Dozens of homeowners have expressed opposition to the new church with lawn signs that read, "Too Big, Too Much, Too Many." And the Mormons are finding little support from the neighborhood's clergy, including one pastor who said his objection is rooted not in architecture, but theology."They don't accept Jesus as the Messiah; they accept him as the prophet," said Edward Wilson, pastor at Church of Christ, a block from the Mormon site. "It's wrong, I disagree with it, and I wouldn't want them in the neighborhood."
Aside from being downright unneighborly (not to mention un-Christlike), Pastor Wilson's comments about Mormonism are blatantly incorrect. And I mean incorrect as in, 5 minutes in front of the internet will cure your ignorance.Pastor Wilson, you are confusing us with Muslims, who actually DO think of Christ as merely a prophet, and not the Messiah. If someone was kind enough to send you a link to my blog, here are a few things I think you should read:
1. Click here.
2. Click here.
For #1, I went to www.lds.org, the official website for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and typed "jesus messiah" into the search box. What you see after clicking on the link is articles from LDS magazines and lesson manuals, about how Jesus is the Messiah, most of the time not discussing how He IS the Messiah, but talking about His work on the Earth AS the Messiah, you know, almost as if the audience for which it was prepared already understood the concept.
For #2, I went to scriptures.lds.org, the official internet edition of the scriptures of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and typed "jesus messiah" into the search box. And the funny thing is, Pastor Wilson, the ONLY verse that came back containing both words was from the Book of Mormon. How interesting is that for a bunch of heathens who don't believe that Jesus is the Messiah?!?
In case you are unable to follow the above link, let me quote the verse for you:
For according to the words of the prophets, the Messiah cometh in six hundred years from the time that my father left Jerusalem; and according to the words of the prophets, and also the word of the angel of God, his name shall be Jesus Christ, the Son of God. (2 Nephi 25: 19, emphasis added)Today's lessons kids: many years at theological seminary does not a religious scholar make, considering you can learn more by spending 5 minutes in front of your computer monitor xP
Further Reading: "JESUS CHRIST, MESSIAH" (link to entry from topical guide at scriptures.lds.org)