Two or three angels
Came near to the earth.
They saw a fat church.
Little black streams of people
Came and went in continually.
And the angels were puzzled
To know why the people went thus,
And why they stayed so long within.
God has commanded us to tithe, although this is often a great source
of corruption within man's earthly institutions of religion. This
seems particularly true in the case of the Salt Lake City / LDS
Now I cannot state the following section with certainty for, as you
know, the LDS church keeps as a dark secret the actual details of
temple ritual. I have done a good bit of reading, and what I have
read, if true, makes it impossible for me to fathom how Mormon
fathers would pass this particular religion onto their sons and daughters.
It is my understanding that certain religious rituals must be
performed only behind the locked doors of a Mormon Temple. These
would include the ceremony to "seal" a marriage, such that
it last beyond the earthly realm and apply to the nether world. It is
my understanding that such "sealed" marriages supersede
earthly vows and include permission for a man to have multiple wives
in the spirit world that is beyond the veil.
Let me diverge and say that bigamy, the physical desire for a man to
have sexual relations (earthly or imaginary), in my book, is simply
and flat out a sin of the flesh. It is too flattering to a human
male, too much like the lion and his pride, the emperor or Prince and
his wives and concubines. Man may lust after such relationships, may
fantasize about them, but any effort to taste this "forbidden
fruit" is simply and flat out a sin. Higamus hogamus, woman's
monogamous. Hogamus higamus, man is polygamous.
It is my understanding that the "sealing" of an LDS man to
an LDS woman is forever. In the celestial kingdom, that sealing, even
if followed up by further "sealing" to other woman, is a
perpetual contract to the woman. Earthly promises, "before God
and these witnesses", are overruled by the secret ceremonies
performed in the insulated inner sanctum of the temple.
Since there is little official publication on such subjects (unlike
the Catholics that have literally filled libraries with the details
of their dogma), I will have to stand corrected if I learn otherwise.
But if it is as I have read, there is no conclusion to reach except
that all of this is the invention of man.
But set that aside, and address the theology that a marriage can only
be "sealed" in a temple. To not "seal" a marriage
would be the deepest failure of a man to his woman, of a husband to
his wife. It would promise, so these victims are drummed into
believing, the loss of eternal companionship; an overwhelmingly
desirous outcome promised to their friends and acquaintances in their
social circle, but denied to them. Faithful believers of such
mystical exclusions, are assured to go to the greatest human lengths
to join the others in their group. Such power over an individual,
which can only be wielded through the conscious delineation of
imaginary rewards and punishments, serves to torment the most basic
and simplistic part of human nature.
We certainly must both agree that this technique is used by all cults
to motivate and control its members. However, I believe that the
simple use of such heartless pressure is not, as some would have you
believe, a simplistic litmus test to decide if a religion is or is
not a "cult".
To achieve temple access requires a "temple recommend".
This card is provided by an administrative representative that has
achieved his position through Darwinian selection. He has had to
erode or evolve his own beliefs and behaviors to compromise and
eliminate any self-directed personal moral standards and embrace
instead church dogma and the preaching of the "living
prophet", regardless of his own spiritual common sense. And the
institution perpetuates itself as each generation enforces this
adherence upon the next, just as it was enforced upon them. And the
reward is the card, which can be revoked for any number of offenses,
not the least of which are the failure to tithe to the church and any
publication or publicizing of personal difference with church dogma
and the teachings of the "living prophet". To publicize or
to speak out is to lose the "temple recommend". The
Catholics regularly excommunicate those that have philosophical
disagreements with their "living prophet", in recent days
and going all the way back to Galileo. But so do the Mormons. They
gloss over this fact in their feel-good TV ads and tell the
missionaries not to bring it up.
So quit tithing and publish your disagreement with church teaching
and lose your temple recommend. Lose your access to the earthly
rituals that provide for your spouse and your children the riches of
the afterlife as they have been prophetically revealed by the man who
literally speaks for God. A husband and father that believes such
mean-spirited fantasy will go to any desperate length to avoid such
imaginary harm to his wife and family. What kind of church would play
upon man's natural fears and instincts, holding hostage his very wife
and children? One based entirely upon corrupt humanity.
Jesus did not tell us to tithe to the LDS church, but only to see
that a full share was given to do God's work. Why is it then that if
I am to surrender my soul to the beliefs professed by the smiling and
scrubbed teenager that rings my bell I must send those funds to Salt
Lake City to seal my marriage? I challenge you personally, and all
Mormons generally, to donate your 10% to those charities that serve
your definition of Gods work. Give to the food kitchen, and the
homeless shelter. Give to the orphanage, and the cancer ward. Then
turn your receipts over to your stake leader and ask for your temple recommend.
If it is given, continue this tithing practice to the end of your
days and let me know, so I can rewrite this paragraph.
But if your temple recommend is refused, let tears swell up in your
eyes and read back to your earthly judge the list of imaginary and
mystical harms that were delineated by the "living prophet"
and brought down upon your head by that follower of, as the TV ads
claim, the "teachings of Jesus". Say to him, "my
wife and I..." , "my children...", "my eternal
soul...". (I must admit that I don't actually know or care how
each of these thoughts end, as I do not know what specifics have been
told to you at young men's meetings and seminary by your LDS leaders
-- I had priests and nuns threatening MY eternal soul). See his heart
filled with compassion, like the all-loving Jesus, while he provides
to you your wallet card of salvation and comfort.
If it is given, whistle a happy hymn all the way to the baptismal
font, and let me know so I can rewrite this paragraph, too.
Then publish and publicize dogmatic disagreements. When your ward's
non-paid clergyman ask for your testimony one Sunday, get up and read
this paper (the parts you agree with), and say that God spoke it to
you. Tell the congregation that you sat in the woods and read my
words here again and again and again until you felt the burning in
Then ask for your temple recommend and if you get it let me know, I
will rewrite this final section too (as soon as I am roused from my faint).
But we both know that pigs will fly before your behavior would be
tolerated the the rigid structure that starts in Salt Lake City and
reaches down to each stake and ward. Yet, the actions that I
challenge you to take here are no different than the ones taken by
Jesus against the Pharisees and by Joseph Smith against all the
"corrupt churches" of his day. You will not be in
disagreement with our Savior or the man you profess to be chosen,
only with the earthly men that administer the earthly institution
that you and your fellow missionaries implore me to join.
Like any cult, the list of unimaginable wonders and unimaginable
tortures are directly correlated to acceptable behaviors. Where do
all those beautiful wards and stakes and temples (and insurance
companies and cattle ranches) come from? From the monstrous cash flow
that is the direct harvest of mass hysteria and the institutional
manipulation of the basest part of man's instinct. Sometimes, a man's
conscience should prevent him from judging a tree only by its fruit
and require that he judge that tree by its branches, trunk and roots
instead. The wages of sin are death, even when its collector spreads
part of the payola to starving children in third world economies.