Billy Graham Deletes Mormon Cult Reference After Meeting wit
Billy Graham Deletes Mormon Cult Reference After Meeting with Romney
by Steve Eastman, Faith Issues
There’s nothing so unusual about Billy Graham meeting with Mitt Romney last week. After all, he has been associated with every president since Harry Truman and has previously met with Barack Obama. What is surprising is that a reference to Mormonism as a cult disappeared form the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website after the meeting.
According to spokesman Ken Barun, “Our primary focus at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has always been promoting the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We removed the information from the website because we do not wish to participate in a theological debate about something that has become politicized during this campaign."
Romney spokesman Rick Gorka says Graham promised to do all he can to help the ex-governor. Despite the theological difference, many Christians are expected to help Romney at the polls.
Franklin Graham, who now runs the ministry started by his father, explains that he “cannot vote for a candidate ... who supports same-sex marriage and advocates abortion. “ Although the obvious reference was to Barack Obama, Romney implemented the legalization of same sex marriage in Massachusetts, instead of fighting it, and ordered abortion drugs for Catholic hospitals. Perhaps Graham should have said he prefers to vote for the "lesser of two evils." Any candidate untainted by a poor record on same sex marriage and abortion would either have to come from a third party or run as an independent.
Is there anything else the nearly 94 year-old evangelist and his son may be overlooking?
Romney has held the highest ranking Mormon leadership position in Boston — a stake president —which is comparable in rank to a Cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church.
Christians critical of Romney’s Mormonism often cite The White Horse Prophecy, supposedly given by Joseph Smith. It includes the following line: “And when the Constitution of the United States hangs, as it were, upon a single thread, they will have to call for the ‘Mormon’ Elders to save it from utter destruction; and they will step forth and do it.”
Mormon apologists and concerned GOP politicians tend to discount the prophecy.
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