The Great Mormon Paradigm Shift

I don’t know how to explain it other that I see a monumental Paradigm shift taking place in Mormonism. Their whole world view has been sliding from a group that preached “Come Out From Among Them” into religious, social liberalism.It is no secret that they have been losing members as fast as they are bringing them in through the missionary program.  Fewer people, fewer tithes.Fewer young people are staying the course and going on missions. Fewer parents want their kids to go through the pressures associated with being out there ringing door bells for two years and facing rejection in nine out of ten encounters.The Church is also losing some two-thirds of these young men and women who leave the church during or soon after their mission.Now the church has lowered the entry age, bringing many more of these younger kids out before they go off to college or enter the work force.  Conversions per missionary year have dropped significantly, but with more missionaries, more converts.The Church taught that Blacks were a cursed race.  John Taylor, Third Prophet and President of the Mormon Church spoke one  of   many such corporate pronouncements when he said, " . . . after the flood we are told that the curse that had been pronounced upon Cain was continued through Ham's wife, as he had married a wife of that seed. And why did it pass through the flood? Because it was necessary that the devil should have a representation a upon a the earth as well as God;.... " Journal of Discourses,  V22, P 304.Now the god of Mormonism has forgiven them and they, too can become gods.  I wonder of their skin turns white when they become gods?First the Mormons were strongly and aggressively opposed to the gay lifestyle.  Homosexuals at BYU were reprogrammed and  many  married off to willing young women who were selected for such duty.Now they are all for gay marriage and Mormon groups now march in gay pride parades as a show of solidarity. The LDS Church has used scouting as a divine part of the LDS priesthood program and strongly fought to keep anything resembling homosexuality out of it. There was a day when a Mormon went through a careful interview, looking for any form of sin or impropriety before being called to any form of leadership. Now they are all for inclusion and even put gay men in Ward leadership positions.At one time, the church was dogmatically opposed to abortion and had a dynamic adoption program set up for women of all ages with unwanted pregnancies. Now, it is a woman’s right and no longer a faith shattering stigma.  The position of the church is that although it is not the best choice, it is still a choice.The Handbook of Instruction for bishops went from stating there is no excuse for abortion in the 1988 edition to the 1992 edition that said there is seldom any excuse for abortion.Listing all the politically correct, ‘seldom’ excuses for abortion, they also leave a side door open for church members with the caveat that it is a reasonable solution if the mental health of the women is fragile.There was a time when the LDS Church made it very clear that they were the only true, divinely restored Christian church in the entire world. ["...there are save two churches only; the one is the church of the Lamb of God, and the other is the church of the devil; wherefore, whoso belongeth not to the church of the Lamb of God belongeth to that great church, which is the mother of abominations; and she is the whore of all the earth"  Now we regular Christians are somehow no longer in the church of devil and they claim they are part of us.. Once we Christian leaders were hirelings of Satan. Now we are ‘fellow workers’.Why the shift? I think it is because they have lost over two million members in the last decade or so and are lucky to keep the ones their missionaries are still  dragging in one or two  a time, still preaching a watered down version of  their  “Come out from among them” message. The problem is that once they do come out from among them.. The LDS church is no different than the ones they just came out ‘from among’. This is not just a Mormon problem. There is a paradigm shift taking place with a number of these cults. It seems that they have decided to blow by some of these issues as odd things but no longer relative. The Mormons aren’t preaching much of it to their own people anymore. The major doctrinal heresies aren’t being preached from their pulpits. They aren’t alone. We rarely hear that Billy Sunday type of old time gospel preaching in so many of our own soft belly churches.Many of the recent LDS converts and children born in the covenant less than twenty five years ago look at us like we are demented when we talk to them about certain doctrines.Mormons have become more seeker friendly.. more open to accepting their oddness and less dogmatic. They kind of chuckle about it these days, brushing these heresies aside as not relevant any longer.  Yet it is still the same underneath.  Every Temple Mormon  still wears that sacred, magical underwear.I remember that  back when I was a member, we were  strongly admonished not to attend R rated movies. Now they corporately smile and point to  the play, “The Book of Mormon” like it is just a happy kick, even though it mocks them and has  some pretty foul language.  No matter how the Mormons  have cleaned up their image to be part of the mainstream America, remember that mainstream America is still lost and in the grip of the god of this world, Lucifer.No matter how nice and well groomed and happy looking those Mormon missionaries and friends seem, remember that they are victims of a terrible deceit and lost to the real Jesus.   Their leaders are still as dark and evil. They are just wearing a thicker coat of sheepskin.. Ed

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