Is She Simply A Devious Fanatic?
In ‘Registered Charity’ hate ministry, ROT’s, news-sheet of ‘Spring 93 – Page 5,’ is a piece wit the eye-grabbing title, “Inside The Mormon Temple,” in which and unidentified woman who is so ashamed of her unchristian perfidy that she dare not display her name alleges she went into the Salt lake City temple to attend an endowment session to make ‘an up to date recording.’ Apparently, she changed her mind because she says she ‘hoped to participate in [washings and anointings]’ and record them, but was disappointed at not being asked to take part in these ordinances.
She tells of the sign outside the gate that advises ‘Members Only,’ that she dishonestly chose to ignore. She describes the foyer of the temple where patrons show their current temple recommends, signed by their bishops and stake presidents. Without a current temple recommend no one can proceed beyond the vestibule and into the temple proper. She does not refer to any temple recommend, so how does she intend us to believe she was able to enter the temple? If she had a recommend then she can only have obtained it dishonestly.
We are forced to ask whether she, like so many ‘pop-up’ characters in Anti-Mormon literature, is a creature of pure imaginative fiction, like the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland, generated in some psychotic Anti-Mormon's overwrought brain? It is certain that she is. Not because of what she says, but because of what she doesn’t say. She is, how awful to have to say this about an alleged Christian, a lie direct. Nazi Propaganda Chief Josef Goebbels would be proud to have concocted this piece of blatant propaganda.
Being a ‘Christian,’ a status that she continually refers to because she is anxious not to be thought to beacting out of demonic malice, she deposits her camera with the front desk staff, but she has secreted a small James - 007 - Bond electronic recording device, that she hides under her long hair and hair net.
Apparently this Cheshire Lady believes that ‘Christians’ are free to choose which of God's moral laws (such as are required of temple attending Saints) she can conform to and which she can ignore without being subject to God's wrath. Does she also choose which of the Ten Commandments to obey and which she ignore? Appatently so, which makes of her a strange kind of Christian.
She chose to leave her camera but hide her recorder to record sacred ceremonies that she intended to publish. That has proved to be one way to make money out of religion. For what purpose she was ‘inspired’ to do this, nor by whom, she does not say. However, she suffered a panic attack that overcame her when she had changed into borrowed temple clothing.
“I felt a distinct impression to take the tape recorder out of the hairnet and leave it in the locker. A little bewildered, since that rather voided my reason for being there, I did so. I’ve been a Christian long enough to recognize that God knows best.” If she was inspired by God to make her recording, did Almighty God change his mind? Is this what she asks you to believe? It is most likely that her own mean spirit made the silly decision to gatecrash the sacred precinct and do some childish mischief for profit. It was her own criminality that made her afraid.
When God calls on someone to undertake a mission, he does not give them the spirit of fear. That spirit comes from the Devil himself, and is certainly the source of the anonymous Christian's panic attack!
The rest of her somewhat lengthy testimony is of little interest except she uses formulaic and insubstantial innuendos common to the vast array of Anti-Mormons. At the end of her detailed description of the endowment ceremony, she adds,
“I must add that I cannot guarantee that this is an accurate description of the endowment ceremony, I went only once, and although I wrote down as many notes as I could when I came out it is impossible to remember everything.’
Cold fear will play havoc with a person's mind!
Nevertheless, she is remarkably detailed, and I find it difficult to believe that she had no source other than a single visit. For example, she offers information that is not given during endowment sessions, and it is obvious that she has used sources other than what she claims are her personal experiences. Most Anti-Mormon publications are simply rehashes of published material that betrays a total lack of research, and displays the collector's blatant dishonesty. "From such turn away!"
Earlier, I referenced a glaring omission, involving the presentation of a current temple recommend to the staff at the front desk. Since it is not possible to proceed beyond the desk without a temple recommend, we must conclude that she either bought one, stole one, borrowed one. Since she intended to breach every confidence shared with her in the Holy Temple, why is she so reticent and cautious about the source of her counterfeit?
In her penultimate paragraph, she returns to what she earlier called her ‘distinct impression’ to remove the underhanded recorder from her coiffure. On her second visit to her time after she had changed into the pure white clothes worn in the temple, her ‘distinct impression’ is elevated into ‘the presence of the Lord,’ and her ‘impression’ majically transformed into her being directly ‘guided by God to leave the tape recorder in the locker, and [was] assured of his care.’
She complains that she did not feel ‘the spirit at all’ directly contradicting her ‘distinct impression,’ her witness to ‘presence of the Lord,’ and her claim to have been ‘guided by God.’
God does not guide people to lie, cheat, and do that which is forbidden. There is a being that does impress on people that they must lie, cheat, and deceive. He has a name, but he is not Almighty God.
The witness speaks of Satan appearing when Adam prays. Satan insists that he is ‘the God of this world.’ This sentiment is confirmed by Jesus and by Paul in the Holy Bible.
Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. [John 14:30]
We should rejoice in the Saviour's victories over Satan, ‘the prince of this world,’ by emulating the example of his love and obedience.
Saint Paul the Apostle, confirms that Satan is 'the god of this world,' inasmuch as Satan - the Devil - is the person that the dishonest, the liars, thieves, murderers, and other wicked people worship by their fealty to him and by their performing wicked deeds.
The god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
[2 Corinthians 4:4]
The phrase “the god of this world” shows that Paul knew Satan is the major influence on those whose minds and religious thinking are expressed by the ideas, opinions, goals, hopes and views of ungodly people. Satan influences the world’s false philosophies and counterfeit religions, such as ‘ministries’ that encourage its members to lie, deceive, use trickery, and make sport of sacred and holy things. It applies also to ‘ministries’ that use the fruits of deception, lies, trickery, and mockery to advance their causes. Therefore, we safely conclude that reach Out Trust by its actions served the god of this world, who is Satan, the enemy of God, the enemy of Truth, and the enemy of those seeking salvation through Christ Jesus.
Satan rules over the unbelieving world and unbelievers follow Satan's agenda. According to 2 Corinthians 4:4, the "god of this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ." Satan's agenda includes pushing false religions, including para-churches such as Reach Out Trust, onto the unbelieving world—a false faith that blinds the unbeliever from the truth of the Gospel. Satan’s philosophies are the fortresses in which such people are imprisoned, held captive, fed lies and foolishness, and standing urgently in need of being be set free that they can be brought captive to Christ in obedience to Him and His Truth.
Once again, ROT has descended into the infernal regions to mock the faithful. Shame on them!