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This True Witness came from the May 26 HOTM. As usual, I will directly quote the words of Shawn McCraney to establish my assertions:
True Witness of the Week: "We still maintain there are plenty of Mormon people, however, that are in fine standing with the Lord by virtue of their faith in Him. . . . We would never say that every single member of the Mormon Church is lacking in a relationship with Jesus Christ, we've always maintained that."
Why this is a True Witness: The proof of this statement is, as they say "is in the pudding." By simply experiencing a friendship with a faithful Latter-day Saint, a person is likely to observe and feel sincere acts of Christlike compassion — acts that characterize a truth that the Apostle Paul preached to the Corinthians:
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. . . . And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. (1 Cor. 13: 2, 3, 13)
To clearly see the "charity" that the Apostle Paul speaks of in the lives of any person, regardless of religious affiliation, the contentious war of words that logically argues points of doctrines and points of history must be pushed aside, and instead, our eyes must be opened to factually see who it is that is living charitable lives. And if it be a Mormon or a Catholic or an Evangelical Christian . . . so be it.
It pleases the Lord that our love for one another should be shown in "word" and "deed." Again, who is living the Gospel that Christ taught? According to Shawn McCraney "plenty of Mormon People, however, that are in fine standing with the Lord by virtue of their faith in Him." Congratulations to Shawn McCraney being fair, and seeing things as they are.
It is curious that during this same program, Shawn spoke with a Mormon who was asking Shawn to tone down his "contention" and to "be a Christian." The exchange is revealing.
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