95 Thesis

This is from a book called “95 Thesis” authored by the late Ogden Kraut.

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted 95 theses on the door of the Wittenberg Chapel in Germany. These propositions were an appeal for the more scholarly church members to discuss or debate them with Luther at the Wittenberg University. Luthers intent in writing the theses was not to condemn the church, nor to tell the Pope how it should be run, but rather to evaluate the difference between Bible teachings and ever increasing new innovations which were creeping into the doctrines of their faith. His writing was sparked by an authoritative change in doctrine – the Pope’s sale of indulgences. Luther became aware of the discrepancy between the words of church leaders and the words of the Lord. There was also a contradiction between the teachings of the of one Pope to that of another. But the trend of making the people believe more in the ideologies of church leaders, than in the doctrines of the Bible, appeared to Luther as the greatest danger to their salvation.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true church upon the face of the earth; nevertheless, it too has its problems with a multitude of preachers who have arisen with heresies, conflicting doctrines, and vast assortment of opinions. Each latter-day Saint should “search the scriptures” and determine what the Lord has said. It is only upon that “rock” that the gates of hell cannot prevail.

If you would like a copy of the book titled “95 Thesis” by the late Ogden Kraut, you can acquire one from Old Pioneer Press in Santaquin, UT at 801-609-2222. They will ship you a copy of the book for only $10 plus shipping costs. Get your own copy of how the LDS / Mormon church has changed doctrines as compared to the scriptures and the original teachings of Joseph Smith and the early brethren of
the church.

Joseph Smith said on Apil 1st, 1844 in the publication Times and Seasons:

If any man writes to you, or preaches to you, doctrines contrary to the Bible, Book of Mormon or the Book of Doctrine and Covenants, set him down as an imposter.

Here is just a sampling of what is included in the book:

Garments of the Priesthood:

“Thou has a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments… Behold I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments.” (Rev. 3:4; 16:15)

Warning came from Pres. J.F. Smith who said “In order that such people may imitate the fashions, they will not hesitate to mutilate that which should be held by them sacred of all things in the world, next to their own virtue.” (Era 9:812)

“The Garments worn by those who receive endowments must be white and of the approved pattern; they must not be altered or mutilated, and are to be worn as intended, down to the wrist and ankles and around the neck. Admission to the temple will be refused to those who do not comply to these requirements. The Saints should know that the pattern of endowment garments was revealed from Heaven and that the blessings promised in connection with wearing them will not be realized if any unauthorized change is made in their form or in the manner of wearing them” (Instructions in all the temples, 1916, Joseph F. Smith, Pres.)

But today, the modern LDS / Mormon belief system about garments are:

In 1923, it was announced in the newspapers that the “Temple Garment Greatly Modified – Church presidency Gives permission … Style Change Optional with Wearer. (Tribune, June 4th, 1923)

The reason for these changes were so the “women wouldn’t have to roll up the sleeves while doing housework, “promotion of freedom of movement of the body” for wearing “new and finer hosiery”,  ”and shorter skits”, and to “play games at gymnasiums”.

On a recent Church sales list there were 16 variations of the garment for sale. Some with strings, or buttons, or zippers, or without… and some include the “sweetheart” neckline – plunging the front and back of the garments.

What would the Lord say to all these changes in the garment?

You will notice all the changes to the LDS / Mormon belief system, all started after the Manifesto was signed in 1890, when the church turned it’s beliefs away from Polygamy and Plural wives.

Without Purse or Scrip: (meaning Missionaries to go without money)

“And he said unto them Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece.” (Luke 9:3; see also Matt. 10:1-15)

“Therefore, let no man among you, for this commandment is unto all the faithful who are called of God in the church unto the ministry, from this hour take purse or scrip, that goeth forth to proclaim this gospel of the kingdom.” (D. & C. 84:86; see also D. & C. 24:18)

“There is no qualification about these words of the Lord; and though the revelation in which they are contained was given in 1832, we know of no command that has changed their force since they were given.” (Mill. Star 53:348)

“This is the Lord’s way. Blessings beyond all earthly reckoning await those who thus give and those who receive. Herein is prescribed a test whereby we may know who are, indeed, the Lord’s disciples.” (J. E. Taylor, Mill. Star 88:248)

“Thus saith the Lord unto My servant, John Taylor, and my servant Wilford Woodruff, and my servant Orson Pratt, and to all the residue of mine Apostles: Have you not gone forth in my name without purse or scrip and declared the Gospel of life and salvation unto this nation and the nations of the earth and warned them of the judgments which are to come, as you have been moved upon by the power of the Holy Ghost and the inspiration of the Lord?

“You have done this year by year for the whole generation, as men count time. Therefore, your garments are clean of the blood of this generation and especially of this nation.” (Life of Wilford Woodruff, Revelation given in 1880, p. 530)

But today, the modern LDS / Mormon belief system about ‘purse or scrip’ are:

The missionary must have a guaranteed income before he can go on a mission.

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One Response to 95 Thesis

  1. Ford says:

    President John Taylor taught in 1867:
    “In relation to these missionary operations which have been alluded to, I should like to see something done, I do not know that it is necessary to talk about it. We used to be in the habit of going without purse or scrip. That is the way I have travelled hundreds and thousands of miles, but then we felt as the disciples of old did. When we returned, if asked if we had lacked anything, we could say verily no. But there was a time afterwards when Jesus said-”Let him that has a purse take it with him, and let him that has no sword sell his coat and buy one.” We do not always remain in status quo. At that time we were the poorest people in the world, but now we are better off than the generality of mankind, and we are able to help one another, and there is no necessity for our missionaries to go under the circumstances they have done heretofore; and since it is the counsel that they shall not, why let us do what we can to help them.” (JD 12:49)

    I’m confident the principle of “continued revelation” adapted to the circumstances of the Lord’s Church is known to you. However, from what I can deduce from my limited and superficial perusal of the contents of your message and Website you do not seem to know, or perhaps believe, the process of revelation was/is involved in the changes made over the years in the LDS Church.
    However, I assure you that all things, including Missionary work with purse and script (as President Taylor has explained so beautifully), are acceptable to the Lord and according to His word. The Church does “not always remain in status quo”, hence it is calle a living Church, and those who direct the fluent changes are called Prophets, Seers, and Revelators. I would suggest giving heed to them!

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