Sources Of Danger From Mormonism -- By: Robert W. Beers
BSac 58:231 (July 1901) p. 469
Sources Of Danger From Mormonism
That there is any real danger to the church from Mormonism is not recognized by the great mass of Christian people in a way so as to take fast hold of their minds and hearts and urge them to aggressive, vigorous action against it. That it is a vile, degrading, blasphemous system they believe without knowing very much about it. Charles W. Penrose, one of the ablest men in the Mormon Church, the editor of their official church paper, in the introduction of his little book entitled “Mormon Doctrine,” has truly said: “There is no subject of popular comment on which there is so little general information as that called Mormonism.”
That it is not a weak, empty, insignificant thing, which will fall to pieces of its own accord, and never make much headway, must be quite obvious to any one who sets himself seriously to account for its origin, its growth, and its present position and influence. There must be more in the system than is popularly supposed; otherwise the organization would never have grown to be what is, nor could it now stand up so persistently and even prosperously in the presence of such universal opposition. In ten years from its origin its devotees numbered thousands, and its founder predicted that it was to be the religious faith of the western continent. And to-day its membership numbers its hundreds of thousands, having more than doubled in the last decade. In numbers, in wealth, in influence, and in
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aggressiveness the Mormon Church is far greater to-day than ever before in its history.
History Of The Belief
I have no space to dwell upon its marvelous history. I shall assume that all my readers are sufficiently well informed in regard to its unique character. I merely need to say that it not only affords to non-Mormons clear evidence of inherent strength in the Mormon system, but by Mormons it is regarded as incontestable evidence of its divine origin. Long ago this was referred to by the leaders of the Mormon people. Parley P. Pratt, in the preface to his book, “A Voice of Warning,” first published about ten years after the church was organized, referring to its rapid progress amid great opposition, wrote: “What but the arm of Omnipotence could have moved it forward amid the rage of mobs, having to contend with the prejudice of the ignorant and the pen of the learned; at war with every creed and craft of Christendom, while the combined powers of earth and hell were hurling a storm of persecution unparalleled in the history of our country.” And that statement has been emphasized tenfold by the subsequent history of the Mormon people. Their entire history certainly shows that there must have been ...
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