Pastor backing Santorum claims Romney is not a Christian
February 27th, 2012
05:58 PM ET
2 years ago

Pastor backing Santorum claims Romney is not a Christian

Lansing, Michigan (CNN) – A Michigan pastor who introduced Rick Santorum at a Monday campaign event in Lansing claimed that Mitt Romney is not a Christian and said Santorum is the one Republican candidate who can awaken "the sleeping giant" of Christianity.

Kent Clark, the CEO of Grace Centers of Hope, a faith-based homeless outreach facility in Pontiac, warmed up the pro-Santorum audience by calling the former Pennsylvania senator "a man who believes in a creator rather than we being the accidental creation of gas and dust."

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After Santorum's rally, Clark told CNN he is supporting Santorum because he is a person of faith who understands that social ills are best cured at the family level and not by "big government."

Clark predicted that Romney's Mormon faith will be a factor for Republicans in Tuesday's Michigan primary, particularly in the western part of the state where evangelical Christians are expected to make up a larger share of the GOP vote.

Asked if he believes Romney is a Christian, Clark answered: "No."

"Those if us who are Christians believe very strongly that God came to earth in the person of Jesus Christ and we base all our values around that," Clark told CNN. "And we believe that real change is a spiritual change from the inside out."

Clark said he agrees with Santorum's assertion that faith has a rightful place in the public square.

"We have built a wall of separation, that is an imaginary wall, between church and state," he explained. "I believe there is a sleeping giant out there called the church, the Christian church. If it gets activated, it's going to turn this country upside down and that's what this man does," he said, referring to Santorum.

Asked if Santorum agrees with Clark's characterization of Romney's faith, campaign spokesman Alice Stewart told CNN he does not.

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Filed under: 2012 • Faith • Michigan • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum
soundoff (124 Responses)
  1. rosaadriana

    I only hope this lasts all the way to the convention. everyday that passes shows how crazy and out of touch these people really are.

    February 27, 2012 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  2. Dave

    It is 100% Absolutely True that the Mormon Cult is Extremely Racist when it comes to the Elite, Their are no members of color in the highest levels of this so called Religion. 0, They are not allowed, Although The Cult will never mention or talk about it. Its something you definitely wont hear Romney ever talk about.

    February 27, 2012 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  3. Michael B.

    Mormons ARE Christians. Mormons know Jesus Christ is the Lord, the Savior of mankind, He who atoned for our sins and died for the world so that we could all be saved. Mormons believe in the Christ in the Bible, how can anyone not see this? Plus the name of the church is "The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints". Not the church of joseph, or the church of love, or the pope's church, or anything else. It is named that way because of the belief that Jesus Christ set this church up through a Prophet.

    February 27, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  4. ksmary

    It was not so many years ago that Catholics were not considered 'Christian'. I guess the definiton moves whenever people like Mr. Clark speaks.

    February 27, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  5. Nobama

    Santorun only donated less then % to his church. He steals from GOD!!!

    February 27, 2012 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  6. Debbie

    I don't believe any of them are Christians as their mouths can profess whatever but their actions tell who they really are. They all are using Christ for their own political gain similar to Judas Iscariot. They all would do well to re-read the story of Nicodemus and if they truely want to follow Christ then give all there riches to the poor and follow Him. None of them are Christians, they are deceivers and politicians.

    February 27, 2012 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  7. Carlos

    The goodness of our lives is a better indicator of how Christian we are, rather than the doctrines that we profess.

    February 27, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  8. Romney is not My Hero

    "Clark said he agrees with Santorum's assertion that faith has a rightful place in the public square."

    HAHAHA – This nut sounds like that Camping guy who kept predicting the end of the world and was WRONG every time. Anyone who agrees with Sanctimonious needs their head examined for existence of a brain.

    OBAMA 2012! This is politics, NOT a war of religion. **Remember that separation of church and state thing?

    February 27, 2012 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  9. Ron

    I am a mormon, and I am a Christian. No one in the world has the right to tell me that I'm not a christian and they do not have the right to define it for me. I believe in Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Redeemer. I believe that God speaks to man today because he is a God that does not change (In the bible). That is the biggest difference between Mormons and Evangelicals. No matter what they say I will always be a christian and will not be hypocritical and engage in bigotry.

    February 27, 2012 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lord Jeezus, now he's going after Mittens, the Magic Mormon.
    Rick needs to be committed.
    His type of Catholic were probably responsible for little crazed incidents in history like the Inquisitions.
    This boy is NOT handling his quest for power very well.
    Obama 2012.

    February 27, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  11. ProperVillain

    Yes, because a candidate that has a faith that you agree with automatically qualifies him as a world leader (rolls eyes). GROW UP AMERICA! This is worse than a high school popularity contest...

    February 27, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  12. Dave

    No, I am sorry but I will not stop hammering away at this so called Religion. I hope that there will come a day when a Journalist will get all up in that Salt Lake Temple thing & have the guts to expose the Racist sop when it comes to The ELDERS. AINT NO BROTHERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 27, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  13. Christina

    News flash! I'm a christian and I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. The Christ I believe in came to this earth as a child, taught us, served a mission then took on my sins and died for me. It makes me wonder what Christ this man and even Santorum belives in, because I KNOW what Christ believe in.

    February 27, 2012 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  14. Thor4

    It seems to me that the only christian existing is Santorum !!!! Well what do you know !!! I do not think that religion has a place in politics everyones own belief is their business and no one else's.

    February 27, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  15. Amy

    I thought this race was about who is best to run the country not who is running to be the next pope. What individual has any right to say whether another individual is a Christian or not? Only an individual can tell another if they follow Christ or not! Good try pastor backing santorum!

    February 27, 2012 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  16. Brenda Burr

    Surely, the views of one pastor in Michigan will not be a deciding factor for voters. Religious freedom as well as tolerance is a core Christian value. Interestingly enough, the fact the Romney's church is not called the Mormon church, but The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is left out of the pastor's comments. As a Christian, I vote for people I believe are trying to be Christ-like and question the values of professed Christians who attack someone for having a different faith rather than being grateful for someone who has faith.

    February 27, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  17. Nick

    Scary stuff!!!! The United States will never be a theocracy and was never intended to be! This is just plain scary! Keep all religion out of politics! With so many different sects of Christianity (and with so many religions) who is to say which one is correct??? I don't understand how saying to the country that my religion is the only right one, BUT i believe in religious freedom, although mine will control the population, makes sense?? I thought republicans wanted the government out of our lives... except when they don't???

    February 27, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  18. Independent from FL

    This is why the GOP will lose in Nov.

    February 27, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  19. Jim in San Mateo

    Finally, someone got around to saying it. Most, so-called, Christians don't believe that Mormonism equates to Christianity. If the Religious Right comes out in force in Michigan, Romney's campaign could very well lose a wheel and it might take a few primaries before he finally confronts his religion head-on which he will need to do before he can ever hope to compete in the general election.
    It took nearly 200 years to elect a Catholic President. It will take a lot longer to elect a Mormon President.

    February 27, 2012 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  20. Bob Wright

    Pastor Clark should have kept his mouth shut. His statement that his faith believes that Jesus Christ came down to earth is exactly what the Mormon Church teaches.1st article of faith in the Mormon Church is "We believe in God the Eternal Father, in His Son Jesus Christ, and in The Holy Ghost". It's stupidity like Pastor Clarks that gives religion a bad name.I have never heard a Mormon spake ill of another religion, let alone call them non-christians. As a Baptist converted to the Mormon faith I asure you I was never taught more about Jesus Christ and His mission here on earth than in the Mormon the Church. Mormons are taught to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth to you when you study the bible. Therfore they are taught by the Holy Spirit and not by men. We partake of the sacrament every Sunday in rememberance of His body that was broken for us and His Blood that was shed for our sins. We declare unto the world that there is no other name given under Heaven whereby man may be save except the name of Jesus Christ.

    For any Pastor to call Mormons a nonchristian is the biggest lie that Satan has ever come up with, and Pastor Clark, as well as Pastor Robert Jefferys of Texas are only doing Satans bidding for him. For Satan is the father of all lies. Yes Paul taught that we are saved by grace through Jesus Christ, but he also said that we should continue forth in good works. Yet these Pastors condemn Mormons because they believe and teach Not only in salvation by grace, but that we need to continue in good works. I believe that Paul also said we should continue in good works that we may stand approved in that day. How much better would the world be if all churches taught these principles.

    February 27, 2012 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  21. the Situation

    Here we go again. The Christian Right of the G.O.P will be the downfall of them in the general election. 1: They won't back Romney. 2: Mr. Flip Flopper will give up his soul to try and please them 3: No one really cares of the social agenda they are trying to push. It's about the economy!

    February 27, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  22. cali girl

    The best of religion, those who live in glass houses should not throw stones. Here is a thought, why don't we ask Santo to prove he is a christian! Sounds good enough to me, since Obama got the shaft with his birth certificate and proving he is a us citizen. Bring it on.

    February 27, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  23. Darw1n

    Gimme a break, his beliefs are no more crazy than your own, sheesh.

    February 27, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  24. Dave

    Two words: Who cares?

    February 27, 2012 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  25. papafritz57

    The arrogance of these men who position themselves as holier than others is in direct defiance of what Jesus would do. Who died and left them in charge of deciding who is Christian and who isn't? And what does it matter? There is one God according to Scripture and He is the God of everyone. Sanctimonious Ricky and his socalled christian supporters would deny millions of human beings as not of God because they don't live the way old Ricky thinks they should. Don't be fooled by these charlatans, they are always the kind that want something from you. Sanctimonious wants your money and your vote so he can go on living off the very big government he hates and helped create, and he once again wants to educate his children with government money. We've never seen him on the streets of Pennsylvanis handing out alms to the homeless and the poorest people, but he sure has filled his pockets with lobbyist money while claiming to be an outsider.
    Ricky, you are the worse kind of Christian because you place yourself above what Almighty God calls us to do. You diminish our God when you place yourself so high and mighty when all along you know you are a liar and a blasphemer. You commit a Mortal Sin every time you lie and trash the reputation and good name of a decent man like our naton's President. You are a very poor examply of what brotherhood, morality, and patriotism is all about. If JFK's wonderful speech made you puke, imagine how sick you make the rest of America with your self-righteous pontification. What a fraud you are and what a poor example you have set for your own children. You have taught them intolerance of others, defamation of other's religious beliefs, lying for self- gain and dependency on government money to live your very wealthy life style.

    February 27, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
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