At 07:21 AM 11/05/2003 -0700, you wrote:
Why would you bring up specifically this book? All of the sunday school manuals are correlated, therefore all could pass the same test you offer - could they not?
As an aside of a general comment and observation. I had a discussion with a friend who was not only on the committe that writes and reviews the manuals and his comment was that there was a bit of false, or at least questionalbe, tradition present in some of the manuals - take it for what it is worth.
The more important questions would be - in the sunday school classes of the church is there any false doctrine taught using the manuals as the basis for the discussion. To that I would reply with a unqualified and strong YES there is false doctrine taught in the sunday schools of the church - even with good manuals.
Now if you have a specific question about a specific book then I will be happy to discuss it. But I have not the time right now to review this book. Is there something specific you would challenge?
----- Original Message ----- From: "John W. Redelfs" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> To: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> Sent: Tuesday, November 04, 2003 8:09 PM Subject: [ZION] A Question for George
> The book GOSPEL PRINCIPLES is the correlated manual for the Gospel > Essentials Sunday School class. Primarily, it elaborates upon and > reinforces those things that new investigators were taught as "official > Church doctrine" by our missionaries. I have a question for George: > > George, do you think there is any false doctrine in GOSPEL PRINCIPLES? If > you do, I'd like to discuss the teachings that you disagree with. I > personally believe every word in that book. It is fundamental, basic, > foundational Mormon doctrine. Furthermore, it is "official." What do I > mean by official? I mean it has passed the test of correlation by a > committee that includes men I sustain every six months as "prophets, seers > and revelators." I don't believe there is anything in that book that all > 15 of our prophets fail to agree on. And while the General Conference of > the Church has not voted upon GOSPEL PRINCIPLES, it has sustained 15 > "prophets, seers and revelators" every six months. > > I believe it is a false statement that there is very little "official > Church doctrine." The problem in this Church isn't that there is so little > official doctrine, but that so few members know it very well, and so many > of them believe a lot of other foolishness. > > Well, good doctrine drives out bad, and vice versa. We are not free to > just believe whatever we want. Whatever we believe has to be in harmony > with true, ie. correct doctrine. > > > John W. Redelfs [EMAIL PROTECTED] > =========================================== > "The study of the doctrines of the Gospel will improve > behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve > behavior." --Boyd K. Packer > =========================================== > All my opinions are tentative pending further data. --JWR > > //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// // > /// ZION LIST CHARTER: Please read it at /// > /// http://www.zionsbest.com/charter.html /// > //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// / > > >
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