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This Week the False Witnesses came Fast and Furious: Didn't have to watch long into the May 12 HOTM program to hear LOTS of False Witnessing. Where do I begin? So many lies . . . so little time.
Again, I will quote the words from his mouth, instead of giving you a sloppy paraphrase:
False Witness of the Week: "The LDS claim as a religion that they keep the Sabbath Day Holy: If they're gonna make this claim, as I said, then they can't mess around with it. They either keep it or they don't. . . . they either keep the Sabbath Day holy or they don't. This being said, the day cannot be moved to another day of the week, like from a Saturday to a Sunday. The LDS have moved it. The Sabbath day is a Saturday, always at the end of the week; they've moved it to a Sunday, so that's one problem."
First clarification: McCraney says ""The LDS claim as a religion that they keep the Sabbath Day Holy" What a flimsy, foolish statement — a classic "straw man" representation. He's making a general claim, an inaccurate claim, in behalf of a people and a religion that he is NOT part of.
When it comes to representing Shawn McCraney's views, . . . I will let Shawn McCraney do it in his own words. How strange and dishonest is this man who chooses to give his sloppy paraphrasing of what the "LDS believe" — instead of citing an authoritative source: A Living Leader or the body of Canonized Latter-day Saint Scriptures.
Why a "Living Leader," because McCraney's contentions are about a living religion, . . . today, . . . now, not a dead religion; yet, by his behavioral tendencies, he prefers to quote dead leaders who cannot answer his inaccuracies.
McCraney needs to directly quote Latter-day Saint Leaders and Latter-day Saint Scripture if he's going to establish what Latter-day Saints really believe.
The "claim" of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints concerning the Sabbath Day is this: It is a VALUE and BELIEF that believers in Christ should honor and worship their Creator on His Day. This, in contrast to a inaccurate statement that ""The LDS claim as a religion that they keep the Sabbath Day Holy." Can you say "False Witness." That is what Shawn McCraney has done: Broken one of the laws of God with his sloppy, idle words.
Now, how can I claim to represent the LDS view. Easy! The "view" is written in Latter-day Saint Scriptures. But wait, this is NOT a claim from "The LDS" but a commandment that comes from the Lord of the Sabbath. These are His words:
Note the wording "upon my holy day." By using these words, Jesus by-passed the petty argument that McCraney makes about "moving" His holy day from Saturday to Sunday. Jesus established the following truth during His mortal ministry:
"And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath" (Mark 2: 27, 28).
The Lord of the Sabbath can "move" His holy day, to any day He wants. No, the "LDS" did NOT move the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday. From the time of His resurrection, it was the disciple of Jesus who began the tradition of worshipping the risen Lord (Acts 20: 7), on the day of the week that he rose:
"Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, . . . And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. . . . Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day" (Luke 24: 1-3, 47).
But the Latter-day Saints do not worship the Lord on Sunday, because of a "tradition" started after His resurrection . . . to honor his resurrection; instead, Latter-day Saints worship the Lord because the Jesus directed that "the Lord's Day" is the day that sacraments should be offered in remembrance of Him.
"Thou shalt offer a sacrifice unto the Lord thy God in righteousness, even that of a broken heart and a contrite spirit. And that thou mayest more fully keep thyself unspotted from the world, thou shalt go to the house of prayer and offer up thy sacraments upon my holy day; For verily this is a day appointed unto you to rest from your labors, and to pay thy devotions unto the Most High; Nevertheless thy vows shall be offered up in righteousness on all days and at all times; But remember that on this, the Lord’s day, thou shalt offer thine oblations and thy sacraments unto the Most High, confessing thy sins unto thy brethren, and before the Lord."
Shawn McCraney is free to "doubt" whether it was the Lord, Himself that revealed the previous directives through a latter-day prophet; but if he is truthful, and honorable, when representing what the "LDS" believe about the Sabbath day, then the way I have related it, is the way he should relate it (generally speaking). After which he can add his doubt.
Shawn is very sloppy in his representations of what the "LDS" believes. He seldom quotes primary Sources that would really represent the view; instead, he prefers to stand up a "straw man" and paraphrase what the "LDS" believe inaccurately.
Again, as he persists in this tendency, . . . Shawn McCraney bears False Witness.
In contrast, I have no desire whatsoever to represent what Shawn McCraney believes, except to quote his beliefs and assertions directly from his mouth -- they are his views, and he should be the one to represent them. This is honest and fair.
I actually have another False Witness to report in the same program, but I'll dedicate a new page to the project.
False Witness of the Week
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