Every once in a while, I get a desire to Google something unusual just to see what comes up. I recently did this after having a conversation with a friend about some of the quirks of Mormonism. We discussed their sacred undergarments, which I find to be one of the most unusual aspects of their religion. You gotta love any religion that gives away free underwear 🙂
Here is what I found when I did my Google search…
Hilarious video on YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsXzHLiHTOU
Decent position paper on topic from LDS site – http://www.ldschurchtemples.com/mormon/underwear/
Official LDS Position on “Temple Garments” is the following:
“Like members of many religious faiths, Latter-day Saints wear religious clothing. But members of other faiths — typically those involved in permanent pastoral ministries or religious services — usually wear religious garments as outer ceremonial vestments or symbols of recognition. In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, garments are worn beneath street clothing as a personal and private reminder of commitments to God.Garments are considered sacred by Church members and are not regarded as a topic for casual conversation.”
Okay, I understand that many religions have sacred garments. We even see this in the Bible. I just find that all the Mormon secret rituals seem like a creative blend of Masonic rites, pagan practices and pseudo-Christian terminology. I kind of like that everyone can wear the garments not just the priests or religious leaders. This reflects a tradition that understands the importance of the priesthood of the ordinary person. But I do believe that the sacred garments also highlight what is wrong with the Mormon religion. LDS teaching misappropriate Biblical truths. Mormons shroud their lies in mystery, symbols and secret ceremonies.
What some think of as weird or comical; others take very seriously. Christians should work to understand the real implications of LDS teaching and be prepared to uncover the lies that they spread door-to-door across the country. When you understand the real implications of people trusting in holy underwear and works for salvation instead of the blood of Jesus, you see that sacred britches are no laughing matter.