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.