How much of church is about control?

How much of church about control?

My study of Mormonism revealed that the church has often covered up embarrasing elements of their history. It seems as though sincere and otherwise honest people feel they need to lie. They deceive there own people because they feel it is the people’s best interest.

This practice isn’t uncommon in evangelicalism. It is more subtle. I know some people who were on a mission trip who were encouraged not to share any negative opinions about the experience. I once found myself in conflict with a leader because I felt the promotional material he wrote was dishonest. At times church leadership wants to mold peoples opinions about a particular event or program. As soon as we resort to controling people we have disempowered them.

The Kingdom of God is more about God’s power than our ability to persuade.

  1. #1 by Susan L. Prince on January 19, 2003 - 11:00 pm

    Isn’t it interesting that the stuff people want to cover up, all the negative stuff, is not about God at all. It’s about man. It is about how man distorts the Truth and can turn it into something bad. Lies that eventually turn into a “religious” doctrine. Christians themselves are often accused of “covering up” or “forgetting” the Crusades, which were a bloody part of Christianity. What people don’t realize is, that again, this was a moment in history where man lost site of Truth and started doing things his own way, and lost site of the whole point the gospel of salvation and loving one another and created something apart from the true doctrine of following Christ. Christians can sometimes fall outside the doctrine of Truth, but other “religions” such as Mormonism actually have doctrine that is outside of the Truth. If that needs to be covered up, why is it still doctrine?

  2. #2 by Deana M. Holmes on February 24, 2003 - 5:37 pm

    What is truth? I spent many years in the LDS church (and in fact am still on the membership rolls) and I also spent years in evangelical churches, and I’ll be darned if I can see much of a difference. Yes, I’m well aware of the doctrinal differences, but in the end neither operation is friendly or conducive to well-educated never-married women. Both make it clear that intellectual inquiry is discouraged.

    For me, it isn’t dogma, but it is Jesus. I don’t see Jesus making a huge stink about doctrine. In fact, I believe all of us, at bottom, are heretics because we don’t and can’t understand God and we never will. All we can do is look to God’s human image, Jesus Christ.

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