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In Response to Peter A. Judd

Here are some excerpts from an article written by Peter A. Judd. The excerpts will be in black and my comments concerning them will be in blue.
Up Front, Peter A. Judd, of the First Presidency
Herald, Vol. 149 No. 2, February, 2002, p.5

"Goals for the church for 2002 and beyond must connect with and be an extension of the road we have traveled as a church in recent years."
What is the road that the CoC has traveled in the recent years? They silenced legitimate priesthood. They conducted at least one kangaroo court to expel a member with the integrity to speak up for truth. They kicked whole congregations out of their buildings. They have attacked and devalued the testimony of Joseph Smith, Jr. and devalued the scriptures to nice little stories written by long ago people who didn't know as much as they, the leaders, who went to the modern day seminaries.
"A key element of discussion at a November meeting of the leadership Council was how the goals would express the Path of the Disciple and its six disciplines that were presented to the church at the last world conference. Again, all agreed that such a connection would be essential."

Oh, right! The six disciplines! Here they are: 1. Spirituality 2. Learning 3. Justice 4.Reconciliation 5. Sharing 6.Community

In the hands and practice of the CoC these are pretty much meaningless. They were installed to wipe out the true principles of the gospel. 1. Faith 2. Repentance 3. Baptism 4. Laying on of hands for the Holy Ghost 5. The resurrection 6 Eternal judgment

Let me comment on each, all twelve, in the life of the CoC.

Spirituality, I don't see it.

Learning, they are so busy going to seminary school and temple school to learn the ways of the world. This scripture from II Timothy describes them exactly;

1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good.
4 Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof; from such turn away.
6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Justice, that was not just, what they did to the priesthood and the congregations that they wronged.

Reconciliation, this means, "we got our way, get over it".

Sharing, what?

Community, they don't want to be a church, they like the word community better.

Faith, there are priesthood in leadership position that do not even believe that Jesus Christ is divine. How's that for faith?

Repentance, they want to make homosexuality a normal, accepted lifestyle. How's that for repentance?

Baptism, they want to accept baptisms from other denominations.

Laying on of hands for the Holy Ghost. They have corrupted the laying on of hands to confer priesthood authority. Women were not called by God.

The resurrection and eternal judgment, do they think that they will not answer for their sins someday?
161:3d: "The road to transformation travels both inward and outward. The road to transformation is the path of the disciple."

Transformation to what? To sin? Disciple to whom? Jesus Christ teaches repentance. I don't think He would regard determined sinners as His disciples.
As a church, we are called to journey along this road of discipleship. We are called to go deeper in our commitment, to fix our eyes "on the place beyond the horizon"(D. and C. 161:1a), a place that is not now visible to us. Such a commitment will require us to move forward with God beyond our comfort zones, to be willing to become a new and transformed people.

How do you like that phrase, "comfort zone"? I think it means to get comfortable with sin. Once upon a time sin made the church people uncomfortable enough that at least if they were indulging in it they tried to keep it a secret. We should never be comfortable with sin. If it is hidden we will certainly feel the festering sore that it causes. Out in the open it will flourish, just as Satan wishes it to.

The story of the vision of Lehi is a favorite story of mine. It is in the Book of Mormon, a book that the CoC leaders call "sacred scripture" while at the same time saying that it didn't really come about the way Joseph Smith Jr. claimed it did.

This place that the CoC is going and is not visible to them is addressed in the vision of Lehi, in I Nephi. They have left the path, they have taken their grip off of the rod of iron. They are lost in the mists. And they exult in this condition. Too bad.

Repectfully submitted by,

Copyright 2001 Lois M. Anderson: All Rights Reserved
Last revised: March 03, 2002

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