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- Mormons and Mormonism
- Wilmore, Ky. : [s.n.]
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Subject: Short and Sweet Description of Mormonism
In short, it has borrowed the worst features of all religions, and all creeds, and woven them into a conglomerate but compact mass of incongruous absurdities. It was born in the womb of imposture, nursed in the lap of fraud, rocked in the cradle of deception, clothed in the garments of superstition, fed on the milk of ignorance, and fattened on the strong meat of sensualism, despotism, fanaticism, crime, bloodshed and rebellion. The whole system is a deification of lust, a glorification of sensualism, religious adultery, ecclesiastical prostitution, earthy, sensual, devilish. It is the Upas tree of our civilization, the octopus of our political life, a travesty on the name of religion, a foul blot on the escutcheon of Christianity, a "hideous she monster," as its name implies. It is un-Christian, un-American, a colossal fraud, a mammoth sham, a gigantic humbug, a huge farce, which would be comical if it were not so tragical in its results. It is nothing short of a shame and disgrace and an insult to any Christian community that it should rear its slimy head in that community.
There are four things which hold it together, ignorance, superstition, sensualism and despotism. But before the light of advancing civilization and growing intelligence these are receding, and one of two things is certain: Either Mormonism must change materially, or it is doomed to exposed humiliation. It is changing. It has changed considerably since the railroad and the telegraph came to Utah and brought the Mormon people into contact with the outside world, thus showing them the falsity of many things they had been taught. This contact has served largely to drive away the clouds of ignorance and superstition and to loosen the chains of sensualism and despotism with which they had been bound. But not all the clouds and not all the chains are gone. Many are still there. Its principles still remain. The question comes, Will Mormonism change sufficiently to save it from self-destruction? Can it, in consistency with its essential principles? Is there enough of the salt of Christian truth to act as an antiseptic. May the historic record shine on through the advent of the internet for all LDS captive to grasp. Mormonism is doomed to exposure and exodus. May the LDS vacuum be filled by the love of Jesus Christ, and the counterfeit jesus of LDS be vanquished.
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