I want to address the May 31 editorial. In it, Romney states “Jeffress is a bigot” and “Jeffress has specifically called out Mormonism, Islam, Judaism, and Hinduism as false faiths that will lead their followers away from God.”
I see two questions. Is Romney’s call accurate? Why does Jeffress call out these faiths?
Jeffress is a born-again Christian, believing salvation is through Christ alone. Jesus said (John 14:6) “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me.” In John 10:28, He said, “I give them eternal life.” The disciples state (Acts 4:12) “there is no other name given among men whereby we must be saved.” These are proofs to him.
Do the above faiths teach and believe one Way/one Name? No. They have clear differences for salvation/eternity, be it works, self-effort, after all one can do, etc. Some even question Jesus as Messiah.
In conclusion, if Jeffress is a bigot, is Jesus a bigot, too, saying only one way? How about the disciples? They confronted the gods and practices of Greeks, Romans and others and presented Jesus. Neither they nor He preached “accept all faiths and paths.” Romney called it, but not accurately.
Gary Griffenhagen, South Ogden