Ensign (CR), May 1977, p.21 “We know that all truth does emanate from God and is therefore unchangeable, consistent, and unified. Consequently, not all Christian churches with their dissimilar teachings can provide a fulness of truth. My intent is to assert with testimony and persuasion of scripture the reasons there can be only one Lord, one acceptable faith, one baptism, and one true church. Then if any of you are convinced you are mistaken in your present beliefs, you should have the courage to investigate and the faith to change and follow the true path Christ has outlined that assures one’s eternal happiness.” – Delbert L. Stapley
2 Timothy 1:12 “For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.”
Yes, that’s it! We should all have the courage to get up and walk when truth isn’t taught. Paraphrasing what Peter said in Acts 5:41, ‘They counted it as gain to suffer shame for His name’. It’s kind of catchy, right?!
It’s an easy enough principle to stand up for, alas, the follow through isn’t always as swift. I know, I did that for a long time before I decided I loved Jesus more than Joseph, and left my beloved heritage. Most of you reading this have done the same.
Mr. Stapley’s talk was but a red herring. Casting doubt on the body of Christ seems to be the first thing Mormonism has always done. It’s reminiscent of the old adage you shouldn’t point fingers because you have three more pointing back at you.
Where is his proof the body of Christ can’t provide a fullness of truth? The Church is the guilty party of not always staying the same. There’s the racial issue, polygamy, and the Adam-God doctrine, to name a few.
Please, don’t forget to pray for those who need to muster up the courage to high tail it out of the Church’s web of lies!
With Love in Christ;