The Catalog of Antimormon Accusations
Not Always Known by its Current Title
by Woody Brison

This is one leaf of a review of "Inside Mormonism: What Mormons Really Believe" by Isaiah Bennett
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Bennett's statement: The church, however, was not always known by its current title ... Mormon scriptures first indicated the term "Church of Christ." Universal Mormon consent decided upon "The Church of Latter- day Saints." In a "revelation" of April 26, 1838, Jesus Christ himself gave the final decision... [There's a full page of details]
<=== Found on p. 49 in the middle of the page

Bennett seems to be trying to make a problem appear where none really exists. That can be rough going, but he ploughs manfully into the job.

The Lord didn't restore his church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to the earth all in one instant. He revealed things a little at a time. If he had given everything at once, no one was ready for that, and it would have collapsed the whole effort.

This is similar to how a carpenter builds a house - first the foundation, then the floors, then walls, then roof, then interiors.

There were a lot things of higher priority in this sequence than the exact name of the Church.

The Lord revealed the essential principle at the very first, tho, which Bennett seems to have missed. It's in the Book of Mormon: if a church is named after Luther, or St. Francis, or somebody else, maybe it's their church. If it bears Jesus' name, and he authorizes and endorses it, it's his church. Jesus's church will have his name.

The "Latter-day Saints" part merely distinguishes us from Jesus's church in the 1st century; same church, but there was a gap of some 1700 years. We are the Latter-day Saints. Mormonism is the religion and culture. And calling us Mormons is OK, it would be like calling someone an Einstein or something like that. Mormon was a great guy. But he didn't die for us. Jesus did, so it seems fair to not rename his church for somebody else. That is the essential principle.

This is why we try to avoid the term "the LDS Church" or "the Mormon Church". (Bennett feigns great respect but he could not be ignorant of this, and he uses this term throughout the book.)

Isaiah 28:9-13) Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little ... yet they would not hear. But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little...

3Nephi 27:8-11

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