But this is a confrontational definition of Christianity. Of course, the Book of Mormon says that there are only two churches - the Church of the Lamb of God and the Church of Satan, of the Whore of the world. However, even given that this is true (and it most certainly is), those who live the truth and light that they have to the best of their ability seem to me to be followers of Christ, regardless of what lying whore they listen to on Sunday :-(. And in reality, is it their fault or our fault if we can't reach them.
When we confront people with the New Testament, what are they to do? Some will be intellectually honest, but most will be the true enemy of God (i.e., the natural man). It is up to us to find a way to speak to their spiritual self and not to their natural man. As Ammon showed us, we do this with pure service, expecting nothing in return. We don't do this by arguing scripture with them (which is something that I am prone to do, if left to my own devices). I am as frustrated as anyone that the Bible is so plain in its rejection of current mainstream Christian doctrine. I feel like I want to grab there heads and shove their faces into the Bible and have them read and explain the hundreds of segments that say they are wrong. but that, of course, is the NM in me. Jon ----- Original Message ----- From: "Chet" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> To: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> Sent: Sunday, December 01, 2002 11:45 AM Subject: RE: [ZION] True Christians > John, our BLT said (but without so many sideways carrots as appear in > this reply - but that's because I can't get Zion to appear in my e-mail > box and have to use this clunky reply system on Topica. Rant, rave. Oh > - where was I?): > > > > I agree that many members of the Church are not true Christians, but I > > > disagree that there are true Christians outside the Church. > > Chet sez: This is something I have always had a problem with. I know > many good and wonderful people who profess to be Christians who are not > LDS (such as my parents). And I wonder (and I ask them) how can one > love Christ and reject some of his scriptures? Rarely do I get any kind > of an answer, and when I do it's the evasive "the Mormon Bible isn't > scripture" nonsense. I call it evasive because the people stating so > haven't read the Book of Mormon and don't intend to. > > Thank goodness I'm not the final judge. I'd never figure out how to get > through this problem. > > > *jeep! > --Chet > "Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible, and suddenly you > are doing the impossible." > > //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// // > /// ZION LIST CHARTER: Please read it at /// > /// http://www.zionsbest.com/charter.html /// > //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// / > > > ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// /// ZION LIST CHARTER: Please read it at /// /// http://www.zionsbest.com/charter.html /// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ==^================================================================ This email was sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org EASY UNSUBSCRIBE click here: http://topica.com/u/?aaP9AU.bWix1n.YXJjaGl2 Or send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] T O P I C A -- Register now to manage your mail! http://www.topica.com/partner/tag02/register ==^================================================================