Pastor says Romney is the Anti-Christby S.A. Ryder
Oct. 10, 2011, Washington, D.C. — An evangelical Christian pastor on Sunday said Mitt Romney is the anti-Christ prophesied in the Bible.
The morbidly obese Rev. "Big Gut" Ted Dohlt told a group of political reporters that Romney is a high priest of a Satanic cult, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often called the Mormon Church and abbreviated LDS.
"Don't let the name of Romney's church fool you," Dowelt said. "The Mormons don't believe in the Jesus that I believe in."
When asked to describe the difference, Dowelt said that Mormons might believe in Jesus as described in the Bible but are too narrow-minded to believe the Nicene Creed and other post-Biblical Christian traditions.
A professor of Christian History at St. John the Baptist University, the Rev. Doug Muttist, said the Nicene Creed, issued in A.D. 325, settled a controversy among Christians as to whether Christ and his Heavenly Father were one being or separate beings. Under pressure from the Roman Emperor Constantine, the overwhelming majority of 300 bishops meeting in the town of Nicea settled on the concept of one being.
"Emperor Constantine eventually sided with the group who believed the Son of God and God the Father were separate beings," Muttist said. "So Constantine ended up taking the side of Satan. This is the same side that Romney and the Mormons take. The Bible might say Jesus and God the Father are separate beings, but the bishops at Nicea didn't think that's what the Bible meant to say."
During the 2008 presidential race Romney gave a speech on religious tolerance, saying he was a Christian and accepted Jesus Christ as his savior, but this year he has refused to be drawn into the fray. He did, however, issue on Saturday a statement denouncing "poisonous language" regarding faith.
A leader of the 5,000-member Church of Emmanuel, the Rev. Moore Munnfobe, said Romney is not a Christian and, therefore, is a Satanist.
"You're either on the right side, or you're on the wrong side," Munnafobe said. "Romney is on the wrong side — the dark side."
The Rev. Lou Siffer, a professor of divinity at Prince of the Morning College, said Romney believes Satan is the red dragon that took one-third of the spirits in Heaven with him when he rebelled against God.
"Romney believes that God created all of us as his spiritual children, including Satan," Siffer said. "Christians don't believe God could create anything as evil as Lucifer, but Romney does. He, therefore, does not agree with the majority of Christians, which means he is a Satanist."
Bishop May Neeyack of the San Francisco-based Church of Lesbianism said she agrees with Texas Governor Rick Perry supporter the Rev. Robert Jeffries, who on Friday called Romney a non-Christian member of a Cult and "not a genuine believer in Christ."
"I don't know if Romney is a Satanist," she said, "but he is certainly a cultist because he doesn't believe in Christian ministers' interpretation of the Bible. He couldn't believe in Christianity if he believes that Jesus is the son of God and not God himself because that would indicate that Jesus once was not the son of God."
Professor Percy Q. Tudd of the Brigham Young University religion department said Mormons consider Jesus Christ to be the only begotten son of God.
"Jesus is the son of the almighty and eternal God, our Heavenly Father," he said. "Members of the LDS Church literally accept the words of the Bible when it says that the martyr Stephen saw Jesus standing on the right hand of God, that God's voice from heaven at the baptism of Jesus introduced Christ as his son, and that the apostle John really meant it when he wrote that God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten son to save the world."
Dr. Klaus Etts Kellatin, an election advisor to the Democrat Party, said the controversy over the religion of the Republican candidates will do nothing but help President Obama's reelection campaign.
"We don't have any controversy on our side of the aisle," he said, "because everybody agrees that President Obama is the best Democrat available. We won't have to revisit the fact that he attended the church of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright for 20 years. And we don't need journalists trying to find out how many times the president has attended church during his term. We believe in strict separation of church and state."
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"Rick Perry is a Christian. He's an evangelical Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ. Mitt Romney's a good, moral person, but he's not a Christian. Mormonism is not Christianity. It has always been considered a cult by the mainstream of Christianity." — Rev. Robert Jeffries, a pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas
"Matt Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, on Friday afternoon, tweeted: 'A number of my close personal friends are Mormon. I find Pastor Robert Jeffries’s intro of Gov. Perry totally offensive and repugnant.' That was the voice of moral clarity sadly missing from Perry’s response. — Washington Post