To those who defend apostate sects:
You just don't get it. There was a Great Apostasy during the first two
centuries of the Christian era. It was caused by the devil and his
followers introducing false doctrine. The apostasy was complete. The
priesthood was taken from the earth. The churches not only lost their
right to perform the saving ordinances, but they also began to teach false
Remember, outside of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints this
apostasy is still going on. More and more true doctrine is lost as century
after century the vestigial, true doctrine is replaced with false doctrine.
The Restoration has begun. It is ongoing. Once again angels visit the
earth and teach our Savior's pure and redeeming doctrine. Among the
Latter-day Saints, and among them alone, the truth has been restored by
angels, the Holy Ghost, and true prophets.
But outside the Church the apostasy continues. Satan has been successful
in corrupting "all flesh" and "darkness prevails upon the earth, among the
children of men."
(Doctrine and Covenants, Section 38:11) There is only one shining ray of
hope, one glimmer of light in the darkness. And that is the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint, the restoration of the true doctrines of
There are good people in the other churches. Because of the Holy Ghost
these good people do not believe everything their ministers tell them. But
the religion those ministers teach, the doctrines they learned in the
seminaries and post divinity degree programs, are false. And it is evil to
teach them, just as it is a fatal mistake to believe them.
True, the growing darkness is not a perfect darkness. There are still some
vestiges of truth among the other sects. That is why President Hinckley,
and every prophet before him, tells those of other religions to keep the
truth that they have and let us add to it. But let there be no mistake,
the doctrine taught by their religious leaders is evil. It is evil because
it perverts the right way of the Lord. And in many cases, perhaps most, it
does not prepare them for our missionaries. Rather it hardens them in
their wrong way.
Your friend and brother,
John W. Redelfs, [EMAIL PROTECTED]
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