Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Cult Savvy Devotional 2

Cult Savvy 2

Mormonism or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is a large and ever-growing cult in the world today. The administration of the church is complicated and includes from top to bottom: First Presidency with two counselors, Council of Twelve apostles, First Quorum of the Seventy, Second Quorum of the Seventy, and the Quorum's President. All being presided over by a group of Bishops. Mormons call territories made up of 500 to 1000 believers "wards." Each ward has a bishop and two counselors. Wards are grouped together into "Stakes" which are all overseen by a Stake President with two counselors. The Stake President is aided by twelve high priests who are known as the "Stake High Council."

Nearly every male Mormon who is at least 12 years of age belongs to the "Aaronic" priesthood. If deemed worthy these young men are ordained to the "Melchizadek" priesthood at the age of 18. Youth spend two years in missionary work and learn to quote the Bible at length.

Most Mormons are in almost total ignorance of the shady historical and theological sources of their religion. The cult was started by a man named Joseph Smith Jr. Joseph Jr. was born in Sharon, Vermont and was known as Joe Smith. He was a mystic, treasure hunter who used Seer Stones to find objects that were invisible to the naked eye. He would put the stone in his hat and walk around supposedly looking through the stone. He also used divining rods, talismans, and other implements of ritual magic. Joseph Smith Sr., the prophet's father, also participated in these rituals. The father also said that the Junior told people's fortunes with his Seer Stones. The prophet's mother said that her son became known for his use of a Seer Stone. In 1826 Joseph Jr. was taken to court and found guilty of using Seer Stones. In later years, Joseph Smith Jr. denied his use of these stones in spite of his parents acknowledgment of this and of a clearly documented court case.

Next week we'll talk about where The Book of Mormon came from and how this particular cult is yet another based on the revelation of one man.

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