Date: January 13, 2014 06:07PM
(latest post in a series)
Me: You are knowledgeable about church doctrine, about what is doctrine and what is just common belief but not actually doctrine, right?
TBM: I like to think so.
Me: I have a couple of questions then about the doctrine of Christ's church, that is, Christ's doctrine. I know that the basics are faith, repentance and baptism. But what about paying tithing? Is that part of Christ's doctrine?
TBM: Yes, that is in the Doctrine and Covenants. That is part of the doctrine of Christ's church.
Me: Does Christ's doctrine include the sealing together of families for eternity?
TBM: Oh, yes. That is one of the beautiful parts of our Savior's doctrine.
Me: Is the requirement to wear the garment (if you have been endowed) part of Christ's doctrine?
TBM: Yes, to remind us of our covenants.
Me: So the making of covenants is part of Christ's doctrine too?
TBM: Yes, indeed.
Me: So, to summarize, you are saying that the LDS church teaches that Christ's doctrine, in addition to faith, repentance and baptism, includes also paying tithing, sealing families, wearing garments, and making covenants?
TBM: Yes, and there are other parts of the doctrine that you have not asked about.
Me: One more: You believe that the Book of Mormon is divinely inspired and contains the word of God?
TBM: Yes. I know that it is truly the word of God.
Me: All of it?
TBM: Every word!
Me: I don't think you believe it all, according to what you have just said. The Book of Mormon quotes Jesus as telling the Nephites that his doctrine consists of faith, repentance and baptism, and that "whoso shall declare more or less than this, and establish it for my doctrine, the same cometh of evil..." and hell will receive them (3 Nephi 11:31-40, esp. verse 40). So, according to the Book of Mormon, by telling me that tithing, sealing, garments and covenants (and you said there is even more!) are part of Christ's doctrine, you and your church are denying your own scripture, and you "come of evil" and are going to hell.
TBM: Well, I'm sure there is an explanation. I feel an evil spirit here....
Previous posts in the series:
#1: Baptism wording: http://exmormon.org/phorum/read.php?2,1013735
#2: "sun" vs. "son": http://exmormon.org/phorum/read.php?2,1089659
#3: Name of church 1834-1838: http://exmormon.org/phorum/read.php?2,1102694
#4: Bible prophecies: http://exmormon.org/phorum/read.php?2,1121855
#5: Languages in the pre-existence: http://exmormon.org/phorum/read.php?2,1127558