A.J. Moffat’s opinion is published in today’s local paper:
One definition of a cult is: “A system of religious or spiritual beliefs regarded by ‘others’ as misguided, unorthodox, extremist, or false.” What qualifies these “others” to use the word cult to describe another religion?
I’m sure the Baptist minister (a Rick Perry supporter) knows a great deal about the Baptist religion. But how much does he really know about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?
To Judaism, early Christianity was considered a cult. To many Catholics, Protestantism was considered a cult. Many Christians consider Mormonism to be a cult. To atheists, Christianity is a cult. To many Christians, atheism is another type of cult. Are there not also some nonreligious forms of cultism in politics, and yes, even in our universities? I hate to admit this, but, there is some cultism in science also.
Who, if anyone, does not belong to a cult as defined by some other (often unqualified) person. Truth should, but does not always prevail. But, when truth prevails, cultism and bigotry fails.
Interesting links on the “Is Mormonism a Cult?” issue:
- The infamous (LDS) Mormon Cult website . . . you can tell the author has heard this a plenty in his day. *Bonus question – Do you know the name of this author? He certainly stays active in bloggernacle.
- Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill over in Seattle jumped into the conversation with his article this week, Is Mormonism a Cult? But my question for Mark is this: where is the Acts 29 network in the S.E. Idaho/Utah I-15 Corridor? Who is going to contextualize the gospel in this neck of the woods?
- Nathan Black over at the University of Utah seeks to put in his two cents for why Mormonism is a cult.
- (LDS) Kim Siever explores the question, “Is Mormonism a Cult?” I am sure the guys at FAIR yawn over the question, except maybe if President Obama poses the question.
- Over in Southwestern Idaho, you all have probably heard Matt Slick of CARM in his continual internet publishing. Is Mormonism a cult. Yes, Mormonism is a cult.
- Over at Slate, Christopher Hitchens just gets downright nasty with LDS.
- The CNN Belief blog pops the question – Is Mormonism a Cult?
- With all his dialogue with LDS professors, you know what Richard Mouw is going to say. No.
- But Denny Burk is going to defend Robert Jeffress. But that is no surprise. You all know the stance of conservative SBC preachers.
- At Mormons Believe, the author defends that it is not a cult, but they are the restoration of the church.
- RedBlue Christian does not like the term, cult.
- Dr. James Emory White gives a yes and no answer to the big question of the week in our country.
- Dan Burrell says the label of cult for Mormonism is “point on correct“.
- Wintery Knight starts with the God as Creator issue. Very good.
- Asbury Seminary President: Timothy Tennent – Mormonism is not a Christian movement.
- Truth in Action Ministries (formerly Coral Ridge Ministries) – Mormonism is a cult.
- Time Magazine. “What is Mormonism, A Baptist Answer“
- So what are they saying in Susquehanna County? By the way, about 15 years ago, I took my wife there to see the historical LDS sites.
- Sharper Iron gets into the conversation. Doug Kutilek calls Mormonism a cult.
- Kevin T. Bauder rightly connects concern over Mormonism’s view of the Trinity with T.D. Jakes’ view on the Trinity.
- Joni Hudson-Reynolds, an African American mom, wants to know what you think?
- Do you know the answer given by a Strict and Particular Calvinist minister? It’s there on the internet.
- Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, decides not to get deep into the issue.
- Michael LaBossiere doesn’t think Mormonism is a cult.
- Mormonism 101: from the Kevin Deyoung’s point of view at the Gospel Coalition
- Al Mohler on Mormonism.
- Get Religion: Mormonism 101
- The Wall Street Journal: Pinpointing Romney’s Mormon Challenge
- Tim: What Do You Mean by “Apostasy”?
- Sharon Lindbloom at Mormon Coffee: “Who Thinks Mormonism is a Christian Religion?”
With Mitt Romney on top, this issue is not going to go away in America.