Open Your Bible and Consider ...
The Society for the Prevention of Salvation for the Unshriven Dead [SPUD] attacks the belief and practise of Baptism for the Dead and Salvation for the Dead. Why do they ?
If Baptism for the Dead as believed and practised by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a false belief based on a wrong understanding of 1 Corinthians 12.29, then it need not concern anyone that is not a Latter-day Saint.
Have they asked themselves why the practice of proxy Baptism for the Dead was prascticed by the earliest Christians but then was forbidden by the Roman Catholic Church in the 4th century? Could it be banned if it wasn't practised? The fact that it was banned confirms that it was practised by Christians in the first few Christian centuries. Had it not been so, it would have been farcical to prohibit it.
If it is a false doctrine that does not accomplish what Latter-day Saints believe it does, then why is it such an issue for some non-Latter-day Saints? If it is false and meaningless, then who is it hurting?
Is anyone hurt by believing that the earth is flat, that the moon is made out of green cheese, that the sun circles the earth, or that, as the Bible says, the earth is square and has four corners, or that the original biblical monographs were originally written in Jacobean English? Then there is the question of my great-great-grandfather, James Bray, clothjier of deighton and a Christian?
My Great-Great-Grandfather James Bray
Most non-Latter-day Saint Christians do not have an answer to the question:
“What will happen to my great-great-grandfather James Bray - a founder member of the Highfield Schism and contributor to the Highfield Chapel Building Fund - who was excommunicated by the powers-that-be of Highfield Independent Chapel in the year of our Lord 1790 for refusing to prevent his daughters from dancing?
Are the terpsichorean elegances of my great aunts sufficient to preclude their sire from passing through the gates of heaven to enmjoy the company of old frinds, family, the Lord Jesus Chruist and his Father-Creator-God?
That vexed question must wait for its answer for the present, but the question about the ultimate destination of the unshriven and unbaptised demands an answer from believers of the Jesus Christ found in the Holy Bible.
Silence Reigns - And We All Get Wet
Whether we admit it or not, many beside me are in this predicament. But no answers come from the opponents of the Latter-day Saint belief in baptism and the offer of salvation for those that died beyond the pale of Christianity.
Enter The Society for the Prevention of Salvation of the Unshriven Dead
The Society for the Prevention of Salvation of the Unshriven Dead places an obstacle in their way and insists that theirs must be the final word on the matter.
Their Proof Text Barricade
SPUD's prooftext is Hebrews 9:27;
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgement”
It is obvious that this sentence is incomplete as it is presented and is part of a larger issue. But, according to SPUDs that is the opening and closing of that case. So, must we accept their diktat that that’s it! Must we, therefore, let the pressing question fall?
Does it not strike you as a reasonable person, if reason is allowable to Christians, that it seems odd that any would speak against a practice that would bring more people into the fold of Christ and extend the opportunity of salvation to millions upon millions of people whose only wrong was being born in times and places where good news of the infinite atonement of Jesus Christ was not available to them?
They Change God's Love and Limit Christ's Atonement
Yet again it is necessary to man the barricades against the unruly hordes that have no purpose in life except to stand in the way of God's Justice and Love for His creatures and limit the scope and bounds of the Infinite Atonement of Christ Jesus so that the unChristianised are left floundering in the roiling waters of eternity having had their hands crushed by the blows delivered to them as they attempt to climb aboard the Ark of Salvation.
That the Gospel of Jesus Christ has more than its fair share of stumbling blocks, both Jesus, Paul, and other have noted. A major one is that we mortals cannot easily understand God's reasons nor grasp the full extent of his purposes.
For example, it is puzzling to non-Christians to understand why Christians believe that our Saviour Jesus Christ had to suffer, bleed, and die in the place of humanity in order to achieve something that we are unable to achieve for ourselves.
They, like Christians, cannot understand our insistence on the necessity of surrogacy where another stands as proxy for us to accomplish that which we have not the power to do for ourselves, but which, if left undone, disqualifies us from entering into the presence of God, and thereby bars us from obtaining the salvation and exaltation we are promised as the fruits of obedience.
Jesus Stands For Us To Save Us
That Jesus took upon himself our sins, our faults, our sorrows, and our condemnations, so that none of the consequences or stains of our wrongdoing would remain to prevent us entering into the presence of God is fundamental to all expressions of Christian thinking. Therefore, proxy or surrogacy is the foundation on which the Christian drama is built.
Jesus invites men and women to be part of the team he calls to become engaged in the ministry of saving souls. Those that extend the invitation stand in the place of Jesus as proxy and witnesses for him to spread the Good News or Gospel; of Jesus Christ and to teach the promises. If Jesus was the only one able to invite people to "Come unto Christ" he would hardly get through the works because of the astronomical number of people in the world. Those that serve on this team act under authority as proxies for Jesus.
And the Unshriven. What of them?
Let's look at them on another page.