SamBee wrote: ↑
16 Oct 2018, 17:58
At the most basic, we see examples of the churches who go out of their way to help the poor like the Salvation Army, and at the other the Prosperity Gospel and the love of money. Then we see open tolerant churches up against the Westboro Baptist Church and the Aryan Nations.
I'd say most churches exemplify a mix of all those qualities.They take pride in helping the poor who deserve their pitiful condition, but dain to extend the arm of grace as Christ would, all the while feeling superior for their God-given prosperity and overwhelming faith. They feel they must reach out and include everyone around them in their faith, because their faith is superior to all others.
Some Church are more effective at doing good than others, but I most all of them represent the struggle of humanity attempting to become divine, more often then not failing miserably, but slowly, hopefully becoming something better.
DarkJedi wrote: ↑
16 Oct 2018, 15:51
So other than withholding a TR, how else is the church to enforce a policy of mandatory attendance? Don't call me as EQP?
FWIW, refering to the original questions "Do you consider Church attendance mandatory for everyone?" and "is church attendance necessary for our salvation?", I was using the holding of a temple recommend as the minimum requirements, in the view of the Church, for salvation (defined as exaltation in the Celestial Kingdom). A rule doesn't have to be super enforceable to be mandatory. It is, by definition, "mandatory" to obey the speed limit. There are exceptions left open to the interpretation of the "authorities", speeding a "little" is rarely enforced, BUT technically if you go over the speed limit, you're subject to a fine and possibly jail time.
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