Posted by: Ascentury | Saturday, 9 January 2010

White horses.

Although I don’t have any background for this statement, the Church issued it recently in response to an Idaho politician.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is politically neutral and does not endorse or promote any candidate, party or platform. Accordingly, we hope that the campaign practices of political candidates would not suggest that their candidacy is supported by or connected to the church.
The so-called ‘White Horse Prophecy’ is based on accounts that have not been substantiated by historical research and is not embraced as Church doctrine.

What is fascinating about this is that it claims a basis for the truthfulness of revelation which is contrary to much of what we read in scripture and, indeed, are encouraged to do about the Book of Mormon: pray and seek the Spirit of the Lord in order to find out whether a purported revelation is, in fact, from the Lord.

I am neutral with respect to the White Horse Prophecy, but the Church citing historical provenance as the basis for a true revelation is somewhat problematic to me, given our embrace of the Book of Mormon, the King Follett Discourse, and plural marriage. Am I off base here, or is this just a PR move to defuse the apocalyptic fanaticism that tends to crop up in certain circles?

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