America's Non-Christian Christians

(These writings were taken from a book called, "One Nation Under Gods" by Richard Abanes. pp 375-400)

Quote: "According to Mormonism expert Jan Shipps-emeritus history professor at Indiana-Perdue University---Latter-day Saints may be at best be able to trace their roots to Christianity, but after that must be considered members of a new religion."

Now, when I was growing up, I never considered myself to be a Christian. For that matter, the term 'Christianity' only came up in church when the first vision of Joseph Smith was being taught in Sunday School, Sacrament Meeting, or Seminary. Plus, it was talked about among the Mormons I grew up with as one of those "other" religions. I know for a fact that Mormons consider themselves a religion above all other religions.

Quote: "The well-known Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod denomination asserts without reservation that Mormonism is definitely not Christian, explaining:
The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, together with the vast majority of Christian denominations in the United States, does not regard the Mormon church as a Christian church. That is because the official writing of Mormonism deny fundamental teachings of orthodox Christianity.
A rigid delineation between Christianity and Mormonism was originally drawn by none other than Joseph Smith."

This was the teaching I grew up with.

Quote: "According to the First Vision, God told Smith that the churches of Christendom "were all wrong;" that "all their creeds were an abomination;" and that Christian ministers "were all corrupt... having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof." Smith maintained that Christianity existed only for a very short time after its emergence 2,000 years ago. The faith then allegedly disappeared from the earth through the wickedness of men, who proceeded to erect a false/corrupt Christianity - a product of what Mormons call the "Great Apostasy.""

My dad told me and my siblings that it was during the Shakespearian times the "Great Apostasy" occurred.

Quote: "Smith claimed that he restored, under God's direction, the pure church, its doctrines, organizational structure, practices, rituals, priesthood, and ceremonies. As for all other churches, Smith said they were founded by the devil; representations of the "great and abominable church" of the satanic world system. Smith made this all very clear through his Book of Mormon, which reads: "Behold there are save two churches only; the one is the church of the Lamb of God, and the other is the church of the devil,... the whore of all the earth.""

I was always taught that the LDS church is the only true and living church on this earth. I have sat through countless 'Fast and Testimony' meetings listening to each member say the same message. Here is a typical testimony by a typical Mormon believer; "I know that this church is true that God restored the priesthood upon this earth. I know that Joseph Smith is a true prophet and that there is a true prophet on this earth now. I know the Book of Mormon to be the true word of God..." There might be slight variations in what is said, but usually it is all about the same. I have stood and said these things myself.

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I spent a lot of time deciding if I should write this blog or not. I'm not a great writer and I'm not going to pretend to be. I need to share what I have learned and I might not make some people happy with what I am saying. This blog is a way for me to release the thoughts and feelings that come with knowing I grew up in the wrong religion. A healing process if you will.

How To Read This Blog

Please start with the month of February 2007 and read backwards. This is the most effective way to understand, in order, why I say what I do.

Handmaidens Creed

1.I believe in God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit as one God without beginning or end.
2.I believe the Bible to be the Holy Inspired word of God with full truth and righteousness. No other writing is.
3.I believe that the work of the Lord comes first. Before any temporal thing or person.
4.I believe that grace is a gift and Christ gives that gift freely to all who believe.
5.I believe that the beauty of a woman is contained inside of her and not by what she looks like on the outside.
6.I believe that marriage is sacred and represents the Godhead on earth; two are one just as three are one.
7.I believe that love is more powerful than any other power. Remember, God is love.
8.I believe that tithing is not a part of God's new covenant, free will offerings are. And that doesn't mean just money.
9.I believe that the Aaronic, Levitical, and Melchizedek priesthoods are abolished and Christs Holy Priesthood whom Christ is the "Great High Priest" is eternal.
10.I believe that every believer is a priest in the "Priesthood of Believers".
11.I believe that when two are one, nobody is to separate the one.
12.I believe that Christ is the only way to heaven.
13.I believe that our bodies are temples, not man made buildings.
14.I believe that liars make fools out of others and the liar hates the fool.
15.I believe that all believers are in authority to preach the gospel.
16.I believe that the word 'organization' to describe Christs body is evil and has no place with God.
17.I believe the Americas are not the land of Zion and Christ will return to His origonal land-Israel in the Middle East.
18.I believe that God has set out correct ways of worshiping Him, not man.
19.I believe in holding to the truths of the Bible and not mans understanding of it.
20.I believe that the world is full of evil and Satan can easily gain control over the minds of those who do not profess Christ of the Bible to be their only Messiah.
21.I believe that Saints are those who know the real Savior, Jesus Christ, of whom the Bible speaks of; not the jesus of a cult.