Skip to comments.Church rejects Mormon couple as Cub leaders
Posted on 10/22/2010 2:42:31 AM PDT by Gamecock
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The LDS church treats as holy scripture the Book of Mormon, which isn't recognized by other churches, but which it believes was divinely revealed to Joseph Smith in the 1820s.
Mormons also disavow belief in the core Christian doctrine of the Trinity that the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are one instead believing the three to be individuals united in a single purpose.
And now, what does this congregation of the Presbyterian Church of America believe? From their website:
We believe in the Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe that people are saved by grace alone through faith alone and we believe that the Bible is God-breathed and our only infallible rule for faith and life.
“I have a picture of Jesus in my living room.”
Well, that settles it, then! You’re a Christian!
I have a photo of my grandparents in my living room. What does that make me?
I am not sure why anyone would be shocked at this story. Evangelical, orthodox churches require that leadership positions in their programs be filled by individuals that have like minded beliefs. Mormonism is considered to be a cult and there would be concern over this couple leading children who are being taught orthodox Christian precepts. The church had a right to make this decision and the Mormon couple should understand that to the rest of the orthodox Christian world, their beliefs are not compatible with Scripture nor tradition for that matter. I am sure that the family would be welcome to attend meetings or socials associated with the scouts, but to hold a leadership position for a troop affiliated with a conservative Presbyterian denomination would not be acceptable. I would also guess that if the couple were Roman Catholics they would also have been denied leadership positions. Certainly, as a fundamental Baptist, I would not expect to be a scout leader for a troop that was affiliated with a Roman Catholic Church because my understanding of Catholicism would not be what the Catholics expect their children to learn from their leaders. People should get over themselves and face reality.
Islam celebrates Jesus Christ as a prophet, too.
This has nothing to do with BSA and is controlled by the chartering org which is the church in question which has the right to allow or disallow any adult wishing to be a leader. The LDS is the largest sponsor of packs and troops in the USA and have even been allowed to adjust the program to fit their religion. I can tell you what the response would be by an LDS unit placed in the same position. No way! LDS leaders are not actually volunteers either being chosen by their bishops to serve as pack and troop leaders. Seems to me that the fellows complaint is not with the other pack but should be with the LDS pack that does not offer the tiger cub program. In addition I don’t think he is a very good Mormon either not enrolling his children in the pack sponsored by his ward and following their carefully thought out rules.
You are correct. And Islam, just like Mormonism, leads people away from the truth and ultimately to destruction.
This is just plain silly. Mormons are among the best family oriented folk I have every known. Perfect for scout leaders. Pfffffft!
Oh...you’re using the “C” word. That’s like the Liberals saying that republicans are stupid: REDUCE to ridicule!
After doing wedding photography in many different houses for years and dealing with the people that run them, I have learned that the love of God does not drive many so-called Christians, but money and their NEED for confirmation of their belief does. THAT is why they are intolerant of other metaphysical beliefs.....and ridicule others and call them names. Just like our politicians....
One old philosopher (Aristotle?) said that he despised those who claimed to have a special connection with the almighty and would grant absolution for a consideration.
If you want the REAL answer about today’s organized religions, look at egos, finances, and this belief in the spiritual good-old-boy networking. To clarify that remark: the belief in continual forgiveness makes no sense to me; we were given commandments, not suggestions.
People should get over themselves and face reality? The reality is that if one religion is a cult, all religions are cults. There is nothing wrong with that, unless the ego can’t take it.
There is one small issue here: Mormons are not Christians and this is a Christian church.
I would understand the church not wanting someone outside their faith to be a leader in their church. How does theology affect being a scout leader? Certainly a Mormon, Jew or Catholic can share a value set without sharing a theology. Boy Scouts don’t get particular religious training in the scouts, do they?
As a Jewish Eagle scout, this really bothers me. Obviously, the church has the right to do this, but should they?
In 1941, my father founded a Boy Scout troop at the Jewish Community Center, sponsored by the B’nai Brith, here in York, PA. His co-founder was Rabbi Alexander D. Goode. In case anyone does not recognize the name, he was one of the Four Chaplains who went down with the USS Dorchester in WWII. The Chaplains, a rabbi, a priest, and two ministers, all gave up their life jackets so that others may live. They linked arms, and went down, each saying his own prayer.
The conditions under which Rabbi Goode and my father agreed to found and lead the troop were that no boy would be denied membership or advancement on account of race, creed, religion, or national origin. In 1952, it was the only troop in the country to have boys earn the religious awards in all the major religions, including Mormonism.
It was, IOW, an American troop, and my father was succeeded as scoutmaster by a series of Christian men, several of whom were awarded the Shoffar award, usually reserved for Jewish scout leaders.
Every so often, I will run into a man, who tells me that my father saved him from a life of criminal activity. None of those men are Jewish.
“THAT is why they are intolerant of other metaphysical beliefs.....and ridicule others and call them names”
First of all, I have not called anyone “names”. It is common knowledge that Mormonism or the Church of the Latter Day Saints is not by any standard considered a part of orthodox Christianity. Orthodox Christianity includes Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxism, and the various groups of Anabaptists like the Amish and Mennonites. All of these diverse Christian groups would agree that Mormonism does not hold to the tenets of Christianity as has been laid down in the past centuries. My point was to explain that a Mormon couple , although most likely welcome to join in social events at the Church cub scout meetings, were not going to be given positions of authority within the organization based on the fact that their particular belief system is not in line with orthodox Christianity, in this case the Presbyterian Church in question. It is important to understand that the undermining of Christianity today is due in large part to the wishy washy attitude of certain sects who have ignored Scripture and embraced the kind of ecumenism that destroys doctrinal strength and the ability to display the truth. I am sorry that your experience as a wedding photographer has left you with a dubious understanding of the Christian faith,and it is certainly shameful on the part of those churches you visited that all they could demonstrate to you, an outsider,is monetary greed and hubris, two positions the Bible clearly considers sinful. You also said that I was using the “C”word which I am unfamiliar with unless you are referring to my use of the word “Catholicism”. If so , it makes no sense to infer that my usage of the “C” word was in any way pejorative. I merely placed it in the context of an example of how I,as a Baptist, would not be offended if my child was attending a Roman Catholic sponsered Cub scout group, and I was not asked to be a leader. I would assume that the Roman Catholics would want their leaders to reflect their own vision and not that of a Protestant’s.
Well, according to the Mormon in this article, it makes you a disciple/follower of your grandparents. According to me, it makes you the owner of a photograph of your grandparents.
Is it a slow day in Mormon-bashing land and we had to drag this out again?
Yeah, I can just imagine an eventual convo around the Cub scout fire ring on an outing...or later on a Boy Scout fire ring on an outing...
....some 'Scout asks Mr. Stokes about marriage...and, having seen a Mormon bumper sticker that reads "Families are Forever," inquires of that...(who knows? Maybe even Mr. Stokes has such a bumper sticker?)...
...and of course, Mr. Stokes, being the "best family oriented folk" he is, proceeds to confuse the hell out of any 'Scout within hearing range that he believes his marriage with Mrs. Stokes will be forever...
...and that they'll both grow up to be full-grown gods (from the "gods in embryo" -- a common Mormon leader term used to describe married temple Mormons) who will live with their family on their own planet.
[Sure. That's what kind of informal outing convos this church wants to sponsor as Mormons, who have had programs in the past labeled "every member a missionary," take the opportunity to share their unique version of the "gospel."]
You forgot to add if you are Mormon or not. It helps clarify the conversation.