Christ’s Church was organized in 1978. In our next conversation with Apostle David Patrick and Seventy Benjamin Shaffer, we will learn more about their basic beliefs and find out that they have an even larger canon of scripture than the mainstream LDS Church.
GT: So you guys believe in the Book of Mormon. It sounds like you believe in the Doctrine and Covenants.
Benjamin: Yeah. So when it comes to the canon of Scripture, we actually have a very expansive body of Scripture that we draw from. While it’s true that we don’t actually publish our own editions, that’s a lot of work.
GT: And a lot of money.
Benjamin: And a lot of money. We generally, of course, use the ones printed by the LDS Church. But then on top of that, we use a lot of other materials. We’ve used the Book of Jasher, for example, or the otherMidrash. I’ve put together a little booklet for people to insert in their scriptures called the Addendum to the Doctrine & Covenants, which has eight of the uncanonized revelations, or that weren’t canonized, I guess in the mainstream LDS church, but that we also accept and use and then there’s a whole other body…
GT: John Taylor’s revelation, is that’s one of them.?
Benjamin: That’s one of them, John Taylor’s 1886 revelation is, of course, one of the ones that I guess was controversial for the mainstreamers, but we accept that as a revelation. It’s well established historically, at the very least.
For those of you interested in these 8 revelations, they are posted at the Church of Christ website. We’ll also talk about claims of priesthood authority for their church. Check out our conversation….
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