In-your-face gospel riles town
Christian [sic] couple's confrontational style gets hostile response in Mormon Nauvoo
The Chicago Tribune/April 15, 2007 - By E.A. Torriero
N.B. - Type in Red font is the Chcago Tribune's article verbatim
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N.B. - Interjections & Corrections to Hulse Falsehoods - Lies -
Type in black type is written by
Mormon-Christian Apologist Ronnie Bray
Nauvoo, Illinois -- Towering over a Mississippi River bluff, the recently built Mormon temple symbolizes the central role this town played in Mormon history.
And the arrival of two Christian evangelists from the Chicago area, proclaiming an anti-Mormonism message to the world, recalls the troubled history of those early Mormons with neighbors of other faiths.
Operating from a white stucco storefront called the Nauvoo Christian Visitors Center,* ex-Mormon Rocky Hulse and his wife Helen are bent on portraying Mormonism as a false religion with fabricated histories.
*Typically, the Hulses had a falling out with other ministers at the Anti-Mormon Visitors Centre and in high dudgeon struck out on their own, although the identical aggressive and confrontational spirit that marked the Hulses 'ministry' also marks the present Bookstore's operators.
And though the Christian Visitors Center predates their arrival, the Hulses have taken its confrontational message to a new level, with an active public presence and a weekly television show broadcast internationally on a Christian network.*
*The Hulses also have a presence on Facebook where they ban Mormon apologists that point out their flaws, lies, and frequent examples of bad grace and unchristian conduct. It seem that their mouths are working but their ears are blocked up! They are mortally afraid of being shown up for the liars they are and so will prevent any Mormon apologist from challenging their outrageous lies. I am banned from the Hulses' Facebook page [and from many other Facebook Anti-Mormon pages].
It's no wonder, locals say, the Hulses are facing blowback.
The couple reported they had received two veiled written threats late last year. Then, two days before Christmas, the couple received an e-mail that was traced to an address in Utah.
"I'd love to watch you all die," it read, "then witness the looks on your faces when you realize how stupid and counterproductive your fight really was."
The Hulses are too dimwitted to recognise that this was not a death threat, but merely a wish by a Latter-day Saint they had offended by their continued ministry of lies to be present in the eternities when they died so they could see the looks on their startled faces when they woke up in the next world and discovered that they had been fighting against God and Jesus Christ all along.
Shaken, the Hulses installed deadbolts on their doors and floodlights around their storefront. They began checking their car's gas cap for any sign of tampering. And they called police, triggering an investigation from Nauvoo to Utah.
"This town is to the Mormons what Mecca is for the Muslims," Helen Hulse said. "Of course they don't want us here."
Another 'terminological inexactitude' [falsehood or lie] from the well-practised Hulses. Mecca is to Muslims the central city of their faith. Nauvoo is an historic town for Mormons, but it does not rise to the level of pilgrimage that Mecca does as a requirement for every Muslim to make at least once in their lifetimes. Latter-day Sauints can visit Salt Lake City if they want but there is no requirement for them to do so.
Besides which, the Hulses are welcome to visit or live in any town or city where Mormons either dwell or where they do not dwell, as long as they behave like Christians and not like badly raised children that cannot speak the truth.
Mormon leaders scoff at any suggestion of conspiracy. Still, they have a dim view of the Hulses' work.
"It ought to be called a non-Christian center or anti-Mormon center," said Bishop David Wright, a top Mormon Church leader in Nauvoo. "I don't see anything Christian about it."
Nauvoo is a hallowed place for Mormons, who settled the town in 1839. Their prophet, Joseph Smith, received his last revelations here, where the first great temple was built and temple rituals were instituted.* Smith was killed by locals nearby in 1844, and within two years, the main body of believers had begun heading west in search of a home beyond the reach of their persecutors.
*The Kirtland Temple was the first Latter-day Saint Temple, and Temple Rites were conducted there years before the Nauvoo Temple was erected. Due to the activities of irreligious people like the Hulses, the Mormons were forced at the points of bayonets and muskets to flee their beautiful city and cross over into Iowa Territory in the dead of winter, leaving the United States of America behind them to travel through the wilderness with their aged, their sick, their infirm, and their babies, burying many of these along the trail, hounded to their deaths by the precursors of Rocky and Helen Hulse. Rabble rousers like the Hulses murdered Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum and made life so unbearable for Mormons that after three years of depredations by the equivalents of the Hulses they could stand no more and were forced to flee their homes, yet again!
The largest descendant church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has spent millions in recent years on the temple and shrines to Smith.* It created a budding Mormon renaissance in this town of 1,100 residents, 270 miles southwest of Chicago, that rankles some locals.
*This is a prime example of the Lie Direct. There is no 'shrine to Smith.' Latter-day Saints do not worship Joseph Smith. There is a statue of Joseph but it is not a shrine. The Temples are shrines and Houses of the Lord buil;t and dedicated to Almighty God and to His Son Jesus Christ who is the Saviour and Redeemer of the world.
The tensions in Nauvoo, which Smith named after an Old Testament verse describing beautiful mountains, reflect a broader uneasiness with the Mormon faith among some people. A Gallup poll in March suggested "something about the Mormon religion apparently disturbs a significant portion of the American population,"* pollsters said.
*What disturbs them are the lies told about Mormons and Mormonism by liars such as the Hulses. They deliberately distort everything Mormon to make it appear 'non-Christian and evil.' However, the truth is much different.
The poll showed 46 percent of Americans "have an unfavorable opinion of the Mormon religion." And a third of the respondents said they would not vote for a qualified presidential candidate of the Mormon faith, a question triggered by the Republican candidacy of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
In the last decade, the church began buying up property in Nauvoo and its $30 million temple opened in 2002.
Today, the town's Chamber of Commerce and Nauvoo's aldermanic government have a Mormon majority. Some locals say Mormons tend to hire from among their own, leaving others feeling left out.
"It's like Microsoft or Disney coming in and taking over the place," said Marilyn Candido, who recently lost a Web-consulting contract with the local chamber, which replaced her with a Mormon operator. Chamber officials say the move had to do with performance, not religion.
But many residents said the different factions in town have maintained a detente, one threatened by the Hulses' stance.
This month [April 2007] the Hulses decried an annual non-denominational Passion play held at a Mormon-owned auditorium. The Mormon site is inappropriate because Mormons do not subscribe to Christian beliefs of Jesus Christ dying on the cross of Calvary for their sins, Rocky Hulse said, calling it a heresy for other denominations to join the event.*
*The Hulses are rather too quick to cry "Heretic" at any non-LDS Christian and at non-LDS Christian denominations that co-operate with thweir Mormon neighbours in community projects that improve the environment and communities for all. During their brief stay in Nauvoo, the Hulses enjoyed the benefits produced by inter-faith co-operation, none of which required anyone of any faith or denomination, including those of none, to compromise their positions, faith, beliefs, or practices. The Hulses cannot get this into their heads.
Latter-day Saints believe with great conviction that Jesus effected the Atonement through the shedding of his blood on the cross at Calvary.
The Hulses know they do, but in spite of their knowledge they choose to sit in the seat of the Accuser and in the spirit of Judas betray what they know, for the demonic lies they want others to believe.
This is demonic perjury and no Christian would ever do such a thing if they have Christ in their hearts. That the Hulses do so readily and eagerly indicates that whichever character the Hulses have in their hearts it is NOT the Jesus Christ of the Holy Bible, but their Dark Master that fights against God and Christ and does not honour God's holy word, because their Master directly contradicts i, especially that which commands Christians, "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour!"
[see Exodus 20: 16, see also, Romans 13:9, and Matthew 18:18].
Out of their own mouths the Hulses are found to be false witnesses and liars, and are thus subject to the condemnation spoken of at 1 Timothy 1:10, and Revelation 3:9.
"Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are [Christians], and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee."
Nonetheless, several local Christian churches encouraged their congregations to participate, not only to promote harmony in town but also to spread the Gospel message of Christ.
"We live with the Mormon people and work alongside them," said Pastor Gayle Pope of the Christ Lutheran Church who participated in the play. "We have differences with the Mormon belief but choose to do our evangelism by living out our faith."*
*Clearly, the Hulses are unable to live their faith and so have resorted to a ministry of lies to get their points across through fear, redolent of Nazi propaganda against Jews and Judaism. Apparently, they have excellent teachers.
Coming from a Mormon family of six generations, Rocky Hulse met his wife, Helen, while serving in the Navy in California. At first he tried to convert her to Mormonism, and she looked into it, though she held off joining the church.
The couple married in 1980 against his family's wishes. Later, Helen Hulse became an evangelical Christian, enraging her husband.*
*Unfortunately, Rocky is easily enraged: it only takes someone to disagree with him!
But on New Year's Day 1986, after hearing a cowboy preacher at a rodeo, Rocky Hulse says he became a Christian. The Lord put a burden on his heart, he says, to teach Christians about the ills of Mormonism and convert Mormons.
The couple moved to Indiana in 1999 and began a ministry targeting Mormons in the Midwest. Stationed at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Chicago's North Shore, the couple preached at Christian churches across the Midwest about Mormonism.* On a visit to Nauvoo in 2002, Mormons barred Hulse from attending a temple open house because they deemed him disruptive.
*Always a profitable business!
The couple moved to Nauvoo in late 2005 to take over the Christian center. The storefront is filled with boards, pamphlets and literature such as "the troubling story of a self-proclaimed prophet" Smith.
Last fall, as their Christian television ministry "Truth Proclaimed" spread internationally, the Hulses say threats came. The couple now fear the threatening e-mail received before Christmas is being ignored by Utah investigators who they say want to protect Mormons.
Authorities traced the e-mail to an address belonging to a Mormon, Phil Rogers, of Farmington, Utah, a few miles north of Salt Lake City.
In a telephone interview with the Tribune, Rogers repeated what he told investigators: Someone hacked into his Internet account while he was using an open router. Internet security experts contacted by the Tribune said if Rogers allowed access to his router, tampering could be easily done by anyone in his neighborhood.
Bill McGuire, the Utah assistant county attorney investigating the case, said he is awaiting further police reports to determine if criminal charges will be filed and against whom.
"We prosecute Mormons all this time," said McGuire, a Mormon, who chuckled at the Hulses' accusation of a cover-up.
Still, Rocky Hulse doesn't trust the Mormons.
"Look at their history full of lies and deceit," he said. "We are a voice of truth and they will do anything to silence it."*
*That's what Rocky says, but he silences every voice that show up his flawed logic, his irresponsible versions of Mormon history, and his downright lies about Mormonism, including his direct lie that Mormons do not believe Jesus died on the cross to save mankind.
As a former Mormon, Rocky knows he lies when he says that, so why does he do it? The answer can only be because he finds it profitable to tell lies that he knows are lies. And that is the measure of Rocky Hulse and Hellen Hulse, who lie to fatten their bank rolls and stuff their pockets with contributions from the gullible that they mislead like Judas goats. Rocky is full of lies and deceit, but he will have his thirty pieces of silver, at whatever cost to others.
Not for Rocky the commandment from Jesus to love one another, and not for Rocky the commandment not to bear false witness. He is an eclectic Christian, that is if he can be called a Christian on account of his lying and prevaricating business that he chooses to call a 'ministry,' thus degrading the meaning of 'Christian ministry.'
Most Christians recognise that "The Hulses' lying fer Jesus" is still lying, and that God does not approve of lying, even in the case of good causes.
Proverbs 21:27-28 - "The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind? A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly."
Here the Proverbist warns the wise that when 'Holiness is pretended, but wickedness is intended,' what issues from the lips of such a pretender is an abomination to Almighty God because the pretender is the servant of Satan, the Accuser, and the condemnation and doom of the false witness is certain. Further, a wicked man lies in defiance of the terrors of the law and the rebukes of Providence for his false witness, but a good and holy person asks, "What does God require of me? and does not trust liars. Each of us is held to account for what we believe from the mouths of liars and moreso if we through our carelessness perpetuate their lies.
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