“The Great and Abominable Church Destroy the Saints of God”

D. Kelly Ogden, Andrew C. Skinner

The great and abominable church, or the church of the devil, is organized with priestcraft instead of priesthood. Nephi characterized it by precious metals, gold and silver; precious clothing, silks, scarlets, and fine-twined linen; immoral men and women; efforts to secure the praise of the world by destroying the Saints of God and bringing them down to captivity in religion as well as in politics. Thus, the great and abominable church has been known by many names over the centuries and has been led by various institutions and individuals. The list of institutions leading the charge of the devil’s program on this earth might include apostate Christianity, secularism, Nazism, Communism, radical religions and groups in the Near East, as well as others.

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