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Pat Robertson and the Buddhist Broadcasting Network

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By Dan Delzell, Special to CP
October 5, 2011|6:42 am

Labels don’t really matter, do they? In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Pat Robertson said that Mitt Romney is an outstanding “Christian.” Never mind the fact that Mitt is a Mormon. Pat might want to consider “The Buddhist Broadcasting Network” as a new name for his corporation. After all, Buddhists are trying to be spiritual people too.

Why don’t we just interchange all the labels? Let’s say that Hindu’s are outstanding Jews. We could add that Muslims are outstanding Buddhists. Pat Robertson might want to make it clear that Jehovah’s Witnesses are outstanding Christians, just like Mormons. I guess we all just worship the same God after all. Not.

Mormon doctrine and Jehovah’s Witness doctrine both deny that God is Three Persons in One God. The Bible makes it clear that you cannot deny the very nature of God and at the same time follow Him as your Lord and God. Mormon doctrine and Jehovah’s Witness doctrine both deny that Jesus is the eternal God, along with the Father and the Holy Spirit. In actuality, Jesus is not a created being as those groups teach. He is the eternal God with no beginning and no end. The Bible makes it clear that you cannot deny the very nature of Christ and follow Him at the same time.

Many Mormons are outstanding citizens. Pat didn’t use that word. He used the word “Christian” to describe Mitt Romney. It is the same word that is used in the name of his corporation. Never mind the fact that no reputable Christian leader or denomination would agree with Robertson. Perhaps Pat would be open to calling his corporation the “Mormon Broadcasting Network” if he doesn’t really like “Buddhist Broadcasting Network.” Wait a minute. That change might not generate as much revenue for the corporation. I guess he is in a tough spot as chairman. What’s a “Christian” to do?

Mormon doctrine and Jehovah’s Witness doctrine both deny the biblical doctrine of the Trinity. Both of those groups redefine Jesus and therefore end up with a mythical “Jesus.” Both groups teach a system of works to earn your way into paradise. Both groups teach doctrines that clearly place them outside of Christianity, just like Islam and Judaism and Buddhism and Hinduism teach doctrines that clearly place them outside of Christianity. If the labels don’t matter, then neither does anyone’s religion. That includes Pat Robertson’s definition of a “Christian.”

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Dan Delzell is the pastor of Wellspring Lutheran Church in Papillion, Neb.
 

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