Little Known Propaganda: 1 – All Churches Wrong

11 Jan

This is my first response to the list of “little known facts” referenced at the blog Sound Doctrine. On this blog the author presents the list along with responses to each from a F.A.I.R. Mormon scholar, known only as CleanCut. In addition the author of this blog, known as Damon, gives a response to CleanCut. As I said in my introduction blog, I am writing a response to each fact in a lengthy series. I will not, however, comment on what CleanCut or Damon said.

 

FACT #1 The Mormon Church teaches ALL other Churches are WRONG; ALL their creeds are an ABOMINATION in the sight of God; and ALL their teachers are corrupt.

One of the Mormon Books of Scripture, The Pearl of Great Price, says this about non-LDS churches:  “…they were ALL WRONG; and the Personage who addressed me said that ALL their creeds were an ABOMINATION in his sight; that those professors were ALL CORRUPT…” (Joseph Smith 1:19).

 

Very true; however this is hardly a little known fact. Even in 2008 it was well known that we believe we have the only true church. So, to have it on a list of supposedly little known facts is not completely honest.

 

Also, it must be understood in its proper perspective. You see, we take Paul literally when he says there is but one church and one faith (Ephesians 4: 4-5). We do not hold to the view that the church is all Christians; rather we believe the church to be the organized system of religion that Christ established while on the Earth. When that system was lost the church was lost. Any religion that is not part of that organization cannot be the true church. Paul also described this organization, listing as offices within it Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers (Eph. 4: 11-12).

So, any church that does not contained these offices, duly appointed by God as was Aaron (Hebrews 5:4), cannot be the true church that Christ established. As none of the churches at the time of the First Vision had these offices, or the authority to appoint them, all of them were the wrong church.

 

As to the creeds, anything that tends to lead men away from God and the fullness of his glory would be an abomination to God. God wants all his children to share in his glory; anything less causes him sorrow. So, those creeds that teach false doctrine and thus lead men to a lesser glory would be detestable to God as they frustrate his desires.

 

Having said all this it must also be understood that just because a church is not the one true church that does not mean that all the doctrine that it espouses is wrong. All churches have a measure of truth, some more than others. It is also true that the followers of the different religions are most often good people who have simply been deceived.

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2 Responses to “Little Known Propaganda: 1 – All Churches Wrong”

  1. shematwater January 22, 2016 at 7:24 pm #

    My Response to Cleancut and Damon

    The response by Cleancut to this point seemed to me an attempt to avoid the issue. He was saying “Technically we believe that, but if you think of it this way it isn’t so bad.” I think this is a poor way to address any criticism and simply makes us look like we are trying to deny what the church teaches. The simple fact is that we do believe all other churches are wrong, and we shouldn’t be afraid to say it.

    On the other hand, Damon does nothing to actually address what Cleancut said, but simply tries to re-enforce the original point. He does so by referencing other cites, and with a few misunderstandings.
    First, he asserts that the different accounts of the first vision are contradictory. The truth is they are not; they simply give different details of the same event.
    Second, he seems to suggest that the LDS church started in the Campbell Restoration Movement. The truth is that the two are different movements that have very distinct and separate origins. To be fair, he may just be comparing the two, as his wording is a little awkward.
    So, through misconceptions he tries to support the claim of the original author; again, a poor tactic.

    The two just seemed to be in a kind of gotcha battle rather than a discussion.

  2. happinesshill March 4, 2016 at 8:44 pm #

    Shem, THis is great what you’re doing!! I am glad you are trying to defend the faith. There are a lot of misconceptions out there about our doctrine and our religious culture. Great job sticking up for clarity on these controversial issues.

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