Are there people here who defend apostate sects? Or is this a high council talk

Reminds me of a true story (do I tell any other kind?). Once, in the 80s, when
the Cold War was at its, er, hottest, I gave a talk in my ward in Ottawa. People
knew I travelled a lot, and was only at sacrament maybe half the time due to my
demanding travel schedule. At the beginning of my talk, I said, straight-faced,
that I had recently been to Moscow, and had been picked up along with 3 other
people, all USAmericans, by the KGB. We shared a cell in Lubyanka Prison for the
night. Our crime was being caught with religious material, namely, our
scriptures. I was nothing (actually my calling was back-up GD teacher iirc) but
the other 3 consisted of a Relief Society president, a high councillor and a
bishop.  The guards came and granted each of us a last wish as we were going to
be shot at dawn.  The bishop said he wanted his scriptures back so he could read
in them until his execution. This was granted.  The high councillor said he had
been scheduled to give a talk in his home ward back home, and he wanted to give
it to the rest of us so he could do his best at completing his assignment.  This
was granted. All eyes turned to the RS president, who said, immediately, "My last
wish is to be shot before the high councillor gives his talk"

One elderly lady came up to me later and said, "Oh, it's such a vicious regime
over there, isn't it? It's a miracle you got out of there alive."  Sigh. As the
subject line says, "you just don't get it." :-)

"John W. Redelfs" wrote:

> 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
> doctrine.
> 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
> Jesus Christ.
> 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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Marc A. Schindler
Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

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