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 is True rather than their telling you what is profitable to themselves, 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. Such as deal dishonestly with us share the motto, "Show Me The Money!" Jesus was adamant that,
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 as:
Ye moun not serve god and ricchesse
Despite this direct commandment to serve God and not lie to obtain wealth through religion some modern Christians deliberately foment lies and hatred by inventing lies and publishing them in order to line their seemingly 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 [Click on <link to listen] 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 acceptable to God and Christ when they lie to me.
I am not the the only victim of Anti-Mormon misinformation. Anti-Mormons spread their tentacles around the world in all directions without consideration for their victims. Unfortunately, these "ministers of lies and fear" harm not only Latter-day Saints, but also those at pains 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
Anti-Mormons fit into a special slot in the Religious Continuum occupied by those that take part in Religious Discourse and are easily identifiable as spiritual and social misfits whose activities have nothing to do with doctrinal disagreements although that is often proferred as the reason for the well-provisioned so-called Christian Cults that persecute and harry Christians that are about doing as the earliest Christians did. Mormons are superlatively Christian and the Lord Jesus Christ is the Lord and Saviour of Latter-day Saints exactly as the Holy Bible prescribes.
Anti-Mormons' reasons for "hate-warfare" bears no relation to the good behaviour of Christian 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, & the whole panoply of 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 the Devil tricked him into believing that he had a "Divine Commission from Almighty God" in his back pocket and so 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 sniping at Latter-day Saints for twenty years. Sadly, he rested his confidence in professional Anti-Mormons such as Sandra Tanner that he claims as a friend and referent, and an organisation founded by Marion Davies the infamous Witch Hunter who rose to brief fame and conned several Police Departments in the UK before handing the reins over to Dough Harris, both of which fostered organisations that have crippling difficulties in identifying what constitutes Mormon belief and practice notwithstanding that both organisations have excommunicated Latter-day Saints on their "Advisory Boards" along with other referents such as the "MacGregor Ministry" that was forced to shut its doors by the Canadian Government that has strict laws against Hate Groups and adjudged Lori MacGregor's "MINISTRY" to be an organisation that engendered, fostered, and promulgated Religious Hatred under its cloke of Volpine Religiosity while pretending to be a Christian cult.
Mr Ould had an anti-Mormon website, "Close Scrutiny," that invited comments. He accepted an article from me. It can be read here: 'Ezekiel's Sticks.'
Much to his shock and dismay, Mr Ould found himself hopelessly lost and bewildered by the the subject and so he promptly removed my contribution and closed his site for readers' comments. It is my opinion based on my acquaintance and lengthy correspondence with Peter Ould that he was not prepared to 'sanctify the Lord God in [his] heart,' nor was he 'ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh [him] a reason of the hope that is in [him] with meekness and fear' --1 Peter 3:15
I thought it was a poor show and even ex-Mormon Mike Thomas, a member and later leader of ROT, wrote to me about Ould's retreat,
"[Peter] could have chosen a better hill to die on!"
Peter Ould boasted to me when we shared a bedroom at a ROT event that he was a "Bible scholar" and "an expert in linguistics." He later denied saying this. Unfortunately for my 'keeper,' his expertise was limited to "English" and "German" so when his ignorance of Hebrew, biblical exegesis, and biblical eisegesis, showed himself to be nothing other than an eccentric sermoniser - and a none too good one at that - he picked up his ball and his bat and, like Georgie-Porgie, he ran away home and broke off discussing his website of lies and deceit and could not be induced to return to his defence of the egregious errors his site was loaded with about Mormonism.
Ould, Tanner, Decker, Martin, Smith, et al, as do "birds of a feather," work hard burning their midnight candles finagling ways by which to mis-represent Mormons and Mormonism in the same ways that New Testament Pharisees misrepresented Jesus to persuade the Roman Military Occupiers to nail him to the cross at Golgotha.
Yesterday's and today's Pharisees have not changed their methods one yod or tittle. The olden day Pharisees lied about Jesus and their modern counterparts lie about Mormons! We Latter-day Saints confront them with evidence of their lies and they hop on their bicycles and disappear in clouds of their own dust.
The last I heard of Mr Ould he was studying to be a minister of a Non-LDS Christian denomination . Perhaps he will have learned by now that Christians are directed in Holy Scripture how to conduct themselves. But unless he has matured, spiritually and mentally, perhaps he has not.
Apparently Ould was a successful ordinand and had another Blog that he soon shut down. We must hope that he spends his time truthfully and more profitably as a salaried minister than he did when he attacked Mormons and Mormonism with misplaced and false opinions about Mormons and his unkindness to me and Mormons in general when he engaged in Anti-Mormon pursuits as a younger, less mature and hate-filled fellow that set about me because I have the effrontery to believe differently than he does.
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.
Therefore, only those that participate in Hate Ministries and publish in any form gospels of hatred and prevarication and these alone do I designate as "Anti-Mormon."
It must be understood that members of The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints are not at war with any form of Christianity or against any faith and neither am I.
I am not at war with Peter Ould who made it clear he was at war with me and at war with 16,000,000 Mormons that he claims disturb his personal model of Christian particularism as he wanders in and out of Latter-Day Saint bookstores wearing a baggy jumper that resembles chain mail with a faded Crusader's Cross on it. How sad!
Time to give it up, Peter, and become honest.
Mr Ould is unaware that murderous Crusaders, whose questionable nobility and imago he Puckishly takes on when he dons his sweater as a timid Latter-day Crusader.
Christian Crusaders were some of the wost men the world has ever seen, unless one is blinded by misplaced romanticism. They did more than wander in and out of Jewish and Saracen shops and markets when they had grown tired of beating the brains out of babes and infants against the once-sacred walls of Herod's temple and ripping open the abdomens of Jewish mothers to murder their unborns. A primitive example of sanctioned Christian abortion! What ought anyone to expect when rulers loosed the worst of the worst from their dungeons to become Holy Crusaders?
Women, guiltless of anything except irritating the mediaeval equivalents of Peter Ould were ripped open, their unborn ripped from them and mutilated. Their modern day exemplars condemn abortion but elevate those that practiced Christian Abortion by the Bloodied Swords of Mediaeval Crusaders on women of their own faith and on women of other faiths.
Evil thoughts, lies, and fictionalised antagonists such as the Infamous Jewish Blood Libel, killed thousands of good people, even as their descendants persecute, harry, and spread their vicious messages of hate that they attempt, vainly, to justify from Sacred Writ, set about millions of today's innocents.
Nor did Ould's Bloodstained Heroes limit their religiose activities: they set about Jews and Muslims well away from the Holy Land as they went to wrest Jerusalem from the hands of the very Saracens whose Suleiman the Magnificent preserved and rebuilt the ruins of the Holy City of Jerusalem. These savage Crusaders murdered not only Jews and Muslims but also slaughtered thousands of Fellow-Christians in cities along their way from their native homes on their way to "LIBERATE" the Holy Land.
Those mediaeval Crusaders were just as deadly as are Peter Ould and his cynical mentors exemplars, and idols. The historic Crusaders slaughtered the men, women, and children, but Mr Ould in his Crusader jumper outreaches the former in his passion to kill the souls of innocent Latter-day Saints. Torquemada must be proud of his disciple.
The Holy Bible, that Ould claims as his scripture, warns Christians against evil operators such as him who not only does not know the truth and refuses to learn it, being a friend of Professional Anti-Mormon Sandra Tanner, but he has neither the scholastic rigour nor the mental courage to admit when he has been bested in a discussion that reveals his incompetence regarding the contents Holy Bible and the Biblical languages.
Armed with Strong's tome in place of a sword, imagining it will tell him all he needs to know. It does not, and moreover it misleads him because he is unable to accurately employ Strong's apparatus and that adds to his difficulties, as evident HERE
Have I been too hard on Reverend Peter Ould? I hope not. I hope he can take what he gives and learn from the experience. Perhaps I have helped him to reach a place where he has learned the vital lesson that Christians that engage in religiose hatred are not followers of Jesus Christ, who taught:~
John said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us.
But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. For he that is not against us is on our part.
For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward. --Mark 9:38-41
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 teachings 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 with 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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