The following are some common questions people asked in regards to the Church of Jesus Christ in Christian Fellowship (the Fellowship). For an interview with the First Elder, click here.
Isn’t there only one Mormon Church?
No, there are over 100 Latter Day Saint denominations and the vast majority of these consider themselves to be Mormon Christians. The Church of Christ, founded by Joseph Smith Jr., became disorganized upon his death. The “keys to the kingdom” were in the hands of a number of men, including but not limited to the apostles, and Smith’s second counselor, Sidney Rigdon.
The oldest denomination based on the original church was organized in 1844 under the authority of an angel ordaining James Strang as the next prophet/president of the Church. A letter from Joseph Smith Jr. naming Strand his successor followed the ordination by week or so. The largest Mormon denomination was founded in 1851 when the 12 Apostles took a majority of members out west. There they started a new church with a slight change to the name using the authority stated in their Doctrine and Covenants section 107:23-24. Sidney Rigdon was made equal in authority by God in DaC 87:3a CoC/RLDS and 90:6 CJCLdS.
Others had the same, more, or less keys given them by God through Joseph Smith Jr. and were called of God to continue the work that all may be edified in Christ. Not everyone was up to the task of going west, and not all desired to be or join with the polygamists. In addition, the Lord knew the heart of Brigham Young and ensured there would be branches of the Church of Jesus Christ that would give the keys of the priesthood to all that are worthy, regardless of race or gender. And, many branches rejected various keys restored by Joseph Smith all together, including the Latter-day Saint branch. By allowing for a number of branches of Zion to be created, the Lord ensured that more souls could come unto him and that all of the keys would be available on the Earth.
Do I have to leave my current church to join the Fellowship?
The easy answer is no, you don’t. We are not a church/denomination but a religious movement. We do not teach the idea that any denomination is God’s “one true church.” We are a part of the larger Latter Day Saint vineyard. When we say “Church of Jesus Christ,” we are referring to all Christians as each individual is the church. However, this doesn’t mean that those belonging to a denomination that sees itself as the “one true church” will not ask those in the Fellowship to chose them exclusively at risk of excommunication.
We do ask that members be honest about what they are doing, and pray to the Lord for guidance on how to go about it. We are not a secret society. We are a nondenominational Latter Day Saint/Mormon movement.
What do you mean “nondenominational Mormon?”
A nondenominational Mormon is a nondenominational Christian, which is a Christian that doesn’t belong to any particular earthly church or denomination or identifies with multiple denominations. As Latter Day Saints and Mormons, we understand that Joseph Smith Jr. was a modern prophet, and that the Book of Mormon is a book of Scripture, just as the Bible. As a nondenominational movement, the Fellowship does not favor any Latter Day Saint denomination. However, members of the Fellowship may still belong to or have strong feelings for or ties to one or more established Latter Day Saint denominations (see above).
By what or who’s authority are you doing this?
Every member of the Church of Jesus Christ in Christian Fellowship was brought to the Church by the Holy Spirit. All positions are given through the spirit of prophecy and revelation. The founder was called of God and given the keys of the Melchizedek priesthood, the office of Elder, by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has since been excommunicated for his testimony of Jesus Christ and the Book of Mormon from their denomination. However, these keys cannot be taken away by man.
In addition, the angel Raphael, who is the same Melchizedek that Abraham paid tithes to, resurrected, was sent by the Lord and he placed his hands upon David’s head, ordaining him to the office of High Priest, just as he did Joseph Smith. This was to ensure he had the keys needed to organize the Fellowship and do the work the Lord has called all in the Church of Jesus Christ in Christian Fellowship to do.
What is the point of all this?
For too long Christians have been at war with each other, a war of ideologies. The Lord wishes for this to end. We are all a part of the one heavenly Church of Christ. We all grow in Grace as we follow the Spirit. The reason the Lord has given us so many different denominations and branches of Christianity to create a place for everyone on their spiritual path. The Devil uses the differences between us to create chaos and contention. The Lord wishes for the fighting to end and for all Christians to live in harmony, focusing on what we have in common – faith in the Lord Jesus Christ – and not our differences.
What is the Church of Jesus Christ in Christian Fellowship’s position is on homosexuality and sex-same relationships?
We fully accept the LGBTQ community. We will marry and/or seal same-sex couples for all time and eternity.
The Fellowship fully supports same-sex marriage and encourages homosexuals to follow the law of chastity just as straight individuals should. In the Fellowship, all marriages may be sealed for all time and eternity.
We feel that once bisexuals marry, they should be faithful to their marriage covenants. They may marry someone they fall in love with, regardless of gender. At this point, the two become one with God. If they, together with the Lord, wish to be sealed in a relationship with another, male or female as the original Latter Day Saints practiced, the sealing must be consensual between all parties. And, all parties must be of legal age. At this time all of those involved become one, and together they are one with God.
While we do not fully understand the nature of trans persons, we full embrace them and except them as the gender they identify with. The Latter-day Saint’s Family: A Proclamation to the World states: “Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.” While this document is not binding on the Fellowship, we interpret this to say that in the premortal life they were created as spirit one gender and born here another, and agree with this idea. This Proclamation is not scripture, the revealed Word of God. We admit this idea is conjecture and could be true in some circumstances but false in others or wholly incorrect all together. At this time the Lord has not revealed answers on this topic, other than to love and accept all persons. Transgender individuals deserve the same rights, love, and respect as anyone and everyone else.
What is Kabbalah? Is all this magic stuff of the occult? Isn’t Mormonism a cult?
Kabbalah is a form of Judaism that went into hiding around 600 BC, though it has make appearances in popular Jewish culture during various periods of time. It is an ideology with much in common with the Latter Day Saint Movement. There are a number of branches or schools of Kabbalah, this is one of them. You can read more about Kabbalah specifically here and here.
“Occult” means “secret.” In these Latter-days, God is restoring all as it was at first. In the beginning, things were not hidden but given to Adam and Eve to share. Today, all of these things are being restored and shared with the world as a sign of God in this, the final generation. All that God reveals to the Saints will be revealed to the world. No secrets.
Is Mormonism a cult? There are definitely cults within Mormonism. While some would define all religions cults, based on the cultural definition the more secretive, possessive, controlling, and possessive branches of our faith would definitely be classified as cults or cultish. The Fellowship desires to be open, transparent, and democratic to allow the Holy Spirit to move the Saints to guide the Fellowship, rather than giving all power to one individual or a small group. Our aim is to support the victim, not the oppressor; to strengthen the weak, not give more power to the strong; and to accept all that wish to worship with us inclusively.
We do not pretend to have all of the answers, and we further warn that anyone claiming to have all of the answers, or to be the only source of God’s truth should be treated with skepticism.
I’ve heard you promote worshiping on Saturday not Sunday, why?
The first thing to understand is that we’re a nondenominational movement and we have people who worship on Saturdays and Sundays. To avoid confusion some call Saturday “the Sabbath” and Sunday “the Lord’s Day,” as in the Lord Jesus Christ. “Sabbath” can be any day of the week for anyone. We hold no hard rule on this, nor do we have a list of things people can or cannot do on the Sabbath. Whatever day one chooses, the Sabbath is a time to cease our worldly labors and dwell in teshuvah (the return back to God). We do this by giving ourselves fully to the Lord on this day. What that means will vary from person to person and congregation to congregation. But there is no mandatory or universal Sabbath day.
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