Robert Jeffress: Romney's Not A Christian, But Go Ahead And Vote For Him Anyway

Categories: Politics, Religion

Seems like only six months ago (because it was) that First Baptist Dallas Pastor Robert Jeffress was still casually referring to Mormonism as a "cult." Back then, that word choice earned him a round of appearances on various TV news shows to explain himself.

But at that point, of course, Jeffress was endorsing Rick Perry. With Perry out of the race, and with no apparent sense of inner conflict, Jeffress cheerily appeared on Fox & Friends yesterday to endorse the man he'd once described as being part of a "false religion."

"I haven't changed my tune," Jeffress said. "In fact, I never said Christians shouldn't vote for Mitt Romney. When I talked about his theology, I was answering a question about his theology. And I still maintain there are vast differences in theology between Mormons and Christians, but we do share many of the same values, like the sanctity of life and religious freedom."

Jeffress didn't deny making the "cult" comment, but now says he never told evangelical voters not to vote for Romney.

"I never said the quote that you attributed to me," he said. "There was a spurious article in one magazine that just completely fabricated that quote. I've never said don't vote for Mitt Romney because he's not a Christian."

Glad we've cleared that up.

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Myrtle Schultz
Myrtle Schultz

I can never blame everyone for saying that Mormons are "cult" because they believe that Jesus Christ is Satan’s brother,Jesus is married to a goddess wife,that God lives near a planet called “Kolob.”, needs to wear magical Mormon Underwear created by Mormons.

Danny Haszard
Danny Haszard

 The *Cult* word gets overused,but in some cases it is appropriate. The definition of a destructive religious cult is like alcoholism-if booze controls you instead of the other way around you are an alcoholic.I was in the Watchtower society Jehovah's Witnesses,they are not benevolent and won't let you leave their organization in peace.If they try to ruin your reputation and break up your family for trying to get out then they are a cult!Whenever you surrender your logic and reason to anyone who demands that you to trust them because they always know better and to please donate generously, it's a cult. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's probably a duck.... -*tell the truth don't be afraid*- Danny Haszardhttp://www.dannyhaszard... 

thebobbob
thebobbob

He clearly hates Blacks more than he hates Mormons.  The Jews think the Catholics are a cult. The Catholics think Protestants are a cult. The Episcopalians think the Methodists are a cult. The Methodists think the Baptists are a cult. The Baptists think the Mormons are a cult. That's why the Founding Fathers assured the world in Senate sanctioned Treaties that the USA took no sides in any one particular Sky Ghost Fantasy.

If y'all want to join a cult, I suggest becoming a Pastafarian. The Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) brought His Noodly Appendage to Earth to feed our minds and bodies. Many shapes, sizes and sauces.

rAMEN!

Rosez
Rosez

As a graduate of a racist, so-called Christian Baptist university on Fondren in Houston, TX, Jeffress is similarly a racist, white supremacist posing as a pastor. Basically, his vote for a Mormon cultist, W. Mitt Romney, is the same as most Southerners and pastors who were members of the KKK and Nazi party under the guise of upholding (white) "values". Jeffress is NOT a Christian--no true Christian would endorse someone who would follow a polygamist, pedophile, lying cultist like Joseph Smith. Like his hypocritical Houston "Christian" Joel Osteen who refused to condemn gay marriage on 60 Minutes, they are lying racists and white supremacists in sheep's clothing getting rich like the Pharisees. George Wallace and "Bull" Connor would be proud that Southern pastors are rocking the racist white vote. A racist in a clerical robe is still a racist by any other name. Jeffress would align himself with the Sanhedrin shouting "crucify HIM" (Jesus) if Christ looked like President Obama. We always have a choice between the lesser of the two evils and my spiritual eye sees that it's that Mormon devil, Mitt "daddy Warbucks Romney. Rosezi

Aloysiusmiller
Aloysiusmiller

Tell us how you really feel. You sound like you are a member of Westboro Baptist Church.

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

A political endorsement from a religious institution?!?!?!   Time to revoke their tax exempt status!

Jeneheffer
Jeneheffer

There are a lot of people in these comments who are self righteous and spouting hatred. Is that the main?

dub919
dub919

How does pointing out Pastor Jeffress' hypocrisy and the need for revised tax rules in regard to religious establishments who take a political stand equate to "spouting hatred"?

Dalguy
Dalguy

Now he is Jeffressless!

Dalguy
Dalguy

It is hilarious to watch this Baptist preacher dancing all over the place.

RJ
RJ

Dancing is not o.k.

Clancey
Clancey

 Cut the poor man some slack.  He's gotta find $150mil to build that new arena so the dopers and ho-ladies at the low-rent highrise on Ervay can't bother his customers.  There's fewer blue hairs in his pews every week,  he's burying 'em at record rates..

And millions that by right should have been his has been spent on that damn bridge!

Of course he'll say and do anything for money.  He's a desperate man!

 

Carl
Carl

Gables Republic Tower on Ervay isn't low-rent, nor inhabited by dopers or hoes. Not sure what you're smoking, but at least try to not defame my residence moron.

DaTruth
DaTruth

Cults often decry the word of other cults. How else do you think cults get members? Pastor Jeffress's cult has to keep up its numbers so he has a job.

Ket354
Ket354

" And I still maintain there are vast differences in theology between Mormons and Christians, but we do share many of the same values, like the sanctity of life and religious freedom."

I know Muslim extremist who have similar views on the sanctity of life (pro-death penlaty, anti-abortion) and religioous freedom (the majority should be free to enact laws that relfect their religious beliefs).

Is he saying he would support a extremist muslim republican? How enlightened . . .

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

I'm missing how this relates to your core topic -- women's reproductive freedom.  Care to elaborate?

Montemalone
Montemalone

Ms Jeffress means: "He may not be a christian, but he's lily white, and that's all that counts"

Country Crock
Country Crock

Phoney media whore!!  That's all Jeffress is, and the people at First Baptist love him.  I don't understand it.  

Hey Jeffress, what spurious article in what magazine?  Chapter and verse, please.

Yes, rescind the church exemption.  And rescind the property tax exemption for churches while you are at it.  Let First Baptist of Dallas pay their fair share as the largest property holder in downtown Dallas, thanks to W.A. Criswell.

Lolotehe
Lolotehe

 Oh, damint. Now I have Josh Allen's "Criswell Predicts" in my head.

Coverge
Coverge

still nobody is asking the real questions. if Rommney wins what kinda crazy crap can he do to FAVOR mormons & their wacky ways to EVERYONE. You guys won't be complaining about this lil stuff when you are forced to wear magical underwear!

Country Crock
Country Crock

Romney will probably do the "kinda crazy crap" that JFK did "to FAVOR" Catholics and their wacky way to EVERYONE.  Yeah, let's change crackers and wine into literally the red blood and flesh of Jesus, then lets EAT JESUS.  John 6:54-56.

RSF
RSF

Ah yes the church that founded an "academy" when desegregation began..

Guest
Guest

So we're in a situation where some people won't vote for the Christian president because they believe him to be a Muslim, so they'll vote for the guy who legitimately isn't a Christian instead (which, if you're one of those people who say it's a big deal that the president be Christian, selling that out because the non-Christian is Republican seems like it would be a big deal).

Just like the president who hasn't attempted to pass any gun restrictions (and has actually signed legislation allowing for some expansion in guy rights) strikes fear in the hearts of gun owners while the guy who, as governor, signed a permanent assault weapons ban and spoke frequently on the need to enact and/or keep strong gun control laws on the books is the guy who's going to protect/expand the rights of gun owners.

Of course, there are also those who will vote against Obama for "Obamacare" only to vote for the guy who first successfully implemented essentially the same health care plan and frequently touted it as something the federal government should strive to achieve.

Or like how Forbes in 2004 wrote numerous articles on how the unemployment rate should be calculated in such a way that would result in a lower reported unemployment rate (and so it wouldn't look like GWB would end his first term having "created" negative job growth) and this year they can't stop talking about how the unemployment rate should really be higher because some people have giving up looking for jobs (even though the calculation they advanced in 2004 would show a lower unemployment rate than the BLS method, too). The only difference between 2004 and 2012 being the political party who controls the White House.

Or how the Senate candidate who got the city of Dallas into the hotel business by having the public build and operate a hotel using public funds and who wanted to spend billions on an unneeded toll road is hailed as a pro-business conservative who will cut wasteful spending to the bone if elected to the Senate. His record says he's a spendthrift socialist, but because he's got that little (R) next to his name, nobody views him based on his actual record.

Or all those emails I used to get in the late 1990s about how we need to do something about the Taliban because they're horrible to women and disrespectful of Buddhists and to history, only to have some of the same people say that it's nice and all that we're going to war against the Taliban but since we're doing it for the "wrong reasons", the then-president shouldn't get positive credit for his actions.

And so on.

I know this happens all the time, but this moral relativism (especially from religious leaders) just seems to get crazier and crazier. That we've come to this place where we have no core values. We just believe whatever the politicians who share our political party claim to believe (regardless of their actual actions) and demonize the other side even for things they never say or do.

If Mitt Romney were a Democrat, would Robert Jeffress still downplay his "cult" religion or say that it's okay to vote for and have a non-Christian president? Why is it more important to this Baptist minister that the president be a Republican rather than a Christian (especially since he's made a pretty big deal in the past about how the president is bad for not acknowledging Christian holidays the way he'd prefer them to be acknowledged when there's a Democrat in the White House).

I just think it would be nice to actually believe in something rather than just basing what we believe on words (and not actions) of the guy with the same (D) or (R) next to to their name as we have.

(By the way, the entirety of my rambling, crazed manifesto will be scratched out on the inside of a public toilet stall somewhere in the city very soon. Stay tuned).

Montemalone
Montemalone

I think Ms Jeffress frequents the 3rd stall from the wall at Terminal 3 Men's room. Or the truck stop at I-20 and Lancaster.

Sa
Sa

Um...what are guy rights?

I could make a lot of jokes here, but I'm gonna keep my post clean.

Lolotehe
Lolotehe

 They're guns with FLAIR! pew-pew!

dub919
dub919

 This is one of the greatest things I've ever read in the comments of any article anywhere.  Spectacularly put.

Paul
Paul

 As I said to Anna:

"And this comes to you as a surprise, because ...?"

Please vote for the dead possum this fall.  You know he won't do anything.

As TE said, well said.

astoogebyanyothername
astoogebyanyothername

Maybe, Jeffress, just learned that, Mitt, likes to strap his dog to the top of the family sedan, too! Jeffress, was all like, "Wow! We do have something in common after all! I think I could vote for this fine, upstanding man!".

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

From church queen to media slutAnother preacher wants it up the butt.While not saving your soulHe is blowing cock in a glory hole

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

The Internet declares Jack E Jett the winner.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Jack..you're just awesome, wanted to let you know that man...

dub919
dub919

Why, again, are these "religious leaders" and their establishments of "worship" (regardless of political/religious/denominational affiliation) allowed to maintain their tax-exempt status?

astoogebyanyothername
astoogebyanyothername

Didn't their savior, Jesus Christ, even say to render unto Caesar what is Caesar's? 

Poqui
Poqui

 You are correct dub919, churches are allowed to take a stand on moral issue without penalty.  But when they endorse candidates or turn their sermons into political rallies, they cross that line.

dub919
dub919

 Exactly.  I don't like the fact that religious institutions enjoy tax exempt status because modern religion strikes me as little more than a business. However, I accept it because many of them actually DO good things with the money.  However, when any of these establishments begin endorsing political parties, ideologies, and candidates...officially or unofficially...the tax exemption should end. 

Country Crock
Country Crock

They are also exempt from federal laws in hiring practices.  It's time to end all of this  The church is a business like any other business.  They should pay their fair share like any other business.

Jay
Jay

 Amen brother.....

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

Did your business send a group of people to Lancaster to help clean and restore after the tornadoes?  Our church did...

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

Yes, as a matter of fact, we did.  We send emergency repair crews to restore phone and data service, as well as response teams to assist with evacuees and supplies, to any major event in our territory.  We also send volunteers to assist with cleanup and shelter work.  Our employee organizations also set up donation drives for materials. 

Guest
Guest

...the business paid taxes. Those taxes bought the fire and police response to the event. You can claim the moral high ground when you start to pay your fair share. Volunteering or not, your church is a freeloader.

downtownworker
downtownworker

Spitting image of Chancellor Palpatine before he became the Dark Sith Lord.

MrSnrub
MrSnrub

Jeffress is a snake in the grass, he's not a Christian, he's a modern day Pharisee. Anyone with half a brain would see that if he stood by his word and principle, he would support the 12 term Texas congressman and baptist Christian named Ron Paul. I'm so ashamed I ever shook this guy's hand. People of Dallas, support Ron Paul and end this secret handshake tyranny!

Poqui
Poqui

 You and Jeffress have a secret handshake?  That's kind of cool!

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