The One True Church and the Great Winnowing

I was watching a BBC piece wherein they spent some time with church members and leaders, and some ex-members. Church members bore witness that they had the true faith, that they had been called to share God’s message here in the last days. When the interviewer said he thought some of the church’s teachings were “weird,” they said that the secular outsider just didn’t understand them. When the BBC interviewer mentioned what he perceived as personal failings of the church’s founder, members were shocked, telling him that he was a great prophet who had brought the truth to the world at the time we most needed it. Only people with hard hearts would say such things about the prophet.

The interviewer also spoke with ex-members, who talked about how painful it had been to be separated and looked down on by their families. They said they had followed their conscience and what they believed to be right, even though it had been terribly painful. Faithful members spoke of them as “apostates” and said that now was a great time of winnowing or sifting, when the Lord was separating the righteous of his flock from the world.

I’d heard all these things before from friends and family members when I lost my faith in Mormonism, but it was kind of jarring to hear it from the Westboro Baptist folks.

12 Responses to The One True Church and the Great Winnowing

  1. Leah says:

    I have a friend who left the JWs. More of the same.

  2. Churches differ in theology, but their main goal–preserving the institution seems to be the same.

  3. What was the name of it? I’m quite interested to watch it on iPlayer.

  4. Lorae says:

    I’m scared.

  5. Diane Sower says:

    A little scary to bring in the Westborough Baptist outfit. I watched a reporter follow the female sub-head around one day, preparing her signs and all, “God Hates Fags”, to take to a military cemetary, and he asked her how all of this was going to bring someone to Christ. And she said, very loudly, “That’s not my job.”

  6. Reason says:

    Wow, I thought the exact same thing when I watched it. Especially in terms of the harm both Westboro and Mormonism fanaticism (or really any extreme practiced theology) cause to families.

  7. Odell says:

    A cult is a cult, of course, of course.

  8. Diane Sower says:

    Why was it jarring to hear from the Westboro Baptist folks? I’ve followed them for years, and haven’t seen evil up close and personal as they get. When an interviewer asked the head “daughter” of the movement how she expected to get followers to Christ by waving signs of “God hates fags” at military funerals, she replied, “That’s not my job.” If someone in the immediate family even has a thought that’s somewhat different than theirs, they are automatically kicked out. Never to be forgiven.

    • runtu says:

      It was jarring because I thought they were “way out there” and that Mormonism wasn’t at all like that. Oh, well.

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