One of the most compelling was James Walker, president of the Watchman Fellowship, which fancies itself a Christian discerner of new religious movements, cults, the occult, and New Age-ism. On the Sunday he visited my church, Walker preached about the folly of Oprah Winfrey-ism, exposing her New Age beliefs and showing a clip from her program in which a Christian confronted her (and her panelists) with Bible truths.
While Oprah wields enviable influence throughout the country, Walker has also seen a noticeable uptick in inquiries to Watchman about a certain presidential candidate’s faith. The curiosity is over the Mormonism of Republican Mitt Romney, and let’s just say Walker — himself a former Latter-Day Saint church member — is concerned.
So what’s the worry — that his religion taints his stance on political issues?
“There are a lot of things I find in common with him,” Walker said with sincerity.
Is it that their beliefs are a little, uh, wacky?
“An atheist could make the same case about a Christian,” Walker responded, obviously thinking about seas parting and Lazarus rising.
So what’s the problem, then?
“My main concern with a Romney presidency is the hundreds of thousands of new converts that would be brought into the Mormon church,” he said.
While Walker gives pause, others in the conservative movement — even Christians like talk show host Hugh Hewitt, who wrote a whole book backing Romney, and Bob Jones III — have supported him. They argue for his morally upstanding lifestyle and principled stances that place him in the social conservative fold, despite his theological aberrations.p>The former Massachusetts governor himself was dismissive of the potential influence he would have upon the growth of Mormonism should he be elected. From Hewitt’s book, A Mormon in the White House : br> /p>
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online