An article in today's NY Times talks about Evangelical concerns over Romney's Mormonism. It features the obligatory quote from an Evangelical minister calling the LDS Church a cult. Another brainless hypocrite -- the guy runs a website, and thinks the LDS Church isn't churchy enough to be a church? The only reason the media is sucking up to Evangelicals in the Mormon stories is because it's an easy way to slam Mormons.
About cults: There are thousands upon thousands of Evangelicals who attend small independent congregations of one or two hundred people; under the leadership of a charismatic minister; who take the Bible so literally they believe a long list of bizarre claims; and who spend half their time discussing how the world is going to end in just a few years, as described in Revelation and the Left Behind series. And they call US a cult? That is about as cultish as you can get. Face it, most of Evangelical Christianity is organized as a loose network of local cult congregations. Would somebody start pointing this out to them? If you want to avoid promoting a cult, then don't vote for the Evangelical candidate. Judge the rest of them on their character and their politics.
The article also features a nice quote from Mouw:
"There will always be a segment of evangelical Christianity that doesn’t trust anything Mormons say,” said Richard J. Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary, an evangelical school in Pasadena, Calif. “They don’t even trust it when the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings ‘Silent Night.’ ”