Sunday, March 30, 2008

Accusation: Mormons follow the devil. They even sing it in their hymns

Mormons deny that they follow the devil. In their hymn book, on page 116, they declare that they do: “Is it enough alone to know that we must follow him below.” How can any Mormon deny that they follow the devil when it is in their very so-called “hymn book?”

Yet again, another marvelously misinterpreted passage, taken royally out of context. Well, I have come to expect no less from nay-sayers.

I believe quoting the rest of the verses would help shed some light on the real meaning of this hymn.

1. “Come, follow me,” the Savior said.
Then let us in his footsteps tread,
For thus alone can we be one
With God’s own loved, begotten Son.

2. “Come, follow me,” a simple phrase,
Yet truth’s sublime, effulgent rays
Are in these simple words combined
To urge, inspire the human mind.

3. Is it enough alone to know
That we must follow him below,
While trav’ling thru this vale of tears?
No, this extends to holier spheres.

4. Not only shall we emulate
His course while in this earthly state,
But when we’re freed from present cares,
If with our Lord we would be heirs.

It appears that, if our friend had read (or at least acknowledged he had) the rest of the verses, we might not have had to address this subject. It is obvious the hymn is praising Jesus Christ and expressing the importance of following the Lord (Jesus Christ) below (on earth) throughout this life.

It would well behoove our friend to take a few moments and read the March Ensign (Church Publication) as well. That might better inform him of our beliefs about Jesus Christ.

I hope to get back to my normal posting schedules (1-2/week). Suggestions for new topics are welcome.

Till next time…

Best Wishes,


John Robert said...

That the hymn is guilty of a dangling modifier is certain. That it's guilty of devil worship is a farce. The context is sufficient to cast the phrase in an easily understandable and Christian light. Thanks Rusty. Can't wait for your next posts!

Anonymous said...

I read this with interest, partly because I didn't credit Mormonism as deserving an argument; but I would call them delusional rather than satanical.

Ps: I've found a militant atheist if you want to try and help him; he's at:

GBWY, James

Anonymous said...

I think it's funny what people try to do to discredit others' faith. You did a good job of clearing this up!

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