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Mitt Romney's Faith

The God of Mitt Romney: Why do some claim he's not Christian?

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Millionaire and international businessman Mitt Romney could be the first clergyman elected as president of the United States in over 120 years (the only other was James A. Garfield in 1881, a part-time lay-minister whose term lasted a brief six months). While Romney was building his career at Bain Capital, he was also a Mormon bishop (equivalent to a pastor) and a stake president (presiding over several area congregations) in suburban Belmont, Mass.The constitution may not require a religious test, but many voters still want a Christian leader at the helm.As many know, Mitt Romney belongs to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or “Mormons”), a religious minority, with an estimated 6,229,233 members of record in the US (representing about 2% of US population, see Mormon Newsroom.).

This unprecedented election means that religious and non-religious voters will be interested in knowing what factors may influence Romney's acceptance and ultimately his election.We've examined both LDS and critical views on claims that Romney is or is not Christian, based on official & widely accepted doctrines of the LDS church.

Despite some small and some vast differences from traditional Christianity in LDS doctrine, members of the LDS church will vigorously defend their being Christians.After all, the church is officially called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.Believers from other denominations visiting an LDS Sacrament meeting will also recognize that one of the main focuses is the sacrament of bread and water representing the emblems of Christ's sacrifice.LDS members believethey emphasize Jesus in their lives and at church, that “we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.” (2 Nephi 25:26).

Still, the differences can be vast, and some are summarized below, primarily using LDS prophetic utterances & scripture canon, including the Book of Mormon, Book of Abraham, Book of Moses and the Doctrine & Covenants (D&C)—all believed by LDS as divine scripture translated or revealed to Joseph Smith.

While LDS members “believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost” (Article of Faith 1), there are several key differences from traditional Christianity:

2. Jesus

3. Evil & Satan
One cannot discuss God & Christ without understanding evil and its source.LDS doctrines on this include:

4. God's purpose for humankind

Written by David, MormonThink Editor