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Mormon Doctrine Leads to Socialism?

philbryson Wrote: May 09, 2012 10:34 AM
Dear Doubting Thomas2124, Jesus, too, apparently believed in prophets. "Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify. . ." In Ephesians, Paul writes that Christ's church has a foundation of prophets and apostles, Christ himself being the chief corner stone. Amos 3:7 says "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." So, Doubting Thomas2124, Jesus was also a cultist? Christ believed that God has not ceased to be God nor ceased to do things for His children, therefore He sent Christ and Christ sends prophets. These, as he suggested, we tend to believe or we may try to persecute and kill them.
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Mormon Doctrine Leads to Socialism?

philbryson Wrote: May 09, 2012 9:52 AM
The term "socialism" was coined after the coming forth of the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith learned about it. He was not supportive, nor have any of his successors been supportive of socialist schemes. Socialism was unknown in Book of Mormon times, Socialism turns over to government the task that God had already assigned to individuals, who have a moral obligation to share according to their resources with the poor. In serving their fellow men, they serve God. To the extent that government institutionalizes the care of the poor, opportunities for churches and individuals to be of service are diminished. Socialism promotes dependence.
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GOP Insiders Just Don't Get It

philbryson Wrote: Apr 25, 2012 10:25 AM
Ken Connor, you need to spend a little time reading Ann Coulter. You sound like the leading spokesman of the Obama conservatives, those who define conservatives as political outsiders, e.g., Gingrich and Santorum, who were insiders par excellence until they got thrown out. Conservatives are those who say those who have moral values are those who agree with our moral values, which consist of name calling for all those whose religion we dislike. The presidency is not important; important is only that we nominate a true conservative and elect Obama. But true conservatives in 2008 said that Romney was the conservative and McCain was the moderate. It's interesting that Republicans gave Romney more votes and more delegates.
What? Wait! Now I know why the Obama conservatives call Romney a RINO!
Part of your proposed speech, Ms. Chavez, is fine. You denigrate the conservative position needlessly, however. Romney has expressed strong support for a robust legal immigration policy. He does need to make that policy explicit. But he is right that when he fixes the economy, immigration will boom again. If we grant amnesty, that immigration will again be illegal. So we need to secure the border. Romney has already said there would be no witch hunt to round up illegals. But those who want citizenship must return home and get in line. They would be more likely to do so if a strong immigration policy meant they had good prospects for success by obeying the law.
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The Truth About Mormonism

philbryson Wrote: Apr 15, 2012 11:05 AM
Thank you, Mr. Smoot, for a fair article not based on motives to condemn an important, rapidly growing religion. The rapid growth has stimulated a lot of opposition from the insecure. Our growth is not based on attacking other religions, but on the desire to share our beliefs with others. Our beliefs are the basis of our optimism, our hopefulness and our happiness. Our hope is in Christ and our change is, hopefully, personal. We can't always change the world and its problems, but we can change ourselves by following the master. Unfortunately, that viewpoint can bring opposition as well. So thanks again, Mr. Smoot.
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The Truth About Mormonism

philbryson Wrote: Apr 15, 2012 11:00 AM
It is common today for detractors to label the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a cult. The insistence that we are not a Christian church is based on the notion that all churches embracing the Nicene creed are Christian. The Nicene creed wants to have it both ways: God and Christ are of the same substance and God is without body, parts, or passions. Yet Christ was resurrected with a body (not just spirit, see Luke), and now sits on the right hand of God. So, without bodily parts God has a right hand. We don't accept the Nicene creed, but we certainly accept Christ. If you wish to know the details of the faith, many happy missionaries are prepared to share those details with you.
Many of you commentators point out, essentially, that Mormons are hated because they are weird. Of course our "weirdness" lies mostly in the fact that until 120 years ago, some members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, like Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the Bible, practiced plural marriage. We gave up that practice when directed to do so and have since lived in monogamistic families which we try to have turn out like Mitt and Ann's family have. We worship simply and say nothing negative about our country or about other churches. Our most "weird belief may be that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was resurrected with a physical body, and lives today.
Having attempted to live the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for over 70 years, I have seen a lot of evidence that the American people have nothing to fear from Mormonism. We believe that America is a chosen country; we are very patriotic. The Book of Mormon teaches that God made this a favored land and we will remain free if we serve Him and Jesus Christ. We love that promised freedom. We believe in honoring, obeying and sustaining the law. We have served faithfully in American wars abroad, we have sent intelligent and competent civil servants, congressional representatives and senators to Washington.
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Obama and Romney at the Starting Gate

philbryson Wrote: Apr 13, 2012 4:39 PM
Your concern, Leb2, is certainly understandable. Because Romney was a governor in a very liberal state, people assume he must be liberal. But that's because they paid no attention to what he did in governing the state. Santorum and Newt call themselves conservative, but on every individual issue, Romney has gone to the wall with more conservative positions than they have represented over their careers. To call yourself conservative doesn't really do it. Santorum has not conception of conservative economics. He has voted for the minimum wage law, voted against free trade agreements, and has hardly worked against big spending. Newt talks against the deficit, but never saw a big project, here or on the moon, that he didn't like.
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Can Mitt Romney Win?

philbryson Wrote: Apr 11, 2012 10:08 AM
Right! The only thing you lack is votes and delegates. You folks and your anti-Mormon bigotry have talked yourselves into believing you know what "conservative" is. You choose for your favorites Washington insiders who are not even trusted by other insiders. This election is largely about economics and your "conservative" spokespersons have voted with the liberals repeatedly on numerous economic issues. If Reagan had been a Mormon, you would have thrown yourselves in front of a train to stop his candidacy.
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