A pastor of a mega church in Dallas said Friday that Republicans shouldn’t vote for White House hopeful Mitt Romney because he’s a Mormon and described the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a “cult.”
“I think Mitt Romney’s a good, moral man, but those of us who are born again followers of Christ should prefer a competent Christian,” said Robert Jeffress, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, which has a congregation of about 10,000 and has long been considered a highly-influential church in evangelical circles.
Jeffress, who’s endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry and introduced him at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, told CNN Political Correspondent Jim Acosta that the Southern Baptist Convention “has officially labeled Mormonism as a cult.”
In fact, a website maintained by the Southern Baptist Convention lists the Mormon faith under its “New Religions and Cults” section, which also includes Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Church of Scientology.
“That’s why I’m enthusiastic about Perry,” Jeffress said, later adding: “I again believe that as Christian, we have the duty to select Christians as our leaders…Between a Rick Perry and a Mitt Romney, I believe evangelicals need to go with Rick Perry.”