LDS Heads Celebrate a Centennial of “The Church of the Devil”

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Why is this so unusual?

 

The Mormon church’s historical view of all other churches, began long before the formation of the Mormon church. Joseph Smith claimed that when he was praying in a grove at about the age of 15 (around 1820), God and Christ appeared to him. Smith claimed that Jesus Christ told him to join no other church; that all churches are wrong, all their creeds an abomination and all their professors corrupt.

When the Book of Mormon was printed in 1830, and in all succeeding editions, it contained the following: 1 Ne. 14: 10: And he [an alleged angel] said unto me [Nephi]: 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; wherefore, whoso belongeth not to the church of the Lamb of God belongeth to that great church, which is the mother of abominations; and she is the whore of all the earth. Obviously, since the Mormon church would be considered by Mormons to be the “church of the Lamb of God,” then “the other…church of the devil” would have to be the conglomeration of all other churches.

So, the LDS ceremonial communion with the Catholics over the 100th anniversary of the cathedral, seems unimaginable.

In addition to the Book of Mormon reference, there have been clear, written attacks on churches from LDS prophets and apostles, like the following:

…all the priests who adhere to the sectarian religions of the day with all their followers, without one exception, receive their portion with the devil and his angels. Prophet Joseph Smith , The Elders Journal, Joseph Smith Jr., editor, vol.1, no.4, p.60

After the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized, there were only two churches upon the earth. They were known respectively as the Church of the Lamb of God and Babylon. The various organizations which are called churches throughout Christiandom, though differing in their creeds and organizations, have one common orgin. They belong to Babylon. (George Q. Cannon, Gospel Truth, p.324)

“Both Catholics and Protestants are nothing less than the ‘whore of Babylon’ whom the Lord denounces by the mouth of John the Revelator as having corrupted all the earth by their fornications and wickedness. Any person who shall be so corrupt as to receive a holy ordinance of the Gospel from the ministers of any of these apostate churches will be sent down to hell with them, unless they repent.” Orson Pratt, The Seer, p. 255.

The Roman Catholic, Greek, and Protestant church, is the great corrupt, ecclesiastical power, represented by great Babylon…. (Orson Pratt, Writings of an Apostle, “Divine Authenticity,” no.6, p.84).

What is it that inspires professors of Christianity generally with a hope of salvation? It is that smooth, sophisticated influence of the devil, by which he deceives the whole world. Prophet Joseph Smith,Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p.270

…all the priests who adhere to the sectarian religions of the day with all their followers, without one exception, receive their portion with the devil and his angels. Prophet Joseph Smith , The Elders Journal, Joseph Smith Jr., editor, vol.1, no.4, p.60

That the LDS leadership would celebrate a cathedral under the “smooth, sophisticated influence of the devil,” is beyond comprehension.

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