And I said that this is only true if we get into speculative
areas.  As long as we stick to the most basic fundamentals, "official
Church doctrine" is easily determined.

And George would agree with this statement wholeheartedly.

It is the scope of the "most basic fundamentals" that is so very hard to
define.

George

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John W. Redelfs" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Thursday, November 06, 2003 3:42 PM
Subject: RE: [ZION] Official Doctrine #2


> Ron Scott wrote:
> >What is this, some kind of litmus test? Please define "new and
everlasting
> >covenant?
>
> It is not a litmus test, it is a Sunday School lesson from the Gospel
> Essentials Sunday School manual entitled GOSPEL PRINCIPLES.  On another
> thread George Cobabe said that "official Church doctrine" was very hard to
> determine.  And I said that this is only true if we get into speculative
> areas.  As long as we stick to the most basic fundamentals, "official
> Church doctrine" is easily determined.
>
> Well, the Gospel Essentials class is for investigators and new members and
> it basically just supplements and reinforces the missionary discussions
> that all our missionaries teach to new investigators.  The manual, which
> has been through correlation, restricts itself to the most basic
> fundamentals and is NOT controversial in the tiniest degree.
>
> What is the "new and everlasting covenant?"  The phrase is used two ways
> that I know of:  1) It is a reference to the Book of Mormon, and 2) it is
a
> reference to temple marriage for time and all eternity.  This latter usage
> is evidently the one being used in the  lesson I posted.
>
> I have thought I would post parts of the GOSPEL PRINCIPLES manual from
time
> to time to see if I get any disagreement, and if so, from whom.  I keep
> hearing about false doctrine creeping into our correlated manuals, but I
> don't know of any particular instances.  I thought this might be one way
of
> finding out.
>
> John W. Redelfs                       [EMAIL PROTECTED]
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> "While we cannot agree with others on certain matters, we
> must never be disagreeable. We must be friendly,
> soft-spoken, neighborly, and understanding." (President
> Gordon B. Hinckley, October 2003)
> ===========================================
> All my opinions are tentative pending further data. --JWR
>
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