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 disparagingly 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 modern Christian Crusaders foment lies and hatred and with Demonic fury make up lies and publish them to line their bottomless pockets.
Every world faith has a moral core and speaking the truth without guile and falseness is and essential part of that core. Those that abandon truth to concoct lies and false images of their 'enemies' are ungodly and they are not Christians, because they ignore and rebel against God who commands:
'Thou shalt not bear false witness ... '
You would be puzzled, and rightly so, if someone described the 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.
Likewise, 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. I have been lied to by those claiming to be followers of Jesus Christ for more than sixty-six years about the nature, doctrines, and history of my sacred faith, which is The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints. I want to know why the misleaders - most of whom do not know me - think it is morally and acceptable to God and Christ to lie to me?
I am not the the only victim of Anti-Mormon misinformation. Anti-Mormons spread their tentacles wide without consideration for their victims. Unfortunately, these 'ministers of lies' harm not only Latter-day Saints, but those seeking 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 Religious Continuum occupied by those that take part in Religious Discourse and are spiritual and social misfits whose activities have little to do with doctrinal disagreement, although that is put forward as the reason for their well-provisioned cells that persecute and harry Christians. Yes, Mormons are Christians and the Lord Jesus Christ is the Lord and Saviour of Latter-day Saints exactly as the Holy Bible prescribes.
Anti-Mormon's reasons for 'hate-warfare' bears no relation to true believers that do not tell lies about other Christians with whose perspectives they disagree.
Anti-Mormons, in common with Anti-Jewish, Anti-Muslim, Anti-Negro, Anti-Roman Catholic, and other hate groups, that vex, plague, and spew their hatred at decent people, are from the same spiritually disturbed ranks from which Anti-Mormonism smokes up.
One Anti-Mormon, Peter Ould [See: 'Ezekiel's Sticks'], told me that he was on a bus in Venezuela when two Mormon missionaries boarded it. He then told me in effect that,
"God told me to go after Mormons
and make their lives as miserable as possible.
Thus, with what he thought was a divine commission in his back pocket, he set out to make Mormons' lives as miserable as he could. When I met Mr Ould at an Anti-Mormon conference hosted by the late Doug Harries of Reach Out Trust [ROT] he had already been engaged in sniping from cover for about twenty years. Sadly, he rested his confidence in professional Anti-Mormons such as Sandra Tanner and ROT, both of which are organisations that have disabling difficulties in accurately identifying what constitutes Mormon belief notwithstanding that both organisations have former Latter-day Saints on their payrolls.
Mr Ould once had an anti-Mormon website, 'Close Scrutiny,' that invited comments. He accepted an article from me, that can be read here as 'Ezekiel's Sticks' but found he was hopelessly lost in the subject so he took down my contribution and closed his site for comments. I though that was a poor show, and Mike Thomas of Reach Out Trust [ROT], an Ex-Mormon, said of Ould, "He could have chosen a better hill to die on." Ould, Tanner, and ROT, as 'birds of a feather,' work hard misrepresenting Mormonism, much as the Pharisees of old misrepresented Jesus on to the cross of Golgotha.
The last news I had of Mr Ould he was studying to be a minister of a Non-LDS Christian denomination [that was in 2012]. Perhaps he will have come to learn that Christians are directed in Holy Scripture about how to conduct themselves. Apparently Ould was a successful ordinand and had another blog that he shut down two years ago. I can only hope that he spends his time more profitably as a kind Christian minister than his displays of misplaced beliefs about Mormons and his unkindness to me and Mormons in general in the Anti-Mormon pursuits he followed when younger.
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 as these that participate in these kinds of ministries
and related activities, and of such alone,
are those to which I refer to as "Anti-Mormon."
That must be understood. Latter-day Saints are not at war with any form of Christianity and neither am I, not even with Mr Ould although he made it clear he was at war with me and the other 15,500,000 odd Mormons that he believes threatened his private world model of Christian particularims that he espouses.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has Thirteen Articles of Faith, the eleventh of which is:
We claim the privilege of worshipping Almighty God
according to the dictates of our own conscience,
and allow all men the same privilege,
let them worship how, where, or what they may.
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 one-way lectures without any conferring between people that understand Mormonism. I have also corresponded at length with people that solemnly promised to tell me everything and to be honest in their communications. Alas, most of them proved they could not tolerate honest interrogation about their own 'Christian' doctrines, rites, and practices, and so I have never received the fruits of their promises, although I have always kept my word. Their prevaricating misinformation is found on the shelves of 'Christian' book shops to deceive and mislead the gullible.
On these pages I survey many of their claims and illuminate the lies they use to misrepresent Mormonism. Their false teahcings do not stand up to the Devil's twisted tests of truth, and you will know that he is not choosy, but they fail miserably when tried wiht God's tests of truth.
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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