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Anti-Mormon Southern Baptist Leader Slams Mitt Romney’s Faith As ‘A Cult’

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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