romney is a moral person, he isn’t Christian. He stated that Mormonism does not follow historical Christianity, and so is a cult.
Let’s look at the history of Christianity, shall we? Depending on which religion you ask, Catholicism was established somewhere between 33 AD and 400 AD. There was no Protestant/evangelical movement for more than a thousand years.
Martin Luther tacked his protest theses up on the Church door in 1516 AD. John Calvin and the other Reformers soon followed.
The Baptist Church goes back to 1609 in the Netherlands, with John Smyth, a Separatist as its first pastor. Centuries later, over slavery, the Southern Baptist Convention broke away from the American Baptist Church. They chose enslaving blacks, and used the Bible to justify slavery. This occurred in 1845.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began in 1830. We have a longer history of being a Christian religion than the Southern Baptist Convention. It has a very short history. Even compared to Catholicism, the Baptist movement has virtually no history. It is as much a Christian cult as Mormonism is!
I think scholar Harold Bloom described the Southern Baptist Convention best when he said they are the “Know Nothing” Christians. And, now we find they are also a cult!