Ezra Taft Benson said, "The Bible sits on the pulpit of hundreds of different religious sects. The Book of Mormon, the record of Joseph, verifies and clarifies the Bible. It removes stumbling blocks, it restores many plain and precious things. We testify that when used together, the Bible and the Book of Mormon confound false doctrines, lay down contentions, and establish peace (see 2 Nephi 3:12)." (Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 63) Yet, on Larry King Live, President Hinckley responded to a statement King made about LDS splinter groups: "Oh, there are splinter groups. You expect it."
Why are there splinter groups coming out of the LDS Church when everyone involved believes in and uses both the Bible and the Book of Mormon?
Most so-called splinter groups arose at the time of the assassination of Joseph Smith. Those that have arisen since are generally polygamous groups or "hobbyists" of some sort. Gays and Lesbians for example are still keeping up with parts of Mormon culture and have groups operating either secretly or as excommunicated members (the same fate that polygamists suffer.
The tendancy to split is a fate suffered by many groups and we, whether we have extra scripture or not, ar not immune from those splits. Back to my missionary days; I remember two small churches about a half mile apart in Grundy, Virgina. The buildings were essentially identical except for the signs. One said "Church of God of Prophesy" and the other "Church of God of Prophesy (Voice Music Only)".
The silly, power seeking or satanic can always find a good reason to split. -BP (LDS)
(Note: Soon to be Non-LDS)
The reason why there are so many splinter groups coming out of Mormonism is because the church has never taken a firm stance on the past, present or future of its doctrines. This wishy-washy atmosphere of the church is a breeding ground of individual thought in the such an extreme manner that people take a 'truth' of the Mormon church and carry it out to its logical conclusion. They are then disfellowshiped or leave the church and form a religion based on this one variation of the LDS faith. Luckily for me I found Christ, the one True God. -JS (LDS)
Just as the founder of the LDS organization was drawn into his life's work so are many others. In Smith's day, there was a "revival" that America was experiencing (according to smith). Unfortunately, there were many deluded self-proclaimed prophets for smith to learn from. The cultic personality is not a new phenomena. The bible clearly teaches us that there are countless false teachers for every true techer. Even today we have charismatic monsters such as David Koresh who seduce innocent people. Joseph Smith not only was Extremely cunning but, he was also given some powerful tools from the great liar. He just happened to become one of the most successful false prophets ever. The splinter groups are started by a power hungry person who is under the delusion that he alone knows the truth. This is nothing more than the devil's pride controlling the cultist's consciousness. Sorry for giving such a lenghtly answer. I enjoy discussing the subject! -RK (non-LDS)
the best part about this question, i believe, is many mormons have said the christian church cannot be the true church because there are so-called splinter groups like methodist, nazarene, pentecostal, etc.
with that in mind, why is it that the christian church cannot be true but the lds church can?
i believe the splinter groups are a result of teachings that come from the mormon church like polygamy. in D and C 132 it says it is an everlasting covenant. so one group believes it, another does not. Who is correct? if you redefine "everlasting" as only a couple of years, then you are saying god is not very smart. titus 1:2 says god cannot lie. so why is it he said it was everlasting, but then a few years later says it is no more everlasting? if god knew from the beginning it would last a set amount of years, why didn't he just say that in the first place?
then we have things like the j smith translation of the bible. lds say they won't use it because the rlds own the rights to it; yet the lds do use it because they are selling it in their book stores and it is found in the footnotes of their KJV and the BOM.
this is only a few problems as to why i believe there are splinter groups. please write me at [email protected] and we can talk further. -RB (non-LDS)