Similar to Martin Luther’s 95 Thesis, this creed calls for a removal of the philosophies of man mingled within Mormonism.

Nuanced Mormonism Creed

  • We believe in the fallible nature of prophets;
    • Therefore, all prophetic utterances are subject to scrutiny;
    • Therefore, we reserve the right to reject any teachings that do not conform to our personal spiritual development.
  • We believe that scripture is a compilation of prophet-authors explaining their current views of God;
    • Therefore, scripture is subject to scrutiny.
  • We believe that certain revelations are no more than remnants of concepts or ideas fashionable to that place in time.
    • The Word of Wisdom was not a revelation, rather, an attempted incorporation of popular puritanical health practices.
    • The Manifesto revelation or halting the practice of polygamy was a decision based on social, economic, and military pressure.
    • Blacks and the Priesthood revelation was socially behind the times and motivated by social justice in the public arena.
  • We reject leader worship including and believe that through weak things God shows his strength;
    • Therefore, we reject the singing of hymns to any prophet;
    • Therefore, we reject the passing of the Sacrament to certain people like Bishops or General Authorities before passing it to the general congregation.
  • We believe that a broken heart and a contrite spirit are the only requisites to enter the temple;
    • Therefore, we reject the notion that one must pay to enter the temple.
  • We reject the secrecy of the temple under the cloak of being sacred;
    • Therefore, we believe a person should be able to attend the entire temple endowment prior to accepting their own temple ordinances.
  • We believe the act of excommunication for one’s views is tantamount to intellectual tyranny.
    • The LDS Church’s position on many topics fluctuates, so it should be flexible on personal viewpoints.
  • We believe the age of accountability is when a person is autonomous and accountable for their actions, and they are able to:
    • Establish their own faith;
    • Investigate other religions;
    • Contemplate the significance of the baptismal commitment;
    • Reject the ordinance if so desired.
  • We believe in the ability to receive spiritual witnesses but reject that this mechanism is a dependable litmus test for truth;
    • Therefore, we believe there should be not be an emphasis on receiving personal testimony as this creates a requisite for people who may not be predisposed to receive revelation;
        • Therefore, causing a mass ripple effect of the general membership feigning spiritual experiences to fit it;
        • Therefore, encouraging people with wacky imaginations to cling to their crazy experiences.
    • Therefore, we believe Fast and Testimony meeting should be eliminated and replaced with actual teaching.

 

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