In reading the Seattle Times today I picked up a piece about a local
evangelical pastor who calls Mormons a cult. (Took a link on it's story
page to the church and have included the pastor's claim below.) Hagee has
called Catholics the Whore of Babylon for years. Is this in keeping with
the new command of Jesus to "love one another as I have loved you?"
There are no two ministers on the Planet who can agree what a Christian
is. Many of them in fact even demonize those who are. Why don't they
simply stick to their own personal belief system instead of trashing other
Christians. Or are they in fact so doubtful about what they themselves
believe themselves that they have to strike out at others?
This Miriam Webster definition is good enough for me:
Definition of CHRISTIAN
1 a: one who
professes belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ
Editor's Note: Correction: Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic
League, has not declared himself a supporter of any presidential candidate,
nor has he pledged to work with Rev. John Hagee for or against any
The Evangelical pastor, John Hagee, has spent a career preaching and
writing that the Catholic Church is the "whore of Babylon" as found
in the Book of Revelations. Understandably, Catholics find this rant
offensive. Hagee recently clarified to Catholics that our church is the whore only
some of the time. That's not an apology.
So what do we make of all this? Simply said, by
the theological definition, Mormonism is a cult.
As the presidential race heats up and the
prospect of a practicing Mormon as a viable Republican candidate becomes more a
reality, there will be continued effort to bring Mormonism into the center of
Christian orthodoxy. Thus, it's important to understand what the cult of
Mormonism teaches, to understand that it's antithetical to Christianity, and
that, while it's certain there are some Christians in the Mormon church who love
the Jesus of the Bible and donít understand or agree with what their church
teaches, the Mormon church could never be considered orthodox unless it made
some serious and massive changes to itís theology.
The danger facing the Christian church is always
to capitulate to culture. As Mormonism becomes more culturally acceptable, the
temptation will be to make Mormonism more acceptable to Christians as well. This
canít happen if the Church is to preserve itís witness in the world to the
true triune God of the Bible as worshipped by Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant
Many mormons are good neighbors, friends, and
fellow citizens. But, we cannot go so far as to call them brothers and sisters
in a common faith. To do so is to not only confuse real Christians, but to also
diminish the importance of lovingly speaking with Mormons about the errors of
their belief in hopes of seeing them come to know the real God of the Bible and
avoiding eternal damnation for worshipping a false god.