Frankly, my Friends, I am puzzled ... I don't suppose that you are much different from me in expecting to be told the truth or in being disappointed when someone you trust is dishonest and tells you Fantastique Tales masquerading as God's Eternal Truth.
We will all agree that honest people will ensure their information agrees with what is actually True rather than tell you what is profitable and that no honest person will deliberately lead others with page upon page of lies for no better reason than to get more and more of what Jesus called Mammon.
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and Mammon.
[Matthew 6:24 - AV]
Wicliffe was more direct in his translation of this passage, rendering it:
"Ye moun not serve god and ricchesse"
Despite this direct commandment to serve God and not seek for wealth through religion, some that consider themselves Christian Crusaders foment lies and hatred and from that Demonic mixture of godlessness set about deliberately to make up lies about others and issue them in order to line their pockets.
Every world faith has a moral core and speaking the truth is part of that core. Those of any faith or denomination that abandon truth to generate lies and false images of their 'enemies' lose all rights to be considered godly, and in the case of Christians, they can no longer be considered Christians because the ignore and rebel against the Divine Commandment 'Thou shalt no bear false witness ... '
You would be puzzled if someone describes the beautifully transcendent Adagio from Bruch's Violin Concerto No. One as "Horsehair scraping on catgut!" If you know the piece you will be justified in questioning his musicality and knowledge of the masterpiece.
Also, if you ask directions and are deliberately sent off in the wrong direction, would you trust that person to direct you a second time? Probably not, and you would be justified in questioning their motives.
These examples illustrate my problem. You see, I have been lied to for sixty-five years about my sacred faith, which is Mormonism, and I want to know why the misleaders - most of whom do not know me - think it is morally right to lie to me?
I am not the the only victim of Anti-Mormon misinformation, deliberate and otherwise, because Anti-Mormons spread their tentacles far and wide without any concern or consideration for their victims. Unfortunately, these 'ministers of lies' harm not only Latter-day Saints, but also those that seek to understand Mormonism as believed, taught, understood, and practiced by Mormon-Christians in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Not everyone that disagrees
is an Anti-Mormon
Anti-Mormons fit into a special slot in the Continuum of those that take part in Religious Discourse. They are the spiritual and social misfits whose activities have little to do with doctrinal disagreement, although that is put forward as the reason for their underground cells that persecute and harry their Christian 'enemies.' Yes, Mormons are Christians and the Lord Jesus Christ is my Lord and Saviour just as the Holy Bible says.
Their stated reasons for their so-called 'spiritual warfare' bear no relation to believers that would never tell lies about other Christians with whose perspectives they disagree than they would knowingly feed poison to their children.
Anti-Mormons, in common with Anti-Jewish, Anti-Muslim, Anti-Negro, Anti-Roman Catholic, or other of the world's hate groups, that vex, plague, and spew their hatred at decent people, are those from whose disturbed ranks the worst examples of Anti-Mormonism springs.
One bitter Anti-Mormon, Peter Ould [see: 'Ezekiel's Sticks' in Menu left], told me that he was on a bus in Venezuela when two Mormon missionaries boarded it. He then said in effect, "God told me to go after Mormons and make their lives as miserable as possible.
When I met him at an Anti-Mormon conference hosted by the late Doug Harries of Reach Out Trust [ROT] he had been engaged in sniping from cover for about twenty years. Sadly, he rested his faith in professional Anti-Mormons, such as Sandra Tanner, and ROT, both of which are organisations that have severe, disabling difficulties identifying what actually constitutes Mormon belief.
The last news I had of him was that he was studying to be a minister of a Non-LDS Christian denomination . Perhaps he will come to learn how Christians are directed in Holy Scripture to conduct themselves.
Anything mean, nasty, tawdry, insane, blasphemous, or petty that can be charged against Mormons and Mormonism, has been repeatedly regurgitated to persuade the unwary to accept falsehood as truth and encourage them to join the ranks of the spiritually disturbed.
Such that participate in these kinds of ministry and related activities, and of such alone are those that I refer to as "Anti-Mormon."
That must be understood. Latter-day Saints are not at war with other forms of Christianity, and neither am I.
I have spent a small fortune - I have never had a big fortune - buying books, pamphlets, videos, CDs, DVDs, attending Anti-Mormon rallies and conferences that are nothing more than series of lectures without any conferring going on by those that understand Mormonism, and corresponding with people that promised to tell all and be honest in their communications, but most of whom proved they cannot tolerate honest interrogation about their own putative Christian doctrines, rites, and practices, etc, so I have almost never received the fruits of their promises, although I have always kept my word. And so their misinformation remains on the shelves of Christian book shops to deceive and mislead the unwary and gullible.
Here, on these pages I survey many of their claims to illustrate that the lies they use to fight and misrepresent Mormonism do not stand up to even the Devil's twisted tests of truth, and you will know that he is not choosy.
I apply the simple standard of whether what is said agrees with known and verifiable facts, or whether gusts of hostile intentions have wafted them off-course and shipwrecked them in realms of malignant hobgoblins, hellish daemons, conniving witches, and wicked faeries. You may then judge for yourself where truth stands.
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