Let me set something straight right from the beginning. I do not in any way
endorse Governor Romney’s Mormon religious beliefs. Mormonism is a false religious
system that is not supported by the Bible. I personally have spent hours talking
with Mormons both in and out of Mormon church buildings trying to get them to see
the error of their ways. I will continue to do this as I have opportunities, just
as I will with all religious error, regardless of what happens in the upcoming election.
Given the opportunity, I would try to persuade Mr. Romney of the error of his ways
That having been said, I personally support Governor Romney for President of the
United States. Even though I strongly disagree with Governor Romney’s Mormon religious
views, I am not voting for his religion, I am voting for him for the Presidency of
the United States.1 He does seem to share many of my views on morality, not to mention
my views on economics. Governor Romney appears to be a decent person, a good family
man, a loving husband, a good father and someone who has compassion on those who
are less fortunate, giving over sixteen percent of his income to charity.2 Before
he started running for President, Obama gave next to nothing to charities, about
1 percent from 2000 to 20004.3
Jesus promised His apostles that the Holy Spirit would come to their aid and
bring to their remembrance all the things which He had taught them (John 14:26).
He declared that the Holy Spirit would guide the apostles into all truth (John 16:13).
Before He left this earth, Jesus promised the apostles that the Holy Spirit would
descend on them and endow them with power (Luke 24:49). He described this endowment
with power as the baptism of the Holy Ghost which would allow them to be witnesses
for Him to the uttermost part of the earth (Acts 1:5).
On the first Pentecost after the resurrection of our Lord, in fulfillment of
the promise of Christ to the apostles, the Holy Spirit descended upon the Twelve,
appearing as a manifestation of cloven tongues of fire, and gave each of the apostles
the ability to speak in an unlearned foreign tongues or language (Acts 2:1-6, 33).
The apostles claimed to be thus guided by the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:16ff; et.
al). This baptism of the Holy Spirit was unique to the apostles, being promised
only to them (2:14; and see above) and allowing only them to pass miraculous gifts
on to those upon whom they had laid their hands (Acts 8:18). Even those who had
miraculous gifts were not able to give this gift to others, thus Philip, though he
had miraculous endowments, needed the apostles to bestow this miraculous power upon
the Samaritans (Acts 8:14-17).
The Christian in America has certain privileges and blessings from the hand of
God that Christians in many other countries and in other times may never have legally
enjoyed. According to the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States,
we are guaranteed freedom in this country to assemble as Christians without the fear
of harm or molestation. Likewise, we are free to speak out on issues that are important
to us as Christians. We are free to publish papers like this one without being harassed
and petition the government for a redress of grievances. And we are free to worship
and serve our Lord as He prescribes in His word without government or other interference.
That freedom was obtained because men believed that our rights come, not from men
or from governments but, directly to each one of us from God, the Creator. Echoing
the teaching of the Bible, Thomas Jefferson wrote that “all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,” and “that
among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The blessing of this
freedom is not a thing to be taken lightly and it is worth defending.