If someone (a) takes on the name of Christ, and (b) keeps His commandments
which he has given them, then that person IMVHO is a true Christian.  They
may not have as many commandments given to them as we have, but then again
the Nephites didn't have all the commandments given to them that we have had
given to us, and neither has anyone else that I have a firm knowledge of.

Of course, I haven't read a "real" definition of a "True Christian" so I
guess we may each have our own.  But in any event, I am not going to go
around telling people that they are not "true" Christians, and I know that
you are not going to do that either.  I think that we will both do our best
to get as many of our Bros and Sisters to do all their own work, and not
leave it to someone else later on to complete.

Jon

John W. Redelfs wrote:

> After much pondering, Jon Spencer favored us with:
> >Unfortunately, however, many members of the Church are not true
Christians,
> >and many members of other Churches are (which, of course, is not
> >unfortunate - the only unfortunate thing is that they are not in the true
> >Church).
>
> I agree that many members of the Church are not true Christians, but I
> disagree that there are true Christians outside the Church.  There are
many
> kind, loving, unselfish people outside the Church, but that does not make
> them true Christians.  There are also a lot of Muslims, Hindu, Buddhist,
> and Jews who are kind, loving and unselfish.  And we would never call them
> Christians.  The irrefutable fact is that true Christianity is taught in
> only one Church on earth, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
> Saints.  A true Christian has to be one that follows Christ.  And that is
> impossible without following his Prophet.
>
> This is a true teaching that many Latter-day Saints are not comfortable
> with.  I find such teachings the most interesting of all.
>
>
> John W. Redelfs                       [EMAIL PROTECTED]
> ===========================================
> At present, the Book of Mormon is studied in our Sunday
> School and seminary classes every fourth year. This
> four-year pattern, however, must not be followed by
> Church members in their personal and family study. We
> need to read daily from the pages of the book that will get
> a man "nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by
> any other book." (Ezra Taft Benson, October 1988)
> ===========================================
> All my opinions are tentative pending further data. --JWR
>
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