Early Christians Bound Themselves by a Solemn Oath

by Robert John Stevens, November 27, 2016

Anyone who has read the Book of Mormon learned that secret combinations bound themselves by a solemn oath to deceive, overthrow governments, murder and plunder.

Evil seems to always be a counterfeit version of a good counterpart. Where solemn oaths used by good people, for good? Read this quote by Pliny the Younger who in A.D. 112 wote this about Christians:

They were in the habit of meeting on a certain fixed day before it was light, when they sang in alternate verses a hymn to Christ, as to a god, and bound themselves by a solemn oath, not to any wicked deeds, but never to commit any fraud, theft or adultery, never to falsify their word, nor deny a trust when they should be called upon to deliver it up; after which it was their custom to separate, and then reassemble to partake of food–but food of an ordinary and innocent kind. — quoted in Ancient Evidence for Jesus from Non-Christian Sources

Solemn oaths are found today in many religious organizations and rituals.

The Enlightened View of Ownership

by Robert John Stevens, April 17, 2016

The Christian world knows well that John 1:3 states, “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” Jesus, the God of this world, made all things, and assisted beings under his direction at the dawn of creation and probably ever since.

Mormonism adds an enlightened view of that concept, that Jesus owns everything. Land records may state I own real estate but I really don’t own anything—God owns everything. My stewardship of wealth is temporary and used to bless myself, my family and the entire human race whenever possible.

Socialism and communism are the enemy to God and claims the state, not God and not the people, owns everything. The difference is significant.