LDS President Nelson dedicates Mormon Temple in Rome and calls Pope Francis ‘His Holiness’


Model of Mormon Temple Compound in Rome
(Gianni Alemanno)

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The head of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS, commonly referred to as Mormons), went to Rome to dedicate a Mormon temple and to meet with Pope Francis:

10 March 2019

The leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, widely known as the Mormon Church, has for the first time gathered outside of the United States in the Italian capital for a very special occasion: the dedication of its temple in the eternal city. Europe’s largest temple is being dedicated over three days starting Sunday by their “Prophet” Russell Nelson.

For the more than 25,000 Italian Mormons and the many other followers of this faith who came to Rome, this temple has special significance.

Rome the centre of Christian faith

“Rome is the centre of Christianity. Here’s where the apostles Peter and Paul, the early apostles of the Church of Christ came to preach and bear their testimony”, says Alessandro Dini-Ciacci Italy’s representative of the Mormons. …

No expense was spared for this construction of Rome’s towering white “house of the Lord”.

“The temple was built with the finest materials, is very refined, as our offering of love. Our show of love for the Saviour and his father. That’s why we choose the best materials possible. There’s Carrara marbles, stained glass, fine fabrics. It is all a tribute to our heavenly father” explains Dina-Ciacci. …

Prophet Russel Nelson met with Pope Francis on Saturday at the Vatican. It was the first time, the head of the Church of Latter Day Saints met with a pope. http://en.rfi.fr/europe/20190310-mormons-all-over-gather-rome-new-temple

The Mormon compound appears to be both massive and expensive.

For Italy’s representative of the Mormons, Alessandro Dini-Ciacci, to make such a bold (and inaccurate) statement that “Rome is the centre of Christianity” should be disturbing to all in the LDS church (LDS members, and others, should read the article: Location of the Early Church: Another Look at Ephesus, Smyrna, and Rome and/or the free online book: Continuing History of the Church of God).

As should be some of the following from their prophet and president Russell Nelson:

March 9, 2019 Updated March 10, 2019

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis of the Roman Catholic Church and President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints met today at the Vatican in the first-ever face-to-face discussion between the heads of the two global churches.

“The differences in doctrine are real and they’re important,” President Nelson said afterward as he stood just outside St. Peter’s Square, “but they’re not nearly as important as the things we have in common — our concern for human suffering, the importance of religious liberty for all of society, and the importance of building bridges of friendship instead of building walls of segregation.” …

The pope presented President Nelson with two gifts, his declarations on the family and on the Islamic faith. President Nelson gave the pope a Lladro figurine of the Christus statue and a copy of “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.” …

“We explained to His Holiness that we work side by side, that we have projects with Catholic Relief Services all over the world, in over 43 countries,” President Ballard said. “We’ve been shoulder-to-shoulder as partners, and try to relieve suffering, trying to help people that are struggling. He was very interested in that and was very cordial , very kind to us.” https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900059557/pope-francis-meets-with-president-nelson-in-the-vatican-catholic-mormon-rome.html

In my view, a “Lladro figurine of the Christus statue” is an idol that President Russell gave Pope Francis, hence a violation of the Ten Commandments. LDS should also be concerned that their president referred to the pontiff as “His Holiness.” Presumably, at minimum, this means that he sees the pontiff as a true Christian leader. President Russell’s statements and actions, in the CCOG view, demonstrate that he is not God’s prophet (see also How To Determine If Someone is a True Prophet of God).

By Pope Francis giving the Mormon leader a copy of his declaration on the Islamic faith, Pope Francis was clearly promoting his interfaith agenda, as well as his ecumenical one.

Nearly two months ago, Ecumenical News reported the following:

Christian Unity is not optional, says Pope Francis

Linda Bordoni reports for Vatican News that the Pope has reminded the faithful that “Ecumenism is not something optional” during his Jan. 16 weekly General Audience. …

Pointing out that “ecumenism is not something optional,” the Pope e said it aims “to develop a common and consistent witness that promotes true justice and support for the weakest through responses that are concrete, appropriate and effective.” 01/17/19 https://www.ecumenicalnews.com/article/christian-unity-is-not-optional-says-pope-francis/60642.htm

Meeting with the Mormons was a part of the agenda.

Notice also the following:

March 9, 2019 Updated March 10, 2019

Five decades of change has been nothing short of “drastic,” Monsignor Fitzgerald added.

In the ’50s and early ’60s, Catholics were under official instructions to limit interactions with other faiths. They were not to attend funerals or weddings in other churches, for example. Latter-day Saints heard similar instructions.

Then the Vatican Council in 1963-64 opened the door to interfaith relationships. Leaders in both churches continued to work together. And the 1945 launch of Catholic Charities provided an opportunity for collaboration that would bring the churches’ organizations, members and funds together in common purpose.

“We began to see that neither of the groups were the devil and we could all join hands in the community,” Monsignor Fitzgerald said.

As that recognition grew deep roots, détente turned into accelerated collaboration over the past decade as concern grew in both churches about worldwide secularization.

“Secularism is prevalent in many western countries and many people have lost their faith in Jesus Christ,” Latter-day Saint Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé said. “And to have all Christian faiths join together and defend our values is important.” https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900059557/pope-francis-meets-with-president-nelson-in-the-vatican-catholic-mormon-rome.html

So, the Roman Catholics and LDS consider each other to be Christians. That is quite ecumenical.

But we in the Church of God have long expected the world’s churches to get some type of ecumenical unity. Notice something from the old Radio Church of God from 1962:

A great religious combine is plotting at this moment. Innocent millions will be unsuspectingly sucked into a whirlpool of religious superstition — or be martyred.

WORLD religious and political heads are being duped by a sinister force masquerading under the name of religion! With the appealing slogans “Peace” and “Unity,” church leaders around the globe are talking of ONE CHURCH. Words are flying, articles roll off presses, precedent — breaking conclaves are being held — startling MERGERS have already taken place!

Would it actually advance the cause of Christianity and bring world peace if all churches united under one head?

Is this “Ecumenical” (world-wide) church movement really what it pretends to be?

Would you like to know in advance whether the Vatican will succeed in gathering the “scattered brethren” — the other Catholic Orthodox churches and the Protestants — back into her fold?

Answer in Advance

Does it sound incredible to you that the answer was written almost 3,000 years ago — 800 years before Christ? Is it too hard to believe that Christ Himself had much to say about “Ecumenism” and a colossal end-time religious hoax?

The answers were written under inspiration by Isaiah the prophet long before New Testament times, and the Apostle John quotes Jesus Christ’s own analysis of this new global ideology in the book of Revelation, believe it or not!

Will Unity Come?

Emphatically, dogmatically, we state positively that CHURCH UNITY WILL COME! How can we be sure? Simply that God has revealed it through the prophet Isaiah over 2,700 years ago!

Speaking of the Catholic Church (Daughter of Babylon), Isaiah says, “And thou saidst, I shall be a lady for ever: so that thou didst not lay these things to thy heart, neither didst remember the latter end of it. Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, ‘I AM, AND NONE ELSE BESIDE ME; I shall not sit as a widow, NEITHER SHALL I KNOW THE LOSS OF CHILDREN”! (Isa. 47:1, 7-8).

Did you grasp the tremendous significance? This event is for the LATTER END, nearing the climax of this age when Christ will set up His government (Rev. 11:15). This “mistress” (or lady, defined in II Cor. 11:2 and Rev. 19:7 as a church) will say, “There is none else beside me” or, “I am the only ‘Christian’ church in existence.”

Now it should be clear that in order to fulfill the prophecy of Isaiah for the latter days, the Roman Catholic Church must REGAIN DAUGHTER churches she has mothered — either through political moves for unity, or through forced conversion in the Tribulation. Once reunification is achieved, she becomes “the only ‘Christian’ church.” To be the only church in existence (“none else beside me”), she must either bring competing churches back to the fold, or ERASE THEM FROM THE EARTH! …

Why Hoax MUST SUCCEED

God has allowed man 6,000 years to experiment, to eat the fruit of man’s way. … “For then shall be GREAT TRIBULATION, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days be cut short, THERE SHOULD NO FLESH BE SAVED ALIVE” (Matthew 24:21-22, see Moffatt version).

Immediately prior to that great world upheaval, A FANTASTIC RELIGIOUS HOAX WILL GRIP THE ENTIRE WESTERN HEMISPHERE! The Apostle Paul long ago warned of this very deception palmed off in the name of Christ. Listen! Speaking of the end time, and the Second Coming of Christ, he said, “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and THAT MAN OF SIN BE REVEALED, the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that HE AS GOD sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God…. Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with ALL POWER AND SIGNS AND LYING WONDERS” (II Thes. 2:3-4, 9). Rome, by supernatural powers from Satan, will succeed in forcing the whole professing Christian world to accept its teachings.

The first half of the hoax was successful some 1800 years ago when Rome deceived the world into believing she is the first and only True Church. This is a lie! The real truth is that the old pagan Babylonian religion forced the true Christians to flee, and appropriated the name of Christ.
Because the “separated brethren” all believe this monstrous lie, it is not a question of which church is first, of which to return to, rather it is only HOW TO RETURN TO BABYLON! (Dorothy CV. Gigantic WORLD HOAX Afoot! Plain Truth, August 1962)

(As far as the man of sin is concerned, here is a link to a sermon we made yesterday The Man of Sin will deceive most ‘Christians’).

Much is happening as the ecumenical and inter-faith movements are moving ahead. Of course, many Protestants are also falling for it (see Beware: Protestants Going Towards Ecumenical Destruction!) as that has long been the goal of groups like the World Council of Churches.

Maybe some day, the LDS will join that as well.

The WCC clearly has goals (e.g. The ‘Unpardonable Sin’ and ‘Climate Change’? and A different false gospel is taking hold: ‘Minister of climate change urges Earth’s salvation’) consistent with those of Pope Francis (see Pope Francis continues to press his climate change ‘gospel’ and Laudato Si: Pope’s Agenda or Kingdom of God?) and the United Nations (watch UN’s ‘New Universal Agenda’ is a False Gospel! and United Nations and Vatican Are Planning the New World Order and Will the Interfaith Movement lead to World War III?).

Ecumenism is a false gospel. But, even the Mormons are falling for it.

Notice also the following video on our Bible News Prophecy YouTube channel:

9:31

A Different False Gospel

While there have been a variety of false gospels since at least the time of Simon Magus and the Gnostics, there is a relatively new one being pushed by major leaders of the world’s churches. Essentially, leaders are teaching that ‘climate change’ is related to salvation, the unpardonable sin, and something called the ‘social gospel.’ This is being pushed by leaders including Pope Francis of the Church of Rome, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and Olav Tveit of the World Council of Churches. Is this a false gospel consistent with Galatians 1:6-11? Are these angels of light or something else (cf. 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 )? While it is good to not pollute, will the ecumenical climate change agenda work according to the Bible? Dr. Thiel address these issues and more.

Here is a link: A Different False Gospel. The Vatican and WCC are promoting several false gospels.

Unlike the LDS, the Continuing Church of God is not in favor of ecumenical unity with Rome (see Teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) and the Continuing Church of God).

The Bible shows that it will take the return of Jesus and the establishment of the millennial Kingdom of God to bring true unity (Ephesians 4:13; Matthew 24:21-22; Revelation 11:18).

The Bible clearly shows that the ecumenical/inter-faith movement will also end in destruction (Revelation 18 & 19). This is not something that Catholics or Mormons or the Eastern Orthodox or the Protestants should want (see also Why Should American Catholics Fear Unity with the Orthodox? and Beware: Protestants Going Towards Ecumenical Destruction!)–yet many of their leaders are promoting this.

This is a false gospel!

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