Thanks for the complent, and it isn't from rehersal of sermons or books that I've come to the viewpoints held. My 'deeper' study was a result of my LDS wife. I had a brain injury that required learning how to re-learn most everything, and to actually go back through things to KNOW what the truth is. Hundreds of charges were made agianst the LDS, which I believed, and upon re examination of facts, realizing what Y'shua taught by careful noting what He did teach, that I realized the primary focus was on being hearers and doers of the words He gave from the Father. That's what He'd done to show His love for the Father, and that's what He calls us to do if we love Him.That's where I am going mopman. Some of the conservative coc apparently have trouble deciphering when the assembly is being talked about, and when everyday Christian life is the subject. Many are sure Ephesians 5 and Colossians 3 are speaking of the "worship service", yet our everyday walk is in view. The la vista website claims that 1 Timothy and the first part of 1 Corinthians 14 are everyday living, when the assembly is in view. Selective belief.
Mopman, barnsweb is a former/raised and family preaches in the coc, with a strong leaning toward messianic Jews and upholding the Sabbath. If I remember right his wife is Mormon, so he has a wide range of backgrounds-but is a stickler for what Jesus said. I disagree with him on some things, as I am sure he does with me. But he is a very wise and knowledgeable person, and I have learned a lot from hearing his viewpoints. If nothing else he makes you think-and that's exercise we all need
We only have the gospels, a light smattering between the gospels and Revelation, and then some powerful words He gave in Revelation. The primary difference between LDS and other Churches has to do with who they hear and obey. But then that is also the difference between most CoC and Denominations and Orthodox Churches - it wasn't until the pathway was realized and noted and believed that I came upon the AENT and the Netzarim beliefs - which almost totally agree with mine, and it was a nameless 'friend' at an apologetics site that pointed me their way, as the Scriptures they highlight in their faith are nearly identical. I'll focus on what He said was needed and foundational truths, rather than attempt to stretch John 3:16 entirely too far.
In the Book of Mormon Jesus tells the peoples in the Americas to hear what the Apostles would teach them or command them to do. What He preached to them wasn't even half the sermon on the mount. In the Scripture we have (*which they also have and say they believe), He said He gave them all the Father had given Him, that they received it, and that they were to teach others what He had first taught and commanded them to believe and do. Of special note is what He taught about Torah, and that we are not to think even one word of it would pass as long as heaven and earth exists. Yet the majority of Western Christians leap over the sermon on the mount to sit at the feat of Paul to ignore the very things Y'shua said are necessary!!!!!
I'll try to give an example for a point about it.
A man commits a greavious crime. The judicial system puts a penalty of price that he cannot pay. The Friend comes and pays the bill due. OK. The man is out of jail, basically 'free' of the penalty, but not reckoned worthy to vote or own a gun, as he's a convicted fellon. Yet there is a way to prove himself to the court that he is reformed and now worthy of full rights restoration- and upon his reform, in deed, his rights are completely restored by the court.
The deeds he had do showed his worthiness - personal worthiness - to the full restoration and 'newness' to be just as if he'd never been convicted. Jesus can forgive sin, and does according to His word, but we must be sanctified by being hearers and doers of His word, to attain to the fulness of what He came to give us.