This is going to be a personal book about my faith. I’m a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints (sometimes called “Mormons”), and I’m a Christian. If you are interested in how that works, I’m willing (and hopefully able) to “bring forth my strong reasons” for my beliefs and share them with you. I’ll use reason, scripture, the teachings of the early Church Fathers (some of the earliest Christians), and quotes from some of the most respected Catholic and Protestant scholars, pastors and theologians in history.
I’m not a Baptist Christian nor a Methodist Christian nor a Presbyterian Christian nor a Lutheran Christian, nor do I claim to be. I’m not a Protestant Christian, an Evangelical Christian or a Catholic Christian. Therefore I am not a “traditional” or “historic” or “orthodox” or “reformed” Christian. But I AM a “Biblical” and a “New Testament” Christian.
I often refer to myself as a “pre-Catholic” or a “pre-Nicene” or “latter-day” Christian.
This book’s purpose is not to engage in contention or debate, nor to preach nor to proselytize, nor to convert people away from their own beliefs to join my church. Nor it is to be an official pronouncement of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As I said, it is my personal confession of faith, and an attempt to “bring forth my strong reasons” (Isaiah 41:21) for my beliefs, and “to give an answer to every man... a reason for the hope that is in me.” (1 Peter 3:15) “Having a good conscience,” I feel a need to follow the Apostle Peter’s admonition to speak out and share my beliefs with any and all interested parties.