Friday, April 11, 2008

The Mormon Church claimes it has denounced Polygamy?

On KSL there is an article which links you to a video that the LDS Church put out explaining how they no longer practice Polygamy. http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=3053045
The problem that we have is that in the LDS "Scriptures" there is still a place where is commands Polygamy to happen. Since these are the Prophets words it is interesting that they have been purposefully ignored. But something else needs to be addressed here, the Mormon Church does not want to be affiliated with the Fundamentalist Mormons. In fact they are trying to reclaim the name Mormon back. Ironically if you have ever spoken with a Mormon about Christianity they claim to be Christian despite the fact that they denounce all major Christian Beliefs. Yet they insist on being called Christian. Who has the rights to the names Christian and Mormon?

This is what their scriptures say about Polygamy.
http://scriptures.lds.org/en/dc/132/58-66#58
from 58-66 it discusses the qualifications for the Priesthood of the Mormon Church and Polygamy is a requirement. In addition they also believe in Polygamy in the after life. If you are a man you will have multiple wives in Heaven in which you will rule your own world when you die.

In 1890 the LDS church denounced Polygamy, due to pressure from the US Government. At that time is when groups like the FLDS split off and continued practicing the religion that Joseph Smith started. Joseph Smith practiced Polygamy and was obviously a firm believer in it. Here is another great article.
http://www.mrm.org/topics/marriage-family/polygamy-dilemma-plural-marriage-dead-issue-mormonism

Finally then the Government in Utah has stated that they will not do anything about the Polygamy in Utah unless abuse actions are filed? If it is illegal then shouldn't action be taken?
http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=148&sid=3054784

So who is more closely related to the teachings of Joseph Smith and why is it that in Utah we do not prosecute that which is illegal?

7 Comments:

didymus said...
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Leonard said...

Thomas Monson or G. Hinckley would have been blood atoned in the early church and Joe Smith and Briggy Young would be ex-communicated today. Imagine that.

anythingbutlukewarm said...

I think you are missing the point here Didymus. Interesting you seem to only address the legalistic issues of polygamy rather than Biblical, legal or conceptual ones. The Bible is clear that there will be many false teachers and teachings. Those who call themselves "sheep" may actually be "wolves" - those out to destroy truth. Truth is not negotiable. Either Christ is the way, the truth and the life or He isn't. It is blatantly apparent that many Mormons call themselves Christians which is something they are definitely not. However, it is disturbing that those who understand the Bible contextually and are true followers of the Biblical Christ allow the distortion of the Gospel to go on under the disguise of Chrisitianity. Hence, as a Christian, I can't prevent someone from using the term, however I can certainly make sure I clarify what the term actually means in order to distinguish the difference and accentuate the lie, so truth can prevail.

"I know of this one polygamous family that has since left the fundamentalist Mormon church they used to go to, but they keep up the arrangement for the sake of their kids and because they’re in fact a family, him, his four wives, and his very tall sons and daughters (I met a few of them at a local coffeehouse once). I have to admit I don’t see the point of prosecuting him, wasting my tax dollars, destroying his family, to impose someone else’s biblical interpretation on a guy who has already left a church that that someone else disagrees with, just to be technically correct in enforcing the law. Seems like a waste of time to me."

Enacting the rule of law always goes against someone's "interpretation" of something they believe in. Why prosecute adults who sexually abuse children, as many polygamist do - under the pathetic shield of "spiritual marriage"? Why prosecute men who teach their children that women are to be collected like baseball cards? This "waste of your tax dollars" goes to save women and children from sexual exploitation. This waste of your tax dollars goes to keep these polygamist men from getting all of their wives and kids on welfare (your tax dollars) to shirk responsibility from providing for them. Because they only seem interested in making them rather than raising them.

Danesaur said...

You lose all credibility by making blatently, patently false accusations of Mormon tenets, to wit:" Ironically if you have ever spoken with a Mormon about Christianity they claim to be Christian despite the fact that they denounce all major Christian Beliefs."

Is a major tenet of Christianity that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

That his atonement is the only means by which sinful man may be forgiven and reconciled to God the Father?

Those are THE KEY Mormon tenets. That you denounce these core Mormon beliefs as a denunciation of major Christian beliefs, it is you, sir, who is not Christian

Danesaur said...

You lose all credibility by making blatently, patently false accusations of Mormon tenets, to wit:" Ironically if you have ever spoken with a Mormon about Christianity they claim to be Christian despite the fact that they denounce all major Christian Beliefs."

Is a major tenet of Christianity that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

That his atonement is the only means by which sinful man may be forgiven and reconciled to God the Father?

Those are THE KEY Mormon tenets. That you denounce these core Mormon beliefs as a denunciation of major Christian beliefs, it is you, sir, who is not Christian

Thomas Didymus said...
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