> Are there people here who defend apostate sects? Or is this a
> high council talk ;-)
Actually, I agree with John in this. It's one thing to say that
some/many/most/all religions contain truths. It's quite another to say
that God directed that they be established as a sort of "halfway house"
for sinners in their journey to him. The former seems obvious; the
latter is directly contrary to my understanding of God's dealings with
us. Yes, good and honest men and women, working through the light of
Christ, can bring to pass good works. That does not mean that those
works, be they social contributions or religious organizations, are
inspired by God, approved of him, or granted any special status outside
what the Lord told Joseph Smith about the creeds of his (and our) day.
I would not choose to lead into a conversation with a non-member by
citing this fact, however. In some instances, our similarities are much
more important than our differences. But let's not be deceived into
believing that Such-and-such Church or sect or religion has been set up
under the inspiration of God for the edification of his children. I
disbelieve that, and in fact believe it to be in direct contradiction to
our teachings, as I mentioned above.
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