Thursday, October 18, 2012
Billy Grahm Removes 'Cult' Label Of Mormons
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has removed a page from it's website labeling Mormons and some other religious groups as "cults." Franklin and Billy Graham met with presidential candidate Mitt Romney just prior to the deletion of the web page.
(photo credit: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association)
The reference to Mormanism, Jehovah's Witnesses, the Unification Church, Unitarians, Spiritists, Scientologists and others appeared on a section of the association's web page titled Looking For Answers - What is a Cult?
The now deleted web page proclaimed "A cult is any group which teaches doctrines or beliefs that deviate from the biblical message of the Christian faith. It is very important that we recognize cults and avoid any involvement with them."
Among the "features" of cults its says, "They do not give Jesus Christ, the divine Son of God, full recognition as the second Person of the Trinity, composed of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit." The Mormons do not believe in the Trinity.
Billy, now aged 93, and son Franklin Graham reportedly met with Romney at Billy Graham's mountaintop retreat in North Carolina October 11. Shortly after the meeting, the web page citing Mormonism as a cult was taken off line.
Ken Barun, chief of staff for the association made a press statement to CNN saying, "We removed the information from the website because we do not wish to participate in a theological debate about something that has become politicized during this campaign."
Billy Graham Mormon Cult Page (as it appeared before being taken down)
What Do Mormons Believe? (analysis of Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints - LDS)