This is exactly how I see it and this is what the scriptures teach. I can
tell that John is quite familiar and in perfect touch with the style of
Bruce R McConkie's teachings and Mark E Peterson's too. All of the GA's
teach this but deliver it in their own style. Some are gentle like
President Monson and some pound the fist on the pulpit like Mark E
Peterson did but the message of the apostasy and the restoration is
clearly told.

Paul O  

On Sat, 26 Oct 2002 21:48:37 -0800 "John W. Redelfs"
> I don't believe there is any inconsistency or contradiction in Church 
> doctrine on the matter, but am becoming increasingly disturbed by 
> what I 
> see as a growing inconsistency in the minds of the saints over the 
> relative 
> merits of apostate religions and true Christianity as only practised 
> by the 
> saints.  Of course there is some truth in other denominations.  So 
> what?  Nobody has ever said otherwise.  But the whole idea of a 
> "true" 
> Church loses all meaning if we don't remember that for there to be a 
> true 
> Church there have to be false churches.  False churches teach false 
> doctrine.  They do not lead their members towards Christ.  On the 
> contrary, 
> most of them so confuse their members with false teachings that they 
> reject 
> our missionaries when otherwise they might have listened to them.
> If it isn't a true Church, it is a false church.  I should think 
> that would 
> be obvious.   The saints seem to be incapable of understanding the 
> difference between the false doctrine taught by other churches and 
> the good 
> people who are misled by those doctrines.  We need to learn to 
> discern 
> between the various churches that people belong to and the people 
> themselves.
> But no, every time I point out something wrong about the teachings 
> of 
> another church, I get practically booed out of the house by 
> protestations 
> that other churches have some truth.  Did I ever deny it?  They just 
> don't 
> have priesthood.  They don't have unpolluted doctrines.  The do not 
> have 
> the power to save.  And if a person remains committed to them, they 
> will be 
> damned for rejecting the servants of Christ and his gospel.  A man 
> who 
> lives and dies a Buddhist has as much chance of obtaining eternal 
> life as a 
> Baptist who does the same.  I say this keeping in mind that some 
> Buddhists 
> join the Church, and so do some Baptists.  But they are the only 
> Buddhists 
> and Baptists we are going to be associating with in the Celestial 
> Kingdom 
> if we are fortunate enough to end up there ourselves.
> Broad is the path to destruction, but the narrow gate to the 
> Celestial 
> Kingdom is the baptism performed by the Church of Jesus Christ of 
> Latter-day Saints.  And there is no other way to get in.  No one 
> obtains 
> the Celestial Kingdom unless he becomes, dead or alive, a member of 
> the Church.
> There seem to be a lot of people who are losing sight of this 
> fundamental 
> teaching of the gospel.
> John W. Redelfs                       [EMAIL PROTECTED]

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