1. Q. Do you believe in Jesus Christ as the savior of the world?
[See Answer][Hide] A. Yes, we believe he is the only way salvation can come unto man. The church is named after him as we recognize and gladly accept that it is his church. See also, 1st Corinthians 15:19-23 & John 11:25-26.
2. Q. Do you have a Prophet today?
[See Answer][Hide] A. At this time, we do not have a prophet at the head of our church. We believe that only angels who held that office while on the earth can ordain a man to the Prophetic office, like Peter, James, and John. Such was the case with the Prophet Joseph Smith as found in Doctrine and Covenants 27:12.
3. Q. Do you have a Temple today?
[See Answer][Hide] A. No. We believe only a Prophet can receive a revelation from God to build a temple. God must reveal the place and plans for a Temple.
4. Q. How many members do you have today?
[See Answer][Hide] A. We currently have about 130 active members scattered across the United States. The majority of this figure attend church in Burlington, Wisconsin. We are only a remnant of God's church, until the next phase of the dispensation of the fullness of times begins and the gospel returns to the house of Israel. We are in what can be known as an interregnum phase, until the Prophetic office is restored to the earth again.
5. Q. Where are your branches of the church today?
[See Answer][Hide] A. The main headquarters of the church is in Burlington, WI. There are also branches of the church in Artesia, NM and Castell, TX.
6. Q. Do you practice polygamy today?
[See Answer][Hide] A. No. We believe in obeying the laws of the land and as such polygamy is not lawful to practice. In order to practice polygamy we believe that a Prophet of God has to usher in a dispensation for it.
7. Q. What day of the week do you keep for the Sabbath?
[See Answer][Hide] A. We practice a Saturday Sabbath. As God rested on the 7th day (Genesis 2:2), it was therefore sanctified and to be kept up as a perpetual covenant forever. Jesus as our example, kept a 7th day Sabbath, Jesus in effect states, “See that ye do the things that I do, and teach the things that I taught” (Mathew 28:17-19). See also: Genesis 2:1-3, Exodus 16:22-30, & Exodus 31:12-17.
8. Q. Do you have open Sacrament for anyone present?
[See Answer][Hide] A. No, we believe only that only people who are baptized into our church can receive the sacrament during our services. As it states in the Book of the Law, page 145:1,"It [is] the body and blood of the one great sacrifice of propitiation for the sins of the world; and they who are washed (baptized) of their sins, and have a pure conscience before God, shall eat and drink thereof."
9. Q. Is there an age requirement before you will perform a baptism for an individual?
[See Answer][Hide] A. We do not believe in infant baptism as we have the belief that children are innocent and without sin before the age of 8 years old. We believe their minds are not fully developed to recognize irrefutably right from wrong and cannot be held accountable for their wrong doing. The Book of the Law, page 119:2, states, "But no man may have baptism of water, except such as have faith towards God, and come unto him through the ministry he has sent; repenting of evil deeds, and seeking to learn righteousness by the living word: for this is the door of all into the kingdom; from eight years old and upward; through which if ye enter not, ye shall not see God." Book of the Law, page 121:15, as written by the Prophet James J. Strang reads, "Children under eight years of age, are not subjects of baptism, because at that tender age there is not a foundation for intellectual responsibility. If made liable for the consequences of their conduct, they have not the intelligence to so act that their conduct shall be the counterpart of their intentions."
10. Q. In regards to the Book of Mormon, how do you justify the verse in the scriptures that says, "ye shall not add to or take away anything from this book"? (Revelations 22:18-19)
[See Answer][Hide] A. The proper context of that verse is only referring to the book of Revelations, it does not mean that there would not be other books that would come forth at a later time. To believe otherwise would be to ignore all of the passages in the Bible that tells us of other books and writings that will come forth later in time. As an example, 2 Nephi 27:6, states, "And it shall come to pass, that the Lord God shall bring forth unto you the words of a book; and they shall be the words of them which have slumbered (resting in their graves).” To quote from Ezekiel 37:15-28, verse 16, "Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick (book)and write upon it, (The Bible and the lost Book of the Law of the Lord) For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions; then take another stick, (book) and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim; and for all the house of Israel his companions; For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, (The Book of Mormon) and for all the house of Israel his companions;" Please read the rest of Ezekiel 37 for yourselves. Also, in Daniel 12:4. "But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased." We recognize that there are also many lost books of the Bible that are yet to be brought forth. It is difficult to hold the belief that God would not reveal any more scriptures since the days of the Apostles, considering that he promised us more scriptures would come at a future date. See also Isaiah 29:11-26.
11. Q. What is your belief in regards to Tithing?
[See Answer][Hide] A. We believe that a person should pay 10% of their wages or increase of wealth, whatever that may be. In the Book of the Law, page 331, it states, "Of all the fruit of your fields, and the increase of your flocks, a tenth shall you render to the house of the Lord your God, and the treasury of the King; that the Priest who administers in holy things, and the servants of the King, who rule in righteousness, may eat bread, and the land yield her increase." Tithing is also intended to be used to assist the poor in their time of need. The law of Tithing is initiated in Genesis 28:22, which reads, "And the place of this stone which I have set for a pillar, (monument) shall be the place of God's house; and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee." Also, Numbers 18:26, "Thus speak unto the Levites, and say unto them, When ye take of the children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them for your inheritance, then ye shall offer up a heave offering of it for the Lord, even a tenth part of the tithe." Lastly, Hebrews 7:1-2, "For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the Kings, and bless him; To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all."
12. Q. Do you believe that a non-Mormon can go in the kingdom of heaven?
[See Answer][Hide] A. Yes, we believe that men are judged according to their works in the flesh but, all men must be baptized in order to enter into the kingdom of God. For those who did not receive an authorized baptism while living on the earth, they must be baptized for the dead by proxy using a living individual who has a legal baptism. 1st. Corinthians 15:29 “Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead.” See John 3:3-7. Mathew 28:19-20.
13. Q. Do you have a paid Priesthood?
[See Answer][Hide] A. No, we believe that men should serve God for the sake of righteousness and love of God. 1st. Corinthians 9:18.”When I preached the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge.” Also, 1st. Peter 5:1-3. 2. “Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind.”
14. Q. Do you believe that only an authorized Priesthood can act in God's name?
[See Answer][Hide] A. Hebrews 5:4-10. “And no man taketh this honor unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron,” Aaron was called of God through Moses, being instructed by God to ordain his brother. 5. “So also Christ glorified not himself to be made a high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my my Son, today have I begotten thee.”
15. Q. How can a church so small believe it is of God?
[See Answer][Hide] A. We believe that the gospel was rejected by the Gentiles and that the gospel will now go back to the house of Israel. “The first shall be last, and the last shall be first.” See Matthew 20:15, 1st. Nephi 13:42. We believe that there was only two Prophets prophesied to come forth and preach among the Gentiles . See Ezekiel 38:15-20. We also believe that the scriptures indicate that only a few shall believe in Christ's church. Matthew 7:22-32. 23. “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way that leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Luke 13:23-27. The next Prophet, yet to come will go unto the house of Israel. See Ezekiel 37:21-28.
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