Journal of Discourses 1:87 “Where shall we begin to improve? I don’t know of anything better calculated to improve our union than to have some wide meshes in the net, to let those slip through who don’t wish to be gathered, and to unite with the rest. There is an accumulation here of the good and the bad, the chaff and the wheat, the tares and the good grain, the good and bad fish which the Gospel net gathers. The only safe way is for the good and bad to be separated. I like to see the roads open, the snow disappear from the canyons, that spirits not congenial to the Gospel of peace may go as many roads as there are points of the compass. Such movements give opportunity for the Saints to draw the cords of union still closer. May God bless you all. Amen.” — Parley Parker Pratt, Great Salt Lake City, March 27, 1853.
Romans 10:14 “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?”
If you’re a church who sends out missionaries to gain converts, why would you advocate the things Mr. Pratt did in his speech? His words are the hallmark of cult behavior, and helped produce a behavior the Church still sees today.
They’ve circled the wagons, and for what? From the outside looking in it’s easy to see they’re trying to hide activities they know are biblically unsound.
Remember beloved, we are in the world, but not of it! John 17:14-16 We don’t need to remove ourselves from society for protection. Our protection comes from Him who resides inside of us because we are His.
Moreover, what happens to being the salt of the earth if you’ve banished everyone? Mt. 5:13
With Love in Christ;