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Should the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association have Removed Mormons from "Cult" List?
Should the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association have Removed Mormons from "Cult" List?

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) recently removed an article from its website that listed Mormonism as a "cult." The change followed Mitt Romney's home visit to Billy Graham last week, where the evangelist pledged "help" to the Mormon presidential candidate's campaign. The BGEA later explained, "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."

(Note: Responses below are on a spectrum, starting with "yes" and ending with "no.")

"One very good thing about the Romney candidacy is that it is causing both evangelicals and Mormons to clarify terminology in civil dialogue—as among friends. I don't believe this is a cause of concern, but rather one that will lead to discussions focusing on dialogue that has the flavor and content of grace."
Jerry Root, director of Wheaton Evangelism Institute, Wheaton College

"Mormonism fits the traditional evangelical definition of a 'theological cult,' but that is not what most Americans think of when they think of a cult; they think of a compound in Waco. I think it is more helpful to call it a different religion, like Islam and Judaism, and to share the gospel of Jesus with them accordingly."
Ed Stetzer, president, LifeWay Research

"My experience is that LDS folks—leaders and grass-roots alike—love Billy Graham. For the BGEA to use the term 'cult' in describing folks who are open to hearing Billy's message is needlessly setting up a barrier. Friendly discussions together about what it means to be a sinner saved by grace is ...

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