Frankly, my Friends, I am puzzled ... I don't suppose that you are much different from me in expecting to be told the truth or in being disappointed when someone you trust is dishonest and tells you Fantastique Tales masquerading as God's Eternal Truth.
We will all agree that honest people will ensure their information is True rather than their telling you what is profitable to themselves, and that no honest person will deliberately lead others with page upon page of lies for no better reason than to get more and more of what Jesus disparagingly called Mammon. Such as deal dishonestly with us share the motto, "Show Me The Money!" Jesus was adamant that,
No man can serve two masters:
for either he will hate the one, and love the other;
or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.
Ye cannot serve God and Mammon.
[Matthew 6:24 - AV]
Wicliffe was more direct in his translation of this passage, rendering it as:
Ye moun not serve god and ricchesse
Despite this direct commandment to serve God and not lie to obtain wealth through religion some modern Christians deliberately foment lies and hatred by inventing lies and publishing them in order to line their seemingly bottomless pockets.
Every world faith has a moral core and speaking the truth without guile and falseness is and essential part of that core. Those that abandon truth to concoct lies and false images of their 'enemies' are ungodly and they are not Christians, because they ignore and rebel against God who commands:
Thou shalt not bear false witness ...
You would be puzzled, and rightly so, if someone described the transcendent Adagio from Bruch's Violin Concerto No. One [Click on <link to listen] as "Horsehair scraping on catgut!" If you know the piece you will be justified in questioning his musicality and knowledge of the masterpiece.
Likewise, if you ask directions and are deliberately sent off in the wrong direction, would you trust that person to direct you a second time? Probably not, and you would be justified in questioning their motives.
These examples illustrate my problem. I have been lied to by those claiming to be followers of Jesus Christ for more than sixty-six years about the nature, doctrines, and history of my sacred faith, which is The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints. I want to know why the misleaders - most of whom do not know me - think it is morally acceptable to God and Christ when they lie to me.
I am not the the only victim of Anti-Mormon misinformation. Anti-Mormons spread their tentacles around the world in all directions without consideration for their victims. Unfortunately, these "ministers of lies and fear" harm not only Latter-day Saints, but also those at pains to understand Mormonism as believed, taught, understood, and practiced by Mormon-Christians in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Not everyone that disagrees
Anti-Mormons fit into a special slot in the Religious Continuum occupied by those that take part in Religious Discourse and are easily identifiable as spiritual and social misfits whose activities have nothing to do with doctrinal disagreements although that is often proferred as the reason for the well-provisioned so-called Christian Cults that persecute and harry Christians that are about doing as the earliest Christians did. Mormons are superlatively Christian and the Lord Jesus Christ is the Lord and Saviour of Latter-day Saints exactly as the Holy Bible prescribes.
Anti-Mormons' reasons for "hate-warfare" bears no relation to the good behaviour of Christian Believers that do not tell lies about other Christians with whose perspectives they disagree.
Anti-Mormons, in common with Anti-Jewish, Anti-Muslim, Anti-Negro, Anti-Roman Catholic, & the whole panoply of hate groups that vex, plague, and spew their hatred at decent people, are from the same spiritually disturbed ranks from which Anti-Mormonism smokes up.
Aggiornamento ~ Peter Ould revisited
One Anti-Mormon, Peter Ould [See: 'Ezekiel's Sticks'], told me that he was on a bus in Venezuela when two Mormon missionaries boarded it. He then told me in effect that,
God told me to go after Mormons
and make their lives as miserable as possible.
No such commission is found in the Holy Bible so we are left to wonder the source of this declaration of war by Peter Ould.
Seemingly, we conclude, the Devil tricked Peter into believing that he had a "Divine Commission from Almighty God" in his back pocket and so he set out to make Mormons' lives as miserable as he could.
When I met Mr Ould at an Anti-Mormon conference hosted by the late Doug Harries of Reach Out Trust [ROT], he had already been sniping, a sad but true description of his activities relative the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at Latter-day Saints for twenty years.
Sadly, he rested his confidence in Anti-Mormons, such as Sandra Tanner, that he claims as a friend and referent, and an organisation founded by Marion Davies the infamous Witch Hunter who rose to brief fame and conned several Police Departments in the UK before handing the reins over to Dough Harris, that also had crippling difficulties identifying what actually does constitutes Latter-day Saint belief and practice even though they had ex-Latter-day Saints on their Advisory Boards along with other referents such as the infamous Canadian MacGregor Ministry that was declared illegal and a hate group for its senseless villifications against Latter-day Saints and other denominations and faiths. The Canadian Government closed its doors by legal authority and force of law.
The Canadian Government has enlightened laws against Hate Groups and its courts ruled Lori MacGregor's 'ministry' was an illegal and dangerous Hate Group that manufactured, en-gendered, fostered, and promulgated propaganda in the guise of Religious Hatred under a saturnine cloke of Religiosity while pretending to be a Christian cult.
Mr Ould had an anti-Mormon website, "Close Scrutiny," that invited comments. He accepted an article from me. It can be read here: 'Ezekiel's Sticks.'
Much to his shock and dismay, Mr Ould found himself hopelessly lost and bewildered by the the subject and so he promptly removed my contribution and closed his site for readers' comments.
My opinion, based on my acquaintance and lengthy correspondence with Peter Ould is that he was not prepared to:
sanctify the Lord God in [his] heart
ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh [him] a reason of the hope that is in [him] with meekness and fear' --1 Peter 3:15
I thought it was a poor show and even ex-Mormon Mike Thomas, a member and later leader of ROT, wrote to me about Ould's retreat,
[Peter] could have chosen a better hill to die on!
Peter Ould boasted to me when we shared a bedroom at a ROT event that he was a "Bible scholar" and "an expert in linguistics." He later denied saying this. Unfortunately for my 'keeper,' his expertise was limited to "English" and "German" so when his ignorance of Hebrew, biblical exegesis, and biblical eisegesis, showed himself to be nothing other than an eccentric sermoniser - and a none too good one at that - he picked up his ball and his bat and, like Georgie-Porgie, he ran away home and broke off discussing his website of lies and deceit and could not be induced to return to his defence of the egregious errors his site was loaded with about Mormonism.
Ould, Tanner, Decker, Martin, Smith, et al, as do 'birds of a feather,'burn their midnight candles until the light is gone out from them to finagle ways by to mis-represent Mormons and Mormonism in similar ways that Pharisees mis-represented Jesus to persuade the Roman Military Occupiers to murder him by nailing him to Golgotha's cross.
Today's Pharisees have not changed their methods. New Testament times Pharisees lied about Jesus and their counterparts lie about Mormons!
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, erroneously nicknamed Mormons, here confront them with their lies and they disappear in clouds of dust. Those that do not run away to hide are the profitable, multi-million dollare Hate Indisties cleverfly disguised as 'ministries' that lack the basic characteristics of Christian endeavours.
The last I heard of Mr Ould was that he was studying to be a minister of a Non-Latter-day Saint Christian denomination . It is to be fervently hoped that the Reverend Peter has learned that Christians are divinely taught by inspired teacers in the New Testament how they are required to conduct themselves towards those that do not conform to their vierwpoints. If he has not matured, spiritually and mentally, then perhaps he has not yet reached that position.
I am informed that Ould was a successful ordinand and started another Blog that he quickly shut down. My open prayer for him is that as a salaried Anglican minister he tells the truth rather than attacking Mormons and Mormonism with false information and the opinions he forged therefrom than he did when I met and corresponded with him. He was then a younger, immature, hate-filled young man that attacked me because I had the effrontery to believe differently from him.
Anything mean, nasty, tawdry, insane, blasphemous, or petty that can be charged against Mormons and Mormonism, has been repeatedly regurgitated to persuade the unwary to accept falsehood as truth and encourage them to join the ranks of the spiritually disturbed.
Therefore, only but those that actively participate
in Hate Ministries,
that act to further their agendas,
and publish hatred and incontrovertible lies
are herein referred to as Anti-Mormon
Members of The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints are not at war with any other Christians or faiths and neither am I. My work here is to defend my own sacred faith and shed the Light of Truth on it as an aid to researchers, questioners, truthseekers, and the unwary that might have been led astray by hostile forces wearing sheep masks. I have no other purpose.
Furthermore, I am not at war with Peter Ould who made it clear he was at war with me and with the more than sixteen millions of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for disturbing his subjective model of Christian Particularism as he wandered in and out of Latter-Day Saint bookstores wearing a baggy jumper that resembles chain mail with a faded Crusader's Cross on it. How sad! Perhaps he has consigned that futile symbolism to his past. If so, than I credit him with its abandonment. We knew it was him and were amused when he expected us to be disturbed.
Was Mr Ould unaware that murderous Crusaders whose questionable nobility and imago he Puckishly took on when he dons his sweater as a timid Latter-day Crusader were agents of the Devil?
Christian Crusaders were some of the wost men the world has ever seen. They did more than wander in and out of Jewish and Saracen shops and markets when they had grown tired of beating the brains out of babes and infants against the once-sacred walls of Herod's temple and ripping open the abdomens of Jewish mothers to murder their unborns. A primitive example of sanctioned Christian abortion! What ought anyone to expect when rulers loosed the worst of the worst from their dungeons to become Holy Crusaders?
Women, guiltless of anything except irritating the mediaeval equivalents of Peter Ould were ripped open, their unborn ripped from them and mutilated. Their modern day exemplars condemn abortion but elevate those that practiced Christian Abortion by the Bloodied Swords of Mediaeval Crusaders on women of their own faith and on women of other faiths.
Evil thoughts, lies, and fictionalised antagonists such as the Infamous Jewish Blood Libel, killed thousands of good people, even as their descendants persecute, harry, and spread their vicious messages of hate that they attempt, vainly, to justify from Sacred Writ, set about millions of today's innocents.
Nor did Ould's Bloodstained Heroes limit their religiose activities: they set about Jews and Muslims well away from the Holy Land as they went to wrest Jerusalem from the hands of the very Saracens whose Suleiman the Magnificent preserved and rebuilt the ruins of the Holy City of Jerusalem. These savage Crusaders murdered not only Jews and Muslims but also slaughtered thousands of Fellow-Christians in cities along their way from their native homes on their way to 'liberate' the Holy Land.
Mediaeval Crusaders were just as deadly as was Peter Ould, his mentors exemplars, and idols. The historic Crusaders slaughtered the men, women, and children, but Mr Ould in his Crusader jumper outreaches the former in his passion to kill the souls of innocent Latter-day Saints. Torquemada must be proud of his disciple.
The Holy Bible, that Peter claims as his 'only scripture' warns Christians against ignorant zeal and evil operators that do not know the truth and refuse to learn it
Have I been too hard on Reverend Peter Ould? I hope not. I hope he can take what he gives and learn from the experience. Perhaps I have helped him to reach a place where he has learned the vital lesson that Christians that engage in religiose hatred are not followers of Jesus Christ, who taught:~
John said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us.
But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. For he that is not against us is on our part.
For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward. --Mark 9:38-41
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has Thirteen Articles of Faith, the eleventh of which is:
We claim the privilege of worshipping Almighty God
according to the dictates of our own conscience,
and allow all men the same privilege,
let them worship how, where, or what they may.
I have spent a small fortune - I have never had a big fortune - buying books, pamphlets, videos, CDs, DVDs, attending Anti-Mormon rallies and conferences that are nothing more than one-way lectures without any conferring between people that understand Mormonism. I have also corresponded at length with people that solemnly promised to tell me everything and to be honest in their communications. Alas, most of them proved they could not tolerate honest interrogation about their own 'Christian' doctrines, rites, and practices, and so I have never received the fruits of their promises, although I have always kept my word. Their prevaricating misinformation is found on the shelves of 'Christian' book shops to deceive and mislead the gullible.
On these pages I survey many of their claims and illuminate the lies they use to misrepresent Mormonism. Their false teachings do not stand up to the Devil's twisted tests of truth, and you will know that he is not choosy, but they fail miserably when tried with God's tests of truth.
I apply the simple standard of whether what is said agrees with known and verifiable facts, or whether gusts of hostile intentions have wafted them off-course and shipwrecked them in realms of malignant hobgoblins, hellish daemons, conniving witches, and wicked faeries. You may then judge for yourself where truth stands.
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Ronnie Bennett Aubrey-Bray