Is the Mormon Church the New Catholic Church?
First, the LDS Church has amassed wealth today just as the Catholic Church did in its medieval heyday. The LDS Church, according to multiple reports, currently holds over $100 billion in unspent tithing assets. The medieval church taxed (titheed) the populations of European nations so extensively that the kings of the nations protested that they could not obtain enough revenue to run their own country. Utah’s tax coffers also suffer in this way.
Like the Catholic Church, the LDS Church claims an unbroken descent of religious authority from Jesus Christ to its own present leader.
The LDS Church operates in a strongly hierarchical, papal-style Catholic Church mode of government, just as the monarchy operates in the secular world of government.
The LDS Church builds magnificent temples (167 in current operation) as does the Catholic system of monumental cathedrals (about 193).
Mormons operate under a system of salvation based on works and sacraments. Following the church program/commandments and participating in the sacraments/church ordinances produces spiritual salvation/upliftment, rather than the rebirth, creed or faith-based system of Protestantism.
The Mormons want to spread their wings throughout the earth by means of evangelism, imposing an organization and a theological orthodoxy that excludes all variety and can even threaten religious freedom, at least within its own ranks. The Catholic Church operated the same way in medieval times.
Mormons want to be dominant in America like Catholics around the world. It looks like they’ve arrived.
Kimball Shinkoskey, Woods Cross
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