At 07:09 AM, Sunday, 10/27/02, Ronn Blankenship wrote:
I think it's possible, because there are people who are not yet ready to go all the way from wherever they are now to the Fullness of the Gospel in one step. If they are honestly seeking the truth, I believe God will lead them to it in steps no bigger than they can handle.
I do not believe that the Lord ever called a man to teach false doctrine. And he never calls a man to practice priestcraft which is what any Protestant minister is doing if he takes money to preach. We need to remember the things that the Book of Mormon says about false teachers, false prophets, and false churches. I do not believe our leaders are saying what apparently many members of our Church think they are saying. It seems that many saints are forgetting the difference between a good man and the false religion he practices in other churches.

In the 123 section of the Doctrine and Covenants it says:

For there are many yet on the earth among all sects, parties, and denominations, who are blinded by the subtle craftiness of men, whereby they lie in wait to deceive, and who are only kept from the truth because they know not where to find itó

(Doctrine and Covenants | Section 123:12)

This doesn't sound like what I have been hearing on these lists. And this verse is the Word of God.

The man who belongs to another church may be honest and good. But his church is false. At its core it is "the subtle craftiness of men," who "lie in wait to deceive."

Why do you suppose the devil went to all the trouble of corrupting the teachings of these apostate churches? He did it so that those who follow those teachings and belong to those churches will end up in his awful grasp and be led carefully down to hell.

Bruce R. McConkie spoke of other churches as "apostate Christendom." In fact, that was his favorite label for them. It was a phrase he used often. Was he in error to do so. I don't think he was.

"It takes a big man to cry, but it takes a bigger man to
laugh at that man." --Jack Handy
All my opinions are tentative pending further data. --JWR

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