The Refiner's Fire: The Making of Mormon Cosmology,

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You might say, “Look, we are not going to get anywhere unless we are honest with each other. Later theologies of the Anglicans were in between the doctrines of Roman Catholics and Reformed Protestants. The people of the town appear to be honest and industrious, engaged in their usual vocations of building up a town, and making all things around them comfortable. His two chief prophetesses were Maximilla and Priscilla. The Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church both affirm salvation by grace alone, but in practice their teachings about sacraments, the church, and works leads many to think of salvation as a cooperative venture in which God does his part and we do ours.

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C. S. Lewis: Latter-day Truths in Narnia

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The Watchtower Bible & Tract Society, whose members are referred to as Jehovah’s Witnesses, theologically is a cult of Christianity, and sociologically has countless cult-like elements as well. Among the four largest mainline Protestant churches, the same-sex marriage debate has not been simple. Many of the first generation converts were there. Mat 15:5 But you say, Whoever says to his father or mother, Whatever you would gain from me, It is a gift to God; Mat 15:6 and in no way he honors his father or his mother.

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Worship: Adding Depth to Your Devotion

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This is an absurd bit of special pleading. The majority of the activity in the Mormon Temples is work done in behalf of the DEAD. Although they have personally discovered a way to God through Jesus Christ, they do not accept this path as the only way to salvation for all people. I would want to regard Mormonism as a particular religion, not a cult, simply on the basis of age and size. He created his own "Unified Society" in which anyone could preach, regardless of his social standing. The very name of the Church, which some of our critics are loathe to mention, ought to be a clue: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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The Case for Divine Design

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Crosses on steeples did not appear until 586, and it was not until the sixth century that crucifixes were sanctioned by the Roman church.” Not surprisingly, it was probably the late Gordon B. Cremation, since World War II a more usual mode of disposal among Protestants, became common among Catholics as well. I could go on to talk about most denominations because there are legalists in all of them, but I think you understand my message by now.

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Clear Illusion

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Most religions, Christian or otherwise have a lot of short comings and mislead people. If you (or I) end up on his left hand (those goats who will soon be cast out) it doesn’t matter how much we claimed to the Christian in this life.” (quoted by ed42) Ed42, this is not true. From this common critique, the Lutheran, Calvinist, and Anglican traditions constructed their own models of marriage. God became man — not the other way around. The most divisive topic seems to be that of conversion.

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An Ancient American Setting for the Book of Mormon

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Jay and I are having an interesting conversation about it over on his blog, Mormons Talk. Perhaps, some atheists use this argument as a convenient way by which to reject all claims of theism. Curiously, though McDowell cited the testimony of one U. These results suggest that Christians may have a low level of knowledge of Mormon beliefs, and also reflect low levels of knowledge of Christian doctrine [a fact substantiated in other polling] Heterodoxy is not heresy (embracing beliefs opposed to orthodox doctrine), and peculiar beliefs and practices do not make a cult.

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Deception by Design: The Mormon Story

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Though this concept of unity may seem incredible, it does not seems so to those who have gone beyond the concept and entered into its reality. The Lord's Prayer, or Our Father, is regularly prayed. In May 1987, Clark began to issue a newsletter, "The Return". I see two huge, gaping, problems here in your understanding of Occam’s Razor. The eternal consequences outweigh political ones. Religious bodies and religious affairs are not subject to any foreign domination. Also in An American Prophet's Record, edited by Scott Faulring, Signature Books, 1989, p. 5 and Early Mormon Documents, Vol. 1 .) At age 17 he again prayed and an angel appeared telling him about the plates and announced he was forgiven of his sins.

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Collected Writings On Mormonism And Masonry

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Missing, however, is the fact that our Lord founded one Church, not many. Is Yeshua the Messiah What is Messianic Judaism Find information here. He was, as well, the authoritative person in matters of doctrine. Is Mormonism outside of the US different? To the contrary, the central claim of Mormonism is that Christianity was corrupt and incomplete until the restoration of the faith with the advent of the Latter-[d]ay Saints and their scripture, The Book of Mormon. Mormon theology teaches that the atonement of Christ was essential to our salvation and eternal life with God, but that it is not sufficient.

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LeGrand Richards: Beloved Apostle

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In social terms, in fact, Mormonism can be seen as perhaps the most successful, dynamic, and enduring version of the communitarianism of the l830s and 1840s. A brief summary from the 2002 edition can be found on this page: News from the National Council of Churches http://www.electronicchurch.org/April2002News.htm That news release shows that the Episcopal Church and the Presbyterian Church (USA) were tops in the most recent survey with donations of $1,155 per full or confirmed member.

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Nauvoo Legion in Illinois: A History of the Mormon Militia,

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Just what Joseph Smith did and you did and I did and millions of others like us… pray and ask God. Lee, the militia leader, was executed by the territorial government twenty years later after being excommunicated by the Church. Mormons are expected to tithe (give 10%) of their income to the LDS church. Let’s just focus upon two of the obvious problems. Be troubled then because that's exactly what they say. Locke's emphasis on tolerance and Rousseau's idea of a social contract were efforts to find unifying agreements that would discourage religious groups from appealing absolutely to a higher source of authority.

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