Billy Graham group removes Mormonism from list of cults

Republican presidential candidate  Mitt Romney, left, meets with the Rev. Billy Graham, center, and his son Franklin Graham last week in Montreat, N.C. AP/ Evan Vucci

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, left, meets with the Rev. Billy Graham, center, and his son Franklin Graham last week in Montreat, N.C. AP/ Evan Vucci

Evangelicals have been handed one more hint that it’s all right to vote for Mitt Romney, whose Mormon faith has long been considered beyond the pale of American Protestantism. From the Charlotte Observer:

This week, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association removed Mormonism from its list of religious cults.

The reclassification follows Romney’s visit to Graham’s mountain home last Thursday, a meeting that also included Graham’s son Franklin, who now runs the association for his 93-year-old father….

An article on the Graham website had classified Mormons, along with Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Unification Church, Unitarians, Spiritists and Scientologists, among others, as cults.

“Our primary focus at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has always been promoting the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” Ken Barun, the evangelical association’s chief of staff, said in a prepared statement. “We removed the ( cult) information from the website because we do not wish to participate in a theological debate about something that has become politicized during this campaign.”

Mark DeMoss, head of an Atlanta public relations firm and a close adviser to the Grahams, has acted as a liaison between traditional evangelicals and the last two Romney campaigns for president.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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276 comments Add your comment

RomeGaGuy

October 18th, 2012
9:36 am

Billy must have dementia

Baron DeKalb

October 18th, 2012
9:38 am

I don’t know why Rev. Graham had to give away the store on this one, especially when his own heavenly accounting is fast approaching. He could just as well have said, “We still consider Mormonism a cult, but we are confident that Mitt Romney’s commitment to his faith is as superficial and malleable as his political positions.”

E-Roll

October 18th, 2012
9:40 am

“Our primary focus at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has always been promoting the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” Ken Barun, the evangelical association’s chief of staff, said in a prepared statement. “We removed the ( cult) information from the website because we do not wish to participate in a theological debate about something that has become politicized during this campaign.”

Let me translate this for you – Mitt Romney is the guy that we want you to vote for since he is the Republican and we can’t get you to vote for him when we are preaching demagoguery against his and other religions so those guys are cool with us now.

So if the next Republican candidate is a Jehovah’s Witness, Scientologists or gasp a Muslim will Franklin Graham have the same thought process?

Personally I do not care what any church says about politics because I keep both of them totally separate.

Glenn Dowell, Ed.D.

October 18th, 2012
9:47 am

Rev, Graham may have dementia, but I remember quite well his silence during the Civil Rights movement. This so-called minister is just an opportunist who appears to attract extremists like former idiot, Richard Nixon, and modern day buffoon, Mitt Romney.

In the name of God, just keep silent

eli

October 18th, 2012
9:53 am

Charlatan. That is the word that comes to my mind when I hear Billy Graham’s name.

I am curious how much Romney paid for this sudden change of heart. We will never know…it was probably a personal check from one his his Swiss bank accounts. You know, because honest people have those types of bank accounts.

None of this really matters. The fascist right will take a Mormon over a black guy any day of the week.

Bobby

October 18th, 2012
9:56 am

Yeah, he’s substituted gays in the place of Mormonism. He’s simply exchanged one form of discrimination for another. I’m sure God is rolling his eyes.

dixie

October 18th, 2012
9:57 am

Really, it’s all about the rich supporters, not about the poor folks sending in their $20 per month to get into heaven.

billy's legacy

October 18th, 2012
10:01 am

Well, remember when the country was in such turmoil about whether we should treat blacks as full fledged citizens and Billy Graham stepped in and spoke out for their rights and said we should love everyone, as commanded by God? Me neither.

MoFaux

October 18th, 2012
10:01 am

Every religion, by definition, is a cult. Some are just bigger than others. Some people need to learn how to use a dictionary.

Name (required)

October 18th, 2012
10:02 am

Too little, too late, Billy. You’ve got your ticket punched for some place other than Earth and your train leaves REAL soon. Dress lightly because I hear it’s downright HOT there.

jconservative

October 18th, 2012
10:02 am

Interesting development. And not isolated. Several protestant ministers have made a living bashing the Mormon faith only to suddenly “see the light” as it became apparent that Romney would be the Republican nominee.

Does that have anything to say about their convictions, or maybe, their lack of convictions?

If Mormonism is a cult, how does making Romney the nominee change Mormonism being a cult.
The Mormon faith has not changed. It is the same this year as it was last year. What changed was politics.

joejoe

October 18th, 2012
10:04 am

Enter your comments here

Tinder Boxx

October 18th, 2012
10:04 am

All this goes to show is how religion – which is theoretically NOT supposed to be a factor in politics, has permeated and polluted the process.

Rustycard

October 18th, 2012
10:06 am

Politics makes strange pew-fellows. How much is the evangelical movement willing to compromise in their stated beliefs? All the Baptists who explained to me patiently for years how Mormonism is a cult have had a conversion experience. The most segregated hour in America is a still hallmark of the Southern Evangelicals. And let’s not even get into the historic treatment of Blacks as second class citizens by the LDS church.

joejoe

October 18th, 2012
10:06 am

oh how ironic its suddenly ok to vote for a satanic cult member for president after decades of hearing christians tell me Mormonism was from the DEvil.
NOw its unchristian not to vote for a guy who believes he is a Kolobian space god

janet

October 18th, 2012
10:06 am

They don’t want to politicize his religion? Who can forget Sarah Palin’s little adventure to Haiti with Graham because she was such a caring, compassionate Christian. She got her photo op and left to never speak another word about Haiti… Same tune, different words.

lees

October 18th, 2012
10:08 am

Wonder what they must be thinking right now up on Kolob?.

Wilson

October 18th, 2012
10:10 am

Mormons don’t believe in the Holy Trinity — they believe God, Jesus and the Holy Ghost are separate entities.

Here are some quotes from BillyGraham.org:
In general, cults differ from Christian churches first of all in what they believe. Cults always deny some part of what the Bible teaches (which is why some add other so-called “sacred” books to the Bible).

The basic mark of any cult, however, is that it rejects the divinity of Jesus. The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ was God in human flesh—that He alone was both fully man and fully God. Cults, however, deny this, and often confuse people who aren’t familiar with the Bible by twisting its meaning.

I’d love to know what the argument is for concluding that Mormonism is not a cult.

Jimmy Canen

October 18th, 2012
10:11 am

The so called “fascist right” would be glad to have a black president. The problem is whenever we have a good prospect they get lied about and ripped and the public believes everything the LIBERAL media says. Nobody who runs the national debt up the way the last two administrations has deserves to be president. That has nothing to do with color!

Raymond

October 18th, 2012
10:12 am

Franklin has total control over his dad even where they be buried.

Bob Loblaw

October 18th, 2012
10:14 am

I can see the Grahams looking the other way and voting for a Mormon but to disavow something like the Graham’s are doing, here, is unnecessary and weakens their witness. I know they got a donation to the cause. This is so ugly. Presidents have had Billy Graham on speed dial since the 60’s and now, since he’s senile and his son doesn’t have the political authority of his dad, they do this…

Little boy wants Daddy’s power. He just weakened himself to the point where he’s going to wither like dry grass.

Robert

October 18th, 2012
10:14 am

“Our primary focus at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has always been promoting the Gospel of Jesus Christ,”

I know in my heart that these so called “Christians” will be “Judged” for what they do. Jesus said “These Things Abidith In Me – Faith, Hope and Charity – But the greatest of these is Charity which means love. May God have mercy on their souls. Amen.

OBAMACARE

October 18th, 2012
10:16 am

WHO CARES!!!? OHIO! OHIO! OHIO! OBAMA 2012!!!!

beachdog

October 18th, 2012
10:17 am

At least they still consider Unitarians a cult.

Joe Velardita

October 18th, 2012
10:18 am

How about all religions are cults. They meet all the criteria: dogma, ritualistic behavior, belief in a supernatural power. Wake up America: we’ve all been brainwashed since childhood. Think about it. A virgin birth? Only one set of genes? Come on.

Ken

October 18th, 2012
10:19 am

I now consider the Billy Graham evangelism association to officially be a cult.

Charles Milton

October 18th, 2012
10:19 am

Wow, all you guys really don’t get it. You are spewing nonsense just as the Pharisees did in the Bible. Don’t worry about Billy, he has a great home already established in Heaven. It’s just that anyone in their right mind would not vote for a muslim who bows down to foreign muslim leaders and has no respect for America! Check out the UTube video where he admits he is a muslim and quotes several koran items but leaving out the one where his god tells him to kill everyone not like him.

BW

October 18th, 2012
10:19 am

LOL….God this is such a cynical world…is it not completely obvious why they decided Mormonism is not a cult NOW?

GW

October 18th, 2012
10:19 am

I applaud Mr.Graham for meeting with Mitt Romney and hearing his personal confession of faith in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. It is a man’s personal walk with our risen Lord that is the true test of a man’s walk with God. Only God knows a person’s heart and it is not anybody’s place to judge anothers commitment to Jesus. Yes, Mitt attends the Mormon Church and walks the Christian life whereas Obama claims to be a Christian and does everything he can to prove otherwise. Jesus said it best, “You shall know them by their FRUITS” Thank You Mr. Graham for your wisdom and Christian leadership. God Bless you Sir.

perry parks

October 18th, 2012
10:20 am

In the Last Days, even the elect will be deceived. I called the Billy Graham Ministries before this became public…I related my objections to Franklin deceiving Dr. Graham into endorsing Romney and the COST of this deception. You cannot imagine my shock when the person to whom I was speaking admitted their own fear.

It appears to me, after the Todd Akin affair, this candidate has no principles, integrity, or FEAR OF GOD. That is perhaps because his belief is that the Father God is a man of flesh and bones. This is revealed in the Doctrine and Covenants.

The Mormon Bible is composed of four books, The Bible, including scriptures added in Smith’s interpretation of IT, (2) The Doctrine and Covenants, (3) The Book of Mormon and (4) The Pearl of Great Price all four, including the Bible, are considered the Holy Word of God),

May God have Mercy on their Souls..

Dave

October 18th, 2012
10:20 am

Seems to me that if Billy were actually a religious leader as opposed to someone seeking influence using gods name, his opinion on this matter wold not sway so conveniently.

Was god less merciful last week? or is it simply problematic to endorese a candidate you call a cultist.

Billy, get right with the 4th commandment.

Ellen

October 18th, 2012
10:20 am

All religions are cults. That’s the whole point. They control you, tell you what to think, how to see others, how to vote, what to do with your money–all for the advancement of THEMSELVES. Please don’t fool yourself into thinking they actually CARE about you. Believe me, there are no bigger egos than the priestly class of any faith. God, Spirit, the Universe is far bigger, far greater than ANY religion. But dumb southerners are are merely religious sheep–led by their religious “shepherds.” Remember, the Kingdom of God is WITHIN–not with Billy Graham.

Peach Fuzz

October 18th, 2012
10:22 am

Well now, isn’t that convenient?

Joanne32a

October 18th, 2012
10:22 am

For a Christian who bases his hopes on a second coming of Jesus sometime in the future has to be a complete mindless nutcase. Graham has been such a futurist that he left the basic teachings of Christ and put everything off for some other time when Jesus comes back to rapture Graham and his baptist buds. There is not one scripture in the bible that teaches a “second coming of Jesus Christ”… none. Christ lives IN His followers … NOW. Apostle Paul clearly taught that. He continues to do that each and every day. Christ said He would come to destroy the old Jewish religion and that happened in AD70 when He used the Romans to do away with that entire system that was clearly trying to destroy Christianity. The kingdom of God is within His followers… with Christ changing them from the inside out. It has nothing to do with what Graham and others like him teach. ZERO

CLEMSONDUDE

October 18th, 2012
10:23 am

Christian Nazis are a cult…think about it.

Progressive Humanist

October 18th, 2012
10:24 am

That’s rich. You’ve got one cult that classifies another cult as a cult, and then when a guy comes along from the second cult whose political ideology the first cult agrees with, that first cult decides to give the second cult a pass on being a cult, not because of a consensus on religious belief, but just to help the guy get elected. Gotta love it.

Pit

October 18th, 2012
10:24 am

Everyone change depending on the current environment and time. We see and judge others but we never see ourselves.

Ann

October 18th, 2012
10:27 am

Well said, E-Roll. I concur.

Name (required)

October 18th, 2012
10:29 am

I just want to know why the millions donated to Obama from foreign Muslims isn’t making news.

Royce

October 18th, 2012
10:31 am

I’m completely amazed at the responses here. It reminds me of Mark 9:38-41.

38 “Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.” 39 “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, 40 for whoever is not against us is for us. 41 Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.

Georgia

October 18th, 2012
10:32 am

Wow what a tough issue. It’s just so upsetting to observe the Mormon’s presumptuous editing of our holy bible. This is like the Islam thing. Some christians dont believe in the virgin birth of Christ because it’s part of the doctrine of Islam. Do we exterminate false religions? Or do we share the planet and quit thinking we’re righteous, and let God sort us all out on judgement day? History recorded the result of our great great grandfather’s attempt to destroy Mormons. (Vengence is ours sayeth the Hoard.)

If only our bigoted and misguided ancestors had a crystal ball and could see how peaceful we now coexist with the Mormons, and how Mormons have produced amazing Americans like the Romneys.

Kit

October 18th, 2012
10:33 am

If you read carefully, the statement says merely that they have removed the cult information because they don’t want to get into a political debate over it. They haven’t taken Mormons off their list, per-say… they just took down the list. It’s a case of “we are removing this bad press page because it makes us look bad, and it makes this other guy look bad”.

Not that it really matters; I’m not a fan of either of them.

Shine

October 18th, 2012
10:35 am

And now the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has proven it is a big phoney like the PTL Club and that kook Pat Robertson and the 700 Club. They will bend to anything or say anything to keep the $$$$$ flowing in.

Progressive Humanist

October 18th, 2012
10:35 am

Ah, yes, the cultists are out en mass on this thread, trying to substantiate and support their own subjective myths. I love to see people try to use fiction as a form of evidence. This should be good.

Joanne32a

October 18th, 2012
10:36 am

This is America .. the land of the free and the home of the brave…. You can believe whatever you like here in the good ole USA and you can also vote for whoever you’d like. As individuals we reap what we sow. As a country we reap what we sow.

John

October 18th, 2012
10:38 am

A keeper of “lists” should be discounted at face value. Take a few moments and recall history’s list keepers.

Elizabeth

October 18th, 2012
10:38 am

A few years ago the Charlotte Observer exposed Franklin Graham’s earnings and perks from his several evangelical businesses. It made me think “the Son of Man had no place to lay his head”
and it also made me convince my aged mother to quit giving to Franklin’s stupid “Christmas shoebox” project, which is a big deal in North Carolina. (You BUY a box for $5 then fill it up with trinkets for foreign children. It is delivered along with a religious tract.) Wonder how much moolah Romney contributed in order for Daddy Graham to have this revelation?

Royce

October 18th, 2012
10:39 am

As a member of the Mormon church (and definitely not as a spokes person) I amazed and pleased by this gesture of good will. While I know several people commenting so far seem to know everything about his God’s mind and will and eternal judgement, I think as there have been bridges of understanding built between the religions the Reverends Graham acknowledge that we all need allies to fight against secularism and the lack of faith in God and Christ that is spreading rapidly. Mitt Romney will be an allay to the Evangelicals and the good work they do in spreading the word of Christ. Go read Mark 9:38-41. Fortunately the judgment of Mormons and Rev. Graham will be up to God. In the meantime, embrace those who are fighting for the same things as you.

Stan

October 18th, 2012
10:39 am

All you rabid Obama supporters….just ready to tear Graham apart for your Machiavellian convenience. Religious matters don’t matter to you but woe to the the relgious person that interjects that opinion into the public discourse. I say horse crap. Religious opininon belongs in the public discourse just like your weak intellect opinion. Frankly, with the glass house that most of you are living in, I am surprised it hasn’t already shattered because of the non stop stones you throw.

gadem

October 18th, 2012
10:42 am

LOL…I guess when you support cults its OK as long as that cult leader is a Republican.