Megachurch pastor and Rick Perry supporter Robert Jeffress made waves today at the Values Voter Summit when he said Mitt Romney was not a real Christian. He added that if Republicans vote for him they are giving credibility to a cult and declared that evangelicals should not support a Mormon.
“I think Mitt Romney is a good, moral man,” Jeffress said in an interview with CNN. “But I think those of us who are born-again followers of Christ should always prefer a competent Christian to a competent non-Christian like Mitt Romney.”
Earlier at the convention targeted at social conservatives, Jeffress introduced Perry to the podium with a thinly-veiled rebuke against the former Massachusetts governor.
“Do we want a candidate who is a good, moral person,” Jeffress asked the audience, “or one who is a born-again follower of the Lord Jesus Christ? In Rick Perry, we have a candidate who is a committed follower of Christ.”
There have always been rumblings that Romney would have trouble convincing evangelical voters who don’t consider the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to be Christian, but never before has his faith been attacked at such a mainstream venue.
Watch Robert Jeffress on CNN denouncing Romney’s Mormonism:
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