Call it an un-dorsement: On Easter Sunday, Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback (mega) Church just defined Mormons as not being Christians. Ergo, Mitt Romeny, the most-likely GOP nominee is not a Christian. Today on ABC, Warren told Jake Tapper:
Well, the key sticking point for evangelicals and actually for many is the issue of the Trinity. Orthodox Christians, Catholic Christians, Protestant Christians, evangelical Christians and Pentecostal Christians all believe in the Trinity; that’s the historic doctrine of the church, that God is three-in-one. Not three gods; one God in Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Mormonism denies that. That’s a sticking point for a lot of Catholic Christians, evangelical Christians, Pentecostal Christians, because they don’t — they don’t believe that.
Now they’ll use the same terminology, but they don’t believe in the historic doctrine of the Trinity. And people have tried to make it other issues. But that’s really one of the fundamental differences.
So, if Rmoney is the GOP nominee, will evangelicals vote for him? How big is the evangelical bloc within the GOP? Will they stay away from the polls because Rmoney isn’t their flavor of faith? Or do Rick Warren’s words go deeper than evangelists, potentially influencing a greater majority of Christians. Consider this–
In 2008, Warren told CNN:
I don’t think it’s right for pastors to endorse [a political candidate] in the first place. I would never endorse a candidate. I would never campaign for a candidate. I think as a pastor my role is to pastor all the flock regardless of their political persuasion, so I wouldn’t have wanted endorsements anyways..
I believe in the separation of church and state, but I do not believe in the separation of faith and politics, because faith is simply a worldview and everybody’s got a worldview.
We make our decisions based on our values, based on our worldview so I think it’s entirely appropriate for America to say not only what is your faith – whether it is in Christ or someone else – but what is your worldview because that is going to influence how we live in the next four years.
Thus in Rick Warren’s opinion, Mitt Romeny is not a Christian, and as such does not have a Christian worldview. And that could prove problematic for some Christians. Especially those of the more conservative and/or fundamentalist streak, be they evangelical or not. Will they vote for a Republican branded a not-Christian by one of the country’s most influential pastors, someone whose faith claims Jesus and Satan/Lucifer are brothers, with God as their father?
On first hearing, the doctrine that Lucifer and our Lord, Jesus Christ, are brothers may seem surprising to some — especially to those unacquainted with latter-day revelations. But both the scriptures and the prophets affirm that Jesus Christ and Lucifer are indeed offspring of our Heavenly Father and, therefore, spirit brothers. Jesus Christ was with the Father from the beginning. Lucifer, too, was an angel who was in authority in the presence of God, a son of the morning. (See Isa. 14:12; D&C 76:25-27.) Both Jesus and Lucifer were strong leaders with great knowledge and influence. But as the Firstborn of the Father, Jesus was Lucifer’s older brother. (See Col. 1:15; D&C 93:21.)
And that in addition to the Heavenly Father, we have a Heavenly Mother?
Today the belief in a living Mother in Heaven is implicit in Latter-day Saint thought. Though the scriptures contain only hints, statements from presidents of the church over the years indicate that human beings have a Heavenly Mother as well as a Heavenly Father.
Frankly, the economy and foreign policy may be more important to conservative voters than theology. And the Mormons’ hardline anti-LGBT stance may convince some fundie-vangelists that a Mormon who has different family values in Heaven but not on earth might be the lesser of two evils.
Ladies and gentlemen, we have an un-dorsement, which could prove whether or not faith is indeed a sticking point for a certain stripe of Christian at the ballot box.