Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Christians were turned heathens again

“‘The real cause why the extraordinary gifts of the Holy Ghost were no longer to be found in the christian church, was, because the christians were turned heathens again. …’ If then, the ‘whole of christendom,’ without one exception, have been ‘buried in the most abominable idolatry for upwards of eight hundred years,’ … And if they, because they are destitute of the gifts, are not even now christians, but heathens … , we ask where the authority was during this eight hundred years, and where is it now? Surely God would not recognise ‘the most abominable idolaters,’ as holding authority.”

- Elder Orson Pratt, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, quoting John Wesley's "Sermon 94," in Divine Authenticity of the Book of Mormon, no. 2 [1850], 21. As quoted by Elder Robert D. Hales, Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, in "Gifts of the Spirit," Ensign, Feb 2002

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