Mormon Faith Hinders Candidate’s Chances

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A Republican pastor of a mega church in Dallas, Robert Jeffress, claims that Evangelists should not vote for Mitt Romney.

It is not because Romney's political agenda does not fit his belief. It is because Romney is a Mormon, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, according to Jeffress, is a "cult."

"I think Mitt Romney's a good, moral man, but those of us who are born again followers of Christ should prefer a competent Christian, "said Jeffress, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas.

However, there are differing opinions on the definition of a Christian.

“If you talking about the belief in Jesus Christ then Mormons are definitely Christian,” said Cory Crawford, who teaches introduction courses to Christian Religion at Ohio University.

Scott Jarvis, Bishop of the Athens Mormon Ward, stated that because Jeffress is a supporter of Rick Perry, “he trys to find a way to move Protestants and members of other Christian groups away from Mitt Romney.”

Part of this contention is due to Mormons' belief in a second book in addition to the Bible.

Some churches see this book as misleading from the fundamental Christian ideas; for them, there is no holy book besides the Bible.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has struggled for acceptance ever since its founder, Joseph Smith, said in the 19th century that God told him to restore the true Christian church.

Smith revised parts of the Bible and added the book of Mormon as a sacred text.

The prejudices in the American society against the Mormons are deep.

A PEW survey finds that 25% of the voters are less likely to support a Mormon presidential candidate in the upcoming 2012 election.

“I think any candidate who comes from a more obscure background will experience misunderstanding and misperception,” said Crawford.