Dallas pastor who called Mormonism a ‘cult’: Romney is ‘lesser of two evils’

Paul Conner | Executive Editor

The influential Dallas pastor who called Mormonism a “theological cult” last fall told News Radio 1080 KRLD Tuesday that “there’s a good biblical case for voting for Mitt Romney.”

“Sometimes voting for a candidate is voting for the lesser of two evils,” Dr. Robert Jeffress said in an interview with KRLD. “It’s like my friend Janet Marshall says, ‘Jesus isn’t on the ballot this year, so we have to make choices.’”

After introducing Texas Gov. Rick Perry at the Values Voter Summit last October, Jeffress told reporters that Christians should not vote for a Mormon like former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney because the religion is a “cult.” He later clarified in a television interview that he meant to call it a “theological cult,” and said his view is consistent with historic Christian beliefs.

“Given the choice between a Christian like Barack Obama who embraces very unbiblical principles like abortion, and a Mormon like Mitt Romney who supports biblical values like the sanctity of life and marriage, I think there’s a good biblical case for voting for Mitt Romney,” Jeffress told the radio host on Tuesday.

Jeffress, who is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church Dallas, backed Perry until the Texas governor dropped out just before the South Carolina primary in January.

“As a Christian, I want to compare a candidate’s positions to biblical positions and I believe the sanctity of life and the sanctity of marriage and religious liberty are key issues in this election cycle,” Jeffress explained. “That’s why I think Mitt Romney is preferable to Barack Obama.”

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