(NewsWire) Salt Lake City, Utah
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints confirmed Friday the validity of leaked internal documents labeling Jesus of Nazareth as an apostate of the Church, leading to his excommunication. The new policy is already dividing communities of the faithful wondering where they stand after the bold judgement.
The Mormon Church pointed to the “Disciplinary Council” section of “Handbook 1,” which states, “Apostasy is recommended for ‘Repeatedly acting in clear, open, and deliberate public opposition to the Church or its leaders’ and ‘Persisting in teaching as Church doctrine information that is not Church doctrine after they have been corrected by their bishop or a higher authority.’
Jesus Christ, Son of God, once widely considered to probably be the God that Mormons believe in, will no longer be included in Church functions including baptisms, temple visits, straight weddings, boy scout meetings, potlucks, or local government.
Church Officials have repeatedly said “Nahweh” to the teachings of Jesus Christ, including specific passages from his controversial, best-selling epic, The Bible. Christ is quoted as saying, “Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. “ (Matthew 6:20)” and “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” (Luke 18:16).
“Church handbooks are policy and procedural guides for lay leaders who must administer the church in many varied circumstances throughout the world,” LDS Church spokesman Eric Hawkins said. “While it respects the law of God, and acknowledges the right of others to think and act differently, it does not perform or accept our Lord and Savior within its membership.”
The announcement comes just days after the LDS Church stated that the children of homosexual couples will not be baptized at 8 years of age because of their parents’ sexual orientation; another dividing social statement in a string of questionable comments.
Last year the Church was criticized for a series of actions including excommunicating Ordain Women’s co-founder Kate Kelly for suggesting that women should have the same opportunities as men, as well as being roundly condemned for suggesting that all sexual intercourse must be performed through a Book of Mormon.
When asked if he would return to comment, Jesus said, “You must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” and also warned, “Watch out for false prophets who come to you in sheeps’ clothing but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?”
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