May 7, 2016
The Need for a Church
A reader asked me if I needed a church and if I would ever go back to the LDS church.
I have never felt much of a need for any church. I did everything I could to avoid going when I was young and only bought into going because I thought it was necessary for my salvation. I made the best of it when I did attend, but I always learned much more and got closer to God on my own than through church attendance.
I always thought it would be great if a church could actually teach interesting principles and ideas that reached beyond the scope of children in Sunday School.
I parted ways with the LDS church in 1978 and have had no regrets and do not miss attending in the least. Not attending gives me time to do more productive work. If the church had exciting things going on and new teachings revealed as in the early church I may take a second look, but there is nothing going on in it to draw me in at this time.
Next she asked about my wife’s attitude toward the church. My wife Artie was raised a Baptist and was never very religious. Her interest in the spiritual path was pretty much roused when she started attending my seminars and meetings.
The Book of Mormon sheds some interesting light on authority as advocated by the church.
O then, my beloved brethren, come unto the Lord, the Holy One. Remember that his paths are righteous. Behold, the way for man is narrow, but it lieth in a straight course before him, and the keeper of the gate is the Holy One of Israel; and he employeth no servant there; II Nephi 9:41
God employs no servant, prophet or church that opens the gates to the kingdom of God. That is between you and God alone.
She wraps up her letter by asking me who God is. I’ve written quite a bit on this subject. Here are some links:
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