I have recently read a few Christian-based sites that discuss Mitt Romney's candidacy for President. The use of the word 'antichrist' pops up occasionally...but almost every presidential candidate is pegged in a familiar light by various opposing religious groups. Last week I posted an introduction to an article in Mystic Politics titled A Mormon President: What Joseph Smith’s Presidential Run Suggests About Mitt Romney....that we are likely to wake up one November morning with a real-life Mormon President of our own. And if the Mormons themselves are to be believed, it means we’re about five months away from the 'End Days.'
According to a controversial Joseph Smith prophecy, when America degenerates to the point where “the Constitution hangs by a thread” (and most TV pundits agree we’re there already) at this time, a Mormon will be elected President of the United States, triggering a whole series of disaster-film plot twists: the end of the world as we know it; the overthrow of “gentile” rule; and the long-promised Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
There are a lot of Christians taking supernatural consequences of a Mitt Romney presidency seriously. Sherwood Ellsworth Haisty, Jr, an evangelist and pastor in Santa Monica and a strong supporter of former Gov. Mike Huckabee is speaking out. He declares that there is a biblical case against voting for a Mormon for President and that Christians who support Romney are actually violating scripture.
Haisty asks "Should a Christian support or vote for a Mormon running for President? To even ask the question is to open oneself to be labeled a bigot. Trust me, I know. However, Christians shouldn’t be concerned with what the world thinks about them. Jesus told us that the world would hate us. He told us that, “The servant is not greater than his master.” He said that, “If they hated me they will hate you.” So, if you’re not hated by the world then maybe you’re compromising or you’re not Christian." He further quotes scripture to back up his argument in reference to the Mormon Christ as a deceiver and that Mitt Romney is an agent of the antichrist.
After detailing his interpretation of the scriptures he offers his thoughts on how a Christian should respond to a Mormon running for President and the specific consequences if Romney is elected:
"There are those who would say that this would be fine in politics because politics is secular. They say, “We are not supporting a Mormon missionary.” Is it that possible to try to divide the secular from the sacred, or in the case of a Mormon, is it that possible to divide the secular from the devilish? Has not Mitt Romney given a religious speech already declaring that Jesus Christ is his savior? Has he not repeated in many interviews and speeches that he is a Christian? Has he not already spread confusion by claiming to worship the same Christ? Are not the doctrines of an imposter Jesus, a counterfeit Christ, promoted by a Mormon every time he or she opens his or her mouth and mentions Jesus? Is not this the doctrine of antichrist, and are not those Christians who have supported Romney already partners in some way with his evil deeds? The Scripture has already answered this question for us."
"Christians, who by their actions invite Mitt Romney into the people’s house, and who support him, encourage him, endorse his candidacy, and vote for Mitt Romney for President are partners in his evil deeds as a Mormon who abides in and proclaims the doctrine of antichrist."
"Even common sense would suggest that if Mitt Romney were elected President, Mormon missionaries in America and all over the world would use a President Mitt Romney as a poster child for Mormonism. Because the Presidency is such a high profile position, Mormonism would be promoted in far greater ways than it has ever been by having Mormons elected as state Governors and U.S. Senators. Mitt Romney would not have to personally attempt to advance his beliefs for his beliefs to be promoted by others. However, every time President Romney mentioned God or Jesus in an address or public prayer or ceremony, many Americans would be confused into thinking that a Mormon is a Christian who prays to the same God and worships the same Christ. Mormonism would be elevated to a state of acceptance in the conscience of the American public as a Christian denomination, not an unchristian cult."
"Mormonism has already come a long way in accomplishing its goal of being accepted as a main stream religion compatible with Christianity. Those Christians who support Mitt Romney and who vote for him will only be partners in his evil deeds. They are and will be partners of the terrible evil deed of confusing others with a Jesus who is a false Christ, a counterfeit Jesus, who is an imposter, and is an antichrist. Christians supporting and voting for Romney will partner with a Mormon to lead others to embrace an antichrist, rather than the true Christ of the Bible."
NOTE: This is not a personal endorsement for or against Mitt Romney. Organized religion means very little to me in the broad scheme of things...there are other factors of a person's character that I consider more important. I'm simply presenting some of the theological and supernatural arguments and theories that may become part of this electoral process. The fact that a Mormon is running for the Office of the President of the United States makes it a fair topic for commentary. This link offers a multitude of information on Mitt Romney and the Church of Latter-day Saints...Lon
Secrets Mormons Don't Want You to Know
One Nation Under Gods: A History of the Mormon Church
The Mormon Mirage: A Former Member Looks at the Mormon Church Today