Of course Jeffs was playing the “woe is me, I’m being persecuted” card and he finally got caught. The reality is that this has nothing to do with being persecuted. Being persecuted means that you’ve been unjustly tried based upon your good behavior and beliefs while not violating the law or the liberty of others.
The website of www.dictionary.com defines persecution this way:
“A program or campaign to exterminate, drive away, or subjugate a people because of their religion, race, or beliefs: the persecutions of Christians by the Romans”.
You cannot hide under the cloak of the 1st Amendment and cry persecution for raping little girls. Under the laws of the United States the 1st Amendment doesn’t shield you from unlawful acts. It doesn’t provide you with immunity for doing what you want no matter what your god says. Apparently the Texas law says the same thing. Here’s what ABC News reported:
“A sexual assault of a 12-year-old and 15-year-old girl has nothing whatsoever to do with religious persecution,” Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said today. “If anybody of any religious background comes to Texas and sexually assaults young girls, they are going to be investigated and prosecuted regardless of what their religious background is.” (1)
At the end of his closing arguments Jeffs said only one thing; “I am at peace”. His comments are indicative of someone who isn’t living in reality. Does this make him crazy? I don’t believe so. After working in ministry for 17 years and living as a Mormon for 30 years it tells me that he’s really no different than many of the Mormons I’ve encountered; polygamous and otherwise.
I’m begging the Mormons to take a close look at the teachings of your church and ask yourself; is this what God would want? And where did Jeffs get his ideas? He has 78 wives. How far off is he from Brigham Young? Well Young had 55 wives and the Church has named a university after him, has placed statues of him all over Utah, they’ve named cities and towns and their children after him. What’s the difference between Jeffs and Young or Jeffs and Smith?
I’ve written about the wives of Young and given comparisons between Smith and Jeffs on our site. I’m always begging the Mormon people to evaluate what’s going on here.
The horror these young girls have to live with for the rest of their lives cannot be understated. Having to live with this affects every single aspect of your life for as long as you live and the only way to be healed from all of this is through the supernatural healing powers of our Kinsman Redeemer, Jesus. Nothing short of Christ Jesus will suffice.
Pray, pray, pray, pray, and pray again for those caught in the snares of Mormonism as well as the FLDS communities.
With Love in Christ;
Jude 1:24-25; “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.”